The following is a post from a guest contributor, Kartik, on invisible fence training. While some may find the idea of using e-collars as a training method to be controversial, if you’re looking for installing an invisible fence, it’s best to teach your dog in a humane and proper way. Enjoy.
Installing a best invisible dog fence doesn’t ensure your dog will respect the boundary. The warning is given by the shock collar is very minimal. So when your dog isn’t familiar with this warning then he’ll easily ignore that. But if you teach your dog to feel the warning and encourage him to return inside the safe zone then he’ll respect the invisible fence boundary. In this article, you’ll get 100% proven techniques of invisible fence training.
Training your dog to respect the invisible fence boundary isn’t too difficult. You can do it yourself just giving some time. Following the step by step guide provided by this article you can train your dog in 30 days. You’ll get a positive response from your dog too because this invisible fence training is so much fun to your dog.
Steps of Invisible Fence Training for Your Dog
Week 1: Boundary introduction
At the first week, you’ll teach your dog to get familiar with the collar and the invisible fence boundary. You have to teach your dog in vibration / tone-only mode. Most invisible fence collar has tone-only / vibration mode. Read the invisible dog fence reviews before buying the system to ensure it has a tone-only/vibration mode. Because your dog will learn slowly.
At the very beginning, your dog can show strange reactions on static corrections. So, you have to teach him step by step. This week you’ll reveal only the boundary and the collar to him. This will be the first step of invisible fence training to your dog. Here are the steps.
- Put shock collar on your dog’s neck and connect a leash
- Turn on the invisible fence and set tone-only / vibration mode
- Take your dog closer to the signal boundary
- When your dog enters the boundary zone then the warning will be triggered
- After 2 seconds help him to get back the safe zone
- Praise him and give him a treat
Repeat this steps every day for 2/3 hours. This way your dog will learn that something is different close to the boundary flags. He’ll learn that getting back everything become normal. If you do this correctly then you’ll see after 4/5 days you don’t have to help much to return him inside the boundary. He is automatically returning back.
The expected result is your dog will show a reaction when he enters the danger zone. And he’ll show positive attitudes in returning back inside the safe zone. If you think your dog still not familiar with the process then repeat these steps one week more.
If you get the expected result then, the first-week invisible fence training finished successfully.
Week 2: Introduction to Static Correction
This week your dog will feel the static correction. Because he already knows that something different happens when he gets close to the invisible dog fence boundary. And if he returns then everything become normal again.
- Set the minimum level of static correction, but make sure your dog can feel and give reaction
- Take him closer to the boundary
- Inside the danger zone, he’ll feel the shock, observe his reaction and let him feel it for 2 seconds
- If he returns immediately inside the safe zone then your dog is learning fast. Praise him and give him some treat.
- If your dog doesn’t return then help him to return the safe zone and praises him, encourage him.
Repeat these steps everyday 3/4 hours, but make sure your dog is in playing mood.
Your dog will show a positive reaction to the static correction and willingly return to the safe zone. If your dog doesn’t show the positive reaction then try for one week more. Otherwise, you can proceed to the week-three invisible fence training.
Week 3: Advanced Invisible Fence Training
This is the midterm exam for your dog. This week you’ll train your dog without a leash. And when you’ll see that your dog is respecting the boundary then train him with destruction, i.e throwing a ball outside the boundary. Steps are listed bellow.
- Remove the leash
- Now take your dog close to the boundary and let him play
- Observe if he returns automatically from the danger zone
- If he does everything correct then try to force him to cross the boundary, i.e throw a ball outside the boundary and let him chase it
- Now observe, if he crosses the boundary then help him to get back quickly. And encourage him not to cross the boundary. Praise him and give some treat.
Repeat these steps as much as possible. This way your dog will learn to stay inside invisible fence boundary always. And he’ll be able to control his excitements when he feels the warning.
Week 4: Monitoring
You are at the last stage of 4-week invisible fence training. Your dog already knows what to do when he feels the warning from the collar. This week you’ll only monitor your dog. Leave him alone to play, but you stay around and see what your dog do when he enters the danger zone. If you see he is not understanding then repeat week 3 practice again.
You can extend the monitoring period too if you are not enough confident.
Have Fun With Your Dog
Following these steps, you can easily train your dog to stay inside the invisible fence boundary and play freely. Once your dog learns to respect invisible fence boundary then you don’t have to worry about your dog. You can go anywhere turning on the invisible fence and your dog will be safe. If you’re looking for any other tips of dog training, we suggest you check out some of our other resources.