Installing a wireless fence is a relatively easy thing to do, and many users find that they are finished within a couple of hours. While some models may vary slightly, which will be in the instructions, almost all wireless fence systems follow the same installation process.
Where do I put the transmitter?
The most important and time-consuming part of this process is figuring out a place for your wireless transmitter to be placed. You want to make sure that it is near the center of your home yet not too close to other wireless signals such as a router. You will also want to make sure it is not around a lot of metal such as a furnace room, laundry room, or other such location. Placing it in these locations can cause your signal to either be diminished or blocked.
You will also want to make sure that the transmitter is on the ground floor, preferably by an outer wall, and in a location that it will not be moved or bumped as this can cause issues with the signal as well.
Do not attach this to anything at this point so that it is easy to adjust if you find that it needs to be moved while you are completing the next steps.
When do I turn on the collar?
Once you have the transmitter placed, it is time to turn on the collar. Most collars do not need to be “synced” or “paired up” with a particular fence; however, some models do. This information, along with how to sync or pair your collar with your fence, should it need it, will be in the included documentation.
How do I set boundaries?
Whether your system has a 90-foot radius or a 120-foot one, most come with radius/diameter settings or a high/low setting. If you require the full max range of the system, leave it on the highest setting. If you want it to be smaller than this, adjust it accordingly according to the documentation provided with the fencing system.
My collar comes with multiple “settings,” how do I set it for my dog?
You want to make sure that you have the correct setting for your dog. Dogs that are very sensitive often get enough correction from the lowest setting, possibly a sound setting only. You will not want to use the same setting on these dogs as you would for a dog that will challenge the fence and requires a very high setting to have any impact. By following the manufacturer’s instructions, set the collar to the lowest setting and adjust it as you need.
The fence is invisible, how do I find the edge?
As all fences come with collars, that is often the easiest, and in some cases the only, way to tell where the fence line is. Hold the activated collar as you walk around your yard until you hear it beep. You will want to place a flag at this point. Continue walking around the area planting flags every 5-10 feet to give yourself, and your dog, a visual boundary to learn from.
Collar set up, flags planted. Now what?
Once you have set up the transmitter and everything seems fine, make sure that it is in a secure location that is not able to be bumped or knocked on by children or pets. You may want to physically mount it to the ledge or closet that it is in to make sure that it is not accidentally bumped.
Once all these stages are complete, you are able to put the collar on your dog and start training. Good luck!
Have a look at this training article if you want more details on the training process.
To see tips, tools and some important things to know as you install your new wireless dog fence watch this short video clip.