Part Two: Troubleshooting a Wireless Dog Fence
The Collar Is Beeping Inside of the House
On most models, the minimum size of the containment circle needs to be 10 feet in diameter or more. This means that if the dog gets closer to the transmitter than 10 feet, the collar could behave unexpectedly. This is why it is a good idea to remove the receiver collar from your dog and turn it off when your dog comes inside.
If you have a very big house and the radius is set to be small, chances are that a part of the boundary exists somewhere inside of your house. This can cause the collar to beep whenever your dog crosses that line. In this case, you can try expanding the radius of the circle or putting the transmitter in another place. But again, the best solution is to just remove the collar from your dog when he comes indoors.
Lastly, if you are putting the transmitter in another location, be certain to switch off the collar, only reactivating it after the transmitter has been repositioned.
The Boundary of the Wireless Fence Is Unstable
Unfortunately, with wireless dog fences this is something you can expect to happen. However, it depends on the model of dog fence as to how much the boundary fluctuates. It could be as low as 6 inches and as large as 10 feet.
Keep in mind that boundary instabilities can get much worse if there are a lot of objects between the transmitter and the containment boundary. To learn more about this, read our article on Reducing Signal Interference.
My Dog Is Receiving a Correction in the Middle of the Yard
To put it simply, anything that causes the collar to lose the signal emitted by the transmitter will cause the collar to correct the dog. Keeping that in mind, the following are a few reasons why a correction may be given in the middle of the yard:
- Perhaps a large metal object is blocking the signal from the transmitter
- Something such as a car moving within the containment area may have blocked the signal momentarily
- Maybe your dog is standing with his backside past the boundary but his neck is still within the safety zone. Your dog then turns 90 degrees and suddenly it is located outside of the safety zone. This will cause it to deliver a correction.
My Dog Will Not Leave the House
Some dogs may become overstressed during the training process, if the correction was set too high on the collar, for example. Here is how you can solve this problem:
- Lowering the correction level by 1 or 2 levels may help.
- If this is happening while you are training your dog, make your training sessions shorter and reduce the number of daily sessions. It may also help to increase the amount of playtime before and after each training session.
- Take some extra time to play and have fun with your pet in the yard