How To Install A Wireless Pet Containment System
After all the hard work of finding your new pet containment system, it is now time to install it. The device is all set up and requires some basic knowledge of what your system does. Here are a few terminologies associated with the system:
A transmitter is the main unit that will be transmitting the static shock through the collar. There are range adjustments and perimeter adjustments to help customize the boundary. The control for the intensity of the static shock is located on the transmitter.
A boundary is the point beyond which the pet cannot go. It is initially marked with flags included in the kit so during training, the pet and trainer know exactly where it is. Once the pet is trained accordingly the boundary flags are removed.
- Wireless Collar
The wireless collar is the main device that must be working properly order to deliver the corrective behavior static shock. The unit is charged and usually lasts up to a week or more. The collar comes with 2 sizes of prongs. The short prong is for short haired pets and the long prong for longer hair pets. If during any time of training the pet doesn’t show a significant response to the static shock then you need to increase the intensity or if you are using the largest prong, trim the hair back. The collar prongs must be in direct contact with the pet’s skin. Please note the following important notes about the collar:
- Remove collar in the night while the pet is sleeping.
- Do not leave your pet for more than 10 hours.
- Do not use the collar to attach a leash or anything else.
- Do not pull on the collar or yank the collar.
- Keep collar charged.
Boundary flags will help remember where the boundary is until the pet is properly trained. Your pet will also recognize these flags.
Wireless Pet Containment System Installation Step-by-Step
- Removal & Installation Of Transmitter
Remove everything from the box. Read the manual, if there is one. Install the transmitter unit in a place that allows full range on your property. Make sure there is no metal within 2 feet of the transmitter. Hang on the wall if wall mounted or set up higher; at least 2 to 4 feet from ground level.
- Setting Up Boundary
Take out the collar and attach to the charger and wait about 2 hours to get a complete charge, usually, a light will blink when ready. Press and hold the on button until the light starts blinking.. When setting-up a boundary make sure you are aware of the transmitter’s specifications on distances. Most manufacturers have a high frequency and a low frequency depending on the range needed. If your home has a large backyard you will need to adjust the setting usually found on the transmitter base.
Next, we suggest that you have a helper as it will make set-up easier.
One person stands at the transmitter while another walks out toward the boundary and waits for the beeping signal of the boundary line and the static shock. Using the boundary flags place them as you walk the boundary line. Make sure you walk around your entire home so you know where it stops and starts. Also, in order to take your pet inside and out of the home making sure there is an exit point on the property is ideal. On most models, adjust the setting to hone in on the frequency and make a more custom fit to your area.
- Adjusting The Collar Static Shock
Most collars have an adjustable button that will signal what level of static shock correction it will deliver. Always start your pet out on the lowest setting and if no positive response is received, then an adjustment is needed. If the shock is too much for the pet it will avoid the boundary and will be quite anxious and upset. This is not a positive reaction so avoid setting too high.
- Training And Removal Of Boundary Flags
Most models contain a training guide, which is also available on YouTube, to help you train your pet to stay inside the boundary. Please note that it will take some dedicated time and understanding to train properly. Once the training is complete slowly remove the boundary flags allowing the pet to ease into the unmarked boundary.
Training your pet to stay inside the boundaries is a matter of consistency and confidence for the trainer. It has been proven that a mixed method of boundary static shock and teach, reward, reinforce is the best way to get lasting behavioral changes. Make sure you follow the recommendations of the manufacturer when setting up your system as they do vary. Areas that have steep declines or inclines may have a harder time with receiving signal so test the device first.