Training your dog properly in the use of wireless electric dog fence is essential for getting the maximum benefit out of the system. The recommended duration of training is 15 consecutive days. A typical training schedule should consist of 10–15 minute sessions that are repeated 2–3 times a day.
There is essentially six steps that Havahart has implemented when training your dog for the wireless electric system. They are as follows:
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How to Train Your Dog on a Wireless Pet Fence
Preliminary Phase – Flag Awareness Training (Optional)
Put the Havahart® Collar on your dog and, on top of it put another collar (non-metal) with a leash. Walk your dog inside the roaming area for 5 minutes and avoid contact with the trigger zone. Approach one of the flags and stop your dog just short of it. Shake the flag gently and say, “Bad flag.” Repeat this procedure with several flags. Your dog is ready to proceed to Phase-I of the training when it avoids approaching the flags while moving freely inside the roaming area.
Phase-I – Passive Training (Day 1–3)
You should turn the fence on and set the correction level to tone only. Walk your dog as in the Preliminary Phase. Only this time allow your dog to cross over to the trigger zone. A correction tone is emitted which the dog hears clearly. Like before, shake the nearby flag and say, “Bad flag.” This helps the dog to associate the tone with the flag. Repeat with several flags. Your dog can proceed to the next level when it avoids the flags without you prompting it.
Phase-II – Active Training (Day 4–7)
Now, you should set the correction level to Static Level-1. Repeat the Phase-I training, only this time when the dog crosses over to the trigger zone it hears the tone as well as receives static correction. Note that for some dogs it may be necessary to increase the static correction to Level-2.
Phase-III – On-Leash Distractions (Day 8–11)
Repeat the same training pattern as in Phase-II. Additionally, create a distraction for your dog that can be a toy, treat, or another dog outside the roaming area. Let your dog cross over to the trigger area and feel the correction. If your dog does not return within a few seconds, promptly lead it back and praise it.
Phase-IV – Off-Leash Supervision (Day 12–15)
These sessions should be timed at 10–15 minutes to start, but should be increased to an hour gradually. Play with your dog inside the roaming area, without the leash attached to its collar. After a while, stop paying attention to the dog. If the dog crosses over to the trigger zone, lead your dog back and shake a nearby flag gently. Repeat the process with distractions.
Phase-V – Dog Monitoring (Day 16 & Beyond)
The dog should now be aware of not crossing the trigger zone and remaining within the roaming area. Let your dog roam freely within it.
Remember, it is advisable to end each training session with lots of positive praise and play time in the roaming area a little away from the training flags.