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What do I need to know about buying a dog fence collar?

A dog fence collar is the device that corrects your dog when he ventures outside his invisible boundary. Following are the top five things to remember about dog fence collars:

1) Buy a dog fence collar with multiple correction levels.

Some dog fence collars include only one correction level. These single-level receivers are ineffective for most dogs — too strong for dogs with a particularly sensitive nature and too weak for more confident dogs.

Also, remember that a good dog fence training process starts by using very low correction levels. As your dog learns where his boundary lies, you'll increase the correction level until it's powerful enough to stop your dog from challenging the fence. Obviously, you can't follow this method with a single-level receiver.

2) Buy a dog fence collar that uses static correction.

Some dog fence collars use audible tones or citronella for correction. These fences may be able to keep your dog out of your flower beds or your pool, but I wouldn't rely on one to keep your dog in your yard.

3) Change your dog fence collar batteries regularly.

It may take longer than a day (or even longer than a week), but if the batteries on your dog's fence collar run out and you don't change them, your dog is going to run away. So, check your dog's fence collar at least once a week to ensure that it's still in good working order. Generally, a dog fence battery will last anywhere from 3 - 6 months.

4) Be consistent!

If you want your dog to stay in your yard, then he must wear his fence collar every time he's outdoors. Otherwise, he will slowly begin to realize that sometimes the dog fence works... and sometimes it doesn't! Then, one of two things will happen: either your dog will run away, or he'll get really confused (which just isn't fair). So, no ifs, ands, or buts…Make sure the fence collar on your dog EVERY time he goes outside.

5) Don't attach a leash to the dog fence collar.

Dog fence collars have small metal prongs that lay flush against your dog's neck. Normally, your dog won't even feel these prongs, but if you put a leash on the dog fence collar and start tugging, he definitely will. It's not going to hurt him, but it will be uncomfortable.

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