How To Test Your Hidden Dog Fence

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If the new year has welcomed a new member to the family that was unexpected, you might be starting the year differently. While giving or receiving a puppy can be a heartwarming experience, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Within weeks, your puppy, which was once small enough to sit in your tennis shoe, has now started chewing on your tennis shoes and slippers and needs room to run. 

If you are fortunate enough to live in a home with a yard, you have taken some of the hassles out of owning a pet. Instead of taking multiple trips around the block or to a local dog park for regular exercise, you can now release your new pet out into the yard. However, with many communities requiring your pet to be on a leash, you’ll want to make sure your pet is secure when let outside. 

Read on to learn whether a hidden fence is a good idea for your home and property and how to test the fence to ensure it works correctly.


What is a hidden dog fence?

Hidden dog fences in Georgia enable the containment of your pet by combining a collar worn around your pet’s neck with a signaling system around the boundary of your property. This consists of a radio signal that sends a warning to your furry friend when he gets close to the hidden fence followed by a static correction if your pal goes beyond the parameters in your yard. 

Many pets are easily trained to stay within the borders of a hidden fence and, after a few practice sessions, will know where they can (and can’t) go. To help pets learn their boundaries, a hidden fence from DogWatch® utilizes flags to act as a visual cue so your pet can see where the border is located.

Training Your Dog to Use a Hidden Fence

How do I know if my hidden dog fence is working?

Once you’ve chosen a hidden dog fence configuration that’s best suited for your property you’ll want to be sure that it works properly. After installing the fence either professionally or yourself, here are a few steps to follow to be certain that you and your pet will be successful from the first use of their new hidden fence collar.

Test the signal – While you may want to jump ahead and place the collar on your pet’s neck before checking to see if it’s working properly, we don’t recommend that. You want your pet to be confident and not frightened by the new collar, so it’s best to make the process as easy as possible. 

Adjust the collar strap size to about the same as your pet’s neck and walk toward the yard boundary until you hear the collar begin to “beep.” Make sure you hold the collar at about the same height off the ground as your pet’s head (ear height), typically below your waist.

If you hear the collar beep you will know that the hidden fence is working. Specifically, when broken down, the test results show:

    • The wall-mounted transmitter is working properly.
    • The receiver (pet collar) is working.
    • The batteries are good.
    • Your pet will receive a warning to stop advancing toward the hidden fence boundary.

If you don’t hear the collar beep when testing your electric dog fence, you will want to check each of the items listed above to see if they are in working order. Sometimes the beep is too low for humans to hear, but your pet will have no problem hearing the sound.


Buy a Hidden Fence from DogWatch®

At DogWatch®, we know that your pet is more than just a pet, they are a part of the family, and it’s your responsibility to protect them from danger. Our fences are invisible, so your pets won’t be able to see them, try to dig out from under them or jump over them. Plus, our state-of-the-art technology ensures a consistent FM radio signal, so your pet stays within the confines of your property. 

Contact us today to learn more about our hidden dog fences, as well as the average invisible fence cost, and how they can protect your furry friends and protect them from dangers outside your property.