In-Ground Fencing

The SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence will make sure your dog stays safely in the yard.

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The SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence will make sure your dog stays safely in the yard.
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How it Works

The SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence gives your dog room to run… but not run away! From city lots to large properties up to 100 acres, our system has been proven safe, comfortable and effective for containing all dogs over 10 pounds. Setup is easy: simply bury a wire at the perimeter of the yard. When your dog is wearing its collar and nears the boundary, it hears a warning beep. If your dog continues toward the boundary or tries to leave, the collar delivers a harmless static stimulation as a reminder to stay in the “safe” part of the property. With some simple training exercises, your dog quickly learns to respect the limits you’ve set.

SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence

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SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence
  • 100 acre range
  • Waterproof receiver collar
  • Expandable to any number of dogs with additional collars
  • 4 stimulation levels to match any dog’s temperament
  • Built-in lightning protection
  • Anti-linger feature prevents dog from staying in warning zone until battery dies
  • Wire break alarm on transmitter

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Installing an in-ground fence is an easy weekend project.

  1. Plan your layout
  2. Install and test your system
  3. Place the collar on your dog and find the right stimulation level
  4. Train your dog in short sessions during the next two weeks

Skills and tools required: Installation involves simple handiwork with basic yard tools. You’ll be burying wire at a very shallow depth, possibly splicing wire, and patching the surface along the perimeter.

To install your fence, it's helpful to plan your layout before burying the wires in your yard. Here are some tips and sample layouts to help you visualize how the SportDOG In-Ground Fence can work for your yard and your dog.

Basic Installation

The in-ground fence keeps your dog safe with a transmitter, collar, and buried wires. The transmitter sends the signal to your dog's collar, and the wire sets the boundary for your dog. The wire must make a continuous loop that starts at the transmitter, goes around your yard, and ends at the transmitter.
Single Loop Layout

The Single Loop or Perimeter Loop is the most common layout. You'll use one continuous wire to cover your entire yard. You can also use the Single Loop Layout to keep your dog out of gardens, pools, or landscaping.
Double Loop Layout

The Double Loop Layout lets you create a boundary for part of your property. This is a great way to give your dog access to the backyard or front yard only. Keep in mind that with the double loop, the wires must be placed 3-5 feet apart.
Double Loop with Fence or Dock

You can also use the In-Ground Fence in a yard that is already partially fenced. For a waterfront property, the Double Loop layout can give your dog access to the yard and dock.

Electronic fences are more affordable and reliable than ever. They’re perfect for hunting dog owners who live in urban areas or have a hunting dog that is also the family pet. But if you install a fence, strap a collar on your dog, and turn it loose in the yard, you’re bound to be disappointed. If you’ve been properly using an electronic collar for hunting, your job is partly done already. But even if your dog has never worn an e-collar, it’s not a problem. Here’s how to start training.

BE PATIENT WITH YOUR DOG

  • Have fun with your dog throughout the training process. Training should be fun, fair, firm and consistent.
  • Train for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Don’t try to do too much too quickly. More-frequent short sessions are better than less-frequent longer sessions.
  • If your dog shows signs of stress, slow down the training schedule, add additional days of training, or increase the amount of play time with your dog in the Boundary Area. Common stress signals include:

                  •   Dog pulling on leash toward the house
                  •   Ears tucked
                  •   Tail down
                  •   Body lowered
                  •   Nervous / frantic movement or stiffening of dog’s body

  • Your dog must be completely comfortable near the Boundary Flags at the end of every training session. Spend at least 5 minutes of “play time” at the completion of each session within 10 feet of the Boundary Flags.
  • Finish each training session on a positive note with lots of praise and play.
  • Remove the Collar Receiver after each training session.
  • Be sure to contain your dog by another means during the training period (pen, tie-out, leash, etc.).
  • During training, if you need to take your dog out of the Boundary Area, remove the Collar Receiver and either pick your dog up or put him in the car to pass out of the Boundary Area.
  • Even if you think your dog is responding well to the training, complete the entire training. Reinforcement is important!

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PHASE 1 (DAY 1) - BOUNDARY FLAG AWARENESS
Perform three sessions on day 1, each training session lasting 10-15 minutes.

GOAL:

To have your dog learn that the Boundary Flags and warning beep from the Collar Receiver define the new Boundary Area.

SETUP:

  • Begin training with Stimulation Level 2 and only increase if your dog does not respond to the Stimulation.
  • Put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck ABOVE the Collar Receiver and attach a leash (Be sure the extra collar does not put pressure on the Contact Points).
  • Have tiny pieces of treats that your dog will find desirable available.
  • Have your dog’s favorite play toy available.

STEPS:

  1. Begin by walking your dog on a leash in the Boundary Area. Calmly praise and talk to your dog, occasionally giving treats.
  2. Move toward the Boundary Flags (10A). Keep your mood happy and throw treats to the ground.
  3. With full control of your dog on a leash, toss a treat on the outside edge of the flags. As your dog enters the Stimulation Zone to receive the treat, he will begin to receive a mild Stimulation (10B). The longer your dog remains in the Stimulation Zone, the stronger the Stimulation will get. Allow him to stay in the Stimulation Zone for 2 seconds then gently help your dog back into the Boundary Area (10C). Immediately praise and offer him a treat as he enters the Boundary Area, even if you have helped with the leash. Wiggle a Boundary Flag to help your dog understand that the discomfort of the Stimulation happens around the flags.

              
     
  4. Repeat this process at the same Boundary Flag until your dog resists going into the Stimulation Zone.
  5. Aim to master 3-4 Boundary Flags per session. Make this FUN! Praise your dog if he quickly retreats or resists going into the Stimulation Zone.

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PHASE 2 (DAYS 2 THRU 4) - CONTINUE BOUNDARY FLAG AWARENESS
Perform three sessions per day, each lasting 10-15 minutes.

GOAL:

To train your dog to stay in the Boundary Area and respect the boundary while you are outside of it.

SETUP:

  • Begin training with Stimulation Level 2 and only increase if your dog does not respond to the Stimulation.
  • Put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck ABOVE the Collar Receiver and attach a leash.
  • Have tiny pieces of treats available.
  • Have your dog’s favorite play toy available.

STEPS:

  1. Repeat steps 1-4 in Phase One.
  2. Drop the leash, leaving your dog in the Boundary Area.
  3. Walk outside the boundary and wiggle the Boundary Flags facing your dog.
  4. Continue around the entire boundary doing this, tossing treats to your dog in the Boundary Area and praising him.

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PHASE 3 (DAYS 5 THRU 8) - DISTRACTION PHASE
Perform three training sessions per day, each lasting 10 to 15 minutes.

GOAL:

To train your dog to stay within the Boundary Area with distractions outside of the Boundary Area.

SETUP:

  • Begin training with Stimulation Level 2 and only increase if your dog does not respond to the Stimulation.
  • Put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck ABOVE the Collar Receiver and attach a leash.
  • Have tiny pieces of treats available.
  • Have your dog’s favorite play toy available.
  • Create distractions to tempt your dog to enter the Warning and Stimulation Zones, such as:

                   •   Have a family member cross from inside the Boundary Area to outside of it.
                   •   Throw a ball outside of the Boundary Area.
                   •   Have a neighbor walk their dog outside of the Boundary Area.

STEPS:

  1. With full control of your dog on a leash, have the distraction presented.
  2. If your dog does not move toward the distraction, praise and offer a treat.
  3. If your dog does react to the distraction, allow him to go into the Stimulation Zone.
  4. Help your dog back into the Boundary Area if he does not turn back after 3 seconds.
  5. Give treats and praise your dog anytime he comes back into the Boundary Area with or without help.
  6. Repeat this process with other distractions. Use other family members during this process.

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PHASE 4 (DAYS 9 THRU 14) - UNLEASHED SUPERVISION

Training sessions should start at 10-15 minutes, gradually increasing to over an hour.

Your dog is ready for this step only when he clearly avoids the entire Boundary Flag line, regardless of any distractions or temptations. During this step, do not leave your dog unattended.

GOAL:

To give your dog free run of the Boundary Area off the leash.

SETUP:

Adjust the Collar Receiver to the permanent setting appropriate for your dog depending on his size and temperament.

STEPS:

  1. Enter the Boundary Area with your dog wearing the Collar Receiver.
  2. Walk around the yard and play with your dog, staying within the Boundary Area at all times.
  3. Preoccupy yourself with another task in the yard while watching your dog.
  4. Should your dog escape, take the Collar Receiver off or turn the system off at the Fence Transmitter and lead him back into the Boundary Area.

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DAYS 15 THRU 30 - MONITORING YOUR DOG

Your dog is ready to run! Check in on your dog at regular intervals.

NOTE: After you are satisfied your dog’s training is complete, remove every other Boundary Flag every 4 days until all flags are removed. Save Boundary Flags for future use.

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