Correction Level Setting
It depends on the electric dog fence system as to what correction levels they offer. The more expensive systems generally have more correction levels to choose from, whereas the basic systems offer less. Many systems allow the correction level setting to be individualized for each collar being used. This allows each dog to have their own individual correction setting. Other systems allow only one correction level to be used with all collars on the system.
The fewer correction levels there are, the larger the difference in strength between the levels. The more levels that there are, the more exact. Having a system with a larger selection of correction levels is a better idea. In order for your dog to get the most out of your system, it is essential to find the right correction level for each dog. If it is set too low, this can result in problems with the fence training and the dog may break out. If it is set too high, your dog may become fearful, stressed or anxious. The perfect balance can be found if you follow some simple guidelines in regards to setting the correction level on your electric dog fence collar.
The Right Correction Level Setting
Because every dog is different, finding the right correction level setting becomes an individual process, each and every time. Although your dog’s size and temperament can be good beginning points for choosing a system, this is not all that is involved. The level of correction you select should not be based solely on breed, size or temperament. Each dog has its own perception of the static stimulation, so dogs that are more sensitive may never need to have more than a level one stimulation.
However, some dogs require a stronger correction. Certain dogs may work well with a particular correction level until some type of distraction has been introduced. Once there are distractions, you may find it necessary to bump it up a level. In opposite cases, some dogs that are very sensitive may become over-stimulated even when the correction level is at its lowest. For these dogs, using a different type of non-static collar may be the best bet.
How do you know you how found the right correction level setting? It should be enough to get your dog’s attention and redirect his focus without causing him pain, anxiety or over-stimulation. The correction level should be just to show your dog that wandering into the correction zone is not worth it. You don’t want to scare or overpower your dog into avoiding the boundary. The idea is that you want your dog to choose to stay in the safety zone.
Should the correction level be too strong, the dog will become irritated, upset and overstimulated. This can cause a sort of mental block from stress and anxiety, causing the learning to stop. For this reason, it is important to always start with the lowest setting, working your way up if you need to. This is to make sure you avoid accidentally over-correct your dog, creating a negative impression with training on the electric dog fence.
Determining the Correction Level Setting That’s Right for Your Dog
In step one of training, only the warning tone and not the correction is used for the electric dog fence. In step two, the correction was added. As stated previously, begin on the lowest available setting and watch your dog carefully for his reaction. The reaction you are looking for are looking up or at the ground suddenly, perking up at the ears, scratching the collar or shaking a little bit, as if water or a bug has touched them.
Increasing the Correction Level
If your dog happens to wander into the boundary zone more than once, not showing any sign of noticing the correction, you may need to move up a level. Be sure to always move up one level at a time, never skipping a level. It is recommended that you only move up one level at each training session. This will make sure that you don’t accidentally increase the correction strength too fast.
Decreasing the Correction Level
In order to avoid overcorrection, it is always best to level up than level down. Not like under-correction, a correction that is too intense will deter the training process. Doing this can cause sensitive dogs to be fearful and anxious. If you overcorrect a dog, it can cause them to become afraid of the fence and make training longer and harder. Always start with the lowest setting and in one training session at a time, you can increase the correction level, by one. If your dog vocalizes, jumps or shows other signs of distress, the correction level is set too high for your dog. If this should happen, go back to step one, working in tone only mode and then continue through step 2, leveling up a little at a time.