Are you struggling with common problems related to your underground dog fence? Don't worry; we've got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, we will share valuable troubleshooting tips to help you diagnose common underground dog fence issues to keep your canine companion safe and secure within its designated boundaries.
We will focus on three main components of your dog fencing system: electronics, wiring, and the dog itself. By examining these components and addressing common problems, you can maintain an effective electric dog fence for your pets well into the future.
One of the most common problems with underground dog fences, also referred to as “underground electric dog fences” or “electric dog fences,” is when dogs run through the defined boundary. This can usually be traced back to a problem with the receiver collar, such as a loose fit or a dead battery. To address this issue, follow these steps:
Ensure the receiver collar is snug and that the battery is charged. If the receiver collar has an integrated LED light and a stimulation level adjustment button, test the receiver collar battery by pressing the stimulation level adjustment button and observing the LED light to see if it illuminates.
The receiver collar should be snug under the dog's neck, with just enough space for the tips of your fingers between the receiver collar contact tips and their neck. If the receiver collar is too loose, tighten it for a better fit. If you can get your whole hand between the receiver collar contact tips and neck, or you're able to rotate the receiver collar around the neck with little or no friction, it's probably too loose.
If your dog fencing system provided you with one, use the provided static stimulation tester on the receiver collar contact tips and check if the tester lights up and if the receiver collar emits a tone when nearing the dog fence line. If it’s confirmed there's a static stimulation coming from the receiver collar, adjust the receiver collar's fit or increase the static stimulation level according to the dog fence system owner's manual.
Examine the dog fence transmitter for power and check if the transmitter is plugged into a working power outlet. If there's no power, check the GFCI outlet or circuit breaker. If there's power, but the dog fence transmitter remains non-operational, replace the transmitter or the plug-in transformer.
This usually indicates a wire break with the dog fence boundary wire. Perform a short loop test to determine if the issue is in the dog fence wiring or the dog fence surge protector. If necessary, call a dog fencing professional or use a wire break locator to repair the break.
This may be caused by a partial or corroded boundary wire splice. Re-splice the affected boundary wire areas or perform an OHM test to identify the issue. Use underground, waterproof, grease-filled tubes with wire nuts for splicing. If the problem persists, consider consulting with a dog fencing professional.
If the receiver collar still isn't functioning after checking all other components, it may be time to replace the receiver collar, as it may have become damaged or worn out from daily use.
Examine the receiver collar closely for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or wear on the outer casing. These issues may impact the receiver collar's ability to function correctly as well as negatively impact waterproofing effectiveness.
Double-check the battery's condition and ensure it’s holding a charge as most modern dog fencing systems offer rechargeable batteries. If the battery is nearing end of service due to age and/or the receiver collar battery is no longer holding a charge, it’s highly recommended to replace it with a new receiver collar.
Dirt, debris, grime, etc. on the receiver collar contact tips may interfere with its ability to deliver static stimulation. Clean the contact tips gently with a soft cloth or cotton swab to remove any unwanted buildup.
Refer to the owner's manual for specific electric dog fence troubleshooting advice regarding your dog fence system's brand and model. There may be additional steps or settings to adjust that can help resolve issues with the receiver collar.
If you're still having trouble with the receiver collar, reach out to the manufacturer's customer support team for assistance. They may have further advice or be able to recommend a suitable replacement for your specific dog fencing system. Alternatively, you can consult a local professional who specializes in underground dog fence installations and repairs.
If you've tried all troubleshooting steps and the receiver collar remains unresponsive, it's likely time to invest in a new one. Here are some signs that your dog fence receiver collar needs to be replaced:
When selecting a new receiver collar, consider the following factors to ensure you get the best solution for your dog and your personal needs:
It's important to maintain your dog fence receiver collar properly to ensure its longevity and effectiveness:
By following these troubleshooting tips and maintenance practices, you can effectively address common problems with your underground dog fence and keep your canine companion safely contained within the designated boundaries. Keep in mind that your dog's safety and well-being are top priorities, so if you are ever unsure about how to resolve an issue or need further assistance, don't hesitate to consult with a dog fencing professional or the manufacturer's customer support team. With the right care and attention, you can keep your electric dog fence functioning effectively and ensure a secure and happy environment for your furry friend.