Forest Mode

Up Your GPS Sensitivity

Live on a wooded lot? Enable Forest Mode for increased GPS accuracy, even in dense tree cover. 

You can get a solid GPS connection almost everywhere on the earth’s surface. With a good understanding of how and where GPS works, we created SpotOn to take advantage of this! However, it worked a little too well, and we had tune it back a bit. We created an algorithm that recognizes when a dog is wearing a SpotOn collar and moving around indoors, which deactivates audible tones and static correction. 

If your dog is outdoors and under heavy tree coverage, the collar can sometimes think it is indoors and turn off the tones and static correction. Don't worry, it's not broken! 

Activate Forest Mode and the collar will no longer think your pup is indoors! GPS will be at full sensitivity, alerts will not be deactivated, and your pup can enjoy more time outdoors. 

Just note, if Forest Mode is active, you will need to take some precautions when your dog comes indoors. Read the recommendations below for creating maps with Forest Mode. 

Activating Forest Mode:

  • Select “System,” go to Forest Mode Off 
  • Hit enter, display will change to Forest Mode On
  • Go to “Exit” to save

Once Forest Mode is enabled, your SpotOn System will enjoy greater sensitivity under dense tree cover and within structures such as covered porches, sheds, barns, and your home.

To ensure the safety and comfort of your dog when forest mode is enabled, your entire home must be included in your map, your boundary lines must be at least 80’ away from your home, and the map must be deactivated - or  your pup's collar needs to be removed - any time your dog goes indoors.

Don't see forest mode on your menu?

You may be using an outdated version of the SpotOn software. You can download the latest version below.

Creating Fences with Forest Mode

Because Forest Mode enhances the GPS sensitivity, there are a few things to keep in mind when using it on fences near your home. 

Include your entire house in the map. This is so there are no boundaries going through your house and your dog will not be alerted for trying to move around inside.

Make boundary lines at least 80 feet from any side of your house
Why? GPS signals can bounce off tall structures and metal roofs-- this "bouncing" could result in your fence boundary getting "bounced" indoors and unintentionally alerting your dog. This can also happen with forest mode off, but since the collar knows your pup is indoors, it will deactivate all alerts. 

Remove the SpotOn collar when your pup comes indoors. Just to be sure he is not alerted.

Deactivate your map when your pup comes indoors. Again, just to be sure. This can be done from the collar or, if Connectivity is on, your phone.

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