Creating Additional Fences with SpotOn


So you’ve already set up your first fence and trained your pup to respect the tones, and given him freedom to roam – safely. But now it’s time for a change; maybe you’re camping, visiting family, or the seasons are changing bringing with them new hazards – like extra muddy spots in your lawn or a newly frozen-over pond.

Whatever the reason, it’s time to create an additional fence!

If you’re on-the-go, say, visiting friends, taking the RV out, or walking on the beach and don’t intend on staying long, you may want to set a quick circular perimeter. This is easy to do and will give your pup some space to romp and sniff… all in an instant!

Creating a Circular Fence

You can create an instant, temporary boundary anywhere you are. Circular fences can be set as small as 150 feet wide and up to 950 feet wide. To create a circular fence, Open the app, go to the "Dogs" screen, then tap "Connect to Manage." Tap "Create Fence", then tap "Circular Fence." Just follow the instructions in the app.

Next, test the boundaries of the fence yourself to be sure the size you’ve selected allows your pup to stay clear of any hazards, and then walk the circular perimeter with your dog to make sure they understand where the tones will sound, as the concept of a circle is a little more difficult for a pup to grasp. Once you're confident your pup understands where the boundaries are, set him free to explore!

Instant circular fences can be great as a camping dog fence, since they are quick and easy to set up.

Note: One great thing about circular fences is that because they are only temporary, they don’t use one of the ten spots that are reserved for your custom fences!

Create a New Custom Fence

To create a new custom fence, follow the same steps you took when you created your first fence! Plan your boundary by picking out or placing landmarks along the route. Choose one of your landmarks as a starting point, then hold the collar with the antenna facing skyward, tap the Start button, and walk the boundary.  As you walk SpotOn automatically places one virtual fence post about every 5 feet. You don’t need to walk in straight lines—the boundary can be curved if needed. And if you stand still for a moment SpotOn will wait until you move.

When you're about 10 feet from your starting landmark, tap Finish, and SpotOn will complete the fence. Then test the fence. Don’t forget that you can utilize the Pause feature if you’d like to fence through treacherous terrain, like hills, rocks, or water.

Note: You can make as many custom fences as you like, and SpotOn can save 10 custom fences at one time. 

Make sure that your new fence follows these basic requirements as your original:

  • Your fence is 80 feet wide at its narrowest location 
  • Your fence allows space for the alert/warning zone (activated at 5' & 10' from the boundary)
  • Boundaries are at least 15 feet away from hazardous or off-limits areas (as a buffer zone to allow for fence boundary drift found in all GPS products)
  • There is at least 30 feet between the fence and your home or any other structure
  • The house is inside your fence

Activating a Saved Fence

To activate a saved fence, simply follow the instructions in the app. 

That’s all there is to it! Creating additional fences is truly as simple as creating your first fence.  We hope that you and your pup enjoy all the places your additional fences allow you to explore!

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  • Hi Geoffrey,
    Thanks for reaching out!

    Unlike other systems, the SpotOn Fence doesn’t have any base stations to plug in or any wires to bury or maintain. It’s truly wireless!

    We recommend you charge the collar when your pup comes in for the evening— kind of like you would a cell phone. The battery can last 24-30 hours, but how it works for you will really depend on your dog’s activity level and where he hangs out (e.g.: if he hangs out indoors with the collar on, the battery will die faster because it is harder for the satellites to make a connection through roofs and walls).

    The battery is not serviceable. It will last 8-10 years depending on your dog’s use.

    I hope that helps! You can find more information on how to maximize battery life here:

    SpotOn Fence
  • What is the installed base?
    What kind of maintenance is required?
    Battery life? How long does it work without a charge?
    What is the installed base requirement for you to be able to sustain the system?

    Geoffrey Campbell
  • Hi Bill,

    Good questions!

    The cost for the system is $1495 per dog with an automatic 15% discount when you buy two or more. Because the fence and entire system is powered by SpotOn’s collar, each dog needs his own. The system does not rely on buried wires or base stations.

    When we say tall structures (in reference to GPS shift) we mean buildings of more than one story.

    We are in the process of developing a product for smaller dogs. Although we do not have an official release date yet, we hope to offer it by the beginning of 2021. We encourage you to join our newsletter at the bottom of our website where we’ll make future announcements.

    Our system is designed and engineered in New Hampshire (USA) and assembled in USA with foreign and domestic parts. Yes, the system works in Alaska! It charges using a USB wall charger, and charging takes around an hour. Because there are no wires or base stations, the range is infinite!

    I hope this answers your questions! You can find more info (including images of the system) here:

    SpotOn Fence
  • 1. What does it cost?
    2. How tall is a tall structure?
    3. Does it work in Alaska?
    4. What does the unit look like?
    5. How does it charge?
    6. Will it work on a small dog?
    7. Where is it made?
    8. What’s its range?

    Bill Dunham

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