Creating Additional Fences with SpotOn4 comments
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!