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Hi,

I could really use some help on figuring out how to adjust the strength on an "Invisible Fence" brand dog collar.

I had an Invisible Fence installed around 4 acres of my yard after I picked up a new puppy. Since the puppy was 10 weeks old, the installer set the collar strength to the lowest level (level 1 and it goes to level 5), and he told me the collar would need to be adjusted when the dog grew bigger. He's now just over 6 months old and normally, when I let him out he stays inside the invisible fence perimeter. But occasionally, such as when he's chasing something, he runs through the fence like it's not even there. I've tested the fence and collar and they're working right, so I think it's time to increase the strength of the collar.

My invisible fence brand installer told me that only Invisible Fence dealer personnel are authorized to adjust the collar strength. I want to do it myself because 1) I don't want to drive the 40 miles to their office, and 2) I don't want to pay them $75 come to my house.

I've looked at every angle of the receiver and removed the collar strap, the posts, and the battery cover and battery to look inside the battery well. I can find no way to adjust anything. I can find no "buttons", no dials, or anything that could be adjusted on the collar. A few seconds after I put the battery in, I see 5 blinks of a green light, and that's the only thing I see the receiver do at all. Can someone please tell me how to make the adjustment?
 

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You put this thing on a puppy!? Shame on you... get off your butt and go outside with your puppy, on leash.

Even as an adult dog on max strength the chances are good a golden will suffer the pain and run after something or someone. Sad part is they won't run back in. Try putting this thing on your neck and see how it feels, really bad choice in my opinion.

There is also a really good chance someone will remove the collar and carry your sweet puppy away.
 

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Hi Dan, this isn't how Golden Retriever puppies are trained. It's not normal to give them a big space to run in, then shock them at the boundaries. That's not what this breed of dog is meant for. They're very, very sensitive dogs.
Goldens are people dogs. They need to live with your family, and be with you all day. They need to be loved.
If you're ignoring them all day to run free and do nothing, and they're testing your ill-concieved electric fence through boredom or frustration, the issue is with you my friend - not the dog...
Bring your dog into your home, love them. Treat them like you would gentle and sensitive children.
Otherwise give them up to someone who can give them a more realistic and kindly life.
It might be better for both of you?
 

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Dan - is your puppy actually a Golden Retriever? Just that your (first and only) post seems very breed agnostic.
Odd that you'd post here asking for 'recommendations' for how to up the electric shocks for your puppy(!!) without expressing any interest in the Golden Retriever breed....
Strikes me as odd.
What's your deal?
 
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