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How To Add A Second Collar To PetSafe Wireless Fence

Key Takeaways

  • Being a well-established brand, PetSafe wireless pet containment systems are known for ease-of-use, and hence the process of installing new collars for them is one of the easiest ones out there.
  • That being said, a few problems can still arise when introducing an extra receiver collar to the system.
  • Fortunately, it’s also easy enough to troubleshoot the problems with a PetSafe wireless containment system, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

A wireless dog fence can be just what your pup needs to stay safe in the yard, but what if you have more than one pup? In my experience, PetSafe is one of the best wireless dog fence systems out there for multiple occupants, and many satisfied customers like myself can attest to that. To deploy an extra receiver collar in this wireless pet containment system, you just have to hold its power button for five seconds while it’s off, until it flashes green and beeps. Make sure the transmitter is in multi-dog mode before doing so. Then, hold the gray button until the test light flashes red to check if the static correction is working properly.

That’s basically the gist of how to add a second collar to PetSafe wireless fence. PetSafe makes it relatively easy to do this, but you might run into some issues during setup or find yourself wanting to add shocks to the new collar. In this article, I’ll walk you through the proper way of setting up an additional receiver collar with your PetSafe wireless fence, and how to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.

Adding a New Collar to Your PetSafe Wireless Fence

As mentioned above, it’s fairly easy to add an extra receiver collar to your PetSafe wireless fence. The basic procedure involves the following:

  1. Make sure that the new collar is off and that the transmitter has been set to multiple dogs mode.
  2. Hold down the wireless collars power button for a few seconds until the LED flashes green and beeps.
  3. Once it’s fully connected, test the static correction by pressing the gray button and touching the contact points.
  4. Test the proximity sensing by moving towards the edge of the pet area. If it beeps and deploys static at the distances you expect, you’re done. If not, adjust the boundary control dial or boundary switch until the correction levels trigger at the right distances from the perimeter fence.

Of course, if the dog you got an extra receiver collar for is new to the concept of an invisible fence, you will need to train them to get used to it, so they don’t experience excessive corrections. Make sure that your dog fully associates the collar’s beeping sounds with the corrections.

Personally, I prefer to ease them into it first by repeatedly leading them to the boundary flags and hold the collar close to their heads so they can hear the beep. This helps them establish the fact that getting close to those parts makes the collar beep, and when they’re wearing the collar, that beeping means they’ll receive a correction when they go any further.

Then, you will need to secure a separate, non-metallic collar above the wireless receiver collar on your dog’s neck. In my experience, a nylon collar is best for this, as you wouldn’t want to add to the extra discomfort that the wireless receiver collar is putting on your dog already.

After that, you can simply attach a lead. You will want to make sure that the second collar does not place any pressure on the contact points.

Resyncing the Wireless System

You might find that you need to sync your wireless pet containment system once more to ensure that each wireless receiver collar works smoothly. There are a few steps in this process, so pay careful attention so that you properly follow them. Here is what you will need to do to re-sync the wireless pet containment system:

  1. Remove all receiver collars from each dog’s neck.
  2. Remove each receiver collar’s battery.
  3. Change the fence transmitter limit switch from its lower position to the upper position.
  4. Slowly set the limit switch to 8, all the way down to 1, then back to the fourth position.

Adjusting the correction level on a new PetSafe collar

PetSafe Wireless Fence Collar

Many PetSafe wireless collar models these days start off with tone-only mode alerts, or fairly low levels of static correction. This tends to be the ideal for dog owners who want it to be as humane as possible, but some may want a stronger correction level for unresponsive dogs.

Alternatively, you may also want to adjust the static correction level on your extra receiver collar to a lower one to accommodate your pet’s temperament if they don’t react too well to the static or other corrections.

To do this with your PetSafe collar, you will need to start off by increasing the collar’s static correction level. You can do this by just pressing the correction level button; you should see the light start blinking within 5 seconds of pressing it. The number of blinks usually indicates the correction level. Once you have reached the right level, release the button.

Static Correction Levels [1] are able to be increased from 1 to 5. If your pet’s receiver collar is already at Level 5, pressing down on the Correction Level Button will return the collar receiver to Level 1.

Pairing the Collar With the Remote Control

Want to connect your second collar to your fence system’s remote control? First, you will need to turn the receiver collar off using your dog’s receiver collar. You will need to restart it, so go ahead and press and hold down on the power button.

You need to hold down on it until the green light on your dog’s collar receiver starts flashing about once per second. The flashing light will continue for 16 seconds, which gives it time to complete the pairing process with the remote control.

How To Install A Wireless Dog Fence?

Woman playing with dog wearing PetSafe collar.

It is fairly easy to install a wireless pet containment system, unless you’re trying to put together a DIY fence, but using it requires a brief learning curve to be completed before it becomes second nature. Check our guide on how to install a wireless dog fence.

Basic Troubleshooting Steps If The Collar Is Not Working At All

PetSafe wireless fence not working with your extra receiver collar? There are a number of reasons to this. Whether it has stopped working or never worked to begin with, there are some tricks you can try to get it working again.

What I recommend doing is to remove the battery from the inside of the extra receiver collar. You will then need to press and hold down on the settings button to turn off the device. You will know it is off when the lights no longer illuminate.

You can then try to listen for its tone, feel the collar receiver’s contact points for static, or visually verify that the indicator light flashes to see if all systems are working as intended. Sometimes, re-syncing your wireless pet containment system will resolve a potential glitch.

If these basic troubleshooting steps don’t help you, you may need to ask for a product replacement.


How do you connect the second PetSafe collar?

Connecting your second PetSafe collar is simple. As long as you have the wireless pet containment system already set up, you can place the second collar on your dog’s neck or hold it close enough to them for your dog to hear its beeping noise during training time. Press down on the button until it flashes red; this will indicate that the collar is on and paired to the system.

How do I add another collar to my PetSafe fence?

All you need to do is place the receiver collar on your dog’s neck and adjust the collar levels as you feel is necessary. You just need to turn the receiver collar on when you want it to be in use.

How do I sync my PetSafe collar and remote?

If you need to sync your PetSafe collar and remote, turn off the wireless fence receiver collar. Restart it by pressing and holding down on power button until the green light flashes every second for 16 seconds. Then, the pairing process should be complete.

Do all PetSafe collars work together?

Not all collars will work with a particular PetSafe wireless pet containment system. Some collars can be assigned to a range of pet containment system models, but others, such as the PetSafe wireless dog GPS fence, can only work with one kind of collar. This is why it is important to check the manufacturer’s specs before you buy one. If the collar is indeed a legitimate PetSafe collar, it will work with the wireless fence. Collars will vary by your dog’s size, of course.

A wireless fence like that made by PetSafe is easy to install, and every one of your dogs should have their own collar that is synced to the system. Adding a second one is usually pretty simple, and you can add as many as you need to, to keep your pups safe and secure while playing in the yard.

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