Electric Containment


This article was submitted to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Richard Thomas



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How To Install An Electric Dog Fence?

Dogs love to roam around. You can not make them stay inside always. All of a sudden, they run away from the house for whatever reasons! It is a kind of instinct, which is difficult for them to overcome. They might feel for breeding or energy pent up, and therefore go outside.

Well, you can not ignore their necessity, but this can cause a lot of danger, even death of your beloved dog. So, you need to ensure them sufficient space outside the house and keep them safe at the same time. Furthermore, it is essential to make sure that your dog is not feeling confined in any way.

But how can you do that? Is that even possible?

Installing an electric dog fence (wireless or wired-underground) is quite a brilliant solution to address the complication. Electric fences, including their installation, do have a lower cost than most of the conventional fencing that covers a broader periphery. Dogs and other pets do not feel confined within a more extensive boundary. Most importantly, they stay safe and well-monitored all the time.

But how to install an electric dog fence? We will explain the easiest way later in our writeup. Before that, we want you to know the following tips.

Tips: Before You Install an Electric Dog Fence

  • Firstly, you should consult with a veterinarian. Ask him if an electric fence is suitable for your dog or not. Sometimes, they disagree with using such fencing for your pets, considering their health, habits, and other relevant issues. In that case, know if and how you can prepare your dog or other pet ready for being kept under an electric fence.
  • Secondly, purchase all the required materials and devices for installing an electric fence. In this phase, you should decide whether you would buy a wireless fence or a semi-wired underground fence. Whatever you buy, get the right one suitable for your pet. An electric dog fence includes some components, including transmitter, collar, underground wire (for the underground fence), boundary flags, etc. The transmitter among them is the essential component.
  • It is essential to know where the components, especially transmitter and collar, are made and how much failure rate they do have. A poorly made part (mainly transmitter and collar) can cause severe bodily and mental injury to your beloved pet. So, do some research to find the best electric fencing components.

Installation Basics

Installation of an electric fence may vary from product to product or brand to brand. But there are some basics. If you learn those, you can do the rest by following the given instructions in the manual with each fence.

Wireless models do require less effort while wired or semi-wired underground models require digging and some more effort. Here we explain those basics of installation, mainly for wired models, step by step.

Step 1

Install the transmitter according to your planned layout, means the way you want to cover your compound. Fixing the mounting location accurately is essential. Consider your pets movement and figure out the risks, and therefore finalize the transmitter’s mounting position. Do not ground it any way that is not recommended by the transmitter manufacturer.

Step 2

Now, lay the wire all around the proposed boundary before grounding. It is because you need to test and be sure if things are okay, there is no obstacle between the wire and transmitter. Check if the wires are twisted together anyway and make sure they are twisted or cross-connected. Such incident may cancel the signals. So, before digging down the wires, run a test by laying those along the boundary.

Step 3

While testing, connect the boundary wire ends to the transmitter and switch on the system. Check if the cable can take the signals accurately. Switch on the collar and check if it is working correctly. See if it produces audible alarms when your dog approaches the boundary line. Check it also if it offers any risky shock instantly or on an interval. A branded product should be your first priority when you choose a collar. They do less malfunction.

Step 4

If the bought containment does not come with enough wire as required for your yard, splice in extra wires using wire connectors. Buy any amount of additional wire from reliable brands. But make sure the newly bought cable is as specified in the manual of the containment system.

Strip the wire at both ends, insert into the connector, and twist correctly. Pull the wires to check if the splice is solid and functional.

Step 5

Once you are sure about everything is done and ready to work, start digging a trench from 1″ to 3″ deep along the pre-planned boundary line. Do not allow the wire to get close to the chain-link fences.

If you require crossing the surfaces while trenching, e.g., pavement or concrete, apply the masonry blades of a circular saw to cut precisely.

Finally, bury the wires after installation and patch the surfaces with appropriate materials in respect of every different surface. Now, test again if that works as expected. Once done, it’s ready for your dogs and pets.

Last Words

That is all about the basics of how to install an electric dog fence. You should follow the instruction manual coming with the containment kit. We thing, grabbing the rest would not be tough.

But you must remember one thing that many of the electric pet fences are quite susceptible to power surges and lightning strikes.

So, ground it carefully, and make sure it is being protected this way from lightning or surges while. Do not skip to follow the instruction given in its manual.