Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Install In-ground Dog Fences

  • So, you have done your research, purchased your first in-ground dog fence, and now you are ready for installation.  The purpose of this blog is just to cover the basics of installation of your new in-ground pet fence.  I have included the information you need to install the in-ground dog fence in the ground or install it without having to bury it.  Keep in mind that your dog containment systems will also come with their own guides on how to install that particular system.   Below are some steps to use as just another guide:

    1.)  Before you start tearing up your yard and getting frustrated, you may want to just sit down with a pen and paper to sketch out where your dog containment system will go.  Once you have come up with the boundary perimeter, then draw a circle around the area that will represent the warning area and about 3 to 4 feet from the boundary perimeter draw another line to represent where the pet fence perimeter will be.  If you are going to have to cross any utility lines then you will need to contact your local utility company to have them mark their lines for you before you start digging.

    2.)  Locate an area that you can place the radio transmitter.  You will probably want an exterior wall in an area that will have easy access to both the pet fence wiring and an electrical outlet.  You also want to choose a location that is going to be weatherproof to avoid getting water damage to your radio transmitter.  Once you have chosen a good location you can screw the radio transmitter into the wall with the screws that are usually provided. 

    3.)  Next you will want to lay out the provided wire along the pet fence perimeter.  You are not yet doing your digging yet but you are getting close.  

    4.)  Now you can attach the wire ends to the radio transmitter box.  There are different methods to do this depending on your dog containment system, so be sure to look at your systems instructions to correctly carry out this step.  Once the wiring has been attached you will want to plug the box  in to see if you have a complete circuit which will be indicated by the green indicator light and to make sure that the system is operating.  

    5.)  At this point you want to test the dog fence.  Most of the systems will come with a test light strip to do this step.  All you need to do is place the test light over the shock plate or shock electrodes and walk toward the pet fence perimeter to see if you first get the warning beep or tone as you get closer and then the test light strip should light up to indicate that an electric shock is being emitted once you have continued forward toward the pet fence perimeter.

    6.)  Now that you know the system is operating properly, you can bury the wire.  When you are installing the wire underground, it is easiest to use an edger to assist you in digging the hole.  The wire only needs to be in the ground about 2-3 inches but you can go deeper if you need to.  The best way to keep the wire underground is by digging the hole a little deeper and at an angle.  It is important to have the wire buried enough that you will not disturb it if you need to mow in that area.  If you have to lay the wire through an area that is heavily wooded, instead of burying the wire, you can leave the wire on the ground and use wire staples to hold it in place.

    7.)  The last step you will need to do is to place the training flags that are provided with your dog containment systems in the ground to warn your pet and other people that there is a pet perimeter there and that crossing that perimeter with the pet collar will cause an electric shock.  

    Now, if you are not going to be burying your wire at all, then simply follow all of the same steps as above up to the point where you start to bury the wire.  When you get to that point, you will be using the wire staples to hold the wire to the ground about every 5-6 feet but you may need to use additional staples to make sure the wire is flush with the ground.

    A couple of other side notes would be this:  you do not want to weave the wire through an existing metal fence because it will interfere with the correct operation of the system.  Also,  if you have an existing fence, it is best to place your wire about a foot inside the existing fence.

    There are many great dog containment systems that come with everything you need to install your in-ground dog fence ( ).  Just make sure that if you are going to need additional wire for a larger size yard, that you also buy additional perimeter flags, as well as staples if needed.  

    I hope that you have found this information helpful.  I have also included a link for a video that you can watch that will also cover many of these steps if you are more a visual person.  As always, you can hop on over to to find your dog containment system or the extras that you will need for installing that system.  


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