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How To Install An Invisible Fence For Dogs

An invisible electric dog fence installation can protect your four-footed friends from the hazards of the street.

If you’ve already got a physical fence, the electric fence can stop a jumper from getting out and injuring themselves or others as well.

Electric Dog Fence Installation

To install an underground dog fence you’ll need to do some digging. Be sure to contact local utilities to get all phone, gas, electric, cable and water lines marked.

You shouldn’t have to go too deep, but if you’re trenching there’s always a risk of snagging an existing line. Once you know where these lines are, you can adapt.

You’ll need tools, including

  1. A long handled shovel with a decent edge to break through the sod.
  2. A forked handheld weeder. Please note that this tool will guide the wire down into the soil, so if it’s too sharp you might cut through or damage the wire that needs to carry the current to activate the shocking device on the dog collar. Consider covering the inner edge of the weeding tool with duct or masking tape to protect your wire.
  3. Direct burial wire that won’t rust or break over time.
  4. A wire cutter.
  5. Waterproof wire splices.​

You’re going to want to split your wire into manageable lengths, rather than trying to do the whole enclosure in one long run. Investing in good splices is critical.

Some installation kits recommend laying out all the wire before you start, but wire wants to return to a coiled shape and may tangle and become unmanageable.

If you’ve got plenty of help, this may work. If not, plan for shorter runs of wire.

Steps To Installing Your Invisible Fence

  1. Lay out the wire in long pieces around your perimeter. As possible, avoid sidewalks, driveways and other permanent concrete slabs. Leave yourself plenty of play at the end of the wire that attaches to the power source.
  2. Use the long handled shove to cut and lift the sod.
  3. With the weeding tool, tuck the wire down under the sod.4) When you reach the end of one wire, make your splice.
  4. Tag the splice above the soil; if the system connection fails, you can easily check these for breaks in the line.
  5. Loop around the enclosure using this procedure to bury all the wire. Please note that if you have to cross concrete, you will need a concrete saw to get under your driveway or sidewalk.
  6. Test the system. If you get a green light, you’re done! If not, check your splices to see where the circuit has failed.

Final Thoughts

If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of digging and handling wires, the PetSafe wireless dog fence may be an option to consider.

It can be set up in a couple of hours easily my simply placing markers in to the soil and can cover up to ½ acre of land to allow your dog to run freely.

Spend time with your pet in this new enclosure to make sure they understand that this space is their safe space; if they approach the wire, call them back as possible. Monitoring your dog with a pet camera can also assist in many ways.

If they get a zap from the system, call them back for a pet or a game, so they don’t learn to fear the entire yard.

While this can protect your pet from the hazards found out on the road and in other yards, it won’t do much to protect them from neighborhood strays.

If your pet is alone within their invisible fence enclosure and you hear them bark, make certain they are not trapped in the enclosure with an aggressive stray or neighbor dog.

Invisible fences are a great way to enjoy a fence-free yard and keep your pet safe. Install quality wire and test the fence to confirm your splices are holding, and then teach your pet that this area is a safe and enjoyable spot for them to play.​