An invisible fence is a form of electric fence used to keep your dog in a confined area. Some neighborhoods have restrictions on installing a physical fence. Instead, you can choose to bury the wires of your electric fence underground. Pet parents can take advantage of many benefits when they learn how to install an invisible fence. The best invisible dog fences today use vibration, sound, or levels of static corrections to deter an escape.
There are two kinds of invisible fence. One is the in-ground dog fence and the other is the wireless fence. Before deciding which to get, first learn how wireless and in-ground invisible dog fences work. Below, is the process of installation for for the in-ground type.
The first step in researching whether you are a good candidate for an invisible fence is to think about your dog and property. Aggressive dogs used to guard a property are not good candidates for an invisible fence. If your dog is a good candidate for an invisible fence, you need to think about your property. The basic installation kit for an in-ground type of invisible fence includes a transmitter and enough wire to border one-third of an acre. When thinking about how to install an invisible fence, you can cover up to 25-acres.
Your invisible fence needs to be controlled by the transmitter. The transmitter plugs into an electrical outlet and needs to be kept dry in a building. Choosing the right transmitter is important, with high-power transmitters used for large properties.
The other consideration is whether you are sinking your electric fence wire into the ground. The wire used to carry the electrical charge can be laid on the ground or buried. The problem with leaving the wire exposed is the danger it poses when a lawnmower is used. An exposed boundary wire can be a tripping hazard for you and your family.
You should already know where you are going to mount your transmitter before you begin installing the wire. The transmitter is always the first thing to be installed and should be grounded to the manufacturer’s instructions.
When you are planning your underground dog fence, you should have identified any potential hazards, such as swimming pools and buildings. The wires of the dog fence can be twisted together to stop the signal from moving forward. Lay the wire on the ground around the area you want to use for your puppy’s exercise. Do not bury the fence and then test it works. By testing it while it is above ground, you can check your electronic dog fence works correctly.
The next step is to connect the wires and test the system. In the testing phase, you can carry the receiver collar as it emits an audible alarm when you approach the invisible dog fence.
Burying the Boundary Wires
An invisible dog fence aims to keep your dog safe within the boundary of your property. A dog feeling happy and content in a yard with an invisible fence will enjoy her exercise time.
Once you have determined that your electric dog fence works correctly you can bury it underground. When laying out your boundary wires, you will have discovered if you need to purchase more wires. If you need to buy more wire you will splice it into the boundary using electrical connectors. Your installation kit will include your manufacturer’s recommendation of which wire to use for your underground fence.
You should cut a trench between one and three inches deep to bury your boundary wires. The wires may have to cross concrete or asphalt surfaces, with a circular saw used to remove the surface. Once you have cut your trench around the boundary, you should retest the system to make certain it works. Once you have retested your system you can bury the wire and cover any concrete or asphalt surfaces.
Think About Safety
The safety of yourself and your pet is important. The installation instructions that arrived with your installation kit provide you with instructions about underground fences. Your fence should not be installed close to chain link materials. Grounding the dog fence gives you the chance to protect your dog from lightning strikes and power surges.
Training Your Puppy
The training process is just as important as the installation of your electronic dog fence. A high-quality invisible fence will come with white training flags included with the system. The white training flags are the first step in the training process. The flags should be placed at a distance from the fence where your dog receives the warning alarm on the receiver collar.
The warning beep acts as an existing fence before your dog is close enough to receive an electric shock. The training process needs to take place over 48 hours. A weekend is usually dedicated to training your puppy with the electric dog fence system.
Before you begin to train your dog make sure the white flags are positioned around your yard. The white flags are used to give your dog an understanding of the system without persistent shocks. Every hour of the day, your dog should be walked on her leash through your yard to the white flags. As the beep sounds on the your dog’s collar you should pull back on the leash to show your puppy it is a warning.
To keep your dog safe during the training process keep them on a leash or inside your home until they learn the dangers of the electric fence. If your dog escapes during the training process you will have to restart the process for another 48 hours. At the end of the 48-hour training period, your dog should be starting to pull away when they approach the white flags and hear the warning beep.
The main reason for installing an electric dog fence is to keep your dog safe from harm outside the borders of your property. Your dog will not be protected from other animals moving into your property without existing fences. An electrical fence can help you to feel comfortable that your pup is safe when you live in a neighborhood with fence restrictions. Your dog will enjoy a feeling of freedom when she exercises without the physical boundary of existing fences .