How to Install an Invisible Dog Fence - Page 2

  • Step 4 : Lay out antenna wire

    Lay out antenna wire

    Before you make connections or bury any wire, roll out the antenna wire on the ground, according to your plan, to determine if you have enough. While waterproof splices can be made, it's best to use a single length of wire. If the enclosed area is a distance from the transmitter in the house, run the wire from the transmitter out to the edge of the area to be enclosed, and then around the perimeter and back to the transmitter. Use the same approach to enclose an area within the outer boundary. Run the wire from the outer boundary to the inner area, around its perimeter and then back to the outer boundary to continue that loop.

  • Step 5 : Bury the wire

    Bury the wire Bury the wire

    Use a square-edge spade or a lawn edger to cut a shallow slit in the ground for the wire. Press the wire into the trench and step on the turf to close the opening. If you have a large property to fence, consider renting a power lawn edger to make digging the trench easier and faster. If you need to cross asphalt or concrete, cut a 1/2-inch-deep groove in the surface using a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade. (Wear safety goggles.) Put the wire into the groove and then fill the groove with quality silicone caulk.

    If you need to cross a gravel or dirt driveway, dig a shallow trench and enclose the wire inside a length of 1/2-inch PVC pipe.

    Dig a shallow trench and enclose the wire

    In the section of wire between the transmitter and the perimeter loop, or between the perimeter loop and an internal protected area, twist the incoming and outgoing wires together to cancel any signal along the twisted portion of the wire. This lets your pet cross over the twisted wire without triggering the device.

  • Step 6 : Test and wire system

    With both ends of the wire back at the transmitter, cut the wire the correct length and make the wiring connections following the manufacturer's instructions. Use a wire stripper to remove about 3/8-inch of insulation from the ends of the wire. Wrap them clockwise around the terminal screws and tighten the screws.

    Before you make your wiring connections, attach a 6-foot length of antenna wire to the "in" and "out" terminals on the transmitter. Put a battery in the receiver/collar, plug in the unit and move the collar toward the wire to verify that it beeps a warning. Don't let the terminal touch you unless you're curious about the intensity of the shock/correction. Unplug the unit before making final wiring connections.

  • Step 7 : Install training flags

    Adjust the system and install the boundary flags evenly spaced several feet inside the perimeter, as recommended by the manufacturer. Locate the flags precisely at the point where the warning beep sounds as the receiver/collar approaches the boundary. This completes the installation.

  • Step 8 : Train your pet

    Train your pet

    Pet training varies, but in general, the idea is to plant the flags as a temporary visual boundary along the buried wire. Then walk the dog on a leash holding the collar and when you reach a flag, give a strong "No!" command and make sure the dog hears the receiver beeps. Repeat this around the boundary over a period of time, following the specific directions of the fence system. When your pet becomes familiar with the perimeter of the area, remove the flags.

    Illustrations courtesy of Pet Safe, "Radio Fence" Manual

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