Step 4 : 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
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.
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
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
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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