Dogs are considered members of the family, so it is important to keep them out of danger. Some people install fences or tie up their dogs to keep the pooches from straying into nearby yards and darting into traffic. This doesn’t give the dog much freedom and now some states have laws against chaining up your dog. Electronic fencing is designed for those who prefer a more subtle approach. An electric-powered transmitter sends a signal along underground wires in the fencing, creating an invisible boundary. The dog is outfitted with a collar featuring a receiver that emits a warning sound if the canine nears the boundary. A mild static correction follows if the dog does not back away from the boundary.
You will need:
• Electronic pet fencing system
• Extra wiring (optional)
• Wire stripping pliers
• Silicone caulk
• Ground clamp
• Grounding rod
• Wire connectors (optional)
• Electrical Tape
• Circular saw with masonry blade (if encountering concrete, asphalt, or brick surfaces)
• Patching compound (if encountering concrete, asphalt, or brick surfaces)
• PVC pipe (if encountering a dirt or gravel driveway)
• Safety glasses
Step 1: Before purchasing a pet fencing system, use paper and pencil to draw out the area that will be covered. The typical system includes enough wire to enclose 1/3 acre. Corners of the fenced area should be rounded so the wire forms a continuous loop. Wires should be buried between 1 and 3 inches under the ground, avoiding other underground wiring and staying away from a satellite dish. Determine how close to the boundary you want to permit the dog. Systems range from about 1 to 30 feet. Purchase a system that meets your requirements.
Step 2: Install the transmitter indoors in a dry area like the garage, away from appliances and the circuit breaker box. Do not install it in a shed or barn because weather exposure is more likely, which could increase risk of electrical shock or fire. Follow the manufacturer instructions for grounding the unit.
Step 3: Lay the wire along the boundary plotted on paper in Step 1. Twisting wires together will cancel the signal, a useful feature when running wire to obstacles like a swimming pool or between the fence boundaries and your transmitter.
Step 4: Connect ends of boundary wires to your transmitter. Plug in the system and turn it on.
Step 5: Test the pet collar to ensure proper operation. You should receive an audible warning as you approach the boundary with the collar.
Step 6: Cut a 1 to 3-inch deep trench along the plotted boundary. Do not run the wiring near a chain-link fence.
Step 7: If additional wire is need, purchase the type specified by the fence system manufacturer. This wiring must be spliced. Use the pliers to strip each end of the wires. Insert stripped ends into a wire connector, then twist the connector. Pull the wires to test the connection strength of the splice. Apply silicone caulk around and inside the connector. Once this dries, wrap the connector and wires with electrical tape.
Step 8: If the boundary crosses pavement or concrete surfaces, put on the safety glasses and cut a trench with the circular saw outfitted with a masonry blade. After installing and testing the wire, you can patch this area. If boundaries cross a dirt or gravel driveway, run the wire through PVC piping installed underground.
Step 9: Follow the manufacturer instructions to ground the system to protect against damage from power surges or lightning strikes.