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Electronic Dog Fence Installation

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Most electronic dog fences are actually pretty easy to set-up. Still, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an electronic dog fence installation guide to help you install yours.

Using an electronic dog fence offers many benefits not just for pets but also for their owners. The electronic dog fence systems that are on the market today are also, often, designed to serve as efficient training tools.

People may think the wires used in “Underground Fence Systems” should be buried “underground”. Well, the method of burying the wires is great to have a more permanent containment system for the dog and to avoid having to deal with installing the fence over and over again but, its actually not necessary to bury the wires.

Above Ground or Below Ground?

For those of you who don’t like the idea of burying the wires, then above ground installation can be done with the help of securing staples. These sturdy staples help dog owners secure the wires above the ground, and after a good rain, the grass will cover the wires. A quick and easy installation method for an electronic dog fence!

Also, the method of securing the wires above the ground is ideal for dog owners who are just renting their homes or don’t have tools for digging. Whatever method you choose, most electronic dog fence sytems will work the same.

Simple Steps To Install Your Wireless Pet Fence

Here are a few simple steps to help you install your dog fence perfectly:

Step 1:

First lay out the boundary wire in the desired shape and around the area dog owners want to contain. From the boundary wire run twisted wire to the transmitter and pug it in.

Once you have decided on the layout “Staple” the twisted wire to the ground by hammering in a wire “Staple” every 5 – 6 feet.

Now stop and look at the wire. Is it completely flush to the ground all the way to the start of the boundary? The wire MUST completely touch the ground. If not go and “Staple” any raised areas before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2 :

» Place a “Staple” where the twisted wire and the beginning of the boundary meet (if dog owners have a splice in this area please dig a small hole about 2 inches deep and bury the splice. Then place a “Staple” in the front of and behind the splice to relieve any pressure on the splice)
» Next, walk to the first corner of the boundary and “Staple” it to the ground. Repeat this step for all corners of the boundary. (Not all yards are square if dog owners do not have corners on the boundary please select multiple anchor points for the wire)
» Now place staples as needed and make sure to staple any raised areas down until they are completely flush with the ground, for maximum safety for dog owners and the guests.

Guide To Setting Up and Using a Wireless Dog Fence Effectively

The Fence

Unbox and Plug In

##Where to Place The Transmitter

Place the transmitter at least 20 feet away from any metal objects (like your car) and as far as possible from where you want to set up boundaries. The ideal location is in a common area like a garage or shed that everyone can access easily. If this isn’t an option, place it on an elevated surface like a table or shelf.

Place the transmitter where it is easy to access. If you have a big yard, put in multiple transmitters so that your dog can roam freely all over! Remember: with any wireless system, there should be one collar for every boundary line (i.e., if you set up five boundaries around your property, you’ll need five collars).

-Keep your transmitter away from other electronic devices like TVs, microwaves, or cordless phones. If you put it near any of these objects the signal might be affected and could cause problems with your dog’s training. -If you have a large yard (over an acre), consider setting up multiple transmitters. This way your dog can roam freely all over! -If you have a big yard, use more than just one boundary.

-With any wireless system, always remember to buy the appropriate number of collars for your dogs (one collar per boundary).

##The Size of Your Garden

Most wireless pet fences are designed for yards from ¼ acre to ½ acre. If you have a bigger yard, consider setting up multiple boundaries so that your dog can roam more freely!

-If you have a yard between ¼ acre and ½ acre, these systems are generally the most effective.

-If you have less than ¼ of an acre, your dog will probably be too close to the boundary wire for it to work properly (although there is always some room for error).

-It may take some time to train your dog, but once they are trained well, wireless pet fences are great for dogs that like to play near the edge of their safe area. Wireless systems also make it easier to take your dog with you when you travel!

-If you have a big yard (over an acre), consider setting up multiple boundaries so that your dog can roam more freely!

-If you have a big yard (over an acre), consider setting up multiple boundaries so that your dog can roam more freely! These systems are generally the most effective.

The Size of Your Dog

Small dogs under 30 lbs generally don’t need any contact between the collar and their skin in order to feel the signal

The Shape of Your Garden

If your garden has a circular, oval or square shape with the transmitter at its center then you’ll need to set up an octagon shaped perimeter instead. To do this, simply create three lines of fencing and then add another line that goes around all four sides of the yard.

And thats all there is to it. Of course, more and more dog owners are starting to see the benefit of using wireless dog fences and, of course, we agree that they are easier to set up and easier to operate. However, if you have a traditional wired version then, hopefully, you will have found this short guide useful.

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