How to Easily Install an Electronic Dog Fence

Dog-FenceInstalling an electronic dog fence is a simple task that anyone who can follow simple instructions can do. Even if you’ve never installed electronic devices before, invisible doggie fences are made to be user-friendly. Just be sure to follow the following instructions (unless your specific brand of electronic dog fence tells you to do something differently—at that point, always follow the instructions on the package as they are product specific).

Before You Begin Installing Your Electronic Dog Fence

Here’s what you want to do before you get started with the actual electric dog fence installation process:

  • Take a measurement of your yard in square feet and acres. Include only the amount of yard that you wish to be accessible to your dog i.e. the fenced in area. Do this before you purchase a system and when you do go to buy, be sure that the transmitter is capable of transmitting the signal to the entire area you wish to enclose. Most basic systems can cover 25 acres, but you can also get a system with a high-powered transmitter to cover more acreage. Just be sure to purchase additional wire if needed in case you have a bigger job (500 feet of wire can enclose about 1/3rd of an acre).
  • Plot out your intended enclosure on graph paper to scale. Be sure to mark any obstacles such as geographic changes, water, rocks, etc. Keep in mind that all corners will have to be rounded since transmitters are confused by right angles. Start your wire at the transmitter and continue around the property until it loops back to the transmitter.
  • Keep in mind that while most systems suggest you bury the wires 1 to 3 inches in the ground, you can leave them above ground. Just make sure no one will trip on them or run them over with a lawnmower. (Always test your wires above ground before you bury them to make sure they work).
  • Ideally, your transmitter will be located in your garage, or some other dry, indoor area. Keep it away from break boxes, transformers and appliances such as HVAC units of any kind.
  • Adjust the amount of room you want your dog to have before receiving a warning from the collar. Adjust this distance on your transmitter—most adjust from 30 feet to 1 foot from the wire. This can be changed later, but be sure to give your dog proper living space.

Things to Remember When Installing an Electronic Dog Fence

There are a number of other tricks, tips and hints to remember as you work on the installation of your dog fence, including:

  • Never run dog fence wire with other wires (e.g. telephone, television, electrical, antenna, satellite, power, etc.). Never cross any wires. Check with your local utilities provider before installation if you don’t know where your power and cable lines are.
  • Keep transmitters in 100% safe, indoor, dry locations, not in sheds or leaky garages. Any water damage or exposure could cause electric shock and/or fire.
  • When cutting through concrete, asphalt or brick, use a masonry blade on a circular saw to create a channel for your wire and then patch the cut up afterward with a patching compound.
  • If you are going through gravel or dirt, run your dog fence wire through a PVC pipe.

Installing your Electronic Dog Fence

When you’re ready to get started, here’s what you do:

  1. Install the transmitter. You’ve already chosen the spot above, now just mount it according to the provided instructions, being sure to ground it if/as suggested by the manufacturer.
  1. Plot your plot. Take your graph plot you drew up before and proceed to lay the wire out above ground. If you need to cancel a signal, for example to go around a swimming pool in the enclosed area or over an obstacle, twist the wires together. Do not bury the wire yet.
  1. Test the system. Connect your wire’s ends to the transmitter, being sure both sides are hooked up. Power up the fence and then test the collar to see if it is working. The collar should sound an alarm as you approach the powered up boundary.
  1. Bury the wire. Now that everything works, dig a 1 to 3 inch trench alongside your laid wire and then bury the wire. Splice additional wire in as needed, making sure it’s the same type of wire that your kit came with.
  1. Ground the entire system. Check your instructions for specifics, but never skip this step since electric fence containment systems can be hyper-vulnerable to power surges and lightning strikes.

Author Bio – Kate Ramsey, the author of this article writes on behalf of To learn more about how to set up the perfect invisible electric dog fence in your yard as well as to select the best invisible fence, do check out some of the latest invisible fence reviews before you take the next step.