Having a dog as a pet is exciting for your whole family. Dogs are loyal and playful animals that are good for security and company. Having a big compound with a well-enclosed fence is an advantage if you want to keep dogs, but there are some neighborhoods where neighbors share yards.
In such a situation, it may be tricky to keep a dog in such a case since it might at one time or another venture into your neighbor's property or even run off into the streets.
However, you can prevent this and keep your pet within a defined territory by simply installing an in-ground dog fence, also known as an invisible fence.
This fence is not as common, but it effectively helps keep your dog within some set boundaries by simple training without the need of having the traditional barbed wire or mesh fence.
If you have never heard about this fence, here is how to install it.
1. Plan Your Compound Layout
You should start first by deciding the area you want your dog to reach when playing. Once you choose this, you can draw out the layout, marking clearly where that fence will pass.
Identify all the sidewalks, buildings, gardens, sidewalks, driveways, and utilities. Determine where you will place your transmitter box connected to the underground fence. Ideally, it would be advisable to place this box next to your power source.
Placing it near a garage if you have one would be a great idea. Once you mark all that, sketch a layout of the wire itself and where it will pass. Keep in mind that all wires will be underground. This fence ought to cover your entire area, making a kind of a loop. It will probably start and end in the same place.
2. Mark Utilities and Obstacles
As you draw your layout, you should also make a point to map out any utilities and underground obstacles. You can place flags or spray paint the areas with these utilities.
These obstacles include utilities such as gas cylinders, sprinklers, water tanks, and maybe a septic system among others. There are also water and gas lines, electric wires, and others.
Most of these lines will be buried like four feet deep, while your fence will be just a few inches deep. It is good to know where they are, nonetheless. If you are utilities’ location of some of these utilities, you can follow through from where they are exposed to make an informed guess.
The good thing about the invisible fence is that the line does not have to follow a straight line. You can place it with corners to ensure that your dog stays just where you want it to stay.
3. Installing the Fence
With the layout, you can now measure the length of the wire that you will need. The wire should cover all open areas you wish to keep your dog away from.
Once you have these measurements, you can get the wire, the transmitter, and the shock collar. When installing, ensure that the transmitter is protected from any form of interference.
You can also add a power surge protector to ensure that the fence keeps working during any electrical interference. When installing, try to lay the wire on the ground first as straight as possible, following your defined boundaries.
Avoid twisting the cables as much as possible, as the transmitter may fail to detect twisted cables’ impulses. With the wire in place, connect it to the transmitter, then do a short run test with the collar to see if the entire system is working correctly.
You can do this by testing the boundaries in a few locations before burying the wire. When you hear a beeping sound, then the system is working as it should. Avoid touching the metal part of the collar to feel the shock.
4. Burying the Fence and Dog Training
After you have confirmed that the fence is functional, dig about 10 inches along the layout using a hand shovel. Avoid digging too deep since the transmitter may fail to get the signals.
You can then place the wire along the trench and cover it. Avoid leaving the wire on the grass as you easily damage it when mowing. Ensure that you leave the marking flags as you will use them for training your dog to identify your boundary.
Training should take just a few days or more than a week, depending on your consistency and your dog. After a while, the dog will have learned and will avoid crossing the boundary.