When you start to look at the process of installing an electric dog fence, it is easy to get confused. There are plenty of rules to follow, such as making sure the wireless transmitter is located 2-3 feet from metal. That transmitter must be installed at a suitable height. A power outlet is needed. Plus, there should be little to no obstructions like shrubs or trees.
However, with a little careful thought, there shouldn’t be any reason not to install the electric dog fence at home.
Wireless dog fence
The first course of action is to measure the available play area. Get a solid idea of the distance from the transmitter to the boundary in all directions. Carefully place the outer markers. Once the dog’s play area is established, you can decide on the right place to locate the transmitter.
Most transmitters are small and elegant and can easily be wall-mounted in the home. Installing the transmitter at a suitable height (2-4 feet off the floor) means it will be more effective at connecting with the dog’s collar through an open window or door.
Also, it is practical to set up a boundary that is relatively clear of metal-based objects, which are known to have a negative impact on the transmitter and its ability to send a strong signal. Ideally, you don’t want a metal shed or similar item within the confines of the dog’s play area.
In-ground dog fence
Proper care and attention is needed when installing the in-ground dog fence. It is vital to avoid damage to anything underground, like water pipes, while digging the trench to bury the in-ground wire.
Even though the pipes within your property boundary are referred to as ‘supply pipe,’ and deemed to be your property, you still don’t want to cause any damage. Not only will you be left with no water supply, but also a very high bill to get the damage repaired.
To minimize the risks of damaging underground pipes, simply call 811. This is a dedicated free number to help property owners in the US find out about the placement of underground utilities. Use this information to lay your in-ground wire in a safe location.
A further thing to consider is the placement of the transmitter. Try to plan this as one of the first steps. You want to avoid a setup that has the well prepared wire path, but no suitable power outlet within reach. Plus, this will let you know the full reach of your wire. Lay down 300-500 feet of string to outline the area and make sure it easily reaches an outlet before laying the real thing.
Preparing the home
Taking in too much information can lead to confusion and make it more difficult to decide on the right electric dog fence. But, with a little basic prep work it is possible to get the home ready to accept a wireless or in-ground dog fence with very little time and effort.