Pets love to play around regardless of their age and type. They love to go out when they feel for and come again after playing some time. You have to allow a minimum time for their roaming. Otherwise, things will go wrong. They will be physically ill, mentally disturbed, or both as a consequence.
That is the point where the risk lies! Going outside is okay, but pets cannot mark where to go and where not to go. They do not realize that going beyond the compound of their owner may bring a lot of danger to them, which may even turn to their death.
So, you must keep them safe within your compound, which is a broader area than your house. Containing them into a wider compound ensures two things- (i) the pets get enough space to play and roam around, and (ii) they stay safe from many uncertain risks beyond their known area (your yard or compound).
With the use of an underground fence buried along your compound, you can ensure these facilities for your dog. Doing this will keep you tension free regarding the safety and trace of your beloved dog or other pets at the same time. But how to install an underground dog fence?
What You Need for Installation
As you’re researching on the installation process of an underground dog fence, we can assume that you know what components such a pet containment system include. Even then, we would tell once again.
- Test light tool
- Mounting bracket
- Surge protector
- Operating cum training manual
What else might you need to install an in-ground dog fence in addition to the included components? You may require some or all of the following stuff while planning and going to install an in-ground fence. Not necessarily you require those all, and you may need a few of them or more subject to your plan and fence nature.
- Grid paper pad
- Pencil & marker
- Pliers & screwdriver
- Tape measure
- Drill & mounting tools
- Lawn staples
- Trencher & shovel
- Wire splicing tool or connector
How to Install an Underground Dog Fence: Step by Step
Installation of an invisible underground dog fence may vary by brands and products, but the basics are the same for all, from high-tech models to regular models.We explain all those basics step by step in our writeup hereinafter.
- Plan where and how you will install your unit. Fix the location for the transmitter to be installed. Find out the total periphery that would be brought under fence coverage. Use pencil, marker, and paper to create a layout before starting the installation materially.
- The transmitter is the most crucial part of an underground containment. Fix it as your pre-planned layout. But do not forget to follow the instructions given in the user manual. Use a drill and other tools to mount the transmitter accurately in the right place. Never ground in your way unless permitted by the manufacturer’s guideline.
- Lay the wires along the pre-planned boundary to test before you actually bury those under the surface. Check if there are obstacles like walls or swimming pool. These things may hinder the entire process and make you re-plan. See if the wires are twisted when you are laying those. Twisting may cause cancellation of signals. So, be assured about everything before burying the cables down. If you can figure out such challenges, things will be easier, and you won’t require to re-install for unwanted signal hindrance.
- Connect the wires to the fence transmitter. Switch on the transmitter to check if the cables can transfer the electrified signals accurately. Test the collar if it performs naturally or gives risky corrections. Any anomaly should be addressed and resolved. Otherwise, that can cause severe bodily injury to your beloved pets.
- You must know while laying the wires around the planned boundary if that covers the entire area. If that does not, you should splice in some extra wires using connectors. Pull the connected wires to check the connection if it is solid and functional. Buy as much as you think necessary, but get the wires recommended by fence manufacturer. Wireless units have a positive side that they require no such burying.
- As all set, you can start the final process now. Dig a 1-inch to -inch trench along the entire planned boundary. Use masonry oscillating saw blades set in a circular saw if you need to cross any hard surface like concrete. Put the wires down inside the dug trench, bury those, and patch the surfaces correctly.
We’ve provided the easiest way to install an underground dog fence, and you can realize that yourself. Lightning strikes or power surges can damage a dog fence, so install it considering this issue. And again, never ignore the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Laura Barnes is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.