How to install an electric dog fence?
If you are looking for a way to keep your dog confined to the yard, then an electric fence might be for you. If your dog is stubborn or strong enough to pull away from the shock of the electric fence’s current, then this solution may not work for you.
However, most dogs will quickly learn that trying to escape past the boundary is not worth it and they will stay in their designated area.
Things required for installation
– stakes and twine for marking boundaries
– trencher or post hole digger to bury wires safely about three inches below the surface of the ground
– electric fence charger with voltage levels (adjust depending on training purposes)
How do I install an electric dog fence?
First, identify where you want your boundary line and how long it should be. Next, measure out and mark off where you would like each section of wire to go on the ground by using stakes as reference points along with string or twine attached at both ends of each line segment.
It is important to note that the wire should be no more than 25 feet apart from each other.
If you have a particularly large yard, then it may require multiple sections of wire running in parallel for your property line if this distance cannot be achieved with one section of electric fence.
Once all the boundary lines are laid out and secured into place on both sides, attach insulators at every possible point where an animal could get stuck or tangled up in them.
Next, bury the wires about three inches deep with a trencher or post hole digger along with adding two-three additional stakes around any trees or shrubbery near the perimeter as well as across open areas such as drive and sidewalks so there will not be any areas where your pet can escape.
Once the wire is securely in place, attach it to an electric fence charger so that you will be able to set a current level for training purposes as well as testing whether or not there are any weak points at which animals may try and cross over.
The last step of this process would be deciding on what type of containment system might work best with your dog’s temperament including shock collars, non-electrical barriers such as fencing or even walling off certain sections depending on their size. There are also wireless systems available now too if you prefer those instead of traditional wired fences.
How do Electronic Fences work?
The purpose of an electronic dog fence is to keep your pet contained within a specific area. An electric containment system works by using radio frequencies or wires to send signals that create boundaries for the animal. Some systems are made up of only one wire, and others have multiple lines running parallel to provide further coverage of space.
When you set up the boundary line with these types of fences, it is important not to exceed 25 feet between each segment so as not to leave gaps where your pet can escape through. The signal from the wiring sends out alerts whenever an animal approaches too close to those designated limits which then dispenses mild shocks onto their bodies when they get near enough for them to learn quickly what means and know-how far away they need to stay.
The shock is usually enough of a deterrent for most pets, but your pet may still try and cross the barrier line by accident if they do not understand what the signal means yet or get distracted while staring at another animal on the other side.
It can also be helpful to have training collars attached to help train them how far away from this area they should remain until they learn better since some animals are determined enough they may try and test their luck anyway when you’re not looking.
Either way, an electric dog fence would work best as part of a multi-faceted containment system with manual barriers like walls or fencing around outdoor areas where your pet likes spending time or even indoor ones so that they don’t run away when you’re not looking.
Training Your Dog to Use an Electronic Fence
The first step of training your dog on a perimeter fence is to set the boundary.
Once you have established where this area begins, it’s time for them to learn what happens if they get too close. While it may seem cruel at first, keeping these boundaries consistent and having them tested with collars that send out a mild shock will teach them within only an hour or two how far away from their play space they should stay so that they can avoid any further punishment.
It might also help if there are other animals in the vicinity of those lines running parallel around your property since some pets enjoy chasing after others even when it is not appropriate for either party involved which could be another reason why yours gets over that line so much.
The last step is letting them run free on the other side during supervised play times only to make sure they understand how far away from this area it’s still okay for them to go to keep themselves safe too.
This will also help you determine where there might be any weak spots along that boundary that need additional reinforcement by adding more stakes or even another wire next to those already existing ones if your pet gets near enough for their collar signal not to work anymore and allow them passage through without getting shocked back into place like before until they learn better.
In some cases, an electronic fence works best when paired with training collars attached around a dog’s neck as well so that you can further reinforce what distance means to them by using a sound warning or another mild form of punishment like getting sprayed with water if they get too close to that line without immediately returning where they should be when you call their name.
This way, your pet will quickly learn how much further away from the boundary it needs to go for them not to end up facing any more unpleasant consequences coming from crossing those lines and allow themselves enough room to play safely while still staying within those limits as well so that everyone can have fun together evenly across all areas involved no matter what pets may come into contact with each other during these times which is important since some animals are more aggressive than others and need additional training on how far apart they should remain until both parties know better about how best to interact with each other.
It may also help to have a training collar attached to train your pet how far away from the boundary they should remain until they learn better since some animals are determined enough that they might try and test their luck anyway when you’re not looking which can be dangerous if it’s too close for them to get back before getting shocked by one of those collars going off.
If this happens, make sure you stay calm but take them back over where the warning line begins so that it doesn’t become a habit after just having been caught once or twice doing something wrong around these parts still while simultaneously reinforcing what distance means between themselves and others during supervised play times where possible near any weak spots along that wire as well so they can learn to stay safer all around.
You can also consider moving these boundaries if needed to accommodate more space for your pet whenever there’s something about the current layout that isn’t working out well enough for everyone involved like too many obstructions nearby or anything else where it becomes difficult or impossible to keep those lines within a safe distance so that no one gets hurt which might not be worth risking at all while still keeping them completely separate from any other pets’ play areas as well unless you’ve allowed both sides together under supervision first and know how best to interact with each other successfully by now.
This way, every dog has their area set aside away from others without having anyone interrupting during these times but is close enough whenever it’s okay for them to get near either side again under supervision so that you can make sure everyone is still getting along fine while staying within those limits until they learn better.
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