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Invisible Electric Dog Fence Installation
For some dog owners, conventional dog fences just won’t do. After all, when that canine is in heat or is looking for an “adventure” out on the streets, they can simply dig a hole through your garden soil and they’d be out in no time. Some dog owners are so sick of picking up their pets from the pound that they’ve decided to install an invisible electric dog fence. But is an invisible electric dog fence installation even possible as a DIY project? Is this advisable as a dog care device? And are these things available in shops that sell pet supplies?
As a DIY Project
While the brand “Invisible Dog Fence” may only be available to professional installers, some brands are easy enough to install if you’re thinking of a DIY project. You have to be prepared to roll up those sleeves, though, because this will include at least basic electrical and manual skills on your part. To install this fence as a DIY project, you just have to remember one thing: plan everything before you start digging or wiring. After all, this device would be connected to your home’s electrical supply, and the digging can affect the way your lawn looks. Unless you want to burn the house down or create serious damage to the façade of your home, you’d give as much attention to the planning stages of this project as much as the installation itself.
Choosing which brand to buy
There are a lot of available invisible electric dog fence brands in the market, but none of them are perfect. Each brand has its pros and cons and you will have to weigh these with your own personal needs as a pet owner. When you’re shopping for invisible electric dog fences, you should consider these things:
- Features: Some invisible electric dog fences have multiple correction levels. This way, the transmitter on your mutt’s collar won’t shock him abruptly. Most fences warn dogs gradually if they’re nearing the boundaries of the fence. This makes for a more effective “learning process” for your pet dogs.
- What is the size of your pet dog? Some Invisible dog fences are especially designed to correct the behavior or big dogs. You wouldn’t want to harm your pet by installing this if it belongs to a small dog breed. Look at the labeling carefully. You want to teach your pet, not hurt it unwittingly.
- What’s the area or your yard? If you have a big yard, it would be cruel to set up an invisible electric dog fence that’s made for a small yard. In the same manner, the fence is useless if you’ve bought one that’s made for a bigger yard. Again, pay attention to the finer details.
- What is the temperament of your pet? The correctional methods of some of these invisible fences might only make your pet more aggressive and possible even hostile to humans. Before purchasing and installing this device, you should ask the advice of your vet. There may be other corrective techniques that can discipline your pet more effectively.
- Does the fence have warranty? You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a fence that’ll trip on your in a few month’s time. It may be cheap but if it’ll fail you or bring harm to your pet because it was defective, it’s just not worth it. Make sure that the fence you purchase has at least a year’s warranty to back it up.
Once you’ve narrowed down the best invisible electric dog fence that will meet your needs, you can them move on to the installation of the fence. The steps below should be comprehensive enough for you to understand.
- Map out the underground utilities. The last thing that you want is for you to hit the gas or electric line while you’re installing the fence. You should call up the local utility companies to help you out with this stage. Surely, they will be able to give you blueprints of your home’s underground plan. Make sure you consult with these prints first before doing any digging or wiring work.
- Plan where you’ll install your wire and your transmitter. Once you’ve taken a look at the blueprints of your home, you should be able to determine where to lay out the wires and the transmitter. For your transmitter, make sure that you install it close to a power outlet. You will need a stable source of electricity for this one. Before you lay out your wirings, make sure that you sketch a basic plan of your property first. Always consider the boundary signal, and see if the signal can reach the area when you’ve placed your boundary wires. The wiring should also cover the perimeter of your home. It should be a complete loop, so don’t stretch the wire too far. An open loop would be useless in disciplining your runaway dog.
- Once you’re done with the preliminary planning, take a second or even a third look at the blue prints and start digging. If you would have to bury the wire under concrete and other terrain that may be more difficult to control, you should ask for a professional to help you out. If you’re only installing this around your garden and you’re only handling garden soil, the boundary should be easy enough to dig up. Bury the wire far enough so that it’s safe from the weather and other animals outside your home’s perimeter. Make sure that you don’t cut across gas and electrical lines when you do this.
- A more effective way of doing this is digging a trench for your wire to lie on. The trench can be 6 to 8 inches deep. Once you manage to install the trenches, simply tuck in the wire under the trench. Then, you can cover the wire by stomping on the upper portion of the trench or using a blunt weeding tool. Just be careful not to cut the wire in the process.
- There are some areas of your invisible fence that you’d want to “leave open”. For example, the area that connects your fence to the doorway if you let your dog go inside the house. To cancel out the signal, just twist the two wires inside your boundary wiring.
- Plant flags to mark your boundary line. Remember, this is a corrective device and not a torture device for your pet. Train your pet not to go beyond the marks you’ve placed. Most of these DIY electric dog fences come with flags.