An underground dog fence is a system that is designed to keep your dog in your yard, where he belongs. There are many reasons why they are better than an electric fence. Your dog is not able to dig underneath an invisible dog fence®, nor is he able to jump over the signal. When you have an electric dog fence, your dog has full access to your yard. You have the control of deciding where you want the border of your area to exist, when you have an electric fence for dogs. An electric dog fence also will cost you much less than putting up a traditional fence. Its border is invisible, unless you should decide to mount the wires on top of the ground.

How It Works

A dog fence comes with a transmitter that is located inside of your home or garage. It communicates a radio signal to your dog’s receiver collar that he is wearing. This works in conjunction with the wire that defines the boundary of your property. As your dog gets near the boundary line, he will hear a beep. Should he keep going, he will receive a harmless but surprising static correction. This reminds your dog that he needs to stay within the boundaries.

Wired Electric Dog Fence vs. Wireless

Perhaps you are wondering about the benefits of a wireless dog fence to a wired fence. When it comes to electric dog fence installation, nothing beats the simplicity of a wireless fence. Simply plug in the transmitter, set the size of your boundary circle and put the collar on your dog. However, there are also advantages to a wired fence. The signal strength and consistency is much stronger with a wired fence. Also, when you have a wireless fence, there are certain situations that will not work. If there is a lot of trees in your yard or if there is sloping, the signal may not work. If you have aluminum or stucco siding, the signal will also not work. Reading dog fence reviews will help you decide whether a wireless fence is right for you.

Installing an Electric Dog Fence

When you have an inground version, installing it is relatively easy to do it yourself. Begin by plugging in your transmitter in a safe location, such as a garage. Lay the wire around your yard, where you think you want the boundary to be. Connect the ends of the twisted wire to your transmitter, and splice them to attach them to the ground wire. Go ahead and turn on the system. To make sure the system is working, take the collar over to the border to test it. It should beep when you get close to the wire. Next, create a trench that is 1 to 3 inches into the ground and bury the wire. If there are areas of your yard where the wire cannot be buried, it is okay to secure the wire to the top of the ground with yard staples.

Extra Accessories

When you buy an electric dog fence, it is generally sold with just one collar. This means that if you have more than one dog, you will need to purchase additional collars. Check and see what type of batteries your system takes and if they are rechargeable or not. If the batteries are not rechargeable, it is a good idea to go ahead and purchase extra batteries for your system.