Dog Fence Layout

It is a good idea to go ahead and lay your fence wire on the ground before you actually bury it. It takes about half a day to bury or secure a dog fence boundary wire to the ground. This can be an enjoyable do-it-yourself project. However, it can quickly turn into a frustrating venture when you try to turn the fence on and realize you missed a connection and see that it is not functioning. To avoid this hassle, lay the cable around the perimeter of the yard, join it to the dog fence transmitter and test the dog fence collar to make sure it is functioning properly. Now, you can bury the wire with confidence, knowing it is working properly.

  1. Begin by connecting the twisted wire to your transmitter.
  2. Run your perimeter wire boundary. Secure the end of the non-twisted boundary wire to a stake or a shovel. Put it on the ground at the location where it will be spliced to the twisted wire. Take your spool of wire around the perimeter, releasing wire from the spool, laying wire on the ground as you work to create the perimeter you have planned. You can secure the wire to the ground at the corners in order to maintain the shape of your boundary with dog fence staples. Continue all the way around your boundary until you reach the location where you started at the junction with the twisted wire.
  3. Strip off about ¼ inch of the plastic wire coating on both ends of the twisted wire. This means you will have bare copper on both ends of the wire. This process should be repeated with both ends of the main loop wire and the twisted wire. This means you should have 4 ends in total. Next, one end of the twisted wire should be connected to one end of the main loop perimeter wire. The other end of the twisted wire should be connected to the remaining free end of the boundary wire so that each end of the twisted section is connected to a non-twisted section.
  4. Power up your fence. Plug your dog fence transmitter into an electrical outlet and turn it on. If there is a break in your dog fencing wire, most models will alert you of it. Some need to have the range adjustment knob turned up in order to complete the circuit. After adjusting these settings, if your transmitter alerts you that there is a break in the line, look for any areas that are not connected to the main loop. Should you be unable to find any breaks in the line, conduct a short loop test on the transmitter with a short piece of wire. Do this by stripping both ends of a piece of wire and inserting both ends into the transmitter terminals, which will simulate a completed loop.
  5. Test your collar on the line. Now that you know you have a functioning continuous loop, go to the fence line and test the dog fence collar. Don’t forget to put the battery in it. As you walk up to the main perimeter, the collar should make a faint beeping sound. If the collar does not beep, go and turn the field range dial clockwise on your dog fence transmitter. Now go back to the wire and repeat the procedure.
  6. Permanently install your wire. Now that you know your perimeter loop is working, you can begin to permanently secure the dog fence wire by burying it or stapling it to the ground. To look at the next steps, please refer to our Installation Guide.

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