Do It Yourself Invisible Fences

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Things You'll Need



Call the local city digger's hotline. Ask them to come to your property and mark out all the electrical and gas lines. This service should be free of charge.

Decide what areas of your property you wish to keep your dog away from, such as pools, flower beds or child's play equipment. Keep in mind when mapping out where you install the electrical fence that each wire needs to be at least 8 feet away from another wire and must make a complete circuit.

Dig a narrow trench (2 to 3 inches wide) along the desired path of the fence. Ideally, the trench should be between 1 and 6 inches deep.

Lay the invisible fence wire into the trench. Shovel the previously removed soil back into the trench over the wire and stomp it down with your foot. Repeat this around the entire fence perimeter.

Protect items in the center of your yard by digging a trench from the main trench and around the item that needs protection. Twist two pieces of electrical fence wire together to cancel the correction the dog will receive. Place the twisted wire into the trench connecting the two locations. Push single wire into the trench surrounding the item you are protecting.

Install your invisible fence wire across your driveway following a joint cut if possible. If this is not possible, snap a chalk line across your driveway to indicate where you would like to place the wire. Use a circular saw to cut through the concrete along the chalk line. Push the wire into the cut crack. Fill the crack with self-leveling mortar mix.

Place the flags that came with your invisible fence into the ground near the location of the electrical wire. This will act as a visual fence for your dog while he learns his perimeters.

Select the location where you will install the fence transmitter. Indoor installation is recommended. However, the transmitter can be installed outdoors in a location protected from the weather. The transmitter should be near an electrical outlet.

Install the transmitter on the wall in your selected location. Mark the holes for the screws onto the wall. Drill pilot holes through the wall. The pilot holes need to be the same diameter as the wall anchors you are using. Place one wall anchor into each hole and tap it in with a hammer.

Place the transmitter back on the wall and secure it in place with the supplied screws. Attach the two ends of your electrical fence circuit to the back of the transmitter. Plug in the transmitter.
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