A Guide on Underground Dog Fencing

If you are a dog owner, one of your worries would be how to contain your canine. For instance, it could stray into your neighbour's property and injure their cat. Dog fencing is your best shot at containing your dog within your property. Most people are aware of traditional fences such as wood, chain-link, and metal dog fencing. However, they might not be acquainted with modern dog fences such as underground fences. Below is a comprehensive guide on underground dog fencing.

What is an Underground Dog Fence?

An underground dog fence is an electric wire that runs beneath your property. The system contains three components, the cable, a transmitter and a receiver. The underground line connects to the transmitter, and the receiver is attached to your dog's collar. Once the dog gets close to the fence, the transmitter sends a signal (electrical impulse or shock) to the receiver, prompting the dog to move away from the fence. Over time, the dog gets used to staying within the confined area. The primary benefit of underground dog fences is that they are concealed. Therefore, you do not have to worry about ruining your landscaping as you install the fence.

Considerations when Purchasing an Underground Dog Fence

Consider these tips as you buy an underground dog fence; 

  • Determine the area you intend to confine the dog to know the cable size.
  • Examine the transmitter's range. Typically, it should be strong enough to emit signals in the confined area.
  • The transmitter should have a heavy-duty battery. This way, you do not have to replace the battery often.
  • The system must be certified by dog owners associations, quality control and government agencies. It is a guarantee that the impulses sent do not harm your dog.
  • Ensure the system has a warranty. It prevents you from incurring repair costs if the transmitter or receiver develops defects.
  • Compare the pricing of several reputable systems before making your purchase. 

Installing an Underground Dog Fence

One of the benefits of underground dog fences is that they have a straightforward installation mechanism. If you opt for DIY installation, check the warranty terms to ensure the installation does not void the warranty. As a best practice, examine your home's blueprints or local land maps to know the location of underground utilities such as drainage, water, and power lines. Then, mark the area you intend to install the underground cable. Connect the cable to the transmitter and test the system. If possible, train your dog to ensure it stays within the confined area.