Invisible Fence Installation Instructions

An invisible fence system contains a dog in a yard without the homeowner having to erect a wooden or chain link fence.

After the invisible fence installation, the dog must be trained to learn the boundaries of the fence. The fence wire works with a transmitter and a receiver collar to warn the dog when he is getting to close to the boundary. If the dog continues, the collar sends out a shock to stop the dog. Proper installation is vital to keep an invisible fence working properly.

Find an indoor wall with a power source nearby where you will mount the transmitter. You will need to run a wire outside from the transmitter, so choose a wall with a window nearby or a wall that you can drill a small hole through. You may mount the transmitter in a garage if you live in an area that doesn't have extremely cold winters.

Determine the boundary where the wire will be placed. Mark the boundary line for the fence with the spray paint. If you must go over driveways or sidewalks, use chalk to make the line. Use a lawn edger or spade shovel to make a 3-inch deep trench along the spray-painted boundary line. Use the concrete saw to make a 2-inch cut in concrete following the boundary line.

Mount the transmitter to the wall inside with the mounting screws that come in the installation kit. Use the drill and 1/8-inch drill bit to make a small hole through the interior wall to the exterior wall outside. This hole will be used to feed the two ends of the wire into the home to the transmitter.

Feed the first end of the wire into the hole. Hook this wire up to the unplugged transmitter. Once the wire is secure, lay the wire in the trench. Make sure the wire is tight but not stretched. Corners should be rounded and not square -- do not bend the wire at corners, but make a round corner.

Feed the other end of the wire through the hole to the inside. Hook the wire up to the transmitter. Turn on the transmitter. If the wire is not broken or damaged, the green light will go on, telling you that the wire is working. Unplug the transmitter.

Cover up the trenches with the dirt removed. If you used the lawn edger, tamp down the dirt and grass so that it does not lift up off the wire.

Use the concrete silicon sealant to over the trench in the concrete. The sealant bead should be flush with the surface of the driveway or sidewalk.

Turn on the transmitter. Place the flags and start training the dog.

Things You Will Need

  • Invisible fence kit
  • Spray paint
  • Chalk
  • Screwdriver
  • Power source
  • Drill
  • Drill bit (1/8 inch)
  • Lawn edger
  • Concrete saw
  • Concrete silicon sealant

Tip

  • You can use the collar to test the wire by turning on the collar and the transmitter. Hold the collar in your hand. Walk toward the fence and the warning beeps will sound.

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