Dog Fence Installation Questions
Q - How deep should I bury the wire?
A - We recommend that you bury the wire 1 - 3 inches underground to give it protection from possible damage caused by small rodents or surface traffic. It is not vital to the operation of the system that the wire be buried, but it is highly recommended. You can also bury the wire deeper, (up to 6-8 inches) if you are concerned about damage caused by aeration, etc. The wire can be attached to an existing fence, hedges or other items if it is not going to get damaged. In wooded areas you can even run the wire through PVC or rubber garden hose.
Q - What is the best thing to use to dig a trench for my wire?
A - We have found that the quickest way to dig your trench is with a Lawn Edger. A straight edged spade or shovel is the next best option if you do not own or have access to a lawn edger. Of course the easiest way is to use our "Dog Fence Staples".
Q - How do I cancel the signal in certain areas of my boundary?
A - The Underground Fence signal can only be canceled by twisting wire together. The wires must be part of your continuous loop, and must be traveling in opposite directions. The tighter the twist, the better your cancellation will be. However, you must be sure not to over-tighten the wire and cause a break in the wire's outer insulation. We recommend at least 10-12 twists per foot.
Example: Start with one end of the wire attached to your transmitter. Take wire out to the edge of your boundary, make your loop which encloses your property, then come back to the transmitter. When you are coming back to the transmitter to close the loop, twist the wire with the wire that you started with initially. This will cancel the signal over the wire that connects your transmitter to the outer edge of your boundary . This same principle can be applied to enclose pools, ponds, gardens, outbuildings, etc.
Q - Does it matter where I mount the transmitter?
A - Yes. The transmitter should be mounted INDOORS ONLY in an area where it will be dry at all times. This is because exposure to moisture can damage the electrical components inside the unit resulting in poor fence signal and risk of electrical shock or fire.
Q - Why do I need to have rounded corners along my boundary?
A - It is important that the corners on your loop are rounded with at least a 6' radius. Any sharp turns or angles in your loop can cause complete signal failure, or just intermittent signal conditions along your entire boundary. This is because the signal that is radiated off the boundary wire cancels itself out if it crosses with an opposing signal. Since wires in a sharp corner or angle allow the signals to cross each other directly, they cancel each other out. A rounded corner will prevent direct crossing of the signals and your Underground Fence will function properly.
Q - How can I install the wire across hard surfaces like my driveway or sidewalk?
A - If you have to cross concrete, asphalt, brick or other hard surfaces, either lay the wire in a convenient expansion joint or use a circular saw with a masonry blade to create a groove. Place the wire in the groove and cover with an appropriate patching compound. Your local hardware store can help you choose the right compound for your type of driveway.
Q - What can I use to give the wire additional protection?
A - In areas that may experience particularly high traffic, or areas prone to small animals digging or chewing, we recommend that you run the wire through a PVC pipe or rubber garden hose, then bury it 3-4 inches deep. This will not affect the signal, but will give the wire additional support in areas prone to breakage. NOTE: Do not use metal piping or garden hose that contains metal strands in the weave.
Q - Why do I need those little flags?
A - The flags are absolutely vital to the success of your system. They form the "visual boundary" that your pet will learn to associate with the warning beep given by his receiver collar. Without a visual boundary, your pet will only be confused by the warning beeps, and training will take much longer. Once the pet is trained, you may remove the flags. This is described in the training manual that comes with your kit.
Q - Where do I place the flags in relation to the buried wire?
A - The boundary flags must be placed on the inner edge of your boundary, at the point where the warning signal on your pets collar begins to activate. You never want to place the flags further into the middle of his "warning zone", because by doing so, you are telling him that it is OK to be in areas where the warning signal and shock are present. The boundary flags should be placed a maximum of 10 feet apart from each other along your entire boundary. Also, it is important to make sure the boundary is at least 5' from the buried wire.