An electronic dog fence system is a teaching aid to help you teach your dog their boundaries and keep them safely contained. To quickly get up to speed on the basics of dog containment systems, see our dog fence 101 guide.
Step 1: Select a Dog Fence SystemFirst, select a system. Our experts have prepared detailed dog fence reviews for every containment system. Our reviews take you through the pros and cons of each and help you find the best system for your dog.
The PetSafe YardMax is our favorite overall system.The PetSafe Little Dog is the best choice for small dogs under 12 lbs. For large installations up to 100 acres, the Sport Dog SDF-100 is a good choice.
There are also wireless dog fence systems available, although they are not yet as good as the wired systems. The largest range wireless system is the Havahart Radial Wireless 2. The best wireless dog fence collar is the PetSafe Stay + Play.
Step 2: Install the Dog FenceSecond, install your dog fence. We begin by designing the layout of the system, planning the boundary lines so that they keep your dog out of trouble but still give them plenty of room to play. We show you how to run the non-correcting twisted wire to give them complete access to the yard.
We run the dog fence wire along the perimeter. We show you how to make burying the wire easy, by using a garden edger or a wire laying trencher to do all the hard work. We also show you no-bury solutions such as stapling the wire to the ground or running it along the fence line. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too.
Then power up your system and check that everything is working.
Step 3: Train Your DogFinally, we train your dog to obey the new boundaries. Over two weeks, in short ten minute sessions we teach your dog to associate crossing the boundary with the unpleasant sensation of the correction.
In the first week we introduce the dog to the system, showing them how we want them to respond to the warning tone by turning and retreating away from the boundary line. In the second week we introduce the correction to teach the dog there is a consequence for ignoring the warning tone. In the last few days of training, we test the dog’s compliance by using your dog’s biggest temptations to make sure they observe the boundary even when excited or chasing another dog. Finally, we introduce the dog to off-leash time in the boundary.
Your dog is now safely contained! In later weeks you will remove the training flags, and teach your dog how to safely cross the boundary when you give them permission
We know the tips and tricks to make a DIY underground dog fence job easier and cheaper. For example we can show DIYers how to get a dog fence system made by Innotek. the sister company of Invisible Fence* for a fraction of the cost. And we show DIYers how to use everyday garden tools to halve the dog fence installation time.
If you find our site useful, please consider purchasing your system from our online dog fence store. We can give you the expert advice that you can’t get anywhere else to make containment easy. We use our buying power to guarantee the best prices online, and have a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee. Our systems come with a FREE copy of the Dog Fence Expert’s Guide to Installation and Training, that you can instantly download upon purchase (worth $24.95). You also get a FREE Wire Break Kit with all wired systems (worth $14.95). The Wire Break Kit comes with an RF Choke that can be used with all Innotek dog fences (IUC 4100, IUC 5100, SD 2100, SD 3000, and SD 2000) to assist in locating a wire break. The Wire Break Kit also comes with extra wire and splices to provide you with the necessary items to repair a break. If you own a PetSafe or SportDog in-ground dog fence and need to locate a wire break, you’ll need the PetSafe Boundary Wire Break Locator.
If you have any questions about choosing a system, installing a dog fence or training your dog, please call us on 1-888-9-DOG-DIY or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also answer reader questions in our dog fence blog.
*The Invisible Fence Brand is a registered trademark of Radio Systems Corporation. This site is not affiliated with Invisible Fence. Invisible Fence denotes one particular brand of electric dog fence available. Other dog fence brands include Innotek, PetSafe, Humane Contain, Perimeter Technologies, Dog Watch, Dog Stop and Contain a Pet.