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Underground Fence Installation Guide

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Underground Fence Installation Guide

Underground fences help keep your pets safe and under control without distracting from the beauty of your home. Some pet-owners might initially balk at the idea of an underground fence system for their pets, erroneously thinking they cause the animals harm. However, the systems only provide a very mild correction that feels like the “shock” you get when you shuffle your feet across a carpeted floor. Some systems correct the pet by exposing them to a burst of citronella or by making noises.


If you have been considering installing an underground fence system on your property, you probably have a few questions. Read this guide to learn all you really need to know.

  1. Underground fences help keep your pets safe and under control without distracting from the beauty of your home.

    1.How they work

    The underground “fence” is really just a transmitter, a wire and a receiver. The wire is buried around the perimeter of your property, usually buried a few inches beneath the surface of your lawn. The wire is connected to a transmitter, which is usually installed in your basement or garage. The transmitter sends a radio signal along the wire. Your pet is outfitted with a collar-mounted receiver so that, when it gets too close to the transmitter, a correction device is activated. The wire doesn’t actually have to be buried to work, however, burying it keeps it safe from the elements and keeps people from tripping over it and disturbing it.

  2. 2.Do-it-yourself vs. Call a pro

    To install your fence, you can head to a pet or home improvement store and pick up your own fence, or call a professional to do it for you. There are benefits and drawbacks to either option. Doing it yourself give you the instant gratification of getting the job done quickly. However, it also means maintenance of the system and training of your pet are up to you, too. Professionals usually provide service and maintenance packages to keep your system going for a long time. Also, they often offer resources and information about how to best get your pet used to the system. Some companies have professionals who come to your home to help train your pet. To learn about the costs associated with have your fence professionally installed, see our price guide, Invisible Fence Cost.

  3. 3.Half the battle

    Your underground fence is only half of the battle when it comes to keeping your pet safely within the boundaries of your home. Remember: your underground fence can help encourage your pet learn how to stay within the boundaries of your property, but it can’t force your pet to stay there. You must take steps to train your pet where to go and where not to go. Experts recommend training your pet on a leash before setting them free to roam around unrestrained. Before even using the collar, put flags around the perimeter of your property so that you and your pet will know what areas are ok, and what areas are off limits. Keep the flags up for about two or three weeks (or maybe even longer). You should also give your pet some time to get used to the system’s collar before turning on the system, especially if your pet has never worn any kind of collar before.


    There are lots of reasons any responsible pet owner would want to keep his or her pet safely close to home. Cars, disease and not-so-nice people are all risks to an unaccompanied pet. Not to mention the fact that many neighborhoods and communities do not allow pets to roam free. Figure out if an underground fence is the right choice for you and your pet, and find the right pro to help you get it today!

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