Dog fences don’t come cheap and it’s probably the reason why you still don’t have one yet. Apart from that, they aren’t that easy to set up on your own, too.
Well, not really.
Why Get Dog Fences?
If you think you won’t be needing a dog fence- think again.
Dog fences are essential to dog owners for a lot of reasons. For one, it can help you stay in control of your dog.
Dogs with behavior problems have this tendency to escape which can be dangerous for your property and neighbors. They can also cause potential problems to your visitors.
A dog fence can keep the situation under control. For added security, however, consider getting two types of dog fences- an electric fence and a physical fence.
Dog fences are a big help when you need to separate your female dogs from male dogs during the breeding season. They can also help with training, particularly if you’re the type of owner who can’t stand imposing strict boundaries and discipline.
Another reason is for aesthetics.
Containing your dog in an open yard can be a bit tricky, particularly if you live in areas where zoning guidelines don't allow fences in front yards. This is where it becomes wise to invest in electric dog fences.
Now, here's the thing.
Although essential and effective for secure containment, dog fences don't come cheap. This is particularly true with electric fences.
A better alternative?
A DIY dog fence.
How to Install Your DIY Dog Fence
Installing your own dog fence is pretty easy once you have the right dog fence kit, plan, and tips. Here’s how you can get started:
Mark Your Utility Lines
You don't necessarily have to dig deep just to see your utilities. Although you'll only be installing your cables a few inches deep, you still need to be sure that you don't hit any lines along the process.
Mark the locations of your utilities, including low voltage power lines if you have an outdoor lighting system or the spot of your sprinkler system.
Now, if you can't determine the exact location, just do your best guess. If you don't want to risk a big repair, you can call your utility company to help you out. Take note that doing so will require extra fees and waiting time as not all companies have available personnel right away.
Create a Diagram of Your Yard
Get a grid paper and create a rough sketch of your property. Include your pathways, driveways, garden and other possible obstacles.
When creating your sketch, start deciding which area of your garden you want your dog to have an access to. Decide which areas you need to block.
Pick the exact location where you want your transmitter box to be installed. Take note that the box needs to be near a power outlet and that it needs to be safe from elements.
With that, your best option is to keep the box in your garage. An electrified shed is a good option, too.
After that, imagine where your fence will run. It needs to create a complete loop that starts and ends with the transmitter box.
Decide on the Right Design
You don't really need to create a complex design. However, you need to keep in mind that boundary wires are supposed to turn corners gradually. As much as possible, avoid having a sharp 90-degree turn.
Keep your boundary wires parallel to each other and about 6 feet apart. This way, they won't cancel each other out.
Know the Right Measurement
Start walking to where you want the fence to begin. Walk normally and count your steps. Multiply your number of steps with 2.5 and you'll get the measurement of your enclosure you can order from your pet store.
Prepare Your Yard
Now that you have your plan ready, it's time to prepare the location.
If you live in an area where leaves and debris are common, you need to clear the area. Rake out the leaves, small rocks, and sticks. If bugs and critters are common in your yard, make sure to clear them out as well for your dog's safety.
Be sure to check out the plants in your yard, too. Make sure that they aren't toxic to your dogs, particularly to puppies that may play with them.
You should also check the type of fertilizer and weed killer you are using if they aren't toxic to your pets.
Stake the Posts
Once you are sure that your yard is free of debris, start pounding your t-posts. Ensure that the stake portion of your t-post is completely underground.
Use a medium-sized sledgehammer to stake your post. If you come across a solid rock, simply move the post 2 to 3 feet in any direction and continue.
Roll out the net and attach it to the t-posts. You can use cable or zip ties for security.
Leave about 5 to 6 inches of the net towards the inside of the fence. You can do that after you've straightened out the net and secured the zip tie.
After securing the net, anchor its bottom part into the ground with the use of anchor pines. Make sure that the pins are spaced evenly.
Check if the net is straight and taught and that no area is left saggy and loose. Repeat the same procedures for the rest of the posts or until you complete the fence.
You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money just to have a dog fence. With these tips and the right dog fence kit, you should be able to securely and safely contain your dogs in your yard.
Of course, the process requires effort and time but once you see the result, all the hard work will definitely be worth it.
Kathryn Brown is a freelance writer. She lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and her pet Duke. When she's not out exploring other countries, she spends most of her time teaching others how to work remotely while her pit bull, Annabelle, lounges alongside. She's also an advocate for dogs like hers and aims to spread awareness everywhere she goes.