Message Us

A Handy Guide to DIY Dog Fences, Dog Fence Kits and Dog Fence Installations

By KathrynBrown. | Dog Info

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.

The truth is that DIY dog fences are affordable and you can have them installed in your yard quickly. This article can show you exactly how.

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.

Creating Anchors

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.

In Conclusion

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.

Air Travel Tips and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Kathryn Brown

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.


Signup/Login to post a reply


Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

Cordura seat cover

Great product. Have them on all my seats to protect them from water sand and nails of from all the dogs that travel with me in my camper van to the beach, rivers and woods.



We liked the first cover so much that a few days later we purchased a second one. The cover installs very, very easily, fits and covers the rear seat and the back of the front seats of our Subaru Tribeca perfectly, has flaps that cover the door-side edges of the rear seat, and stays perfectly in place. Spilled or tracked water beads up on the material and can be easily wiped off. At first our dog did tend to slide just a little on the new cover, but he soon learned to stand, sit, and lay just as well as he did before on the uncovered seat. The hammock portion seems like it might provide some little bit of protection in a sudden stop (our guy will chew apart any "doggie seat belt" type of restraint in very short order - so that option is out of the question for us). As to keeping him out of the car front-area - well, our long-legged Standard Poodle has no problem in still looking closely out the front windshield by putting his front feet on the center console - straddling the hammock - with no problem whatsoever. But we did discover that having the hammock in place does allow us to safely keep his water bottle and dish, his leash, and an old towel on the floor under the hammock - where he can no longer get at them (especially the leash and towel) to chew on them. All in all, an excellent seat cover.


My furbabies don't like leather seats!!!! But they love this seat cover!!!

Very hard to find a split bench seat cover at a reasonable price, this one fit the bill. Easy to install, very durable and looks to be easy to clean. Wanted something that would protect the leather seats and was pet friendly (hate it when the material of regular seat covers snags toenails and collars). I don't think I will have to buy another for many years!!!

Jackie Carter

My Doodle approves!

Received on time, fits great and easy to install. Color is a great match. So far, so good. Durability? Time will tell. It appears to be well constructed.

Donald Fish

Fits my 2018 VW Tiguan perfectly

Very happy with our purchase. Fits perfectly, was easy to install and keeps the leather seats in our brand new vehicle perfectly clean.

Chris Campbell

great cover

This is actually a replacement for my original 4 knines cover which was 4 years old. I used it daily (bringing my pup to work with me) and washed it weekly, so the backing finally started to flake apart and come off. This newer version is easier to put over the headrests, great improvement in the strap and closures. Also the best improvement is the side flaps, the old cover didn't have these. These flaps help to catch the dirt from dogs feet when they are jumping up into the car, instead of it going on the side of the seat.

Diane Breland


This is my 2nd seat cover from 4knines and love them both. The product and service were both fantastic.


Repeat customer VERY satisfied.

We have made several purchases from 4Knines and are VERY satisfied with products (cargo liner, back seat cover, bucket front seat cover...). I volunteer at a shelter and take dogs offsite daily. Always a Pleasure doing business with 4Knines. Highly recommend.

Cristina Jones

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy