Wire, Flags, & Splices
There are three basic installation supplies you need to install and begin using your in-ground dog fence. Wire, waterproof wire splices, and training flags. The fence wire is used to create the boundary perimeter around your property, the wire splices are needed to connect lengths of wire, and the training flags are used to mark the perimeter so that you can effectively teach your dog the boundaries. All dog fence kits include a small amount of these factory-grade basics. Most people will need to supplement additional wire, flags, and splices to complete their planned installation. And for most installations we do recommend upgrading to a higher quality wire than that which comes included in your kit.
Most electric dog fence kits come with just enough of these basic supplies to complete a small and very simple installation. In general kits include just enough wire to squeak out about a third of an acre, basic loop installation. This is the most popular type of installation where a segment of neutral twisted wire connects the transmitter to the boundary loop that runs in a big loop all the way around your property. This installation gives your dog access to the entire property and all the way around your home. If your property (or the space you want to fence) is larger than 1/3 acre, you'll need additional wire to complete the installation.
Dog Fence Wire
Almost all dog fence kit manufacturers include a spool of fairly low quality, thin 20-gauge dog fence wire in their kit. For most installations we recommend upgrading to a higher quality wire. Upgrading the wire in your dog fence kit does increase the cost of your initial investment, but it pays itself off by protecting your investment down the line. Your dog fence wire will be exposed to temperature changes, plant roots, burrowing animals, and lawn care equipment. The factory-grade 20-gauge wire included in the dog fence kits is prone to degredation over time. As the vinyl wire jacket is worn down and eventually compromised, the wire will become exposed and begin to rust and break. When the wire becomes damaged enough the signal will no longer be able to transmit all the way through and you're system will not function. Locating and repairing a wire break is time-consuming and frustrating at best, but can be downright costly.
Pro-grade wire (or heavy duty) wire is not only thicker than factory grade wire, but more importantly, has a polyethylene jacket rather than a vinyl jacket. Polyethylene is more durable and more waterproof than vinyl so it protects better and your wire lasts longer. Pro-grade wire is absolutely recommended for:
- Larger installations
- Climates with wide temperature fluctuations
- Rocky soil
- Heavily treed areas
- Water installations
- Snowy climates
- Surface installations (not buried wire)
Waterproof Wire Splices
Not the most exciting componenet of an electric dog fence, the waterproof wire splice is a neccessary one. These small durable plastic tubes encapsulate the exposed copper splice points in a gel-filled tube to protect them from moisture, dirt, animals, and anything else that could lead to degradation of the wire. Even small installations usually use at least two waterproof wire splices, but the number you need will depend on your specific layout and how many places you need to splice wire. Since waterproof wire splices are so inexpensive, we generally recommend keeping a spare pair of wire splices on hand in case you do need to repair a wire beak or damaged segment.
Dog Fence Flags
Dog fence flags are the only temporary component of the dog fence system. The flags are installed as visual markers that will aid your dog in recognizing the fence boundary during the training process. Dog fence flags are installed every yard or so along the entire dog fence boundary. As your dog progresses through the training and learns the limits of the space, you'll remove the flags little by little until they are all down.
To calculate the number of training flags you'll need, divide the total linear feet of dog fence wire (not including neutral twisted wire) and divide by 3. Then round up to account for the curves where you'll want to decrease the spacing a bit.
Total Linear Feet Of Wire / 3 = Training Flags Needed.
Dog fence flags are available in packs of 50 or 100.
Boundary Kits take the guesswork out of wire, flags, and splices. Boundary Kits are prepackaged kits that include dog fence wire, training flags, and waterproof wire splices in just the right amounts. We've done the calculations so you don't have to. Our boundary wire kits are available with both pro-grade and factory-grade wire options and include wire, training flags, and waterproof wire splices.
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