Mounting The Dog Fence Transmitter Box
The Transmitter Box
The transmitter box (also often referred to as the Control Box) is the point of control for your entire system. The transmitter creates the signal that runs through the wires and forms the boundary that your dog will learn to stay within. Depending on the system you choose, the control box may allow you to change settings like boundary width (signal field), correction level, or installation size. Transmitters also may have status lights that confirm proper system function, alarms and/or status lights for wire breaks, boundary breaches, and even collar battery levels.
Where to Install Your Transmitter Box
When looking for a good place to install a transmitter box, we prefer a garage, shed, or inside a closet or cabinet in the home. You can also use a weatherproof box to enclose and protect the transmitter if you’ll be installing it outside.
A garage, basement, crawl space, or attic are usually the best place to install your transmitter.
Since it is an electrical appliance, the transmitter box needs to be plugged in, so you’ll want to mount it as close as you can to a power outlet. It’s also most convenient if you mount the unit on or near the exterior wall where you’ll run your twisted wire out. This will save you time and materials when installing.
Finally, your transmitter box needs to be installed in a dry spot where the temperature remains above the freezing point and where the box will be protected from the elements.
- Standard Drill with an appropriate bit for the material you'll be working with (wood, concrete, etc.)
- Pencil for marking pilot holes
- Tape to hold your mounting paper/plate to the wall while you work
- Wall Anchors to hold the screws in place - make sure you have the right anchors for the material
- Small Level (optional) this is used to level the transmitter if you like things straight, but is not necessary for function
- Flat Head & Phillips Head Screwdrivers to screw the screws into the wall anchors
- Long Drill Bit is needed to drill a hole completely through a wall (in many cases an existing hole can be used)
- Wire Strippers to strip the plastic coasting from the dog fence wire.
- Stapler if you want to tack the wire running from your electric dog fence transmitter to the wall for neatness sake.
Factors To Consider When Deciding Where To Mount Your Transmitter Box:
- Is the box protected against weather damage? The transmitter box must be kept above freezing.
- Is it a working outlet? As silly as it seems we couldn’t tell you how many times people have gone through the transmitter installation process to find the outlet is non-functional! Test first!
- What is the shortest path to the main fence loop from the transmitter?
- Do I have enough twisted wire to make it to the main loop?
- Are there any obstacles in the path between the transmitter box and the main loop?
- How am I going to get the neutral (twisted) wire from the transmitter to the main loop? How thick is the wall? Is there an existing hole already? Can I run it under a garage door or through a window?
- Is the outlet I am using controlled by a light switch? You don’t want to turn off your dog fence every time you shut out the lights.
- Is the transmitter out of reach of the kids? Kids love to play with buttons.
- Is the power outlet GFI Protected? GFI outlets tend to trip, without your knowledge, which will disconnect power to your dog fence without warning.
- Is the transmitter in an area where I can readily access and monitor it? A garage is usually the best bet, you tend to come in and out, most electronic dog fences also have a built in audible alarm should the system malfunction - you may not want this in your living room if it goes off!
- Is the transmitter to close to a main electrical box or metal structure? It is a good idea to locate a transmitter at least two feet from a main electrical source such as breaker box to avoid interference or signal displacement.
1. Use a piece of paper as a template to mark the mounting holes from the back of the transmitter. Tape the paper to the wall where you'll be installing the electric dog fence transmitter.
2. Using a 1/8" masonry or wood drill bit, drill two holes in the wall surface where you marked.
3. Place two 1" wall anchors in your drilled holes. Make sure you have the correct anchors for the type of wall you are installing on.
4. Use a Phillips Head screwdriver to install the screws into the wall anchors. The screws need to stick out about 1/4" to allow you to hang the transmitter. The transmitter should be snug to the wall, which may mean you'll need to try it and then adjust the screw depth to get the right fit.
5. Hang the electric dog fence transmitter on the exposed screws. If you find that the transmitter does not align quite right you can bend the screws to the left or right to get the proper fit.
6. Level your transmitter for neatness.
Connecting The Twisted Wire To Your Electric Dog Fence Transmitter
You will need to run the netutral (twisted) cable from your fence transmitter to the perimeter. To do this you can either drill a hole through the wall or use an existing hole, window, or door.
**NOTE: Neutral wire is simple another term for dog fence wire that is twisted together as a means of cancelling out the signal in that stretch of wire. For more information on twisted wire and how it works visit our twisted wire page.
1. Drill a hole (or use an existing hole, door, or window) to run the twisted neutral wire from the transmitter to the outside of the building. You will need a drill bit appropriate for the type of wall you're going through and approximately 10-15" long.
2. Run your twisted dog fence wire from the outside through your drilled hole. Secure the end of your twisted wire to the inside area near your dog fence transmitter, be sure to leave plenty of slack for adjustments.
In this illustration we have drilled through siding into a garge and we're now ready to feed the twisted wire through to reach the transmitter installed on the wall inside.
In this illustration we have drilled a hole through the foundation wall of a basement. We will now push the twisted wire through the hole feeding enough wire through to reach the transmitter with plenty of extra in case we need to adjust.
Pro Tips: Use one of your metal flag posts (included with your dog fence kit) to help feed the wire through the hole.
Connect The Transmitter To The Twisted Wire:
1. Install lightening protection. If you live in an area where there are frequent lightening strikes or electrical storms, or if you are fencing an area larger than 5 acres, it’s a good idea to install lightening protection. The module plugs into a grounded outlet and installs between the transmitter box and the perimeter wire to keep the transmitter safe in the case of an electrical surge. The surge protector is included in some systems and is available for purchase separately for use with those systems that do not include it. A professional grade surge protector is also available for extra protection and is recommended for areas that are more prone to lighting strikes.
**If you are not planning to install surge protection skip this step.
2. Strip a ½" of the plastic coating from the ends of the dog fence wire.
3. Insert the exposed copper into the dog fence wire connectors. Most electric dog fence transmitters use connections similar to speaker wire connectors. You may also see screw-style inserts to hold the stripped wire in place.
4. Neaten the wire:
Go back along the wire route and use a staple or tack gun to neatly attach the wire to your wall. If you are securing the dog fence wire to a surface such as concrete you can use cable grommets to secure the wire to the wall. This will prevent the wire from accidentally being pulled or snagged.
Another alternative (for aesthetic purposes only) is to run the dog fence wire through small PVC pipe. You can use elbows and PVC connectors to make a seamless tube for your wire. You can then paint the PVC to match the wall or floor.
5. Connect to power. Run the A/C adapter cord provided in your dog fence kit from your electric dog fence transmitter to the power source.
At this point you should see status lights indicating that your system is up and running and that the loop is complete and functional. If there is a problem with either the loop or the transmitter itself, now is the time to investigate!
Installing Your Dog Fence Transmitter Outdoors
Pro Tip: Always look for the closest outdoor outlet with the fewest obstacles between the outlet and the transmitter to ease installation. And, remember to check your dog fence periodically as you may not necessarily hear a wire break alarm.
Outdoor Transmitter Installation
In many areas it is not feasible or desirable to install a dog fence transmitter box indoors. If this is the case, you will want to install your control box outside near a standard electric outlet. In order to install an electric dog fence transmitter outside, you'll need a weatherproof dog fence transmitter box. You can find a transmitter box in our online store.
How to install a weatherproof transmitter box:
1. Pre-drill a hole in the bottom of the waterproof dog fence transmitter box. This hole will be used to run the netural, twisted wire from your transmitter inside the box to the main perimeter wire of the fence system. Later, when you have finished and tested your dog fence system you'll need to come back to screw on the box's faceplate and use a silicone caulk to fill any gaps around the wire to ensure the waterproofing.
2. Using the manufacturer-drilled holes in the outdoor dog fence transmitter box use screws to secure the box to the side of the building as close a possible to a power outlet.
3. Now that the box is mounted, place the dog fence transmitter inside. It's a good idea to secure the transmitter using screws and the mounting plate or velcro to keep it from moving around which could cause a wire to disconnect. You can now proceed to run your twisted wire from the box to your perimeter line through the hole you drilled in step 1. You'll also use this hole to run your A/C adapter cord to your outdoor outlet.
Waterproof your outlet:
Its important to protect your outlet from water exposure because most outdoor convention outlets are not designed for a large dog fence transmitter A/C Adapter and will not close properly leaving your outlet exposed to the weather. Unless your outdoor outlet looks something like the one here you will need to install the correct outdoor outlet cover - available here.
Most outdoor outlets look similar to this. This type of outdoor outlet cannot accommodate an A/C adapter such as the one that will supply power to your electric dog fence transmitter. Plugging an A/C adapter into this type of outlet will lift the cover and effectively sabotage the waterproofing.
Although your system may function initially, repeated exposure to moisture will eventually disrupt the system function and may void your warranty.
How to Install the waterproof outlet cover:
1. Remove the old cover with a phillips or flat head screwdriever.
2. Replace the old cover with the new waterproof cover, using the same holes to screw the new cover in place. After installing the new outdoor outlet cover we recommend caulking around the edges.
Proceed to Wire Installation