Layout & Test Your System
At Flexpetz, we have professionally installed over 5000 electric dog fences. Over the years, we have found many tricks of the trade that make installations go as smoothly as possible. We highly recommend laying your fence wire on the ground before actually burying it. Spending a half a day burying or securing a dog fence boundary wire to the ground can be a fun weekend D.I.Y. project It can become frustrating when you go to turn the fence on and realize you missed a connection and the fence is not functional. You can avoid this hassle by laying the cable around the perimeter of the yard, connecting it to the dog fence transmitter and then testing the dog fence collar on the line to make sure that is functional. Then simply go back and bury the wire knowing it is completely functional.
Installing your electric dog fence is a simple weekend project. We've used our experience to create a step-by-step installation guide to walk you right through the process.
1. Connect the twisted fence wire to your transmitter:
Run the twisted wire from your dog fence transmitter out to the area you plan to start your dog fence perimeter. No need to drill a hole or permanently attach your dog fence transmitter to the wall yet. This process is simply to test the layout and get a feel for the design of your fence system. This process is also used to make sure that you have no interference in the front or back yard from underground utilities such as cable, phone or electric.
2. Run Your Perimeter Wire Boundary:
Secure the end of the boundary (non-twisted) wire to a stake or shovel and place it on the ground at the point it will be spliced to the twisted wire. Walk your spool of wire around the perimeter releasing wire from the spool laying wire on the ground as you walk to create your planned perimeter. We recommend securing the wire to the ground at the corners to maintain the shape or you boundary. You can use simple dog fence staples to temporarily secure the fence wire to the ground. Continue all the way around your boundary until you come back around to where you started at the junction with the twisted wire.
3. Temporarily Connect The Twisted Wire:
Strip off about a quarter inch of the plastic wire coating on both ends of the twisted wire so you have bare copper on both ends of the wire. Repeat this process with both ends of the main loop wire and the twisted wire (you should have 4 ends in total)
Connect one end of the twisted wire to one end of the main loop perimeter wire. Connect the other end of the twisted wire to the remaining free end of the boundary wire so that each end of the twisted section connects to a non-twisted section.
4. Power Up Your Fence:
Plug your dog fence transmitter into an electrical outlet and turn it on. Most models have a built in alarm to let you know if there is a break in your dog fencing wire. Some transmitter models need to have the range adjustment knob turned up to complete the circuit. After adjusting these settings if you should find that your transmitter indicates a break in the line, carefully walk the line and look for any areas that are not connected to the main loop. If you are unable to find any breaks in the line conduct a short loop test on the transmitter with short piece of wire. Strip both ends of a length of wire and insert both ends into the transmitter terminals, this will simulate a completed loop. In rare instance transmitter units come from the manufacturer damaged. It this is the case contact Flexpetz.com immediately 877-902-8132
5. Test Your Collar On The Line:
Now that you know you have a functioning continuous loop, proceed to the fence line and test your dog fence collar on the line. Don't forget to put the battery in the dog fence receiver! As you approach the main perimeter loop your collar should make a faint beeping sound. The antennas in most systems are designed to pick up the signal field in the same way a dog would walk up to the line at the bottom, so hold your collar accordingly (at the neck level of your dog). If the collar does not beep go back to your dog fence transmitter and adjust your field range dial. This is usually a button with a dial on it from 1-10 turn it clockwise a notch or two and go back out to the line and repeat the process.
6. Permanently Install Your Wire
Congratulations! Now that your perimeter loop is functional, you can begin permanently securing the dog fence wire by burying it or stapling it to the ground. Please refer to our Installation Guide for detailed information on the next steps.
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