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How to Install a K-9 Fence Controller

    Preparing to install the fence

    • 1). Contact your state One Call System (a Google search for "[state] one call system" will provide the correct contact information) to have utility lines and underground wires marked before you proceed. This not only tells you where it is safe to dig for your dog fence controller but where to place the wire. The wire must be perpendicular to electrical wires in order to avoid a disruption in service.

    • 2). Draw your fence controller layout. Determine what area you want your K-9 contained in and what things you want the dog to stay out of (such as your garden or flower beds). Then, go outside and mark your electric fence lines with marker flags or landscaping paint. Be sure that the end of your fence line is close to a wall with a protected outlet so that you can connect the wire to the transmitter.

    • 3). Measure the amount of wire you will need for your K-9 fence controller. Most kits come with a lot of wire, but you may need more and it's important to know how much. Add several inches to your total measurement because the wire needs to be slack and not tight when you lay it out. Make a trip to your local hardware store to purchase your supplies.

    • 4). Dig a trench where you want to place the wire. Follow the manufacturer instructions with the fence kit to determine the depth of the trench, which is typically one to six inches.

    • 5). Rent a saw from the hardware store in order to cut through solid material such as a driveway or walkway where you want your fence to be. Just inform the sales associate what you are cutting through and he will help you figure out what to use. Mark the line where you need to cut with chalk and cut the trench along the line.

    Installing the K-9 fence controller

    • 1). Lay the wire along the inside of the trench. It should not be tight but should have some slack to prevent damage to the wire if it contracts or expands. Bury the wire as you go so that it stays in place. When laying the wire in a trench you cut in a driveway or other hard surface, close up the hole once you lay the wire with a sealer.

    • 2). Splice the wire where necessary. Splicing is connecting two pieces of wire to form one longer, continuous piece. Using wire cutters, strip about an inch of the plastic coating off of the ends of each wire you plan to connect (be careful not to cut the wire). Connect the exposed wires with a wire nut and then place the exposed wires into a splice unit to protect them. Bury the splice connection like the rest of the wire.

    • 3). Install the transmitter by drilling a hole in the wall (typically into the garage) where the fence wire ends and feeding the remaining wire through the hole. Connect the wire ends to the transmitter by following the manufacturer instructions. Plug the transmitter into the outlet and test to make sure the wire is working.

    • 4). Place the receiver collar on your dog and begin the training process. Consider leaving the marker flags in place so that your dog learns where the wire is and can avoid it before receiving the shock and signal.

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