How Dog Containment Fences Work

Containment Fence Systems

First of all, please note that when we talk about containment fence systems, electric dog fences, hidden dog fences, in-ground radio fences etc, we are effectively talking about the same thing. People often call us asking for a dog fence system but not the underground one when actually, all of our systems can be set up:

  • Underground
  • On the ground (be careful not to mow over it!)
  • On an existing fence attached with zip ties

A quick overview of how these containment fence systems work will make things a lot clearer.


Basic Fence Layout

Thick red line = Containment fence wire & correction zone
Dotted grey line = Warning beep zone


How a Dog Containment Fence Works:

The transmitter box emits a radio signal that is carried by the insulated copper wire. When your dog (wearing the collar) approaches the fence line, the radio signal emitted from the wire activates your dog's receiver collar to deliver a warning beep then a static stimulation if they continue towards the fence line.


3 Essential Components of Every Dog Fence

Transmitter Box
The transmitter box emits a radio signal (AM signal or FM signal) 24/7 as well as regulates other settings based on your preferences. The transmitter needs to be set up in your house or garage (somewhere out of the weather) and connected to power.

Insulated Copper Wire
The copper wire plugs into the transmitter at both ends and emits the radio signal from the wire. This radio signal emitted by the wire communicates with your dog's collar as they approach the fence line.

Receiver Collar
The receiver collar is worn by your dog and receives a warning beep as they approach the fence's warning zone. If your dog ignores the warning beep and continues towards the fence and the collar will deliver a static stimulation to effectively deter your dog from the set boundaries.


Once you've decided you need a dog fence, follow these steps:

Step 1. Plan your containment area. Draw a mud map of your property and plan when you would like to keep your dog contained. Keep in mind that the transmitter needs to be placed in a garage, laundry or shed (anywhere out of the weather).

Step 2. Select the right containment fence system. Here at Bark Control, we stock the highest quality dog fences suitable for dogs of all sizes. In saying that, different fences are suitable for different scenarios. Click here to view all fences. If you're in doubt, don't hesitate to give us a call on the number at the bottom of the page!

Step 3. Install your containment fence system

  1. Set up your transmitter in the garage, shed or laundry.
  2. Test the transmitter and wire (short loop test) to ensure the system works.
  3. Run the wire from the transmitter to your desired boundary. If you have a larger property, ensure that you have any additional wire as needed.
  4. Train your dog to react to the fence.

So that's about it really! These systems are very easy to install, without professional assistance. You do not need an electrician or another tradesperson. One thing for sure is that dog containment fence systems save lives. Not just your dog's, but farm animals and native wildlife. So if you have an escaping dog and cannot afford build a structured fence, please consider an electric dog fence. You owe it to your dog. 



If you have any questions, call us on 1300 668 931

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