Electric Dog Fencing - How do I run the wire?

Dog Containment Fences and Product Help Centre


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15 Apr 2024

Hints and Tips to Install Dog Fencing

An electric dog fence is usually very easy to install, even if you are not that handy! However there are a few tricks to the trade that can make installation even easier!

Before installing your new dog fence we recommend that you first read the instructions thoroughly and spend some time planning out the layout. If you are unsure of the best way to plan the layout of your system have a look at the popular layouts guide which will assist you in choosing a layout that is best for your property.

Mounting Wire to an Existing Fence

The wire can be attached to an existing fence or buried. If you have an existing metal fence (Chain link, dog mesh, chicken wire and even pool fencing) you can simply attach the wire to the fence using cable ties. Please note: When attaching the wire to a rural fence do not run the wire on the same rung as an electric fence because the electrified fence can interfere with our dog containment fences.

Use Cable Clips for Wooden Fences

If you have a wooden fence you can use 5mm flat cable clips these are a great size for the 0.75mm wire that is supplied with the system. (See image)

For the best results with your fence system, when attaching the wire to an existing fence, it is best to have the wire mounted at your dog’s shoulder height. This will allow the collar to pick up the best possible signal. If you have multiple dogs all different sizes we recommend mounting the wire to the shoulder height of the middle-sized dog.

Burying the Wire

The containment wire can be buried in the ground in certain sections around your yard or it can be run in the ground for your entire boundary. When placing the wire in the ground, you don't have to dig a big trench, you only have to make a small incision about 10cm in depth. (See images)

Running the wire across a Driveway or Footpath

When coming to a footpath or driveway it is always best to try and run the wire through the existing expansion joints, gaps or cracks. It is best to clean the joints of any rubbish dirt etc. Lay the wire in the gap then run a small amount of caulking compound or silicone in the gap to secure the wire in place. (See Images)

If you do not have any joints, gaps or cracks in the patch or driveway simply make one straight incision with a saw. (See Images)

As you can see running the wire is not that difficult, even when crossing areas like driveways and gates! As always, call us if you have any concerns or questions, and one of our staff will talk you through any electric dog fence questions you may have.