Tips for the Proper Installation of an Electric Fence to Keep Your Dog In
At face value the idea of electric fences sounds great! Your pooch can be out in the front yard but will not jump the fence or try to leap up at it when someone walks by. In the same way, those who own vast lots and maybe even acreage of horse property know that containing a roaming canine is much easier said than done but at least during the second visit to the local animal shelter in order to reclaim your pet, you will realize that more permanent solutions to your boundary security are needed. Of course, electric fences are not as simply installed as many a manufacturer would have you believe yet this is due in part because of user error and the unwillingness to follow instructions for proper installation to the letter.It is noteworthy that a plethora of problems can be avoided altogether simply by following the tried and true tips for the proper installation of an electric fence to keep your dog in:
Perhaps not surprisingly, many a property owner is dogged with problems pertaining to bad grounding. This is usually due to the unwillingness of the installing individual to take the time to see through each of the steps associated with the process. It begins with the installation of the fence posts, continues on with the spreading of the wires, is followed by the careful installation of the energizer unit, and ends with the meticulous grounding of the whole system. The latter, unfortunately, is the aspect of the installation where the most corners are cut. A lone steel post does not make for a grounding rod any more than a rusted pipe sticking out of the ground will make for a proper aqueduct.Most manufacturers will suggest that you use at least three eight-foot ground rods – although depending on the size of the electric fence, it may be more – all of which should be copper-coated. Placing them too close together defeats the purpose and when the manufacturer suggests a spacing of 13 feet, this should be honored.
In a pinch you may bury about 26 feet of copper coated piping as deep as the soil will permit and then hook up the wiring with insulated cable. For dog owners concerned about their dog’s propensity for chewing through wires, galvanized wire may also be used.
Failure to follow these tips most likely will result in inadequate completion of the electric circuit and you will find that the fence is pretty much useless. The dog will not feel the electric pulse when it touches the wires and thus is not kept on your property. Even worse, if you decide to create a makeshift grounding system by connecting the wires to your home’s water pipes you will most likely feel the electricity yourself as you lead it into your own home! Similarly, if you live in an area frequented by lightning, you may have just as well painted a huge bull’s eye on your home’s roof!