My home is in the corner of 4 cleared acres with 3 of that in pasture. The other acre or so is backyard and pond. We have 20 acres total. I was looking at a wireless dog fence unit just to keep them in the yard, but really want the dogs (shepherds) to be able to get to the pond in the summer which is more than 90′, but not into the woods to chase deer / ground squirrels and generally wonder off. They are not aggressive but we don’t get many strangers and they let us know when someone approaches the house. After reading others questions, it may be that a wired unit and no-dig installation would be more practical. Can the wire be ran through buried conduit where the horses cross? Elsewhere, I would run it under split rail fencing and at the edge of the woods. I read the review on the wifi unit and thought that may be the ticket but we do have a metal roof. Also, how hard is it to find a break in the wire? If stapled in the ground, would you have to run your hand along the whole length to find the break?
Wired units are always preferable to wireless, especially on large properties like yours. It is more effort up front, but you will definitely be glad you did. Laying the wire on the ground is fine, just as long as these are areas that are not mowed. You can go through conduit. Many people use PVC or an old garden hose.
You can use a radio and an RF choke to find boundary wire breaks. It is easier than doing it by hand, but is slow going — you need to walk along the whole perimeter with a radio to find the spot where the signal stops.
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