Neighbors With a Common Boundary

by Gajan Retnasaba on July 5, 2010

Bob asks how you can have a system that allows the dogs to freely access a neighbor’s property but can be switched to allow the dog to be restricted to one area when someone moves.

What a wonderful web site! Very informative. I have a question of a different nature. Both my neighbor and I would like to install an in ground fence system. The issue is that our dogs like to play together and we would like to allow them to play but at the same time conatin the dogs to our respective yards when they are not playing. I am assuming we should both purchase the same system so that the collars work in both yards. Is there any way we can lay out the fence that would allow us to turn off the boundry between our yard or is there a way to create a passage way between our yards? We have discussed possibly purchasing one system for both yards but the issue is what if one of us moves in the future or for some reason one of us decides not to allow the other’s dog on our property.


Hi Bob,

Having the same system as your neighbour has some advantages and disadvantages. The big benefit is that the same collar will work for both systems. The big drawback is that along the common boundary, where you will both have parallel lengths of wire you will have signal cancellation so you would typically need to keep those wires 12 feet apart. This severely reduces your yard size if you live in a typical sized suburban lot.

You guys have a slightly different situation where you do not want that division in the middle between the two yards. You have a couple of options.

(1) Share One system – you could share one system and make a big loop around both properties. Of course if one of you moved and the new neighbor was less cool, you would need to change the boundary layout and add wire along that common boundary. You would also potentially need to relocate the control box depending on who moved. (You could alternatively make a lifelong pact to be neighbors and never move!)

(2) Two Systems – you could get two systems and each have an independent loop. Along the common boundary you would both twist your wires together. This would cancel the signal along that common boundary. If one of you left, they would just switch off their system and take it with them. This would reactivate the common boundary. (You would also want to temporarily put up some flags on the common boundary and do a couple of training session so the dog learns the boundary has changed.)

There is unfortunately no simple way to make that common boundary signal switchable – so that it can go on and off as needed along the common boundary. I imagine it would also be hard to train a dog on such a switchable system.

Best Regards,

Wes Riojas
General Manager
Dog Fence DIY .com

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April November 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

I recently saw that Havahart Wireless is coming out with a new custom shape wireless dog fence. Could two neighbors share a single system. If it can span 11.5 acres, so that should be plenty of room to cover both your and your neighbor’s yards.

ADMIN – Hi April,

That is an idea that had not occurred to us, but makes sense. We haven’t got a test system of the Havahart custom shaped Wireless fence, but are looking forward to trying it and see how well it work. I suspect the boundary on the far side of the second home may cause problems, because the signal by then would have had to pass through a lot of obstacles.

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