Dog Fence Under Kitchen Countertops

by Gajan Retnasaba on November 26, 2010

A reader suggests that running the dog fence wire under Kitchen Countertops or inside the Kitchen Cabinets foil a sneaky, thieving,counter-surfing Labradoodle!

Here’s a situation with a “different” twist to it:
We “rescued” a 6 month old Labradoodle last year. The original owners didn’t train him at all, and admitted to a “problem” with his stealing anything chewable off kitchen counters, tables, etc. With lots of work, we have helped him become a decent pet — he’s now 2 years old and 45 pounds, and behaves well when we’re home. Unfortunately, he still steals randomly off the kitchen counters when we’re away — and we can’t block him out of the kitchen because it provides the only access to the laundry-room doggie door leading to our fenced back yard. We’ve worked with him with electronic training collars, but he’s smart enough to realize that when we’re not around, he can revert to his thieving ways.

Is this a circumstance where an electronic fence system could be adapted to automatically warn him away from the kitchen counters? Depending on signal strength and permissible proximity settings, I’m thinking that by running a “perimeter” signal wire under the lip of the counter tops, it could warn him away from the counters at all times.

Would this work? Is the signal and correction-level of any of the systems adjustable enough to allow him to pass within, say, 18 inches or so of the counters, but warn him off if he gets closer — or if he reaches up to put his feet on the counters in search of “interesting stuff” ?

Bob

Hi Bob,

That is an interesting idea, placing the wire around the underside of the countertop to stop the dog counter-surfing and stealing things from the kitchen – but still letting him walk around at ground level.

I think that would work. As you mentioned, the key would be to turn down the boundary width on the control unit so that it corrected the dog if they jumped up on the kitchen cabinets or on the countertop, but did not correct them at ground level. The wired dog fence systems do allow you to set the boundary width to anywhere from a few inches up to beyond ten feet, so that should not pose a problem. What may be tricky is finding a distance that corrected the dog only when they jumped, and had a small buffer to make sure they did not get corrected when they did not jump.

Another idea, that may be easier and cheap than a full dog fence system is to use one of these wireless indoor dog keep-away pods. We have had customer that used the wireless pods, placed on a few strategic places on the countertops – and the boundary radius turned down so that it did not trigger the dogs when they were on ground level.

Best Regards,

Wes Riojas
General Manager
Dog Fence DIY .com
1-888-936-4349

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Doug Hardy December 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Ken – Can you post the name of the system you used for the under-counter wire solution? We were talking about that exact thing tonight and I haven’t been able to find anything that indicates it can operate in that tight a space. Thanks, Doug

ADMIN – Hi Doug. Do you have a granite counter top? If so, how thick is it? The Boundary Width Dial on the Transmitter may have to be adjusted 1 level higher to increase the signal strength through a granite counter top. Also, a granite counter top may contain metallic elements, which could interfere with the radio signal. You will also want to look for copper pipes, especially in older homes. The copper pipes could interfere with the radio signal if the Boundary Wire is installed too close. Newer homes typically use PVC pipes under the kitchen sink area.

Ken December 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

This does work! We have a separate system with a wire that went around the underside of the cabinets that are above the counter.

Kitchen is no being redone with granite countertops and an island. So I am going to try running the wire before the counter goes in. Hope the stone does not completely block the signal!

Ken, 2 labs & a Lhasa Apso. Guess who the thieves are?

ADMIN – Hi Ken. How thick is the granite counter top? The Boundary Width Dial on the Transmitter may have to be adjusted 1 level higher to increase the signal strength through the granite counter top. Does the granite counter top contain metallic elements? If so, that could interfere with the radio signal. You will also want to look for copper pipes, especially in older homes. The copper pipes could interfere with the radio signal if the Boundary Wire is installed too close. Newer homes typically use PVC pipes under the kitchen sink area.

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