January 15, 2019

Picking The Best Electric Dog Fence For A Large Ranch

Main Problems You Will Find When Containing Dogs In Large Properties Farming and ranching frequently depend of working dogs to shepherd cattle, protect livestock and provide security to assets. In addition, farmers often keep hunting hounds whose work function is radically different from an LGD. If this is you chances are you […]
December 12, 2018

Keeping Farm Dogs Contained – 10 Things Farmers & Ranchers Are Doing Wrong

Whether you are a seasoned rancher or a total newbie you are likely to rely on dogs for shepherding and livestock guarding duties. Keeping a dog contained or within a fence on large properties while still allowing freedom of movement to facilitate their work is probably a primary concern.  Aside from the […]
November 30, 2018

Do I Really Need to Bury The Wire For My Electric Dog Fence?

If you are at the end of your rope and your dog has escaped more times than you can count with hands and toes you have landed in the right place. One of the big considerations when it comes to electric dog fences relates to the burden and complexity associated to the […]
October 16, 2018

Is Your LGD A Wonderer and at Risk of Being Shot By A Neighbor? Setting up an Electric Dog Fence May Save its Life

If you live in a farm and your setting is mainly agricultural hearing stories about dogs being shot is not news to you. It breaks my heart each time I hear about dogs injured by firearms that die slowly or end up maimed or blind because the caliber of the weapon used […]
October 10, 2018

Do I need to Check My Electric Dog Fence Loop After Flooding or a Hurricane?

If you have an electric dog fence such as the YardMax or SportDog you are probably concerned about its reliability after a flood or major water event. The level of damage if any to your wire loop depends on the nature of your installation and other environmental factors such as water currents […]
June 20, 2018

What is Pressure Necrosis & Why No Dog Should Ever Have It

  We have heard every dog advocacy group talk about the dangers of using electric dog fence collars yet we continue to hear success stories from friends and neighbors. This dilemma has us questioning wether we should resort to invisible fencing as a support tool to keep our dogs safe and contained. […]
June 8, 2018

Good Swimming Dog Fence Collars

Which electric dog fence system has good collars for dogs that like to swim?  What dog fences have good waterproofing? For dogs that love to swim (we are talking about you Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever … or any other breed with Retriever in the […]
May 30, 2018

18 Things That People Are Doing Wrong When Using Electric Dog Fences

We can’t emphasize it enough. Invisible fences are only as good as the quality of your installation and your level of commitment towards training. On a daily basis we receive calls from dog owners who are frustrated with their containment systems mainly because they did not do their homework beforehand. If you […]
September 10, 2008

Welcome – First Post – A Mission Plan

Welcome to the Dog Fence DIY Guide.  I am starting this guide to show people how they can install their own Dog Fence.  I think dog containment fences are wonderful, they give your dog the freedom to play outside and also give you a bit of space.  As an installer of these system, […]
September 14, 2008

Top Cause of Failure

As an installer, I have had many customers who tried to install a system themselves and quit in frustration.  But, suprisingly it is not usually the actual installation that trips most people up, it is the training. By far the most common cause of failure for both professionals and DIYers is training.  […]
September 17, 2008

Reader Question – How Old?

… my maltese, <edit>, is seventeen weeks old is that too young … I would wait till your puppy is six months old.  It takes a while for your dogs senses and brain to develop enough for them to be trained effectively.  You can train a puppy after about twenty weeks (four months) […]
September 23, 2008

Reader Question – Collar On?

… my dog has stayed insided my fence for a month now.  Do I need to keep the collar on him? … Once your dog learns the system, it will tend to stay away from the border, so if you leave the collar off it will still tend to stay in your yard out of […]
September 26, 2008

Reader Question: Water

A reader asks whether they should include their swimming pool in their fence boundary. When we install fences, the question commonly comes up whether a pool or creek should be included within the fence boundaries.  On one hand, owner know that their dog loves paying in the water, on the other hand […]
October 1, 2008

Reader Question: Collar tightness

… How tight should I make the collar? … Too tight and it is uncomfortable for the dog, too loose and the collar is ineffective. Tighten the collar so that you can slip two fingers between the collar and the dog.  The collar probes should be in contact with the dog’s skin.  […]
October 3, 2008

Reader Question: Safety

… is running a wire through the ground dangerous if I accidently cut through it while gardening? … It is not dangerous.  You will not get any shock if you cut through the boundary wire.  The boundary wire is not what delivers the correction shock to your dog, that is done by the […]
October 6, 2008

Reader Question: Creating a Safe Gate

… How do I create an invisible gate? … Some installers talk about creating an “invisible gate” (or “safe gate”) so the dog can exit the property safely when you want to take it on walks.  There is really no such thing as an “invisible gate.”  What they mean is that they […]