Fence Mounting the Dog Fence Boundary Wire
Introduction: Wall or Fence Mounting the Boundary Wire
If you have a wall or fence where some or all of the boundary will be, you can mount the dog fence boundary wire directly onto the fence. Fence mounting makes installation considerably faster and easier when compared to burying the wire. Additionally, the wire is protected from natural “predators” (lawnmower, edger, aerator) because it is elevated above the ground. Locating and repairing any wire breaks is also much easier. In terms of convenience, fence mounting the wire is almost as easy as installing a wireless dog fence.
Using the existing fence line also makes containment training easier. The fence is a powerful visual marker for the dog so he quickly learns the boundary lines. The fence is also a physical obstacle that makes running through the boundary practically impossible. So, if you have a fence located near your planned boundary, use it!
Types of Walls & Fences
What types of fences and walls can you mount the boundary wire on?
The transmitter can not be installed in a house that has aluminum siding. The aluminum siding will amplify or deaden the radio signal in the transmitter. Also, the transmitter cannot be installed in a house with a tin roof. This will interfere with the radio signal coming from the base station.
Mounting the wire works on nearly all kinds of fences except Sheet Metal Fencing. You can attach boundary wire to wood fences, wood picket, galvanized metal picket, galvanized steel post, split log, concrete, galvanized metal chain-link and pretty much any other kind of fence. Metal that has been galvanized has a protective zinc coating that prevents the metal from rusting. The zinc coating shields the metal inside from amplifying or deadening the radio signal in the boundary wire. One way to tell if a chain-link fence is galvanized is to look for signs of rust. If you do not know what kind of chain-link fence that you have, it is a good idea to bury the boundary wire 10 feet in front or 10 feet behind the chain-link fence.
Sheet Metal fences are the exception. Often when you attach the dog fence wire to a sheet metal fence, the fence acts as a signal amplifier and makes the dog fence signal stronger. For some installations this causes problems because the signal is twice as strong around the fence, meaning you have uneven boundaries. (i.e. if you set the fence to be three feet wide, it is six feet wide in the sheet metal sections and only three feet wide everywhere else).
Note that this amplification effect does not happen with open metal fences like galvanized chain-link fences, galvanized barbed wire fences, wrought iron fences, or galvanized metal picket fences.
Wire Mounting Height
How high above the ground should you mount the dog fence boundary wire?
The ideal height for the dog fence wire is the height of the dog’s neck. But, there is a lot of flexibility in setting the height of the wire, so set the wire at a convenient height that allows you to hide the wire.
If a weed-eater or weed-trimmer is used in this area, mount the wire at least one foot above ground to avoid any damage from the weed-trimmer.
Creating Non-Active Sections
If the fence is already a secure boundary, and there are no concerns that the dog will get out in this section of the boundary, you may want to make these sections non-active or have a reduced boundary to give the dogs a little more space. To do this, mount the wire up high on the fence. The vertical height of the wire, decreases the boundary width down on ground level. Depending on how high up you can get the wire and how wide you have the boundary width set, you can even allow the dog to get all the way up to the edge of the fence.
For example if the boundary width is set to three feet and the fence is six feet high, mounting the wire at the top of the fence will allow the dog to get all the way up to the edge of the fence.
Mounting the Wire
U-shaped wood staples can be used to attach the dog fence wire to a wooden fence. Be careful when you staple the wire, since if you use too much force you will end up cutting through the insulation, resulting in a wire break or rust. We find that using a powered stapler or staplegun should not be used unless you have special staples that maintain spacing for wire to be run. We prefer to carefully drive the staples by hand in using a small hammer to give us more control over how far the staples are driven in.
If there is a convenient lip on the fence, you can staple the wire to the underside of the fence, to keep the wire hidden.
For attaching wire to a wall or brick fences, concrete staples can be hammered directly into the masonry to hold the wire in place. Concrete staples can be found in most larger hardware stores, typically hiding in the electrical aisle where they are sold to secure cable or satellite television wire to the side of a building.
Zip Ties, Twist Ties or Cable Ties
You can use a series of zip-ties, twist-ties, or cable ties to secure the wire to the fence. Secure the wire at 1-2 yard intervals. You don’t need to over-tighten the zip-ties. You want the wire to have a little give so that if the wire is accidentally pulled it has some flexibility.
Weaving Through Chain-link
With chain-link and lattice fences, you can simply weave the dog fence wire through the mesh pattern. Leave a little slack in the wire when you run it through the chain-link. One weave every few feet is all you need to hold the wire in place, there is no need to weave through every opening in the chain-link.