Containment Made Easy

Electronic
Dog Fence System

Need an electric dog fence to keep your dog contained? An Invisible Fence* system can cost $2,000+. You can do it yourself for about $300. We can help. This free guide, shows you how to install an underground electric dog fence comparable to pros like Invisible Fence * for a fraction of the cost. This Dog Fence DIY guide shows you how to create a pet containment fence. An electronic dog fence system is a teaching aid to help you teach your dog their boundaries and keep them safely contained. To quickly get up to speed on the basics of dog containment systems, see our dog fence 101 guide.

First, select a system. Our experts have prepared detailed dog fence reviews for every containment system. Our reviews take you through the pros and cons of each and help you find the best system for your dog.

The PetSafe YardMax is our favorite overall system. The PetSafe Little Dog is the best choice for small dogs under 12 lbs. For large installations up to 100 acres, the Sport Dog SDF-100 is a good choice.

There are also wireless dog fence systems available, although they are not yet as good as the wired systems. The largest range wireless system is the Havahart Radial Wireless 2.
The best wireless dog fence collar is the PetSafe Stay + Play.

Second, install your dog fence. We begin by designing the layout of the system, planning the boundary lines so that they keep your dog out of trouble but still give them plenty of room to play. We show you how to run the non-correcting twisted wire to give them complete access to the yard.

We run the dog fence wire along the perimeter. We show you how to make burying the wire easy, by using a garden edger or a wire laying trencher to do all the hard work. We also show you no-bury solutions such as stapling the wire to the ground or running it along the fence line. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too.

Then power up your system and check that everything is working.

Finally, we train your dog to obey the new boundaries. Over two weeks, in short ten minute sessions we teach your dog to associate crossing the boundary with the unpleasant sensation of the correction.

We run the dog fence wire along the perimeter. We show you how to make burying the wire easy, by using a garden edger or a wire laying trencher to do all the hard work. We also show you no-bury solutions such as stapling the wire to the ground or running it along the fence line. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too.

In the first week we introduce the dog to the system, showing them how we want them to respond to the warning tone by turning and retreating away from the boundary line. In the second week we introduce the correction to teach the dog there is a consequence for ignoring the warning tone. In the last few days of training, we test the dog’s compliance by using your dog’s biggest temptations to make sure they observe the boundary even when excited or chasing another dog. Finally, we introduce the dog to off-leash time in the boundary.

Your dog is now safely contained! In later weeks you will remove the training flags, and teach your dog how to safely cross the boundary when you give them permission

1
STEP
Select a Dog
Fence System

First, select a system. Our experts have prepared detailed dog fence reviews for every containment system. Our reviews take you through the pros and cons of each and help you find the best system for your dog.

The PetSafe YardMax is our favorite overall system. The PetSafe Little Dog is the best choice for small dogs under 12 lbs. For large installations up to 100 acres, the Sport Dog SDF-100 is a good choice.

There are also wireless dog fence systems available, although they are not yet as good as the wired systems. The largest range wireless system is the Havahart Radial Wireless 2.
The best wireless dog fence collar is the PetSafe Stay + Play.

2
STEP
Install
the Dog Fence

Second, install your dog fence. We begin by designing the layout of the system, planning the boundary lines so that they keep your dog out of trouble but still give them plenty of room to play. We show you how to run the non-correcting twisted wire to give them complete access to the yard.

We run the dog fence wire along the perimeter. We show you how to make burying the wire easy, by using a garden edger or a wire laying trencher to do all the hard work. We also show you no-bury solutions such as stapling the wire to the ground or running it along the fence line. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too.

Then power up your system and check that everything is working.

3
STEP
Train
Your Dog

Finally, we train your dog to obey the new boundaries. Over two weeks, in short ten minute sessions we teach your dog to associate crossing the boundary with the unpleasant sensation of the correction.

We run the dog fence wire along the perimeter. We show you how to make burying the wire easy, by using a garden edger or a wire laying trencher to do all the hard work. We also show you no-bury solutions such as stapling the wire to the ground or running it along the fence line. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too.

In the first week we introduce the dog to the system, showing them how we want them to respond to the warning tone by turning and retreating away from the boundary line. In the second week we introduce the correction to teach the dog there is a consequence for ignoring the warning tone. In the last few days of training, we test the dog’s compliance by using your dog’s biggest temptations to make sure they observe the boundary even when excited or chasing another dog. Finally, we introduce the dog to off-leash time in the boundary.

Your dog is now safely contained! In later weeks you will remove the training flags, and teach your dog how to safely cross the boundary when you give them permission