Do I need to bury the boundary wire?

Do I need to bury the dog fence boundary wire?  Do containment systems need the wire to be buried?

The boundary wire does not need to be buried to work.  The reason most people bury the wire is mainly for aesthetic reasons and to protect the wire from lawnmowers.

Many people will attach the boundary wire to a fence with zipties or staples.  Alternatively if it is an area that is not going to be mowed, then you can just staple the bounadary wire to the ground.  In wooded areas, the wire will even bury itself as you get foliage falling over the wire and building up the soil over the wire.

If necessary, you can even avoid burying the wire where you have lawn.  Just cut the grass short, then staple the wire really tight to the ground.  The grass will eventually grow up over the wire and hold it down.  But beware, expect a few wire breaks when you mow the grass until the grass has finished growing over the wire.  We think it is easier to just bury the wire where there is lawn.  If you use a trencher or edger to help you, it is not at all difficult.  For more details on burying the boundary wire see here.

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JEFF May 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What would be the best way to attach the wire to a board fence?

ADMIN – Hi Jeff,

I usually use wood staples every couple of yards, you can get them at any hardware store. I usually just hammer them in by hand. Avoid using a powered staple gun however, they are usually too powerful and end up cutting the wire.

You can also use zipties or twist ties, although they are a little more visible.

Holly May 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

If we want to fence several acres in woods, can we use those light fiberglass posts that are used with horse fencing, that are like dowels, that stick in the ground? They have plastic insulators that clamp on them that could hold the wire. It would be a difficult area to trench. It sounds like it could be stapled to the ground in the woods, but it seems like it would be easier to check on it if it were up on the posts.

Also, if the area is hilly, is there a problem if there is a ridge between the house and the fence?

ADMIN – Hi Holly,

You could indeed hang the wire off some fiberglass posts. FYI – you don’t need the special plastic insulators, the dog fence wire is already insulated (unlike livestock fence wire which is live and needs an insulator)

With the wired dog fences, there is no issue with ridges. That is only problematic with wireless dog fences.

Ivy December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I was told that I should not attach the wire to T-post or anything medal as this could make the boundary inconsistent. I was planning to attach the wire to my existing fence around the perimeter of my home which is part wood fence post and part T-post with barb wire on one side of the yard and electric wire on the other side of the yard. I don’t know what is the best way and I two large dogs (German Shepherd and bloodhound) and I want to do it right.

ADMIN – Hi Ivy,

You can attach the wire to metal T-post or any other kind of post. Most metal such as posts, pickets, or chain link fences are fine. The only kind of metal to avoid is sheet metal – this can often amplify the signal leading to the type of boundary inconsistencies you mentioned.

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