How to Build a Hot Wire Dog Fence

Are you sick and tired of your dog escaping from your yard? You love your dog very much and don’t want to see them come to harm. If you have tried everything else without success, there is one move that you can make that may well be the right one.

How to Build a Hot Wire Dog Fence

The best move at this point might be to build a hot wire dog fence that will keep your dog safely on your property. This doesn’t need to be an expensive or time consuming operation. Follow the steps below and you should be able to achieve success in a very short amount of time.

What Supplies Will You Need?

First, you’ll need a roll of hot wire. Some people use poly string because it stretches tightly and lasts for a long time. However, if you’re new to this, aluminum wire will work just as well.

  • You’ll need three 5 foot metal grounding stakes to serve as the grounding for your electric wire.
  • You’ll need three hose clamps, one for each grounding stake.
  • You’ll need four feet of electricity conducting wire. You will then connect the wire from one metal grounding stake to the next until all are safely covered.
  • You’ll need a hot wire tester to ensure that your setup is functioning correctly.
  • You’ll need electric fence insulators. Mot people should be satisfied with 6 inch insulators in order keep the hot wire 6 inches off the fence.
  • You’ll need an electric fence box to complete the ensemble. A lower watt box, one that is sufficient for dogs, ought to be more than enough for the job.

How to Get Started on Building Your Electric Dog Fence

Once you have all of the necessary supplies, the next thing for you to do will be to decide where to place your electric dog fence

Your best bet will be to buy an electric weather-proof box that can be safely left out in the elements. Just screw it on to a piece of wood in order to get it safely wired into the system.

Your next step will be to place the 5 foot grounding stakes in the ground next to the electric fence box. 

Each stake should be at least 1 1/2 feet apart from each other. You should also make sure that each of them sticks out of the ground a few inches.

Attach an electricity conducting wire from one stake to the next. Make sure that every wire you place is each wire is tightly secured to each stake. Use the hose clamps to achieve a safe grounding.

Place the insulator into the ground. You can build a cheap one out of a metal stake and garden hose. Just cut off a few strips of hose and place them all the way around the stake. 

This will prevent the wire from shorting out if it touches the stake. Make sure to set the insulator 6 to 10 inches off the ground.

Do the same for the other insulators you will use for your fence. Depending on how large you want to make the fence, they should be about 10 to 20 feet apart from each other.

Measure out and cut off a piece of hot wire. Be sure to add an extra 6 inches for future splicing. Splice the wire to the hot wire box. This will be the wire that connects directly to the hot wire knob on the box.

Connecting the Wire

Connect the wire to the box. Start by unraveling the wire into three twisted nylon parts. Tiny wires run through each of these nylon parts. Twist them until they are completely separated into three different parts.

Use scissors to clip the nylon away, then twist all three of the wires together. Wrap them securely around the electric wire knob. This knob will normally be on the right side of the box.

Now it’s time to string up the primary hot wire. Decide where you want to start and then connect the end of the hot wire to the insulator. Stretch the wire from one insulator to the next.

When you get all the way down to the box, you will need to splice the main hot wire into the connector wire. 

You’ll need to cut the wire, which will leave 3 ends that need to be spliced together. You can do this in the same way that you did to splice the hot wire to the box.

How to Finish the Job

Once you have the wire cut, just splice it together with the bit of loose wire that was left dangling from the hot box. Make sure to twist them together in order to ensure a tight connection.

Tie the splice into a tight knot. If need be, you can wrap the wires together around one end of the string in order to make them even more secure.

At this point, you’re pretty much finished. Make sure that you fill in any holes around the fence that your dog may have dug. This will cut off any escape routes that they may have been making use of.

Plug in the fence and bring out your dog. Use an electric tester to make sure that all areas of the fence are functioning correctly.

How Effective is a Hot Wire Dog Fence?

There are some people who claim that a hot wire dog fence isn’t really the most effective deterrent you can use to keep your dog safely within the bounds of your property.

However, many industry experts strongly recommend the use of this type of fence as the safest way to teach your dog to learn respect for their boundaries. 

We personally believe that a well made dog fence is the best way to keep your dog secure from danger. If followed properly, these instructions will give your dog a lifetime of complete protection.


Will an Electric Fence Keep Dogs Out?

An electric fence is extremely useful for keeping other dogs out of your yard. As long as you keep the fence to a reasonably low voltage, it will prove an excellent deterrent to strays and other animals entering your property.

How Do You Electrify a Wire Fence?

You can use a 6 volt battery to electrify your wire fence. Simply install the battery in a convenient place and then connect the chargers to the wire. 

Make sure to connect the black clamp from the charger to the battery. Then connect the red clamp from the charger to the fence charger. You now have a low voltage electric fence.

Is it Legal to Electrify Your Fence?

Owning an electric fence is legal in every state if the fence will be on your own private property. However, in most states, it is mandatory to post plenty of warning signs so that people who come near it will be aware. Your fence can’t touch a public road or fence line.

Can an Electric Fence Kill You?

In most cases, the voltage involved in an electric fence shock is nowhere near enough to kill you. This is because an electric fence is usually designed to enclose animals rather than to harm or kill them.

Can You Put Two Fence Charges on One Fence?

This is never a good idea. Only one charger should ever be used on a single fence. Having two or more chargers can result in damage to all of them. 

It should also be pointed out that multiple chargers can cause serious harm to animals and people that come into contact with your fence. A single charger is more than enough.

How to Build a Hot Wire Dog Fence