Dogs are a lot of fun to have around the house, but it can be hard to keep them from running off into the yard and getting themselves in trouble. One way to help your dog stay safe is by installing an underground fence. Underground fences allow you to designate boundaries for your pet without having any unsightly wires or signs that could distract from the beauty of your home. But what do you do when you want to change up some of these boundaries?
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How Do You Cancel Out Parts Of Underground Fence For Dogs?
The only way to cancel out a part of an underground pet fence is to twist two boundary lines together. Taking the wire that emits the signal to the transmitter, you should estimate where you want the area to be that your dog can pass through unharmed.
Then create a double loop layout. This means that you have two boundary wires surrounding your perimeter instead of just one. To create the opened area, take the two boundary wires and twist them together. Then you can bury them in the ground.
It should be noted that this makes the area open. Your dog can leave through that area whenever they want to. It doesn’t act like a gate.
To ensure you can regulate when the dog is able to pass through that area or not, you need to have a physical barrier there. That might mean an actual fence gate or a door.
It’s a common mistake that pet owners make when they attempt to twist one wire to cancel the signal. This doesn’t work. It requires both boundary wires to be twisted together.
Another common mistake is that pet owners think they can dull the signal by placing the wire in some sort of tubing. That tubing is usually made of metal or plastic. This doesn’t stop the signal from being transmitted. Your dog will still receive correction if they attempt to pass over the area.
Some pet owners may attempt to bury the wire deeper in the ground to stop the signal. This also does not work. It won’t stop the signal from being transmitted.
Only twisting the boundary lines together can cancel out a section of the underground fence.
Does An Underground Dog Fence Have To Make A Complete Loop?
Yes. In order for an underground dog fence to work, it requires a complete loop. There are a few other mistakes you should avoid when planning your underground fence as well. The first is to stay away from utility lines. When utility workers need to upgrade their infrastructure, your pet wire could become damaged in the process.
Utility lines can also interfere with the signal. Your pet may receive a correction even when they’re not doing anything.
Another common mistake is not putting enough space between the two lines if you’re making a double loop. You need at least four feet between each parallel wire. If the wires are close, then it may cancel out the signal.
This also means you need to round your corners instead of making a sharp right angle at the corner. A right angle can stop a signal from generating because the wires are too close to one another.
It’s also important to know if your neighbors used an underground dog fence. If so, then your wire needs to be at least 10 feet away from theirs to avoid mixing signals.
There are few common ways to plan your underground fence. Because the wire needs to form a complete loop, you may be unsure how to get your dog back inside of the home. One method is to twist the wires together as they feed back into the transmitter. This allows the dog to cross the area and reach the door if the transmitter sits close to the door.
Can You Splice Invisible Fence Wire?
It is possible to splice invisible fence wires. Whether you want to extend a wire, fix a broken one, or perform some other electrical wiring function, you can splice an existing invisible fence wire. To do this, you need to cut back the protective casing that covers the wire. You also need to make sure that the transmitter is off and the fence is powered down.
Then you can cut the end of the wire or the part of the wire that is broken. Taking the new wire, all you need to do is wrap it around the old one. There are a few kits you can find online that also offer protective coating for the spliced wires.
This is important because underground wires are subject to moisture and water. Invisible fences can cease to function if they’re exposed to water and short circuit.
According to FlexPetz, which manufactures splicers specifically for underground pet fences, you should avoid using crimp-type splices. You should also avoid using solder joints. This is because these two types of splices can create a choke point. If your wire receives a power surge, then it could damage the wire at that choke point.
The splices you should use are waterproof and allow the wire to be inserted in a straight line.
When performing the splice, it’s a good rule of thumb to start the process with at least six inches of slack for each wire. This can help you adjust the wire later. You can always cut off the excess.
Will Conduit Cancel Out Parts Of An Underground Dog Fence?
Most conduits will not cancel out parts of an underground dog fence. While some pet owners have found success with conduits made of copper, or double lining their conduits, usually they don’t stop the signal. Instead, conduits are better suited for protecting the wire.
One example in which a conduit may benefit your underground fence is if you want to use it around a pond or creek. It may be impossible to bury the wire because the area around the water is sandy. Since water ebbs and flows, there’s always a risk that the wire may be exposed and become damaged. Since invisible fences are a looped system, your entire fence could stop working.
A solution is to use a conduit. This creates a protective shell around the wire and allows it to be inserted within the sandy area without worry. Even if water floods the area and surrounds the conduit, the wire inside of it will remain untouched and undamaged.
Even more importantly, it will continue to give off a signal. Your dog won’t be able to jump into the pond or creek.