The wonder of underground dog fences is the options. There’s nearly an unlimited way to layout an underground fence. You can encircle your yard or create a double loop to keep your dogs out of your pool. In this article we’ll cover some of the most common underground dog fence layouts and options.
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Table of Contents
- Overview Examples
First let’s go over a few common layouts you can use with your underground dog fence.
In the graphic below you’ll see the Simple Perimeter dog fence layout that encircles the front yard, back yard, and both sides. Plus it uses the twisted wire method to connect back to the house.
By twisting the two ends of the wire together it cancels the signal. This allows your dog to cross from the front yard to the backyard freely while still staying inside your overall property.
Whenever two wires come within 3 feet of each other it cancels the signal. If you keep them more than 3 feet apart the signal remains intact. Why would you do that? We’ll cover that next with the Double Loop layout.
The second example you see above is the Double Loop Lake Access dog fence layout. The two lines are more than 3 to 4 feet apart from each other. That distance maintains the signal.
It also also you to keep access open to the lake since you didn’t need to have the line follow along the beach. Using a single line that would be unavoidable. With the double loop you can backtrack the line away from the pond.
The third example in the graphic above uses Exclusion Zones to prevent your dog from going into the pool, garden, or landscaping. Twisted wire connects these smaller inner loops to the main perimeter boundary wire. These smaller loop boundary wires prevent your dog from getting into these areas.
Backyard Only Double Loop Layout
In this next layout you’ll use a double loop boundary wire around the border of your backyard. Why not a single loop? With the double loop boundary wire you can leave the back door and/or sliding glass door open. Again, see the graphic for the pond above for another example of this in action.
Front Yard Loop Plus Backyard Loop – Full Accessibility Single Loop Dog Fence Layout
The example below uses one loop to contain the entire front and backyard. When the two ends come together they are twisted together. The twist cancels the signal allowing your dog to freely go between the front yard and backyard on both sides of the house.
Hourglass Layout – Dog Can Only Move From Front to Backyard through the House – No Side Shortcuts
The hourglass is similar to the one above in that you have one continuous loop for the front and back yard. However, you create two loops, one for the front and one for the back and you make sure they are at least 3 feet apart so the signal stays strong.
That will prevent your dog from going from the backyard straight to the front. You control when your dog goes into the front yard.
Block from Pools and Garden – Creating Exclusion Zones
This next example illustrates how you can make multiple loops as exclusion zones to prevent your dog from going into a pool, your garden, or anywhere else you want to section off.
Fence Jumping Deterrent
You can even use a double loop system vertically along your back yard fence line. Again, like the double loop in the backyard, this system keeps access to the house open while preventing your dog from jumping over the existing fence.
Use the twisted boundary wire technique under gates so your dog can go in and out of the gate when you open it.