Invented to help dog owners contain their within their yard of their specified boundary with the help of a transmitter, wiring and a receiver collar; the underground electronic fence systems for pet dogs minimize a great deal of undue hassle for the owner regarding the manual training of the dog rigorously, putting them under manual guard, building expensive above ground fencing systems or boundary walls and last but not the least; of living in a society or community who restrict dog movements or raising above ground fencing system. Added advantage over the traditional above ground fences is that, the dogs can’t jump over or dig under this fencing system.
-> The preliminaries:
With buried wires, this underground fencing system can be installed by either a professional or ‘do it yourself’ type. Prior to installing such a system, the first and foremost thing to do is to consult your vet whether your dog is suitable for such an electronic fencing system or not .Reason being, certain dogs are not well suited for such a system on basis of their breed, individual temperament and health status.
-> Pre-plot the perimeter:
It’s a good idea to prepare beforehand. This helps determining what kind of tool is required during installation. Whether it is plain-soil ground, rocky field, damp areas, concrete structure in between: needs to be known for a smooth installation irrespective of the fact whether you are doing it yourself or getting it done by a professional.
-> Test the system before installation:
It’s a wise thing to test the system above ground prior to installation. Professional installers do the testing as a routine, but individuals installing it themselves at home may often forget to test it prior to installation; as a result any subsequent faults undetected earlier may warrant a revisit of the entire system including an excavation and reinstallation. If you are installing it for the first time, give a double check until you are very sure of correct functioning of the entire system.
-> Train your dog adequately:
It’s a learning reflex for the dog. The training requires the coupling of the aversive electric stimulus to that of crossing the perimeter flag or ropes. The dog must familiarize itself to the visual cues i.e. the perimeter flags spaced 5-10 feets apart. A basic minimum of 48 initial hours are required for the dog to be trained; some may take a little longer. Don’t be disheartened if your dog can’t be trained at the end; that remains a practical possibility, plausible enough.
-> Regular checking of batteries:
The batteries must be checked for adequate functioning as most of them need replacement every 3-6 months.
The best result of your training may be, even without the underground system intact, your dog learns to stay within the perimeter boundary delineated by you. The lucky you!