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How To Install a Wireless Dog Fence

You might be wondering why you should choose a wireless dog fence installation for your pet. There are many benefits to installing one, and this article will help you learn more about them. One of the reasons people love these fences is that they can go as far as 100 feet away from their home without having any problems with the signal. This means that if you have a large yard or live in an area with lots of trees, it’s possible to let your pets roam freely without worrying about them getting lost!

Finding a Location For Your Transmitter

The first step is finding the right location to place your signal transmitter, also known as the central unit of your wireless fence. Remember that this will determine which part of where you’re putting it marks out a perfect containment area (the “Pet Zone”), and wherever you put the transmitter will be at its center point!

Choosing the perfect location for an in-ground transmitter can be difficult if you’re not aware of what to look out for. Here are a few things that I keep in mind when choosing my ideal spot:

  • A power outlet should always be close by, so it’s best to choose one on your exterior wall where there is greater access to concrete than wood or drywall. This will help strengthen the signal emitted from your new system!
  • The more metal appliances between you and your yard, huge ones like dishwashers and refrigerators with vents near their doors (and away from them), distorts this signal significantly;
  • When setting up a home WiFi network, keeping large appliances away from the router is essential.
  • The transmitter should be on the ground floor of your house and between 3 feet off the ground or 5 feet if possible.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your transmitter, use a marker to draw a circle around it. This will be used as an approximate range of where your pet can roam without needing their collar on.

In our example, we have drawn a 25-foot radius from the unit; this means that if they are within 25 feet of the boundaries drawn by the wire in the ground and there are no large metal appliances between them and the unit, they should receive constant correction.

Most systems come with 50 boundary flags included, so once you have drawn up areas all over your yard that need flagging using these markers or similar ones designed for this purpose, go ahead and do each one individually until all sections are! Of course, make sure you keep the flags out of your pet’s reach until you are ready to install them.

If you plan on having some areas without any wire, make sure they are at least 25 feet away from where the transmitter has been placed; this way, no matter what happens in that area (i.e., if metal appliances get put there), your dog won’t receive a shock.

Activate The Signal Receiver Collar

Some models of wireless dog fences require a working battery to function. Some come with disposable batteries, which can last for around 1-3 months and cost $4 -$8 each. Others either have rechargeable batteries or removable ones that can be recharged; depending on the model, these will usually provide power for several days before needing another charge.

The first step is to turn on the collar by inserting a working battery. You might need to register it, depending on your wireless fence model. To do this, you’ll usually approach the signal transmitter holding the collar and pressing few buttons, followed by waiting for a few seconds before registering it successfully done!

Set The Radius of Your Containment Area

The Havahart Radial 2 is the longest-range wireless dog fence model to date. According to Havahart’s website, it supports a radius of up to 250 feet, whereas other models only support 90-200 feet in radius as of 2013.

To set the radius on Havahart’s wireless fence, look for an LCD and buttons. This will allow you to charge your device with ease electronically! If this is unavailable or fails to work correctly, PetSafe has eight settings that can be turned by turning a knob located on its control unit.

The easiest way to set up a circular wireless containment area is with two people. One person should stay in the yard, wearing the receiver collar around waist height and located where you want your boundary line to be drawn. The other team member stays inside and starts changing the radius until they hear their dog’s collar start emitting sounds from below that threshold. The two people should communicate via cellphones so that the person in the yard can tell them to stop changing their radius setting as soon as they hear a beep. This way, you will have to set your containment area at its ideal size.

Setting The Correction Level

This will again depend on the model you buy, though it will generally involve one of the two following approaches:

  1. The best way to change the correction level on a collar is by pressing and holding down the Mode button until it beeps. The number of times you hear these signals will show which level your dog has been set at (1 = Level 1, 4=Level4, etc.). You can then increase or decrease this setting with another mode signal from the control unit itself without having to go into settings on any other device. 
  2. In some more advanced models, such as Havahart series collars, you can adjust levels directly through their central controller rather than going through all modes via an individual receiver attached to each neck, like in previous years.

Before you pick the level that will teach your dog to stop barking, we need to highlight no correct or incorrect levels. To choose an appropriate correction level, refer back to our guide on effective ways of training a puppy at different stages in their life.

Plant The Training Flags

The final step of the invisible fence is planting flags around a circular circumference.

  • Walkabout 7 feet away from the boundary and plant one flag in front of your feet, ensuring it’s visible to you later on so that you remember where this spot was.
  • Back up 10-15 steps without losing sight of this first planted flag; repeat these two steps across all sides or boundaries within an area – spacing each additional flagged location at least 7 feet apart – until there are no more open spaces left between them.
  • If you have a large yard, this will still be easy to do through simple math.

Installing The Transmitter

You might be wondering why we are mentioning this step at the end of the guide. It’s because you don’t want to mount or glue down your transmitter until after you have determined where would best suit it in terms of signal disturbance, which is most likely going to happen somewhere with a lot less interference than near cables and other components that generate signals.

Depending on the wireless dog fence you get, it may be possible to mount it to the wall using screws or glue it to the wall with adhesive strips; sometimes, both are an option. You can also keep your unit in a desk drawer, as long as it’s always kept upright.

Two things worth keeping in mind:

  • Never place any items – be it metal or otherwise – on top of the transmitter.
  • Make sure none of the trapezoidal antennas are obstructed or bent by any objects, such as the metal box of a wall-mounted unit.

Electric Fence Installation and Pet Fence Training Tips

  • Please keep your dog in the center of their containment area.

If you have any concerns about your dog’s safety or their ability to understand which areas are off-limits, then look into the various training tips that come with electronic fences.

These usually involve keeping them in an enclosed space within the containment area for up to 30 seconds at a time; gradually increasing this period over several weeks until they become accustomed and obedient enough not to leave their safe boundaries.

  • Please don’t keep a collar on your dog when they are not wearing it.

This is especially important when they are in the house and sleeping, which will put undue stress on their neck muscles. It can also lead to skin irritations if your pet’s collar happens to be made with materials that do not breathe well or cause allergies, such as leather collars for dogs.

  • Fear and Anxiety

If your dog has a fear of collars, then you can try to desensitize them by slowly introducing the wireless fence collar into their environment over several days.

It would help if you also read about training methods that help with anxiety and fears in dogs. If they do happen to run away or enter an off-limits area – which is most likely going to occur at night when it’s harder for them to see – make sure you don’t punish them upon return; this will only instill more negative feelings towards wearing their containment device.

  • Escape Attempts

If your dog is trying to escape their containment area, you can temporarily lower the correction level or increase it if they are not responding.

You should also check for any possible holes in your boundary line that could let them slip through, such as an open gate. If this doesn’t stop them from escaping after a week or so of trying different things, call out professional assistance before anything dangerous happens.

  • Safely Entering and Exiting the Perimeter

Be sure that you never leave your dog outside without supervision, even if there is a fence around their containment area.

Always allow them first to see, hear or smell you before opening any gate for them or coming into contact with them in any way. This will make it easier on both of you and lessen the chances of some accident occurring while they’re exploring this new environment.


Does an invisible fence hurt dogs?

An Invisible Fence is a safe and humane way to keep your dog within the boundaries you establish. The shock is similar to a static electricity snap, not enough for any injury, just discomfort that they will quickly adapt to. It can also depend on how sensitive or thick their fur coat may be and whether or not there are other outside factors like thunderstorms. Other things could include terrain variations – such as hills versus flat ground – which would affect how far they have access to a radius without being prompted by the correction level setting. For example, if your property has steep slopes with few trees around it, this might require more training than usual since they won’t have many places to seek shelter from the correction settings.

Will my neighbors’ invisible fence interfere with mine?

An Invisible Fence is generally safe for your neighbors to install around their property, but there are still some precautions you should take.

To avoid any potential problems between the two systems, make sure that they do not put in a metal wire running under or near yours; this will cause the systems to be out of sync and cause confusion within your dog. It’s also best if both collars have different frequencies so they won’t interfere with each other while working correctly. To learn more about choosing wireless dog fences, read our article here: Choosing The Best Wireless Dog Fence System For You And Your Pet.

Can I place the wire above the ground?

Invisible fences work best when they are buried below the ground in a complete circle around your property. This will give them enough time to get accustomed to their new containment area and not run off so quickly once you turn it on for training purposes. Suppose you choose to put up an above-ground wire system. In that case, there is more of a chance that they could escape or even become injured by running into objects such as buildings, cars, mailboxes, and other obstructions along the way, especially if you have hills near your house.


If you’re tired of your dog running away all the time, then it may be time to install a wireless fence. Wireless fences are an excellent way to keep your pet close by and safe while giving them some freedom. Don’t worry if you’ve never installed one before because this blog post will walk you through everything from start to finish so that installation is quick and easy! We also have tips for installing electric fence systems as well as training advice. So what are you waiting for? Please take a look at our guide above on how to install a wireless dog fence today!