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In-Ground Dog Fence: Adding “Keep-Away” Zone(s)

Most people are aware that an electronic fencing system can be used to keep you do in a particular place, but they can also be used to keep you dog away from a place. This feature can be combined with an enclosure, or a barrier.

Things To Know

  • Transmitter: box of electronics that generates and transmits the signal down the fence wires. Two terminals, one send and one receive. The wire has to form a complete loop from the send to the receive terminals.
  • Twisted Pair Wire: a pair of separately insulated wires twisted together. Carries the fence signal from A to B, but will not broadcast that signal to your dog's collar. Not always required, depending on your transmitter location and layout.
  • Signal Wire: single insulated wire that forms the fence boundary and will broadcast the fence signal to your dog's collar.
  • Splices: T-shaped devices that connect together the fence wires - one splice, one wire.
  • Loop: the wire must form a continuous loop from the send to the receive terminal of your transmitter.

If you need a more detailed review of how to connect together your electronic pet fencing system, please go here to read our overview.

In-Ground Fence With A “Keep-Away” Zone

A “Keep-Away” Zone is an area of your property that you want your dog to stay away from. Sometimes Fido can become a little over-enthusiastic when the kid's are playing, or likes to dig up your vegetable garden. Your In-Ground Fence is just as capable of keeping your dog away from certain areas as it is at keeping him in your yard.

This example shows a whole yard enclosure, but it can also be used with the front-yard, back-yard, or barrier layouts. Just connect the twisted pair to the signal wire and run it to where you want the keep-away zone to start. Make sure there is a 6 feet minimum spacing between the edge of your zone and the signal boundary of the fence to prevent interference.

In-Ground Dog Fence With A Keep-Away Zone Added

Keep-Away Zone Detail

Here we've zoomed in a little bit so you can see the detail. If you follow the signal wire at the top left of the following diagram, it connects to one side of the twisted pair via a splice. That wire carries it to the zone, where it connects to signal wire using another splice. The signal wire runs around the zone, and back to another splice to the other side of the twisted pair, and back to the signal wire, where it connects with another splice.

The example here shows a kid's play area, but you can use the method to keep your dog away from any part of your yard. You can add this type of zone to any any existing fence system, you would just need four (4) wire splices, one (1) spool of twisted pair wire, and one (1) spool of signal wire. You can add any number of zones to your system.

In-Ground Dog Fence Keep-Away Zone Detail

Frequently Asked Questions About This Layout

  • Do I have to add the zone when I first install the fence? No. The zone can be added at any time to any existing in-ground fence system.
  • Why do I need the twisted pair wire? Twisted pair wire will not transmit the signal to your dog's collar, so the only part of the fence that will broadcast to your dog's collar will be the exact area that you want.
  • Why does the zone need to be at least 6ft away from the enclosure boundary? This is to prevent interference between the signals and a possible gap in your fence and/or zone.
  • How many zones can I add? There is no limit, other than some in-ground fencing systems have a limit on how much wire they can support. Other than that, lay it out however you want.

The Keep-Away Zone

Layout Type



Keep-Away Zone
Zones Electronic Fence Layout [Small]

Can be used to keep Fido away from the kid's play area, the compost pile, vegetable garden, ornamental garden, or any other place you want.

If you want your dog to enter that part of your property, you must remember to remove the fence collar - this means the enclosure around the yard would no longer be working.

The keep away zone must be a minimum of 6 feet in from the enclosure boundary (the signal wire that runs around your yard).

Keep-Away Zone Detail
Zones Detail Electronic Fence Layout [Small]

The zone can be added to any existing fence system.

Any number of zones can be added to your system.

Did You Know?

You can add this zone to the Front Yard, Back Yard, Whole Yard, or Barrier Layouts. For more information on those layouts, look below and click on the link to show the details of that electronic fencing system layout.

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