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In-Ground Dog Fence: Planning A Back Yard Installation

There are three options for laying out your In-Ground Fencing System for a back yard installation.

Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #1 [Small] Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #2 [Small] Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #3 [Small]
1. Using twisted pair with a double loop. 2. No twisted pair, double loop. 3. Single loop, around the back of the house.

Theses options are explained in detail below. At the bottom of the page, is a table comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the three options.

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.

Back Yard Enclosure #1: Twisted Pair With A Double Loop

Twisted pair wire is used to carry the signal from the transmitter at the back of the house and out to the signal boundary. Signal wire connects to one side of the twisted pair wire, runs around the yard, back around the yard again, and connects to the other side of the twisted pair. The wire must form a loop from the send to the receive terminals of the transmitter which is why it must double back on itself in this way.

In-Ground Dog Fence Back Yard Layout Example #1

Frequently Asked Questions About This Layout

  • Why does the fence wire double back on itself? When using the twisted pair wire to carry the signal out to the boundary, this is the only way to form a circuit around the back yard, and a continuous loop from the send to receive terminals of the fence transmitter.
  • 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 to contain.
  • Why do I need the 6ft spacing for the signal wires? When the signal wires are closer than 6ft, the signals the wires emit may interfere with each other and cause dead-spots in the enclosure, or a complete loss of the signal. This could cause either a gap in the fence, or a complete failure of the fence. 6 feet is the minimum spacing to prevent the interference between the wires.
  • Is the fence boundary the inside wire, or the outside wire? If you let your dog out inside the enclosure (out of the back of the house), the inside wire is the fence boundary. If your dog is wearing his/her collar outside the fence boundary and approaches it, the outside wire will be the outside boundary of the fence.

Back Yard Enclosure #2: Double Loop, No Twisted Pair

Here we have eliminated the twisted pair wire by placing the transmitter on the side of the house. The wire needs to run twice around the yard so that you form a continuous loop from from the send to the receive terminals of the transmitter. If the transmitter is located inside the house and your dog is wearing his/her electronic collar, there is a possibility that your dog will receive a correction when approaching that part of the house. Place the transmitter with care, and take the fence collar off your dog when not needed.

In-Ground Dog Fence Back Yard Layout Example #2

Frequently Asked Questions About This Layout

See previous example. The Q&A is the same, with the exception that twisted pair wire is not used.

Back Yard Enclosure #3: Single Loop And Around The House

The double loop of the previous examples is eliminated by running signal wire around the back of the house. This style of layout can work with a transmitter located on either side, or at the front of the house. It uses less signal wire than the previous examples, but there are things you should know before choosing this option. If your dog is wearing the fence collar and the fence runs too close to the back of the house, he/she may receive a correction while inside the house. In addition, because the fence runs along the entire back of the property, your dog will not be able to get out into the back yard while wearing the electronic collar. On the plus side, this layout does use less wire, and the fence boundary can be out to the edge of the property, because there is no inner loop, just the single circuit of the yard.

In-Ground Dog Fence Back Yard Layout Example #3

Frequently Asked Questions About This Layout

  • Do I have to put transmitter at the side of the house? No. It can work with a front-located transmitter, but locating at the back is not practical.
  • Why can't I place the transmitter out the back and run the wires across the back of the house? This would prevent your dog from going out into the back at all.
  • Will my dog get a correction while in the house? If the fence wire is within a few feet of the house, then this is a possibility when your dog is at the front of the house.
  • Can I let the dog out of the back of the house? Yes, but not while your dog is wearing the fence collar.

Back Yard Enclosures Compared

Layout Type

Advantages

Disadvantages

Twisted Pair, Double Loop
Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #1 [Small]

Fence enclosure is precise (no chance of correcting the dog when inside the house) because signal is carried to the boundary by the twisted pair wire.

Uses more signal wire due to the need to form a continuous loop.

Inside boundary is set a minimum of 6 feet in from the edge of the property.

Double Loop, No Twisted Pair
Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #2 [Small]

No need for twisted pair wiring because of the placement of the transmitter.

Uses more signal wire due to the need to form a continuous loop.

Inside boundary is set a minimum of 6 feet in from the edge of the property.

Possibility of dog receiving a correction while inside the house because the signal is broadcast directly from the transmitter (no twisted pair).

Single Loop, Around the House
Back Yard Electronic Fence Layout #3 [Small]

No need for twisted pair wiring because of the placement of the transmitter.

Uses less signal wire because there is only one loop.

Fence boundary can be out to the edge of the property.

Dog may receive a correction while inside the house, because the signal is connected directly to the transmitter.

May also receive a correction when close to the front of the house due to close proximity of fence wire.

Dog could receive correction exiting the front of the house.


Did You Know?

You can add one or more “Keep-Away Zones” to this type of installation. Find out how by clicking here.


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