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Underground fences help keep your pets safe and under control without
distracting from the beauty of your home. Some pet-owners might
initially balk at the idea of an underground fence system for their
pets, erroneously thinking they cause the animals harm. However, the
systems only provide a very mild correction that feels like the “shock”
you get when you shuffle your feet across a carpeted floor. Some systems
correct the pet by exposing them to a burst of citronella or by making

If you have been considering installing an underground fence system
on your property, you probably have a few questions. Read this guide to
learn all you really need to know.

1.How they work

The underground “fence” is really just a transmitter, a wire and a
receiver. The wire is buried around the perimeter of your property,
usually buried a few inches beneath the surface of your lawn. The wire
is connected to a transmitter, which is usually installed in your
basement or garage. The transmitter sends a radio signal along the wire.
Your pet is outfitted with a collar-mounted receiver so that, when it
gets too close to the transmitter, a correction device is activated. The
wire doesn’t actually have to be buried to work, however, burying it
keeps it safe from the elements and keeps people from tripping over it
and disturbing it.

2. Do-it-yourself vs. Call a pro

To install your fence, you can head to a pet or home improvement
store and pick up your own fence, or call a professional to do it for
you. There are benefits and drawbacks to either option. Doing it
yourself give you the instant gratification of getting the job done
quickly. However, it also means maintenance of the system and training
of your pet are up to you, too. Professionals usually provide service
and maintenance packages to keep your system going for a long time.
Also, they often offer resources and information about how to best get
your pet used to the system. Some companies have professionals who come
to your home to help train your pet. To learn about the costs associated
with have your fence professionally installed, see our price guide, Invisible Fence Cost.

3. Half the battle

Your underground fence is only half of the battle when it comes to
keeping your pet safely within the boundaries of your home. Remember:
your underground fence can help encourage your pet learn how to stay
within the boundaries of your property, but it can’t force your pet to
stay there. You must take steps to train your pet where to go and where
not to go. Experts recommend training your pet on a leash before setting
them free to roam around unrestrained. Before even using the collar,
put flags around the perimeter of your property so that you and your pet
will know what areas are ok, and what areas are off limits. Keep the
flags up for about two or three weeks (or maybe even longer). You should
also give your pet some time to get used to the system’s collar before
turning on the system, especially if your pet has never worn any kind of
collar before.

There are lots of reasons any responsible pet owner would want to
keep his or her pet safely close to home. Cars, disease and not-so-nice
people are all risks to an unaccompanied pet. Not to mention the fact
that many neighborhoods and communities do not allow pets to roam free.
Figure out if an underground fence is the right choice for you and your
pet, and find the right pro to help you get it today!

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