How to Install a Wireless Invisible Dog Fence?

Last Updated on July, 2024

Are you trying to figure out how to set up wireless dog fence?

If so, You found the right place!

Without wasting time, let’s get into the installation process.

Installing wireless dog fences is simple. This guide will clear your confusion.

Quick Summary

The installation process for a wireless dog fence is simple and can be done by following a few steps. Read the article…

The best place to install a wireless dog fence is in a location that is safe for the dog and free from hazards.

It is important to train your dog to use the wireless fence, and this can be done by spending some time coaching the dog.

Best Place to Install a Wireless Dog Fence

a dog sleeping in the garden

It would help if you considered safety when leaving your dog out. Yes, a fencing system will keep your dog secured. If you are trying to determine the installation process, choose the BEST place.

Keep anything HAZARDOUS out of the way!

  1. Poisonous plants, predators, or any other hazards will be dangerous. Adjust the wireless boundaries to get rid of them. So, you can keep the dog safely in the containment area.
  2. If a road is nearby, you must leave 15 feet to the roadside when mapping the containment area.
  3. Having your dog’s potty (and necessary pet supplies) within the safe zone will be best.
  4. Ensure the backyard of your house is at least 80 feet wide so the dog can play freely.

Consider all these aspects and choose the BEST location to install the wireless pet fence. 

Wireless Dog Fence Installation

We all agree that dogs like playing outdoors. As already mentioned, you must consider SAFETY. Hence, installing a wireless pet fence will be a great choice to improve safety and keep the aesthetic look.

The wireless dog fence is a NO-ESCAPE solution!

Carefully follow the steps below to mount the transmitter on the wall and provide wireless fencing. 

Position the Transmitter

First, the most important step is positioning the transmitter. I have made the task quite simple. Here’s how to do it.

Consider the following points when positioning the transmitter.

  • Place it in a not-reachable location for kids.
  • Avoid placing the transmitter in areas with large metal objects.
  • Make sure that you can connect the transmitter to a power outlet.
  • When fixing, place the transmitter 3 to 5 feet off the ground.

The concrete walls and other household items will also weaken the signal. So, better avoid such distractions.

BASEMENT is an ideal location to install your transmitter, but this is not the only option.

Following are a few places where you can place the transmitter.

  • Garage
  • Outdoor shed
  • A rarely used room in the house
  • Ground floor, etc

Note: Power outlet is mandatory. 

Mount the transmitter on the wall at the END of the installation process.

Activating Receiver Collar

Our main aim is to keep the process easy. 

To activate the dog’s collar, you must insert the battery. 

You can use either rechargeable or disposable batteries for the collars. Some receiver collars come with an in-built rechargeable battery. 

If the battery on your collar is rechargeable, then charge it overnight.

Turn ON the receiver collar.

a dog wearing Receiver Collar

After pushing the button, you must take the activated collar near the transmitter. This way, you can sync the transmitter and the collar.

Before you train, set up all the necessary corrections in the receiver collar. 

Mapping Out the Boundary Radius

The wireless fencing boundaries will differ depending on the type of wireless pet fence. If you are using the old model, it will generally cover 90 to 250 feet of the ground surface. 

In that case, you must check the boundary radius for the type of wireless pet fence you use.

Most modern wireless dog fences on the other hand, will be suitable for any size and shape of your backyard.

Again the credits go to TECHNOLOGY. You can map the boundary using your smartphone. 

Do this yourself without the help of a second person! Modern wireless (GPS) fence installation is easy!

You must download the application software based on your fence brand on your smartphone to install the electric dog fence. Most apps work on both iOS and android phones. 

During installation, you must follow the instructions according to the app. The process will differ slightly for different apps.

The smartphone application will help you to install the fence. Activate/ deactivate the fence when necessary. Renaming the fence is also possible. 

Planting Flag

To define the boundary radius, you will have to plant flags. The flags will help guide your dog for the new pet containment system (new boundaries). The flags are temporary props so that you can remove them later.

Once your dog responds well to the warning signal and stays within the invisible dog fence, gradually remove the flags.

Installing the Transmitter

Finding the best location to place your transmitter will make installation easy. Hold on before you mount the transmitter on the wall. Make sure the signal reaches without any interference. 

If the radio emission from the transmitter is perfect, then you are good to go. 

Using a screw, glue, or adhesive strips, mount the transmitter to the wall.

Finally, you must install the transmitter to ensure there is no interference. Avoid choosing the wrong location for your transmitter, as this will ruin the whole process. 

Why Use a Wireless Dog fence? 

a dog wearing invisible fence collar and lying on the ground

This is a convenient fencing option. No one can damage the wireless dog fence as it is a virtual setup. Moreover, guaranteed safety will let your dog play freely within the boundary.

Wireless fencing will teach the dog “NOT TO CROSS THE LIMIT.” You can leave your dog in the yard alone. 

The dog cannot jump over the fence!

The wireless dog fence will be responsible for protecting your dog when it is alone. 

The highly portable fencing option will also be helpful when you are shifting home or taking your dog on a trip. 

You can purchase the wireless dog fence at a reasonable cost. The maintenance is also less costly. Altogether the costs when compared to physical fences are much lower. 

Without building a physical barrier, you can protect the dog. It is also possible to fence a large landscape area by installing a wireless pet fence. This will make your dog happy as the yard will be spacious to play.

How to Train Your Dog for an Invisible Fence?

a human walking with a dog

Before training sessions, put the collar around your pet’s neck.

The contact points must touch the dog’s skin. Hold through the leash attached to the collar. 

Now, walk near the boundary (towards the flag). 

As your dog approaches the boundary, the collar BEEPS! Did you sense the trigger? Two seconds after hearing the warning tone pull your dog back and treat him/her.

Repeat this process and also have breaks. Your dog will start enjoying the session rather than fearing it. During breaks, you can remove the collar. 

From day two, you can introduce the STATIC CORRECTION. An electric shock through the collar. Continue the training session for a few days. 

You can gain the dog’s attention through static correction. You must provide the static correction only if your dog does not respond to the alert sound. 

When the dog returns for the WARNING sound, you must praise and treat him.

Keeping your dog on the leash is essential until he knows the boundary line.

Check on distraction by throwing a dog toy off the boundary. Does your dog stay within the boundary without trying to reach the toy? Then leave your dog off the leash to provide him some freedom. 

 A trained dog will know to stay in the pet containment systems. 

Provide electric stimulation ONLY if your dog fails to determine the boundary line.

You can provide freedom but stay closer to the yard and keep an eye on your dog. Once you realize it knows the boundary well, you can start removing the flags.

Continue the training

Your dog will respond pretty well to the invisible dog fence. You must spend at least two weeks training your dog. Even after removing the flags, continue the process for three to four days.

Don’t overstress your dog, so you better have frequent breaks. 

Read the complete guide on how to train dog for invisible fence.

Avoid Installing Wireless Dog Fence if…

backyard with lot of trees

Are you sure you can install the wireless pet fence in your yard?

Although wireless fences will be a good choice, this will not work for all types of yards. Therefore, it is better to know whether or not you can fix this fence. 

Large Obstacle

Imagine you have a backyard with giant trees, a lamppost, and other objects. This will interfere with the radio emission coming from the transmitter.

This will cause signal hiccups. In this situation, you can either use an alternative fencing option. Else, install the wireless dog fence with proper transmitter emission.

Uneven Terrain

Suppose you got an uneven, sloped yard with bumps. Do you think a wireless dog fence will be a good idea? Sorry, the radio signal will not be ideal.


Climatic changes will interrupt the radio frequencies from the transmitter. So, the radio emission will be challenging. 

Most professionals suggest using alternative fencing systems for people fighting a terrible climate.

Defined Protection

Protection is ONLY for your dog wearing the activated signal receiver collar! Neighborhood pets or any other wild animals are free to enter the yard.

Suppose the backyard has exposure to dangerous wild animals. The wireless pet fence installation is no more a DOG SAFE system.

Checkout the best dog fence ideas for your backyard.

Yard Size

Narrow Property? Say NO to wireless dog fences!

Installing a wireless pet fence for a large yard is possible. In contrast, this will not be a good idea if you own a small yard. Since it is not spacious to play in, the dogs will not like it.

Things You Need to Know About Using Wireless Dog Fence

wireless fence boundary flags on the ground

As mentioned above, you must know this fencing system will define the boundary only for your dog. 

During the training, your dog will practice staying within the yard. If you introduce the fence without training them, the outcome will be harmful.

Electric shocks, warning sounds, and vibrations will be new for your dog. Therefore you need to know training the dog will be mandatory.

Setting the static correction level is essential.

Set the correct static electricity level depending on your dog’s size, age, behavior, and type of collar. You must check the probes if the dog is not responding to this correction.

Knowing the ideal age to train your dog for wireless fences is also necessary. Commonly the ideal age is 16 weeks, but you can also start from 12 weeks.

You must be a TRAINER rather than a typical dog owner. Avoid pampering the dog when it is not following the instructions.

Do you have a tight schedule, or are you busy with daily chores? Spending time coaching your dog may disturb your work. Hire a professional trainer to reduce the burden on your shoulder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can install the wireless pet fence yourself. It’s simple.

Yes, the wireless pet fence will be working properly. This depends on your coaching and the motivation level of your dog. The type of your fence will also decide how well the fence works.

Final Thoughts

Hope you’ve got an idea on how to install a wireless fence, it’s not as difficult as you think. If you have the right fence system, you can get them installed in no time.

Speaking of the right fence system, if you haven’t purchased a wireless fence yet, I highly recommend you check out this article, it’ll help you get the best one in the market. 

Hope this article helped you, If you have any more questions, hit the comments below!

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Stefano Giachetti
Stefano Giachetti is always excited to share his knowledge and love of animals with you through our blog, IPetGuides. And he has always loved animals and has been blessed to have many pets throughout his life. Currently has a Pomeranian Dog Breed.

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