Most Important Aspects of an Electric Fence 

There are several important factors that play a huge role in an underground electric pet fence. Here at Contained K9, we pride ourselves on setting extremely clear expectations and being overly transparent with our clients. We want to make sure that the dogs we work with are set up for success and stay safely contained in your yard.

We’ll go through a few of the important steps you need to take in order to set you and your dog up for success. If at any point you need help or have questions after the installation, we’ll be here to help!

Important Aspects


Easily the most important part of an underground electric fence installation is training. Many people who struggle with their dog continuously breaking through the fence have not done enough training reps. We typically recommend that owners spend around 2 full weeks practicing and training their dog to the fence. That typically consists of 2-3 mini sessions a day that last just 5-10 minutes each. Making sure you are consistent and do the repetitions each and every day will really help to set you and your dog up for success. 

When dogs continuously break out of the containment zone, they are learning they can do what they want. If you rush the training, you will end up having to go back to square one and you will have to spend a lot of time redoing the reps that you’ve already done. Condition your pup to the invisible fence correctly the first time to save yourself headaches down the road!

Avoiding “Fence Fear”

Fence Fear is a common term for when dogs are afraid of going near the perimeter of the property, or even just being out in the yard in general. It is typically due to rushed training and not following our post-installation training guide. We can help you reduce the risk of encountering fence fear by following our step-by-step daily guide.

One of the best ways to avoid fence fear is by simply playing and having fun in the yard before AND after your training sessions. Spend just a few minutes running around the yard, playing with toys, and giving your dog treats in the yard. This will encourage your dog to be out in the yard in a care-free mindset and just have fun. You want to make the yard as fun as possible. If your dog gets a high level correction too early on in your training process, they will hate being out in the yard. If you have any questions about training, you can reach out to us and we’ll be glad to help! If you have any other general obedience questions, reach out to our sister company Delaware K9 Academy so they can help to get you on the right track. 

Following Our Guide

There are several aspects to an underground electric dog fence that you need to be aware of. We have created a comprehensive guide that will walk you through the process step by step. There are simple things like when to keep your dog on leash that will dramatically improve your chances of success. We also will give you guidance as to how long you should keep your flags in place to give your dog a visual representation of the fence. 

If you’re ever in doubt, simply give us a call or shoot us an email and we would love to help. You’ve invested the money into an invisible fence system, so take the post-install process seriously to get your money’s worth!

Final Thoughts!

We want to make having an electric fence as easy and straight forward as possible. With that being said, there are certain things you must do in order to be successful. Failure to follow our suggestions or rushing the training can result in fence breaks and your dog will continuously charge the fence line to escape.

Our top priority is keeping dogs safe, so we want to make sure it’s done right. If you’d like a free virtual quote, simply fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you the same day!