Do I need to Twist the Wire?
There are 2 key reasons you twist the wire:
- The majority of installations will incorporate a transmitter that is inside the boundary, so you will want to deactivate the boundary wire until it reaches your outside boundary, will enable your pet to cross it without receiving a correction.
- The transmitter is the mothership of the system and if you do not add twisted wire the transmitter will effectively be “live” & an active part of your boundary. We do not want that because your pet may receive an accidental correction when it walks near it and having a “live” transmitter can create inconsistent responses from the collar around the boundary.
At a minimum we recommend twisting the 2 ends of the wire together from the transmitter to the point you want your boundary to begin. To be clear each end of the wire gets inserted into its own terminal in the transmitter and then from that you need to braid/twist the 2 ends together until you want the boundary to be live. Please stay within 1 to 2 twists per inch. If using a drill go nicely a slowly to avoid over-twisting.
If your installation is going to be a complete loop of your property - all 4 sides and not a “backyard only” installation - then from the transmitter to the loop outside is the only place you can twist the wire together.
- You can not twist a single end of a wire on itself to cancel the signal
- You can not splice in a strand of wire and twist around another strand to cancel the signal. All splices need to be a 1 to 1 connection.
- You can over-twist the wire. Think of the boundary wire like pipe that runs around your property and over-twisting will create a serious chokepoint.
- If you need to cancel the signal in parts of your loop or boundary the look at the section on the “double loop”