I am a dog lover. I think my first best friend was a dog, and growing up the comfort of my dogs unconditional love and understanding was a God send. We now have two dogs. A large golden lab, and a mixed small breed. The small dog Lizzy is a terrier mix and loves to roam. She was raised on a farm so we are now having to train her to not run off when outside. So when Dog Fence DIY contacted me about their inexpensive fencing system I was really interested!
Things I like about the Invisible Dog Fence DIY
- Budget Friendly
- Adjustable intensities for different dogs
- Dog Fence DIY Has Other Great Products Like these LED Collars. If you live out in the country those would be great!
- A large selection of systems so that you can tailor to your needs and budget.
How Much Does an Invisible Dog Fence Cost?
It’s so important to invest in the safety of your pets. If you’re a dog owner, fencing in your property may be necessary to keep them out of harm’s way. Traditional fencing, however, can be expensive, especially if you have a large yard. An invisible dog fence is another option that’s relatively inexpensive. Let’s take a look at the average invisible fence cost.
Purchasing the System
When selecting an invisible dog fence for your yard, the biggest expense is purchasing the system itself. Typically, an invisible fence system comes with the main fence unit, 500 feet of boundary wire, and one e-collar. The cost of the system varies, but the most popular invisible dog fence, the PetSafe YardMax, is approximately $300. Other fences may cost slightly less or slightly more. Wireless dog fence systems tend to be a little more expensive, up to $800 total.
Extras and Accessories
Sometimes it’s necessary to purchase additions to the basic wired dog fence system. A wireless dog fence doesn’t usually require any extras, unless you have more than one dog and need another e-collar; although most wireless systems can support only one or two e-collars total. Here’s a look at some of the extras and accessories that you might need:
-E-collars: You will need one e-collar for each of your dogs. Some dog fences have limits on the number of e-collars they can support at a time, but many underground dog fences can be used with an unlimited number of e-collars/dogs. If you have a dog that weighs less than 10 pounds, or if you have a particularly aggressive/stubborn dog, you may need to purchase a specialized e-collar that uses a lower or higher correction level, respectively. E-collars usually cost about $60-$100 each.
-E-collar Batteries: Many e-collars are rechargeable, in which case extra batteries are not required. If your system uses replaceable batteries, however, you’ll need to purchase 2-4 replacements per year. E-collar batteries usually cost about $7-$10 each, for a total of $14-40 per year.
-Boundary Wire: If you need to enclose a perimeter that’s a total of more than 500 feet, you’ll need to purchase extra boundary wire. Depending on the type of wire used, it will cost approximately $22-$150 per every additional 500 feet.
Installing a Dog Fence
You can save a significant amount of money with a DIY electric fence. Professional invisible fence installers typically charge around $1200 for an average-sized yard. You can eliminate that cost by installing your own electronic dog fence system. Anyone can install their own system over the course of a weekend. With an underground dog fence, you’ll need to dig along the perimeter of your yard before burying the wire. If you’d like to rent a trencher to help with this task, your local home improvement store may charge about $50 per day.
Operation and Maintenance
Most people are surprised to learn that an electronic dog fence does not cost that much money to run on a daily basis. For an average-sized yard, you can expect your electric bill to raise only about $1-2 per month. If you do not have an electrical outlet in a convenient place outside, you can purchase a solar panel for about $100-$200. In this case, your dog fence will be solar-powered and will not use any extra electricity. If you install your own electric dog fence, you’ll also be able to repair any breaks in the wire that may occur, which is rare. Professional technicians will charge at least $100 just to find the problem, but you can do it on your own for little to no extra cost. In general, invisible dog fences are relatively maintenance-free.
Cost of Traditional Fences
The average invisible dog fence system costs less than $300. If you require any extras or accessories, you may spend a couple hundred dollars more. Running the fence and buying replacement e-collar batteries, if necessary, can cost less than $50 per year. When you compare this to the average cost of a traditional fence - $1500-$2500 - the savings is obvious. If your yard is very large, you will save even more money with an electronic dog fence, because every additional 500 feet of wire is much less expensive than 500 feet of fence.
With a DIY electric fence, you can save money without compromising the safety of your dog(s) or other animals like chickens, goats, and sheep. Some people even use them around their bees! No matter what your budget is, it’s possible to find a dog containment solution to fit your needs.
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