Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Invisible Dog Fence Review and a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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
  • Can be used in a variety of ways to keep your dogs safe, keep them out of the chicken yard, keep them out of your garden, or out of a pasture of animals
  • 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.
Published in partnership with www.dogfencediy.com. We encourage you to share your experiences with a variety of dog containment systems in the comments section. Commenters and those who share the post in social media qualify for a drawing of a $25 Amazon gift card!  Make sure to use the entry form so that we can verify.
 
 
The Giveaway!
 
Dog Fence DIY is being super generous by giving one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card!  Use the Entry form below to enter the giveaway  All entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
 
 
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52 comments:

  1. We used an invisible fence years ago that we purchased at Walmart. It worked great. We loved it. It was around $100 and we rented a trencher. It was easy to install and easy to train the dog.

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  2. I just got a puppy 2 months ago and we do have a fenced yard but my issues is the kids leaving it open or opening it when he is out there. Then, he is off and running along with the front door, same issue. I have been considering a fence like this for him.

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  3. We always used a fence, but I would try the invisible fence if I got puppy.

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  4. I don't have much experience with containing dogs. Our last dog had to leave after he wouldn't stop going on the highway near our house and eating roadkill.

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    1. Sentence 1 led to sentence 2. Dogs will be dogs.

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  5. my family have invisible fence and it has worked great. its so convenient to bring their dog when they go visit other family bc they have an invisible fence as well. they dont have to worry about boarding their dog or him getting out into their gated neighborhood where he is supposed to stay in the yard

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  6. Such a fab review and giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win but also thank you for the awesome information about the fence. I have never used one because I really have never had the need for one. However, it is nice to be in the loop on current products because you just never know when you might need them :)

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  7. We've always had the space to not need a fence but this would be great for a neighborhood

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  8. I have an invisible fence but I have never put it up because my son and a friend made me feel bad for even considering getting one.

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  9. My former neighbors had an invisible fence and they either installed it wrong or their dog was plain crazy because he still ended up at my house almost every day.

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  10. We have a regular fence but I think an invisible dog fence is a good idea and would consider trying it.

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  11. I have a normal fence in my back yard and it works good for my dog.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  12. I don't have any experience with this.. would love to get an invisible fence one of these days.

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  13. We have a regular fence, but the invisible fence sounds like a good idea

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  14. We just have a backyard fence. We have never tried an invisible fence.
    Sadie B.

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  15. My neighbor has an invisible fence for her dog and it works very well.

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  16. We used to use one of the dog runs and then we trained the dog to stay in the yard. Sometimes he got out. I think this might be something to try.

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  17. I have the invisible fence also we just love it and it's worth every penny.

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  18. I have not used an invisible fence before. But it seems safe and less intrusive than a regular fence

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  19. Well actually i have no experience with this because i have 2 cats :D

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  20. The only way I know how to contain my dogs are with a real fence. I would love to try an invisible fence. Maybe i could keep some landscaping up or take down my pool fence.

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  21. I don't have much experience myself but I use to nanny for a family that had an invisible fence for their dogs.

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  22. We haven't needed a fence so far, but wewill get one when we buy our first house.

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  23. We have a regular chain link fence to keep our dogs contained. That's pretty much the only experience I've had.

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  24. I do not have experience in this area.
    For the right situation dog containment could be necessary.
    thank you

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  25. I've always had a fenced in yard, so containing my dogs was never a problem.

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  26. No experience with dog containment. Mine runs off if not on a leash.

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  27. I'm going to be dog sitting in a couple weeks, and their dog has a fenced in back yard he can run around in. They have never had any issues with him getting out, so I don't anticipate any problems with him getting loose!

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  28. My Mom allowed put her dog on a leash with a very long chain. It worked very well for Groovy.Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  29. I have a fence, but it doesn't always work if someone leaves the gate open or when they dig out under it.

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  30. We are contemplating living in a place without a fence on a temporary basis, and a wireless fence would be a wonderful solution- I hope! Right now we have a chain link fence, and our dog hasn't ever thought to challenge it. :)

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  31. We have never tried invisible fence systems or any other containment systems but would love to try the invisible fence.

    Jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  32. The only dog containment system I've ever had is a fenced back yard. The dogs love being able to run around and I'm glad they can't jump 6 feet and get out.

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  33. I have only ever used a fence, which can sometimes cause problems when it wears out or falls due to weather or a tree.

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  34. We have a regular chain link fence in my back yard and we never leave our dogs out without being home because we have one who can open the gate and has been known to tunnel under it. Invisible fence seems like a nice idea.

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  35. The problem I have encountered with this type of fence is that they don't keep other dogs or animals out. We live in a rural area, and I don't want my dogs hurt and I don't want them hurting any other living creature either.

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  36. I have been wanting a fence for a few years! Would help out so much

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  37. I've only used a regular fenced in yard, but I can't leave the dog out, because she always finds a way to escape.

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  38. My husband used a dog collar for his dog before we were married, but as soon as he took it off, the dog disappeared.

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  39. Growing up, our dogs were kept in a chain link fence and that worked well. Then when we moved out into the country we didn't have a fence. We still let the dogs loose though, because there really wasn't anyone for them to go bother and they always came home.

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  40. We have had fences. It kept some of the dogs in and then others just tried to dig to China to get out.

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  41. When I was growing up, we kept our dog tied up. We currently don't have a dog.

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  42. There are so many distractions and things to chase - or even things that can startle and scare a dog. My dog is on leash every time she goes outside since we do not have a fence. In the car, she wears a seatbelt (crashes are just as deadly for dogs as they are for people).

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  43. I use to hate not having a fenced in yard. We actually had to rehome our English Bull dog because he would run and we couldn't find an electric fence that was powerful enough.

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  44. Unfortunately, I've never used the invisible fence type of thing -- but, I would like to. I'm just worried about my dog being that 1% of dogs that doesn't give a crap and will cross the boundaries. We have a "fence", but it's really not a fence -- it's just a temp. It's just so expensive to do a full fence, though.

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  45. Elizabeth Cyrilla ShawJune 5, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    I've only used a leash, this would be cool to try.

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  46. I've never used a dog containment system, but I remember going door-to-door doing poll work and not being warned when there was an invisible fence at some houses - walking up the sidewalk and almost being bitten by dogs I didn't know were out - I'm all for them, but it would definitely be better if the owners posted signs.

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  47. I've never used a dog containment system since I've live in a condo. So we use a leash whenever we go outside.

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  48. I love the idea of an invisible fence.

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  49. I love the idea of an invisible fence!

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  50. I have a basic fence that surrounds my backyard. It isn't very high but my dog is rather short/small and doesn't ever try to escape so it's fine.

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