An underground fence is an effective solution at keeping your dog in your yard, and it’s also cheaper than a typical chain link, wood, or vinyl fence. The main benefit of an invisible fence is you won’t be able to see it, so it won’t interfere with your landscaping. But, it’s also important to consider the costs of the invisible fence including operating and maintaining it as well as its training requirements for your dog.
So, what is exactly is an invisible dog fence?
Keeping your dog safe while allowing them freedom in your yard, an invisible dog fence allows you to maintain your yard’s landscaping while providing your dog an area to run around and play. An invisible fencing solution is generally buried under the ground (though some systems are wireless or use GPS technology) creating an invisible boundary, but some owners do opt for flags that are inserted around the boundary to give you visual cues.
When it is activated, the invisible electric fence requires your dog to wear a collar that receives a radio signal from the transmitter to warn your dog that he is getting too close to the boundary. Providing a mild stimulus or a sound, the collars help to train the dog to stay inside the fence’s boundaries. The invisible fence cost will depend on how many dog collars you need and the size of the boundary area.
How does an invisible dog fence work?
Transmitting a signal between the dog’s collar, the transmitting, and monitoring device, and the boundary, the invisible pet fence system uses a set of wires that are electrically charged and placed three to four inches under the ground and around the edges of the boundary. You set up the transmitter in your garage or house where you can get to it easily. If your dog gets too close to the boundary, then the collar will emit an alarm or vibrate to discourage your dog from going across the boundary line, which works similar to an ultrasonic anti-bark collar.
The wiring of the electronic fence will give the dog a quick electric shock if he does cross the boundary line. Keep in mind that the electric charge was created to just surprise your dog and make him stop before he leaves the yard, but not enough to hurt him. Typically, these systems let you easily adjust the electric charge to make it just strong enough to keep your dog contained and will allow you the opportunity to experiment with these setting to find just the right charge for your dog.
Benefits of an invisible dog fence
An invisible dog fence offers your dog protection that is hard to duplicate in another type of system. With an instant alarm signal that warns you if your dog is trying to escape, this type of system can be more expensive, but they are also very effective.
The durability of an invisible dog fence is unquestionable. For the price that you pay, you can definitely consider it an investment that will give you benefits for years.
Cheaper than a traditional option
When you compare an invisible dog fence to the cost of a traditional fence, it’s actually cheaper, especially when you consider the cost of maintaining each of them. Traditional fences require cleaning and maintenance that an invisible dog fence will only need when it’s installed.
How is the Price of an invisible dog fence Determined?
There are several things that are used to determine the installation price of an invisible dog fence including:
- The layout or terrain of your yard
- How many collars you need as well as how many dogs need to be trained
- The brand or type of the invisible electric fence
- The size of the fence or boundary
A professional fence installer will typically need to see your property or look at photos to give you a correct estimate. Typically, the installation runs between $100 and $2000 while the collars and fence will run between $100 and $400. Also, remember that the batteries to operate the system will run you between $60 and $90 each year.
When you have a larger and stronger dog or if you have several dogs with different sizes, you need to look for a system that has several correction levels, which will allow you to custom it to work with your dogs. Just remember that these systems tend to be more expensive.
There are also other costs to consider including the training of your dog to work with the system. Typically, an invisible dog fence company will charge another $500 in order to train a dog.
So, that means an invisible dog fence can cost the average dog owner about $2,000 for both the professionally installed invisible fence as well as the training. Plus, an additional $100 a year for the batteries.
Features that affect the price of the invisible dog fence
You can use an invisible dog fence to cover any sized property including areas that cover several acres. The wire that is placed underground can be installed in hilly areas, rocks land, woods, and also underwater, so the size of the system will definitely help to determine the system’s overall cost.
Pricing of the wiring can be extremely variable and range between $200 and $2,500 in order to put a boundary around just one acre. Typically, the typical cost to a homeowner run around $1,100.
Most of the systems let you install the invisible fence into the best boundary shape that works for your pet and yard. It should provide the correct amount of freedom and safety for your dog. So, you can lay the boundary lines into a square area, however, you can also create oval, round, or irregular shapes.
With a comfortable design for your dog, the collar is lightweight and rubber-coated, which will prevent most dogs from even realizing there are wearing it. These waterproof collars are durable and can withstand a little chewing. These fencing systems will usually allow you to program it so that the signal is adjustable to work with your dog’s sensitivity while preventing interference from any other radio signals in your area.
Some invisible dog fence systems will even allow you to adjust the charge for different types and size animals in the same yard. This can be a handy feature when you own both a small breed and a larger-sized dog. The batteries on these systems should be replaced frequently, but this depends on how frequently your dog tests the limits of the invisible dog fence. Also, remember that if you have several dogs then will need several receivers.
How effective are invisible dog fences?
While invisible dog fences are pretty effective for most dogs, there are a few things to remember to make sure they will not fail for your pet.
- While the initial shock can be more than enough to stop your pet from getting out of your yard, the shock level may need to be increased in order to get your pet to pay attention and not leave the boundary that you set up.
- The invisible dog fence system will only work if the batteries in the collar are also working. It’s possible that your dog will leave his boundary area simply because you haven’t replaced the batteries in the collar, so it no longer works.
- The wire used to set up the perimeter can have a break. Depending on the brand, there might not be an audio alarm on the transmitter. Instead, the transmitter may just blink, which you may not notice unless you physically check it. This may not be something you do frequently, especially if the transmitter is located in the garage.
- And, depending on the type of break you have in the line, you may be able to buy a repair kit to fix the issues. However, it’s more likely that you will need to call professionals to fix or reinstall the system for you.
Other Cost Considerations
If your property can’t run power to the fence or you would prefer not to have power running out to your electric fence, using solar power to operate your invisible dog fence. It’s important to ensure that the charger is facing the southeast in order to get the best sunlight throughout the day.
If solar power isn’t an option, it’s possible to run the wires underground from your house to the fence in order to power it, but it will make it more expensive. Make sure you discuss the options with your installation professional to find the best solution for your yard.
It is possible for invisible dog fences to sometimes generate radio noise that can interfere with other electronics on your property. A professional can troubleshoot the interference if it becomes a big issue.
A professional dog trainer will be able to help you and your dog become accustomed to the invisible dog fence. This cost will depend on where you live, the experience and expertise of your trainer, and your dog’s disposition.
While installing the invisible electric fence can be more affordable, it can also be difficult and cost you a lot of energy and time. plus, you will need to train your dog on your own. it will be faster for his professionals to install the invisible dog fence, and they will give you ongoing support as well as a warranty on the materials and labor.
Here are a few optional accessories that can add some extra costs to your overall price:
- Backup system that will continue to operate the fence in the event of a power outage
- Using high-quality wire will ensure a longer life for your fence
- Lightning protection will help to prevent a power surge
With any of the extra accessories, your installation professional can help you choose which extra accessories you will find useful and how much they will affect your total price.
How much electricity will an invisible electric fence use?
Believe it or not, an invisible dog fence will only use about the same amount of power as is used by a five-watt night light.
Are invisible electric fences safe for dogs?
Definitely. An invisible electric fence is perfectly safe for your dog. producing a low-voltage static correction, which will not harm your dog. The most important goal of an invisible dog fence is to encourage behavioral changes in a dog. It is not intended to cause him any physical pain. These fences are recommended by many animal trainers and vets as an effective and safe way to prevent dogs from running away.
Where can an invisible electric fence go in your yard?
An invisible dog fence can be placed pretty much anywhere on your property, just as long as it isn’t close to water. It is recommended that you place it underground to better protect the cable from getting damaged while saving you the cost of repairing the pet fence.