Many people buy a dog only to realize that they need to put up a fence to contain them, but what kind of fence?
Tall, wooden fences, while they offer privacy and security, block off any view you may have and are expensive to erect and maintain. Chain link fences often leave much to be desired in the looks department, and many dogs can climb over them and, again, they can be expensive to set up. So what do you do?
Many are now turning to invisible fences. While not visible to people once they are established, these fences can keep your dog securely in your yard, do not block your view, and they require very little maintenance and are relatively cheap to set up.
General Price of Wireless Dog Fence
Like everything, wireless fences vary in price depending on manufacturer, model, method of installation, and quality. It doesn’t matter which option you look at though when it comes to invisible fencing, almost all of them are cheaper than erecting a physical fence and much less restrictive.
There are two main price points when it comes to cost with an invisible fence: who installs it.
You may think you need or want a professional to install it for you as you are not familiar with the product. For this service, you often have to pay the price of the kit plus an hourly wage for the technician. The benefit of this is that you can see that it is working, the technician can give you some pointers on how to use it, and if there are any places that have unusual terrain (ditches, pipes, sidewalk, etc.), then they can deal with that for you. This can cost upwards of $1000 easily and includes the fencing, flags, collar, and the installer’s services.
Self-install kits are complete kits and may seem daunting to a new user. This shouldn’t be the case as they are incredibly easy to install, and those with no experience should be able to set up an average-sized yard in an afternoon without issue. Often you will look at paying under $500 for the fencing, flags, and collar.
Additional Costs and Expenses
Other costs you need to think about when it comes to invisible fencing are extra batteries and additional collars. Kits and professional installs both come with a single standard collar and while this is acceptable for most dogs, it would be too large for a small dog and too small for a large or stubborn breed dog. You need to make sure you get your dog a collar that is appropriate for their size and breed.
You will also need to purchase replacement batteries for the collars unless you purchase a rechargeable collar. You should plan on replacing the batteries every three months to ensure that they are working at their best.
If you have a particularly large yard, you may need to purchase extra wire that is often under $6/100 feet. You may also need a trencher that can run upwards of $40/day.
Cost of Running Your Wireless Dog Fence
Running an invisible fencing system is very cheap, and you will often not notice the difference in your electric bill. They usually only use 3-10 cents a day.
Price Compared to Other Fences
Invisible fences are significantly cheaper than traditional fences and are much faster to install.
Wood fences can easily cost upwards of $10/foot when you install it and over $30/foot when you have a professional install it, and that is not including posts, gates, stain, or sealant. You also have to repaint your fence every couple years and pressure-wash it annually to prevent damage and rot.
Chain link fencing is much cheaper and starts at $2.50/foot to self-install, but that does not include the top or bottom wires/bars, or posts that jump the price up to $6/foot that does not include gates. To have a professional install it usually starts around $16/foot without gates.
When you compare this to the $0.30/foot that the invisible fence self-install all-inclusive kits start at, you can instantly see the savings.
And if you’re still not sure which brand of wireless dog fence is right for you this article can help you decide.