Updated May 6, 2017
Does your dog like to run away from home? Does your canine friend bolt out the front door every time he or she has the chance? Do you have a fence that your dog tries to dig underneath or climb? Have you had a quote for a professionally-installed containment system only to find out that it was way out of your budget? We at FlexPetz are here to offer you a better, cost-efficient solution. Our DIY containment systems work just as well as the pros and they are within an affordable price range. Visit our in depth Electric Dog Fence reviews section to find the perfect fence for your unique dog(s) and property.
DIY Dog Fences Offer Superior Quality for an Affordable Price
FlexPetz.com is an authorized dealer of PetSafe®, SportDOG®, Perimeter Technologies® and High Tech Pet® pet products. These brands offer high-quality solutions at prices you can afford. Our top-of-the-line containment systems are loaded with features and cost thousands less than Invisible Fence® brand, DogWatch® and PetStop® systems.
Not sure where to begin? Our helpful planning tools include sample fence layouts, FAQ’s and detailed product information that will guide you in helping you select the right containment system for your specific needs.
Would you feel more comfortable speaking to an expert? No problem! Speak with us on live chat by clicking the link above, or give us a call at 1-800-396-5517 to talk with us. Our knowledgeable technicians are trained professional experts with years of experience installing all brands of wired and wireless containment systems.
Selecting a Dog Fence System
In order to select the right dog fence system for you, there are many factors that come into play. It is important to choose a system that is best for your dog, as well as one that will work with your yard. Our product descriptions contain in-depth information and real reviews that will help you make the right decision. Look for details such as how much area the fence will cover, what size of dog it is designed for and the number of correction levels that are offered.
- If you have a small dog that weighs as little as 5 pounds, the PRO-Grade PetSafe® Elite Little Dog Fence comes highly-recommended. Its compact, lightweight receiver collar with gentler corrections makes it ideal for little canines.
- If your dog is average to large in size, there are several systems that will work well. The PRO-Grade Perimeter® Ultimate is one of them. Its many unique features include contact points that are encased in rubber, offering optimal comfort for your dog. Another great choice is our BLUEFANG® 3-in-1 Train, Contain and Anti-Bark Kit. Controlled by your smartphone, this groundbreaking device is an electric dog fence, remote trainer and bark control unit all rolled into one.
- For the largest of dogs, FlexPetz recommends the PRO-Grade SportDOG® SDF-100A. Designed specifically for big dogs, it is the only choice for very large rural properties. It is able to contain a larger amount of land than any other fence on the market.
- The idea of a wireless dog fence may sound appealing to you, because you don’t have to bury any wire in the ground. However, there are several limitations that will interfere with the proper functioning of a wireless dog fence. To learn more, refer to our detailed product descriptions. With that being said, the wireless dog fence that we recommend in most cases is the PetSafe® Stay + Play.
Ensuring the Longevity of Your Electric Dog Fence
There are other aspects to consider when it comes to an electric dog fence. If you want your dog fence to be durable enough to stand the test of time, there are a few choices to make.
For example, the Dog Fence Wire that comes standard in most DIY dog fence kits is 20-gauge. It is quite flimsy and will snap easily. Upgrading your wire to a thicker, 14-gauge wire is highly recommended. While the cheaper wire will function, it isn’t designed to hold up against the elements like a thicker dog fence wire will. If you were having a professional company install a dog fence for you, they would be using the thicker wire. All of our PRO-Grade dog fence kits include the upgraded wire.
Something else to think about is lightning strikes. If your system gets struck by lightning, it can fry the transmitter. Some kits come with a low-grade surge protector to guard against power surges. However, the only way to be sure your fence is fully-protected from lightening is to choose a Heavy-Duty Surge Protector, which comes standard in our PRO-Grade dog fence kits.
Installing an Electric Dog Fence
To ensure that you have a successful installation, it is important to create a good plan. Begin by making a quick sketch of your property, marking where you would and would not like your dog to have access. To help you out, visit our Planning Guide section for layout suggestions as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Once you have planned your layout, it is time to choose how you wish to install the dog fence wire. You have the option of burying the wire with a machine, or by hand. It can also be attached to an existing physical barrier. You don’t even necessarily need to bury the wire. You can use garden staples to plant the wire on the surface of the ground.
Installing an electric dog fence is relatively easy thing to do. We provide you with everything you need to know about installing your electric dog fence in our Installation Guide. It outlines what to do step-by-step and also provides you with helpful tips and suggestions from professionals.
Training Your Dog
In order for your dog fence to successfully contain your dog, you will need to properly train him or her on the fence. You can’t simply open up the door and expect them to figure it out.
To begin, you will need a long leash and meat or moist dog treats. During the training process, which usually lasts about 2 weeks, you will be taking your dog out on the leash, getting him accustomed to where the fence borders are. About two training sessions that are 10-15 minutes long per day is a good start.
During the first week, you will be showing your dog the boundary vs. the street, and your neighbor’s yard for example. You will spend time establishing the area your dog is allowed to stay in, and showing them where the border is. During the second phase of training, you will be creating distractions to ensure that your dog is able to handle himself in everyday situations. Common distractions include cars, children, bikers and joggers.
For step-by-step instructions on how to train your dog on the fence, please visit our Dog Training section. We are also available to answer any questions you might have about training, installation, or selecting the perfect system for you and your dog by contacting us at 1-800-396-5517.
Wondering how these systems measure up against the Invisible Fence® Brand? The quality of the systems we sell are just as good. The only difference is that we sell DIY dog fences and Invisible Fence® installs their system for you. Installing your own electric dog fence will save you big bucks and you will get the same great results.
If you already have an Invisible Fence® installed on your property, we offer Invisible Fence® Compatible Batteries and Invisible Fence® Compatible Collars that cost a fraction of what you would pay if you bought them through Invisible Fence®.
Do you have an Invisible Fence® and are tired of buying expensive parts and paying for expensive service calls? Why not just use the wire that you have, and get a new transmitter and collar from FlexPetz? We offer a cost-effective solution, sold without wire, known as our Invisible Fence® Replacement System.
Whether you are starting from scratch or looking for products that work with your existing electric dog fence, at FlexPetz, we are eager to meet your needs!
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I found your site after getting an estimate from the Invisible Fence Company. They gave me a price of around $2500 to install a system on my 1 acre property for my two dogs. While stunned by the price I feared installing it myself and worried about the training in particular. I began searching on line for do it yourself kits and came upon your website. The Flexpetz staff was very helpful and provided excellent follow up and support I was very impressed with the entire process, needless to say we installed the system ourselves and saved $2000.00Sincerly, Jamie & Karen Kracht....and Wookie & Fer
Very Happy with the Fence system I bought at Flexpetz. After talking to several pet sites who seemed to know almost nothing about their product, I chose Flexpetz.com and the Innotek 5100 because of its rechargeable collars and remote training feature. Couldn't be more happy with my choice. Have had the fence up for over a year for my boxer and it works flawlessly. The remote is almost as good as the fence and I have broken my dog of many bad habits like jumping up on the counter and stealing food.
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I have two 9 months old dogs. One is a miniature Aussie Shepherd about 20 lbs and the other is a golden retriever. I need to block off my formal dinning room and i am currently using baby gates but I don't like the look of all the gates. I also need to get them off my sofas and patio furniture. In addition there are different areas in the yard that they are digging up the sprinklers and I need to get them to stop. And Lastly, My little dogs barks non stop when there is another dog around and I need to teach him not to that. I needed to know what products you suggest so I know that I am purchasing the right items and how to use them. Once I was able to make my order I couldn't be more happier with the customer service. Thank You FlexPetz!Jamie K - Jupiter, Florida
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After installation it was easy to train my dog. The kids had fun helping with this and the fence has worked great since. I called back up one more time to give my thanks to the staff and how wonderful, but I felt like that wasn't enough for how much they put up with me. I am very thankful to find such wonderful customer service. You just don't find much of that anymore. I am very pleased with my overall experience and happy with the support they put behind their products and services.Veronica Dominster - Pt. Charlotte, VA
I bought the PetSafe in ground professional system about three months ago from Flexpetz.com and my dog ran through the fence many times to the point where I was very frustrated. I called the company and they worked with me on the issue at hand. I returned only the transmitter and collar and they sent me the stubborn dog transmitter and collar. I am very happy with the switch and it is exactly the change I needed. I felt very well taken care of and this made this whole ordeal so much easier.James Drenkins - Omaha, NE