Let me guess. You got a quote from Invisible Fence® and it likely left you in shock. Perhaps you hope to justify this high price due to the fact that they install the system for you. While it is nice to have someone install for you, you likely wonder, “Can’t I install my own electric dog fence?” For most people, the answer is yes. If you have looked into the option of traditional fencing, you likely found out that costs just as much. The bottom line is that installing your own electric dog fence can save you big bucks. In a day or less, the job is complete.
Electric Dog Fences
Before we talk about installation, let’s just make sure you understand the concept of an electric dog fence. The wire that circles your property acts as the boundary line that your dog cannot cross. From the dog fence transmitter, located inside your home or garage, you are able to control how close your dog can get to the wire before receiving the static correction through the special collar he is wearing. This static correction feels similar to running across the carpet in your sock feet and then touching a doorknob. After several weeks of training, your dog will learn to respect the boundaries you have set for him or her.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a landscaping or fence contractor to install my electric dog fence?
Absolutely not. Installing a fence is relatively easy. As long as you are in good health, you should be able to do the job in a day or two. Just get ready to sweat, as you will be digging! If you aren’t able to dig, you can rent a wire trencher that will dig a trench and bury the wire at the same time.
- Do I need an electrician to install my electric dog fence?
No, you don’t need an electrician, nor do you have to be an electrician to install an electric dog fence. When installed, a radio signal travels through the dog fence wire, not an electrical current. No worries about shocking yourself.
- Do I need to get a permit to have an electric dog fence?
No, not generally speaking. If you are concerned, check with your city or county for any limitations or specific requirements.
- Will my dog fence kit contain enough wire to enclose my yard?
Most dog fence kits come with 500 feet of wire, which is enough to enclose 1/3 of an acre. Let’s say you have an acre to contain. You would need about 1400 feet of wire total. Wire is sold in 500 foot increments. Simply add an extra 500 feet of wire onto your order. If you don’t know how big your lot is, you can always measure out the number of feet yourself.
- Should electric dog fences be considered cruel?
No. Electric dog fences have been helping to keep dogs safe for decades. The shock the dog receives is a static shock, not an electric shock that could hurt them. When it comes to animal cruelty, it is much more serious to lose your dog.
- What electric dog fence is right for me?
Each system has their pros and cons. Let us help you pick out the right system for you and your dog. Considerations include how much land you wish to contain, what kind of dogs you have, and whether you prefer a rechargeable battery or standard battery powered. Thinking of going wireless? This solution works for some, but not for all situations. We would be happy to help you make the right choice for your investment. Just call our dog fence experts at 800-396-5517.