By Gene and Katie Hamilton
You can give your pet freedom to roam and at the same time keep them safe and within your property with an electric or "invisible" fence. Today’s containment systems create boundaries and a barrier within the property to restrain the pet from flower beds and shrubs and confine them to specific areas. And the fence eliminates the chore and cost of maintaining a hard fence that requires paint or stain. An in-ground fence system includes antenna wire, a transmitter, and a battery-powered receiver and collar. When the pet approaches the buried wire, the receiver delivers a warning sound and mild correction or shock if the pet crosses the boundary. It doesn’t hurt, and it usually happens only during the training period.
Here's the numbers: An electronic fence for a 1/4-acre lot, or approximately 600 linear feet of wire, with a second electronic boundary within the yard say, near a garden bed, costs about $977. You can buy a kit for about $310 and save 68 percent by installing it yourself. The job involves digging holes, laying wire, mounting a transformer, installing the receiver and connecting it all together. For an additional cost, you can rent a power lawn edger to eliminate digging.
You'll find do-it-yourself kits and installation information at Web sites like www.dogfencediy.com with detailed instructions on how to install and train a dog on an invisible fence.
Don't want to do this job yourself? Find a contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right. Click here to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local prescreened contractors.
A good time to add an invisible fence is when you’re planning to change the landscape of your yard so you can incorporate its placement in the design.
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Wrapping up, given the average cost to install an invisible dog fence you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.