By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Most everyone we know who has an electric or "invisible" fence for their dog agrees that it’s a good way to keep them safe and within their property. Today’s containment systems can give their pet the freedom to roam while their owners can feel assured the dog is safe in the yard. An added benefit is the ability to create boundaries and a barrier within the property to restrain the dog 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 $300 and save 69 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.
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.