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Dog Fences: What You Need to Know


If you have a dog, you should have some sort of fence in your yard. Otherwise, you have to go out with your pet every time it needs to answer nature’s call. Once upon a time, you had to build a physical structure in order to fence your property. Today, dog owners have many different types of dog fences to choose from.

Traditional fences still do the job, but more people are opting for the convenience of an electric solution. Within this broad category of electric fencing, you can choose an invisible underground fence or a GPS-based wireless fence.

Here’s what you need to know about traditional, electric and wireless dog fencing:

Traditional Dog Fences

Chain-link fences enjoyed some popularity at one time. But most people prefer the more aesthetically pleasing wooden fence. Besides providing a safe haven for your pet, it gives your family privacy for their outdoor social time. In addition to keeping your own dog in, it keeps two-legged and four-legged intruders out.

The cost of a wooden fence depends on the height and materials. According to Angi (formerly Angies List), composite wood fencing costs can range from $15 to $45 per linear foot installed, with the average being around $23 per linear foot installed. A DIYer can purchase the materials needed for around $7 to $15 per linear foot.

Don’t forget about the cost of maintenance. You’ll need to repaint or restain wooden fences, and you may have to replace boards after some time.

Electric Dog Fences

Electric fences work in conjunction with a collar your dog wears. When your pet gets too close, the collar warns them with a beep. If the dog ignores the beep and gets closer, a mild electric shock ensues. The shock is too weak to harm the animal but strong enough to make them take a step back.

Underground Electric Fences

An underground wire around the perimeter of your property defines the boundary of these fences. You can lay it out in any shape you want. Once you install it, there’s no visible evidence that a fence is present

Wireless Electric Fences

These fences have a virtual perimeter defined by a GPS in a master unit. You can set them up quickly and change the boundary any time you want. Sometimes the border is less precise than with an underground fence.

Wireless Fence Costs

A typical wireless fence installation runs anywhere from $850 to $1500. In addition, Bowser needs training to acclimate them to the workings of the collar. That can cost another $600 to $900.

Traditional or Wireless?

Some people prefer the look of an open yard. Others like the privacy and additional security of a traditional fence. Whichever you choose, bear in mind that costs and quality vary among vendors. Visit Angi (formerly Angie’s List) to find a dog fencing company in your area.

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