Installing an invisible fence costs $800 to $2,800 on average or $2 to $7 per linear foot. An electric dog fence costs $1,600 to $2,000 per acre with discounted prices per acre for larger yards.
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Training your dog is necessary to help the pet recognize when to back away from the boundary line. If you don’t have time for training, professional dog training costs $30 to $80 per class.
An invisible fence uses a smart collar, buried wire, and transmitter to train pets to stay within yard limits without a physical barrier.
Here's how this invisible fence system works:
Invisible fences are typically safe for pets like dogs and cats. The collar gives a mild static-like sensation, adjustable for different animal sizes and sensitivities. However, some pets may feel stressed by the signals. Proper training is crucial for them to avoid such corrections.
The loop wire of an underground invisible fences lasts 20 to 30 years, if well-maintained and undisturbed. The collar's batteries last 3 to 4 months on average, varying by model and the frequency of correctional signal activations by the pet.
An invisible fence is buried 1 to 3 inches deep in most places to avoid tripping or lawnmower damage. Always test the wires before placing them underground. Sometimes installers need to install the wires deeper if the ground freezes often.
To train a dog with an invisible fence, use temporary white flags to mark the boundary. A trainer then teaches the pet to retreat based on warning sounds and static cues. Only remove flags after training is complete.
An invisible dog fence needs to make a full loop for consistent signal transmission. Any break in the loop of cables would compromise the boundary's reliability and prevent the device from working properly.
Invisible fences typically do function in winter unless the ground around the wire freezes or tall snow drifts block the signal. To ensure consistent transmission to the dog's collar, bury the wire deep enough to prevent freezing.
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