Should I Go With A DIY Electric Dog Fence?

DIY Dog Fence –VS- Installed Electric Dog Fence...The Pros and Cons

What Type of Electric Dog Fence is Best?

Choosing an electric dog fence is all about keeping our dogs safe in the yard. Part of this process is finding the best dog containment system for our situation and our budget. This is where a DIY Dog Fence has some great benefits, including;

  • the price difference,
  • the ease of installation, and
  • gaining a better knowledge of the system

Our dogs are part of our family, so their well-being and safety is of paramount importance. So taking on this DIY project puts you back in control!

In terms of Pros and Cons, this is definitely won by DIY Dog Fence. The average price for DIY dog containment is about $340. Compared to the system installed, which is anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 for an average suburban block. That is a difference of approximately $1,000, which is directly related to the labour costs of the installation, and not necessarily the quality of the system itself.


Have the electric dog fence installed for you is a definitely a stress-free option.  However, installation should not scare you off. Even if you are not the ‘Handy Man’ type, most containment system installations are remarkably easy.

That said, there are a number of variables that we need to consider;
  • The size and shape of the property
  • If there is an existing fence in place. If so, the type of fencing
  • The area and/or desired layout for the fence
These variables simply require a little bit of forward planning. To help with this, draw a basic map of your property which will help greatly.
Again, the DIY Dog Fence approach wins this one. As we go through the information install the electric dog fence, we automatically get a better understanding of how the system works.
We understand that the wire has to complete a loop so that the transmitter is aware of any breaks that may occur along the wire. We know the importance behind the training, and how that relates to the welfare of our dogs. All of these become crystal clear when installing the dog containment system ourselves.
Having a fence installed means that if there is ever a problem, you have to pay for someone to come out and have a look at it. If we install the electric dog fence, we put ourselves back in control. Any problems that arise can be easily repaired, simply because we understand how the system works.
Installing a DIY Dog Fence comes with many benefits. Firstly, it isn’t costing us an arm and a leg – yet we don’t lose out on Quality. The installation is straightforward (even for the non-handy amongst us), and advice is simply a phone call away.