What should I look for in a DIY Electric Dog Fence?

Dog Containment Fences and Product Help Centre


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15 Apr 2024

Benefits of Electric Dog Fencing Systems

We can not emphasise enough how important dog containment fence systems are and how beneficial they are to all dog owners. Benefits include:

-  Affordable price
-  Effectively keeps your dog safely contained
-  Easy to install
-  Peace of mind

What Type of Electric Dog Fence is Best?

Choosing an electric dog fence is all about keeping your dogs safe in the yard. Part of this process is finding the best dog containment system for your situation and budget. Your dogs are part of the family and their well-being and safety is of paramount importance. Taking on this Do-It-Yourself project puts you back in control!

Colorbond Fencing/Sheet Metal on Your Property

It's important to note that Colorbond or other sheet metal materials on your property may warp, distort or cancel out the radio signal wire.

If you have Colorbond fencing or sheet metal on your property, you will need a system that runs an FM signal through the wire. The DogWatch Hidden Fence brand manufacturers the only dog fence systems that are not affected by Colorbond or sheet metal materials.

Dog Fence Systems that run an AM signal.


If you want to contain your dog on a budget, look no further than one of our DIY dog containment fence systems! The average price of a dog fence for one dog is around $400. A physical fence can cost anywhere between $1200 and $1500 for an average suburban block.

Installation of an electric dog fence

Don't let the thought of installing your dog's fence yourself scare you off - even if you are not the ‘Handy Man’ type! Most containment system installations are remarkably easy and come with easy-to-follow instructions.

However, before you begin, there are a number of variables that you will need to consider:

1.  The size and shape of the property
2.  If there is an existing fence in place
3.  The area and 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 and draw out where you want the fence to go.

Knowledge of the System

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.