Guide to Invisible Fence Cost, Prices & Detail

Invisible Fence Cost for a 164 Linear Foot Project
Low Cost$164 – $492
Medium Cost$656 – $984
High Cost$984 – $1312
Average Cost$538 – $938

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Invisible FenceThis page of the Fence Guides gives you the details you need, so you can evaluate this option for your own yard. In our fence guides we aim to provide you with details about fence types and maintenance. All of our fence guides have helpful lists detailing the current fence prices in the market, we know how much of an important factor cost is in the choice you make when purchasing and installing your new fence. This guide is no different, and provides a full overview and breakdown of the invisible fence cost.

Invisible fencing, both wired and wireless, is used by pet owners to train their dogs and cats to stay near home where they will be safe from the dangers of cars and other hazards. These fences are also used to keep pets out of gardens, away from pools and anywhere else they shouldn’t go. The vast majority of veterinarians, the ASPCA and the OSPCA support the use of invisible fencing as a means to safeguard the well-being of cats and dogs.

When the pet approaches the fence boundary, a warning tone sounds and if they continue, a non-harming shock—some brands call it an electrical stimulus or static correction— lets them know they’ve gone too far. For most pets, the training takes just a short period of time, and from that point forward, your furry friends stay safely within their boundaries, giving you peace of mind and giving them the security you want them to have.

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How Much Does Invisible Fence Cost?

Wireless invisible fencing costs $300-$400 for a system that covers .5 acres. Additional receiver collars cost $125-$150 for most systems. Wired invisible fencing can be competitively priced. The added cost of the wire is offset by the need for fewer transmitters on large property since the wire carries the current. For a 1-acre perimeter, expect to pay $700-$1,000 for a professionally installed system. Additional receivers cost $125-$150 per collar. You can save several hundred dollars if you install the system yourself. Both types of systems use 5-10 watts of power and will add less than $25 per year to your utility bill.

Table 1: Comparison of Invisible Fence Cost for Standard, Mid-Range and Top Quality Fencing.

Fence TypeCost Of MaterialsInstallation CostTotal Project CostCost Per Linear Foot
Standard Invisible Fence$315 – $420$135 – $180$450 – $600$3 – $4
Mid-Range Invisible Fence$525 – $630$225 – $270$750 – $900$5 – $6
Top-Quality Invisible Fence$735 – $840$315 – $360$1050 – $1200$7- $8

Table 2: A Price Comparison of Invisible Fence Costs from Around the Web

CompanyCost Per Linear FootTotal Project Cost
Doggy Bakery$1 – $3$164 – $492
Fence Guides$3 – $8$492 – $1312
Home Advisor$2-$4$328 – $756
Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot. If you have a price we’re missing from our price comparison then please submit it on our price submission page for display above. 

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Considerations for Installation of Invisible Fence

A wireless invisible fence system can be installed, tested and adjusted in 15-20 minutes. A wired system for a 1-acre property can be installed in half a day by a 2-person professional crew. If you choose to do it yourself, it may take longer, especially if you’re hand-digging the trench to bury the wire. If you tackle the job, make sure you bury the wire at the depth called for by the manufacturer, and no deeper. Depths of 2” to 6” are most common. Gently curve corners instead of making a 90-degree bend in order to prevent wire damage. Also, don’t stretch the wire tight. Give it a small amount of slack to allow for contraction without breaking in cold weather.

Since this is usually not a DIY installation, most homeowners choose to get several written estimates so they can hire a contractor that ensures a quality job and the safety of their pets.

Invisible Fencing Style, Usage & Details

There are 2 basic types – wireless and wired invisible fencing. If you choose wired fencing, a small-gauge wire is buried around the perimeter you set for your pets, either your entire property or part of it. Some systems are wired directly into your home’s electrical box while other systems are plugged into an exterior outlet or one in the garage. The advantage of a wired system is that you can be precise with the boundaries you want to establish while a wireless system establishes a circle with the transmitter at the center of it. A second advantage is that a wired invisible fence system can be used indoors as well as outdoors to restrict pets from entering areas where you don’t want them.

Wireless invisible fencing will serve up to .5 acres with a single transmitter. For larger areas, additional transmitters are used to encompass the area. The wireless system plugs into a standard 110 volt outlet. The signal strength of the transponder is then set to determine the radius of the area in which you want your pets to stay, with a typical maximum of 80-90 feet in all directions. The advantage of wireless invisible fencing is that it sets up very quickly and can be moved easily. It is also portable, so can be taken with you when traveling or moving to a new home.

With both types, additional receivers can be added to the system to keep more than one dog safely within the boundaries you establish for them.

Common Uses of this Fence Type

Wired and wireless invisible fencing is used by pet owners who live in neighborhoods where standard fencing is prohibited or by those who don’t want to disrupt the view of the landscape with standard fencing. For digging dogs and climbing cats, it can also be used just inside a standard fence to prevent the pet going under or over the fence. It is also more affordable to surround your property with invisible fencing than with even the least expensive chain link fencing or picket fencing.

Maintenance and Upkeep of Invisible Fencing

Virtually no maintenance is required. When installed properly, a wired invisible fence should last 20+ years. The transmitter of a wireless system should last as long and so will the receiver collar unless damaged accidentally by a rough-playing dog. They are built quite sturdily however, and don’t break easily.

Wired and wireless invisible fencing is a wonderful option for pet owners who want to restrict the movements of their dogs and cats without the cost or visibility of standard fencing.

Frequently Asked Questions for Invisible Fencing

Invisible fences work with a computer colar worn by your pet. A full explaination of how invisible fences work can be found here.

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