How Much Does an Underground Dog Fence Cost? (Solved!)

When most people think about fencing for their property, they imagine a traditional fence that is visible from the street. However, there is another option – underground dog fences. Read on to learn more about how much an underground dog fence costs and what factors can affect the price.

How Much Does An Underground Dog Fence Cost?

Prices for underground dog fences will range depending on the brand and the length of wire you need to create the boundary and layout you desire. A basic kit will cost about $300 and includes 500 feet of wire. An upgrade to 2,000 feet of wire goes for $400 to $500. For even larger yards where you splice several 500 foot spools together you can pay up to $2,000 for the materials.

You can save a bit of money for larger yards by splicing in generic 14 gauge wire (or the same gauge as your kit). Generic 500 foot spools go for about $50. Branded “underground fence” spools can be up to $200 for 500 feet of wire.

The kit usually includes a transmitter, one or two receiver collars, 500+ feet of wire, and boundary flags for initial underground fence training. Check out some of the top underground fence brands below for current prices and availability.

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SportDog Brand In-Ground Fence Systems – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Underground Wire Electric Fence – Tone, Vibration, & Static – 100 Acre Capability – Remote Trainer Option, Containment System
Examples of underground fences. Digging required but boundary can be any shape or size.

How Much Does A Wireless Dog Fence Cost?

Wireless dog fences range from $100 on the low end to over $300 to $400 on the high end. Most high-quality units cost $200 to $280. For a full explanation on how much a wireless invisible fence costs see our article at that link.

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PetSafe Stay & Play Wireless Fence for Stubborn Dogs – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand
Example Wireless Dog Fence (no digging required but circular shape only and limited in max size)

How Much Does It Cost For A Professional Install Of An Underground Fence?

Underground fences require light trenching to install the wire underground. Even though it only needs to be buried 3 to 12 inches underground, you can imagine this takes some work. Expect to pay about $2 to $3 per linear foot to install the wire and fence.

Training costs are separate and discussed below.

How Much Does It Cost For A Professional Install Of An Wireless Fence?

There’s really no need to install a wireless fence professionally. All you have to do is plug in the transmitter, charge the collar, place the collar on your dog, layout the boundary flags, and start training.

DIY wireless fence cost installation – $0

Perhaps a professional would charge your $50 or $100 to do this.

What Is Included In The Price Of Invisible Fence?

Again there are two types of invisible fence – wireless or underground.

Underground fences usually come with the following in a kit:

  • Transmitter Box
  • Thick gauge copper wire for the boundary
  • Splice kits
  • Boundary flags for initial dog training
  • 1 or 2 shock collars or receiver collars
  • Instructions

Wireless dog fence kits come with the same equipment minus the wire and splice kits:

  • Transmitter Box
  • Boundary flags for initial dog training
  • 1 or 2 shock collars or receiver collars
  • Instructions

How Much Does It Cost To Train Your Dog On An Invisible Fence (Underground Or Wireless)?

It costs $0 and about two weeks to DIY train your dog on an underground or wireless fence. See our full training on invisible fences here. It’s free.

Private dog training to train your dog at your house on your invisible fence will range from $100 to $200 per hour. You’ll need at least two hours per week for 2 weeks. That will cost $400 on the low end and $800 on the high end.

If your dog requires more time it could cost a total of $1000 to $2000 to finish the training. This is especially if they have problems with distraction training, a key element of invisible fence training.

How Does An Invisible Electric Dog Fence (Wireless or Underground) Work?

Underground fences and wireless fences create an invisible boundary around your property. They’re paired with receiver collars. When the receiver collar comes close to the boundary it creates a warning signal to your dog in the form of a beep or sound function, a vibration, or a small static correction (electric shock).

When properly trained this tells the dog to move back away from the invisible fence.

Both types of invisible fences use transmitters and that’s where they start to differ.

The Two Types Of Invisible Fences – Underground Fence And Wireless Fence

With a wireless fence, the transmitter sits in your house and creates an invisible boundary sphere around your property. You can adjust the diameter but that’s about it. It works great for small to medium sized yards that are roughly square in shape. Keep in mind it’s a circular boundary though and won’t count the corners.

PetSafe Stay & Play Wireless Fence for Stubborn Dogs – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand

With an underground fence the transmitter connects to a wire that you run around the length of your property. While this takes some work to dig it down a few inches, it also allows certain advantages:

  • Wired underground fences work for any shape yard, not just circular ones.
  • Wired fence wires can be chained together to enclose very large yards.
  • You can use the double loop layout to block your dog from getting in your garden or pool as well as staying within the yard. See our article on layouts and the double loop method here.
SportDog Brand In-Ground Fence Systems – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Underground Wire Electric Fence – Tone, Vibration, & Static – 100 Acre Capability – Remote Trainer Option, Containment System

Is Invisible Fence Worth The Investment?

Yes, if you have the time or the money to conduct proper training. Invisible fences will cost just a few dollars per linear foot installed and training can be free. Installing a full privacy fence ranges from $8 up to $15 per linear foot or more.

You can save thousands, especially for large acreages, using an underground dog fence or invisible dog fence.

What Are The Cheaper Alternatives To Invisible Fence?

Boundary training! DIY boundary training to prevent your dog from leaving your property is free ($0). Read our full training on keeping your dog in your yard here.

Installing a privacy fence will cost more than an invisible fence. It’s usually 3 to 5 times as expensive. However, no training is required to keep your dog in the yard.