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After much research regarding in-ground dog fencing systems, and after discussion with the folks at Dog Fence DIY, we purchased the Pet Safe Yard Max PIG00-1115 system. Installation of 1850 feet of 16 gauge wire and connections to the transmitter were made easy by following instructions in the owner’s manual. Placement of the in-ground wire was a problem in the beginning since we had intended to run the boundary wire within 10 feet of a metal building. Again, after consultation with Charles of Dog Fence DIY, the problem was resolved. After systems checks, we were good to go. With flags in place, our dog, Chance, quickly learned the boundary of his containment area. Several distractions tested Chance, and after a few static corrections, we have had no worry of Chance leaving the containment area. When installed according to instructions, the Yard Max system performs exceptionally well. Despite heavy rains, lawn equipment running over the wire, and freezing temperatures, the electrical components have never failed.
Without hesitation, we highly recommend this product.
After much research, we were about to plunk down $1700 dollars for a professionally-installed invisible fence on about 7 acres around our cabin in Vermont. Then I happened on the Dog Fence DIY website. I emailed a couple of tough questions and got back prompt and informative answers. So I took the plunge: and for about $350 dollars, and with excellent advice from the Dog Fence DIY folks, I had all the materials I needed. In addition, I received their excellent eBook, which was clear, informative, and extremely helpful.Since my property is a combination of meadows and woodland, I decided to lay the invisible fence wire on the ground, fastened with metal staples. It took about a day to set up, and maybe another half day to get the flags in, finish fastening the wire to the ground, and connect the system to the monitor. And voila: when I flipped on the switch, it worked.
We have a couple of hound dogs who follow their noses more than any commands, so I figured it would take a month or so of training. Since we were spending the month of august on vacation in our cabin, the timing seemed just right. We followed the instructions carefully, but after only two days the dogs were responding very well. So we sped up the process of training, and instead of it taking 3 to 4 weeks, it actually took only 3 or 4 days! Before the invisible fence, the dogs would sometimes run off and it could take hours to find them and get them back. But with the invisible fence, they were never too far away. The dogs had a great time and we had a great time, free of any anxiety about losing them. On top of that, of course, we saved about $1300 dollars.
Many, many thanks to the folks at Dog Fence DIY.
Recently I requested quotes from several fencing companies in my area. I quickly found that it was something I could not afford to do. Then I heard about Dog Fence DIY.com. I did some research to see if this is something that I could do on my own. I decided to purchase the Innotek UltraSmart In-Ground Pet Fence for my larger breed dogs. The training video is easy to follow and the system is easy to understand. It was affordable, simple to install, and works just as great as the other systems claim to. Thank you for making this an option available. This has been a good purchase for my family.
Normally, I bypass feedback opportunities, but I’m glad you’re asking for my opinion. I was ‘on the fence’ about doing this project myself (sorry – I’m sure you’ve heard that one before), and I’m glad I found your site before I tackled it. After reading all of the information you had available, I felt very confident I could do the job right. Your price on the dog fence system was very reasonable, and you shipped it out quickly, so I was also very happy with your service.During the installation, I found some of the descriptions in the system instructions to be lacking, so again I was back on your site for better detail, and found what I needed. Then the training…my dog Bandit apparently isn’t cut from the same cloth as the polite little well-mannered pooch in the training video, because he couldn’t have cared less about the beeping or the flags, or us coaching him to pull backward. After two weeks, we didn’t seem any closer to him understanding what the urgency was about, and didn’t feel good about putting on the metal leads without that. So finally, back to your site we went, found a different approach recommended there, and within two days had him understanding and respecting the flags. We started delivering the correction today, and he seems to be well on his way.
So thank you for the thoroughness of your information. I also coincidentally met a new neighbor today who was describing to me how he paid almost $300 for a new collar recently, and over $50 just to have his (well known) fence installation company representative come out to adjust the strength of the field for him. I smiled and listened, feeling like the guy enjoying the cheap airline ticket sitting next to the one who paid full price for his seat. Don’t worry – I’ll share your web address with him next time we talk.
First, I found your website very easy to use and really liked the product comparisons, that helped me decide which unit was right for us. The ordering and shipment were easy and timely. I appreciated all the info your site provided about the installation and really had no surprises as I installed the system. We really followed the training procedures and am happy to say that our West Highland Terrier (Winston) is now a happy boy. He loves his space and was trained after only a couple of corrections.The big test came just a few days ago when a neighbor’s dog came into our yard to play with Winston. As they ran and played we watched to see what would happen when the neighbor dog headed over the fence line. Well…Winston was right on his tail on a dead run but pulled up about 10 feet from the line and just watched as the dog headed back home. He loves to chase a ball, but if I roll it down our drive towards the fence line, he will just let it go.
As a final note, while installing the fence I mistakenly left the collar (with the insulated studs) in the correction zone and it became inoperative. I called Innotek and they explained what had happened and promptly shipped me a new collar and did not charge anything. I was impressed with their customer service. I think it would be good to include something on the site and in the booklet that comes with the unit instructing folks to not leave the collar in the zone. We love the fence. Thanks for the great service.
Scotty & Judy Mullins…and Winston
I recently purchased the Innotek 4100 from Dog Fence DIY. The previous owner of my house had the wire laid already and took his system, I called the old commercial installer and the quote came back at $1500 (ouch). So I did some research and purchased the equipment from Dog Fence DIY. In a few days the new system and collars showed up (earlier than promised), I plugged in the system on the following day placed the flags on the boundary and started training. By the way the training video helped a lot. I have 3 dogs, an australian sheppard, a jack russell terrier and a Shitzu mix. After a couple weeks the dogs are all trained and even if we forget to put the collar on they will not go past the line, no matter what (I guess they don’t like the shock the get, even on the lowest setting). One thing I might caution you is remember to take the collar off if they are in a vehicle (we forgot once). So by doing this job myself I have saved over $1000, thanks Dog Fence DIY for all the info and great service.
We have had great success with our DogFenceDIY. We have a fenced yard, but the dog we adopted repeatedly dug under or went over. You answered all our questions to help us pick out the right fence. I contacted your phone and email while I was designing the fence and your advice line answered all my questions and corrected some design flaws I had in the set up. The wire is attached to the backyard fence, and trenched under the gates. It was very easy to install; it took 6 hours. The dog adapted well to the collar, and is pretty smart, so he understood the training right away. The correction is set low, but it got his attention, and he stayed away from the fence. We left it on him twelve hours the first day, and he never challenged the fence after the first several corrections. We even left home for a short weekend 2 weeks later, and he never left the yard. Now he stays happily in the backyard, and still stays away from the fence even without the collar. He waits at the gate until invited out when we take him for walks. Thanks for all your help and for a great product.
We are pleased with our purchase. Questions we had about the product beforehand were resolved quickly and effectively. The documentation on installation was concise and easy to follow as was the training documentation. We had no problems with the install nor the training.We’ve had the system installed about 3 months now and our 8 month lab hasn’t breached the security line yet. And with the amount of chewing and digging this dog does, that’s good news for the neighbors.
Thanks for your services.
I would definitely recommend dog fence DIY. Their website is full of useful information, with both positive and negative evaluation of products. My WiFi system shipped rapidly and functions well.We had some difficulty training our Wheaton terrier puppy, who became petrified of going outside after the WiFi was installed. The expert at dogfence DIY offered helpful and constructive advice on this specific issue, which was greatly appreciated!
Dr Nick Barker
I am totally satisfied with your product. My sons and I buried 850 feet of line and put up flags at 6 foot intervals. I tested the collar to adjust the proper field and trained Rufus, our golden retriever, on a leash by walking him near the boundary defined by the flags. Rufus has learned his territory. My sons and I are confident we will soon be able to remove the flags and then the collar. Thank you DIY Dog Fence.
The information was helpful and it was pretty simple to install the fence. I tried putting it above ground and tacking it down with the anchors provided. That didn’t work too well for me. Caught the line in the lawn mower a couple of places. Buried the line and have had no problems.John K.
Hello from a very happy customer! I don’t generally take the time to send comments online, but I’ve just gotta say, this is the best investment I’ve made in a long time! We bought the Innotek 4100 about a month and a half ago to try to contain an energetic, jumping stray we took in and fell in love with – really not expecting it to work, but wanted to try it before investing in a 6? privacy fence for our back yard. She would jump the chain link fence and run full force into the woods. She would always come back, but the time she was away was very stressful.Just a few days after installation, she was aware of her boundaries and after 3 weeks of training on leash, we reluctantly let her roam on her own. I can happily report that now we can open the door and let her out unsupervised! We probably spent more than the recommended time with the training, but it was most definitely time well spent, as it now saves us 1-2 hours a day, not having to walk her on a leash in our own backyard!
Your site is one-of-a-kind, your support is excellent and your prices beat all the competition, local and online. Thanks for being there.
Great customer service! Very responsive to questions. The wireless system was very easy to set up and is effective in containing our dog. A beautiful feature of the unit is that it is portable. Training our dog was easy using the step by step guide provide with the product.
After deciding we needed to install an electronic fence system for our soon-to-be-adopted rescue lab, I started investigating the systems and costs. Wow, what a surprise! When I came upon the DogFenceDIY site and started reading, I was very impressed with the information available on the web-site and quickly concluded I could install my own system at a fraction of the cost. With winter fast approaching in the Upper Midwest time was of the essence and I couldn’t afford any mistakes or breakdowns in the installation or reliability of the system. All my questions via email or phone were answered in a timely manner and the installation was as easy and logical as promised. Thanks DogFenceDIY, with a little time invested in training our adopted Labrador is enjoying her ‘safe zone’ at her new home and the money we saved will go a long way toward buying food and training treats for her.
I found Dog Fence DIY by accident. It was a great find. Their website has a wealth of information and great tips on installation. I have a little over 5 acres and more that 3,000’ of boarder including a paved road that I would have to cross with a wired fence so I purchased a wireless unit. I was warned that trees and buildings would limit the range of this type of unit but I thought it was worth a try. The unit arrived within days of my placing the other and the instructions were good. However, after several days of experimenting with placement I found that the unit just would not work as desired. While I had in excess of 125’ of coverage in some directions, I had less than 50’ in others. Therefore I decided to return the unit. I requested a return authorization which I received within 24 hours. I shipped the unit back and a credit appeared on my credit card within days. All in all I was extremely pleased with the service I received and would highly recommend Dog Fence DIY.
I would highly recommend Dog Fence DIY to anyone. Conducting business with this company was a pleasurable experience for many reasons. First and foremost during this day and age it is rare to receive prompt, courteous and HONEST customer service. I had a myriad of questions and it was refreshing to correspond with people that truly know their products and are not simply trying to make a sale. Case in point: After conducting research on my own, I thought I knew what I should purchase for my situation. Dog Fence DIY reviewed my needs and re-directed me to a more appropriate system. Not only did it save me hours of labor, it saved me hundreds of dollars. We enclosed 20 plus acres over a weekend and the system works flawlessly.Tracy M.
I was so glad when I stumbled upon the Dog Fence DIY site. We have an existing fence that our persistent little beagle managed to find ways to escape. After much frustration we decided to run a dog fence system along the base of our existing fence. The Dog Fence DIY staff answered my questions promptly and gave me clear cut precise directions on how to install the fencing and how to train our beagle. It only took a few hours to install and our dog was trained in a couple of weeks. Our situation is a bit different due to our existing fence, but it was much easier than my husband and I anticipated. We have been very satisfied and feel much better knowing our dog will be safe.
I am very pleased with our underground dog fence. It took me about 4 hours to install the system but I did it all alone and with a shovel. My yard is almost 3/4 acre. I would highly recommend using the trencher that lays the wire for you if the yard is this size or larger. It would have cut my time in half for sure. We followed the training very closely and have had nothing but good results from the system. Training is by far the key to a successful outcome with the fence. It is really a simple setup and my Brittany really loves the freedom he has now. I would highly recommend one of these DIY systems as opposed to the expensive alternative (hiring someone to install the fence).
Installing the Innotek invisible fence supplied by Dog Fence DIY was relatively simple using the instructions supplied on your website and the instructions supplied with the kit. I rented a cable trencher (worth the rental fee in time saved) from a local rental shop which made laying the cable fast and easy. The only problem I encountered was unreeling the cable from the supplied spools. About midway through unreeling the wire off the spool, it snagged and broke the wire. I restarted the trenching and with a watchful eye on the spool, I avoided several more potential snags and resultant wire breaking. I buried all the single wire first, and then tested it with the twisted wire before burying it too.My layout was a full perimeter around the house which meant crossing a sidewalk and driveway. Your suggestions of deepening a relief groove in the concrete worked fine with a concrete saw blade installed in my circular saw. Tunneling under the driveway with a pipe didn’t seem very practical. I cut deeper at the ends to recess the wire deep enough so my lawn edger wouldn’t cut the wire inadvertently. Caulk over the top keeps the wire in place and hides it well.
Overall the installation took me about 6 hours (over two days) with about half the time spent doing the final hand burial of the twisted wire near the garage and installing the control module and twisted wire inside the garage. I used a small diameter PVC pipe and fitting to conceal and protect the entry of the twisted wire into the garage.
I would recommend your website instructions to anyone willing to spend some time installing the system themselves. Like any other DIY project you get the satisfaction of a job well done along with saving some money. Of course having experienced instructions helps!
DIY provided me with the knowledge, materials and customer service necessary to design and install my invisible fence system for a fraction of the cost of a professional installation.
I love my dog fence!! I don’t have to stand around in rain, snow , and sleet waiting for my dog to take care of business. When I leave the house for short periods of time, I can leave her outside which she likes a whole lot more than staying inside in her crate. We are both happier now that she can go out without me.My neighbors bought their dog fence from you because of my recommendation. Jim watched our installation following your directions and went right home to place his order.
This past Saturday, I recommended your company to a lady the local craft store. Casual conversation revealed that she had a dog and envied her neighbor’s dog fence. Of course I told her she should go to your website for the best price and best support. I’ll probably never know if she did, but Mitzi and I are very glad I did.
I can’t say enough about how happy we are with our invisible fence. When we got our dog (our first), we got a quote for having a fence professionally installed and were shocked at the pricetag. We kind of gave up on the idea until we saw DogFenceDIY.com. Your site not only helped us pick the best fence for our situation, but it also stepped us though the entire installation and training. At first, I was certain it couldn’t be that easy but I was wrong. Your instructions were fool proof. Very, very happy!!!
I purchased a Innotek IUC 4100 from dog fence DIY and what a great experience! I check around and even considered having a company come out and install a invisible fence, but decided that was much to expensive, so I checked out dog fence DIY to see if this was something i could do myself. Once reading the website and seeing how well it was explained and how affordable it was i decided that this was the way to go. They explained that the ICU 4100 innotek invisible dog fence was the one they liked best and went over all of its functions and how to go about installing it yourself. They gave me all the confidence I needed to know I could do this myself, it was and is great.Once I received my fence, which came in a very timely fashion, the installation went just as easy as they explained it on the DIY website. I don’t have a huge yard but i followed the direction, which are very clear, and all went well. I had someone help me lay the wire, I dug the trench and my helper pushed the wire down in the trench and pushed the ground back together, I recommend the two person method if you choose to dig the trench simply because it speeds up the process.
The training also went well, I followed the instruction CD and my year old boxer took to it great. He was fully trained by the end of the training session and I am so happy with my chose of dog fence DIY and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great site and a great product.
Very happy to report on our fence. We are so pleased with the way the fence works and know that our dog is much safer and happier being able to roam our 1 1/2 acre yard anytime she wants to. The fence was very easy to install; we buried most of the wire, but in areas that don’t have much traffic we just placed on the ground and used yard staples to anchor it – even mowing has caused no problems at all.I did do the full 3 week training with Katie (our dog) and it was well worth the time spent. Would recommend this system to anyone; and have done so to everybody that comes to see us and remarks on how great it is to just open the door and let the dog out.
I purchased my Innotek system in July and it took me (with the help of my two daughters) an afternoon to dig and install the fence that covers about an acre. I had already done the preliminary work of installing the control, and laying out the wire.It took about 10 days of walking my dog around the perimeter three times a day, but after that he knew how to avoid any shocks. He had two times where he forgot himself – once while chasing a stray dog out of our yard, and once when he saw the neighbor across the road. Once he felt the shock, he stopped in his tracks and waited for me to come and get him. He is not the smartest dog I have ever owned but he knows what he needs to do and I have no worries about letting him outside without my being there with him. I live on a busy road so this is one of the best things I have ever done to protect one of my dogs.
Not only do I highly recommend this product, but Dog Fence DIY was extremely helpful when I bought the product. I couldn’t be happier with the experience I have had with this company and this product.
were able to return the product. I always refer friends to your site when they mention invisible dog fences.
We purchased the UltraSmart System IUC-5100 from Dog Fence DIY back in April ’10. Before purchasing the unit, I did quite a bit of research on the different offerings out there, the pricing, and their effectiveness. I quickly came to the conclusion that DogFenceDIY.com had all the major brands at very competitive prices. What really sold me however was the massive amount of seemingly unbiased reviews on their website. Because of this I was ‘sold’ on the company but had not yet picked a manufacturer. That’s where Wes came in and helped me with the options.We have a little over 10 acres with cattle roaming on 9 acres surrounded by barbed wire fence. The remaining 1+ acres is a partially fenced homestead. This is the area we wanted the invisible fence for. We have a lab-corgi mix that is quite enthusiastic about keeping wildlife and the cattle in their place. On one border we have a neighbor with a dog that our dog loves to play with. Another border is along a rural road where people drive faster than they need to and others walk, sometimes with their dogs. So we were not convinced the fence would restrain her enthusiasm to play, follow, herd, or socialize. Additionally, when I check the cattle fences or do ‘ranch’ work, I like to take the dog on the adventure unleashed.
I thought the remote trainer would be good for this, and that is where Wes came in with his recommendation for the 5100.
I buried the wire in about 4 sessions along 2 of the borders and strung the wire on the bottom course of the barbed wire fence for the other two. My soil was caleche and limestone- loaded red dirt so the burying was not easy. I ended up using a pick axe to make the trench while burying as I went along. The rest of the setup was straight forward and no problem at all. I followed the setup instructions and placed the flags as instructed and got ready for the training.
I thought the DVD with the Innotek was pretty lame. It did give me enough to start training though and after a couple weeks, our dog started to get it. A couple of breaches were enough for her to gain a healthy respect for the border and now she won’t cross it unaccompanied even if her collar is off. I would say it is very effective…at least with our dog.
I have not really figured out the remote training Fob yet. The instructions generally suck. I’ve read Asian-translated manuals that make more sense. It could be that there had been a change in the remote controller without a revision in the manual…I don’t know. I never know whether its on or off. The tone does not work in that mode, as far as I can tell. I’ve ended up just not using it. So I bought more system than I am utilizing and would not recommend spending the extra dollars on such a confusing extra. I am very happy with the rest of it though.
Jake and Family
We purchased a dog fence in May 2010. It has been a wonderful investment for our Golden Retriever. He can be outside, where he loves to be, while we are inside. The installation was very easy and the one issue we did have with a defective collar was very quickly handled. We would recommend DIY Dog Fences very highly. They were very helpful and professional to deal with.
Jake and Family
Product works as well as advertised. Took only a few “zaps” over the first week or so and haven’t had an instance since in which she left the boundary…most times I don’t even put the collar on her if I’m also outside at the time. I was concerned at first with her hesitancy to go back in the yard after the first “zap”, but that resolved within a day or two. Absolutely worked as advertised…can’t say that about too many products these days. Also, I admit that I cut corners on the training period and steps and despite this it still worked-out great.Thank You!
We bought our Innotek Contain and Train system for our German Shepherd that was given to us by my mother. After we did the appropriate training, using the DVD as a guide, we had great results with our fence. The fence was installed over our 2 acre property and our GS dog never broke the barrier.In a twist of circumstances we had to give our dog back to my mother and install the fence in her yard. The relocation was as simple as buying some new wire( and flags) to install and moving the power module. The dogs adjustment was made in nearly a week and he good to go in his new home. My mom always tells me how much of a Godsend her electric fence is now when she needs to let the big brute outside. So that is a pretty big endorsement.
Our lovely puppy, Billie Holiday, wanted to roam the whole neighborhood, causing us to worry, not to mention neighbors worrying and complaining as well. We live on 1 1/2 acres which is mostly wooded in a dog-friendly neighborhood with very little vehicle traffic. Still, it was not fun to get telephone calls from neighbors a mile away telling me they had our dog. We had a zip line for quite awhile but this was very boring for her and she was not getting the exercise she needed. We finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in some kind of invisible fence. The day that we did most of the installation, Billie, on her zip line paid close attention to what we were doing and was very curious about the white flags and our mysterious work around the perimeter of our property. We only buried the wire where there would be foot traffic. In the woods we felt the litter would soon cover any sign of wire and along the rail fence there was no problem just putting it in line with the fence. We followed the training methods but it was if she already knew there was something about those flags that looked suspicious. The first time she got too close and got zapped was the last time.Immediately she identified those flags with being shocked and we spent more time training her to go across any of the perimeter when we wanted to take her for a walk on a leash than we did training her to respect her boundaries. Now she is such a happy, relaxed dog. She knows her boundaries and plays outside with sticks and toys, and us whenever we are outside. She has had neighbor dogs come in and when they leave she just sits at a safe distance and watches them leave. We have had a huge problem with deer. Today we had taken Billie into town with us in the truck and when we got home she immediately saw a deer in her territory. She left the truck running full bore, chasing the deer away and skidding to a stop just in time to not get shocked. I have plants that were being munched practically to the ground. Now that Billie is ‘free’ within her boundaries the deer are staying away form our property. It was money well spent!!
I have been very satisfied with the fence. My dogs may have another opinion, but at least they are alive to tell their troubles to anyone who will listen!My husband and I buried the wire by using a power edger to cut a groove for the wire. This made the installation very fast. My two dogs (German Shorthairs) learned to respect the boundary flags in a matter of minutes. We have used shock collars in their previous training, so they were very familiar with what this was all about. I still kept a close eye on them for the first couple of weeks, but they never challenged the fence after the first few tries.
I have extra wire, so we even use this when we are traveling to the relatives houses by just laying a loop on top of the ground and rolling it up on a spool when we leave.
We also got a pod for use with the collars in the house. This has really been nice when going visiting because the dogs are allowed to be on the couch at our house, but not at the relatives. No more scolding – just put the pod on the couch and the problem is solved.
The service when I was researching fencing options was friendly and knowledgeable. When it came time to place my order, it arrived in less than a week.
Tom and Sheryl Reynolds
I thought your website was invaluable. I got an estimate from Invisible Fence which was close to $2000.00. After reading your website and realizing that the actual cost for the fence (for a really nice one with the remote) was less than $400.00 I decided to do it myself. I actually found it very easy to install and it worked like a charm. My dog had crossed the fence one time before I even had the chance to walk the boundaries with him and he would not go near the boundary even when I tried to show him where the boundaries were. After one month we didn’t even have to put the collar on. He would just stay within the boundaries on his own. The thing that really helped me was how to find a break in the wire. My husband buried the wire and disconnected on of the connections. I didn’t really understand the directions that came with the fence I had ordered and your instructions were easy to follow and it took me about five minutes to find the break on the 3 acre yard.Thanks so much for your website. It save me a lot of money and a lot of time trying to find a break in the line!
Lara Muscolino, MSN
safe and have never wandered. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)At one time a couple months ago, one collar went dead, and a new one was shipped out to us right away, at no charge! Great customer service!Much Aloha,
If you’re even a little bit handy, don’t pay a ‘professional’ $1,000+ to do this. I’m not exactly Bob Villa around the house, but between the information on the DIY web site and the DVD which came with the Inotek IUC-4100, I felt well prepared for the installation process. Sure enough, in one afternoon I got the fence up and running with no issues…to the muted amazement of my wife and neighbors.Perhaps our Vizla is a quick learner, but I was pleasantly surprised at how short and simple the training process was with him. To this day, he has only been ‘shocked’ once and has never left the yard. Actually, we hardly ever put the collar on him anymore since he won’t stray past the boundaries anyhow.
We also discovered an added benefit of the fence system. Along with our fence, we purchased a couple Innotek Indoor Zone transmitters, and placed them in some rooms we wanted the dog to stay out of (at the time he was a new puppy and not house broken yet). Then I cut some old tennis balls in half, pierced a small hole at the top, and then pushed a training boundary flag into each one. Next, I placed these tennis ball / flags by the entrance to the rooms we wanted the dog to avoid. This inside process worked just as well as the exterior fence. After a little while, I removed the flags, but the dog still knows not to go into the dining room or living room. This was infinitely easier than trying to erect and step over flimsy gates As an added benefit, we can now just place one ball / flag by something (eg: a shoe rack) and the dog knows to stay away from it.
We bought the innotek for our 1/2 acre yard. Used a lawn edger to bury wire. Everything worked as promised. The only real big surprise was instead of two weeks of training, our Giant Shnauzer / Standard Poodle mix, who was at that time 7 months old, took only a few minutes. Approached the boundary in several spots in the yard with collar on sound only, quickly pulling back when it alerted – then switched power to shock mode.After only one time the dog refused to go anywhere near the boundary. I tried to put in some training time over the next few days but it was a waste as he would have nothing to do with it. It’s been 5 months and we rarely put the collar on him anymore as he will not even cross over for squirrels or deer.
I appreciate your product and service.
I am very pleased with the Dog Fence that I purchased from Dog Fence DIY. I installed it myself (it is surprising easy to install) and trained my dog using the very helpful instructional DVD. I had one problem with my fence because my neighbor had a fence, I called DIY and got my problem resolved with great advice.Can’t say enough good things about the company. Great price, great service, friendly, and good support.
We purchased the IUC 4100 in the spring. Since we have two dogs we also purchased an extra collar. We rented a machine to bury the wire and in about 6 hours we put a perimeter around an area of about 6 acres. We read the website info and watched the DVD before we started training. After setting out the flags we began training the dogs. We were amazed at how fast our 8 month old border collie learned. She recognized the flags and wouldn’t go near them by the end of the first day. Our other dog reached the same point by the end of the first week. Although the dogs seemed to be far ahead of the curve we continued the training twice a day for three weeks. We trained the dogs separately. After several months I think each dog has been shocked twice. They were enticed by the Amish horse and buggies that drive by often, a man on a tractor, a neighbors dog who wandered by, and me on a motorcycle. Each time they felt the shock they turned and ran away from the fence back to the house. Lately I notice that they run out to about 20 feet or so from the fence and lay down a good bark when the Amish drive by. The dogs are much happier with their new freedom. We are happier too.We have been very pleased with the product and the results. Our only negative comment is the collar that came with the package has a very stiff band and is somewhat difficult to take off and put on daily. The extra collar we ordered for the second dog has an excellent band. It is very pliable and is easy to take off and put on. Both collars work fine.
To sum it up, we are very satisfied with the quality, service, and price. We have recommended it to our friends and family and will continue to do so.
Todd & Melina Johnson
I am an avid do-it-yourselfer. So, when I found the Dog Fence DIY site, I knew I was in the right place. Everything that I needed to do the project was right there in one place. The educational, how-to documents were very thorough, extremely helpful, and walked me through the project every step of the way. I found the comments posted by other customers, and the expert’s responses to be very helpful also. And I was pleasantly surprised to have my own technical question answered within hours after posting! It was even easier to shop for the necessary equipment. The comparison tables and the expert’s comments made it easy to choose the right collar for my stubborn dog. And the prices couldn’t be beat, even with the shipping cost.Thanks to Dog Fence DIY, the installation and implementation of my invisible fence couldn’t have been easier. Really…it was one of the easiest DIY projects that I’ve ever done. And my new neighbors are no longer calling and knocking on my door to complain about my unruly dog.
Scott Depot, West Virginia
I am not very good at installing, fixing, hacking, upgrading or running anything… It is out of necessity that I hire people to do this stuff for me. So I was understandably nervous when my wife proposed installing an electrical dog fence ourselves. But I was convinced to try it after seeing how much it would cost to hire someone to install a fence around our roughly two acre property.We ordered all we needed from Dog Fence DIY and it arrived just as advertised. The instructions are very plainly written and easy to understand. Given the size of our yard and its relatively uneven terrain it took my wife and I a full day get the wire on the ground. And nothing worked… At first. I called and spoke with a very nice guy at Dog Fence DIY who put up with me being an idiot (for seriously hours) and patiently talked me through the very simple steps necessary to get the fence working. After some tinkering I can say that it was our fault the fence did not work – see the very first sentence above as to why. Since getting it working, however, we have had no problems. It really is a fantastic system.
A few things contributed to our success: the simplicity and reliability of the hardware itself and the expertise and patience of the folks answering the calls from idiots such as myself.
Mullica Hill, NJ
I am extremely happy with the dog fence that I ordered. It was easy to install since we used a tractor and a blade that opened the ground for us in most places. I then installed the wire by hand and covered the wire with fresh soil. Training my dog was quite easy. I would take her out on a leash and was the perimeter twice each day for about one week. I then began to tempt her and she followed protocol by not crossing the line. We have been using the invisible dog fence since two weeks after we installed the fence and have had no problems.This fence system was a great investment. I would recommend it to everyone.
I have been very pleased when working with DIY. They were very helpful and truthful during the research phase. Once I received my fence I called a couple of times regarding installation and received prompt response. After about 6 months I had a problem with the alarm system and DIY was very friendly & helpful with the solution.The fence has been great….My dog is in the yard ALL the time. I am very confident that the fence is doing exactly what I was expecting.
I have recommended DIY to my daughter and she purchased her system from DIY and also has been pleased.
Excellent customer service and fast shipping. I had a few questions for the actual fence layout that were answered with understanding and in great detail. The product itself was what was advertised – not more and not less. Easy installation for anyone who has done any kind of diy project. The installation took 4-5 hours including a surface layout of the wire, setting the transmitter and collar.We live on 5+ acres and have a German Shepherd that lives 100% of the time outside (days and nights, simmer and winter). The dog responded very well to the training (I used the same methodology suggested on your DVD). 2-3 days later the dog knew her perimeter, probably after day 4-5 she was completely trained for where she can go and where she can’t.
The fence is working reliably since day one, and I haven’t had any technical issues so far.
PS – if you need someone to testify that the system works in our climate (Canada – under the snow, in cold weather) – here we are…
Eden Prairie, Montana
We have very little top soil, so were relieved to find out that the wire for the system doesn’t need to be buried. We did cover it some, to keep deer from catching a hoof and breaking the wire.I stressed out quite a bit about training Dewi to stay within the perimeters of the fence. But I worried needlessly. He “got it” within a week, and I can now let him outside, on his own, with no concerns. We bought a little sister for Dewi this past autumn, and I’m looking so forward to her being old enough to have a stay home collar of her own.Thank you so much for this great product. I wish we had put this system in years ago.
We have been quite pleased with the fence. We installed it approximately 7 month ago. We were able to give our Great Dane the run of the entire yard (approx 3/4 of an acre) for $400. Had we not heard about the underground system we would only have been able to afford a small run for him when we absolutely had to leave him unattended. Now he can go out any time he wants and enjoy the entire yard.The only place we buried the fence is across our driveways. We also put the wire in small pvc pipe when be buried it, to keep rocks from piercing it. We have had to make 2 repairs. I caught the wire with the lawnmower. The splice was a simple fix. The second repair (i assume was also with the mower) was a bit harder to find as the grass has already grown over the wire in most of the yard. We followed the directions using the am radio method and found it after a couple of sweeps around the yard. Again, the splice was simple. Note: AM radios are becoming very difficult to find. I recommend you include one with the package.
We have had a bit of an issue with the collar. We only ordered one collar and I would recommend ordering 2 so you have one charging while the other is in use. The first collar would not recharge after it went dead the first time. We sent it back and it was replaced free of charge. However it took several weeks to receive. In the mean time we had to purchase another collar from our local pet store. We were told the reason it took so long was because they were out of stock. The replacement collar does not work very well either. We were already tired of messing with returns so we keep the replacement collar to use while the other one is charging. That is about as long as the replacement will hold a charge. I am guessing we got a referbished replacement.
It took us about 2 weeks to train our boy. We followed the directions fully and they worked like a charm. He was approximately 7 months old when we started. I think only 2 zaps happened before we were comfortable enough to leave him alone outside. I’m sure I will take a lot of criticism for this statement, but the memory of his reaction to those 2 zaps still make me lol.
In addition the fence does not interfere with our view or take away from our landscaping. I recommend it to pet owners over anything else I have ever used. I will probably always have a dog and I don’t plan to use anything else.
Everything was great! The fence and all materials arrived quickly and were easy to install. I fenced a three acre yard and have had no issues or problems. I haven’t had either dog out of the boundary once. We also bought one of the in-house units and my wife has moved it around from spot to spot re-training the dogs to stay off of furniture, from behind the drapes or by the cat-food / cat-litter. This has been quite effective as well.
For installation, I tried three different ways to dig the trench – a homemade “blade” attached to the back of my lawn tractor, a gas powered edger and a shovel. The shovel was actually the quickest as I just pushed the blade about 3” deep, pried the soil back, slid the wire in and then stepped on it to pack it down. It helped that the soil was moist. I was able to cover about 150 feet per hour.
The whole system, to include extra wire, extra collar, and in-house unit was about $525. The property previously had a unit installed by Invisible Fence. My wife called them and they wanted almost that much to come out and bring us two collars for use with the existing wire and controller, “set” the fence level and train the dogs. Batteries for those collars are proprietary, have to be replaced and are quite expensive. My Fence from DIY has rechargeable batteries which have lasted more than 2 weeks and recharge in just a few hours.
Des Moines, Iowa
One sad day four years ago, we lost both of our gorgeous golden retrievers when they briefly wandered off our property and on to nearby railroad tracks. Since then we watch and worry constantly about our dogs, but in the country it is impossible to keep your eye on them 100% of the time and sad for them when they are confined to the house.
I was never convinced that invisible fences could really work, especially with our little rescue dog, Henny. She is compelled to run out of the yard after other dogs, bikes and neighbors walking by. Finally we decided we needed to do something so I got online shopping for a solution. I was really impressed with your website – particularly with the straightforward comparisons with information about the strengths and weaknesses of each unit. You were quick to reply to my questions and we ordered an Innotek 4100, which arrived quickly as promised.
Given the cost of professional installation, I was prepared for a big job to install myself. In fact, it was easy. We dug the trench by hand, but since it was so shallow it went quickly. We had the whole install of 1000 feet done in less than half a day.
The training information was clear and we were careful to follow it. Of our two dogs, Henny was the one to push the envelope and get the first correction. She really paid attention. After the second time she is a believer and so am I. Last week we heard a dog on the street and Henny took off lickety-split down the driveway. We didn’t know what to expect, but when we caught up with her, she was standing there, 10ft back from the wire! A great success and relief! Our second dog has simply paid attention and never received a correction.
I especially want to complement you on your service before and after the sale. It is really a pleasure to work with an online retailer who truly delivers on promises. A great product and a company that is super to do business with!
I used a straight bladed garden spade to make a trench to put the wire into the ground about two inches deep. I used approximately 1000 feet of wire and it took me about a day and a half to bury the wire.
I followed the instruction book on training the dogs (two of them) with the flags and the leash to show them where the wire was and that I wanted them to stay away from it. After a month of training, I turned them loose in the yard and
have had only two occasions that one of the dogs went through the fence.
After a month of training, I turned them loose in the yard and I have had only two occasions that one of the dogs went through the fence. The installation instructions were very clear and precise. I am very satisfied with my system, and
would recommend it to anyone wanting an electronic dog fence.
Purchased a Innotek 4100 and recently started getting a periodic beeping that could not identify even after rereading the information. I placed a call to the DIY help line, call returned in timely manner
and problem solved quickly.
We are so happy we put in the dog fence! We put the fence around 35 acres and our dogs are free to run. We followed the training guidelines you sent, and it was easy to train our dogs. Although it was a
huge area, the installation was not difficult as we were able to attach the wire to an existing fence on 3 sides. And it was very affordable…. around $700 for all the wiring, transmitter, and 2 dog collars. We appreciated how
responsive your staff was to all of our emails and phone calls and helpful through the ordering process, installation, and return of surplus wire that we didn’t end up needing. I have recommended your website to several friends.
Thank you for your great customer service!
Ann Wolfe (and Stella and Lucy)
This spring we remodeled the home my wife grew up in and moved in June. At our previous house we had a dog fence installed by a commercial business in town and we were pleased. However I wanted to try
another route so we investigated various internet dog fence vendors and found Dog Fence, DIY to be the most informative as to the applications as indications for various brands and models of fences.
I installed the fence myself following the very complete instructions. It has worked flawlessly since instillation. One thing about this company that would sway me to use them again regardless of price differences from vendor to vendor
is their working with me on a return. I ordered two collars thinking my daughters dog would spend a lot of time at our house. As it turned out we didn’t need two collars and I inquired if I would still be able to return the second. My
call was returned promptly and the next day I was sent return instructions for a full return. It was certainly more than I expected.
Since then my daughter has ordered a fence kit for her house with equal success. I would recommend Dog Fence DIY without reservation.
Dr James Morang
Fantastic product….Very fast shipping, complete and simple instructions for installation…Had fence installed in only a couple hours and working…Great instructions included on training dog..was fully
confident on letting my dog run free within the confines of the fence in only a few days…..Great product…exceptionally good prices…what more could you ask for!!
Before selecting a fence, I called DogfenceDIY and spoke to a salesman who was very polite and helpful. He answered all of my questions thoroughly. Thanks to him, I felt very comfortable making the
purchase. You guys really do a great job of breaking down the pros and cons of the fence systems you offer for purchase.
The equipment arrived quickly. The directions provided were detailed enough that I had the fence up and running in short order. The training video was also very helpful. I have 5 acres fenced in barbed wire. I was very happy about
the fact that all I had to do was zip-tie the fence wire to the existing fence. The only places I buried it were where it cut across the driveway.
Once the fence was installed, I spent two days walking my dog around the perimeter and getting him accustomed to the warning beeps from the collar. Once I felt comfortable that he could hear the beeping, I set the collar on him
correctly and let him out into the yard under my supervision. It only took him about three times getting zapped for him to put it all together. From that point forward, anytime the collar beeped to warn him, he would immediately
retreat from the fence. Now I don’t even need the collar. He doesn’t stray past the fence.
All in all, I am very happy with the purchase. Due to the large area enclosed, I had to purchase extra rolls of wire. I think it was a $500 purchase (give or take) and it’s been worth every penny. If anyone ever has a need for a radio
collar fence like I did, I will be sure to send them to your site.
We are well pleased with our “dog protector” as we call it. Our property is bounded on two sides by highways. The “pound puppy” we rescued was a year old and had a reputation for bumming. We fenced about
five acres of our land-actually most of the wire is above the ground except for driveways and mowed areas. We followed the training guidelines with flags and staggered removal. Our “pound puppy” rec’d two shocks and has not attempted to
cross fenced in areas since that time. We have many tempting attractions with squirrels,rabbits, deer and other assorted critters crossing inside the fence. The dog sees and chases but always stops short of the boundary. We were gone
with the dog for six weeks and he remembered his boundaries upon our return. Now he is allowed out in the property with minimal supervision. Since he obeys the boundaries we are more relaxed with him being out and free even with the
highway close. (A former dog we had was unfortunately struck and killed on one of the highways.) Now we feel comfortable knowing our dog can have freedom and safety at the same time.
We are impressed with the battery life on the collar-I have charged it once in the five months he has been wearing the collar while outside-12-16 hours per day. Although it was an investment of several hundred dollars and training
time–it was money well spent.
We have 2 very stubborn German Shepherds who would run off at the drop of a hat and chase our neighbors cows. We have 40 acres, so they could be gone all day and we wouldn’t know where they had been or what
trouble they got in. Our oldest Shepherd came back with a bullet in his leg. Luckily, we were able to put a cast on and he is better, but will never be back up to full speed. We had tried everything to corral them. They would not listen
to our commands. I had them tied up for 2 weeks, taking them out for walks 5 -6 times a day. They were very unhappy dogs and I was a very unhappy dog owner!
I saw an ad on the Internet about the dog fencing and decided to order it. My husband and son put down 3000 ft of line themselves and put up the box. All instructions in the booklet were very clear. Within 1 day I could tell this had
been the product we were looking for. After 1 week they would not cross the line. Our dogs can now run free and they are much happier. This Product has definitely saved our dogs lives.
Thanks so much!
Jan and Jim Kennedy
I love my dog fence. It changed my life. I put in almost all of the 1000 ft wire that came with it. It did take some time but was relatively easy and my family (human and dog) are very happy with the
results. Also Dog Fence DIY had the best price, very easy web page to help me make the decision on which product buy, and great instructions for installing and training.
In these days of customer non-service, DogFenceDIY is a shining example of ‘how it should be done’ from a customer service standpoint.
When we bought a dog, I started to do the research about what type of invisible-fence to buy.
At first, this seemed like a simple choice for me, just go onto eBay and buy some sort of used system, cheap. The thing I noticed on eBay was that there are lots of cheap wireless pet containment systems, yet the ones from Innotek had
lots of bids, and the prices were not low….this tells me two things: one is that this is a product that people want, and the other is that it would be better to buy a new system, since I won’t save much money buying on eBay. Of course
the major downside to eBay is that it’s a gamble as to whether the product is any good, and you generally cannot return a product or get any customer service.
So the next question was, what pet containment system to buy new. I did some google searches and stumbled upon DogFenceDIY.com, which had some very useful (and even entertaining) video reviews of several pet containment systems. The
main thing I learned from them is that the wireless systems really do not work very well. Their company sells wireless and wired systems, so I do not believe this advice was not to ‘up-sell’ to a better product, but to provide valuable
advice. I have a background in electronics and wireless technology, and their observations about how a wireless system creates a variable containment area made perfect sense.
Ordering from DogFenceDIY was no problem, and my IUC-4100 system arrived within a couple of days, nicely packed in a box.
Now here’s where it gets good. Most any company can sell and ship you a product, but when there are issues, that’s when you learn if the company is willing to step up to the plate and help you out.
It turns out the Innotek collar that came with my Innotek IUC-4100 system was defective. Innotek promised to send me a new one, but told me it would take two to three weeks.
DogFenceDIY had the collar in stock, so I ordered a second collar from them, so I would have a spare and get the system up and running ASAP. When I placed the order, I mentioned that the collar that shipped with the system was
defective, and that I was ordering the second collar for a spare.
An hour of so after placing the order, I got an email from Wes, who indicated that he refunded my purchase cost for the collar and had already shipped me another collar. He asked me to ship the defective collar back, and that they would
get it swapped with Innotek on their end. All I can say is WOW! and Thanks! Since the collar is technically ‘part of the kit’, I did not expect that I could get just that part swapped out in a day or two, or that the company would
notice such an issue and go the extra mile like that. Two thumbs up.
Installing the IUC-4100 at my house was no big deal. For me the only issue was that there was no power outlet in my outdoor storage room where I wanted to install the unit, so I had to install that. I used my power-edger to dig a
shallow trench around our lot for the wire. Our backyard is around 150′ x 150′, and the only challenge was that I had to dig under some tree roots in one spot so the wire would not be exposed. It took about a half hour to bury the loop
wire. There’s a neat cable-burying tool you can rent for this job, but this was no worse than planting some garden bulbs, in my opinion.
The prior owner of our house, coincidentally, also had an Innotek 4100 system which they provided to us when we bought the house. Ironically, I sold that system on eBay since we did not have a dog at the time. For our house, it was
simplest to run the return-wire for the containment loop through the attic, instead of running it around the front of the house, as most people do.
For us, the system has worked very well. We have a one year old golden retriever who is very protective of our house and yard. It took a couple of weeks for him to learn how to use the system, and there have not been any issues.
The only problem of any sort was that the guy who aeriated our lawn did me a ‘favor’ and did the whole backyard, after we had agreed that he only needed to do a small part of it. The next day I had to spend ten minutes using the
underground wire-splice kit that came with the unit, and was able to fix it fairly easily. The IUC-4100 has several alarms, one for low battery, and another for a break in the loop. Mine was beeping to tell me the loop was broken.
Of course no system is absolutely foolproof, but overall, once the dog knows the containment area, he will stay in the yard whether he has the collar on him or not, (since he does not understand how the system works!).
If the collar is on him, and fitted properly, it will keep our dog n the yard, period. The only couple of times the dog has left the yard has been where we forgot to put the collar on, or once when the collar was too loose, and he went
off chasing a squirrel.
The second order I placed from DogFenceDIY was for the cool Rock-Shaped Barrier Transmitter accessory. My wife has a nice perennial garden, and the dog decided that he has a taste for a salad made of echinacea plants, and that the
garden rocks are the best play toys in the world, so he started digging them all up, eating several hundred dollars worth of plants, and making her a very unhappy gardener.
Like before, I placed the order and the product arrived fast, packed well.
The product works exactly as advertised. It created a containment barrier that was exactly the right size for the garden. To train the dog, I put the white flags to define the border to the dog for a couple of weeks and ‘presto’, no dog
in garden. We got a couple of similar-sized rocks and put them next to the fake rock, and kind of nestled this under a plant, and you don’t even notice the unit is there. (see attached photo)
A funny thing happened, though, two days after we got the barrier-rock. We had let the dog out, without his collar, and he went into the garden and grabbed the containment rock. So my wife looks outside, and there he is, chewing on the
containment rock. Priceless. He did not damage the unit, as only the little plastic cover had popped off. After a month of having the unit in place, he has not gone back into the garden.
In summary, If there is a business that you want to spend more money with, it is Dog FenceDIY. I have told at least five neighbors and friends about the company, and am 110% satisfied.
I noticed that a neighbor, who spent a ton of money with a professional invisible-fence company, got a pretty blue yard sign that says ‘invisible fence by xxxxx company’. I told Wes that if DogFenceDIY were to make such a yard sign, I would gladly put one on my property, and that they should make some signs like this as an advertising tool.
PS – The other night, by the way, a Coyote wandered into our yard. Our dog chased it like a squirrel, then stopped at the property line. It has been said that Coyotes sometimes lure dogs back to the pack by getting them to chase a lone Coyote, often a female luring a male dog. A Coyote pack is capable of killing livestock, so even a big dog would be at risk in such a situation. While this was probably just a lone Coyote out hunting for rabbits, it could be argued that the IUC-4100 could have saved my dog’s life. My wife asked me, jokingly, if I could put a radio collar on the Coyote, to keep it out of the yard, and has also asked if I could do the same for the rabbits who eat her garden plants.
The system (Innotek 4100) itself works very well and the customer support is the best. We trained the dog using the training manual, which was very good. Penny (Golden Retriever) can be a “ditzy, hard
headed, free spirit” with a mind of her own sort of dog. She got “corrected” twice on the lowest setting and now she knows her area very very well. The line was easy to put in with the machine we rented. The only problem we have had
is the line that came with the system has had 9 breaks so far, the 2 extra reels of line have had no breaks.
The training time, installation, and the product is well worth the investment. It’s wonderful to watch the dog enjoy her area (almost 3 acres) and not have to worry about her being chained when we are at work, wondering into traffic or
making mischief for the neighbors. I just wish all the neighbors had one.
I purchased the Innotek Ultrasmart Contain’N’Train inground pet fence with remote training system in the early spring of 2010 to contain my newly acquired hyperactive boxer puppy Roxy. True to the breed,
Roxy quickly became friends with the neighbors and would happily greet them as they passed by our corner property. She became so friendly that she greeted one of our neighbors in their shower. And that was the day I called the local
fence companies. After several estimates from fence and invisible fence companies in my area, I decided to try the internet and Dog Fence DIY. At a fraction of the cost to fence my 1acre property, I was able to purchase the Innotek
system, rent a small trencher, and install the system all by myself in a period of hours. I’m not an electrician or construction worker and I don’t play one on TV but the directions were clear and simple enough that a caveman could do
it! Its been about 7-8 months since my fence was installed and Roxy has only run through the perimeter 3 times. We don’t even place it on her but every other day and spends hours roaming the yard without breaching her limits. The
system works great, your customer service is excellent , and your staff was friendly when I had questions. I have already recommended your website to several neighbors and friends.
Thanks for the opportunity to express how satisfied I was with the dog fence your company provided and I installed myself with ease at my 10 acre estate. I ran a horseshoe pattern around the sides and
front of my property (1250 feet one way than back), with a 9 foot separation between the wires. I initially rented a 2 inch wide, 18 inch wheel trencher and immediately found out an edger, one that has a strong gas engine, works much
better and a lot easier. I used a Red Max commercial edger, but any gas engine edger would work fine. If you ground is hard, I would recommend, watering the evening before to soften the ground up a little. All I did was to cut the
small trench, you do not want a big gap because you want your wire to stay in the ground when you use a flat head screwdriver to lightly push the wire into the slot. By using an edger, the wire will not come back out of the trench once
you push in down into the ground. I hooked the wire into the transmitter/receiver and was in busy by noon that day. I placed my flags out, and never really took any time training by two dogs and in less than 2 days, they never went
within 10 feet of the flags, with or without the collar on. I am now, only after 2 weeks starting to pull up a couple of flags daily and have not had one issue with my dogs chasing runners/walkers or simply going into the street.
WITHOUT ANY QUESTION, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS DIY DOG FENCE TO ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING TO CONTROL THERE PET IN A CERTAIN AREA FROM EITHER GETTING HIT BY A CAR OR CHASING AFTER PEOPLE — THIS PRODUCT, WITHOUT ANY TRAINING WITH THE
ANIMALS HAS WORKED AWESOME!!. Thanks again for making my life a lot easier and much more enjoyable for me and my dogs.
From the time I received the fence I have been pleased with the ease of installation and support that I received from DIY. I did my fence a little different than most installations. I ran mine through the
woods to give my dog access to what they like, exploring. All in all it was very easy. I cut through one drive way and made a few connections between the standard wire and twisted to give my dog access to other areas and when I hit the
power all was good and it is working like a champ. I have and will recommend this product and service to whoever will listen.
Thank you for such a great product! While researching which fence to buy I spoke with one of your customer service reps and he was very kind and knowledgeable and was what helped me make the decision to go with Dog Fence DIY. We truly love our invisible fence! I thought it would be restrictive for our black lab, Lola, but it was just the opposite! By giving her boundaries we gave her FREEDOM!The installation of the product was easy and straight forward. We followed the training steps on the dvd for teaching Lola her boundaries and she was trained faster than expected. We have had the fence for over 6 months now and have not had one problem with it. It was so much cheaper and we were able to cover so much more area than we could have with a traditional fence.I love being able to just let her out the door and not have to worry.
Paul, Lisette and Lola Trueman
They are very helpful with any question I had. Great product! I live on 1-1/2 acres out in the middle of farm fields and have no fences. After training my german shepherd knows where her boundaries are and she will not cross them even when she isn’t wearing her collar. She loves running all over the yard. She will stop and sit close to the boundary when I leave the yard and wait for me to return to the yard. People drive very fast down our road so it is nice knowing my dog is in the yard and not on the road.
I very much appreciated your web site and the products I purchased. I liked that I could read all the instructions and tips before making a purchase of any kind.
We are using it on a 3 acre property for a Great Pyrenese Dog. Since the dogs job is to roam the property and keep the chickens from being eaten by critters he needs access to the whole property. The hardest part of the whole installation was laying the wire. It took Lori and I 3 full weekends to get around the perimeter of our property. We would clear a path through the weeds and brush and then I would make a shallow trench with the shovel blade. Most of the time I would just stick the shovel straight down and rock it back and forth until there was a “V” we could drop the wire into. There are a couple of places the wire is above ground because of large tree roots but it’s been in place for almost a year now and is working flawlessly.
When I went to train Duke he caught on so fast it was impossible to get him to approach the wire twice in the same area. Still I stayed at it for 3 or 4 weeks before we left him on his own. Now he respects the boundary very well. Which is good because his breed is known for expanding their horizons.
Your prices are fair and your instruction and information is superior.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
We had gotten a new puppy and wanted to keep it safe in the yard and not have it run into the street to “greet” the neighbors or anyone else who might be in the road. Not everyone one who walks likes dogs. We didn’t really want a above ground fence since the dog could dig under that and it would mess up the look of the yard. After calling a few places that installed dog fences, I began looking on the internet to see what I could find out. My husband thought it was something we could do ourselves to save some money. We were getting prices like $1200 for 1/2 an acre and 500 for an additional 1/2 acre. We were looking at fencing in about an acre and a half.I came across the Dog Fence DIY site and really liked what I saw. The products looked good and the videos were well made and funny. I did more research to see what we would need to dig the trench and how much that would cost. Looked around some more but kept coming back to Dog Fence DIY. I had bookmarked it so it wasn’t hard to get back to. I looked at the wireless system but decided it wasn’t for us. I had some questions so I called the number at Dog Fence DIY and they were very nice and helpful. I ended up getting the Innotek Ultra Smart IUC 5100 Contain and Train plus 500 extra feet of wire. We were able to do our own yard for about $400. We rented a trencher for $72 and had the fence installed in 1 day. We trained “Daisy” to the fence in about 3 days and she has been great with it and it is working great. I would recommend Dog Fence DIY to anyone and often do.
Thank you again for a great product and website.
My wife and I adopted a one-year-old, very beautiful, though very high-strung and independent-minded Great Pyrenees/Austrailian Shepard from the shelter. By temperment Pyr’s like a lot of territory and this boy’s also got the alpha-personality. We live out in the woods in Oregon but our 12 acres wasn’t enough. We neutered him but he still took off and came back when he wanted, eventually killing one of the neighbor’s chickens. Big problem!
The Innotek collar solved it. We trained him to the beep & the flags and all it took was one hit from the shocker to learn that we meant business. Now he stays on the property and will not go near the boundary flags. The Innotek is a good investment in a very lovable dog who would probably otherwise have gotten himself (and us) into all kinds of trouble and been shot dead by angry neighbors.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
I read some negative comments about the unit (reviews), but you offered a money back guarantee, and I decided to risk it.
Your website was great, no problem with delivery, I successfully used paypal. You were patient in talking with me before I made the purchase. I’m very happy with the unit, never had a minute’s problem.
We got out fence around March, for a Great Dane puppy who was around 10 months old at the time.I had taken her to puppy school and the trainer had a system that would do about 1/4 of an acre but you could add more to it. We started looking around for something to help contain her, and let her be able to run on our two and a half acres of land. My husband came across dogfencediy’s web site and liked what he saw and the price. I was concerned because of her size and would it work on her. I sent a few questions to them about it, and they got back to me right away. They are supper easy to get in touch with, either by email or by phone.
The information on how to set it up was very simple to follow and do by ourselves. As stated, we have two and a half acres of land and part of it is woods, so we buried the part for the land we use, and left the wooded area lying on the ground and used landscape staples to hold it to the ground in the woods. There video with training help/tips is great. I followed what they said and the training went great. I can now let her out in the yard and not have to worry about her getting in the road or running away. I have other dogs who do stay in the yard, and this allows them all to play and run about freely. I have a neighbor that walks her dogs on a regular basis and she would even run after them,to be loved and wanting to play, but now she stops at her boundary with no problems. She was trained in a matter of days, but I kept working with her for about a month to make me feel better. We have even forgot to put the collar on her and let her out and she stayed in the boundary. Both my husband and I agree that this is the best money we have ever spent. I highly recommend these systems to everyone. They are simple to install and use.
I was quite happy with my Dog Fence DIY. We found the wire easy to lay, connections relatively easy to make, and the fence has worked very well for our Australian Shepherd, who really likes to run, but respects the fence and stays away from the boundaries, no matter who or what is passing by!
The only suggestion we have is that the product directions are made a little more clear. We followed the directions and ran into some problems. Luckily, with a few phone calls to customer service, the problems were able to be identified and worked out, but we did figure out the printed directions were, in fact, confusing.
The customer service rep was VERY thorough and helpful, and in the end, all dilemmas were solved and the fence has worked beautifully ever since!
The money we saved doing this ourselves was well worth the few customer service calls we had to make to solve the problems we encountered.
Thank you for providing great service.
Whidbey Island, Washington
Charlotte, North Carolina
We have a Labrador named Cecil. He is a one year old puppy, but growing rapidly. We live in a rural area in Indiana on about one acre. As I was growing up we always let our dogs run free. However, the traffic has increased dramatically on our country road and we did not feel secure letting Cecil roam. I am not one for cages and/or chains. So, I set out shopping for an invisible fence system. Although inclined to do things myself, I knew nothing about these fences with the exception of growing up on a farm and understanding above ground electric fences for livestock. I stumbled onto this do it yourself website and immediately noticed how organized it was and easy to navigate and compare different fence systems. I still shopped other websites checking prices as well as info, but kept coming back to this site. To me, the way the product is presented on-line, the ability to compare, and the information received says a lot about who your making your purchase from. After several days of studying, we purchased the fence for the “stubborn” dog.I read the instruction manual through and through to make sure I understood the “dos” and the “don’ts”. I checked into renting a trencher, which would also self-bury the line as we trenched. Much simpler and would save some time. But, it was early spring, the ground damp, and I was aware that these types of trenchers require dry soil to operate correctly. Weighing the time I would have to wait and the expense of renting a trencher, I decided to pursue another option. I do a lot of gardening so I own my own roto tiller. I removed all of the tines except for one, set the tiller depth to about 2″, and I was off. The one tine worked perfectly, digging a perfect trench in width and depth. The only drawback to my system was having to bury the line and fill the trench by hand. A little extra work never bothered me and, by this method, I was able to take care not to damage the line in any way and was able to make sure it was buried and covered consistently. We ran our fence in a day and this includes crossing two stone driveways, which I trenched out by hand with a pick. We used 1/2″ PVC conduit to run the line within the driveways and buried it a little deeper just for added protection against the weight of vehicles and machinery.
I hooked it up, plugged it in, and it has worked flawlessly for six months now. We love it. The adjustments that can be made to the field width, as well as, the potency of the collar are great. The fence has had no problem keeping Cecil contained, but still giving him plenty of room to run without restraint. I have since added two small islands to protect a couple of flower beds.
One of the things that amazed me the most was how quickly Cecil picked up on the fence. I swear he knew what I was doing as I buried the fence and laid out the line of flags. The instructions state that it takes approximately three weeks for the dog to begin to fully understand the fence and I expected this to be no different for Cecil. He had it figured out within a day. We walked him around the perimeter several times as suggested. I believe the flags also play an important role. But, I cannot lie. The best training Cecil received was being zapped a couple of times as he attempted to cross the field and that was all she wrote.
So far, I love the product and have been very pleased with how it works. There are no weaknesses in the line surrounding our one acre and Cecil now has such a firm understanding of the fence he stays in the yard with or without the collar. This is a great relief knowing that he is safely contained within the yard. We have trained him to cross in one area. Took some persuading, but he now has a good understanding that without the collar and with us there he can cross safely. Any other time, he does not attempt to cross. This product was extremely easy to install. My only honest concern, at this point, is the longevity of the product. This will be our first winter with it in place. As with any electrical product such as this, time will tell. Would I recommend it, absolutely.
We bought the Innotek 4100 even though we have a rat terrier and a yellow lab mix. Dog Fence DIY was kind enough to send resistors to adjust the correction on the terrier, Thank you. The work around for this system works just fine. We rented a small trencher. From start to finish it took about a day. We installed on about 3 acres. The fence works great. The dogs are safe and the neighbors are happy.So we are thrilled with this system.
I received my order within 3 days! The Dogfence Experts Installation & Training guide is excellent! It’s worth the read and was extremely helpful. Installing the fence was pretty easy (I used the trencher machine) and it was installed in one day. My yellow lab learned the boundary in two days and I used the information in the training guide to do it. She was fully trained in 2 weeks, couldn’t believe it.5 months after the installation, we are so glad we made this purchase! The whole system works very well, we have had no problems with it at all!
I purchased an Innotek dog face from your website. The package arrived on time and in good condition. The instructions and web based help were clear and concise. The fence itself works as advertised. My dog, who can be excitable has only gone through the barrier twice, but I think with continued training there won’t be an issue.I would use your site again, should the need arise.
When our dog fence was cut by the landscaper during aeration, we were fearful of what the cost would be to have the original installer come out to our remote location to try to find the areas to repair. Was I ever thankful that I found Dog Fence DIY on the internet!The repair kit came to the house just as promised, for a fraction of the cost of installer repair. The instructions were easy to follow. We found both cut locations and were able to fix them ourselves! Thanks so much to Dog Fence DIY.
I was 100% satisfied with Dog Fence DIY! Your customer service was beyond exceptional. In terms of consumer friendliness, you surpass every Internet vendor I have worked with to date. Your immediate response to my numerous questions was extremely beneficial. You made purchasing, installing, and maximizing my electronic dog fence a smooth and enjoyable transaction.Thank you
As previous owners of a dog fence installed by Invisible Fence Co. we were sold on the benefits of this technology. Once properly trained (which is critical) our dog left the yard only once chasing a rabbit. He stopped on the other side and waited for someone to bring him back (the training worked). After that early incident, he never left the yard again in 4 years. With collar on we probably could have shut down the power and not had to worry. Subsequently, when moving to our new home in NC we chose an underground fence as the best method to contain our dog. Since the budget did not allow for the cost of having Invisible Fence install the system, and with our prior experience, we chose owner installation. The dogfencediy website was easy to navigate and very informative. Prices were exceptional for everything we needed to do our own installation. With our dog already trained, there was little to do but re-acquaint him with the fence.The shipment arrived within days of ordering and included the extra wire and hold-down brackets to completer the job. We have nearly an acre and decided to bury the line in the grassed areas and lay it on top of ground in the rear wooded portion of the lot. We trenched using a lawn edger, which allowed burial to a depth of approximately 2-3”. That was more than enough in the lawn areas and in most of the wooded areas we could trench. Where root systems were a hindrance we anchored it on the ground and covered with leaves and debris. We have had no trouble with deer or other critters here in Central North Carolina.
The DIY folks were extremely helpful when we had questions and helped guide us to the best items for our situation. We now have a functioning dog fence for a fraction of the cost of hiring an installation company ($400 vs. $2500-3000)
I installed the Innotek System on my 1 acre property and it has worked great. Installation was very simple and saved me alot of money compared to having it installed professionally. I received a bid from Invisible Fence and it would have costed me a $1000 more for them to do it for the same system basically.
I did it by myself on a Saturday morning and had the whole thing up in going in about 4 hours. I did rent a “doggy fence trencher” from the rental store for $75 for the weekend. I would highly recommend this route and get one that lays and backfills all in one shot. Any other way would have been very time consuming.
My dog Dino (Blue Weimaraner) picked up the system very quick. We used the DIY training manual and really went through it about half the time. He has yet to go through the system and I have it set on the lowest setting.
Overall everything was great from the price to ease of setup and the training manual provided.
Sure! We were very happy with the pricing and products purchased at DogFenceDIY. The tips and advice on training and install were very helpful! I did the job myself with the hardest part being the shovel pushing, not spending time making the fence work. Skeptical that the fence would work for ‘my dog’, I diligently did the training as recommended and, wouldn’t you know it, it worked! Even for ‘my dog’! The invisible fence is a real blessing for us and our dog. Thanks for your helpful website!With tail-wagging joy,
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Dog Fence DIY. I thoroughly researched my options when it came to purchasing and installing an in-ground fence and here are some notes on my experience with your company: Service: You and your team were exceptionally responsive, thoughtful, and professional in our correspondence. The BBB on your company had great reviews as well.
Delivery: The kit was well packaged, delivered fast, and easy to install.
Web-Site Functionality: Dogfencediy.com was easy to navigate, and simple to use. It was by far the best resource I found online for learning every aspect there is on in-ground fences; from installation to comparisons.
Value: The unit I purchased was priced below most competitors, but realistically, I would gladly pay more in the future in order to do business with your company again.
Reliability: My unit has worked flawlessly since I purchased it in August of 2010. There was one split (my error on installation) in the loop, but since I followed DIY’s suggestion and marked the splices, it was easy to track down the source and fix the problem.
Would I Refer a Friend: Already Have!
Will I do Business With DogFence DIY again: No question about it!
Overall, purchasing and installing an in-ground dog fence was an intimidating task. Being my first install, there were several questions, unknowns, and fears. Dog Fence DIY made this a simple process, and by taking on the challenge myself (with their assistance) I easily saved $1,500 over professional installation; for the same result.
I hope this helps, and if anyone is on the fence (no pun intended), I am more than willing to discuss my experience with them. Good luck in 2011!
We have a 6 month old Beagle puppy (Snickers!). She loves to be outside and NOT on a leash. We opted to work with Dog Fence DIY to implement a system in our yard so she can roam around and let her inner wild animal free!We selected the Innotek IUC 4100 after reading the good reviews. The price on DogFenceDIY wasn’t the absolute cheapest, but it was close. Combined with the ability to add on extra flags, extra wire, etc, as well as including the guide on installation and training, we felt that the value was there. The product shipped fast, and arrived as advertised.
Installation was a breeze using the included guide. It took me about 4 hours all told to install the fence on about a half acre lot. One recommendation I would make: use a cheapo edger to dig a narrow trench around the yard. It’s more work, but cheaper and more easily controlled than a power trencher.
Training was laid out in a wonderfully intuitive manner. It also worked like a charm. Snickers got shocked a few times in the early days, but after about a week she wouldn’t even come close to challenging the boundary. The adjustable system really lets you dial in the settings, and Snickers has never been happier.
I highly recommend Dog Fence DIY. Our experience has been absolutely terrific, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again in the future. I hope it works out as well for you as it has for me!
My name is Shirley and I would like to say thank you for your product “SportDog Invisible Fencing”. Before obtaining this system I tried every thing I could to train my Golden Retriever “Cheddar” to stay on the property. I never had any problems before training my other Golden Retrievers but Cheddar had a mind of his own. I was afraid that Cheddar would venture out on the road and get killed.
I looked on the internet and found this system. It was approximately one third of the price of the original “Visible Fencing System”. I made a phone call, asked alot of questions and then proceeded to buy the Sport Dog Invisible Fencing.
The training was easy to follow and I can honestly say my two Golden Retriever “Bo Bo and Cheddar” stay on the property and are safe. We live out in the country so even if they see deer, turkeys etc. they will run as far as the invisible fence boundary and stop.
I am so pleased with this product that I have purchased several for family and friends.
Thank you Dog Fence DIY!
The videos and research they provide on the various types of dog fences is top notch. With the help of the “resistor trick” I was comfortable selecting the Petsafe 4100. After purchasing the product I was sent a dog fence book via e-mail that gave me detailed information on how to set up the dog fence and train my dog. This book is much more detailed than the manual provided by the Petsafe 4100. From designing the dog fence (thanks for the gutter trick), installing the dog fence, to training your dog properly, this book is simply awesome.If you’re interested in getting a dog fence or just want to read up on how they work, go to Dog Fence DIY first. You won’t be disappointed and your dogs will greatly appreciate it!
My husband and I are very pleased with our dog fence system. We purchased the kit with the intention of fencing in approximately 4 acres for our two Boweimars (cross between a Boxer and a Weimaraner). We were able to borrow a small plow for our tractor which made installation very quick and easy. We had our installation complete with the assistance of a friend in about four hours. The installation instructions were very helpful and concise.I should have verified the setting on the collars prior to beginning the training. I unfortunately had them on the highest setting which frightened to the dogs during the first three days. I stopped for a few days and then put the collars on them on the lowest setting to get them used to wearing them. It really didn’t take long to get through the training and for them to know that when the collars are on that they have to stay within their boundaries.
I would recommend DogFenceDIY.com to anyone with the capability of performing the installation and training.
I am very pleased to give a testimonial for the DIY stubborn dog fence. It was the best investment I have made this year.The set up didn’t take long at all. Between 3 of us we had finished in just a few hours. But we only buried 600′, and the rest is stapled to the pasture fence. I started training right away. Following the training that is outlined, I was able to have my dogs completely trained in 8 days! They love the freedom and I love that they can run, safely! Even when the collars are off, and we are playing ball, the dogs will stop at the line if the ball goes past! I suggest this fence to everyone who has a dog tied up or stuck in a small pen. My neighbors have bought one now too. And Our dogs sit watching each other…never trying to cross the line:)
It is not expensive at all when you think of the health and happiness of my dogs.I am a very satisfied customer! Thank you for a great product!
The only thing i would like to see is the collar with a metal clasp. And of corse a smaller box…but I am sure it would be made smaller if it could be!
New Brunswick, Canada
I was very pleased with the service, shipping and the product. I have had the fence installed for 4-5 months on 2 acres. The installation was more difficult than I had imagined because of our hard soil, but the problem became much easier with a gasoline powered edge trimmer. Once installed, it only took a few days to train our year old Beagle mix. It only took three corrections for him to become a believer, once after a cat, once with a squirrel and once chasing other dogs. He loves to chase after my ATV but he will no longer come near the fence. Thanks for a great product that works exactly (even better) as advertised.Your prices are the best to be found.
I found your web site very helpful in deciding what kind of system I needed. The product comparisons on your site seemed objective, very honest and proved very helpful in my choosing the right system for my situation. I did notice an obvious lack of information regarding the installation of the buried wire. Fortunately, I was able to install the 3200 feet of wire I needed very easily by using a homemade plow pulled by a small farm tractor. The installation took about a day to complete. I also had unanswered questions about the use of steel conduit under roads and high traffic areas. It turned out that steel (EMT) conduit worked fine.I chose a system that was rated for 10 to 25 acres. Much of the perimeter is subject to traffic by livestock (mostly horses) So far the 18-gage wire has held up fine (since July, when it was installed). I do appreciate the ability to find breaks in the line, should they occur. I’m sure I need that capability in the future.
Overall, I am very happy with my system. I use it on a bird dog pup and two old beagles. The bird dog is fractious and the beagles are very single minded and head strong. The system works well on both these diverse behaviors. The dogs are happier now that they have the full run of 10 acres, and I have developed some confidence in their security.
My installation was mostly in the woods around my home. I only had to bury the twisted cable from the transmitter to the loop and some short lengths of loop where trails go into the woods. Connecting cables was easy with the installation kits.We have two dogs, so we bought an extra collar. The extra collar has a quick disconnect that makes installation easier. The buckle collar is sometimes hard to get adjusted on a Jack Russell terrier that wants to go outside.
The training instructions worked well. I have a Jack Russell and a German Shepherd mix. The terrier always stops for the fence. Sometimes the Shepherd will bull through, but he knows it! The collar definitely gets his attention. Also, as an older dog, I think he has problems hearing the warning beeps.
The website was very helpful to suggest the right kit for my installation. The only regret I have is that I did not buy the hold down stakes for the loop in the woods.
Thank you for recommending the Innotek 4100 to me and for providing such outstanding customer service. Having just lost our beloved dog to a car accident when he chased coyotes from our property, it was of utmost importance to find a product that would prevent that from happening again as we prepared to adopt a new dog.While the IUC-4100 turns out to be a great product at a very reasonable price, the real and very pleasant surprise was the personalized and exceptional customer service provided by Dog Fence DIY. I had numerous questions about the fence installation that were answered promptly, thoroughly and caringly. As it turns out, the installation went well and I felt that you were with me all along the way.
Dog Fence DIY went above and beyond what I would normally expect from a seller and I appreciate that very much. The fence is working great and my new canine companion, Rudy, is safe and secure. I will wholeheartedly recommend Dog Fence DIY to anyone who cares about protecting their pet.
I purchased the 4100 this fall. We have 2 acres we wanted to fence in for our 4 dogs. To have the fence put in professionally, it was going to cost me $1500 for just 2 collars. Plus, I would have to buy batteries every 3 months.I found Dog Fence DIY while searching the internet. This website caught my attention by how it was laid out and the ease of reading about different fencing systems. I also emailed a question about the potential fence I was going to buy and I received an email within the day.
I purchased the Innotec 4100 for my 4 dogs. It can very quickly and with no problems. The hardest part of the job was putting the wire down in the ground. I would recommend an edger to cut into the ground. We also had to go through our driveway 4 times, so laying the wire in the pvc pipe also took awhile to install. However, once we finished installing the fence, the 4100 works great.
It didn’t take long to train my dogs on the system. I can now leave my house with out my dogs chasing me down the road or chasing someone on a bike or walking. It is a great ease of mind.
I do have a complaint on the collars, the band of this collars does not like to stay on large dogs. I had 2 damaged. However I emailed Dog Fence DIY and they sent me the number to Innotek and I called and told them what happened. They are sending me to replacement collars…which is a huge relief.
I would defiantly recommend buying and invisible fence from Dog Fence DIY. They are very helpful and it is very easy to compare what fencing system will work best for you and your dogs.
I have nothing but great things to say about Dog Fence DIY! I was able to purchase the fence and all the supplies I needed from one source. The kit arrived in a timely manner and with the help of the free guide, installing the fence and training my dog was a snap!I have a .79 acre yard and installed the fence around the entire perimeter. Because of cost and trees, renting a trencher wasn’t an option for me. After some initial trial and error with an edger, I found the simplest way to install the fence was with a straight edged shovel. By cutting into the ground at a 45 degree angle to make a flap, I could easily lift the ‘flap’, slide the fence wire well under it, and pat it back down with no back filling of any sort required. I would HIGHLY recommend this method. It is monotonous, true, but very effective and efficient. With the exception of the driveway, I was able to get the entire fence installed in one day! I cut through our asphalt driveway with a masonry blade on a circular saw the following day, sealed it over, and I was done!
Training my dog was a cinch with the practical and insightful training tips provided in the guide. I liked the emphasis placed on correctly fitting the collar, and working with your pup to always retreat back to the safe and fun center of the yard when they hear the warning beep. Training progressed quickly, and within approximately ten days I could allow my pup to run loose in the yard with supervision. I was amazed at how quickly and easily he came to understand the boundary and more importantly, how to react when he heard the warning tones from his collar. Within two weeks, I allowed him to run unsupervised in the yard for short periods of time, and by three weeks, I knew he had it when he barked at a squirrel on the other side of the fence, yet made no move to cross the boundary and chase after it.
Thank you Dog Fence DIY for a safe, effective, and economical containment solution for my canine companion. We are thrilled with our fence!
When we got our puppy, a certified mutt, we thought that we might need to do something to contain her in our yard. When Spring arrived and the snow melted, sure enough, she was leaving our property in pursuit of every wild creature out there. I did a lot of online research, spoke to friends and family that have electric dog fences, and I narrowed down what I was looking for. Then I did more research, found numerous sites selling “DIY” fencing, but Dog Fence DIY had the most comprehensive information, friendliest staff on call to answer questions and give advice, and, to top it off, the best pricing!! With all of that to offer, I purchased the Innotec IUC 5100 with an additional 1000 feet of wire (surrounded 2.5 acres) and set about installing it as recommended. I rented a trencher from the local rental store, and pulled the wire within about 4 hours, and had the entire system up and running within 6 hours. After that, all I had to do was following the simple step by step training instructions that came with my purchase, and within a few weeks, our puppy no longer roamed outside the boundaries.We have been using the system for just about a year now with no issues at all. To me this is an important point, as our neighbors, who have now paid to have someone install their system and train their dogs, not once, but twice, still have problems with their dogs straying from their property.
In summary, Dog Fence DIY had the best product, for the best price, with staff and support teams to back up the products. It is hard to go wrong with that combination, and they are a business that I would refer people to. ”
New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
When our new weimaraner was only 8 weeks old we began searching the internet for information on underground fencing. After several website visits and phone calls to different suppliers we settled on DogFenceDIY.com and are very happy we did.
During our investigations we noted that the people at DogFenceDIY were not only easy to get a hold of but also very knowledgeable (and patient). We explained the layout of our lot and the areas that we wanted to secure and they recommended the package and accessories that would meet our needs. They were also very helpful in helping us to understand what was required in the installation process which, coupled with the illustrations and instructions provided in the package, made the whole project go very smoothly.
We have 5 acres and installed a system that covers about 4 acres and the whole installation process took about 4 hours (we rented a cable layer from a local hardware store). Again, we are very satisfied with the products and service (before and after the sale) provided by DogFenceDIY.com and recommend them highly to anyone.
Also, the information and training materials included with our package made it very easy for us to understand the familiarization and training process and our dog was trained within 2 weeks. We are very satisfied customers.
Gary & Sherry
Regarding Dog Fence DIY, we stumbled across the site looking for fence solutions for our dog, Fife (as in Fife and Drum, a high pitched flute, if you ever hear him whine, it would all become clear) He is an 80lb Doberman Pincher who loves to run. The cost of a chain link fence around the property was far too great, and the idea rather unsightly. After lots of research we starting looking into invisible/radio fence solutions. Dogfencediy.com was a wealth of information, the videos proved helpful and amusing. We ordered the Innotek UltraSmart IUC 4100 and had it installed in a few hours (that included a 2 driveway crossings, we cut one, it went fine and the disk for the circular saw was $3) We did not have to bury about 80% of the line just ran it through the woods and through a culvert in all we enclosed just over an acre.
Training, we followed the directions on your site and in the box, he got the gist of it very quickly and after getting corrected once he knew he did not like the consequences for ignoring the warning tones. In under a month he was enjoying the freedom of his new play area. He loves being able to run around the house and playing games in the back yard. He as been corrected a total of 4 times and now (after 5-6 months) is very respectful of the boundary.
We love this as well, it is by far the best thing we ever did for our Dobie, he gets to go with us to play and while we work outside and we have peace of mind knowing he is safe from traffic. We recommend in ground fencing to a lot of friends and specifically your site, as an excellent source of information and products for the do-it-your-self type.
We did have our first collar die within the first week of training it would no longer work correctly, it was quickly replaced and training resumed.
Attached are a few pics of Fife enjoying his new found freedom. We are thrilled with system we purchased and would recommend it to anyone.
Kris & Marion Kruswick
We bought the Innotek dog fence with rechargeable collar and although we didn’t install it right away (had to wait until our puppy was 6 months), we love this product. I read everything and watched the DVD to start training our puppy. The product was as described, and installation was easy although for me (being obsessive) it took longer than I thought. We used an edger to create the channel for the wire….used twisted wire to connect to the base (Which we located in our basement, a walkout). I have a feeling next spring we will add some more loops to keep the dog out of the flower beds!
My only problem was with the training. My puppy thought the flags were new toys! She used to rip them out of the ground. I ended up modifying the training and let the fence correct her much earlier. She immediately retreated and understood that the flags were not toys! It is amazing that she is trained and even if she gets to close, once she hears the warning sounds, immediately retreats! I do think training is key and wonder why people have trouble keeping their dogs in the electric fence. The product is very inexpensive compared to a “real fence” and it is so worth the savings to do it yourself and not have a fencing company install it. I will be interested in seeing how long the rechargeable collar will last. This fence also does not detract from your property…great for communities where the covenants do not allow fences.
Your company was wonderful to order through and I recommend you to all my neighbors/friends.
We purchased our SportDog dog fence to protect a young Siberian Husky named Henry. These dogs are known Houdini escape artists, very intelligent and they love to run covering as much as 150 miles a day. We have 5 acres enclosed for him bordering a lake. After wandering the internet we stumbled on to the Dog Fence DIY site, once I contacted them I knew who I was going to buy our fence from and which fence to buy. They answered the phone AND knew what they were talking about.
Delivery was prompt and as promised. Post purchase support was great and the fence itself installed easily. We ran the wire on an existing fence line above ground only burying at the gates. We went through the lake and finally about 75′ of underground culvert with the help of a chicken. It worked on the first power up and was easy to adjust the range. The range is very consistent no matter how far away you get from the transmitter. Since installation we have had one fence break. It was bitten in half underwater, we suspect a turtle.
Once installed I spent about a month walking the perimeter on leash with the collar and fence turned off. Our Sibe is very attentive and wants to please. He responds well to “No” but like most Sibes he will argue and needs a reason to do what you ask. If he doesn’t see the point, he doesn’t want to do it. Due to horses and goats I could not use the flags so I used marker paint to draw white lines on the ground instead. Once he clearly understood I didn’t want him to cross the line I turned on the fence.
I started with the higher setting rather than low as suggested and began walking him off leash. If he ventured too close to the white line I would calmly say no until he returned, if I heard the collar tone I would become more emphatic and even act panicked. He didn’t get correction for the first few days… then he decided to ignore me. When he got zapped I acted just as upset as he was, calmed him, petted him… he has never challenged the fence again. Once he hears the tone he stops and returns. He is not afraid of the collar or resentful. To the contrary he knows if he doesn’t have on his collar he’s in the crate so when I let him out he comes wagging his tail ready for his collar.
I’m very satisfied with Dog Fence DIY and plan to purchase from them again if the need arises. I will definitely refer friends and family.
Weaverville, North Carolina
I am very happy with the Innotek Ultrasmart 5100 Contain n Train system. I live in a neighborhood where fences are considered unattractive and unfriendly. My neighbor would be upset if I put up a fence even if it’s sole purpose was to keep my 100 pound dog in the yard. I was very surprised at how quickly my dog respected the boundary, he has crossed the line only once. Now he will watch dogs and runners go by, no barking, no charging the line. I live in West Central Wisconsin. There is over 2 feet of snow in my yard, minus 20 degree weather and the system works fine and I don’t have to go outside every time my dog needs to pee.
But, I wasn’t happy the first 3 weeks. I am a 60 year old woman and I intalled the fence by myself: 530 feet of wire to be buried, only 1/2 was grass, the rest was through woods on a fairly steep hill. This was not an easy job. Once the wired was all spliced and the control center mounted in the garage that is when the real frustration started. I had stray shocks all up and down my driveway and throughout my yard. The tech support provided by the company was not very helpful. They thought I had a defective unit and actually sent out a replacement. That system also had the same problems. I was ready to return the whole thing and hire someone to help me. Then I called the DIY helpline. A very nice man helped me to trouble shoot the problem. He patiently walked me through a number of steps. It turned out that there was a simple solution. The stray voltage was caused by my system being turned up too high. I was turning the “width of the field” button in the wrong direction. It was a combination of poor reading on my part, poor written directions and inadequate diagrams in the manual and no stop on the rheostat making it possible to turn the rheostat 360 degrees.
Now my system works great and I am now getting ready to figure out how the remote trainer works. My 100 pound dogs like to jump up on people when he greets them.
Blue Skies Organic Farm
We got the IUC – 5100 for our 2 Vizsula’s that are less then a year old. They on occasion were running off to chase everything through the countryside. I even had to pick them up at a house almost 2 miles away one day.After a day of setting up almost a 1,000 ft of wire the next morning I followed the instructions of putting the collar on our male and using a leash to walk him around. Each time the signal went off i would jerk him back and say NO. I then did the female, not paying much attention to the male who was now off the leash. He proceeded to trot our to wire and I noticed he got the ‘signal’. He immediately ran back to the house. We used it only when we were home the first week so we could make sure in case they broke through we would see it.
A week later I turned down the boundary so they had even more room. I wanted to see how close the pups could get. I had to hold my males collar to get him to get closer to the wire then he was used to. Once the alert chimed he pulled out of my grasp and headed for the house.
We are gone overnight on occasions for kids activities. This will allow our dogs to be outside and still provide us the comfort to know they are safe.