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Need an electric dog fence to keep your dog contained? An Invisible Fence* system can cost $2,000+. You can do it yourself for about $300. We can help. This free guide, shows you how to install an underground electric dog fence comparable to pros like Invisible Fence * for a fraction of the cost. This Dog Fence DIY guide shows you how to create a pet containment fence including:
An electronic dog fence system is a teaching aid to help you teach your dog their boundaries and keep them safely contained. To quickly get up to speed on the basics of dog containment systems, see our dog fence 101 dog fence guide here.

Step 1: Selecting a Dog Fence System

First, select a system. We have detailed dog fence reviews for all the available systems, that take your through the pros and cons of each system and help you find the system that is right for you. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our favorite overall system. The PetSafe Little Dog is the best choice for small dogs under 12 lbs. For large installations up to 100 acres, the Sport Dog SDF-100 is a good choice. There are also wireless dog fence systems available, although they have significant shortcomings.

Step 2: Installing the Dog Fence

Now, time for the dog fence installation. Start by planning the layout of your system. Learn about how twisted wire is used to cause non-correction parts of the installation. Once it comes time for the actual installation, there are a variety of methods. Some people will no bury the wire at all, stapling it to the ground or a convenient fence. Burial can be made much faster and easier by renting a wire laying trencher or using your garden edger. If you need to get across a driveway, we can make that painless too. Then hook up you system and start training.

Step 3: Dog Fence Training

Finally, the most important part of any containment system is training your dog on how to obey the boundaries. We start with a first week of dog fence training introducing the dog to the system, and show them what we want them to do whenever they hear the warning beep. In the second week we introduce the correction to condition the dog to obey the new boundary rules. Finally, we test their compliance by using your dog’s trigger points to make sure they observe the boundary even when tempted.
We know the tips and tricks to make a DIY underground dog fence job easier and cheaper. For example we can show DIYers how to get a dog fence system made by Innotek. the sister company of Invisible Fence* for a fraction of the cost. And we show DIYers how to use everyday garden tools to halve the dog fence installation time.
If you find our site useful, please consider purchasing your system from our online dog fence store. We can give you the expert advice that you can’t get anywhere else to make containment easy. We use our buying power to guarantee the best prices online, and have a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee. Our systems come with a FREE copy of the Dog Fence Expert’s Guide to Installation and Training, that you can instantly download upon purchase (worth $24.95). You also get a FREE Wire Break Kit with all wired systems (worth $14.95). The kit comes with an RF Choke that can be used with all Innotek dog fences (IUC 4100, IUC 5100, SD 2100, SD 3000, and SD 2000) to assist in locating a wire break. The Wire Break Kit also comes with extra wire and splices to provide you with the necessary items to repair a break. If you own a PetSafe or SportDog in-ground dog fence and need to locate a wire break, you’ll need the PetSafe Boundary Wire Break Locator.
If you have any questions about choosing a system, installing a dog fence or training your dog, please call us on 1-888-9-DOG-DIY or email us at We also answer reader questions in our dog fence blog.
*The Invisible Fence Brand is a registered trademark of Radio Systems Corporation. This site is not affiliated with Invisible Fence. Invisible Fence denotes one particular brand of electric dog fence available. Other dog fence brands include Innotek, PetSafe, Humane Contain, Perimeter Technologies, Dog Watch, Dog Stop and Contain a Pet.

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Davod October 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

I have a petsafe rf-1010 and the collar it came with which is marked rsc ul-250bm swr/1

is this transmitter compatible with the collars currently being made by petsafe? Also, the multi level correction collars, are those controlled by the collar unit or the fence unit?

I have a 35 pound dog and a 65 pound dog, I was hoping to be able to add probably a stubborn dog collar

ADMIN – Hi Davod,

I don’t believe it is compatible. I recommend contacting PetSafe directly at 1-800-732-2677 to confirm. The correction level is set at the collar on the PetSafe systems.

laura October 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

HI! I have decided to go with your 5100 system (with some extra wire) I am hoping it meets my expectations!

Can you change the battery in the collar or do you have to buy a new one? Also- How long does the collar last for if you cant replace the battery? I didnt see any replacement batteries on the website. Thanks for help in picking out a system!

ADMIN – Hi Laura,

The collar is all one piece. You’ll simply purchase a new collar at a discount when the battery no longer holds a charge. Most customers are experiencing 5 plus years of battery life. If you need the battery changed, you can do it through Innotek. It costs about $30 after the first year.

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