How Much Will It Cost To Install a Dog Fence?

Amber Guetebier
Written by Amber Guetebier
Updated January 11, 2022
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Highlights

  • On average, installing a dog fence costs between $1,500 to $8,000

  • This cost breaks down to around $10 and $55 per linear foot.

  • Traditional fences are available in wood, aluminum, vinyl, and wood composite.

  • Electric fences come in both above-ground and invisible underground varieties. 

  • Installing an invisible electric fence costs an average of $1,275.

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You love your furry friend, but even the most well-behaved Rover likes to roam. Keeping your dog in a fenced yard allows them the freedom to play while keeping them safe—and less likely to be that neighborhood dog that runs away from home. Installing a dog fence can cost an average of $1,500 to $8,000. Find out what to expect when it comes to the cost of installing a dog fence. 

How Much Does a Dog Fence Cost by Type?

There are a variety of options when it comes to building a dog fence on your property, but the two main categories are:

  • Traditional fences: These include those made from wood, aluminum, vinyl, and wood composite.

  • Electric fences: There are both invisible underground electric dog fencing, including wireless fences, and above-ground electric fences.

Traditional Dog Fence Installation Cost

The cost of installing a more traditional dog fence will vary based on two main factors: the length of the fence and the type of material. Overall, the average cost of installing a new fence is between $10 and $55 per linear foot. Below we’ve broken out the costs of the three main types of fencing materials based on 150 linear feet:

  • Wood privacy fences: $1,000–$4,500

  • Vinyl and composite fencing: $3,000–$6,000

  • Aluminum fencing: $4,500–$6,000

Cost of Installing a Traditional Wooden Dog Fence Near You

The average cost of installing a traditional wooden privacy fence differs depending on the region of the United States you’re in. Remember, too, that larger dog breeds may require additional vertical height to prevent escapes.

  • Arizona: $800–$1,775

  • California: $1,715–$4,075

  • Colorado: $1,640–$3990

  • Florida: $1,585–$3,610

  • Illinois: $1,805–$4,015

  • Massachusetts: $1.665–$4,155

  • New York: $1,740–$4,220

  • North Carolina: $2,220–$4,715

  • Texas: $1,675–$4,050

  • Washington: $2,125–$4,835

Cost of Installing a Traditional Vinyl Dog Fence Near You

Vinyl fencing tends to cost more but requires less maintenance and fewer repairs down the road. Here’s the average cost in different states around the country:

  • Arizona: $1,810–$4,250

  • California: $2,190–$5,000

  • Colorado: $2,390–$4,070

  • Illinois: $2,620–$5,630

  • Florida: $2,520–$5,415

  • Massachusetts: $2,575–$6,450

  • New York: $2,120–$5,200

  • North Carolina: $2,340–$4,230

  • Texas: $2,750–$5,601

  • Washington: $4,635–$8,240

Electric Fence Installation Cost

Electric fencing can come as an over-ground or underground option. Underground dog fencing, also known as invisible fencing, uses a boundary wire set in the ground around the perimeter of whatever area you wish to fence, which requires digging a trench and installing the wire. A transmitter wirelessly connects to the collar around your dog’s neck—if your dog leaves the boundary area, an electric pulse shocks the dog.

A Note About Invisible Electric Fencing

Installing an invisible fence isn’t an instant fix. The collar usually emits a warning beep before your dog gets too close to the barrier. Dog owners must take the time to work with their pups through positive reinforcement like treats, praise, and attention, for not crossing the barrier. If the dogs do cross the barrier, they will get a shock.

It’s important to note that many have questioned the effectiveness of electric fences. Some swear by them, while others say their dogs still ignored the shock and continued past the barriers. Many people also have strong feelings against using electric fences and whether or not they are safe for dogs. 

Amelia Weiber, PDT-KA, CCBC, fear-free certified, who runs Caring Behavior Animal Behavior Consulting and sits on the advisory board for Daily Paws, cautions that “electric fences can result in behavioral side effects and may not be able to keep a dog safely in the yard so they should be avoided as a containment option.”

Not all dogs, or dog behaviors, are the same, so if you’re considering an invisible fence for your property, talk to your veterinarian, who knows your pup well, to discuss any negative repercussions for installing an invisible fence for your pet.

In addition, some states, like California, or counties may prohibit the installation of electric fencing, so you’ll need to check local regulations.

Invisible Electric Dog Fence Installation Cost

The average cost of installing an invisible fence is around $1,275, depending on the type you buy. Most homeowners pay between $1,015 and $1,620. A low-end electric fence typically costs $400, while a high-end electric fence costs up to $1,900. This price typically includes the collar, charger, voltage, meter, and batteries.

The size of your property will affect the cost: a square, one-acre invisible dog fence costs around $2,005. However, if the site has rough, sloped, or rocky terrain, the price can go up.

If you have more than an acre, expect to pay around $2,835 for 2 acres; $3,470 for 3 acres; $4,010 for 4 acres; and $4,480 for 5 acres.

The average cost is approximately $2.40 per linear foot

Cost of Installing an Invisible Dog Fence Near You

Here are examples of the average cost of installing an invisible fence in various regions of the United States:

  • Arizona: $1,015–$1,615

  • Colorado: $1,245–$1,775

  • Florida: $1,220–$1,615

  • Illinois: $1,195–$1,680

  • Massachusetts: $600–$1,315

  • Michigan: $660–$1,035

  • New York: $1,140–$1,640

  • North Carolina: $1,060–$1,240

  • Texas:  $1,350–$1,880

  • Washington: $1,455–$1,640

How Much Does It Cost To Install a Dog Fence Yourself?

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Depending on your skill level, tools on hand, and how much time you have, installing a dog fence is something many homeowners choose to do themselves. Traditional fencing (wood or composite fencing) is most often the type of fence that gets the DIY treatment—when it comes to installing the more complex invisible fence, you will likely want to consult a professional to ensure that the wireless device and ground wire are correctly connected.

There are several things to consider before DIY-ing your fence:

  • The breed of your dog—larger dog breeds will need a higher fence

  • Local restrictions on fence height, type, and appearance

  • A permit is often required to install a fence over 6 feet

  • Whether you need to prevent dog fence fighting

If you decide to install your fence, you’ll want to measure carefully. While you won’t have to pay labor costs, consider this list of materials cost:

  • Concrete post for bases: $0.10–$0.50 per pound

  • Pickets/Planks: $2–$14 each

  • Rails (top and bottom):  $10–$50 each

  • Panels (6 ft. x 6 ft.): $40–$500

  • Posts: $3–$150 each

  • Post caps: $5–$50 each

  • Gate: $150–$500+

Of course, if you’d rather take Fido for a walk instead of spending the day (or week) building your fence, you can always hire a local pet fencing installer to do the job for you.

FAQs

Should you install a dog fence yourself?

Depending on the type of fence you choose and how big your property is, installing a dog fence yourself is something many homeowners feel they can take on. If you choose to install a traditional, wood or vinyl fence around your property, you should consider:

  • Transportation of the materials to your home

  • Tools you’d need: post hole digger, circular saw, level, measuring tapes, hammer and nails or nail gun, drill, ready-mix concrete or small concrete mixer

  • Time and labor: You might need a really, really good friend to lend a hand

In addition, don’t forget about possible permits for this type of work. There are also DIY fence kits, especially for vinyl materials, that come with pre-cut sections of the fence, but you’ll still need the tools to assemble it.

If you are thinking about installing an underground electric dog fence, this is a job beyond the skill set of many homeowners. It requires digging a trench around the perimeter of the property, laying wire, and then wiring it to the transmitter. You need a base working knowledge of electrical engineering to do this safely.

What is the least expensive type of dog fence?

On average, the least expensive type of dog fence to install is a standard wood fence, at $1,000 to $4,500 for 150 linear feet of fencing.

Is installing dog fencing worth it?

Adding a dog fence to your yard will not only give you some privacy, but will also give you peace of mind. Keeping your dog in a fenced yard and away from busy streets or other dogs is a safety precaution that makes it worth the investment.

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