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    I'm looking to install a 2 acre invisible fence at home for my two labs ... and there is a strong rumor that i might have a silver lab puppy coming in 4-5 weeks!

    Looking on Amazon at several ... Extreme Dog Fence DIY kit about $600

    Just had a quote from invisible fence, fully installed, training, services ... $2500

    What have y'all used?

    Thanks much

    Dave

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    I use the pet safe system that is completely wireless. Forget what it’s called. My 2 dogs are contained to about 1 acre. I know there is a way to use 2 systems together to extend your range. It was the best thing we did for the dogs. You have to have the right set up to be able to use the wireless system. You need a flat yard and the ability to plug the transducer in the middle. I have a business partner who paid the big money and had invisible fence do his. He says it was worth it for their warranty. I also have another friend who bought a no name brand on amazon and installed it himself. He also loves his. He did rent the machine to burry the line which made it pretty easy to install. I don’t think you can go wrong either way. I will never go without having a dog or dogs and I will never go without them being on some type of electric fence.


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    • #3
      I bought 1000 ft of wire from amazon plus the pet safe controller. The rented the cable sneak machine from Home Depot. Did about 800ft in about 2 hours with one driveway crossing.

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      • #4
        Bought a kit online for my dogs and installed myself. Rented a trencher which made it super easy. Big savings that way as you can see. I ordered from FlexPetz.com
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        • #5
          Hey let me know what you need we have a friend who is an invisible fence rep. Might be able to get you all the stuff if your installing by yourself.

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          • #6
            The only thing I recommend is not going cheap on the wire. I have had cheap wire before and had to fix it constantly. With my new fence I have solid copper core wire, I forget what gage, and I have had no problems in 5 years.

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            • #7
              petsafe system for 2 acres here....been in use for 8 years!! Over that course of time, two labs, a Bernese mtn dog and a great Pyrenees

              bought off of ebay

              bought heaviest guage wife offered (14 awg I think) and also bought a spool of pre-twisted wire (PITA to twist yourself, did that at my last house )

              Rented a bed bug with a cable attachment from Ace hardware. Basically you pull it backwards and it digs the trench, lays the wire and covers it back up.

              did the perimeter of my yard in under 2 hours

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              • #8
                If you do not want to buy pre twisted wire... just put the two ends in a drill and... it twists up very easy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gsxrjtt View Post
                  Hey let me know what you need we have a friend who is an invisible fence rep. Might be able to get you all the stuff if your installing by yourself.
                  PM'd ya

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                  • #10
                    We have had one that was installed by Dog Watch for about 10 years. We love it. It works really well. My husky is an escape artist. He tests it regularly (there is a zone where you only get a warning beep). Pretty sure I could just take the collar off my shepherd and she probably would never know the difference. My husky has gotten out during power outages before. And once when his collar battery went dead.

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                    • #11
                      We went with invisible fence because my male is very bullheaded and I didn't trust that the diy kits would work for him since it only hits them when they cross it. The invisible fence continues to hit them until they get back in the containment zone which makes it so that they don't figure out to just run through it fast, get one quick jolt and be free. The default setting is for 10 seconds but for very stubborn dogs that will wait it out, it can be programmed for up to 60 seconds. We have been happy with the service we have received, although as you mentioned it is substantially more money.

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                      • #12
                        ^^ This. We also have the system that continues to shock until they return inside the perimeter. Best system ever!

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                        • #13
                          I would recommend if you have a stubborn dog (IE a husky) get the real invisible fence. The endless boundary shock is well worth it where as right now with the Pet Safe fence I have two strides and they are beyond the shock and on an adventure. Don't get me wrong they will stay in the fence line but if something catches their attention (such as small prey) they are gone.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lakedrum03 View Post
                            I bought 1000 ft of wire from amazon plus the pet safe controller. The rented the cable sneak machine from Home Depot. Did about 800ft in about 2 hours with one driveway crossing.
                            Aw, just train her. She is a smart dog and you have plenty of free time. Morgan learned the yards of both of the houses we lived in while she was alive.
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                            • #15
                              I bought the Pet Safe system for "aggressive dogs" 9 years ago. It still works perfectly today. I installed it myself. I used my Honda Rubicon, a 3/4" piece of threaded rod, a piece of bent conduit, and piece of round stock steel to install the system to enclose 5 acres.

                              I have been extremely happy with the system.

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