Traditional Fences vs DogWatch® Hidden Fencing

Hidden fences are an outstanding way to keep your dogs safe in your yard, while training them to obey the boundaries of where they are and are not permitted to go. These fences carry a broad range of benefits, from being nondescript in appearance to being highly customizable and covering broad areas of territory.

Many people wonder about the benefits of DogWatch hidden fencing, and if it’s not cheaper and better just to erect an old-fashioned physical fence. The truth is, hidden fencing is better in almost every way when it comes to protecting your pet from danger and teaching them to behave as expected.

Traditional vs. Hidden Fencing

Traditional and Hidden Fencing each have a range of benefits and which one you choose comes down to your needs. For most people, the cost is the primary consideration and hidden fencing is far less expensive than traditional fencing. It’s also invisible and easily customizable.

Traditional Fences

Traditional Dog FencesTraditional fencing is made of either metal or wood, whether slats or mesh, and provides a physical barrier cutting off your yard from the world at large. They can provide both physical and visual barriers to keep your pet contained while also keeping them from seeing passers-by. They can be installed by you or by a professional.

The benefits of traditional fencing are that they keep people and animals out of your yard as well as keeping your pet in. They can also keep your pet from seeing outside the fence, and others from seeing in.

On the downside, dogs are very intelligent and if they want to escape your traditional fence, many will simply dig under it, or jump (or even climb) over it.

Hidden Fences by DogWatch®

Hidden fences, on the other hand, are formed by either placing an underground wire around your property or by using a wireless signal to set boundaries. Your pet then wears a collar that emits an ultrasonic frequency only they can hear when they get too close to the fence.

DogWatch Hidden FencesIf they cross into the boundary, they receive a bit of a jolt — it’s not enough to harm them; it just stings and teaches them that they’re not supposed to be there. This training takes a couple of days on average, and your pet will learn to stay within their boundary area.

The benefits of hidden fencing is that they don’t mar the appearance of your yard with a visible physical barrier. If you have a homeowner’s association that prohibits visible fences, a DogWatch system can be a perfect solution.

They’re easy to install and it’s much faster and easier to fence in large areas. They’re also completely customizable. You can easily, for example, use the fence to protect your pool deck so the dog knows not to approach that area in addition to leaving the yard. The dog can’t dig or jump around a hidden fence, and they are also exceptionally low maintenance.

Costs of Fencing

The biggest advantage of a hidden fence is the low cost of protecting your yard. While the pricing on any sort of fence — invisible hidden fences included — can vary wildly depending on the options you choose, the average cost of a traditional fence around a yard across the nation is around $2,388 total, with privacy fences ranging from $3 to $13 per linear foot. Add a security gate to the mix and you’re looking at an additional $5,000.

On the other hand, protecting your entire yard with an electric hidden fence, on average, costs just around $1,150, with a total average nationwide range from under $1,000 to just under $1,700. Of course, these prices can range greatly based on the individual options you want, the size of your yard, and the level of customization you need. To get exact pricing, you should contact your local provider.

For more information about DogWatch Hidden Fences and how they can protect you, contact us today!