electric dog fence

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JTS Landscaping lawn, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. JTS Landscaping lawn

    JTS Landscaping lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    does anyone do anything with electric dog fences was thinking of adding it didnt know if was worth it. they are pretty easy to install im really good with electrical stuff.
  2. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Very easy to do and there is not anything electrical about it except plugging it into an outlet. It takes about 10 minutes to train the dog. Cost is about 200.00 to do a quarter acre and you can get about 750.00 for it. It will take you 2 hours to install it.
  3. JTS Landscaping lawn

    JTS Landscaping lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks yeh that pretty easy then just have plug it in was to sure about that part. seems like would be a good money maker then. think going to go and give it a try then see what happens.
  4. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Good luck. Very easy to do. Do one or two then go get some signs and you will make some extra money. Check this site out. http://www.petsafe.net/
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've been considering offering this service as well.

    Excellent! :cool2:
  6. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Petsafe has distributors relationship and you will have to check to see if there are any companies that are authorized to sell/install their product. I had to beg these people for information it took over a month for someone to tell me that my area was already taken. I hope there product is better than their service.
  7. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Just buy it over the net and no one will know the difference.
  8. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Installing the job is relatively easy. But to do it right will take about 3 hours for a typical half acre job. The hard part is the marketing and the dog training. I spend about a half hour during the first training session with the owners (10 minutes with the dog and about 20 minutes with the owners) and I come back three days later to do a follow up session. If you try to train a dog in 10 minutes - you will have lots of problems and develop a bad reputation very quickly.

    It will be hard to get a good price for the job if people think this is something you do on the side. You may want to start up a stand-alone business that just focuses on this service. There are several companies that will let you be a dealer if they don't have one in your area, or you can install the systems available to the public. I install several types - including dealer only sytems.

    The hardest part is the marketing. It takes a lot of effort to make the phone ring and there is no repeat business.
  9. tdf

    tdf LawnSite Member
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    I was a dealer for a brand called PetStop several years ago. I agree that you want to spend more than 10 min on training. The training is the most important part and your customers success or failure can depend on their commitment to training. Most of your time training will actually be training the dog owner how to train and the importance of not rushing thru it. The different systems available work basically the same way. The pro installed systems have bells and whistle and much longer warranties. Lightning is the biggest threat so make sure you sell a lightning and surge protector made specifically for dog fencing (panamax). You can get a conversion kit for a rear tine tiller to install wire without trenching. (search DMR dog fence trencher). I install systems on the side every once and awhile for $250-$350 with the customer buying their own system. This way if it breaks it is on them, I just stand behind the wire installation.
    Hope this helps, TF
  10. kaptaink

    kaptaink LawnSite Member
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    I find that using a power edger works the best for me. I can cut a small groove in an acre yard in about 20min, then run around the perimeter tucking the wire into the groove. I've tried several methods and this one is the quickest for me. I also always mark the corners so that when I have to repair the wire (it WILL get a break occasionally) I can quickly isolate which run the break is in, and just replace that section. I know there are slick tools to find the breaks, but this works for me.

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