Electronic Dog Fence Recommendations

In Ground Dog Fence Reviews Wireless Dog Fence Reviews Dog Fence Recommendations
  • PetSafe YardMax
  • Innotek IUC-5100
  • SportDog SDF-100A Fence
  • PetSafe Little Dog Fence
  • Havahart Wireless

#1 Overall System: PetSafe YardMax

PetSafe YardMax
PetSafe YardMax

For most installations we recommend the PetSafe YardMax. It is a tried and tested fence that has produced consistent good results for the last decade. The fence has a good mix of value and features. We use the PetSafe YardMax with most of our installation customers and it is by far the most popular system in our online store.

What sets this system apart, is that it is the only wired fence that your dog cannot run through. It is also the only system that lets you set the boundary to extend only outside your yard (instead of both inside and outside) so it leave more space for your dog.

The system has five levels of progressive correction, that self-adjust to take into account the persistence of the dog. We like the long-lasting rechargeable collar battery, and featherweight collar. The collars also have the unique feature of allowing you to tell whether they have been properly fitted. And the system is compatible with wireless indoor and outdoor pods so you can keep your dog out of certain rooms or a veggie garden.

The Ultrasmart is best for dogs over 10lbs. The weakness of the Ultrasmart is that it can only contain a maximum of 10 acres so is not appropriate for very large installations.

For a detailed review of the PetSafe YardMax, including pictures and a video review, click here.


Remote Trainer: Innotek IUC-5100

Innotek IUC-5100
Innotek Ultrasmart Contain and Train (IUC-5100)

For both remote training and dog fence functionality, the Innotek IUC-5100 combines 2-in-1. The system includes an excellent dog fence, based on the PetSafe Ultrasmart. Plus, the system includes a remote control that can be used to control the correction on the collar from a range of up to 100 yards.

The collar includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery. And bundled with the system are the lighting protection module and twisted wire, both optional extras on most other system.

For this versatility there are some tradeoffs. While the Innotek 5100 is an excellent dog fence, it is only a mediocre training collar. The range on the collar is limited and for hunting or advanced training, a dedicated training collar would be a better choice. The collar is also bigger and bulkier than other leading systems.


100 Acre Capacity: SportDog SDF-100A

SportDog SDF-100A
SportDog SDF-100A

For very large yards (over 10 acres), the SportDog SDF-100 is our recommendation. The SDF-100 has a range of up to 100 acres, unlike most regular strength systems which have a maximum range of 5-25 acres. The SportDog is also useful for large yards in cold climates where the extra signal strength lets you power through accumulated snow.

Built by the hunting dog company, SportDog, this system is one of the toughest and most durable systems, with particularly excellent waterproofing. The system also comes with 1,000 feet of boundary wire twice as much as you get standard with most systems.

The main drawback of this system is the collar is one of the biggest and heaviest wired dog fence collars.

Small Dogs: PetSafe Little Dog

PetSafe Little Dog
PetSafe Little Dog (PIG00-10773)

For small dogs, (under 10lbs) the Petsafe Little Dog is the way to go. The collars on regular dog fence systems are too big to be comfortable on a small dog. The PetSafe Little Dog has the smallest lightest collar, and reduced correction levels making it the best choice for very small dogs.

The PetSafe Little Dog is also compatible with PetSafe Stubborn and PetSafe Deluxe in-ground dog fence collars. So you can use a full size, full strength collar such as the PetSafe Stubborn, or PetSafe Deluxe to contain other dogs using the same system.

The main disadvantage of the PetSafe Little Dog is that it uses a proprietary PetSafe battery. The battery costs around $10 and only lasts 2-3 months. But, if your dog is less than 10 lbs this is still the only good choice.


Wireless: Havahart Radial

Havahart Radial
Havahart Radial

For wireless or portable installations, the Havahart Radial-Shape Wireless is the best of the three wireless dog fence options. Wireless systems like the Havahart Wireless, PetSafe PIF-300, and Perimeter Technologies WiFi project a circular boundary wirelessly and therefore do not require boundary wire. That makes these systems extremely convenient to set up. However, you do pay for that convenience with a relative drop in performance compared to the best in-ground wired systems. Wireless systems (particularly the PetSafe and Perimeter models) have trouble getting through physical barriers between them and the dog such as walls, trees, slopes, etc. The boundaries they create are also less precise and can move several feet second to second. They are also slow, often correcting the dog seconds too late and stopping the correction too late. This all makes them less effective than wire based systems.

However, Havahart has recently introduced the newest wireless fence with the Havahart Radial-Shape Wireless Fence and it is clearly the best of the three when considering boundary consistency, timing of correction, and barrier pass-through. Of the two other wireless units, the older PetSafe Wireless is the second best with the Perimeter WiFi fence coming in a distant third. Based on our field testing, the Havahart Wireless fence easily takes the top honors and should be your first choice when purchasing a wireless dog fence system.




In Ground Dog Fence Reviews Wireless Dog Fence Reviews Dog Fence Recommendations

Our Most Popular Pages

dog fence driveway ~ petsafe containment system ~ petsafe fences ~ dogtra ef 3000 ~ dogtek ef 4000 ~ no dig ~ smart dog fence ~ petsafe stubborn ~ perimeter dog fence ~ iuc 5100 ~ dog fence trencher ~ dog fence installation ~ bury dog fence wire ~ sdf100 ~ petsafe underground fence ~ innotek ultrasmart iuc 4100 ~ wifi dog fence ~ dog fence training diy ~ innotek sd 3000 ~ innotek 2000 ~ pet containment fences ~ best electric dog fence ~ humane contain ~ dog fence review ~ wireless fence review

{ 271 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon August 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I have a 1.4 year old golden retriever that has a mind of her own, so training her to stay in our yard loose has been very challenging. We are looking at purchasing a wireless fence, but unsure of which one (Havahart Radial or the Petsafe Pet & stay). We only have about 1.25 acres and our house is on top of some of that. It is a rectangular parcel, but we really don’t want her much in front anyways. I want to get a recommendation on which product to purchase and also an explanation of how my dog won’t get stuck on the other side of the fence if she gets through. Your help is appreciated!

ADMIN – Hi Shannon, I would recommend the Stay + Play as the best wireless dog fence for your situation. The Stay + Play is a much more user friendly and the dog fence collar is a much better product than the Havahart collar. The system has a safety shut off so, the collar will go dormant in the event your dog remained outside of the boundary radius too long. The collar will not keep the dog out. It will simply reset when it re-enters the boundary.

Josh July 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I am looking at getting a german shorthaired pointer with 3/4 acres flat land. Would the petsafe yardmax be the best solution for this dog? is there another option that would be better? my fear is they tend not to feel pain and run right through the fence if it saw a bunny or cat

ADMIN – Hi Josh, yes, the PetSafe YardMax is the fence we are recommending for larger, more stubborn dogs. The YardMax has a sustained correction that cannot be breached by a fast moving dog. With good training, you should expect 100% containment from even the most hard headed breeds.

Jan July 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I have a digger. This part blue heeler also figured out how to push the neighbors rotted fence boards off. Our yard is half an acre. No escapes is my goal. What’s your suggestion. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Jan, the PetSafe YardMax used in the traditional mode is a great dog fence choice. It will be strong enough to keep your Heeler off the fence and the collar is waterproof and rechargeable.

Kerri July 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

We have a 12 lb dachshund and are looking to get a German short hair puppy, will get up to 55lbs. We have a 1/2 acre lot and would like to buy something that will work for both dogs. We have heard that the boundaries can be different for the different size dogs 3 ft for the small and 10 ft for large. This could be confusing for the two. Any recommendations or comments would be appreciated.

ADMIN – Hi Kerri, if you go with the new PetSafe YardMax, you can avoid this problem because both dogs will wear the same collar. The issue you speak of can happen when you mix and match collars from different PetSafe fences.

Jamie June 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Hello, we have a 5lb Chihuahua and a 25lb boxer mix we would only need to fence 1acre. Is there a fence that would work for both on the same system?

ADMIN – Hi Jamie, the best dog fence for your 2 dogs is the PetSafe Little Dog with the PetSafe Deluxe collar added in for the boxer.

Mark in Oklahoma June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Hello Thanks for all the info on your website. Because of it we are purchasing a PetSafe YardMax from you to replace a Dogtek EF-4000 since I like the yard maximizing of the true run-thru protection ans the old system is starting to act up. She got shocked when the old fence wasn’t working properly and now she has some trust issues. We just installed 800′ of high quality 14 gauge wire with 45 mil coating two weeks ago so it should be plug and play with the YardMax system. My questions concern re-training our Pit mix Grace. We moved parts the fence to give here more room to roam when we installed the in ground 14 gauge wire, but she will not go near the old areas even though I have walked her thru them multiple times showing her she will not be shocked. With the new style containment of the YardMax she will have more room but I doubt she will use it. How do we recalibrate her brain to the new system and boundaries? I want to regain her confidence so she knows she can trust what we say. Thanks Mark

ADMIN – Hi Mark, the best thing you can do is set up flags to the new layout and then spend regular time in the yard playing with Grace. She needs time to adjust to the new boundary on her own. I would set the collar initially to beep only and see how she does. Use treats and toys to help relax her. She will grow more confident over time.

Suzana June 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

Hello, We just purchase 10 weeks old Bernese Mountain dog and looking to purchase underground wired fence. Our property is little over one acre. What do you recommend? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Suzana, the best dog fence for your Bernese Mountain dog is the PetSafe YardMax. The collar is lightweight and rechargeable. The YardMax mode means your dog will be able to enjoy the whole acre. We recommend begin training around 6 months old or as soon as your dog can master basic commands like sit and stay.

Laura E June 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

We’re moving to a a new home on 5 acres and have an 80 lb large dog that loves to wander and jump fences. What do you recommend as a fence options either wired or wireless? We also have a medium size dog 40 lbs, that would share the fence as well.

ADMIN – Hi Laura, we definitely recommend a wired dog fence over a wireless dog fence. The wired fence is completely customizable to your property and is highly reliable. The PetSafe YardMax is my recommendation for your property and your large and medium sized dogs.

Shane April 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I have 2 dogs a 40lbs Australian cattle dog and a 75lbs shepard/lab mix and we have a public walking trail in our back yard so the wireless systems are out of the question we have about 2.4 acres and I will need to cross our drive way once. 1 what is the best system. 2 how do I cross my asphalt driveway

ADMIN – Hi Shane, for your Australian cattle dog and 75 lb lab mix, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. The collar has enough correction strength of your dog’s breed and size. Unless you have a culvert to run the wire through or a natural break in the asphalt to tuck the wire down into, the only option is to cut the asphalt with a circular saw with a masonry blade.

Jimmy R. April 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hello, I have 2 huge dogs a German shepherd and a mastiff ranging up to 140lbs.
What unit would you recommend for a front yard and a barrier to protect dogs from running out of the fence when it is open? Since the whole back yard is fenced in I just worry about front yard and the gate side of the property. Thanks Jimmy R.

ADMIN – Hi Jimmy, for large dogs like you have, we recommend the PetSafe Stubborn. It is designed for dogs over 100 lbs and delivers the higher correction levels needed to contain such large dogs.

Don Brown April 20, 2014 at 10:16 pm

One of your replies mentioned “pods” I need to know who to contact so I can purchase a system – wireless – to keep our lab out of the flower gardens and small ponds within the gardens

ADMIN – Hi Don, you will want to go with the Outdoor Rock.

Diane sweeney April 20, 2014 at 12:20 am

Hello what system would you recommend for two puggles and that there is an invisafence on one of the corners of our lot that has 2 dogs on it. One of our dogs is feisty when he hears other dogs. Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Diane, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your 2 puggles as long as they are over 10 lbs. For the corner mentioned, I would recommend installing the wire over the corner to avoid interference.

Gloria April 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

I have a 4 year old giant schnauzer and a 50 x 150 lot. What system do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Gloria, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Schnauzer. The collar is lightweight but contains plenty of correction level options for your dog. The YardMax is also perfect for smaller properties.

Andy April 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

We have a GSP that recently found out she can jump the fence – we are looking to use the Sportdog for durability and its ability to be moved to a larger area if we upgrade to a rural house with extra space. Before I plan for something like this in the future and get more than we currently need, is there anything in the works that will plot a boundary using GPS coordinates? The other customizable wireless options seem to be to inconsistent in their boundaries that I am not comfortable spending the extra money to purchase them until they have their wrinkles ironed out. Thanks – Andy

ADMIN – Hi Andy, there is not a good option currently or in the works for a GPS fence with programmable coordinates. That would be great though. As for the SportDog, that is a great fence and would be good match for your GSP if you chose to go that route.

jim March 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

What system would you recommend for a German shorthaired pointer? She is extremely active and tends to follow her nose even when she knows it is wrong. She minds well on and off a leash except for one command when off the leash: Come. She will look both ways and off she goes.

thank you,

jim

Ray Thompson March 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Need recommendation on proper in ground fence for our two dogs. We have a Shih tau and have added Labrador puppy to our family. What fence is good to cover both small and large breed dogs? We have a lot of wildlife and want to start out early teaching our new dog to stay in the yard. 1.5 acres. Tbx

Lily February 16, 2014 at 4:24 am

hi we have 3 dogs german shep/lab a queensland/lab/pit and a tick hound. we are moving to a new place with out a fenced area and I want my dogs to beable to roam outside. Its about a half acre but because I have dogs at different levels of stubborness and size I am not sure whats best for me.
thanks, lily

Joan January 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

We need to contain our roaming English Setter, Hank, at summer camp. The issues are water (he loves to swim) and a giant hillside. Are there any systems that will allow him to swim without using the water as an escape route? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Joan, you can run wire into the water to if it is shallow. You will however, decide how far to place the wire out into the water. You will want to make sure it is no deeper than 2 feet in the water to keep him from swimming over it. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for Hank.

Scrap December 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I have a 180 pound Great Dane male and a 150 pound Great Dane female. We live on 15 acres that is divided by a creek. We plan on digging the creek out into a 1.5 – 2 acre pond. We’d like for the dogs to have access all of the land and the pond without having to worry about the leaving the property or breaking the collars when they get in the water. Would the Sport Dog system work for this? If I run the wire through PVC pip to cross the creek, I’d bury the line in the creek bed, would the system still work? Lastly, would the system work on dogs this large?
Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Scrap, yes, the SportDog is designed for large Great Dane type dogs and hunting dogs. With good training, you should expect 100% containment. Yes, the system will work if your run the wire through PVC to cross the creek in the creek bed. That is a good install method.

Shawna November 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hi- Sasha is 6months and on target weight for a pit bull, Colorado bull dog mix.. I would like to have her be able to roam free in the back yard which about 3/4 of an acre. I like the details of YardMax, but what if you have less yardage than 10 acres?

ADMIN – Hi Shawna, this means that you can add in enough wire to contain up to 10 acres. The fence actually only comes with enough wire to contain one-third of an acre. So, in your scenario, you will need to purchase one additional roll of wire to cover your 3/4 of an acre. We do recommend upgrading to at least the 16 gauge wire for durability.

Lee October 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have a miniature schnauzer 5 years old and 4 shin tzu’s ranging in age 1 year to 4 years, I would like to give them about 1/2 acre to 1 acre to run. What would you recommend. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Lee, if one or both are under 10 lbs, go with the PetSafe Little Dog. If they are both 10 lbs and up, go with the PetSafe YardMax. To cover 1/2 to 1 acre you’ll need to get an extra roll of wire. We also recommend upgrading to 16 gauge to get a wire strong enough to prevent breaks.

Josh October 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

I have a 1/2 acre yard and 4 dogs ranging from 70-110 pounds. I have a split rail fence, but that is not enough to keep them contained. I also have lab mixes, and hound mixes. So stubborn and pray drives are high! Which fence would you recommend? Also if I want them to have access to their 20×30 kennel how can I incorporate that in?

ADMIN – Hi Josh, overall, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn, however, if the kennel is within feet of the boundary line, you will need to go with the PetSafe YardMax.

Jeff Durand October 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I have 2 West Highland Terriers, 17 pounds and 32 pounds, both males and each aged 6. We just sold our house, which had an Invisible Fence system with a buried wire. We lived on acreage with the wire covering about 4 acres. The system cost us about $2,200. We are looking at another acreage property, this one is about 1.67 acres. We only want to fence the back half of the property, where they will go outside. We do not want them in the front yard. The house adjoins a busy highway with cars that travel about 50 MPH, so we don’t want them anywhere near the front yard, breaking the boundary or ending up on the highway. Is there a wireless or wired fence that you would recommend for them? If wired, how do I install the wire as the Invisible Fence guy brought out a machine that buried the cable automatically about 2 inches underground. I don’t have a machine. Looking forward to your response. Thanks, Jeff

ADMIN – Hi Jeff, you can definitely save lots of money installing the fence yourself. There are three backyard yard layouts to choose from. You can locate them by going to: Installation -> Planning/Layouts -> Backyard layouts. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Terriers. You can rent a ground hog trencher or a mini cable installer just like the installer used for about $100 a day.

Theresa Sledziewski September 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The best fence we ever bought! our dogs are about 60 pounds each and one morning a few days ago I left them out to go to the bathroom , but I didn’t realize that there was aprox. 20 turkeys behind our house ( in our yard ) when I found out they were there it was too late to call the dogs back. Surly I would think that my dogs would blow through the fence after the birds. The dogs stopped dead in their tracks right at the line of the fence. Without that fence it would have took me days to find my dogs. I am totally satisfied with the fence! highly recommend any one with dogs that like to take off out of the yard.

Mary September 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

I recently purchased the PetSafe wireless containment system (PIF300). The boundary lines were constantly moving 10 foot in either direction. I called the customer support number and was told it was likely interference from our metal roof. We have a six month old Boxer, what is the best fence for our use? I would like to fence in about 1-1.5 acres for her to run and play. Do the inground fences have issues with interference?

Andrea September 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

Hi. I’m desperate in Utah. :) My german shorthair/standard poodle mix has springs instead of legs and can get out of our backyard despite it being fully fenced. She’s insane and we’re ready to give up. What electric fence is best for a 40 lb dog who is very receptive to training and is already great with her ecollar but will not stay home???????

Rachel Firth September 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Hi
We have a six foot high fence around our entire property, but we have a gate that is no longer than a double wide garage door that whenever it gets opened and my dog can sneak passed she is gone and we cannot call her back as she is a deaf dalmation/pit bull cross and a very fast runner. We currently use dogtra e collar to train her, but need something to cover the gate. she is terrified of her e collar at the moment, just the vibrate is enough to pull her into line. What would you reccomend for a gate length? Kind regards
Rachel Firth

Sharon September 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

We just got a 10 week old blue doberman. He is skittish of cars and people but already has strength. We are building a house on 1/4 acre in a subdivision and currently living on a little less than 1/2 an acre. Is there a system that I can use now and take to the new home in a year?

ADMIN – Hi Sharon, we recommend waiting until your dog is about 6 months old before training. Training works best when the dog is fully attentive to training. Any of our fences can be relocated. However, we highly recommend not taking the wire with you. We recommend buying and installing new wire when you move. It’s just not worth the effort trying to save wire. It’s a big mess and risk being damaged which affects the fences functionality. For a Doberman, we would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog. This fence is designed for guardian and sporting breeds.

Kerrin September 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I have an almost 10 year old Weimaraner and a 7 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. We are moving from an urban area to 1/3 acre in the suburbs. Both dogs are e-collar trained – we did bird work with them early on and we regularly use the e-collars when we have them off leash in the city park and when we travel on the weekends/vacations. The backyard is fenced in the new house and we want to install a wired fence for the front yard to give them some more leg room. My two questions are they too old to train and if not which system would you recommend? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Kerrin, No, they are not too old at all. We have customers train all ages of dogs really with success starting from 6 months old and up. For your Weimaraner and Pointer, I would recommend the SportDog fence. It is the fence deigned for their size and temperament.

Gary September 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I have a 65lb Black lab that is 5 months old he stays outside most of the time but and likes to go into the neighbor’s yards and explore . We live on 1/2 acre lot but have a 10 acre lot we plan on moving to in the future . Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Gary, go with a SportDog SDF100A. It has the same collar as the PetSafe Stubborn, which we recommend for black labs and has the stronger transmitter that will work when you move the 10 acre property.

Nikki August 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have a 4 year old pitbull and a tall plastic fence surrounding a small backyard. He jumps up on the fence and the slots pop out of place. I’m looking for something that will prevent him from jumping. Would an electric fence work for that?

Kim August 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

We need one side of our small yard protected by an electric fence for two 35-50lb dogs. Is it worth paying the extra $100 for the Petsafe Ultrasmart v the Petsafe In-ground system? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Kim, no go with the new PetSafe Yard Max instead. Rechargeable collars with individual correction. With the In-ground PiG00-13619 you will have to buy endless batteries.

Eric August 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

I have 2 lab puppies, currently 6 mo. old and 60 pounds– on their way to 90lbs, maybe a little more…full of energy as typical for lab pups. I live on a corner lot (3/4 acre) with a fenced in, back yard. I would like to establish a wired boundary for the front and side yards, which meets up to the back yard fence external boundaries, on both sides. I have 2 questions– what system is recommended, and how to I lay out the wired system so the dogs can move freely between the fenced areas (which has “internal” gates to the front/side yards)? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Eric, go with the PetSafe Stubborn for two labs that will be close to 100 lbs. Most labs need the higher corrections that fence offers. For your layout, we recommend one of the backyard (partial yard) layouts. They are illustrated on our site under “Planning/Layouts” on the “Installation” menu.

Blake August 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

I have a miniature schnauzer, Shitzu Maltese and a Red Heeler puppy but would like it to be long term for when the heeler grows up. I would like to secure 10 acres, what would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Blake, you will need a fence which you can have different size collars and separate correction levels. I would recommend the PetSafe Little Dog fence which can cover up to 25 acres if needed. I recommend upgrading your wire to 14 gauge for strength against breaks. You will need an additional 2,500 feet of wire to cover up to 10 acres. You will need to bundle one additional Little Collar and the PetSafe Deluxe collar for the Heeler. If the Heeler is tough skinned, then you’ll want to bundle the Stubborn collar.

Shawn cochrane August 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

We have a fenced in yard which has worked great for our large dogs in past. However we recently rescued a pocket beagle (18 lbs) and she can scoot under. We are debating between fortifying current wooden pickets with chicken wire or an invisible fence. The biggest allure of the invisible fence is that we could make that boundary in front of our gardens. Does this work for a fearless Houdini-like beagle? Which fence would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Shawn, Yes it does. With pocket Beagles, we recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619. This will be a quick fix for you. The physical fence combined with the dog fence will provide no room to squeeze through. And placing it in front the garden is ideal.

JP August 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Hi, I currently have a automatic wired lawnmower installed on 0.5 site. Do you think a dog fence will be compatible or could some interference issues? Then what would you recommend? Thank you JP

ADMIN – Hi JP, the lawnmower and the dog fence should be on different frequencies, thus it should not be an issue. Make sure not to accidentally cut up the mower wire with installation though.

Thereza June 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

We are about to move to a house with a small backyard. One of the fence is not finished and we are trying to come up with a solution since we have a curious mini schnauzer and we don’t want him to cross to our neighbor backyard. So, we are thinking to get a electric fence. Is it possible to find a fence that would work in small and very limited spaces? Thank you!!

ADMIN – Hi Thereza,

Dog fences don’t work well in very small yards (less than 20 x 20), because they need at least a 3 foot boundary zone that the dog will not be able to enter. In a small yard, this eats up too much of the dog’s play area.

If you just need the dog fence along one of the four sides, then you could work with smaller area, just running the fence along that one boundary.

Julie Tranbarger June 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

I hope this question hasn’t been asked before, too many to read thru. I have a mini Doxie, 14 yrs old, with a heart slight heart murmur. Would the in-ground fence cause her any problems?

ADMIN – Hi Julie,

I would consult with the vet that is treating her before putting her on an in-ground system. We don’t know enough about her condition to give you good advice about this matter.

Danielle May 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm

We’re looking into getting a dog but we would like to have him/her to have free range to run around without worrying about him leaving our property. We have about 100 yards…we’re looking for a system that would be wireless, if at all possible. Wondering which one would be the best for this. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Danielle,

The best of the wireless systems is the Havahart Radial. It can comfortably handle a range of 100 yards.

Wendy May 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I have 3 dogs, a 55 lb. lab, 20 lb westie, and a 11 lb yorkie. I have 2 homes (each about 1/2 acre) which I would like to put the fence in, plus possibly at work. How can I do this? Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Wendy,

With those three dogs, the PetSafe Inground would be a good choice. The InGround is versatile and lets you also use the PetSafe Little Dog collar which is going to work better with your Yorkie than a regular full-sized collar.

I would use the PetSafe InGround system, and use the PetSafe InGround collars for the Lab and the Westie. I would use a PetSafe Little Dog collar with the Yorkie,

Melanie May 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hi! I have the PetSafe Deluxe system and I was wondering if I could place the receiver inside of a metal pole barn we have on our property?

ADMIN – Hi Melanie,

Occasionally the wired containment system transmitters aren’t happy if you place them on a sheet metal wall. If you have any problems, try moving the transmitter to somewhere away from the wall.

Teri May 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I have a purebred Akita who loves to run. He is 3 years come July and the only way I have been able to keep him where he supposed to be is an actual fenced yard and even then he has found ways out. He weighs about 120 pounds and is very intelligent. I am moving to a home without a fenced yard and would like to go the electric fence or shock collar route. What would your recommendation be for the fence?

ADMIN – Hi Teri,

For an Akita, one of the stronger systems is useful. Akita often have very low sensitivity to the correction, so need a high strength collar to get their attention – particularly when they are chasing something. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn.

Katie May 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

I have an 80 lb black lab and a 1/2 acre rectangular yard. I would like to run a wired fence around the perimeter, but exclude the driveway. We have an asphalt driveway/walkway and there is a 3′-4′ section where the wire would have to cross. Will the signal still transmit under a couple inches of asphalt? Or would we need to fill the channel with dirt instead? Also, what system would you recommend? He does well with his bark collar and is hesitant to go near the street after he sideswiped a car, but I still worry that a small animal or deer may tempt him too much, so I want to make sure it’s strong enough to deter him. This site has been a great help. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Katie,

The signal can get through a few inches of asphalt without a problem. (It only gets to be a problem once you get the wire buried more than a 1 foot deep).

For a lab, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice.

If you know he has particular triggers that will excited him and tempt him through the boundary, work them into the final testing phase. With a lab, using a neighbors dog works well, as playing with a ball then tossing the ball through the fence. We want to make sure he is 100% contained, and that the knows the rules always apply, before we start letting him loose off-leash.

Shawna May 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

We have a 15lb Shih Tzu male who is 4yrs old. we live on 5 acres with 4 other neighboring homes all on their own 5 acres. The shih tzu doesn’t normally leave our land…but occasionally will wonder off slightly. we are bringing home a lab puppy in about 6 weeks and think that maybe we should do an invisible fence to contain the shih tzu to about 2.5 acres around our house. we don’t want him teaching the pup it’s ok to wander. obviously we won’t put a collar on the lab until next she is older…and wouldn’t be unattended outside as a pup….but i’d like to be able to let the older dog stay out and not worry about him some too. also wanting to keep him protected from our livestock and limit the distance he can go from the house. which system do you recommend that will work for both dog breeds. I need it for the shih tzu now and future for the lab. thanks

ADMIN – Hi Shawna,

The PetSafe Inground would be a good choice for the Shih Tzu. The collar is light enough and small enough that it would fit him comfortably. The system is also adaptable, and when the lab is older (around 6 months) and we have a better sense for his personality, we can either get him a PetSafe Inground Collar, or the compatible PetSafe Stubborn collar.

Amy Cardinal May 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

We have a 9 year old 90 pound lab/rottie mix, a 5 year old 50 pound red heeler and a 2 year old 40 pound pit mix. I’m mainly trying to keep them away from the fence line since we have neighbors with dogs behind us and next to us and my dogs have destroyed the fences trying to get through to play with the other dogs. I have spent a fortune replacing the fencing and have taken to keeping the dogs in the house a lot more than usual because of this. What would be the best system with the difference in sizes that I have. The two older dogs are pretty good obedience wise, but the baby is quite a pistol.

ADMIN – Hi Amy,

With that much difference in size and breeding, a system that lets us adjust the correction levels uniquely for each dog would be valuable. I also think that the pit mix and the rottweiler mix, may need stronger corrections to refocus them if they get rambunctious. I think the PetSafe Stubborn would be a good fit for those three dogs.

karisma May 6, 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi. I have an rambunctious 4 year old, boxer/mastiff mix. We live at the end of a dead end road in the middle of four acres. Our driveway is long and steep and our surroundings are hilly, rocky and filled with trees, we also have a creek that runs across the front of our property. I’m pretty sure that with all the rock, there’s no way we can bury wire and from what I’ve read, I’m not sure how well a wireless transmitter would work with the trees?? Can you adjust the radius and/or the boundaries? I’m also not sure that this dumb dog will be able to feel a thing or fear that once she does, she’ll actually outsmart it and be able to run quickly through it and then with my luck, be “stuck” on the other side. We have neighbors all down our street, a house for sale next door and people building behind us~ although our dog’s really just a big scardy cat, her size and her bark are quite the contrary. Any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Karisma,

Can you staple the wire to the ground? If the rocky areas aren’t mowed, you can just staple the boundary wire to the ground every few yards, using long lawn-staples. That would let you encompass the area without the need to bury the wire.

With wireless systems you can adjust the boundary radius, to make either a big or little circle. But, the wireless system are not going to get on well with the trees and will have very poor performance.

With a Matiff cross, a stronger system is useful. I would suggest the PetSafe Stubborn.

Becky May 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have 2 small dogs. One is a mini dachshund, about 14 lbs. and the other a shorkie, about 10-13 lbs. We have about 2 acres to fence in. Both dogs love to roam and right now we are using a hand held shock collar system. We were looking at the pet safe ultra smart system because of the rechargeable batteries. Would this system be okay for our two dogs even though they are little dogs?

ADMIN – Hi Becky,

The Dachshund should be fine, but the Shorkie is right on the borderline, and you may need the smaller PetSafe Little Dog (with it’s obnoxious disposable proprietary battery). I would start with the PetSafe Ultrasmart and put the collars on the dogs for a couple of days (without installing the system) and see if the dogs are comfortable. If they are comfortable, stick with the Ultrasmart. If the collars prove to be too big, then we can swap you out for the Little Dog.

Sue May 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Hello, Our house has a river/swamp right behind it. Our dog loves to swim and chase birds. We are thinking of installing invisible fence to keep her contained without blocking the beautiful sunsets. Is this too dangerous if she were to break through? She is a pit mix with a strong chase instinct.

ADMIN – Hi Sue,

There is no particular danger posed by water. Usually when the dog is in the water, they can’t feel the correction, because it gets dissipated in the water instead of going through the dog’s skin.

If the collar is not waterproof, it would be dangerous for the collar if it were not waterproof.

We would of course want to train her so that she would not break through!

A good choice for a strong dog like a Pitbull with a high prey drive, is a system with a stronger correction that can regain their attention even when they are in full chase. I would suggest the PetSafe Stubborn(it is waterproof)

Ellen May 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I have a 60 lb female Aussie, a 15 lb miniature Aussie AND a new Aussie puppy who will grow to be 60 lbs.

My main concern is the 2 younger dogs. While it would be nice to have all 3, the older one has run free since she became an adult.

My problem is 2 dogs on 5 acres (but I would like to confine them to the yard and possibly orchard), AND my house and detached garage are cover with ranch corrugated metal. I guess I could control this be the placement of flags??? The miniature was hit by a car this weekend. we have only 3 houses on our county road, but I realize it was my fault for not having her on a chain.

ADMIN – Hi Ellen,

With those three dogs so different in size, a system that lets us mix and match collars to cover all three dogs would be ideal. I would suggest the SportDog SDF-100A, using SportDog collars for the two Aussies. For the miniature Aussie, we can add the smaller (and compatible) PetSafe Little Dog collar.

Justin gunerderson May 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi I have two dogs a one year old pit bull about 40 pounds and a 2 1/2 year old German Shepard pitbull mix about 100 pounds on an acre an a 1/2 lot that is a good rectangle shape they have been living in a fenced in yard since birth so when there’s no fences they like to run but they don’t go to far just worried one day they will. what would be a good fence to hold a strong boundary line an is there a system that allows to have a boundary fence and fences to keep them out the gardens at the same time . Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Justin,

With those two breeds, a system that can provide a strong (if needed) is important. The best choice would be the PetSafe Stubborn.

Hamiltons5 April 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hi – we have 2 dogs, a 4 y.o. (25 lbs) Lapsapoo and a 7 month old Labordoodle (60 lbs). Which system would you recommend To keep these boys confined to a 4 acre area? The puppy is very smart and obedient while the Lapsapoo can be a bit more difficult. Thanks so much for your help. Great site!

ADMIN – Hi Hamiltons,

On 4 acres one of the higher capacity systems would be useful. Also, with those two dogs so different in size, a system that let us use different collars for each dog would also be on the top of my list.

I would suggest the SportDog SDF-100A, using the included collar for the Labradoodle. For the smaller dog, I would add one of the compatible PetSafe InGround collars.

Greg Chaput April 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hello, we are interested in installing an inground fence. We have two dogs and want to make sure we have the appropriate collar and adjustment levels for both. One dog is a cocker poo and the other is a golden retriever. The area we are looking to contain is 1 acre or less. What would you recommend? Thanks, Greg

ADMIN – Hi Greg,

Happy to make a recommendation. Can you tell me a little more about the dogs. What is their age, weight, and temperament.

I am guessing those two dogs are very different in size (although you see Cockapoos from 5lbs to 50lbs). So we probably need a system that lets us set an independent correction level for each dog on the system. The PetSafe Inground would be a good choice on an acre. It is a good system and would let you set a different level for each dog.

If the Cockapoo is under 12 lbs, you would want use a PetSafe Little Dog collar instead of the standard PetSafe Inground collar for the Cockapoo.

Freddy April 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I have a 80lb lab that is pretty well behave. But likes to run up to people who are walking by. We have a 1/2 acre lot with about 12′ between side of house and property line. My concern is finding one that will allow him to pass thru that area but also contain him. Do you think the dogtek ef-4000 would work?

ADMIN – Hi Freddy,

The Dogtek would work well for a lab. At that price point, I also like the PetSafe Inground. I think it is a better quality fence, although it does come encumbered with a proprietary battery.

A 12 foot side passage should provide plenty of space for the dog to go through. With a lab you would want the boundary to extend about 4 feet on either side of the wire. Add another 3 feet safety buffer, and the dog still has 5 feet of space to pass through on the side of the house.

Keri K. April 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

We have a 50-lb Shepherd/Pit mix and need to fence our new home’s 1/4 acre yard. We do have power outages once or twice a year, plus we live at the snow line so sometimes get snow–never more than 2 feet. And we definitely get rain. Will an inground system work? Any considerations for gauge of wire? I’ve seen some people discuss upgrading the wire to prevent breakages.

ADMIN – Hi Keri,

I would use a PetSafe Stubborn. With those breeds, you sometime need a stronger correction level, so it is useful to have the more powerful PetSafe Stubborn correction levels just in case you need them.

The inground system will work with 1-2 feet of snow accumulated, but if you get over 2 feet, the signal will have difficulty penetrating the snow. So if that happens a lot and the dog goes out in that weather, a wireless system may be a better option.

The thicker gauges of wire are stronger and do prevent breakages. They are virtually identical from a transmission perspective over the short distance you will be covering.

Diane April 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I currently have a 100+ lb. chocolate lab, and am looking to get a female chocolate lab pup soon (probably 70-80 lbs. when fully grown). We want to put electric fencing around 3-4 acres. I was thinking the Sport Dog SDF-100A, but wanted to know if that would be the best and most reliable. Also, would it be best to upgrade the wire? And I read that the unit on the collar can be moved to a different collar if we preferred cloth – is that correct? I would appreciate your thoughts, and thanks for this informative website!

ADMIN – Hi Diane,

The SportDog SDF-100A is a great choice for a pair of Labradors. It is very reliable, and has great range which will be useful with your property.

Upgrading the wire helps a lot in preventing wire breaks, so if you think you are in a place where breaks are likely it is a worthwhile upgrade.

THE SDF-100A collar cannot be easily switched to a cloth collar as some of the other collars. You would need to drill a couple of holes in the cloth collar to get it work with the standard receiver box.

Matt April 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

We will be bringing home our Giant Schnauzer puppy in about six weeks, so we are starting to prepare for a containment option for him. We also have a 14 year old rat terrier. As we just moved to our home a couple months ago we are now looking for the right system. We have a two acre property and would like to contain approximately an acre and half. First question, at what age should we introduce the containment system to the puppy? Next, what system would be the best for our situation? We have nothing out of the ordinary that might cause problems. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Matt,

Six months old is a good age to start a dog on the fence. At that age they are mature enough that they can understand and respond to the training.

With the difference between those dogs, a system that allows for individual correction levels would be a good choice. The PetSafe Inground would work well with the Giant Schnauzer. For the Rat Terrier, add a PetSafe Little Dog collar if they are under 12lbs, or an additional PetSafe Inground collar if they are over 12 lbs.

wes April 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I have a lab/Australian shepherd mix, she weights about 60 pounds. I’m wanting to do an enclosure of about 4 acres, that will have a few islands where the wire will need to be twisted. What do you recommend? I was thinking the sport dog because I’m familiar with their other products and seem to be good quality, I dont like how large the collar is, would prefer a battery powered collar because I feel like rechargeable batteries don’t seem to last long and you end up constantly charging. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Wes,

With a larger yard, plus the additional islands that you will be creating, one of the longer range systems like the SportDog would be a good choice. The collar is big, but that isn’t going to be an issue with a dog of your size.

If you want a smaller collar, the PetSafe Ultrasmart is a good option. It is a rechargeable collar, but the charge lasts around a month.

Debbie Smith April 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I have a German Shepard that weighs about 150 lbs and is very energetic he is only 2. I have 2 acres that I would like to put an underground fence in for him to be able to run, what is your suggestion? we live in the country and wireless is pretty much out of the question.

ADMIN – Hi Debbie

With a German Shepherd, and particularly a German Shepherd that big, I would want to use one of the stronger collars. You may not need the full strength, but it is good to have the power in reserve in case you need it. A good choice would be the PetSafe Stubborn.

ozzie April 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

I have 2 Pomeranians and 2 German Shepherds, would the petsafe ultrasmart system work with a petsafe little dog collar, or would I have to buy another system? The German Shepherds are pups so still no need for the fence but the poms like to run wild.

ADMIN – Hi Ozzie,

The PetSafe Ultrasmart system would not work with the PetSafe Little Dog collars. The PetSafe Little Dog / PetSafe Inground / PetSafe Stubborn / SportDog SDF-100A collars are intercompatible. For the Poms I think the PetSafe Little Dog collars are a good choice. For the German Shepherds, I would use the PetSafe Stubborn collars.

Tonya March 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

We have 2 acres of land that is a long, narrow (200′) lot and are trying to contain a shepherd-rottie mix (puppy today but…!) and a 6lb chihuahua. Is there a fence system that will work with them both? We really have 3 ‘trouble’ areas to keep them from going beyond and the rest of the area they’re able to run without issue. Unfortunately, just using a traditional fence in these areas would look out of place. Any ideas on a system that would work?

ADMIN – Hi Tonya,

With dogs that are very different in size the PetSafe Inground/Stubborn/Little Dog systems shine. Those three systems have inter-compatible collars, letting you mix and match collars instead of having to find a compromise collar.

I would start with a PetSafe Stubborn base system and use the included collar with the German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix. And for the Chihuahua, I would add a PetSafe Little Dog Collar.

Mystical In Michigan March 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

We live in the city and have a small yard with gardens and a pond. The dogs are 6-7 lbs and 25 lbs. The yard 3600 sq ft. We will be using the underground fence to keep them out of the pond area and gardens. The problem, I heard the underground wire fences can not be by any electrical current in ground? We have a 110 volt cable in pvc about 6 inch underground in the middle of the yard going to the pond. Will this interfere with the underground wire fence?

ADMIN – Hi Mystical,

The power cable going out the pond will not affect the dog fence wire. But, if possible, avoid running the dog fence wire close and parallel to the electrical wire. In some rare circumstance the dog fence signal can get induced in the electrical wire, so the electrical wire starts acting like a dog fence boundary wire as well.

Kim March 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I have three gardens that I would like my dog to stay out of. Can a wired fence work for this?

ADMIN – Hi Kim,

You can indeed use a dog fence to exclude the dog from particular areas. You just run loops around each of the garden beds, and link them together using the non-correcting twisted wire.

If you are just trying to keep the dog out of garden beds and containment is not an issue, you can also use these cheaper and easier outdoor pods.

Kellen March 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi I have a 2 yr old male Great Dane, he weighs 160 lbs! he has decided to become an escape artist, I have about 1/2 acre that he runs what would you recommend? I also have a 7 lb chihuahua that I would like to contain if possible with the same fence?

ADMIN – Hi Kellen,

Where you have a big spread in size between the two dog, the inter-compatible PetSafe systems are great, because they let you mix and match collars to suit the dogs. I would use a PetSafe Stubborn system, and use the included large high-powered collar with the Great Dane. And then add a PetSafe Little Dog collar for the Chihuahua.

Jack February 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

Excellent Site. It gives dog owners many options. l personally like the PTPWF-100 Perimeter Wire-Free Wi-Fi Dog Fencing System. It works well for me. No digging-no wires. This is the only Wire-Free uses the latest digitally encoded Wi-Fi signal technology used in advanced wireless communications.

Traecey Anthony February 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

We have a Shih Tzu that runs off every time the front door or garage door is opened. What kind of electronic fence would you recommend? It would be for the front yard only. Also, if he is in the car with the collar on and we drive through the “electronic field” into the driveway, will he receive a correction? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Traecey,

If you are just trying to stop the dog bursting through the front door and the garage door, one of the indoor pods such as the Pawz Away would do the trick. You would just place the wireless pods near the front doorway and the garage doorway and the dog would be stopped from charging through the door.

If you want to keep the dog contained in the front-yard, then a system like the PetSafe Little Dog would be a good choice. If the dog is in the car, they will still get the correction if wear the collar. It is always a good idea to take the dog’s collar off if leaving the property. Not only is there a risk of correction when they re-enter you property, but the collar could also get triggered as you go past another fence owner’s property.

Clair February 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

We have two Labradoodles. One is 90 lbs (built like a Lab) and the other is about 70 lbs (built like a Standard Poodle). We’re looking at installing an in ground system covering around 3 acres, but not sure which one would be best. The property is wooded, and there are lots of deer, chipmunks, and other critters for the dogs to chase. And we’re in Washington state, so it rains and rains and rains and rains….. The dogs are indoor dogs, but have run free when outdoors since they were puppies, both smart and reasonably obedient – with lots of energy.

I’m thinking about the Dogtek EF-6000 because of the setting levels and custom boundary or Innotek IUC-5100 because of battery backup and lightning protection (don’t really need the remote capability though). But, thinking we may need the PetSafe Stubborn Dog system, but don’t really like the large, non-rechargeable collar. any thoughts? Thanks, Clair

ADMIN – Hi Clair,

Both systems would do the job well, but I think the Dogtek would be the better choice. The Dogtek has a wider range of correction levels, so has those higher levels in case you need them. The collar is also smaller and the system is around $100 cheaper.

If you get lightning strikes in you area, the lightning protection would be a good idea, you can add it to any system ($40). You won’t need the Stubborn system for either of those dogs.

Sheila January 26, 2013 at 5:35 am

Hi, We have a 120 pound lab that has a tendency to bolt out the front door. Today I caught him just one block from the busy street. He gets plenty of exercise and has been numerous obedience training classes and we still can’t stop this scary behavior. What type of electronic fence would you recommend just to keep him contained to our front porch?

ADMIN – Hi Sheila, if you are wanting to keep him from bolting out of the front door, I would recommend getting a Indoor zone bundled with the Ultrasmart collar. You can set up the zone at the front door to create a barrier just at the door.

Miranda S. January 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hello, We have 2 English Mastiffs that are about 3 years old. They are 150+ lbs. and are pretty mellow, but will wander if given the opportunity. We prefer to use a wired system for reliability. What would you recommend for approx. 1.5acres? Thank you for your time.

ADMIN – Hi Miranda, For dogs over 100 lbs, we recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence. It’s really the fence designed for large dogs. You’ll need to bundle in an additional 1,000 feet to cover your property. We highly recommend upgrading to 14 gauge to get the strongest, most durable wire available to hold up against wire breaks from tree roots and ground fluctuations due to the seasons changing.

Tracy S. January 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hi – I’m seriously considering the Border Patrol TC1 Wireless Dog Fence. Because we rent a home I like the idea of how portable that is. Our home is on 5 acres that has an aluminum siding pole barn, and most of the property is wooded. Would the Border Patrol TC1 Wireless Dog Fence be good for us?

ADMIN – Hi Tracy, the area you want to fence is a good size for the Border Patrol. The collar is on the big and bulky size. We’d recommend this for dogs at least 30 lbs. But I think it would be a great option to try for your scenario.

Julie January 13, 2013 at 12:30 am

We have a 9 month old 90lbs Rottweiler that is having trouble staying home. Wondering which would be better underground fencing or wireless? Only needing to cover about 150-180 feet.

ADMIN – Hi Julie, we always recommend wired over wireless. They are much more reliable. I would go with the PetSafe Stubborn for such a big dog.

Leesa December 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I have a 100 pound Greater Swiss Mountain dog. I will be getting an Old English Sheepdog puppy. I have a home on a lake. We do get up to a foot of snow during the winter as well as lightning storms during the summer. The size of my yard is 169 feet wide by 333 feet length on each side. I would only need the fencing on the three sides (the two long sides and one short side). I would like to have the remote capability. What would be your recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Leesa, if you want remote capability for inside your home and around the yard, the Innotek IUC5100 is a great choice. The remote only has a range of about 150 feet give or take. It’s great for domestic use, but if you need longer range, you’ll need to go with a dedicated remote trainer. The fence will work well for your mountain dog and eventual sheepdog. It has a slimline, rechargeable collar with plenty of correction strength. You’ll need to bundle in at least one additional roll of 500 feet of boundary and maybe 2 additional if you need more than 1,000 feet total. Due to the snow and such, I would highly recommend you upgrade your wire to the 14 gauge for strength against wire breaks.

Mark December 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

We have 2 dogs. A 60-lbs male that we think is mainly Tibbetian Terrier (maybe some lab too) who is 2 years old and a 40-lbs female that is about a year old. She definitely has either Beagle or Fox Hound in her. She is very hyper, strong-willed and is an escape artist. They have both been indoor dogs but now we need to set up a fence (especially for her … she just needs to run!!). We have a 3/4 acre lot and want to fence in the back yard only (so, guess about 1/2 acre). Our lot slopes away from the house considerably and is heavily wooded. Reading the info on your site it sounds like the wired systems are better than the wireless. What do you recommend? I have one question about the wired systems that I can’t seem to find an answer to. If we do go with a wired system we want to use the back side of the house as part of the “fence”, i.e. run the wire along the back side and then out into the yard from each corner to enclose the back yard. If we do this, how do the dogs get in/out of the house without getting shocked? They would have to cross the wire to come through the back door. I’d rather not have to put on/take off the collars each time they go in/out. Is there possibly a “dead section” of the wire that can be run along the side of the house that will not shock them but will still help complete the circuit in the loop? Also, given the size and temperament of our dogs, what type of collars would your recommend? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Mark, for your two dogs I’d recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 for your two dogs. The collar is rechargeable and slimline. Please refer to our Layouts page under Installation. We have three backyard layout options to choice from. Basically, you’ll need to suspend the wire over the back of your home about 10 to 15 feet in the air. That way your dog will be able to travel underneath the signal out of range when you let them out of the back door.

Melinda December 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

Hi, We live in an HOA neighborhood with no fencing allow. I have a malamute/husky mix and of course he does come with the hunting behavior with the tendency to run off. Our yard is less than an acre. I’ve read that a good fence to contain this type of dog is Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. What do you recommend? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Melinda, the SD21000 is not nearly as reliable as the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619. It has a rechargeable sleek collar and is very reliable and low maintenance. Make sure to bundle in an additional roll of wire to cover up to 1 acre.

Jennifer December 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

We just adopted a Boxer who is about 1 and a half years old. She is very active and we would like to be able to let her out to run free. We live in a neighborhood where the property is small – about 1/4 acre. We have a large back yard that is about 150feet long and would like her to be able to stay in the back and venture a bit to the front as well. What do you recommend for someone who does not need acres to fence and only feet. We don’t want her to get shocked after moving only 30 or 40 feet or so. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer, We’d recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 for your Boxer. To cover up to 1/4 of an acre the wire in the box is plenty. You may want to bundle in a roll of twisted wire. Make sure to take a peak at our Layouts page (under the Installation tab) to locate the perfect layout. We would suggest the hour glass layout for your goals.

debbie Shelley December 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I have a male great dane and female collie mix. I have approx. 2 acres to fence. What is my best choice?

ADMIN – Hi Debbie, I would recommend the PetSafe Deluxe with the PetSafe Stubborn collar bundled in. Add in 2 additional rolls of wire (500 feet) to cover 2 acres.

Shannon December 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I have a cockapoo that should be about 15 pounds but currently is about 8 lbs. We have about 104 yds we want to cover. What is our best option?

ADMIN – Hi Shannon, Your best option is the PetSafe Little Dog, but we often recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart Inground Fence PIG00-13619 because the collar is rechargeable. The Little Dog collar requires a $10 battery that last 8 to 10 weeks.

Suzi Kristoff November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Got a 4yo female Sheltie from a shelter this past week. Our property is 2/3 fenced in and the part that is not is near the road and driveway. This dog is a hearder and likes to chase everything that moves, even cars. Having a hard time getting her to respond to her name at times when she is “busy” with other interests. Not sure which fence to get. Thinking probably a wired one. Need advise.

ADMIN – Hi Suzi, I would recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619. It has a sleek, rechargeable collar. It will have enough correction levels for a Sheltie. Good training is key as the correction will only reinforce the boundary rules.

Richard November 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I’m considering a wireless fence solution and am wondering if this system is going to interfere with my existing WiFi network?

Admin- Hi Richard,

No, non of the wireless systems that we offer will affect the wifi network at your house.

Ed Nowacki November 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hi, We have just acquired 2 large dogs, a 106lb short-hair collie mix, and a 70lb shepherd mix . We live on an acre lot with no fence around the property. We need to get a dog fence that will keep the dogs in the backyard, about 1/2 an acre. Which system sounds like the most compatible?

ADMIN – Hi Ed, for dogs over 100 lbs, we recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence. You will need to bundle in one extra roll of boundary wire to cover your 1/2 an acre. Also, since the system only works in a closed loop, you will need to use one of our proposed backyard loop layouts. Under the Installation, choose Planning/Layouts link and scroll down to locate our 3 backyard loop layouts for a solution. The most common is to run the wire in the gutters along the back of your home so that you dogs can travel underneath the signal out of range when they go out of the back door into the yard.

Emily October 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hi there! We have a 35 pound Boston Terrier-Boxer-Pit Bull mix who loves her new backyard! We just moved out of an apartment and are so excited to give her some space to run around. The only problem is the back fence of our backyard is chainlink, and she can run and jump over it. She’s ended up in the neighbor’s yard twice this week! My husband was thinking about going with the Pet Safe Stubborn Dog, but I’m unsure if this is just for larger dogs? The Boston Terrier in here dictated her size, but she is all muscle! And a handful! Any advice on which system would work best?

ADMIN – Hi Emily, she’s a bit small for the Stubborn collar but it may fit. I’d recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 instead considering you also have a fenced in yard. With the fence installed, you’re 35 pounder will only have one option; which is to turn around.

Keith October 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi, we have two 60+ lbs. dogs (lab/ shepherd mix and lab/border collie mix . Both with medium length hair.). We have 1.5 acres chain link fenced but they have dug their way out. I am looking at getting a wired system that I can just run along the bottom of the chain link fence to stop them from digging. They are also pretty playful with each other and I want to make sure that the collars are robust. What would be your recommendations? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Keith, for a robust system for two dogs of your size, I would recommend the SportDog SDF100A. It is the toughest collars we have. Add an extra roll of wire to get enough to cover your 1.5 acres.

Christine Newton October 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We have a 50lb boxer mix and a 40lb jack russell mix. They have been having lots of fun escaping the fence we recently installed for them, and just yesterday got our Jack Russell mix back from being lost for 5 days-so now is time for an electric fence!! Can you tell me which one would suit us best-we have half an acre on a sloping and wooded lot. Both dogs are very fast, and can jump 4′ with no problem. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

ADMIN – Hi Christine, I would recommend the PetSafe PIG00-13619. Both dogs are close in weight. I think they will work well on the same collar and correction level. Add in one roll of wire to have enough to cover your 1/2 acre.

Lisha October 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I have two Jack Russells, one is 7 and the other is 4. The 4 year old we rescued at 9 mos, so we missed the opportunity to train her very early. She is very sharp and stubborn. She uses a runner because she will go to anyone (neighbors, cars, etc) to give kisses. We tried the electric collar that went to level 10, she still went across the road after another dog (because she thinks she’s bigger than him, not to fight, just to bark). She was yelping but never stopped. Will any of these fences work for her? She’s 15lbs. Appreciate your time.

ADMIN – Hi Lisha, With consistent training and appropriate correction strength, you should expect 100% containment. It just requires you to be adamant and more stubborn than they are. They can only be let off leash once they are displaying the correct behavior and then ease them in by giving them on 10 minutes outside off leash at the first. I would recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 for them both.

Herman October 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

hi, I have a 2yr old GSD that likes to jump the 4 ft chain linked fence on the property, I was wondering if I could string a wired system through the fence instead of burying it in the ground around the perimeter and only burying it at the gates. My dog is around 90 pounds and stands about 26″ at the shoulders my lot size is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 an acre and was also wondering what would be the best system to go with. Thanks for your suggestion.

ADMIN – Hi Herman, yes you can definitely string the wire through the fence as long as you take care not to damage the wire’s insulation. Otherwise, this is a great installation method. I would recommend the PetSafe PIG00-13619 for your dog. You’ll need to add one extra roll of wire to your order to cover over 1/3 of an acre.

Steve September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

We have 3 dogs – a German Shepherd, Black Lab and a beagle – weight 100, 80 and 30 lbs. We live on 10 acres with a pond and want to let them roam on about 7 of them. I like the thought of a wireless but don’t like the circular pattern since that’s not conducive to our layout. What would you recommend and I’m assuming each dog would need a collar. Thanks!!

ADMIN – Hi Steve, for your mix of dogs, go with the SportDog SDF100A, with an extra collar and also bundle in the PetSafe Deluxe collar for the Beagle. For 7 acres, I recommend upgrading the wire to 14 gauge. You will need to bundle in and extra 1,500 feet of wire to cover up to 7 acres.

Randy House September 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hi, I currently have the Petsafe Stay + Play for my two Catahoulas. This is a good system but my house is stucco and hard to penetrate. (I have 3 airport extremes in a 3800 sq. ft. house). I live on 1 acre and want a longer range so I am thinking of getting the Havahart radial system. I was also interested in The Border Patrol TC1 GPS dog fence and remote trainer. I take my dogs to my parents house which is on 50+ acres and down to a ranch so the portability would be nice just so they can run around and I can keep track of them. I don’t hunt with them so I don’t really care about the trainer part of the system. I am mostly concerned about wobble and response time. Any information you have would be great, thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Randy, the Border Patrol is a great option for properties over 2 acres and up. It is a very reliable fence and creates a tight boundary. Response time is decent and acceptable for a wireless fence.

Vicki September 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

Hello, I have a chain-link fenced area the dogs use but my yard is much bigger. I would like the dogs to be able to come out of their area when I am outside the fence. The area to be covered would be less than a 1/4 acre. I have a 23lb., 5 y/o Jack Russell (hunter!), and an 18 lb. older half-blind, half-deaf Pekingese (who I don’t see as a problem). What fence would be best to let the dogs run around in, always supervised? I would do the installation myself and am trying to keep costs down. Thanks so much for your help-great site! Vicki

ADMIN – Hi Vicki, I would recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart because it’s a great all around fence that will provide enough correction strength for your 23 lb Jack Russell. The best part is the collar is very sleek and light. The 500 feet of wire that comes with the system will be plenty. You may need a roll of twisted wire as well to connect your wall transmitter to the loop. You can do it! We believe in you Vicki!

Kristina September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hi! I have a 1 1/2 year old Siberian Husky named Bella. We live on 5 acres in the woods and we have been thinking about getting an electric fence. We have been using a GPS tracking device by TAGG but Bella would roam too far off in the neighborhood and nearby places. As I have been looking at electric fences my concern is if they would work properly in wooded areas, we don’t have much open yard area it’s mostly the woods. I was hoping you could inform me of my options and what would work best in my land type. Also would wireless, above ground, or below ground be better? Thanks so much!

ADMIN – Hi Kristina, I would recommend our best reviewed fence the Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 (formerly called IUC 4100) for your Husky and wooded property. The signal will run along the boundary wire so the wooded area should be an issue. I would recommend stapling it on the ground and rake ground cover over the wire for protection. This is a best standard for wooded installations. As for Husky’s you may need to contact the manufacture after install and request the thick fur probes which work much better than the long probes that come standard with the fence. You’ll need the thick fur probe for your double coated Husky.

Shawn August 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

This site is truly amazing and you offer a wealth of information regarding the pros and cons of various dog fences so I’m hoping you can help us out in making an informed decision regarding our 3 dogs – an 11yr. old Toy Fox Terrier, a 7 yr. old Puggle and a 9 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback. We recently moved from a property in which we had about a quarter of an acre fenced in so our 3 dogs could roam freely. Our new property is roughly 1.3 acres and is not enclosed. The backyard is mostly flat however there is somewhat of a steep decline at the back of the property into a wooded area. We were thinking of giving the dogs roughly 2/3 of an acre to roam and based on the information that has been provided here, it seems a wireless system may not be in our best interest since the decline at the back of the property may intersect with the radial pattern on the wireless transmitter, creating a dead-zone in coverage. Your thoughts? Our older Toy Fox Terrier would probably need minimal correction as he does not wander too much anymore. Our biggest concern is for the Puggle (who thinks she’s more Beagle than Pug) and definitely our Ridgeback both of whom would need stronger degrees of correction. Is there one system that can offer excellent reliability while also offering independent correction levels for each collar, or do we need to buy multiple units? If we do need to purchase multiple units (for example the Innotek IUC-4100 and the Petsafe Little Dog) can both systems run off the same wire or would we need to bury 2 sets of wire independent of one another? Finally, the previous home owners had an in-ground fence system, however, they took the unit with them but I think they left the wiring in the ground. Since I’m not exactly sure where the wire is or the perimeter it covers, I’m assuming an inactive wire will not interfere with the transmission and/or coverage area of a new system, correct? Thank you in advance for your response.

ADMIN – Hi Shawn, Thanks for the feedback! You can buy one system and bundle in individual collars to match each dog. Any of the PetSafe in-ground units will are very reliable and should be able to enjoy a solid fence system with independent correction levels for each dog. I’d recommend going with the PetSafe Stubborn and bundling in your additional wire and collars. I’d use the Stubborn collar on the Ridgeback. For the others, any that are over 12 lbs, I’d recommend the PetSafe Deluxe collar. For any that may be under 12 lbs, I’d recommend the PetSafe Little Dog collar. You’ll need to add in an additional 1,000 feet of wire to cover your 1.3 acres. Yes, unconnected, inactive wire will not interfere with the new fence.

Shelia July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

We rescued 3 black lab mixes from the animal shelter. Their weights and size are, 48lb at 6 months, 45lb at 4-months, and 8lb at 2-months. We have a little under 2 acres, which fence would be best for us?

Admin- Hi Shelia,

A great system for your three black labs will be the PetSafe Stubborn/Large dog fence. The collars are designed for a larger sporty breed of dogs like you have. Plus, the collar can withstand play fighting better than most other collars we offer. The system comes with 500 feet of wire that can contain 1/3 acres. For 2 acres, you will need a total of 1500 feet.
For the 2-month old black lab, we recommend waiting until at least 6-months old or whenever the young lab can understand basic commands (come,sit,stay) before training.

Glen July 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

We have two small dogs. One is a Jack Russell that is maybe close to 20 lbs and the other is a smaller Jack Russell mix. I’m interested in learning more about the wireless systems, but wondering if the size collars are an issue for smaller dogs? Will all of the wireless systems collars work OK with smaller dogs?

ADMIN – Hi Glen, if you’re smaller Jack Russell is at least 15 lbs, the wireless fences would be okay for both dogs. The Havahart Radial wireless fence is the best functioning wireless fence which has the lowest boundary wobble and best collar response times than compared with other wireless fence options.

Cheryl July 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Your site is Wonderful! I have a 4 yr old 40 lb pointer recently adopted and a 4 yr old 10 lb chihuahua, both of them love to run the neighborhood. The chihuahua will come back on command however not so much for the pointer. Fortunately she does come home when she’s had enough “play time”. She is also a darter, if she sees birds, squirrels, rabbits, etc. From looking at all of the information I am ready to purchase but want to make sure I’m getting the right system. I have 3/4 acre and I’m thinking petsafe little dog with additional collar for pointer. Not so sure which collar would be appropriate and would appreciate your help in recommendation for system and amount of wire I may need. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

ADMIN – Hi Cheryl, Thanks for you feedback! Yes, I’d recommend the PetSafe Little Dog and add in the PetSafe Stubborn collar for the pointer. The Stubborn collar is suited for hunting dogs an will work well for that darting pointer. For 3/4 of an acre, you’ll need to bundle in an additional 500 feet of boundary wire.

Jillian Bishop July 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I have a 35lb puggle and we are moving from a small farm into town to a manufactured housing community so that I can go back to school. The rental house has a small yard but no fence. My dog loves to lay in the sun but I cannot put a fence up due to not owning the property. Are there any good options for a small yard situation? Thanks! Jillian

ADMIN – Hi Jillian, small yards can be too small. What is the dimensions of the yard in feet?

Iggy Dauchot July 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

We have two four year old dogs. One female boxer 48 pounds and a large male mix 87 pounds. The boxer is a curious wanderer who likes to protect her property and the male mix is a trustee stead that stays on the porch even if you are gone all day, although he can be protective of his property especially with his female companion. We are renting the property, about a 1/2 acre, new to the area, about a block from the road but otherwise at the end of two dead end streets on a very quiet corner. What do you suggest. Thanks in advance.

ADMIN – Hi Iggy, We’d recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart Dog Fence (PIG00-13619) for both your dogs. While they are greatly different in size, because the larger male is so compliant, he will be okay with whatever correction setting you will need to have the female boxer on. With half an acre, you’ll need a total of 1,000 feet which means you’ll bundle one additional roll of wire to your order.

Teressa Honeycutt June 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

We have a Chocolate Lab/ Australian Shepard mix that we adopted as a pup. He is a wonderful dog EXCEPT we can not break him from running away if he gets off lease. We will be moving in two months back to our hometown and have approximately 2/3 acre. My question, if we use the Havahart radial system, and allow the boundary to give him access to a small stream, will this affect the collar? I know it is water “resistant” but will that cover getting dunked? At the height of rainy season, the stream may run 2 ft deep, in the dry season, 6-8 inches.

Admin- Hi Teressa,
Unfortunately the Havahart collar will malfunction if the collar is submerged in water. We would not recommend including the stream within the boundary of a Havahart system. If you do want your dog to swimming and have access to the stream. The best option will be a wire in-ground system because the collar will be fully waterproof.

Karl May 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

We’d like to restrict our two Newfoundlands to around four or five of our seven mostly open acres. Our house is not situated in the middle of the property, so I’m concerned about a circular wireless system. A wired system sounds impractical given the size of our property (abuts two roads). I was all set to pony up the price for the Havahart system that can be formed to match the shape of the property until I read the reviews. What would you suggest I do? Thanks.

Admin- Hi Kari,

Unfortunately, it is hard speculate how well a wireless fence will operate on your property. It really only comes down to testing it on your property. Wireless fence technology is finicky and the results depend on each property you test it on. Plus, the wireless system tend to be unreliable for large dogs.

We always recommend a wired system over a wireless fence. There still is no comparison in reliability and functionality. A wired fence, while creating more work upfront with installation, offers a crisp boundary shaped exactly to the contours of your property and is very low maintenance.

A great system for you Newfoundlands will be the SportDog system. The collars are very durable and are intended for a large breed of dogs.

Jim May 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I am looking to purchase the Innotek IUC-5100 system, but I’d like to use a heavier gauge wire than the 18 ga. included. Will a 14 gauge wire work with this system?

Admin- Hi Jeff,

Absolutely, 14-guage boundary wire is the largest wire that the Innotek system can operate on. We do offer the heavier gauge wire under the “Extra boundary wire Kits” tab.

SY April 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

I have a 3-year-old 65-pound lab mix and a 7-month-old 25-pound Australian shepherd mix. I like the specs on the Innotek 4100. Do you think this would work for both dogs or do I need to go with the PetSafe Stubborn with Deluxe extra collar for aussie?

Admin- Hi SY,

The IUC4100 systems will work great but the system does lack independent correction levels. The corrections amounts (low,medium,high) will be set on the transmitter itself and both collar will issues the correction based on the setting. If you are worried about the correction amounts for Aussie, we can send you out some resistors with your order. Once applied to the collar, the resistors will reduce the correction about my 50% to 75%.

Karl April 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

We’d like to restrict our two Newfoundlands to around four or five of our seven mostly open acres. Our house is not situated in the middle of the property, so I’m concerned about a circular wireless system. A wired system sounds impractical given the size of our property (abuts two roads). I was all set to pony up the price for the Havahart system that can be formed to match the shape of the property until I read the reviews. What would you suggest I do? Thanks.

Admin- Hi Kari,
1)The best wireless option available is the Havahart wireless system; however, the Havahart system will only project a circular boundary and since your house is not in the middle of your land. You setup would cut of a portion of your property.
2)The best option that will inclose your whole property and allow your dogs full roam will be a in-ground wire system. The boundary wire can be installed below ground or above ground. For the driveway, you can either cross over the top in one of the expansion joint or cut a small gap to install the wire inside.
3)A great system for large Newfoundlands is the SportDog SDF100a system. The SportDog system is designed for larger sportier dogs like you have. The SportDog collar is very durable and offers independent correction levels. You will be able to set the correction amount for each dog on the collar itself.

Jen April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

We have a one year old lab that has taken to wandering off. Our property is wooded aside from the yard but located in city limits, we have a paved driveway and a creek that we would like to allow her access to. We would probably fence about an acre. What system would you recommend?

Admin- Hi Jen,

1) Labs tend to be easy to train. Our top choices are the Innotek IUC-4100 or IUC5100 systems. Both systems offer a nice slim fitting rechargeable collar. The system comes with 500 feet of wire, you will need 1000 total feet to cover 1 acre.
2) The easiest method to cross your driveway will be to install the wire inside the expansion joint.
3)The collar are fully waterproof and will be fine in the creek. For the wire that crosses the creek, you will want to install it in a PVC pipe to help protect it from run off.

Leave a Comment