Electronic Dog Fence Recommendations

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  • 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.




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