Dog Fence Reviews

This section reviews and compares the DIY dog fence systems. We review systems by Innotek, SportDog, PetSafe, Perimeter Technologies and Humane Contain. The comparison chart below summarizes our findings. Click on the model name or use the navigation menu of the left for a more detailed review of each system.

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Dog Fence DIY Logo PetSafe
YardMax
PIG00-11115
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Ultrasmart
PIG00-13619
Innotek
IUC-5100
PetSafe
Little Dog
PIG00-10773
SportDog
SDF-100A
Rating Excellent" Excellent" Good Good Good
Reliability Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
Rechargeable Yes Yes Yes No No
Correction Levels 5 3 3 4 5
Battery Backup No Yes Yes No No
Capacity 10 acres 25 acres 25 acres 25 acres 100 acres
Other Notes
  • Anti-run-through
  • Small collar
  • Pod compatibility
  • Slimline collar
  • Collar fit
  • Pod compatibility
  • Remote trainer
  • Collar Fit
  • Pod compatibility
  • Smallest collar
  • Lower correction
  • Collar compatibility
  • Highest capacity
  • 1,000 ft wire
  • Most waterproof
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Price $299.95 $299.95 $339.95 $269.95 $259.95
Full Review PetSafe YardMax
full review
PetSafe Ultrasmart
full review
Innotek IUC-5100
full review
PetSafe Little
full review
SportDog SDF-100A
full review

 

Dog Fence DIY Logo PetSafe
Inground PIG00-13661
PetSafe
Stubborn PIG00-10777
Perimeter
Ultra PTPCC200
DogtraEF-3000 Dogtek
EF-4000
Rating Good Good Good Good Good
Reliability Good Good Good Good Good
Rechargeable No No No Yes No
Correction Levels 4 5 1/3 5 8
Battery Backup No No No No No
Capacity 5 acres 10 acres 5 acres 40 acres 2.5 acres
Other Notes
  • Cheapest PetSafe
  • Best budget fence
  • Collar compatibility
  • Strong correction
  • Collar vibration
  • Collar compatibility
  • Dual frequency
  • Low interference
  • Soft contacts
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Older system
  • Custom boundary
  • Small collar
  • Cheapest Dogtek
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Price $169.95 $199.95 $179.95 to $204.95 $249.95 $149.95
Full Review PetSafe PIG00-13661
full review
PetSafe Stubborn
full review
Perimeter Ultra
full review
Dogtra EF-3000
full review
Dogtek EF-4000
full review

 

Dog Fence DIY Logo Innotek
SD-2100
Innotek
SD-3000
Innotek
SD-2000
Humane
Contain
Smart Dog
HT-023
Rating Good Good Good Good Good
Reliability Good Good Good Poor Poor
Rechargeable Yes No No No No
Correction Levels 3 1 1 3 1
Battery Backup Yes No No Yes No
Capacity 25 acres 5 acres 5 acres 100 acres 1 acre
Other Notes
  • Cheapest rechargeable
  • NiMH battery
  • Cheapest remote trainer
  • Cheapest reliable system
  • Works with auto dog door
  • Cheapest dog fence
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Price $209.95 $179.95 $119.95 $99.95 $49.95
Full Review Innotek SD-2100
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Innotek SD-3000
full review
Innotek SD-2000
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Humane Contain
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Smart Dog HT-023
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Kody May 26, 2015 at 10:51 pm

I have a 150lb 1 year old mastiff/st Bernard mix. I have the pet safe stubborn dog fence on about 2.5 acres and its on level 5 and he’s still running across the wire. Do you have any other recommended under ground fence for a very stubborn dog.

ADMIN – Hi Kody. Mastiffs and the Saint Bernard breed require extra patience. Unfortunately, the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) provides the strongest level of static correction. The key to successfully containing Mastiffs and the Saint Bernard breed is consistent dog training. Also, it is helpful to seek out a professional Dog Trainer to help the dog overcome destructive habits.

Stewart May 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

I have a 65 lb lab that is pretty mild mannered, but loves to run, (mostly in circles, really fast), but can also be distracted by feral cats and neighborhood chickens that wander nearby.

We have five acres that has a combination of beat-up wooden fence and T-Post barbed wire. We also have a pond that the lab, true to her nature, loves to swim in.

I would love to do the entire perimeter of the property so she has the run of the place with the kids. The thought of trenching the perimeter makes me sick to my stomach. Are the systems noted in the reviews waterproof and can they be stapled/attached to the existing fencing?

ADMIN – Hi Stewart. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your Lab in a 5 acre perimeter loop. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal fencing (e.g., metal T-Post, Barbed Wire, etc) to avoid amplification problems. You can also use Lawn Staples to attach the boundary wire on top of the ground. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence has a rechargeable and waterproof collar.

AprilT May 21, 2015 at 1:11 am

Hey–I’m here looking to find out options for a dog who is an extreme Houdini. We are running out of options for his safety and are desperately seeking something to try to keep him safe. Scout is a 45# lab mix that we got from our local shelter four years ago. Originally, it was thought that he was mixed with terrier, but we and our vet team are now fairly sure that he is mixed with whippet (part of the problem). He is an extremely intelligent runner. We have a large fenced yard that he digs out of. We have tried several PetSmart electronic collar systems, we have tried regular AND aversive collar training, and we have tried even keeping him on a lead. We’re down to options that don’t feel humane to us, like having to use chain collars that he cannot chew through with chain harnesses and chaining him when letting him go outside. He came to us a car chaser and has already “hit” cars while they were driving. We are worried he will hurt himself or cause a car accident. He is a well-cared for dog, one who mostly is an indoor dog, but needs extreme running. We give him space and tasks in the yard and play with him and he has a German Shepherd mix who plays with him as well, but it isn’t enough. The question is, is there a collar/fence that will continuously shock him if he exits the perimeter? He is well acclimated to regular collars and will take the hit on max/stubborn because he knows it ends. He is also an extremely fast runner so even “long” boundaries aren’t “long” enough for him. Even walking him is problematic as he doesn’t stay on a leash, even after significant training…??

ADMIN – Hi April. What is the size of your pet containment area? Does your fence contain metal? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard.

Kathy May 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

We have a 6 year old chocolate lab that weighs about 75 pounds. She is a jumper!!! We want to put a fence around our back yard that is not very big – maybe a little less than 1/4 acre. Which product do you suggest?

ADMIN – Hi Kathy. Do you have an existing metal fence? You will need 500 feet of boundary wire to contain your Chocolate Lab in a 1/4 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax has run-through prevention and a rechargeable battery.

Tami Yeater May 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

We have 4 dogs and our chain link fence needs replaced. I’m wondering if it might be just as cost efficient to go with a wireless system. Dog breed and size are- 2 beagles 30lbs/25lbs, a shepherd lab mix 70 lbs ( very mild tempered) and an American Bulldog 14 months old- 70lbs- very strong- she is also deaf- very high strung. What system do you suggest for 1 acre of coverage.

ADMIN – Hi Tami. Wireless dog fence systems do not work with slopes, metal, metal fencing, metal roof, metal siding, aluminum siding, trees and sheds. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 1 acre perimeter loop. You can use Lawn Staples to attach the boundary wire on top of the ground.

James Cain May 20, 2015 at 11:23 am

We have a 6 month Golden retreiver. Today he is 32 pounds but based off his dad he will probably end up around 100 pounds.
The front yard is about 1/4 arce and the back yard is 1 acre. He constantly is running next door to play with neighbor dogs. I know nothing about yard fences and I want to put something in place that will cover both the front and back yard. My lot is more like a square and it is about 1 1/4 acres. I appreicate any help you can share on what might be the best system for me to use.

ADMIN – Hi James. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax has run-through prevention and a rechargeable collar. Also, please look at the sample dog fence layouts on the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page.

Britt Owen May 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

I have two large dogs.. a German Shepard and a American Retriever and both are grown puppies and love to roam. The Retriever is not very obedient and does what he wants. We live in the country on about 2 acres but they both have been getting into our neighbors chickens & killing them so I need something that will keep them in the yard. I am afraid the retriever will test what ever system we install but need something that is strong and will stop him from leaving the yard. What system would you recommend.. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Britt. What is the weight of your German Shepherd and American Retriever? Answering this question will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 2 acre perimeter loop.

Ruby May 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Hi there can you suggest what fence would best suit my dogs. I have 2 small breed dogs chihuahua cross and Jack Russsell cross both weigh approx 5kg ea, we have moved from 5 acres to a smaller property the area they now have is about 17m x 10m, there is not fencing only hedging that forms the fence line, kangaroos and foxes are present, which they love to chase. What would be the best fencing for my dogs.

ADMIN – Hi Ruby. What state do you live in? Our sales and support are limited to the United States coverage area.

Hunter May 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Hey, I have 3 dogs. A Siberian Husky, Lab, and a Australian Shepard. They range from 30 to 90lbs. All three of these dogs are very energetic and I would like something that will work for all of them. The plan is to try and let them roam in a 5 acre area but would also like to contain a pond in that area as well. Which would be best for them, the Yardmax or SportDog system?? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Hunter. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your 3 dogs in a 5 acre perimeter loop. The PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) works better for containing Huskies because of their long/thick fur/coat. I would also add the Long Contact Probes to your order. The Stubborn system can also be used with the collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe In-Ground systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having an electric dog collar than suits their needs.

Peppar May 19, 2015 at 11:29 am

Hi,
I have 4 dogs that I need to “contain” in approx. 5 acres. 1 dog weighs approx. 60 lbs,; 1 weighs approx. 30lb; 1 weighs approx. 15 lbs,; and the other 1 weighs approx. 7 lbs. They all go in & out of the house. I live in the country but with neighbors. What type of fencing do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Peppar. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your 4 dogs in a 5 acre perimeter loop. What is the breed, temperament and neck size of your 4 dogs? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence.

clinton May 17, 2015 at 10:04 pm

I have three Labs, a 75lb female, a 80 lb male and a very muscular 110 male. I am looking to remove them from the standard fenced in enclosure the are in to give them more room by installing an underground fence. I have 4 acres and would like to “fence them in” a 2 acre area. Which of your systems would you recommend? And why?

ADMIN – Hi Clinton. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your three Labs in a 2 acre perimeter loop. What is the temperament of your Labs? Answering this question will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence.

Jessica May 13, 2015 at 4:21 am

Hi I am trying to find the best fencing option for our 1 year old German Shepherd. Currently we live on a large piece of property in the country and she is able to roam free with no containment and does not leave her boundries, we are moving to a new home in the village. Our home will have neighbors on both sides of us I am worried that she will wander into the neighbors yards or worse the road. She does have a tendency
to quickly give chase to a bird or squirrels and this could have her running into the road at our new home. She weighs about 65-70lbs now and has a fairly docile temperament. What would you recommend? Thanks for you advise.
Jessica

ADMIN – Hi Jessica. What is the size of the pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard, has “run-through” prevention, and a rechargeable collar.

Travis May 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Hi i have a blue heeler and a siberian husky both around 50 pounds..what would be the best system for me…my husky has started to jump over my fence line and my blue likes to follow….my husky is rather stubborn at time and need a good unit for my yard any advice would be much appreciated

ADMIN – Hi Travis. What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn system can also be used with the dog collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having a collar than suits their needs.

Victoria May 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

I have 2 small dogs, 9 lbs and 6lbs with a huge yard, is there any model for these small breeds?

ADMIN – Hi Victoria. What is the size of your pet containment area? What is the size of your dog’s neck? Have you looked at the PetSafe Elite Little Dog Fence PIG00-10773? This is a great system for dogs 12 lbs and under.

katie May 7, 2015 at 3:20 am

Hi I have 2 Akitas and an English mastiff all around 100lbs. The Akitas are very head strong and like to run they don’t care what’s in their way. We have had remote collars that have had no effect on them what so ever. We just moved to a new home on an acre of land and notice that the neighbors have cats and really don’t want them chasing them or scaring the neighbors. What is the best system for them?

ADMIN – Hi Katie. Congratulations on your new home! We recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) for Akitas and English Mastiffs. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 1 acre perimeter loop. The PetSafe Stubborn collar is approximately 50% stronger on it’s highest level than a standard correction collar. The collar is intended to be used with dogs with low-pain sensitivity or that are very large (over 100 lbs).

Marinda May 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Hi,
I have an 8 week old Rottweiler and about 4 acres of weirdly set up property (you can only see part of it from the house). We want to let her roam as free as possible with limitations of what we can see. We live on top of a hill where all the neighbors are below us.
We want to be able to let her outside to roam within reasonable distance to do her business. Which fence would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Marinda. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your Rottweiler in a 4 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)?

Rhonda May 4, 2015 at 5:49 am

We have had both the ‘in ground’ wireless fence and now have the ‘wireless’ It has worked great for years w/ three dogs, but now- even though the system is active and the collars test positive (and have new batteries), there is no beeping or correction to any of the three.
The only thing I can think of different is that have had solar panels installed on our roof. Would this affect the signal from the base to the collars?

ADMIN – Hi Rhonda. Yes. Solar panels will cause signal interference with the wireless dog fence.

Lisa May 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

Hi. Which of these wireless systems are best for cats? We have a 40 lb. cocker spaniel and two cats…one is petite and the other is slightly larger than average.

ADMIN – Hi Lisa. What is the neck size of your dog and cats? What is the size of your pet containment area? Wireless dog fence systems do not work with slopes, metal, trees and sheds.

Sue Cormier April 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hi,
I have a 65lb Golden Doodle that is just shy of 2 yrs old. We groom her every 2 months in the summer but let her hair grow in the winter. She is starting to breach our 4ft fenced in the back yard and we are evaluating the pros and cons of an electronic fence. We live on a busy road and I fear if she breaches the electronic fence, it will increase the chance she will get hit by a car because she will not return due to the collar shock. She chases everything that moves! We would like to contain her in our back yard which is 3/4 of an acre. I would like a portable unit since we travel to a vacation home and relatives on a regular basis. I appreciate any advice you can provide.
Susan

ADMIN – Hi Sue. The key to successful pet containment is consistent dog training. We recommend giving the dog at least 30 days to learn their new territory. This is especially true with dogs that travel and are introduced to a “new territory.” Have you looked at our Remote Training collars? They work great for people who move and travel a lot with their dogs. Please visit the DogFenceDIY Remote Training collar website.

Sue April 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

I’m going to be laying my wire right next to my neighbors existing underground wire. Will any of these fences NOT be able to be used under this circumstance due to frequency issues or anything?

ADMIN – Hi Sue. We recommend keeping a 5-10 foot distance from neighboring dog fence boundary wires to avoid interference problems.

Frank April 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Hi, We are getting ready to move to a house with 3 acres with a pond and woods surrounding us. Neighbor has yellow lab with invisible fence. We have 2- 9yr old English Springer Spanials, 1 laid back, swims occasionally, doesn’t like other dogs besides his brother, the other runs around like he’s still a pup and will get in the water any chance he can. Springers are hunting dogs and will go after just about anything. We would like to give them freedom of all the property. I know this won’t keep other animals out, but worry about them chasing something ie. squirrel, rabbit, turkey, deer, also jumping in the pond with collar.
Help?

ADMIN – Hi Frank. Congratulations on your move! You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 3 acre perimeter loop. We recommend keeping a 5-10 foot distance from neighboring dog fence wire to avoid interference problems. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax in-ground dog fence has run-through prevention. The dog cannot run through the fence no matter how far they go.

Lisa April 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm

I have a Giant Scnauzer and a Border Terrier, both young. I’d like to fence about 10 acres, some of which is already fenced with wooden poles and electric braided rope as part of horse pasture. Can I mount the dog fence to the same wooden poles as the horse braided electric rope without electrical interference one to the other?

For portions of the dog fence that will be laid on the ground (portion going through heavy woods), should I run it through irrigation hose cut in sections and then taped together?

ADMIN – Hi Lisa. What is the weight and temperament of your Giant Scnauzer and Border Terrier? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system. You will need 3,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 10 acre perimeter loop. No. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet in front of the electric horse wire to avoid signal amplification problems. We recommend running the boundary wire through a plastic PVC pipe or garden hose when installing through a heavily wooded area to avoid damage to the boundary wire.

Cory April 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I have a yellow labrador that is 80 pounds. I have a two acre lot I would like to enclose with and underground fence. I live in northern Wisconsin and I am wondering what would be the best fence containment system and what gauge wire would be best for out weather conditions? How much wire will I need?

ADMIN – Hi Cory. We recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence for Labs. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your Lab in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge boundary wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge).

Shannon April 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Hello,
I have about 3 acres and an inadequate fence that my multiple dogs seem to find the weaknesses on regularly. The neighbors have left several notes on our fence alerting us to our dogs breaking out and running in the street and acting aggressively towards them while we are gone to work and then breaking back in before we get home. I have 3 Chihuahuas, 2 large dogs and then my Step Son and Nephew both have large dogs staying with us temporarily. That’s 7 dogs we need to keep contained on 3 acres……Please recommend a good system for us that will handle multiple dogs and multiple sizes.

ADMIN – Hi Shannon. I’m sorry to hear about your dogs breaking out. What is the age, weight and temperament of your 7 dogs? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 3 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn system can also be used with the collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe In-Ground systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having a collar than suits their needs.

Danielle Robison April 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

We have a 4 year old pitbull/boxer cross and we are moving to an acreage on a 3.5 acre lot. I have been researching containment systems as she tends to be aggressive and both neighbors on either side have larger dogs. She does not need full run of the whole property and has lived on an acreage her whole life but the neighbors were farther away so she just ran free, I am not sure how she will do with a containment system. Which would you suggest for us? We also have a 10lb shihtzu that we may want to add on after depending how she does but she usually stays close enough to home that I am not worried about her.

ADMIN – Hi Danielle. Congratulations on your move! What is the weight of your 4 year old Pitbull/Boxer? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog(s) in a 4 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn in-ground dog fence system works great with the Pitbull breed. The 10 lb shih tzu can also be safely contained on the Stubborn Dog Fence by adding the PetSafe Elite Little Dog Collar.

Cassaundra April 23, 2015 at 2:53 am

Hi i have a bullmastiff mix and a pit mix ones around 75-80lbs the other around 50-60lbs i need to keep them away from our neighbors fence they keep jumping over also the drive way to keep them from running out i was woundering if there was some sort of fencing that could run across our driveway. The corner of the fence and drive way kind of run along eachother so id like to just keep them out of that corner area all together if possible

ADMIN – Hi Cassaundra. What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? We recommend adjusting the Boundary Width Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. You can place the flags 10 feet apart around the warning area inside the boundary wire. Then, test the Dog Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Barb April 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

I have a german shepard pup and 1.25 acres of land that I want to fence in, with two no zones. What would be the best unit and is it difficult to set up the no zones? One of the no zones has a above ground pool in it . Will the metal from the pool affect function of the fencing? I have also not been able to understand the distance that correction starts before arriving at the line of fence so that I can understand my spacing for my two no zones.
Thank you, Barb

ADMIN – Hi Barb. What is the weight and temperament of your German Shepherd? You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Yes. Metal from the pool will interfere with the signal in the boundary wire. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal objects to avoid amplification problems. Have you looked at the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page? Which of these layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

danielle April 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm

I have 1 year old 70 pound Pit Bull. I have a 1 acre corner lot with lots of foot traffic. I have a existing 4 foot chain link fence around the entire property. She is a indoor dog, but does have outside play time. I will like to attach wire to existing chain link with zip ties (I think). I will need about 1000ft of wire. Which system do you recommend and which gauge wire? Thank You

ADMIN – Hi Danielle. We recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) for the Pit Bull breed. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1 acre perimeter loop. No. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet in front of the chain-link fence to avoid amplification problems. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge).

Kathi April 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Hi, I have a very small yard and one determined 45lb mixed breed dog. She feels her job is to keep all birds and lizards out of her yard as well as chase the fish in my pond. I don’t mind her chasing all of the above, although I do love having them in my yard….the problem being she is ruining all of my flowers and she continues to knock rocks into the pond and really mess up the natural look of the waterfall in my pond. I would like to find something to keep her out of the flower beds and also allow me to take the barricades down around my pond. Suggestions? Thank you for your time.

ADMIN – Hi Kathi. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What is the size of you pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax is compatible with the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378).

Krislyn Cook April 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

So I live in town and have a husky that is an amazing escape artist and is pretty good at getting off her chain! On top of that we have another pup and they like to play outside together but we want to keep them out of our neighbors yard so I keep suggesting an underground fence but my husband thinks or yard is too small. He also believes the fence will shock them like 5 feet before they cross it making our yard even smaller. Is that true? Or does it only shock if they cross the line?

ADMIN – Hi Krislyn. What is the age and weight of your Husky? What is the breed and weight of your puppy? What is the size of you pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me make your dog to the best electric dog fence.

Wanda April 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Hi we have 2 black labs, one of them likes chasing cars along the road where our farm is at and they both like to visit our neighbours.. Is there a possibility to put 2 dogs on 1 system or do I need to purchase two systems and lie double the wires?

ADMIN – Hi Wanda. What is the age and weight of your Black Labs? What is the size of your pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence? Yes. You can put 2 dogs on the electric dog fence by adding an additional dog collar. Have you drawn out your dog fence layout? Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation, and Layout” page.

Ryan April 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

I have an 1 year old Australian Shepard who has realized that if she runs fast enough she can make it through the shock zone of our regular petsafe fence which only gives a small correction anyways. We are on 2.5 acres and would like to just upgrade the static level on the collar. She responds very well to a remote training collar with static levels above 5. I would rather have her feel the pain of a higher shock that be found running down the highway again near our house.

ADMIN – Hi Ryan. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What is the model of the PetSafe electric dog fence that you are currently using? The compatibility of another dog fence collar depends on the model number of the PetSafe dog fence.

Kristen April 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I have a 3-year-old, 65 lb Treeing Walker Coonhound. He’s recently discovered that he can go over the 4′ fence in our back yard. I have heard that I could staple the wire for an in-ground fence to our physical fence, rather than burying it. He’s a typical hound with a high prey drive, but kind of a weenie. It only took a couple of hits with the remote training collar to teach him that the housecats were not for hunting. Which fence would you recommend? We only need to enclose an area of about 1/2 an acre.

ADMIN – Hi Kristen. You will need 1,000 ft of boundary wire to contain your Treeing Walker Coonhound in a 1/2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? It has a rechargeable collar and run-through prevention.

J and P April 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

We just recently purchased a home on 3/4 acres, with a river as one of the borders. We will be getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback in about 4 months. it says that an electronic underground fence will not contain them. This was our plan as we do not want to build a traditional fence and block out the beautiful area where the house is built. Are electronic fences not suggested for larger breeds? We do plan on neutering him as soon as it is possible.

ADMIN – Hi J and P. Congratulations on your new home! You will need about 1,000 ft of boundary wire to contain your Rhodesian Ridgeback in a 1 acre perimeter loop. The key to success with an electric dog fence is consistent dog training. Once you place an order you will receive a downloadable copy of the “Expert Installation and Training Guide” which shows you how to consistently train your dog in 2 weeks.

LD April 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

I have a 5 month old mixed breed, 30lbs. I live in a heavily wooded area and want to keep my dog contained. I want to keep the dog contained within our yard area with I estimate to be about 3/4 of an acre with our home and a driveway in the middle of the property. Is this fence suitable for that configuration? Is the warning to the dog harmful. How will the dog be trained to avoid the area of the fence? What happens when we want to take the dog for a walk outside of the perimeter?

ADMIN – Hi LD. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1 acre perimeter loop. You can use Lawn Staples to secure the boundary wire in a wooded area and cover with leaves and natural foliage. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The dog receives a beep and then a correction if he goes outside of the boundary area. The static correction can be adjusted based on the dog’s temperament. The “Expert Installation and Training Guide” shows you how to train your dog in 2 weeks. You can create a “Virtual Gate” to allow the dog to exit the pet area when going for walks.

Nancy March 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Hi again. we live in Pennsylvania ands 3 sides of our property are wooded, so we need wire that is durable. Thanks again! Nancy

ADMIN – Hi Nancy. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge).

Nancy March 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Hi, we recently bought a 1 year old extremely friendly, yet determined 25 lb cocker spaniel who is bound and determined to visit neighbors and their dogs. We want to keep him in the boundaries of our 5 acre farm for his own safety and are looking into installing an underground dog fence. The fence will go around the perimeter of the 5 acres. What do you recommend as our best option??? Thanks so much!!

ADMIN – Hi Nancy. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 5 acre perimeter loop.

David Gutschall March 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Could anyone tell me when this was updated?

ADMIN – Hi David. We are adding updates to the DogfenceDIY site daily.

Amanda March 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Hi, I am looking to get an invisible fence for my 45 pound mixed breed dog. She keeps digging under our traditional fence to get into the neighbor’s yard. We have only about .5 acres of land. I would appreciate any advice you have. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Amanda. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. You will need 500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? We recommend setting the Boundary Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. You can place the flags 10 feet apart around the warning area inside the boundary wire. Then, test the Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Bryan March 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

I have 2 5 month old boxers I want them to have a lot of room to run but stay in our yard. I wanted to give them an acre or more to run. Any idea what I should get?

ADMIN – Hi Bryan. What is the weight and temperament of your 2.5 month old Boxers? What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence?

Meaghan March 20, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hi there,
I have an 80 lb border collie/great Pyrenees mix who will run after joggers/cats/bikes/other dogs etc. Our property is on 1.8 acres and architectural controls do not allow us to construct a fence around the property so currently she is on a long obtrusive rope when we are outside or a leash. The property spans both sides of our driveway – is it possible to have an underground fence installed so the dog can be on both sides and in the driveway but cannot pass the driveway?

ADMIN – Hi Meaghan. What is the age of your Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix? Does she understand and follow the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay)? Have you looked at the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation, and Layout” page? This will help you draw out your dog fence design. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop. It sounds like you are containing on 1 side of your property. The “Single-Sided Boundary Layout” works well for containing you dog on 1 side of your property.

Wil March 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

I have a 1/4 acre lot and am needing a solution that will effectively keep our dogs away from our 6 foot tall privacy fence (they dig out).

One dog is a 65 pound Weimaraner and the other is a 30 pound Beagle/Pit mix. What would be a good solution?

Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Wil. I’m sorry to hear about your dogs digging out. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence is a good choice for your dogs and your yard size. You will need about 500 feet of boundary wire to contain your 2 dogs in a 1/4 acre perimeter loop. We recommend setting the YardMax to Traditional Mode “B” and adjusting the Boundary Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. You can place the flags 10 feet apart around the warning area inside the boundary wire. Then, test the Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Don March 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

Hello, I am looking into purchasing a wireless system for our pet pug. I currently have a wired system installed but there must be a flaw in it somewhere. I live on the side of a hill and was wondering how the wireless system would work on that.

ADMIN – Hi Don. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your Pug? What is the size of your pet containment area? Unfortunately, wireless dog fences do not work on slopes, around trees, metal roof, aluminum siding, and sheds just to name a few. What is the model number of your current electric dog fence system? Is you transmitter beeping or displaying any lights?

Carrie March 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Hello I am looking for a fence that will be the right fit for my dogs I have a lab/German Shepherd and a lab Rottweiler mix I have a lot of woods and the dogs need to run.

ADMIN – Hi Carrie. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your dogs? What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The transmitter can contain 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire). The Stubborn Collar uses a 9 volt disposable battery.

Les March 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

We recently brought two West Highland White Terrier puppies into our family. They are 11 weeks old and weigh 5 and 6 lbs. My wife and I are investigating options that might best contain them to our property while keeping them safe. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

ADMIN – Hi Les. Congratulations on your new puppies! What is the size of your pet containment area? The Petsafe Little Dog (PIG00-10773) electric dog fence system is designed specifically for small dogs. Accordingly, it has a smaller collar and milder corrections than regular systems. The Little Dog weighs only 2 ounces, about half the size of a regular collar. The collar is also about half the size and weight of a regular dog fence collar. Because of the small size and weight the collar can be used with dog as small as 5 pounds. The collar uses a PetSafe branded RFA-188 battery cartridge. The battery is small and light, but has a short 1 month life and costs about $10. You can extend the battery to 2 months if you turn off the collar at night. The PetSafe Little Dog system is compatible with a variety of other PetSafe systems. You can also use the PetSafe Stubborn dog collar and PetSafe Deluxe dog collar with this system. This versatility is useful if you have dogs of very different sizes.

Shauna March 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm

We have 110 pound dog. We live in the country on an acre. He likes to leave our home and search for dead deer as well as chase loud vehicles. We have Steele siding on our garage and home and plan to put up a pole shed. What would you recommend to keep our dog in the yard?
thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Shauna. What is the age and breed of your 110 pound dog? You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1 acre perimeter loop. We recommend staying 10ft away from the metal objects that you described. Have you drawn out a layout of your dog fence system and where you want to run the boundary wire? Have you visited our “Planning, Installation, and Layout” page? Which of the DogFenceDIY layouts is most similar to your dog fence layout design? We recommend installing the transmitter in a dry location, away from metal, and connected to an electrical outlet. You could also install a “Power Pole” with an electric outlet and install the transmitter in a weatherproof box. Then, run your twisted wire (10 foot section) from the transmitter and splice to the perimeter boundary loop.

Jordan March 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm

I am looking into buying and installing a wired underground dog fence for our 5 month old Australian shepherded mixed with 1/8 husky and 1/8 blue heeler. id like to purchase one soon and get it installed in april or so. theres so many choice and so many reviews I don’t know which one to buy. we live on a farm and are looking at running about 1,000 feet of wire. he is going to be an outside dog all year around with access to my small shop for shelter and feeding/drinking. any suggestions would be great

ADMIN – Hi Jordan. Does your property contain metal? A thousand feet of boundary wire will contain your dog in a 1/2 acre to 1 acre perimeter loop. We recommend installing the transmitter in a dry location, away from metal, and connected to an electrical outlet. What is the weight of your Australian Shepherd mix? Have you reviewed the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? This underground dog fence system works great with the Australian Shepherd breed.

Tracy March 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

We live out in the country on 5 acres and also live in a metal building…we are looking to get a lab (puppy) and want to ensure his safety. I am having trouble with all of the different fencing options, could you please assist. Thank you in advance!

ADMIN – Hi Tracy. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your Lab in a 5 acre perimeter loop. Metal will interfere with the weak radio signal in the boundary wire. We recommend staying 10ft away from the metal objects that you described. Have you drawn out a layout of your dog fence system and where you want to run the boundary wire? Have you looked at the Installation, Planning, and Layout page? Which of the DogFenceDIY layouts is most similar to your layout design?

Rob March 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

We recently brought a English Lab/Golden Retriever mix puppy (16 weeks) into the family. We have a Petsafe Stubborn dog system, but want to increase the coverage area so I will be putting new boundary wire in regardless. We wanted to enclose about 3 acres of our property and planned on using 16 gauge wire unless there was a reason to go to 14 gauge? Our biggest question is whether to use the stubborn dog transmitted and collar we have or upgrade to the Petsafe Yardmax. I have been told that Goldens and Labs both have high pain thresholds and low nerve sensitivity in their necks. Would the Yardmax be strong enough of a correction? Thanks for any help or suggestions you could give.

ADMIN – Hi Rob. Congratulations on your new English Lab/Golden Retriever mix puppy! You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to expand your pet containment area to a 3 acre perimeter loop. Yes. I would recommend upgrading to at least 16 gauge boundary wire. Unfortunately, the YardMax collar is not compatible with the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777). Many of our Lab owners are very happy with the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence. The YardMax invisible fence also works great with Golden Retrievers.

Tandi Dean March 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

We used an innotek system at our previous house for our 9 year old 35 lb boston terrier. The system worked great other than the audible warning tone. Since using the system our dog goes absolutely nuts when he hears beeping, whistles, etc. While using the innotek system, we had a HUGE hole in our backyard from the dog digging trying to locate the source of the tone. The dog would dig for hours until he was completely exhausted. I honestly thought I would come home one day and find him dead from a heart attack or stroke from overexerting himself. Is there any system that does not have an audible tone? We have currently built a new home and are having a hard time deciding where to place the fence due to digging.

ADMIN – Hi Tandi. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Yes. The SportDog SDF-100A electric dog fence system vibrates as well as beeps to warn the dog when they are getting too close to the boundary. The SportDog underground dog fence system works great for dogs 20lbs and up. What is the size of your pet containment area?

Heather S, Wyoming March 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

Hello, I have 4 dogs; 1- 11 year old German Wire Hair Pointer (approx. 65-70 lbs) who likes to take off whenever he gets a chance to do so. We have a lab approx. same weight who stays in the yard mostly until neighbors or other dogs walk the streets around our house then she hauls butt after them, never attacking but looks and sounds like she’s going to and circles them while barking like crazy. Our lab had pups 10 weeks ago and we kept 1 male and one female; lab/blue tick coon mix. The male already weighs 20 lbs. and the female 15 lbs. We are interested in getting the underground fencing for them so they are free to run and exercise when outside but we’ve never had it before, know next to nothing about them, nor do we personally know anyone who has the underground fencing so I would really like some good advice on what we need, what products would work best for our situation and as much needed information as possible. I’ve read some of the other comments and I feel a little overwhelmed with choices since I’m not familiar with it much at all. We live on four large city lots so I’m guessing the 5 acre area would work best for us. Also, if you could supply me with the costs of all the items I will need I’d be very grateful to you. How hard is it to install? Thank you to anyone and everyone who can help.

ADMIN – Hi Heather. Thank you for proving the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dogs. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence. The YardMax has run-through prevention, rechargeable collars and can handle a 10 acre yard. It is easy to install and would be perfect for your 4 dogs!

Derek March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Any recommendations for a fence to house a 4 yr old/77Lbs GSD? Our back yard is slightly wooded and there’re some houses around, looking for a good fence to help contain our dog. Thank you for the help.

ADMIN – Hi Derek. What is the temperament of your German Shepherd? Does your dog have long hair? What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 invisible dog fence? If your dog needs a stronger correction you may want to consider the PetSafe Stubborn underground Dog Fence (PIG00-10777).

Randy March 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

We have two inactive bulldogs that like to wander to the neighbors. They are not small dogs, but they are not hyper active. We live in a neighborhood and our lot is 50 by 150. What would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Randy. What is the age and weight of your Bulldogs? You will need 500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in less than 1/3 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? This system comes with a rechargeable collar.

Duane Swarts March 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I would like to know the date when this comparison article was written?

I first started using underground fences for my Black Labs and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in 2005. The PetSafe system we chose worked ok, but the collars were bulky, and after replacing the batteries a countless times over the next couple of years, they were no longer water proof, and burning holes in collars got old. Yes they sold collars premade for them but it was made for the smaller dogs and not our larger dogs.

Then we moved to an area where I needed a system that would cover 15 acres and hopefully soon more than 2 dogs. At the time PetSafe did not make such a system and the only way to handle more dogs was to buy another exact system and then alter the frequency some which PetSafe recommended to me, so at the time we held off getting any additional puppies. Then, because of a circuit breaker trip and no battery backup while I was at work one day both black labs escaped and were hit out on the road. One survived with scraps and bruises the other one did not.

After a heated phone call to PetSafe someone recommended an Innotek System. So I did some detailed internet searching and come across the Innotek 5100 system and was super happy with everything it had to offer including the coverage and it is able to handle as many dogs as we wanted. A bit pricey, but it has been well worth every penny. And every single time I’ve had any problems they have handled the situation with just a phone call. They have sent new collars overnight to replace faulty ones free of charge at first then over the years the collar replacements cost $44, they have troubleshot system issues and stayed on the phone with me for hours helping me fix things. Living out in the country my problems almost always involve lightening. The first system I had I did not install the lightening protection adapter and it cost me the cost of the system. Since then I’ve learned pretty quick how to test to see if it has failed and get it replaced quickly.

The only thing I have complained to Innotek about over the years was their change to the collars after the second year we had our system. The first collars had a more durable and stiffer strap with a good buckle to secure it. When the replacement collars started showing up with a flimsy rubber strap and a plastic snap buckle I started swapping the old straps from the old collars with the new ones before sending back the old broken collars. The collars do fail, but it’s something that you notice as long as you are taking the collars off nightly when the dogs come in for the night or when you are charging them.

I’ve recommended the system we use and the dog collars to family members, coworkers, and friends and neighbors. Many now use one of the Innotek systems and I’d like to think I had a lot to do with it. Just last night I recommended the Innotek system to some friends and come home to put together an email with links to everything and some explanations so they understood how everything works and how good they are with customer service only to find out Innotek is no longer making systems and going out of business.

I’ve known for years that PetSafe owned Innotek but I’m a little upset that they would do away with their company and not have something very close to what Innotek sold to customers. Neither of the Innotek or PetSafe websites sell the collars that go to the Innotek IUC5100 or PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 systems you have in your article anymore or even sell these two systems. Now Petsafe’s “Best” system isnt good enough for what we need, and the one system PetSafe does sell that will cover enough acreage is made for small or medium dogs. Why? Is there even one family in the US that lets their small dog like a Chihuahua run around on 25 acres?

The one con listed “No independent correction level for different size dogs.” I never even once missed this from the original PetSafe system I used before switching to the Innotek system. I also noticed there is an on/off button on the collar device???? Dog’s wear these collars and lay on them and it is only a matter of time before they shut off their collar. We also use the Tagg pet tracker device to monitor our dogs and this device also has a similar on/off button that they from time to time shut off, but the difference is I receive an email and a txt msg when any of the trackers get shut off.

Not happy at all with PetSafe’s decision to discontinue Innotek products.

ADMIN – Hi Duane. I agree. We are all disappointed that Innotek dog fence products are going away. However, I do have “Substitute Collars” that can be used with the Innotek IUC5100 and PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 electric dog fence systems.

Shan February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

We have a dog that just runs she is a big dog we have tried a wireless fence and on the highest setting it dose not faze her a bite? Would a under ground fence do any good would it help?

ADMIN – Hi Shan. I’m sorry to hear about your run-through problems. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog? What is the size of the containment area? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 underground dog fence has run-through prevention. This underground dog fence system stops run-through problems by correcting the dog for up to 15 seconds until the dog turns and retreats back into the pet area. The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard.

Kathy February 21, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Good Morning…..We are considering an electronic fence for our 60# pitbull. She chews through our standard fencing and gets out and into the neighbors yards. Would an electronic fence help? Would I need something more for her stubbornness? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Kathy. What is the size of your pet containment area? The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) in-ground fence is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar. The PetSafe Stubborn collar is approximately 50% stronger on it’s highest level than a standard correction collar. The collar is intended to be used with dogs with low-pain sensitivity or that are very large (over 100 lbs). The transmitter can contain 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire).

lilly February 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

The yorkies neck size is a little over 9 1/2 iinches. Is their anything with a rechargeable battery that would work for all 3 dogs.

ADMIN – Hi Lilly. No. Unfortunately there is not a rechargeable battery that would work for all 3 dogs. The PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence (PIG00-10773) is the best system for your three differently sized dogs.

lilly February 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

I have 2 Yorkshire terriers weighing at 6 pound each and a rotti that will be weighing about 120 pound when adult. I need something that would work for 3 dogs without buying two systems. Please advice. Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Lilly. What is the neck size of the two 6 pound Yorkshire Terriers? The PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence (PIG00-10773) is a system designed specifically for small dogs. The Little Dog system is the smallest and lightest dog fence collar available. The collar weighs just 2 ounces, and has lower correction levels better suited to small dogs. The small size of the collar allows you to use the collar with dogs as small as 5 lbs. The PetSafe Little Dog system is compatible with a variety of other PetSafe systems. You can also use the collar on the PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround with this system. This versatility is useful if you have dogs of very different sizes. For example if you had a 8 lb Chihuahua and a 100 lb German Shepherd, then you could use the lightweight PetSafe Little Dog collar on the later and the larger more powerful PetSafe Stubborn Dog collar on the later.

susan scott February 16, 2015 at 10:57 am

I have tried to find the answer to this on your website, but have been unsuccessful..My dog is used to a perimeter radio fence, we used it successfully for many years. I have moved and don’t need another one, as I have a great fence. I do, however, want to use a collar to control barking now. I am wondering if the electronic bark collar will confuse her. Thanks in advance.

ADMIN – Hi Susan. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog? Yes. You can start using an electronic bark collar, since your dog has been trained on the Perimeter Radio Fence for years. We recommend creating a different routine for using the electronic bark collar. For example, you could create an “Inside of the House” routine for putting on and taking off the electronic bark collar so your dog will not get confused. Simply, use different commands like “No Barking” inside of the house so your dog will understand what you want him to do. Then, give your dog an appropriate reward for not barking in the house.

Kensli C February 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

My husband and I have a German shepherd who recently learned to jump/crawl over our fence. We live in the city and have a fence enclosed yard that is roughly 60′ x 40′. Any time our neighbors on either side of our house, or across the alley in the back are out in their yard it gets his attention and he jumps. He is just over a year old and usually listens to our basic commands but once he notices someone/something that isn’t my husband or myself he can’t be bothered to listen or stop or come at all! Would the underground system work if we buried it just inside our fence, and keep our dog from jumping or crawling over the top? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Kensli. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What is the weight of your German Shepherd? The best way to contain your dog inside of a fence is to use Traditional Mode “B” and adjusting the Boundary Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. Then, test the Dog Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Tonya February 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm

I have a lab and a pit bull mix. We have a huge yard. Part of the back yard is fenced in. The lab digs under the fence and the pit bull climbs over the fence. We had to put the pit bull on a chain and I hate it. She kept going in the neighbors yard and they complained. One side of the fence is privacy fence. There is a building behind the fence with a tin roof. There are a few trees inside the fenced in yard. Trying to figure out what the best option is to contain my dogs.

ADMIN – Hi Tonya. I’m sorry to hear about your dogs. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your Lab and Pit Bull mix? What is the size of your containment area? Are you containing your dog in a perimeter loop? Is the fence metal? We recommend installing the transmitter inside near an electrical outlet and away from metal objects. Therefore, the transmitter should not be installed in the building with a tin roof because that will create signal interference and the underground dog fence system will not work properly. Have you drawn out your dog fence layout?

Kyle February 4, 2015 at 11:09 pm

I recently purchased a Pet Safe Yard Max system with 1000′ of 14 gauge wire. I received it today and while in the office my IT computer guy said it may interfere with my Wi-Fi for my home modem since there would be a circular magnet field around my home. The fence will be around 150′ from my home. Would this cause a Wi-Fi interference issue?

ADMIN – Hi Kyle. Wireless dog fence systems are affected by Wi-fi and home modems. However, the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence is not affected in the same way. The main concern is running the Boundary Wire parallel to and within 10 feet of electrical wires, neighboring containment systems, telephone wires, television or antenna cables, or satellite dishes may cause an inconsistent signal. If you must cross any of these, do so at 90-degree angles (perpendicularly).

Wanda January 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm

We live on a farm and need to keep our dog away from the neighbors fence on one side of our property. We have cows and the property line is fenced for them. Is there any way to set up a wireless fence for our dog to keep him from going onto the neighbor’ s pasture? He can go as far as he likes in one direction as the boundary is a creek. We just need to keep him away from one side. Any suggestion?

ADMIN – Hi Wanda. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog? What is the size of your containment area? Wireless dog fences do not work with slopes, trees, metal, and buildings on the property. Yes. You could use a Single-sided Boundary Layout. For example, if your loop is 100 feet in a circle, you can only run 50 feet of twisted wire back. This install is very popular with people who live in a rural setting and they want to protect their dog from running out onto the freeway. You simply run a long length of twisted wire from the wall transmitter out to the road. Create a long, skinny loop of boundary wire, remembering to keep the parallel sections a minimum of 6 feet separated to avoid the wires interfering with each other. The key for success of this installation method is run your loop far enough along the road so that your dog doesn’t run around it.

Brett January 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

Hello,i am looking into an underground fence for my yard,roughly an acre, bout 100’x300′ and have 2 dogs, a 2.5 year old beagle male beagle and a 12 week old treeing walker coonhound,both are hunting breeds with very strong noses. Which kit will be my best option to keep them in the yard with out making them afraid to leave the yard if need be without the collars?

ADMIN – Hi Brett. Do your dogs understand and follow the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay)? You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your pets in a 1 acre perimeter loop. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge). The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. The YardMax fence offers independent correction levels for each collar. In other words, you can set the correction levels separately for each collar to customize the experience for each of your dogs.

Carol H January 28, 2015 at 12:09 am

Hi! I’m really glad I found your website. I have a 34 lb female beagle, approx. 3yo, adopted from a shelter. She loves to run, but we’ve only had her for a couple of weeks and I’ve kept her on an extendable leash. Everywhere I read about beagles, they say in-ground fences won’t work. She can be skittish and is afraid of noises, so I’m kind of wondering if maybe she might adapt to an invisible fence. We have 2 1/2 acres, about half of it is woods, so we’re really only interested in fencing in the lawn area (approx. an acre). We also have wild deer in our woods, and the smell of them really intrigue her. What would you recommend? Also – our ground is VERY rocky. We cleared the land ourselves and I know our neighbor has had a tough time keeping the wire intact on his in ground fence.
Thanks so much.

ADMIN – Hi Carol. The key to containing Beagles in an under ground dog fence system is consistent training. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your pet in a 1 acre perimeter loop. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge). The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. The YardMax features run-through prevent to keep your dog inside of the pet area. The correction starts when the dog goes past the boundary wire and continues for 15 seconds. The correction stops when the dog turns and retreats back into the pet area. This makes it much more difficult for the dog to run through the fence.

Tori January 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

After reading all the posts over the weekend, I am confused. With a PetSafe YardMax and an existing barbed wire fence, do I run the in ground boundary wire 6′ from the barbed wire or use wire ties & attach to the barbed wire? There will be a 200′ section of this that has an electric fence along with the barbed wire. I also have a small ditch/creek, 1′ across, to cross; what is the best solution for this?

ADMIN – Hi Tori. Sorry for the confusion. We do not recommend installing boundary wire with ties along a barbed wire fence. The metal barbed wire and electric fence will amplify the weak radio signal in the boundary wire. We recommend installing the boundary wire 1-3 inches in the ground and 10 feet in front or behind the barbed wire fence. We recommend running the boundary wire through a garden hose or PVC pipe to protect it when crossing a ditch or creek area.

Les January 19, 2015 at 3:34 pm

I have a very large Newfie that has no sense of boundaries. He is very active & loves to run. He is also easily distracted by deer and other animals and will chase them. I also have an older lab that loves to bolt when he’s outside. The Newfie is still growing but is already around 100 pounds. The lab is close to 70 pounds. I’m looking for the best option to contain the dogs to our 5 acre property. Neither respond when called if they are outside with distractions. Any recommendations.

ADMIN – Hi Les. What is the age of your Newfie and Lab? Does your Newfie and Lab have long hair? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 5 acre perimeter loop. The PetSafe Stubborn under ground Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is for dogs 100lbs and up that require a particularly strong correction. The Stubborn system can also be used with the collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe In-Ground systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having a collar than suits their needs. The Stubborn uses a 9 volt disposable battery and The transmitter can contain 10 acres. The Stubborn collar only includes medium length prongs. We recommend the optional long-prongs ($10) for long hair dogs.

Jeannie January 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Thank you for this forum to help dog owners understand the differences in the systems so that they can fit their needs directly. I have a 90+lb. German Shepherd that I mainly need to keep out of particular areas, primarily my gardens, rather than containing within the yard or specific perimeter…we have a fence. So, I need a system that will work with his thick hair, get his attention (he’s rather ornery) but also provide me the flexibility to keep him out of several, irregular shaped landscaped areas that are not adjoined…they are spread over a lot a little less than an acre. I currently use a wireless e-correction collar that gets his attention and stops the “trashing of my gardens,” but unless I am watching him every second to correct him, its useless. I can’t just leave him in the yard to play, I have to put him in his kennel.

ADMIN – Hi Jeannie. How old is your German Shepherd? What is the size of your property? Do you want to contain your dog in a perimeter loop? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. The PetSafe YardMax is the first collar compatible with 3 different types of zones. The Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378) allows you to create a small zone that prevents your dog from getting too close. Like a prop from Get Smart, the Pawz Away Outdoor Zone is cunningly disguised as a rock. The unit takes four D batteries and can work in both wireless or wired mode. In wireless mode, the outdoor zone creates an adjustable circular exclusion zone up to 12 feet in diameter. If the dog enters the exclusion zone, it is first warned with a beep, then given a correction. In wired mode, you can connect up to 150 feet of boundary wire to create a wired boundary loop to stop the dog from entering the protected area. Note: the unit cannot work in both wireless and wired modes simultaneous, you have to chose one or the other.

sharity January 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Hi – I have two healer dogs and a springerspaniel. We need something to contain them from running out into the road when people or vehicles walk by. We would prefer wireless with a 100% success rate but want to know what is the best option for the money. I don’t want to get a wireless one and turn around and have to get a wire on because the wireless didn’t work as hoped. We would like to have them contained to 1 acre or 2 acres. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Sharity. Unfortunately, a wireless dog fence will not provide 100% pet containment. We recommend in-ground dog fences because the pets are contained at a specific point at the boundary wire. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your two Healer dogs and Springer Spaniel? You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your pets on 2 acres.

Tanya January 7, 2015 at 5:23 am

Hi. I have 2 pure bred border collies that desperately need to run. We live on 10 of 160+ acres. Our male keeps roaming miles awau and we keep getting phone calls from Neighbors. . We would like to get a fencing system for aprox. 25 to 100 acres. We have chickens too and need to jeep the dogs away as the male has already played with some till they are no longer toys… which system should we get? Im not sure how much they weigh but border collies are a medium sized dog. Help please. Need to buy a fence ASAP. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Tanya. We recommend the SportDog SDF-100A in-ground dog fence system for very large installations up to 100 acres. This dog fence system can be used with medium sized dogs and features independent correction level for each dog on the system. You will need 5,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs on 25 acres.

Jennifer January 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

Need help……we have a 1year old Australian Shepherd and recently adopted a 2 year old Lab/Chow mix from the Humane Society. Our Austrlain Sheperd (Charlie) desperately needed a playmate to run and play with in our backyard. After spending several months visiting local shelters we found Duke. We wanted to find an older dog that did not need to go through all the puppy training we had just finished with Charlie and Duke seemed to be a perfect match. He has a calm disposition and puts up with Charlie’s rambunctiousness very well. When we first met Duke at the shelter while in the visiting room Duke leaped up over the door without warning and took off for the exit of the shelter. The door was a solid wood door which had a latch in the middle so that you could have the top half open or closed. The height of the closed door was around four feet, and Duke just leaped up and over completely clearing the door. When this happened I was worried he would jump our picket fence and began having reservations about adopting him. After over an hour of talking with my daughters and husband and trying to come up a solution we decided to go ahead and adopt Duke. The day we brought him home we bought a 30 foot yard teather to attach Duke to when we let him out. The downside was that he would get tangled up in the trees and bushes and i was worried Duke or Charlie might get hurt. we ended up having to let them out seperate which meant they were trying to use all their pent up outside energy inside which was defeating the whole purpose of getting Charlie a playmate he could run with in the yard. After two days of letting them out seperate I asked my husband if he would stand out back with me so we could let Duke out with out the teather with Charlie. It was awesome to watch them run through the yard and play non-stop for 30 minutes. After this we began letting them run loose together in the backyard several times aday while one of us stood outside to supervise. Everything was working great until yesterday. My daughter was out on the deck watching them play and without warning Duke leaped over the fence and took off. My daughter had to chase him through the neighborhood. Later that evening when my husband heard the story he said that we need to take Duke back because there is no way to stop him and he is afraid Charlie will start to follow him and learn to jump the fence also. My daughters and I are devestated and are frantically trying to come up with a solution. I have been reading about your systems but have comcerns regarding how to set it up with our picket fence. One side of our fence is shared with our neighbors who also have a dog and enclosed yard. Please let me know if you think one of your fences might work, Duke is running out of time.
Thank you,
Jennifer

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer. I’m sorry to hear about Duke. Are you containing three dogs in your yard? Do your dogs understand and follow the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay)? What is the size of your pet containment area? Are you installing a backyard loop? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence has run-through prevention. The dog receives a warning beep at the boundary wire and a correction for up to 15 seconds when crossing over the boundary wire. The correction turns off when the dog crosses back into the pet area. The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard. The fence can also be operated in a traditional where it acts just like a regular dog fence. The collar activates at an adjustable distance away from the wire. The traditional mode is preferable for single sided layouts, using the double loop, and with yards with physical fencing. In traditional mode the maximum radius is 8-10 feet from the wire. The YardMax fence offers independent correction levels for each dog collar. In other words, you can set the correction levels separately for each collar to customize the experience for each of your dogs.

Donna December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

We are in a very rural area and have a wireless
system that contains a Mastiff MX. Our concern is for our Pyr as a neighbor has started setting leg hold traps supposedly for coyotes!

Im looking into in ground fences that would allow the Mastiff more room and
Contain our Pyr. Would this contain the Pyr?

ADMIN – Hi Donna. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your Mastiff and Pyr? I would not recommend a wireless dog fence to contain large dogs. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn in-ground Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. This dog fence system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar. What is the size of your containment area? The Stubborn transmitter can contain 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire). This is a medium capacity transmitter. For larger areas, you can use the SportDog SDF-100A in-ground dog fence system which has a very similar collar but that has a stronger transmitter with an 100 acre capacity.

Barb December 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Let me add this to my last comment…
I would think the Innotek system with the remote trainer would work for the barking problem I described… but someone here reviewed that transmitter as failing repeatedly. Perhaps that was a different model than the one here with a 4 1/2 star rating. If so, can I use the Innotek system’s remote trainer for the barking? That would be PERFECT!

Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Barb. The only dog fence system that has the feature of remote correction is the Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100. The Innotek IUC-5100 combines both a dog containment and a remote training system in a single collar. The unique feature on the Innotek IUC-5100 is that the collar can be used with the included remote to allow you to correct your dog. The remote has worked for many of our customers for basic obedience training. The Innotek 5100 does not allow you to set different correction levels for each dog. This can be an issue if you have two very different sized dogs or two dogs with very different temperaments. However, the Innotek IUC-5100 Contain n Train dog fence and collars are a “Limited Stock Item.” Additionally, UltraSmart replacement Dog Collars are expensive and hard to find (e.g., eBay).

Barb December 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I have a new 1 year old 45 lb. dog who is fearful, at first. He often barks like crazy around people he doesn’t know; but is really very gentle and loving. He never does anything but run up near someone and bark (very annoying!)… then be extremely friendly after he is finished being scared. He is new so I am still training him out of this.
In the mean time… I need to get an invisible underground fence (PetSafe YardMax) to keep him contained in my yard where no above ground fences are allowed.
The question is… is there any remote correction collar or regular bark collar I can use for the barking WHILE he is wearing the fence collar? I would think not as they should interfere with each other and possibly set each other off….. But, you never know unless you ask.
I guess I could put on the bark collar instead of the fence collar AFTER he is well trained on his boundaries. Once he is trained not to bark, I could go back to the fence collar full time. He will probably never figure out which is which. A collar should tell him not to bark OR run out of his yard. If he does forget and barks, I can just touch him up with the bark collar.
What are your recommendations about this?

Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Barb. What is the breed of your one year old 45 lb. dog? I would recommend using the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 initially to get your dog trained and used to the boundaries in your yard. What is the model number of your Bark Collar? I would wait about a month before using the bark collar, because the dog might become confused if you use two different collars that are correcting in two different situations (e.g., inside and outside of the containment area). Unfortunately, the Bark Collar can not be worn next to the YardMax dog collar. The only dog fence system that has the feature of remote correction is the Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100. The Innotek IUC-5100 combines both a dog containment and a remote training system in a single collar. The unique feature on the Innotek IUC-5100 is that the collar can be used with the included remote to allow you to correct your dog. The remote has a minimal range so is not useful for training hunting dogs, but is a perfectly functional remote trainer for basic obedience training. The Innotek includes a rechargeable lithium ion collar battery. A charge takes less than two hours and last around a month (in dog fence mode). The Innotek 5100 does not allow you to set different correction levels for each dog. This can be an issue if you have two very different sized dogs or two dogs with very different temperaments. However, the Innotek IUC-5100 Contain n Train dog fence and collars are a “Limited Stock Item.” Additionally, UltraSmart replacement Dog Collars are expensive and hard to find (e.g., eBay).

Di December 20, 2014 at 4:08 am

I have two cavalier puppies…one 5 months and the other jsut 10 weeks old. I don’t need to contain them as we have great fences and locking gates, but they are real pests in the garden beds…not digging so much as jsut making the plants and shrubs their bed…hence flat and dead plants. What system would be best for my pups?

ADMIN – Hi Di. The Pawz Away Rock is a barrier system that stops the dogs entering certain parts of the yard. You can use it to stop them entering a flower bed or bolting out through a gate. The Rock base station can operate either wirelessly, projecting an adjustable boundary up to 16 feet in diameter. Or, you can use the system with up to 150 feet of Boundary Wire. The rock takes four D batteries. The dog collar included with the system uses disposable 3V lithium batteries. The Rock base station is compatible with the Innotek IUC-5100. The included dog collar is a single level general purpose collar. It is not the best, but perfectly adequate for keeping the dogs out of small areas as intended.

Jessica December 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hi – I have 4 dogs: 2 lab/German shepherd mixes at 110 lbs and 65 lbs, 1 Rhodesian/Boxer mix at 75 lbs., and an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees/Mastiff mix puppy who is slated to be 100-150 lbs. We are purchasing a home with some land and plan to fence approximately 5 acres. We are not near a particularly busy street. I have been researching the YardMax and the SportDog. Which would be best for our situation? We plan to add a few more dogs once we move. I am certainly looking for the best system, but also at long-term costs of adding more dogs, upgrading wire, batteries, etc.

Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Jessica. You have two medium sized dogs (65 lbs and 75 lbs) and two large dogs (110 lbs and slated to be 150 lbs). Therefore, I recommend a correction dog collar strong enough to capture the dog’s full attention, without overwhelming your dogs. You will need 2,000 feet of Boundary Wire to cover the 5 acres of containment. Seasonal temperature changes can contribute to wire breaks. I would recommend upgrading from the standard 20 gauge Boundary Wire that comes in the bundled dog fence package. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. However, the dog collar might not provide a high enough correction for the dogs 100 lbs and up. The SportDog SDF-100A is a dog fence system intended for very large installations up to 100 acres. For your situation, I recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard dog collar. The Stubborn system can also be used with the collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having a dog collar than suits their needs.

Alissa December 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hello! I am in a bit of a predicament. I currently have the innotek 5100 system and am reasonably pleased with its effectiveness. As an invisible fence, it is awesome. As a remote trainer, it is also excellent. However, I’ve had the system less than a year and have replaced the handheld remote trainer 4 times. All of them stopped working after a while.
The system has been discontinued. Are there any other combination systems available that are reliable? I have a spirited Anatolian Shepard who refuses to come into the house unless she has tonal incentive.
I thought about switching to just an invisible fence system but the combination system has been a training lifesaver.
Thanks for your thoughts,
Alissa

ADMIN – Hi Alissa. What is the age and weight of your dog? The Innotek IUC-5100 Contain n Train is compatible with the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (pn# RFA-378). This outdoor pod allows you to create a small zone that prevents your dog from getting too close. The Pawz Away Outdoor Zone is disguised as a rock. The unit takes four D batteries and can work in both wireless or wired mode. The Pawz Away Pods are compatible with the PetSafe YardMax, PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619, and the Innotek IUC-5100. In wireless mode, the outdoor zone creates an adjustable circular exclusion zone up to 12 feet in diameter. If the dog enters the exclusion zone, it is first warned with a beep, then given a correction. In wired mode, you can connect up to 150 feet of Boundary Wire to create a 16 foot circular exclusion zone on the wired boundary loop to stop the dog from entering the protected area. Note: the unit cannot work in both wireless and wired modes simultaneous, you have to chose one or the other. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. The YardMax is also compatible with the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone.

Kathy December 6, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Hi, We have a sweet 1 yr. old Pit Chow mix. He loves to run. We purchased a Guardian underground fence about 3 months ago and it has worked well until about a week ago. We have had to replace the batteries daily because they are loosing power to the point that the collar turn off. We have used batteries from a pack we had, a new pack we ordered, and a pack we bought at a local store. We though Buddy might have learned to stand close enough to the boundary to cause the collar to make a warning sound ua gntil the battery died , but we have tried to watch him and that doesn’t seem to be the case. He is put in a kennel at night without a collar. Do you have any suggestions? Might the collar we have just not be reliable. We can’t afford to spend several hundred on a system and have the same thing continue to happen. Thanks in advance. Kathy

ADMIN – Hi Kathy. I’m sorry to hear about your dog fence system. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-866-381-2785.

baron December 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I recently purchased 15 wooded acres with similar properties surrounding which contain deer free running dogs and horses. I have 2 pitbulls with very high pain thresholds. I have considered a standard hotwire but believe the invisible fence would be more reliable due to falling debit and other animals. What would you recommend to ensure my pets remain contained but free over at least 5 of the acres? Do you believe that this type of setup will actually contain a dog ruNing full speed after a squirrel? I am desperate to find a solution ASAP as I realy would like my pitbulls to enjoy their new found freedom, but I fear anything but the most secure solution. Any help would be great…thanks DX

ADMIN – HI Baron. Congratulations on your new home! The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar. The PetSafe Stubborn collar at full strength is approximately 50% stronger than a standard correction collar. The collar is waterproof and only includes medium length prongs. Long hair dogs require the optional long-prongs, which is about $10. The transmitter can contain 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire). The transmitter allows you to adjust the wideness of the fence boundary. You can customize the distance the boundary extends from the perimeter wire from 0 to 10 feet. For most dogs, the boundary will be set at between 3 and 5 feet. For dogs with a higher drive to escape, a wider boundary is useful particular during the training phase.

Jill hibyan November 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

We recently moved into a house with a pre existing invisible fence already installed. We only need collar, flags and transmitter. Our dog is 17 lbs. which product do you recomend?
Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Jill. What is the model of the invisible fence that you currently have? The new transmitter must be compatible with the underground dog fence system. Usually, the transmitter, boundary wire, and collar are sold as a bundle in order to maintain radio signal compatibility. Can you tell me more about your dog? What is your dog’s breed and temperament? How old is your dog? Also, can you tell me about your yard and what you are trying to do? Answering these questions will help me recommend a dog fence to meet your containment needs.

Donna Pickett November 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Charles, Thank you for calling me today to let me know that you were able to find savings for me with the shipping charges. I have had my PetSafe Stubborn Dog fence for 3-4 years and love it. I ordered another collar for my system because we have added another dog to our family. Your system is the only one that worked for our yard without having to go around our entire yard that is already fenced on 3 sides. I have a 95 lb boxer that loved to run out of our 2 acre property and run. With this system, he still has the entire yard to run but is not able to get to the road or neighbors. My boxer did try to go through the fence one time, but even with as stubborn as he is, learned quickly.This system has been a life saver, adding peace of mind for me and my family. Thank you for all you do.

ADMIN – Hi Donna. Thank you for sharing your testimonial. I’m so happy that our product has brought peace of mind in your family. Please let me know if I can assist you in the future.

Teri Baker November 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Could I use this collar with the Innotek SD 2000ground wire system?

ADMIN – Hi Teri. I have a few questions. Which dog collar brand are you referring to? I will need to check the compatibility of the collar to the Innotek Basic In-Ground SD 2000. Have you read the review on the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115? How many dogs do you have? What is the weight and temperament of your dog(s)? Can you tell me more about your yard and what you are trying to do?

Randy Merrell September 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

We will be moving to a new home soon. Our neighborhood does not allow fences. We are also bordered by a road and a lake. And one of our dogs is blind. So it would seem that this is the perfect solution. But what if one of our neighbors has the same kind of fence. Won’t the signal interfere?

ADMIN – Hi Randy, dog fence training will be a challenge for a blind dog. I would recommend against attempting it. The dog fence is a great option for properties that cannot have a physical fence. If you share a property line with a neighbor with a dog fence, you will need to purchase the Perimeter Technologies Ultra fence to avoid interference.

Andria September 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hello. Two questions. I have a very timid Cairn Terrier, and a Westie (I think he might be a human in a dog costume). We just moved into a new house on a lake. Our dogs LOVE playing in the water, and I have to give them access. I’m just concerned about giving them access in the winter. What do you suggest as the setup? I only want our dogs to be in the backyard and sides. Since our Cairn Terrier is so timid, I’m afraid that he might never want to go outside if he gets zapped. What system do you suggest? He hates fireworks (or any loud noise), wet grass, and big dogs. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Andria, if sounds scare your Terrier, then a dog fence will also terrify them. It is a scary experience when their neck begins to beep. It can create anxiety for a dog already prone to scaring easy. I would recommend dog fence collaring your Westie and consider not putting a dog fence collar on your Terrier. As for layout, you really cannot make the water front available some times and available other times. For a dog fence to work properly, a trustworthy boundary should be established. I would recommend creating a boundary along the lake and only giving your dogs access to the lake with your permission by walking them over with a leash. Otherwise, they would not be able to roam into the water on their own.

Deanna August 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Hi There, Thanks so much for your assistance with this. I have a 11kg/22lb 6 month pup that will probably reach 16-20kg. she is a mixed breed. Whippet/pointer/bull Mastiff. We live on a property surrounded by lots of Native animals and she loves heading off to chase them. She is smart and learns quickly. I’d like to contain her in an area of 1-2 acres on a slightly sloping block – mostly cleared. area crosses the driveway twice. What could you recommend please.

ADMIN – Hi Deanna, I would recommend the PetSafe Yard Max for your mixed breed. The Yard Max is a great fence for containing even the most prey driven dogs because of the true run through prevention technology only offered on the Yard Max fence. The collar is light, weighing only 3 ounces and fits all dogs 10 lbs and up.

heather August 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

We have an eight month old golden retriever/marema mix who is about 100 pounds. He loves to chase rabbits, squirrels, and birds out of the yard (and across the street). He is very territorial and has a ferocious bark that is terrifying all the dog-walking neighbors. The previous owners had an underground dog fence so I’m first wondering if it can be reused…I have no idea what brand or the boundaries. Is it worth the effort or should I just start from scratch and with what?

ADMIN – Hi Heather, if the dog fence wire is still intact, it could save lots of time and effort. However, if the wire is broken, I would not waste time trying to locate breaks, it is cheaper and more efficient to lay new wire. You will not know if the wire is intact until you can plug the wall transmitter into the wire for testing. The PetSafe Yard Max is the fence I would recommend for your Golden mix. The Yard Max is the best dog fence offering superior run through prevention with the Yard Max mode.

Richelle Anderson August 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Hi. I have a 1 1/2 year old schnauzer. I currently have an iron gate going across my driveway that I would like to take down. Once I remove the iron gate my dog will no longer be contained in our backyard. What is your recommendation? Keep in mind that I cannot bury the wire underground. Rather, it will have to be buried in the cement crack within the driveway slab.

ADMIN – Hi Richelle, In order to bury just one dog fence wire into a gap in the concrete, you will need to run a perimeter loop around your backyard completely. I recommend reviewing the backyard layouts under our Installation heading under the Planning/Layouts link. The wire running along the back of the home will need to run in the gutters so that your dog can walk in and out of your home.

Val Kirby August 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

Looking for an underground fence for new puppy. 4 month old Siberian Husky, escape artist. Approx 1–2 acres. Is there a way to cross by shutting collar off or something to let him through?

ADMIN – Hi Val, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax dog fence for your Husky. The collar comes with long contact points to help make better connection through the double coat. For crossing the boundary, we train the dog to only walk across with their owner on leash. We withhold that “safe gate” training until the dog is one the dog fence for about a month. Before that time, we remove the collar and drive the dog over the boundary so that the dog does not know if has crossed the boundary.

Diane J. Allen August 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Hi we have an Old English Sheep Dog puppy, five months old. Which fence would you recommend for her? Currently she is about 30 pounds but estimate she will be between 60 and 100 pounds fully grown. She has stubborn characteristics and often still won’t come when we call her, she wants to dart into the street if someone is walking by and we want to be able to let her in our own yard without a leash.

ADMIN – Hi Diane, I would recommend the PetSafe Yard Max for your Old English Sheep dog. The timed correction of the Yard Max prevents run through problems that owners face with some stubborn breeds.

Sherry Wrubel August 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I have a 5 month old plott hound. To get to my backyard you step down off deck into yard then there is a pool after that the yard going down hill. What wire or wireless system would you recommend for my yard? Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Sherry, as long as your dog is over 10 lbs, the best dog fence is the PetSafe Yard Max. The dog fence wire will conform to your properties landscape and should work very well in containing a hound due to the Yard Max mode.

Rumi August 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Hi, I have 2 very adventurous dachshunds, 12 and 14lbs. We have a fenced (partially 6ft and 4 ft) yard, 150×100 ft, but they have found ways to escape a few times already, chasing rabbits. It is really challenging to chase them around the neighborhood, close to a very busy street. We are on a strict budget, so what would you recommend for four seasons with tough winter? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Rumi, I would highly recommend the PetSafe Inground PIG00-13661 for a great budget buy. It is a lightweight dog fence collar that will fit dogs 10 lbs and up very well. You can attach the wire to the fence and bury the wire at the open areas.

Lauren Barnes August 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I have two pitbulls, a very, very full of energy 50lb and a fairly lazy 85lb. We’re moving to a home that has a yard that’s about 40 yards long and 25 yards wide. I wanted to get your recommendation because I’ve been researching for a few days now and I’m not coming to a decision. I would prefer on the less expensive end only because it’s a temporary living location for us, but I also need it to be effective, so if there isn’t a lower cost one that’s effective then I’ll just pay what’s necessary. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Lauren, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn dog fence for your two Pitbulls. The fence is strong enough to keep your dogs contained and it’s a great lower cost option.

Catherine August 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

We are moving to a new home where a major wall of the home is only 2 feet from the property line. Is there an in ground fence that has a small boundary for this property? How is this best addressed?

ADMIN – Hi Catherine, Yes, you will want to go with the PetSafe Yard Max fence. The Yard Max does not take up yard space. The collar only delivers the warning beep when the collar moves directly over the wire.

JS August 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Hi, I have a seven year old Jack Russell Terrier (12 pounds), that has a lot of energy and can be very territorial, especially if it sees other animals? We recently moved to a house with .6 acres with kids near by and frequent deer visits. What would you suggest to allow us to play with our dog outside but still keep him inside our boundaries? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi JS, By far, the best underground dog fence for your scenario is the PetSafe YardMax. The dog fence collar is light and fits well on dogs 10 lbs and heavier. The YardMax technology prevents run through issues that other traditional style dog fences face.

Tanya August 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

Hey I have 3 dogs. Two are 9 month old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix and a lab/pit mix that’s a couple of years old. We have over an acre but don’t need to fence it all. We live in a rural area and just want to keep them safe when we let them out. We put up a fence but they keep escaping. Any suggestions? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Tanya, I would recommend using the PetSafe YardMax to fortify the already existing physical fence on your property. The YardMax is the best underground dog fence with rechargeable collars. You can adjust the dog fence to keep the dogs back from the fence to prevent them from digging out.

Vern August 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Hi, I hope you can help me pick out a fence for my high strung fast 8 month old Boxer . I have a 1/4 acre suburban lot in a typical suburban subdivision with no other homes with a structural fence. I would like an electric fence that won’t be interfered with if another electric fence gets put in next door in the future. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Vern, our best dog fence is the PetSafe YardMax for containing high strung dogs. That would be my recommendation. The only fence we have that can be modified to avoid interference from neighboring dog fences is the Perimeter Technologies Ultra. The downside to the Perimeter Tech fence is that it requires a disposable battery from Perimeter Tech than get expensive.

Michelle Campbell August 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

I have a 18 month female lab. She is very energetic and loves to play with other dogs. We have 6 acres. She is an inside dog but loves to play outside. We currently put her on a tieout that gives her about 30 feet of roaming room. Other dogs come over to play sometimes. They freely run the neighborhood. When I walk her, she is unmanageable if the other dogs come around. I want to get an underground fence for her, I don’t want to contain the entire 6 acres but a good bit of our property. I’m sure the other dogs will come over to play and I want that for her. I am sure that she will try to run off with them. I’m nut sure what you mean when you say that they cannot run through the PetSafe YardMax, Can you recommend something for my Nala, Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Michelle, the PetSafe Yard Max boundary is a timed correction. It is not based on the collar entering a boundary zone. Specifically, when the collar moves directly over the dog fence wire, the dog collar will begin to give the 3 second warning beep. After this, the collar will begin to deliver the static correction which will last up to 15 seconds unless the collar retreats back inside the boundary loop.

BILLY BRADFORD August 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I HAVE 2 SMALL CHIHUAHUAS: NECK SIZE 8 AND WEIGH ABOUT 8 LBS. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

ADMIN – Hi Billy, the best dog fence for your Chihuahua’s is the PetSafe Little Dog which is perfect any dog under 12 lbs and with a neck circumference of at least 7 inches.

Mike Baldwin July 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Hey there, I’m looking for a wired fence system with a collar that will continue correction until the dog re-enters the containment area. What product can deliver this functionality? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Mike, there are no fences on the dog fence market that offer such functionality. All dog fences contain a safety shut off. The PetSafe YardMax has the longest correction time of 15 seconds before automatic shut off.

Deb July 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I have two Shih Tzu puppies. what system would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Deb, the best dog fence for any dog weighing 10 lbs and up will be the PetSafe YardMax. The collar is small and weighs only 3 oz. If your Shih Tzu puppies end up weighing at least 10 lbs, this is the fence I would recommend. If they weigh less, then you will need to go with the PetSafe Little Dog fence for them.

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