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
Little Dog
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
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
Stubborn PIG00-10777
Ultra PTPCC200
DogtraEF-3000 Out of Stock Dogtek
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 10 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
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
Out of Stock Dogtek EF-4000
full review


Dog Fence DIY Logo Innotek
Smart Dog
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
Price $209.95 $179.95 $119.95 $99.95 $49.95
Full Review Innotek SD-2100
full review
Innotek SD-3000
full review
Innotek SD-2000
full review
Humane Contain
full review
Smart Dog HT-023
full review


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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!


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?


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.


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,

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


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.

Damien July 14, 2014 at 5:45 am

Hi, we have a very smart, highly energetic German Short Haired Pointer, who is making our current urban fence seem like a minor inconvenience in the way of his freedom. The property is technically fully fenced, albeit, some of it 3 foot high. Which as it turns out is just annoying for our dog to have to jump on his way to running around on a very busy road! I have read that scent/sight hounds may not be well contained by these systems as they may run through them. As we have a fence we aren’t so worried about the run through as he does have to get to a fence and actually jump it. We really want to deter him from getting to the fence to be able to jump it, so it will add to the defense system! Is there a way of looping the wire so as to keep him from the fence, but allow him to come to the back door and down the sides of the house, ie 3 sides of a square? Many thanks for your help. Damien Kearney New Zealand

ADMIN – Hi Damien, Yes we have recommend several backyard layout solutions for underground dog fences. 1) Along the back of the home you can suspend the wire in the gutters or high enough to be out of range, 2) You can wrap the wire around the front of the home, or 3) You can run the wire along the top of the fence and return to the unit along the base of the fence.

laura July 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

We have a Coon Hound – Grey Hound mix. Very sweet, gentle & well behaved. We live on 43 acres of land at the end of a neighborhood of 2-5 acre lots. We know we don’t want to enclose all 43 acres with the invisible fence, but that leads to the next question of how much to enclose? Our yard is approx 3-5 acres with a pasture out back and a barn. There are trails through the wooded areas. We ride our ATVs and motorcycles along the trails and through the pasture and sometimes up into the yard or driveway. Our dog loves to run alongside us when we’re riding. When we’re not riding, he likes to stay with us. He also likes to travel between the house and the barn. He LOVES to run (I guess that’s the Grey Hound coming out in him). When he runs he is always either keeping up with us or chasing after toys we’ve thrown. He usually only gets in trouble with the running if he runs after the FedEx guy or if one of us drives down the driveway. He has occasionally strolled out the front gate and into the neighborhood. That’s the behavior we are trying to correct with the fence–running to keep up with a departing vehicle or person and wandering into the neighborhood/onto neighboring property.

So which is best? Enclose just the yard and do the “its ok to cross” routine each time we want him to accompany us outside the boundaries of the fence or do we enclose most of what we use while riding (knowing we can’t enclose it all and rely on him to know when to stop if we ride outside the boundary)? The smaller the enclosure the less the overall cost (yes I know it gets “cheaper per acre” since you don’t have to re buy the electronics component–its just the cost of wire and install), but I don’t see spending extra money if I don’t have to.

ADMIN – Hi Laura, I would enclose as much as you would like and use the safe gate routine for allowing your dog outside of the loop. This will be the most efficient, effectual, and money saving way to accomplish it. The safe gate training is very intuitive for dogs. It will work great in your scenario.

Zack Killingsworth July 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hello I have a 130lb bull mastiff she has broke a logging chain multiple time and I can’t keep her tied up due to it. I hate tying her up anyway. WhT collar do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Zack, the best dog fence for a large Bull Mastiff is the PetSafe YardMax. It has the 15 second correction that is needed for larger breed dogs. They cannot run through it like they can with a traditional dog fence.

Kristen July 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Hello, I am building a new home on a 6 acre lot that backs to a lake. I would like to put in a containment system for my 80lb lab mix and my 70lb pit mix. They both love to chase wild animals, so I need to be sure this system would keep them in the yard. I understand this does not keep critters out, but that is not a big concern for me. If I am reading the comments above correctly, it would seem the PetSafe YardMax product would work for my situation. With an additional collar of course. I would like to confirm that the price for the system, including wire for up to 10 acres of land, is $259.95. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Kristen, I would recommend the YardMax for your lab and pit mix. However, $259.95 the base price of the fence with enough wire to cover 1/3 of an acre. For six acres, you’ll need to upgrade the order to a 2,500 foot wire kit. I would also recommending upgrading it to the 16 gauge for durability.

jennifer June 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm

This is so great that you answer questions! I have about an acre which is fully fenced with a three rail board fence with rabbit fencing in between which perfectly contains my four beagles. The problem is my young lab/pointer mix who climbs over the fence and roams much to the displeasure of the neighbors. What system do you recommend and can I run the wire along the fence rather than burying it except at the gates? I have about 550 feet of fencing. Please tell me everything I would need.

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax underground dog fence for containing your Lab mix. You can attach the boundary wire to the fence off ground in order to avoid burying the wire. For fenced properties, the best application with YardMax is to run it in Traditional mode.

jbilsky June 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Is the underground wire portion proprietary to each system? We put in a wired Innotek system for our 15# Shih tzu 11 years ago. I just inherited my mom’s 1 year old wild Maltese/Shih tzu mix. I have a spare collar but as we were trying to remark the fence lines, I noticed that the location of the beeping is inconsistent with either collar. It does beep so the wire is intact and we put new batteries in both. I was wondering if that was just because the collars were old. Before buying a new one, I decided to see if the tech has changed any since we bought 11 years ago. Your site says the wired Pet Safe version has the only model safe for dogs under 10 pounds. I’d probably be wiling to get a new system but I don’t think my husband would be willing to rewire it too.

ADMIN – HI J Bilsky, the wire is not proprietary. The difference in collar distance is most likely the difference in collar antenna.

Brandi June 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I have an Aussie/Border Collie and I live on a 160 acre farm. My only problem is that my dog follows me down the road when I leave and will end up in the city (were 1/2 mile from town). Is there a system that will only block my dog from going down one side of the farm but he can still roam the rest? There is only about 1/2 mile that I would need to block in a straight line. It seems like a waste to have to kennel my dog when there is so much room. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Brandi, the solution you are needing is a Paws Away Outdoor Rock and collar. I would recommend buying just the Outdoor Rock with the PetSafe YardMax collar (PIG00-11116). This way you can create a boundary zone only at that gap in the drive way.

Cole June 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I have a 70lb pit bull and a 20lb cocker spaniel. I have an actual fence on 3 sides of my yard and only need to run one straight line(160ft) of wire across the back. How would you recommend running the wire and which fence do u recommend for 2 excited stubborn dogs.

ADMIN – Hi Cole, because the technology requires a loop, the best way to create a single sided boundary is with a long narrow loop. For two stubborn dogs of different sizes, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence and bundle in the PetSafe Rechargeable collar for the Spaniel.

Jamie June 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi-I have two pitbull terrier/lab/boxer five year old litter-mates that we adopted after they were discovered along a railroad track as puppies. Both dogs have anxiety issues. Our male dog climbs and jumps our fence; we extended the fence another two feet to make it eight feet tall, but he still gets over. We tried making a electrified fence ourselves and it worked for a month or so until our male dog just got use to it and continued his bad behavior. We also have some shock collars that were bought for hunting dogs. However, the male dog just bears the pain and will continue to try to escape. What can you recommend? (They are outside dogs. We love them, but are getting tired of the constant escaping to the front door that our male dog does; especially when he hears anything that frightens him). Also, do you happen to know if compression wear works for dogs? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Jamie, the PetSafe Stubborn fence would be a good fit. The difference in experience would be that the extended invisible barrier of the underground dog fence that is automatic. You will be able to adjust the signal from 2 to 9 feet off the wire. Unlike the remote training collars, the dog fence will work when you are not present. I do not know if compression wear works for dogs.

Greg June 21, 2014 at 4:27 am

Hello, I have an 80 lb. 2 year old retriever/chow mix named Jack. He has a ton of energy and just won’t stay in the yard with voice commands. I have about 3/4 of an acre I’d like to contain. Jack is a very strong dog and seems to have a high tolerance for pain. He is also very strong willed. Jack also has pretty thick hair along his neck. What system would you recommend? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Greg, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. It is a great underground dog fence that works well with persistent escape artist. The YardMax mode offers a true run through prevention. When the collar crosses the dog fence wire, the collar gives the warning beep and then delivers the static correction no matter how far out your dog runs. In essence, crossing the boundary wire turns the collar “on” and returning across the boundary wire turns the collar “off.” We find the sustained correction offered on the YardMax is much more effective than a momentary strong correction offered on the PetSafe Stubborn or SportDog SDF100A.

Kai June 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

Hello! I have about a one acre portion of my farm that I’d like to limit my new adult Corgi to. I’ve never purchased an electric dog fence before. Can you please tell me which fence kit would be the best for my needs and my dog’s size? My number one concern after reading through this site is the size of some of the transmitters. They are huge. I would prefer a collar that is smaller, yet still effective, on a 15lb Corgi. Thank you for your time!

ADMIN – Hi Kai, the best dog fence for your Corgi is definitely the PetSafe YardMax. The 3 oz collar is the smallest full size collar that fits well on dogs 10 lbs and heavier. Only the PetSafe Little Dog is smaller weighing at 2 oz. With the YardMax kit you will need to upgrade to a 1,000 foot kit to fence in your acre. I would highly recommend upgrading to the 16 gauge for a break proof wire.

Jenna June 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Hi, Just wondering what type of fence to get, we have three dogs, a 90lb golden retriever (all puppy) a retriever/lab mix and a small terrier mix. We have a 1/2 acre corner lot in a busy subdivision, a typical fence is not an option with HOA restrictions. We also, have a river lot and would like suggestion for it as well. What would you suggest as our best option?

ADMIN – Hi Jenna, if all your dogs are at least 10 lbs or heavier, the PetSafe YardMax is the best dog fence for containing dogs of different sizes and temperaments. The collar is very versatile. It is small and lightweight. You can set different correction strengths for each collar and the collars are rechargeable. The other great benefit to the YardMax is that it does not decrease the size of your yard for the dogs. Your dogs will be able to walk all the way up to the edge of the boundary wire. This way you can install it directly on your property line. Do you want to include the river, exclude it, or cross it in order to include it?

Dave June 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

thanks for this site; it’s very helpful in my electronic fence research. We have a 5 yr old Basset with the jowls on his neck and he’s started to chase rabbits in the adjoining woods. 1. what system would you suggest to cover 1.5 acres of lawn and cleared woods? 2. I’d like to upgrade to 14 or 16 gauge wire. Will this have any affect on the function of the system? thanks very much

ADMIN – Hi Dave, I would highly recommend the PetSafe YardMax for a Basset hound. The YardMax mode offers a true run through protection. You can confidently upgrade the wire to as large as 14 gauge. It will not affect the fences operation.

Cassie June 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

I have 3 beagles and wanting to fence in 1 1/2 – 2 acres. Trying to decide between the petsafe yard max and the sport dog. The sport dog collars look very bulky. Which do you think would be the best option?

ADMIN – Hi Cassie, the best dog fence for your scenario is the PetSafe YardMax. We highly recommend the sustained correction over the bulkier, high correction SportDog collar. The YardMax mode offers a true run through prevention that the SportDog does not offer.

Tanya June 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I have a golden retriever/great Pyrenees mix dog in a 1/2 acre lot approx. What fence do you recommend.

ADMIN – Hi Tanya, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your retriever mix. The sustained correction of the YardMax mode is superior to the traditional dog fence boundary zones you find on fences such as the SportDog and PetSafe Stubborn.

Michelle Meacham June 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hi, I am looking for a system that can handle 3 pit bulls. I have a 7 year old that is REALLY stubborn and I need something that will keep him in. Is there one that continues to shock until the dog comes back? Also I have 11 acres and would like to give them the most space I can to run. Thanks Michelle

ADMIN – Hi Michelle, the best dog fence for this is the PetSafe YardMax. The collar will begin to correct the dog when the collar crosses the dog fence wire and will not stop until the collar either crosses back inside the yard or the collar times out after 15 seconds. This is the closest match. If you go with the YardMax, you’ll be limited to 3,000 feet of wire which is 10 acres.

Kevin June 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Great site. We are new to containment fencing and I have learned a lot reading through this Q & A. I am considering the Yardmax system but also looked at the Sportdog system too. Our dog Puck is a 10 month old energetic lab-mix and I like the Yardmax system with the run-through mode and rechargeable collar but we will be containing about 2 acres of yard completely surrounded by woods and I am looking to surface mount the wire a few feet into the woods away from the mowers and trimmers. With that type of install would the Yardmax mode sill be effective? What about training (flags in the woods)? How can we best make this work? Would the Sportdog system offer an advantage? Second question. We were planning to put the transmitter in an unheated outbuilding toward the back of the property. By using this install I will only cross the driveway once saving a cut and needing much less wire. But I saw in the FAQs the transmitter must not be mounted in an area that gets below freezing. How hard of a requirement is this? We live in the Midwest and don’t have extreme winters but would prefer the outbuilding install if possible. Thanks in advance for your help.

ADMIN – Hi Kevin, the YardMax fence is a great choice for your planned layout and is our dog fence recommendation. The answer to your questions is really the training. You will want to train your dog in the visible areas where you can place flags. Then later in the training when your dog is ready to be on the fence, you can go for a walk into the woods to introduce that area. Your dog will instinctively turn and retreat at any point along the boundary where they encounter the warning tone. In the majority of situations, we prefer YardMax’s sustained correction over SportDog’s stronger correction. As for question on freezing, and unheated building is completely okay. You will see this recommendation in the manufactures manuals, but freezing temps will not affect these systems. Mainly because they are analog. If the units were digital like some are, a temperature controlled room would be necessary.

Stephanie June 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hi, We are looking at the yardmax versus the sportdog. we have a 12 lb +\- Yorkie who is 10 and a 5 mo old great Pyrenees standard poodle mix who is current 45 lbs and growing. We live on a farm with field, woods, pond, etc. we are looking to keep them out of the road as people really fly down it:( even tho it is 30 mph. we live in Central NY and get a fair amount of snow, especially this past winter! What would be our best option? Thanks for the in put! Stephanie

ADMIN – Hi Stephanie, I would recommend the YardMax for your two dogs. The sustained correction of the YardMax will contain your Pyrenees mix and the separate correction setting and small size of the YardMax collar will work great for your Yorkie.

Ryan June 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

Hello, we have a four acre yard with an existing system. The previous owner left an old transmitter and the underground wire is good. We would like to get a system for stubborn dogs. If possible, we would also like the option of being able to remotely “shock” the dog for training purposes. Is there a system that would allow for both? For example, she would get a shock when crossing the border as well as we could have a hand held remote that would shock her if she jumped on a child. Is there such technology? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Ryan, the only fence available with this technology is the Innotek IUC 5100. I would recommend buying when you can. This system has been discontinued. We do have a limited stock remaining.

Britta June 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Question regarding the PetSafe Stubborn Dog System……will SportDog SR200-I collars work with this receiver? If not, is there a system (such as the SDF100A, perhaps) that would be compatible with the SR200-I collars? I already own two of these collars and would prefer to be able to use them along with an underground fencing system rather than purchasing additional collars (3 dogs total). Thank you in advance for your assistance!

ADMIN – Hi Britta, what is the brand of collar you own?

Kyle June 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Will it still work with a 60 pound hyper dog?

ADMIN – Hi Kyle, yes, with good, thorough dog fence training it will contain your 60 lb hyper dog. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax.

Sarah May 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi, my family is getting an 8 wk old Great Dane puppy and we were wanting to put in an electric fence, are electric fences safe to use on this type of large breed puppy?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah, yes we put large dogs like Great Dane’s on dog fences. The SportDog SDF100A underground dog fence would be a great option for a Great Dane.

Al May 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

We have a German Shepard husky mix about a year old. We have a large lot and I’m OK with the dog roaming freely throughout. I do have a garden area that I would like to protect. I’m looking for something that would keep the dog out of the garden which is in the middle of our yard. The garden is approx 150 ft x 6 ft long and narrow. What are my options? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Al, with 312 foot area to cover, the best option is to go with the PetSafe YardMax. You will want to install the wall transmitter in either a garage, basement, or shed. You will run twisted wire from the unit that leads outside to the garden. Then, the twisted wire connects to the dog fence wire that encircles the garden. Since the garden is so big, the Outdoor Rock as a solution is more difficult to achieve and is roughly the same price as the YardMax.

Lisa Garner May 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hi, Just moved to a farm. The owners left behind the invisible fence and all we know is that it’s an innotek. How do we know if we buy a collar if the fence still works? Where does the power to the under wire fence come from? Thanks for any answers

ADMIN – Hi Lisa, the best thing would be to first contact Innotek to check availability of the collars. Many of the Innotek units have been discontinued. Just so you know, the dog fence wire you have installed will work with any unit you purchase. You just want to make sure the desired underground dog fence has a capacity range that will handle the amount of wire installed. The best dog fence available is the PetSafe YardMax. It has a 10 acre capacity with a lightweight weight rechargeable collar.

kelly domres May 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I’d just like to thank you for replying so quickly to all of these questions that all basically ask the same thing! Excellent customer service in guiding pet owners to what would work best for them. Very impressive and most appreciative!

Renee Hill May 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Hi- We have 5 acres of property for our blue nose pit bull. Our property is on a hill and has two asphalt drives. One coming up the hill and then one coming down the other side. Which fence would work best for us in regards to burying a fence? Or does it have to be buried? We are wanting to keep her having free range of our property but not leaving it to visit the cows next door which our neighbor has threatened to shoot her :(

ADMIN – Hi Renee, our best dog fence is the PetSafe YardMax and I recommend it for your Blue Nose Pit Bull. You do not have to bury the dog fence wire. You can run the wire on the ground and staple it lawn staples.

Lanny May 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I have two 40-pound cowdog-hounddog-retriever-who-knows-whats and a 100-pound Anatolian Shepherd. About to downsize from 100 acres to 16 and am shopping for a containment system. Do you have a recommendation for these motley mutts? thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Lanny, I would recommend the SportDog SDF-100A with the add on rechargeable collar from PetSafe. This will give you the power you need for the large Shepherd and the smaller rechargeable collar needed for the mix breed dog. Also, the SportDog will allow you to fence 16 acres. I did not recommend the Innotek 5100 or Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 because both are discontinued by PetSafe. But know that the SportDog is an incredible fence and is definitely the fence you want for an Anatolian Shepherd.

kelly domres May 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hello! We have a still growing 82 lb 7 mos old yellow lab who is a bit stubborn with listening outside and although he is very friendly, he is also very strong/large and I want to make sure he doesn’t knock over the small children that are in our cul-de-sac (he also takes off sometimes). We have an irregular sized 3/4 of an acre lot and I’m between a wireless system that we can take to our land or the Yard Max. Thoughts?

ADMIN – Hi Kelly, while a wireless system is portable, I do not expect it will contain a stubborn dog very well. The PetSafe YardMax does have the sustained corrections in YardMax mode up to 15 seconds. In practice it has proven fantastic with containing stubborn dogs. The YardMax is the fence we would recommend.

liz May 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Do you have a collar that will continue to shock after a dog crosses the in ground fence? Our bulldog has figured out he can just dash over and then he’s free.

ADMIN – Hi Liz, the PetSafe YardMax is the fence that offers that technology. It does not have a boundary zone. Instead the collar “turns on” when it crosses the wire and the collar “turns off” when it crosses back over the boundary. The collar will correct up to 15 seconds when remaining on the outside of the boundary.

Jennifer May 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

Hi, I have four dogs, an 110lb American Bulldog, a 35lb Pit Bull mix, 50lb German Sheppard/Lab mix and a 4lb Chihuahua. The America Bulldog is very stubborn, has high tolerance for pain, and is very protective of our yard, but otherwise a sweet loving dog. The Pit Bull mix is the escape artist and like to go the neighbors yard where of course they are afraid of her. I am looking for a system that will cover at least an one to two acres and has multiple collars that will allow different correction levels while not costing and arm and leg to purchase the additional collars. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer, the tough part is that no matter which fence you choose the collars will range around $100. The PetSafe YardMax is the fence we highly recommend for your dogs. The collar is small, lightweight and rechargeable. It will allow to set separate correction strengths for each collar which is a great feature with your mix of dogs. The YardMax is also a great fit for your American Bulldog because of the run through prevention in YardMax mode.

Laura May 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Can a Petsafe Collar be used with an Innotek SD-3000 system? If yes, which ones? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Laura, unfortunately no PetSafe collar will work with the Innotek SD-3000.

Kellye May 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hello, I have a 1.5yr old St. Bernard. He keeps jumping our rock wall that goes around my house. (and I can’t afford to keep breaking him out of doggie jail) I have him tied up now and he is miserable and I am miserable watching him. Are invisible fences less efficient on very hairy dogs? Which fence would you recommend.

ADMIN – Hi Kellye, thick fur can be an issue. We recommend thinning the fur at the point of the collar probes to make sure a good connection is made. For your St. Bernard, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence. Also, it is helpful to know that securing the dog fence wire along the fence will quickly prevent the escapes. By mirroring the physical fence, you create a new buffer 2 to 3 feet just inside the fence that will keep your dog from being able to jump the fence.

Laura May 13, 2014 at 9:47 am

I have a 17 lb. rat terrier/chi mix that has been difficult to train. I am looking to fence my yard to give him room to run. I heard that if you have a fast dog, the fence will not work. He is very fast and I am afraid that he will go so fast that he will go over the fence and barely feel it when he breaks the boundary. Is this a true concern? Also, what would you recommend as far as a collar for a small dog under 20 lbs.

ADMIN – Hi Laura, that is typically only true with under trained dogs. With thorough training and close attention to your dog’s behavior during training, you should expect 100% containment. Furthermore, I would recommend looking into the PetSafe YardMax as it does not have a finite boundary zone. Instead the collar simply switches to on mode and sends the static correction when it crosses the wire and does not stop correcting until either the dog crosses back inside the loop or the collar times out after 15 seconds. So in essence, with the PetSafe YardMax underground dog fence the collar remains off while inside the loop and only turns on when it travels outside of the loop.

Paul May 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hello, I would like start off by saying how impressed I am w/ this site. I have a 1yr old hound/chocolate lab mix. She is extremely active, likes to dig, run, and is approx. 40 pds. My property is approx 1 acre and has a 30×40 ft aluminum fence on the property. My property is also on a corner of 2 busy roads. In addition, I am going to have to put a wire across my driveway therefore there will be some asphalt cutting involved. Also, I would like a fence that can penetrate several inches of snow. Which fence to you recommend for me? Thanks, Paul

ADMIN – Hi Paul, thank you for your feedback. For an active lab mix I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. Even though it does not have as high of a static correction compared to the PetSafe Stubborn and SportDog SDF100A, the correction for the YardMax is a sustained correction for up to 15 seconds if your dog tries to push through the boundary. This will prevent any attempt to run through the underground dog fence boundary.

Bonnie May 7, 2014 at 6:33 am

How does the Yardmax stand up to snow? This past winter we had snow piles 4+’ high – does the system retain it’s effectiveness? Also, do any of these systems provide a “break detection” alert?

ADMIN – Hi Bonnie, with that kind of snow fall, you will want to switch the unit over to traditional underground dog fence mode to compensate. When the snow melts, you can switch it back to YardMax mode. The YardMax will alert you if the loop has a break in it.

Elizabeth May 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I have an OLD (7+ years) SD2100. Can I order the Ultrasmart collars? 5100 collars? I got refurbished collars sent to me for $30 from Innotek, but they failed, too. The wall unit was refurbished and seems to be working fine.

ADMIN – Hi Elizabeth, those systems are not compatible with the Innotek SD2100. My recommendation would be to replace your system with the PetSafe YardMax. It is the best rechargeable underground dog fence on the market. The YardMax is the system that has replaced the Ultrasmart and Innotek IUC5100.

Mary May 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi, I have an adult 15 pound Maltese that is quite timid of strangers. I need to know what type of fence I would need to keep him in our front yard that’s 80’x 60′. He’s a sweetheart of a dog but he does have occasional seizures. Would a fence like this be okay for him? We also have a brick driveway that is part of that front area to contend with. Please advise! Thanks, Mary

ADMIN – Hi Mary, with the occasional seizures, I would get the vet’s opinion first. An underground dog fence will not trigger a seizure but it may be something the vet would not recommend. If I were recommending an a dog fence, I would probably recommend the PetSafe Little Dog cause it has light correction levels for smaller, more timid dogs.

Teresa May 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

Your website has been very helpful! I have a 6 y.o. male Australian shepherd mix that weighs 54 lbs and a 10 month old male chocolate lab that weighs 55 lbs right now. I live in a rural area on 12 acres. Aussie mix is timid but stubborn, visits neighbors, and roams. The lab is a huge bundle of energy and has recently started visiting the neighbors a lot – even when we are standing beside him, he takes off and won’t respond when we call him. Both love to chase other animals. I would like to fence 6 – 8 acres. Some of the area is wooded. Which fence would you recommend? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Teresa, for fencing 6 to 8 acres for your two dogs, I would recommend the SportDog SDF100A underground dog fence. This fence will have the higher correction levels that your Chocolate Lab is going to need. You can set separate correction levels for each collar, so that your Australian Shepherd mix can have a lower correction setting. I would highly recommend running at least 16 gauge for a durable break proof wire. For 6 yo 8 acres you’ll need an additional 2,000 feet of wire.

Steve May 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

We have just got a German Shepherd/Husky mix. She is 12 weeks old and seems to be as smart as a Shepherd would be, but stubborn as a Husky would be. We have a 3/4 acre lot, with dogs at about every house on the street. We would like to do the perimeter of our lot which would be about 650 foot of wire. Please give your recommendation. Thank You!

ADMIN – Hi Steve, with a Shepherd/Husky mix, I would still recommend the PetSafe YardMax for an underground dog fence in order to take advantage of the new YardMax technology. This means that the collar no longer responds to a correction zone that is around the wire, the collar simply will beep to warn your dog followed by static correction when the collar moves outside of the loop wire. I recommend upgrading to 16 gauge wire and purchase the 1,000 foot kit to cover you 3/4 of an acre.

Shannon April 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hi there, We have a chocolate lab puppy, she is 8 months old and weighs about 40 lbs right now. We are looking at just containing her in the garage when the door is opened so she doesn’t take off. Its about 25 ft across. Which system would you recommend. We are trying to do this as cost effective as possible. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Shannon, the most cost effective and time efficient solution is to use an Outdoor Rock with the PetSafe YardMax. You can create a 25 foot narrow loop that stretches across the opening and train them the same as you would with a full fence.

Chris April 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

I have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Both are pups right now. Three months and six months. The Cavalier is a smaller breed at the adult stage. Any recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Chris, with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the PetSafe YardMax is a great fit. The medium correction strength of the YardMax is more than adequate for such a smart breed. The collar is also rechargeable and lightweight at 3 oz. Your puppies are ready to be dog fence trained once they can learn basic sit and stay commands.

george April 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm

I have a wooded/slopped lot of about 1 acre. my jack Russel has started running off for hours at a time. would you recommend an in ground wire fence or can I use a wireless? thanks so much.

ADMIN – Hi George, we highly recommend the wired fence over the wireless fence. A wired fence can be shaped to the contour of your property, the system is much more reliable, and the collars are smaller and better built. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Jack Russell.

Brandy April 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I have 2 pit puppies, 6 months now, and one weighs 50 lbs and the other about 60 lbs. They have become great escape artist with our current fence. I would like to get something that will reinforce the current fence where they will not try to jump over or dig under it to get out, and that they would not have to be constantly supervised to ensure this. They only try to get out if they see another animal, such as a squirrel, possum or cat. Also, we don’t have a fence in the front yard, but if there is something that would guarantee them staying in the front yard while being supervised, we would like that too. Is there anything that you know of that would accommodate all of these requirements? If not, then what is the best suggestion for the backyard?

ADMIN – Hi Brandy, the PetSafe YardMax can contain your dogs as you need for both the front and back yard. The YardMax is a medium correction strength collar and is more than sufficient for 2 pit bulls. The YardMax mode which offers a true run through prevention will keep them from chasing all the critters that will catch their attention.

Ellie April 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Hi I have a 9 month old jack Russell x foxie what would be the best wireless solution to stopping her from digging under the fence that we have already placed extra wood and concrete under. We live on a very busy main road

ADMIN – Hi Ellie, I would recommend the PetSafe Stay + Play as a good wireless solution for your Jack Russell. The collar is lightweight, it’s rechargeable, and waterproof. The Stay + Play has the easiest and fastest setup of any dog fence we sell.

Sue April 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

I need to replace and purchase an extra receiver for my innotek SD 3000 system. Will a collar from SD-2000 system work, are they interchangeable?

ADMIN – Hi Sue, unfortunately, they are not compatible.

April April 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

Hi, I have an almost 8 month old Cockapoo. She only weighs about 11 lbs right now. She stays with us for the most part but we have to have all our attention on her all the time or she will wonder. I live close to a road so looking for a good fence to keep her in when she doesn’t always have my 100% attention. There are so many fences out there I just don’t know which would work best. I have about 600 feet to cover.

ADMIN – Hi April, with her size, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. It is a great fit for dogs 11 lbs and up. If, however, she is timid, I would recommend going with the PetSafe Little Dog fence.

mary April 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

Can I upgrade the wire on an innotek sd-2000 to 16 gauge using the same transmitter and adapter?

ADMIN – Hi Mary, the Innotek 2000 can be upgraded. The upgrade option is located on the product page of the SD-2000.

Brad April 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I have a 60lb Pit/Rhodehsian/Boxer Mix. She is a year old and is very energetic and powerful. The yard is around 1/4 of an acre. In the back is a 15 ft hill (not that steep) down to a busy street. Across the street there is a park in view where dogs are walked. I’m looking for a system that is reliable and will contain her from running across the street to try to get to other dogs at the park. What would you recommend? From reading the reviews, it looks like the Yard Max is the way to go. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Brad, I would recommend the YardMax. It has the true run through prevention and should be a great fit for your 60 lb dog.

Stacey April 21, 2014 at 7:30 am

I have an old PetSafe inground system (unsure of the model but it is about 8-10 years old). If I go to one of the PetSafe wireless systems, will the collars for the old system work with the new one? I know one collar comes with the system but I have 2 dogs and am hoping to avoid the expense of buying another collar.

ADMIN – Hi Stacey, unfortunately, none of the wireless collars are compatible with any wired system. Now, all of these collars are compatible with your In-ground fence: PetSafe Stubborn, Deluxe, and Little Dog. Also, it compatible with the new rechargeable add on collar from PetSafe too.

Beth Roosa April 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

We have a 45 pound chow/afghan mix — a very well behaved dog except he likes to run down the driveway to go find his friends. Our yard is totally fenced other than the 15′ driveway. What do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Beth, I would recommend the Pawz Away Outdoor Rock with the PetSafe YardMax collar. This option is located in our Accessories page. This solution will allow you to create a barrier just at the driveway opening.

mary April 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

So will the RF – 1010 transmitter work with the sd- 2000 collars

ADMIN – Hi Mary, Unfortunately they are incompatible. The PetSafe rechargeable add on collar is compatible. The Stubborn dog, Deluxe collar, and Little Dog collar are also compatible.

Louise April 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

I have two dogs, one is a 40lb mutt that responds well to voice command. The other is a 5 year old bull mastiff that will run away at any chance he gets, especially if he sees an animal in the distance. I was wondering which fence would be good for these two dogs? I was considering the PetSafe YardMax, would this be a good fit?

ADMIN – Hi Louise, the YardMax is a great fit for your Mastiff and 40 lb dog. You can set different correction levels for each collar and the YardMax run through prevention is great needed to stop your Mastiff’s excursions.

Jeff April 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Hello I have an adult golden retriever who like to run and visit the neighbor dogs across a busy street. I am looking to fence off less than an acre and was wondering which system would be best for me. I am leading toward the yardmax. Thanks Jeff

ADMIN – Hi Jeff, yes we would agree; we would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Golden Retriever. The collar is slim and lightweight. It is rechargeable but with plenty of correction levels to contain a Golden.

kiley April 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

Great site! What would you recommend for a black lab puppy?

ADMIN – Hi Kiley, the PetSafe YardMax should be a great fit for your Black Lab. The collar is small and lightweight but also contains plenty of correction levels to contain a black lab.

Norma April 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Great website!!!! We have 3 dogs, 110 lb. lab/berner mix, 75 lb. labradoodle, 24 lb. mini aussie and looking for the best fit for all and 1.5 acres.

ADMIN – Hi Norma, thank you for your feedback. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. The collar is very versatile. It is lightweight, waterproof but has many corrections levels to choose from. You can set a separate correction level for each collar.

Justin April 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hi I have two full grown German Shepherds who are bad about getting in my neighbors yard what would me the best underground system for them I’m only fencing in 2 acres but I’m on a budget. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Justin, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn for two German Shepherds. I highly recommend upgrading to the wire to 16 gauge. You will need to order an additional 1,000 feet of wire to cover up to 2 acres.

Randy March 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

Hi, We have been using an old Innotek buried wire system for about 6-7 years. It works well as long as the wire remains intact but wire breakage has become a persistent problem. We have a large yard requiring over a 1000 feet of wire to adequately contain the desired boundary for our dogs. Locating and repairing breaks has become frustrating–the last time I simply gave up, left the old wire in place and buried a new wire. Now the new wire has gone bad. Innotek uses a 20 gauge wire for the system and I suspect it is simply too fragile to last for very long. Can I use a professional grade wire (14 gauge) with the Innotek transmitter, or will I need a new transmitter/system in order to utilize a heavier-gauged wire? Randy

ADMIN – Hi Randy, yes sir, I would highly recommend a switch to the 14 gauge. It is much more durable and is a great long term solution.

molly March 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

I couldn’t locate my original question/answer posted earlier, so this may be a duplicate. What specific collar will work with the RF-1010 transmitter? I’ve been told any PetSafe collar will work with this unit, so will a Guardian collar work? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Molly, Yes, the Guardian collar will work with the PetSafe RF1010.

molly downy March 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Love this site! What collar do you recommend using with the older RF-1010 transmitter? Does the current PIG00-13661 update/replace this RF-1010? Also, can a “bark” collar be retrofitted some way to work with this system? We only have the transmitter and are going to attempt to piece the system together (collar,wire). Keeping our fingers crossed as well as eyes with all this information! Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Molly, No, the PIG00-13661 replaced the PetSafe Deluxe package. The PIG00-13661 still uses the Deluxe collar but they changed the wall transmitter to a lower range, 5 acre capacity unit. Unfortunately, no bark collar can work with any dog fence.

maureen g March 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

Does anyone know where I can purchase wiring for inground fencing? Do they sell it at Home Depot or Lowes?

ADMIN – Hi Maureen, we sell it on our site. For local brick and mortar stores, try an electrical supply house.

Terry V March 19, 2014 at 12:46 am

Sorry, but I have another question :) You have recommended the “PetSafe In-ground fence PIG00-13661, with extra PetSafe Deluxe collars for your mix of dogs. This will allow you to be able to add the PetSafe Cat Containment collar at a later date.” If I take the cats out of the equation and say that I would like the convenience of rechargeable batteries, what would the recommendation be? I am not great at changing the batteries on my smoke detectors annually, I’m certain I would fail at replacing dog collar batteries in a timely fashion. Thanks! Terry

ADMIN – Hi Terry, If you are not containing your cat, I would highly recommend the PetSafe YardMax which has rechargeable collars. It only requires a 2 hour charge once a month.

Terry V March 18, 2014 at 2:24 am

Great site! I’ve learned a lot from reading your info. I’ve got 3 friendly, well behaved, large dogs – collie/lab mix @ 86 lbs, hinz57 @ 110 lbs, and chocolate lab @ 125 lbs. All are trained to voice command and usually remain in our back yard, even without 100% supervision. They do their business and return to the deck waiting to be let back inside. However, one of the dogs seems to have a misunderstanding about an area off our property and will infrequently go 2 foot into the neighbors yard for his business. The neighbor isn’t too pleased with me, and I don’t blame him – his children are scared of dogs. I’m looking for something that would be a good fit for my 3 dogs and maybe give me an option to add cat collars in the future. I’ve got a 3/4 acre yard in town, but looking to fence only about 875 foot of it. Really appreciate any recommendation that you could make. Terry

ADMIN – Hi Terry, the best options that allow for a cat containment collar to be added is by going with are the PetSafe In-ground fence PIG00-13661, the PetSafe Stubborn, and the PetSafe Little Dog. I would recommend going with the PetSafe In-ground fence PIG00-13661, with extra PetSafe Deluxe collars for your mix of dogs. This will allow you to be able to add the PetSafe Cat Containment collar at a later date.

Annie March 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

We have a 1 year old Great Pyrenees. Our 3/4 acre yard is fenced but ” Houdini ” still finds ways to dig under or climb over. We live in Utah and get plenty of snow. Pet safe stubborn or Sportdog?

ADMIN – Hi Annie, they are the same fence. The difference is in the range of the transmitters capacity. I would recommend going with the PetSafe Stubborn for your size of property. This will immediately solve the climbing and digging problem.

Diane March 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

We have a vinyl white picket fence around our yard. Our dog Bud, a 56 lb pit mix, has discovered he can jump the fence and does so whenever he sees stray cats in the neighborhood. I was convinced that I needed the Stubborn fence until I read the complete description. How do I know if he has a low pain sensitivity? I would not want to overwhelm him with the collar if it is too strong. Thanks very much for your help. I was really pleased to read that we could attach the wires to our existing fence.

Lance March 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

What a great website! Love the breakdown and truly appreciate your feedback!

My question: we have two ~50 lbs. Lab mixes. Our needs are relatively modest: we have a sixty foot section at the back of the house (it’s fenced, but they keep tunneling under). I’m not certain how these systems work ~ i.e. potentially we could have discontinuous areas in places like the side gates (6 feet) and or the garage door? Which system would best suit our needs?

Thank you!

Kevin W March 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Great site! We’ve got a very active and mischievous 45lb Lab Mix, Millie. We are trying to contain her to about 1/2 acre of our 2 acres so she will stop destroying our landscaping. What is our best bet? Thx.

ADMIN – Hi Kevin, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for Millie. It is going to be a good fit and provide the appropriate correction levels she will need.

megan March 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi. We have 14 acres 7 wooded so what would you recommend for our yard it would be for a 60 lb rott and two 12 pound Chihuahuas? thanks we also have two shitzues but they listen well on command.

ADMIN – Hi Megan, because of the size of the property, I would recommend the SportDog SDF-100A so that you can cover your 14 acres. The SportDog collar will work well with your rott. Also, you can bundle in the new add on PetSafe Rechargeable collar for the Chihuahuas.

Ralph March 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Hello, You have a very informative web site, but a little overwhelming. We have just adopted a great 1.5 year old miniature Schnauzer. We have property that lays along a busy highway. I really just want to put up a “fence” along the highway, that is in front of our house, for about 600 feet. Suggestions/recommendations? Thanks in advance, Ralph

ADMIN – Hi Ralph, to run the loop along the road front, you can achieve this by running a long narrow loop at along the road. Keep the narrow loop 4 feet separated. Then connect the loop to the wall transmitter with a length of twisted wire.

Kathy March 16, 2014 at 4:34 am

Hi, we have a very active Australian Kelpie, named Jedi about 15kgs. We are on 160 acres, which is bordered on one side by a road, she loves to sneak through the fence and say hello to anybody and everybody and following them home. The wire would have to go across our driveway and along way down the length of the fence to be most effective. Can you please advise which product would be best. Thx Kathy

John C March 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi wanting a underground fence for my two dogs which are one is pit bull mix over one year old and German shorthair mixed lab over two years old. The yard is a little under a third of an acre So which fence would be best for us? Thanks

Deborah M March 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’m currently on the hunt for a healthy giant breed puppy. I know he or she will eventually weigh as much as 150 lbs and my husband and I differ over the type of fencing to get to keep this huge dog contained. We tried several brands of underground fences in the past with our Rottie and beagle, finally having an 85% success rate with our Rottie ( caused us problems with County Animal Control and fearful neighbors), and 0% success rate with our Beagle– this was Invisible Fence/supposedly commercial strength…

Hubby is totally opposed to any type of physical fence, feeling like it detracts from the beauty of the property. Out of our 5 acres, we’d like to contain about 1.5 acres, hopefully with a much higher success rate. Someone has suggested to us electri cattle fencing???

I also need to know if the collars for any of these fences would be incompatible with the electronic doggie doors.

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