Dogtek EF-6000

Pros

  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 8 Independent correction levels
  • Advanced boundary control

Cons

  • 5 acre maximum capacity
  • Mediocre collar band

Rating

Retail Price

449.95

Our Price

349.95

Availability: In Stock

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Dogtek EF-6000 Overview

Out of Stock – due to a production glitch the Dogtek EF-6000 is out of stock, until at least June 2013.

Summary: Most Customizable Dog Fence

The new Dogtek EF-6000 feels a generation ahead of it’s competition because of the added control over settings. It gives you a lightweight rechargeable collar, a digital controller, and advanced features not found on other fences.

Adjustable Boundary Warning & Correction

Dogtek gives you control over both the boundary warning distance, and the boundary correction distance. You can independently set these boundary distances which lets you tailor setting to your dog’s temperament and your yard’s configuration.

Independent Correction

Dogtek also lets you set the correction levels on each collar independently, allowing you to accommodate dogs of very different sizes and temperaments. The range of correction lets you

dogtek ef-6000 collar

Rechargeable Collar

The Dogtek features a lightweight rechargeable collar.

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

The collar recharges, by plugging the supplied charging cord into a port on it’s underside. A full charge take around 2 hours and lasts 2-3 weeks.

The collar like the PetSafe Ultrasmart uses the superior lithium ion batteries, and not the cheaper nickel metal hydrid that you find in most collars. This keeps weight low and gives you a shorter charge time and a longer battery life.

No External Buttons

The collar has no external buttons making it more durable. The collar is completely controlled by a magnetic switch. Touch the orange magnetic token against the red spot on the collar and you can switch the collar on and off, as well as change the correction level. Magnetic switches are widely used on training collars for hunting dogs, where collars have to endure harsh working conditions. We are please to see a manufacturer introducing this feature to containment collars.

Long and Short Prongs

The collar includes both long and short prongs options for long and short hair dogs respectively. The prongs can simply be unscrewed and interchanged.

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Lightweight & Small

The collar is one of the lighter and smaller full-feature collars. The collar will fit well on any dog over 12 lbs. For small dogs, under 12 lbs instead use a PetSafe Little Dog system with it’s micro-collar.

8 Independent Correction Levels

The Dogtek EF-6000 has eight correction levels ranging from mild to very strong. There is enough variation in the correction levels that you can find a correction level to suit almost any dog. We think this collar is versatile to be used with small dogs all the way up to large and stubborn dogs.

The Correction levels can be adjusted independently for each dog. So the system can support multiple dogs of different sizes and temperaments.

Buckle Style Strap

The only thing we don’t love about this collar is the buckle style clasp. The clasp fastens using a vinyly–plasticy collar band strap with a belt buckle style fastener. We prefer cloth bands with quick-snap closures because they are easier to use and stay on better.

The redeeming feature is that the strap can be easily removed and replaced with a strap of your own choice.

Dogtek EF-6000 Transmitter

Transmitter with Configurable Boundary

The new Dogtek EF-6000 transmitter is fully digital, allowing more precise control over the boundary warning and correction distance.

Adjustable Boundary Warning & Correction

The Dogtek gives you control over both the boundary warning distance, and the boundary correction distance. You can independently set the distance from the boundary wire that triggers the collar warning beep and the distance from the boundary wire that triggers the static shock correction. This unique feature lets you tailor setting to your dog’s temperament and your yard’s configuration.

For example for a timid dog, you can create a deep warning zone and a shallow correction zone. For a more hard-headed dog, you can have a smaller warning zone and go quickly to correction.

5 Acre Capacity

The Dogtek packaging proclaims that it can do up to 35 acres. In our testing that was wildly inaccurate, even by the loose standards of marketing BS. The system is comfortable up to 5 acres, but beyond this range the boundary line becomes weak. For properties over 5 acres, our top choice would first be the Petsafe Ultrasmart (up to 25 acres) and then SportDog SDF-100A (up to 100 acres).

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Dogtek EF-6000 Wire

Dogtek EF-6000 Wire

Boundary Wire

The Dogtek EF-6000 system includes 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire, 50 training flags, and 3 wire splices.

Direct Burial Rated Wire

The Dogtek Wire is direct burial rated, and is coated in a 20-mil PET jacket. This is superior to PVC wire that degrades in the ground and with exposure to sunlight.

Optional Professional Gauge Wire

The standard 20 gauge wire can be upgraded to 18, 16, and 14 gauge wire. 14 gauge wire is considered professional grade and is what you would see on an Invisible Fence installation. With professional grade, the copper wire and protective insulation are both four times thicker and stronger than the standard wire. This makes the wire stronger and more durable and therefore less likely to break.

For small installations, upgrading the wire is a no-brainer. A modest additional cost reduces the likelihood of you needing to hunt for wire breaks. For very large installations, the thicker gauges of wire are useful because of their superior transmission characteristics.

500 Feet of 20 Gauge Wire

The Dogtek basic system includes 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire. It also includes 50 flags for you to mark the system boundary while teaching your dog. This is sufficient wire and flags to cover one-third of an acre. Extra wire can be purchased to expand the system to 5 acres.

Area (acres) Wire Required (feet)
1/3 500
1/2 1,000
1 1,000
2 1,500
3 2,000
4 2,000
5 2,000

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Dogtek One Year Warranty

One Year Warranty

The Dogtek EF-6000 is covered by a one-year warranty. The warranty covers both parts and labor. We find the system to be well made and where warranty claims are needed they are promptly honored.

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Conclusion

The Dogtek EF-6000 is our highest rated containment system. As well as doing all the basics, it adds a rechargeable lightweight collar with 8 independent correction levels. And the digital transmitter gives you complete control over both the boundary and correction distance. The system is a generation ahead of it’s competition. And surprisingly, the fence is cheaper than it’s full featured competitors at a price well under $300.

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Dogtek EF-6000 Video Review

Video: Dogtek EF-6000

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Dogtek EF-6000 Manual

Dogtek EF-6000 Manual

Download the Dogtek EF-6000 Manual (PDF).

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Specifications

Model Dogtek EF-6000
Type In Ground
Collar Battery Rechargeable – Lithium Ion
Correction Levels 8 Levels
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 2.7” (L) x 1.7” (W) x 1.3″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) ??
Collar Weight (without band) ??
Collar Neck Size 7″ – 24″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test No
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 12 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 5 acres (2,000 feet)
Boundary Width 0-10 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 5.3″ (L) x 3.3″ (W) x 1.0″ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup No
Indoor Pod Compatibility No
Outdoor Pod Compatibility No
Included Boundary Wire 500 feet + 3 wire Splices
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other Collar recharger, Tester tool
Package Dimensions 16″ (L) x 10″ (W) x 2.5″ (D)
Package Weight 4.9 lbs
Warranty One Year

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FREE Expert Advice

When you call us, you will talk to an experienced expert.

Containment Guarantee

Your dog will be completely contained to your satisfaction within 30 days, or we will give you a full refund. That is a better deal than you would get from a $2,000 invisible fence. You have nothing to lose.

FREE Dog Fence Guide

experts guide

The PetSafe Ultrasmart come with a FREE copy of our Dog Fence Experts Book on installing a dog fence and training your dog (instantly downloadable in PDF form). The book has 90 pages of great information and tons of illustrations to make installation easy, and training effective. It will save you hours and get you complete containment faster.

You get the book immediately with your purchase. Your order confirmation email will include an instantly downloadable copy of our book. Value $24.95.

30 Day Easy Refunds

easy returns

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason you can return your system within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price. Getting a refund is easy, just email us at returns@dogfencediy.com or call on (888) 936 – 4349.

Our returns are easy and hassle free:

  • It is no problem if you used the system, that was the point! We will still take it back even if there is some wear-and-tear
  • Did you bury the wire? No problem, we will still take it back. (If you can’t or don’t want to dig the wire back up, we will just charge you the regular price for the wire you kept)
  • The 30 day period starts from the time you receive the package so you have plenty of time to do the installation and training. If you need a little extra time, let us know.
  • The only time we don’t take returns is if it is well after the 30 days, or the unit is seriously damaged.

FREE Wire Break Kit

wire break kit

extra wire, and two wire nuts, and two waterproof capsules to keep your splice watertight. Value $9.95.

Free Fast Shipping

Shipping within the continental US is free.

Orders placed before 1pm EST ship out the same day.

12,000 Happy Customers

We had more than 12,000 happy customers last year, and are hoping to have even more in 2013. We understand how important it is to keep your dog safely contained, and understand the trust you place in us when you make an order. We want to make containment as easy as possible. We value your business, and we want you to refer your friends.

Low Price Guarantee

low price guarantee

We strive to have the lowest prices of any Dogtek authorized retailer. If you find any of our products at a lower price from an authorized retailer, please let us know and we will be happy to match the price. For a price match, call us on (888) 936 – 4349 or email pricematch@dogfencediy.com.

Dogtek Authorized

We are a Dogtek authorized retailer. This means you are guaranteed the full manufacturer’s warranty, and a brand new system. Beware of unauthorized retailers that sell grey-market systems. Systems coming from unauthorized retailers do not receive a warranty.

Family Owned

Family Owned

We are family owned and operated. We know the only way a small business like ours can prosper is by providing exceptional service at an exceptional price.

We know you can give your business to Wal-mart, Amazon, or anyone on the internet. So we will work harder to get your business. And we work harder after the sale to make sure you have a great experience and tell your friends.

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