Wireless Dog Fence Reviews

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Wireless Dog Fences create a circular boundary around a central base station using radio waves. They are quick to set up, but are not yet anywhere near as good as in-ground (wired) dog fences. The units have a lot of trouble going through obstacles, particularly a metal roof, siding, trees, and some walls. They are also imprecise, with even the best system, the boundary will move 3-5 feet second-to-second. The units can also be slow to respond, meaning the dog can get the correction too late and can keep getting the correction for a few seconds after they return.

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Rating Excellent Excellent Good Good Poor
Reliability Good Good Good Good Poor
Rechargeable Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Correction Levels 5 5 5 5 8
Battery Backup No No No No Yes
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2 unlimited 2 unlimited 2
Capacity 2.8 acres 0.75 acres 25 acres 0.5 acres 2.5 acres
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Boundary Wobble

Boundary Wobble Graph

Boundary wobble, the movement of the boundary line from moment to moment, is one of the principle drawbacks of wireless fence systems. When the boundary line is inconsistent and moves, it is more difficult for the dog to learn where exactly the boundary is. It is also difficult in situations where you need a clear boundary to keep the dog out of danger that is on the other side of the boundary.

The Havahart had by far the least boundary wobble of any wireless dog fence systems – by an extraordinary factor of three, but still it was not as good as a traditional wired systems which have close to zero wobble.

Perimeter Technology’s Wifi Fence had a very high amount of wobble – making it one to avoid. This result was very surprising to us, since Perimeter and Havahart use similar wifi technology. Nonetheless, the Havahart outperformed the Wifi head-to-head in all our testing scenarios.

The Petsafe Wireless was somewhere in the middle and makes a credible budget option. To our surprise, the newer and more expensive PetSafe Stay + Play had worse wobble than the older model.

Retreat Response

Retreat Response Graph

Retreat response the distance the dog has to retreat in order to stop getting the correction is the other drawback of wireless systems. Wireless systems require the dog to retreat a much greater distance to stop receiving the correction. This again makes training more difficult because the dog has to be taught to retreat a long distance, and is not rewarded with the cessation of the correction as soon as they start retreating.

Again the Havaharts outpaced the PetSafes and trounced the Perimeter Wifi with significant. And again, wired systems outperformed the Havaharts.

Testing Methodology

The systems were tested operating at a 70 foot radius in two test scenarios. The first scenario required the system to penetrate several interior and exterior walls, the second scenario required the system to deal with natural obstructions including vegetation and a mild slope.

Note that the boundary wobble and retreat response will vary depending on a users setup. In setups where you have a high level of obstructions or a wider boundary radius expect the level of performance to deteriorate up. Conversely, if you have a smaller radius or fewer obstructions expect superior performance.

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Julie Holzmann March 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Will a invisible fence work for a hound mix, which is part whippet and not sure the other part? He weighs 35 pounds and is very fast. I heard that invisible fencing will not work for whippets. Is this a true statement?

ADMIN – Hi Julie, this statement is not true. The key is in good training with a good fence system. For your 35 lb mix, I would recommend going with the PetSafe Yardmax because it has a true run through prevention system. The collar continues to correct up to 15 seconds when the collar remains outside of the boundary loop.

pipsqwak March 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I have a french bulldog mix (40 lbs) and olde english bulldogge (70 lbs). I live in interior Alaska. Back yard builds up about 3-4 feet of snow and -40 degrees sometimes. We were thinking about the Petsafe model. Would this do well in the snow and our temperatures?

ADMIN – Hi Pipsqwak, neither snow or temperature should be an issue. As the snow accumulates, simply turn the boundary signal dial up to expand the signal radius.

Nikki March 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hello, I have a two year old 100# Boxer, that knows his yard well and is not listening when we command him to come in the house after using the potty. He is roaming the neighborhoods and I’m afraid he is going to get hit by a car. We have tried the shock collar on him but it had no effect at all with him. The only way he can escape the yard is through the driveway which is less then twenty feet wide, maybe less! So, I have two questions: Is this a guarantee that he will stay in his yard and which one would you recommend? Thanks, Nikki

ADMIN – Hi Nikki, have you checked the collar fit for the remote trainer? If he is not reacting at all, that usually means the fur is blocking the contact points from contacting the skin. I would trying the PetSafe YardMax. It has a true run through prevention; meaning that if the collar crosses the wire, it will continue to activate the collar until a) your boxer returns into the yard or b) the collar times out after 15 seconds (which a dog fully receiving the correction will not allow.) However, using the YardMax mode requires that you run a loop completely around your property, not just at the driveway.

Jen February 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

We have a 14 week old Plott hound puppy. He will probably get to be around 75 pounds we’re guessing. We live on 3 acres but would probably keep him confined to 2 acres. He needs a lot of space to run and is very energetic so he will probably be outside a lot. We are looking for the best wireless system that could keep him within our boundaries so he doesn’t get to the busy street beyond our driveway. What would you recommend we go with?

tk December 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

We have Australian shepherd mix pup and looking at the best system for us. Wireless will not work since we are on a farm with many metal sided buildings. We are thinking of a wired system that covers about one acre. Would the Pet Safe Stubborn Dog System be a good choice?
What is the battery life for their collars? At what age should the pup be trained with the system?

Terri Masters December 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

We have a black lab about 50 pounds and a small dauschand mix of about 15 pounds. We would like to keep them both within our 3/4 acres property. We have a walk out basement, so wondering what size we would need and where to put it so it covers both front and back. Can you suggest a wireless fence for us?

Jamie November 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

So i have a 70-100 pound german shepherd he knows his yard real well, but when i am away he likes to be curious george. I’ve been looking at fences for a while but need an reply from someone who knows better than I. What would y’all prefer? I live on a good size land. I just want something that will give him great range, but at the same time that is affective for his size and reliable, Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Jamie, for a German Shepherd of that size, I would recommend the SportDog SDF100A. It will allow you to expand the boundary to your property needs as you see fit. I would recommend the 16 gauge wire upgrade for durable wire. The SportDog is very reliable and designed for larger breed dogs.

Beth November 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

We have a beagle that weighs 20 lbs and looking to get wireless fencing being she runs away all the time. We have a small backyard but large side yard and front. What is the best product for us?

ADMIN – Hi Beth, the Havahart wireless is your best option for wireless fence. It provides the best range and reliability among wireless fence products.

Stratos November 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

hello,

i have an Alaskan Malamute, who absolutely is loving the winter so far, however, i only want him to be in designated area we alocate for him. i am looking into the wireless system however, i am very curious to know if it would still work during winter. we now have 2 inches of snow but soon we will have about 6 – 7 feet of snow especially because we live by the ocean.

would the wireless system work in snow aswell, as it is too late in the year to install in wired dog fence.

please let me know,

thank you

stratos

Dave November 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

HI, We have a 20 lb, six month old Beagle/Pointer mix dog. We expect in time her weight will exceed 20 lb. Although she is an “indoor” dog for the most part, we would like to be able to let her go out the sliding glass door and into a small (40′ X 75″) back yard area to play. Unfortunately, the distance from the back of the house to the lot line is the 40′ distance. We would prefer using a wireless system and one with a rechargeable collar battery but may have to settle for a wired system. What would you recommend? Should we wait to purchase a system until the dog is older, when her adult weight is better known? Thanks for the help!

ADMIN – Hi Dave, for the small property, a wireless fence is just not going to utilize your yard for your dog. I would recommend the wired PetSafe YardMax which does not eat up any property and can be customized to the exact shape of your property. The YardMax works for dogs 10 lbs and up, so it will work well no matter what weight she ends up at.

Joanna November 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi. We are thinking about getting the petsafe stay and play for our yard. We have a young lab and live on a house with a large grass area with woods on all sides. The owners had a dog guard wired fence put in but did not leave the transmitter, receiver or collar and; to get them will be $650. Since we are renting we don’t want to invest that much into it. Will the wired system already installed interfere with the Petsafe stay and play wireless system? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Joanna, no the wire will not interfere with the wireless fence. You can buy any brand of wired dog fence and connect to the already installed wire. That is a solution to consider. The PetSafe YardMax, which is our highest recommended fence is just $259.95 and will work with the installed wire.

Joe October 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I have a black lab and a german shepherd/bernese mountain dog mix. The lab has grown accustomed to roaming the area where I live and getting onto the road and chase us as we leave the house. Also the people I got the lab from said they used a training collar and it was very effective so i think the invisible fence route will work. I was wanting some sort of fence to keep them contained on my nearly 2 acres that is lightly wooded. I would prefer a wireless system but am open minded to any type. I also want to try to keep it cost effective as possible. I was thinking about maybe the havahart custom fence even though it is the highest. Is it worth the extra since my house sits toward the front of the property since with the radial the receiver has to be the center of it so they can have the whole property? What would you suggest?

ADMIN – Hi Joe, Havahart is currently not selling the custom wireless. The best fence will be a wired system for reliability and quality, but if you are looking at wireless, the Havahart Radius gives you the largest boundary among wireless fences.

phyllis gerstberger October 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

what a bummer-why are small dog owners penalized–I think they should make a smaller collar to accommodate all dogs

Jeannie October 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have 2 full grown beagles and have tried the pet safe underground fence and unfortunatly is has not been successfull in the long term for us. With this fence, once the dog goes through the fence line it stops shocking them, so they can just conintiue on. Is there a fence that will continue to correct them even after they are past the fence line? They are very lovable yet stubborn dogs that once their nose is onto something….they don’t really hear anything else.

Jessie October 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I’ve read that on the invisible dog fence you need to establish a “door” so you can get the dog out of the fenced area. How do you do that?

ADMIN – Hi Jessie, that is accomplished with training after your dog is been trained on the dog fence for one month. You simply remove the collar and put on a regular collar and leash. You choice one point on the boundary as the gate and that’s where you exit and return. When you return into the yard, you swap out the collar to the dog fence collar. They get used to this routine and know they cannot cross without this event happening.

Lana Sarchiapone October 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

We have a feisty 18 lb rat terrier that is an escape artist from our fenced yard. She takes her 20 lb rat terrier/pom mix with her. I thought about wireless by we have an electronic dog door on the side of the house where the door to the fence is like 10 ft. I don’t want the invisible fence to preclude the dogs from going inside. Are we best going wired and attaching to the fence? Can we do it ourselves?

glenn October 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

Great site! We have a 63 pound female golden retriever. Our yard is .3 acres. The backyard has two neighbors’ fences. The back property fence is 104 feet. The next door fence which is on one side of the backyard is 72 feet. Unfortunately, the fences border the proprty on a rear corner but there is a ten foot gap between them (so they don’t touch…they don’t match either). Your site is very informative that wired fences are better than wireless, but I’m concerned about the splicing and twisting the wires to accommodate the backyard configuration. I’ve considered the wireless option, but our side entry garage has a double wide metal door. Any advice? Would a wireless work and is it better to put it on the first or second floor?
Thanks!
Glenn

Jessica October 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

I just bought a 8 week old lab puppy and I have the petsafe wireless system for my older lab. Can you please tell me what age I can safely introduce this system to my pup?

Randy October 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hey I have a little BorderCollie that just found out how to get out of the fence, and when i was reseaching some kind of solution I came across this site. I live on a 3.3 acre lot and its pretty clear around the house as far as trees go, but maybe 50 yards from the house there is som e heavy brush and trees. Not sure what system would work best with the little guy.

Timothy Harding October 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I have two full size dogs that enjoy rough play. Will any of the collars withstand this kind of abuse?

Jim B. September 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I’m considering the Havahart wireless radial fence, but my backyard has a slope away from the transmitter. At a 100ft away the grade is probably 6 feet lower than the transmitter. Will it still have some effectiveness or will it be useless?

ADMIN – Hi Jim, it very well may struggle. Slopes offer unreachable areas for the transmitter that the collar can escape through.

Jennifer B September 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

Just started looking into containment systems for our 1 yr old 15lb Westie boy. We live in a subdivision on a fairly flat 2 acre lot. Any suggestions or information you can give us would be great! Really not sure what exactly we need although many neighbors in our area have wireless systems that seem to work… Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer, If you want to cover the majority of your 2 acre lot, you will need to go with the Havahart Wireless Radial fence. The collar will fit a little bulky. If you want a smaller collar, go with the Stay + Play. It is a smaller collar, but the range will top out under an acre of coverage.

Kaleb August 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’m looking for a wireless fencing system that can have at least 3/4 an acre but something around 2 acres or more would be nice for my 2 Siberian huskies any recommend brands?

ADMIN – Hi Kaleb, the only wireless fence with a 2 acre range is the Havahart Radial wireless. The collars will fit the Huskies well.

Suzanne Diallo August 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I have a pet safe system and have had one of the probes break off the collar. Will it still be effective on my lab? I’m afraid to use it for fear my dog could not feel the shock and run off.

ADMIN – Hi Suzanne, Unfortunately no. 1) it could provide an uneven wear which could create a rash and 2) the collar requires 2 contact points in order to deliver a correction. So with 1, the collar cannot correct the dog. The best approach for replacement under warranty is by contacting the manufacture directly.

Janet August 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I have a female boxer – about 45 lbs. She is just over a year old and has lots of energy. We only have a small fenced space in our yard to keep her contained and play with her to burn energy. However, this dog needs to RUN, but when she starts, she doesn’t stop! We would definitely need some serious correction for her. We have about 2.5 acres cleared. Our land is flat with few trees. I am interested in a wireless fence. Our house is not right on the road but our back yard is much larger than the front. Are these fences only designed for a circular parameter? I was hoping I could keep her contained to the back yard which would give her plenty of room to run but stay out of harm’s way.

ADMIN – Hi Janet, a wired fence is really the best solution for partial yard containment. The wireless fences are radial shape only unfortunately.

Tiffany August 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I’m thinking it sounds like the Havahart wireless Radial will be the best choice for us, but I wanted to see if you agreed. We just got 2 lab pups so I know we’ll need an additional collar. We live on 10 acres with a lagoon and no metal building, we’re not expecting to use all 10 acres for them just enough for them to play outside and use our great yard, but they will still be inside/outside dogs. All that considered, we do have 3 separate garage doors and a walk out basement, I just don’t want either one of those factors to create a “hole” in the system. Your input is greatly appreciated! Really glad I found your site. Tiffany

ADMIN – Hi Tiffany, sounds like it may work great for your home. It’s difficult to anticipate an issue. You did not mention anything that would alarm me. Note that you will be able to get around a 200 foot radius that is close to 2 acres.

Allison August 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

We are looking to add a wired system to our existing fence, as our lab/chow X just figured out what digging is :( and apparently is REALLY enjoying his spontaneous “play dates” with the dogs next door. Due to the large number of tree roots, we are planning on simply stapling the wire to the fence. Is there a maximum height above ground that we can mount the wire, and still have it work? Is there any way he will be able to dig “under” the wire, and still go visiting the neighbors? One more question – if we run it along the side of the house, will he get corrected if he gets too close to the windows from inside the house? (They’ve become another favorite avenue of escape! Through the screens, blinds and all!! Leaving them closed isn’t always an option in the summer heat and no A/C)

ADMIN – Hi Allison, You’ll want to staple the wire with insulated staples at a height around 3 feet. This will require a minimum 3 foot boundary radius from the wire. If you want your dog to get closer to the wire, you will need to install it lower on the fence. No, once installed, it will immediately prevent your dog from digging out, jumping over, or squeezing through the fence. She will receive a correction with every attempt and will have no choice but to retreat into the safety of the yard. If the signal is wide enough to pass through the house, your dog would receive a correction. However, remember that a 2-3 foot boundary radius means that the wire would need to be closer than 2-3 feet from the side of the house in order for your dog to receive a correction inside the home.

Jen August 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

We have a basic suburban yard, however it is a walkout basement and is situated on a fairly steep hill. Will a wireless system work?

ADMIN – Hi Jen, the best way to determine if it will work on your property is to give it a try. We do offer a 30 day no hassle return policy if it does not.

Kevin July 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I have 2 dog, a 35 to 45lb mutt and a shiz-zu. I live on a little over of an acre lot. That is flat, with no trees. The only obstacle’s are the house, a sandbox, and a fire pit. I am looking for the best wireless system on a low budget. The Havaheart radial looks like the best for me. Was wondering if you agree.

Thanks for all the info!

ADMIN – Hi Kevin,

I agree, the Havahart wireless is most definitely the best of the wireless systems. Your situation sounds like the ideal conditions for wireless.

Mike July 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

Hi and thanks for this wonderful site.

We have a 8 month old Alaskan Husky / Terrier mix (about 50 lbs) who is generally well behaved but does not consistently come when called (especially if there is something more interesting in the woods). So when we let him out we are constantly worried if he may have run off.

We live on 3.5 acres in Western Mass (LOTS of rocks close to the surface) with neighbors on our right and left and the road in front of the house. Behind the house, where a majority of our land is, is a steep hill (the elevation goes just above the top of our 2 story home) with lots of Mountain Laural and other large trees.

We are outside cell reception area so GPS devices are not an option.

We want to give him the freedom to explore our property without worrying about him running off or going into the neighbors yard or even worse the road.

Obviously we would need a customizable fence, but do you have any suggestions on what might work best?

Thanks for your help and insight.

ADMIN – Hi Mike,

With all those trees and the changes in elevation, the wireless systems are not going to work well. So I would use a wired system.

Since the ground is so rocky, you may be better off just stapling the wire to the ground instead of burying it, particularly if the area is never mowed (so the wire is not going to get cut).

For a Husky, the PetSafe Ultramart would be a good choice. It works very well, is rechargeable, and could comfortably handle your large yard.

Kurt July 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

First of all, great site. We live in a residential neighborhood with homes spaced about 50 feet apart on roughly square half-acre lots. I am interested in purchasing Havahart wireless system due to the ease of installation and portability. I am planning to place the transmitter on the first floor in a room next to the garage as that is the most central point on the property. My concern is that the garage has an insulated metal garage door wide enough for two cars. Is that going to cause interfere with the signal thus permitting my yellow lab/husky mix to wander off when he gets to this area? Thanks again

ADMIN – Thanks Kurt,

That large garage door being so close to the transmitter may well punch a big hole in the fence. I would suggest a wired system instead. You can of course try wireless and return it if it doesn’t work – but the odds are against you. The further you can get the transmitter from the garage door the higher your odds of success. Elevating the transmitter to the second floor may help.

Ron July 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

We have a 100lb mixed bread short hair, and neck skin is vary wrinkly. We have the ingrown wired system which seems to work, but it doesn’t correct him when he goes near or over it. I believe, because 1 probe is on the skin but the other lands in the wrinkle it doesn’t make a connection. I can move the probes around his neck but with one shake the probe moves back down to the wrinkly area therefor loosing contact with the skin. Have any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Ron,

Wrinkles can be tricky! Here are two tips that help me get a good fit.

Make sure the collar is tight enough – you want it so that you can only slip two fingers in between collar and the neck and no more.

If you are using the short probes – try the long probes – sometimes these work better with wrinkly skin even though you have a short hair dog.

Lil R. July 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

Hi there, I love this venue for information! Thanks!

I have two 7 month old Old English Bulldogges, both over 50lbs (they are in Puppy Elementary School now). After reading these comments, I am now a little skeptical about the wireless dog fence, but I don’t really want to dig up my yard for a wired fence. They are very active, and need a place to run. I have about a 1/2 acre. How much digging up would I have to do if I purchased the wired system? And, are there professionals that would come out to install and/or service the wired or wireless fence?

Thanks so much!

ADMIN – Hi Lil,

Yes, wired is nearly always a more effective fence, but it is more work. You really only need to cut a thin slot in the ground to get the wire in place. The easiest way to install it is to use a trencher with a wire-laying tool that will cut the slot, lay the wire, and backfill in one pass. You can rent them at bigger tool rental faciliites. You can also use a lawn edger to cut the slot – then place the wire and back-fill manually.

There are local services that will come and set up the fence for you. Invisible Fence is the biggest, just do a google search and you should be able to find a local franchisee in your area. I would only use an installer for a wired fence. The installers are quite expensive and while they are very helpful for wired fences, with wireless fences they don’t add a lot of extra value because wireless is so easy to do yourself.

TuraLee June 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

I have two 150lb newfie/st.bernard mix dogs. They are 4 years old. We have 2 acres of fenced yard. Our dogs have discovered that they can jump over the 4ft farm fence so we are looking at a wireless fence system. Will the collars for the wireless custom system fit my dogs? And it says that the kit come with two collars? Do I need to order additional collars or can they each use one? How long does recharging collars take? Thanks, TuraLee

ADMIN – Hi TuraLee,

The included collar can go up to 17 inches, but if your dog is bigger than that you can use a collar extender. The custom system comes with only one collar, but you can add a second collar. You will need one collar for each dog. The collars on the custom take around 2 hours to recharge and you need to charge a couple of times a week.

Note, that since you already have a fence in place, you could use a wired system and attach the wire to the existing fencing. That would get you a better fence that is more reliable and considerably cheaper than using a wireless option. For those two big dogs, the PetSafe Stubborn would be a good choice.

Katie June 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

I am interested in the wireless stay and play fence. I am curious how it will work/not work in our yard. We live on less than 1/2 acre and I am not sure about the circular radius. We have a a well behaved 6 month old golden retriever. Can we set up the receiver in the backyard only? How would that work with the house containment? Would the radius go into the neighbors property? Is the circle based on where you place the receiver?

ADMIN – Hi Katie,

In the wireless systems, the circular containment area must encompass all the area you want the dog to be allowed to roam. So if you have the receiver in the backyard only, the dog will not be able to go freely into the house.

You can alter the size of the circle, but the center of the circle is always where the transmitter is located.

laura jankowski June 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I was thinking of purchasing a wireless fence but now concerned after reading some of the comments. First we have a 21 foot round above ground pool. Secondly we have a two car attached garage. Thirdly our house is very close to another house on our left side and nothing on the three remaining sides. Can the boundary be set close to one side and then spread out on the rest of the sides or is our house the center of the circle boundary. Lastly if the wireless is not an option and inground is if the parameter is run along front of the two car garage does that mean the dog cant come out or enter through the garage?

ADMIN – Hi Laura,

The wireless radial fences can only create a circular boundary, which sounds like it will not work in your setting. There is no way to squeeze the circle so that it comes in closer on the two sides near the neighboring properties.

If you use a wireless system and run the perimeter along the ground in front of the garage, the dog will not be able to use that entrance without your removing their collar. You can however elevate the wire and run the wire along the roofline. With the wire elevated, the do will be able to pass underneath and enter and exit the garage without triggering the correction collar.

Myron Taschuk June 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

I am considering the Havahart Radial system for my willful German Shepherd but reading this page has given me pause. I live on 37 acres in a single story house with a metal roof. In the proposed 2- 3 acre containment area there are three outbuildings also with metal roofs plus several large trees. Is it possible to place the transmitter inside it’s own non-metallic shelter and run power to it? Will the other buildings interfere? Should I be looking at a GPS-based system?

Thanks for the great site and all the advice.

ADMIN – Hi Myron,

The wireless systems will not work well with a large building with a metal roof in the containment area. This means that even if you put the transmitter in an out-building, if the main structure is still in the containment radius, you are still likely to get interference issues. The large tress may also cause interference issues.

A good alternative for a large area like your may be the DT Systems GPS based system, which does not have the same issues with metal.

Pam June 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I have a 1 year old, 10 lb. shitzu mix. I am looking for a system that can keep my dog from running out of my front courtyard and possibly also from going into my dining room, neither of those areas can be hardwired, so what do you recommend for a dog so small?

ADMIN – Hi Pam,

If you are just trying to block small area, the wireless indoor and outdoor pods would work well. They do not require hardwiring and will work well with small dogs.

Lisa June 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

Great reviews – thank you!
I’m looking into wireless systems for our 5 year old 50 lb blackmouth cur (although, from a shelter as a pup, so not entirely sure of mixed breeding).
With the products you reviewed, do they send a ‘warning tone’ prior to the correction? I see that there is the option to set as ‘tone only’ but it’s not clear to me that there is ‘tone plus’. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

All the systems (both wired and wireless) have a tone warning prior to the actual correction. For the Blackmouth Cur, the Havahart Wireless Radial would be a good choice.

bill June 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

We were thinking of getting a wireless system for our Zuchon, but she only weighs about 12 pounds. we also wanted to use it when we go camping. will the aluminum trailer and the trees on the site interfere with the signal? what is another option? we do not own our site so i don’t think the cost of an underground system will work for us.

ADMIN – Hi Bill,

I don’t think a wireless system is a good fit for your situation. The system collars would all be too big for a dog of that size. It will also struggle with the aluminum trailer and the trees causing interference.

One option might be to set up a temporary perimeter by using a wireless system such as the PetSafe Little Dog and stapling the wire to the ground around your site.

Lyndsae June 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I have a 140lb Newfoundland will a wireless fence work for him and which one?

ADMIN – Hi Lyndsae,

You can use a wireless system with a large Newfoundland. I would use something with a stronger collar, such as the Havahart Radial Wireless.

Sandy June 2, 2013 at 3:03 am

Hi I have two dogs one is 15lbs the other 80lbs can I still use an electric fence with that big difference in size?

ADMIN – Hi Sandy,

There are some systems that let you to mix a variety of collars to match each dog, and that let you set different correction levels for each dog (independent correction). Happy to make more specific recommendations. What kind of dogs are they (breed, age, temperament)?

Francine June 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I’m moving into a new house with aluminum siding. Can you please confirm that wireless is NOT an option? My 4-year old very active Weirmaraner is a fast runner and invisible fencing will be new to her–since the old home had a vinyl fence. She’s very smart–so I think she’ll learn quickly her boundaries with an invisible fence. What wired fence to you recommend is best for my dog on the new 1/2 acre lot?

ADMIN – Hi Francine,

Confirmed. With your siding, the wireless fences are not going to be an option. With an active Weimaraner, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be your best choice.

eb May 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hey, I’m wondering what to use for my year and a half GSD, he’s around 70 pounds and obedient, I can’t put up a fence bc of our home association and we have .34 of an acre and I want him to have as much freedom as possible, would you recommend a wireless or in-ground and which kind? He is very obedient and in the past when he’s gotten loose chasing cats he always winds up soon after in the yard waiting sometimes the entire night for us to wake up and see him. Ive seen the stubborn dog in ground system but was wondering if the wireless petsafe and play is compatible with the stubborn dog collar? I’m a novice to this all.

ADMIN – Hi EB,

A wired fence is always the better choice. It will let you use the entire yard, and will have more accurate and consistent boundaries making containing your dog easier. The PetSafe Stubborn would be a good choice for the a German Shepherd. (It is not compatible with the wireless systems)

Lynn May 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

A few questions, can anyone help answer? Is the Petsafe Wireless ok to use if there are a lot of large metal objects in the area in general? For example, if I can manage to put the transmitter at least the recommended 3 feet away from metal, is it ok if there are metal trucks within the 90 foot radius of the area? Will the signal still work effectively? And what if there are other objects within the 90 ft radius, such as a tree or shed, will it still work? Finally, does it work on overweight dogs as well? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Lynn,

All the wireless systems including the PetSafe struggle with interference issues where there are large metal objects anywhere in the containment area, particularly when near the transmitter. A shed is usually not an issue (unless it is metal). Large metal trucks would likely be an issue. The occasional tree is not an issue, but if there are a lot of trees they will also block the signal. From what you are describing, I would not use a wireless system in your area.

pat bishop May 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi I am wanting some information on using a wireless fence system on a small yorkie who weighs 6-7 lbs. can you tell me if any system that you know of would be okay to use on her . I really appreciate your help thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Pat,

With a small dog like a Yorkie, the wireless system collars are all going to be too big and too heavy. For dogs under 12 lbs, you need to use the specialized PetSafe Little Dog system (a wired system), anything else is not going to fit well on the dog and will be ineffective.

Michele May 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks- that helps. I also read in one of the other comments that the wire could be run along the fence rather than buried. Would our barbed wire and steel posts interfere with signals?

ADMIN – Hi Michele,

Yes, the wire can be run along an existing fence instead of being buried. Neither Barbed wire nor steel posts will cause any interference with the dog fence.

Michele May 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hello, We have an Australian Shepherd/St. Bernard mix about 7 months old. He seems to have the agility, energy, and mental state of the Aussie and the stubbornness of the St. Bernard. So far he has only reached about 30 lbs. We live on 6 1/2 acres with the front 2 acres enclosed by barbed wire. The lot is essentially flat with meadow and low shrubs in the back 4 acres. The house and garage are centered in the front 2 acre rectangle which borders our country road. Our home is a “barndominium” style metal building construction, with steel framing and metal siding. Is the Havahart radial wireless off limits to us, or is there a way it could be used? e.g., installing box on back of house for a back yard only perimeter? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Michele,

With the metal siding, the wireless systems are all going to be off-limits. With the St-Bernard in her, I would use a PetSafe Stubborn wired system. In all likelihood given that she is half Australian Shepherd and her smaller fame, I don’t think you will need that collar’s full strength, but it is good to have in reserve in case you do need it.

Derrick May 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

We just bought 22 acres and we have a stubborn Siberian Husky. We would love for her to have room to run but it doesn’t have to be the whole 22 acres but we want more than an acre but we don’t want to break the bank. Any ideas on a good wireless system. Even though she is stubborn she does learn quickly.

ADMIN – Hi Derrick,

The Havahart Wireless is the best of the wireless system and could easily cover more than half an acre. Huskies are generally among the easier dogs to train on a dog fence, they are hyper-motivated to avoid getting the correction.

John May 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

I have a husky that loves to “escape.” She runs and runs and runs. We live on a large lot, tons of trees, and on a sloping hillside. Is the Custom-Shape Havahart® Wireless Dog Fence best/only way to go? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi John,

With tons of trees and a sloping lot, I would steer away from the wireless systems. Instead for a Husky, I would suggest a wired system like the PetSafe Ultrasmart.

Clayton May 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

We have 2 dogs, a German Shepherd mix and a Pug. We have roughly 2.5 acres and looking for something that gives them enough room to roam but keep them on the property.

The German Shepherd is good about staying in the yard now but the Pug is not. If the pug runs out through the woods the shepherd follows. They ran that way and made it all the way to the high way last fall, so since then I haven’t let them out of our pool fence but with it coming summer time, I don’t want to keep them in the pool fence, can you suggest which one might be the best for my situation? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Clayton,

The Petsafe Stubborn collar would work well for the German Shepherd mix, that breed often needs the stronger correction that system allows. For the pug, we want a smaller and milder collar such as the compatible PetSafe Inground collar.

The most cost effective way to do this would be to get the PetSafe Ignround system and use the included collar for the pug, and add an extra PetSafe Stubborn collar.

Cindy May 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I have two small dogs 15# and was looking to get the petsafe stay and play but have a big pine tree in the middle of the yard will it block the signal?

ADMIN – Hi Cindy,

With just a single tree, you may be able to get away with it. It is most likely to work if there are not a lot of branches low down.

Kassi May 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I have a German Shepherd and he likes to go over our fence and chase deer and cows I live on 20 acres but I don’t want to do the whole area. Just the back yard also the driveway and the upper fence to keep him outta the neighbors. Also have a pug that likes the run across the highway. I don’t know there exact weight, but was wondering what system would be best for the 2.

ADMIN – Hi Kassi,

With that much of a difference in size, the PetSafe Stubborn would be a good option. You would use the included high strength collar for the German Shepherd. And for the smaller pug, you would use the lighter and lower strength PetSafe Little Dog collar.

kp May 15, 2013 at 1:29 am

Hi, we are renting a house in town and we are looking for the best solution to keep our dogs home. Our back yard is fenced currently but our German Shepard can jump it effortlessly and our Pekingese can crawl under it with no problems. They are both stubborn hard headed boys, and I love them dearly but am so frustrated that I am considering finding them new homes if I can’t find a solution soon. When ever the door opens they are ready to run to find the deepest water puddle. Please help!!!

ADMIN – Hi KP,

With those two dogs being so different in size, we should use a different type of collar for each. I would use a PetSafe Stubborn system and use the strong collar that comes with the system with the German Shepherd. For the Pekingese, let use the smaller and gentler PetSafe Little Dog collar.

When you have a fence in place, adding the boundary wire to the fence and training the dogs is really easy.

Penny May 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

I have a 1 yr old dachshund/shih zu mix (alot of dachshund traits!) Is obsessed with the deer outside & gets loose to follow/run deer trails. And he thinks its a big game when we have to chase him to get him home, Almost scared to let people in my front door for fear he will get out. I need AWESOME fencing for 2 acre yard & then a few weeks ago we got the sister to our dog (only 1 yr younger) so I’m sure she will probably be a challenge too! HELP! Summer’s coming & my dog tangles his leash all day everyday, can’t wait for the day I can just let him out & not worry!!

He weighs about 12 lbs. She is same mix and is only 9 wks old. Not weighed her yet but less than 5 lbs I’m sure. Yes the older one digs and is very interested in outdoors. ( Totally Weiner dog stubborn)

ADMIN – Hi Penny,

For dogs of that size, I would use the PetSafe Little Dog system. The collar is the smallest and lightest, and is going to be the only one that they are comfortable wearing.

FYI – we want to wait until the younger dog is around 6 months before we start training her on the system.

Mary May 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

Will the wireless pif-300 work on an area 50 ft x 50 ft? or is that too small?

ADMIN – Hi Mary,

That area is going to be too small for all the wireless system. Because the fence boundary moves around a few feet on the wireless systems you need to leave a bigger buffer zone (e.g. 10 feet on each side). If we did that on your property, the dog could only have a 15 foot radius circle in which they could play.

In a small area like that, I would suggest a wired system would be a better choice, because it will eat up less of your dog’s play space.

Shannon S April 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

We have a 1year old 14lb bichon/poodle mix. Live on a 1.2 acre lot. 360wide x 124deep & house sits in the middle. We are looking for a wireless system that covers a full range on our rectangle shaped lot. No woods or metal buildings. Recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Shannon,

With the Bichon being small, having a small and light collar would be my top priority. That would point us toward the PetSafe Stay + Play. That is a radial system, so you will only get coverage of a circular area.

The Havahart Custom is a wireless system that will let you cover a custom shape such as a rectangle, but the collars are going to be much too big for your dog.

The other option would be a wired system. It would let you have a custom rectangular shape, but you would need to run wire along the boundary. FOr a Bichon Frise/ Poodle, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good lightweight choice.

Steve April 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I have a 85 lbs dog, who loves to run. We are looking to put in a wireless fencing system, but the problem is that while we have a little over 1 acre, our house is not in the middle. The property is a rectangle about three times longer than it is wide with the house in the front third. There is a hill in the back but after reading several other comments I don’t think it is steep enough to be a problem. The back yard is wooded though.

Is the custom our best choice, or can the radial be tweeked to provide more coverage to the yard? thanks

ADMIN – Hi Steve,

The wooded backyard will be a problem if you are going to use a wireless unit. You will need to place the units so that the boundary does not include the wooded area. If you want to include the wooded area, you will need to use a wired fence.

You could use the Havahart Custom. Another option would be to use two PetSafe Stay+Play transmitters and overlap them to make more like a figure-8 shape. That would get you closer to a rectangular layout.

Michael April 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Hi, We have a 90 lb German Shepherd that we have trained with a stubborn pet fence by petsafe. The fence seems to work well, however we have had the fence for 2 years and are about to purchase the third collar for her. These collars that come with the system are of poor quality. The little box on them keeps losing screws out of it, they get broken loose from the collar, and they even get wet inside when they are supposed to be waterproof. As I already said, we love the fence system but the collars are junk, and without the collar, the fence is junk. Are there any better collars that are compatible with this system. I need one that will last longer than 9 months. This is really becoming a pain in the neck when I have to spend between $75-100 every 9 months to replace a collar. I am just short of seeking other options than an underground fence, and I really like the fence. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance for your help.

ADMIN – Hi Michael,

Your system will also work with the PetSafe Deluxe, PetSafe Little Dog and SportDog Collars. Of those, the SportDog (which is virtually identical to the PetSafe Stubborn collar) is the most suitable for your dog.

I am surprised you are having that issue with the Stubborn, I find it one of the better collars, and I am not sure that switching to the SportDog will help you much because the collars are so similar.

FYI – you can get the collars for your current system replaced for free (inside 1 year) or around $35 (outside a year) through PetSafe.

Linda April 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I have 2 housedogs, both are shih Tzu’s weighing 10 lbs each..I need a wireless fence only for them to go potty outside so they don’t run off..what would u suggest & also I am guessing other animals can come near them since they wouldn’t be wearing a collar.

ADMIN – Hi Linda,

For small dogs like Shih Tzu’s where the weight is under 15 lbs, the wireless systems aren’t a great choice because the collars are usually too big and heavy for small dogs. The only system that is going to work well with dogs around 10 lbs is the lighter and smaller PetSafe Little Dog.

Yes, you are correct that the dog fence system will not stop other dogs or animals entering your yard.

Erica April 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hello, I am looking to get a fence for a boxer/German shepherd mix. She’s 50lbs and has a tendency of jumping over the existing fence. Our lot is 1 acre and pretty flat. We are looking for a system that does not necessarily have to go under ground. We are not opposed though either just need something to keep her in the yard. She is very tough and fast so we are concerned an electric fence won’t work. What do you think would be our best bet?

ADMIN – Hi Erica,

Any of the wired systems will happily work with the wire attached to the fence instead of being buried. Containment is usually particularly easy where there is an existing fence, because it provides an added layer of difficult, and it gives the dog a clear visual cue for the fence layout.

For a hard-headed dog, the stronger PetSafe Stubborn is a good choice.

Tiffany April 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

We am in a bit of a pickle. We currently have an inground wired fence for my 2 dogs (not sure of the brand off the top of my head). The dogs are around 8 lbs and 12 lbs and when groomed have very short hair but they are long haired dogs (Lhasa Apso & Shih Tzu). We do not have a very big yard, a little less than an acre and we rent currently and are going to be building within the next 1-2 years. The problem we are having is that they know if they back up far enough and run fast enough they can get through the boundary so they get out ALL the time. We also need rechargeable collars because spending $10/week on batteries is just ridiculous! We think the fence we currently have is just not a very good one so we are going to purchase a new one. What would you suggest?

ADMIN – Hi Tiffany,

With those small dogs, the PetSafe Little Dog (which uses a disposable battery) is unfortunately your only good choice. Anything else is going to have a collar that is too big and too strong for those too dogs. The battery costs around $10 and last 2 months (3 months if you are diligent about switching the collar on when it is not in use … but this is a major pain)

Denise April 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

We currently have the PetSafe PF300 containment system that we use in our Basset Hound. We recently got a Havenese and she is up to 7 lbs. and is 8 months old. In the end I am sure she will be at least 10 lbs. Can I add one of the smaller Petsafe dollars for her?

ADMIN – Hi Denise,

The new PetSafe Stay+Play collar is smaller than the original PIF-300 collar, but I think it is still going to be too big for a Havanese. I wouldn’t use it on a dog under 15 lbs. The only good options for dogs under than size are the wired systems such as the PetSafe Little Dog.

Deb April 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hi, I have a 13.5 lb shih-tzu and would like to get a wireless fence. The Petsafe Little Dog says it is for dogs under 12 lbs, but the Havahart Small Dog says it is for dogs over 15 lbs. Which would you recommend? Also, we have a very flat open yard with woods beyond the open area. We would love to include a small area of woods in the enclosure as he likes to do his business in the woods (and this is obviously convenient for us). Would you recommend not including the woods because of the boundary interference issues or is it not that big of a deal so he can have a little woods in his area? Thanks! Deb

ADMIN – Hi Deb,

The smallest and lightest wireless fence collar is the PetSafe Stay + Play. It is still going to be a little on the big side for your dog. If you want to try it, put a deactivated (off) collar on the dog for a couple of days and let them run around and see if they are comfortable. I wouldn’t put too much stock in the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding weight – they tend to be a little optimistic.

I would avoid including the wooded area. As you mention, you will get boundary interference issues in that section which will result in that area becoming an ‘escape route’.

Missy March 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Was thinking about purchasing the Pet safe wireless system but was wondering if it will work properly on a yard that is not flat?

ADMIN – Hi Missy,

The wireless systems do not like steep downhill slopes. A good rule of thumb is that if you could not get a sight line between the transmitter and the dog, then it would not work. So generally any large sloped area more than 10-15% downhill is going to confound a wireless system.

Trish March 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

We are planning to adopt a rescue dog soon. We are looking at medium to large dogs. We have a steep hill in the backyard. Would you recommend getting the fence first & then the dog? Would we start training right away? Would a younger or mature dog be more trainable? We don’t want a dog younger than 2 years old.

ADMIN – Hi Trish,

I would get the dog first, and give him a month or two to settle in and bond with the dog. Introducing too many new things at the same time can be overwhelming for the dog, so I like to get them comfortable in their new home, before I start embarking on the dog fence training.

Young dogs and old dogs both train quickly on the system. The only exception is if a dog is so old that their sight and hearing are starting to fade, or their mental health has started to deteriorate.

Tricia March 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

We are purchasing a home with 6 acres and a pond. We have two labs, one who is super hyper and wants to go after everything he sees. We do have neighbors close by and I am concerned about him constantly trying to chase the neighbors and their dogs. Our home sits on top of a hill with the pond sitting in front. We are looking at the Havahart Custom system but are not sure if it will stop him or work on the down slope in our background. We are really interested in a wireless system. What would you suggest?

ADMIN – Hi Tricia,

Wireless fences work best in big open spaces such as yours. They do not however like steep downhill sections. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot seen down the hill, then you will not get a good signal.

If you are going to do a wireless system, I would lean towardthe Havahart Radial over the Custom. The Radial has less flexibility in terms of the shape of the layout, but it has a much more accurate boundary than the Custom.

Melissa March 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

We have an invisible inground fence which runs across the creek on our property. When it rains, the wire is pulled and breaks from the heavy flow of the water . We have placed garden hose and also PVC pipe over the wire but it still pulls and breaks . We need to use the area across the creek so the dogs have enough space . It is also a steep fall away lot and only about 60ft wide so we are not sure if we could use a wireless invisible fence system . Any ideas or information would be appreciated. Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Melissa,

Getting the wire to survive a storm surge is tough, because you usually get a lot of floating debris that scours the banks of the creek pulling or severing the wire. The trick is to nail the hose or PVC down to the creek bed, so all the debris runs over the top and the wire stays safe on the creek floor. Long staples nailed into the creek bed work. As does digging a trench in the creek bed floor, laying the pipe, they covering with rock.

Going over the creek if there is a fallen tree or something similar nearby is also a good option.

Wireless would usually be a good option, but will the steep drop-off your lot isn’t a great candidate.

anna March 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I’ve got Cat- Canadyan Sphynx. he keeps running out of house to chase birds and neighbor cats walking by. Our yard is not big but he easy jumps outside, that why we need some radio fence. what can you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Anna,

For cats, the PetSafe Cat Fence is a good choice. It is similar to the PetSafe Little Dog system, but the collar has a break-away design to make it safer for cats.

Susan March 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I only want to provide a play zone in my back yard. I have a metal lean-to carport on the side of my house that will NOT be part of the containment area. Will a wireless system work if the metal shed is not within the containment area? Or will the fact that I have a metal building on my property keep me from being able to use a wireless system at all?

ADMIN – Hi Susan,

If the metal structure is outside the containment zone, as in your situation, it will not block the signal or have any other affect on the wireless system.

Kerry March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I have a fenced in 1 acre yard and two Bernese mountain dogs. I would like to contain them within a smaller area of the yard as the fence has spots that they can go under on my neighbors side. My neighbor also has a wired fence that is about 6 yrs old and I don’t want mine to interfere with the safety of their dogs. Any suggestions? I really am looking for something to let them run in the backyard but keep them from going at my neighbors dog through the fence.

ADMIN – Hi Kerry,

Wire interference is an issue if you dog fence boundary wire is going to run within 6-12 feet of the neighbors wire. If that happens, the fence will usually stop working along the common boundary.

The solutions are either to move the wire further apart and turn down the boundary width on both systems, or to use the dual-frequency Perimeter Ultra system that can use a different channel to avoid interference.

Tina March 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I have read that the wire that comes with the wired systems is not of good quality. Do you sell upgraded wire?

ADMIN – Hi Tina,

The wired systems all come with the thinner 20 gauge wire. This thinner wire works well, it is just more prone to breaks than thicker wire. We can upgrade the system wire all the way up to 14 gauge wire if you wish to use the thicker wire.

Forrest February 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I have 3 dogs I need to contain. 1 German Sheppard, 1 lab and one small mix breed. The small dog is also blind and follows the bigger dogs. I live on a 20 acre farm next to a golf course and a busy highway. The bigger dogs have started chasing golfers and the highway is a concern. I am thinking I will need a Havahart custom wireless fence or a wired fence of some type. Also can a blind dog learn an invisible fence? Also I think the Havahart system is only good for 2 dogs. Any suggestions? Forrest

ADMIN – Hi Forrest,

The Havahart Custom can only be used with two dogs, so is not going to be a good choice with the your three dogs.

If you are going to contain all 20 acres, the SportDog SDF-100A would be a good choice. For the small dog, you can add one of PetSafe Little Dog collars which will be compatible with the SportDog.

http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/review-sportdog/

Teaching a blind dog takes longer, and takes more training but can be done, particularly if the dog is not very old. It is helpful if she follows the other two dogs as she will often learn the system just by following the bigger dogs.

Shauna February 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

We just moved into a new house that sits on 2 acres. The house sits about 200 feet from the road with about an acre of clear yard around it. The other acre is trees. I have four dogs: three curious miniature dachshunds and one energetic German Shepherd/Husky mix. We are renting this house so we don’t want to install a wired fence. What would be the best option for us? We have a large dog kennel and dog house outside – will that interfier with the signal of a wireless fence? Thanks

ADMIN – If you want to use a wireless fence, you would be best off setting the boundary a few feet before the wooded section starts. Once you go into the woods, the systems will not be able to create a consistent boundary. The PetSafe Stay + Play would be a good choice – the smaller collars are going to work best with the Dachshunds (I presume they are around 15 lbs?). With the German Shepherd / Husky Mix, you can add one of the strong PetSafe Stubborn wireless collars.

The dog kennel and dog house would be likely to interfere if they are metal or thick concrete. Otherwise they are unlikely to interfere.

If the Dachshunds are less than 15 lbs, the wireless collars are all going to be too big. And the PetSafe Little Dog would be your best choice because of it’s even smaller collars. To that system you would add a PetSafe Stubborn collar for the German Shepherd / Husky.

Amanda February 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Are there any wireless (or wired) fence systems for dogs in which the collars could be used as correction collars manually as well? For example: correction, along with the “no” command, for digging or other delinquent, unwanted behavior.

ADMIN – Hi Amanda,

The only wireless system that can be used as a remote trainer is the GPS based Border Patrol TC1. In wired fences, your best bet would be the Innotek IUC-5100.

Marlon Cortes February 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I have a 1 and a half year old husky and about 1 and a half acres of land, what do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Marlon,

For a Husky on 1 acre, and good wireless system would be the Havahart Radial 2. For a wired system, the Dogtek EF-600 would also work well.

barbara kirwin February 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm

we have two standard poodles that love to roam……we live on a lot in which there is less space in the front of the house, and more area in the back, that i would like the dogs to be able to run freely. which unit would you recommend that allows us to create our own parameters depending on where our house is on the lot…thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Barbara, the wireless systems we sell can only create a circular boundary from the center of the transmitter control box. The Havahart creates a stable 200 foot radius. The PetSafe Stay + Play offers a 105 foot radius. The Stay + Play is waterproof and the battery life last about 2 weeks. The Havahart collar is only water-resistant and the rechargeable battery needs to be swapped out every 3 days.

Joni February 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

We have an energetic shepard/lab/collie mix puppy that will get about 90-110 lbs -we live in the country but by a fairly busy road and want her to be able to be outside safely. We have metal out buildings and are looking for a long range wireless system that would work to give her the largest play range available. Also wondering if any of them are weather resistant that could be placed outside and with stand Minnesota weather if they were under a little cover. Any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Joni, a wireless system will not be able to transmit through your metal buildings. Also, we do not have any weather proof wall transmitters. All transmitters will need to be installed safe from wind and rain. The Dogtek EF6000 collar is fully water resistant.

Emily January 31, 2013 at 1:25 am

I have been researching wireless fences to find the best match for my 2 year old lab. My house’s roof is metal but I have a detached garage with shingle roofing and electricity. If I set up the wireless system in my garage would my house’s metal roof interfere with the coverage? The house is approx 4 ft. from the garage.

ADMIN – Hi Emily, unless you roof is a significantly off the ground, the fence will not work. We have found that the Havahart will work with 2 story houses with metals roofs. With single floor homes, the roof is much closer to the ground thus becomes an issue.

Penny January 30, 2013 at 2:10 am

My situation is different. I just need a wire or wireless fence for the backyard which is only about 65 ft by 25 ft. We are not allowed to have any fences up. I have a very energetic 1 yr old border collie and a 20 lb 1 yr cockapoo mix. The neighbors are constantly writing letters to the homeowners assoc and I have been fined over $500. I need to let them run free in the morn and nite for only 5 minutes. They have access to a fenced in baseball field for the day run. Finances are limited as I am a senior semi-retired person. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Penny, I would recommend the Dogtek EF-6000 for your Border Collie and Cockapoo mix. Your yard is too small for a wireless fence. You will want to put in a wired fence so that you can maximize all the space in your backyard. The wire in the box is all you will need for your layout. This fence is great for a budget and has rechargeable collars. Should be a great choice.

Kami January 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi, I have 2 beagles and a husky. I’m trying to decide what would be the best and safest fence for my pets. They have a lot of energy. I live in upstate NY so we have snow for at least 5 months of the year. None of my dogs have been trained with a wireless fence. Please help :)

ADMIN – Hi Kami, the PetSafe Stay + Play wireless fence is the only wireless fence that will allow you to collar more than 2 dogs. We now have the Stubborn wireless collar that would be great for your Beagles. I would recommend the Stay + Play collar for the Husky.

Kathy Laney January 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

We have one acre with metal roofing. We also have a lot of cement sidewalk and driveway areas, so we are considering going with the wireless unit. We had the underground wire fencing at our old house. We like the idea that we could take it with us when we went camping. Which unit would you recommend? Our dogs are a 20 lb. beagle mix and a 4 mth old German Shorthair…both quick to run off.

ADMIN – Hi Kathy, Unfortunately a metal roof will block the wireless signal. A wired fence is what you’ll need for your home. For your Beagle and a German Shorthair, I’d recommend the Dogtek EF-6000. It’s a slim, rechargeable collar that allows you to set separate correction levels for each dog. It will have plenty of correction strength for both as well.

austin January 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hello, I have a 100 lb rottweiler. I used to have the PetSafe wireless system but the dome was way way to small. I spent 400 on a in-ground fence, but he figured out that if he ran fast enough he could break the barrier without it shocking him. I have one acre of land but plan on buying a house with minimum of three acres what would he a good unit for me. Thanks, Austin

ADMIN – Hi Austin, I would recommend the Dogtek EF-6000. It has 8 correction levels and will offer plenty of correction for your rottweiler. The collar is slim and rechargeable. The key to success is the training and having a very wide boundary radius signal.

Jonathan Dowling November 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

I read a post talking about in ground wiring systems. If i get one of these would it be better to just install 14 gauge wire to start with?

ADMIN – Hi Jonathan, if you are installing more than 500 feet of wire, we highly recommend you upgrade to 14 gauge wire to get the most durable wire that is break resistant.

Jonathan Dowling November 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

I have a tin roof on my house will this interfere with the wireless systems. The roof sits about 20 feet of the ground or so.

ADMIN – Hi Jonathan, Yes it will interfere. The signal is a dome shape and it will not be able to transmit through the roof of your home to establish a consistent boundary.

Margaret November 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

How does snow effect the signal strength of either the in ground wire or the wireless? We have a lab mix rescue dog who is very strong and full of energy. We live in the country and have a suitable area for the wireless fence however wondering if it will give enough shock to stop her from running thru it. Thank you in advance for your comments.

ADMIN – Hi Margaret, I would not recommend the wireless fences for your lab. For a wired fence, as the snow builds, you will simply turn up the boundary signal to compensate the accumulation. In the spring, simply dial it back down.

Rachael November 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

We live on approximately 11 acres of land. The lower half is densely wooded. Our home is brick with a metal roof and is around 100 yards from the tree line. We have a 2 year old 45 lb. Mt. Cur that is roaming too far and has started getting onto the road in front of our home. Would a wireless fence system work to contain him in our yard and if so, which one would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Rachael, you can definitely give the Havahart Radial wireless a try and exchange it out for a wired fence if it does not work. I think a 45 lb Mountain Cur will respond well to the Havahart fence as well as the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619.

Sara November 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

We just got a 12 week old Lab. We live on one acre. What would be the best system?

Admin- Hi Sara,
A great dog fence system for your lab will be the DogTek EF-6000. The system offers a slim line rechargeable collar and it comes with 500 feet of wire that will cover 1/3 of acre. For a full acre you will need a total of 1000 feet of wire.

Brian October 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

We live in a suburban gated community. Our lot size is 0.59 acres. We have a 8 year old full blooded lab who is well trained. However, his retriever comes through at times and was wanting to know what system you recommended. We were thinking of the PetSafe wireless.

ADMIN – Hi Brian, the updated version is the PetSafe Stay + Play. It provides up to 3/4 of an acre of coverage. It may provide the level of customization you seek in a dog fence, but it may not. The system only creates a circular shaped boundary. With proper training, you should expect 100% containment. Now, if your lab is hard-headed, then you’ll need a stronger system like the PetSafe Deluxe or maybe PetSafe Stubborn.

Charlie September 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hello, We would like a professional opinion for using a wireless system for my yard. We have a 14lb. Jack Russell, and a Miniature Aussie Shepherd puppy. We understand your suggestions on the 20lb. weight requirement and the Jack is below that but not the Aussie. We were decided on the Havahart prior to your web site and reading all the posts. But we are concerned with the stability of the Pet Safe wireless systems. Which wireless has the best stability and battery life to work for our situation? We have a flat 3/4 acre lot, wooden structured house with no barriers except garage door. We appreciate your time thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Charlie, the PetSafe wireless is the most stable fence with the longest battery life even though the battery is disposable. I’m not sure it will fit your dogs neck it may work. You’ll need to let them wear it first to gauge.

Andy September 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hi! Are there any wireless fences that will work with an aluminum sided house?

ADMIN – Hi Andy, unfortunately only a wired fence can be used with an aluminum sided home.

Heather September 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

I currently live in a rural area on a dead end road… I have two dogs both about 40 pounds and both between 1 and 2 years old. One is a black lab/Weimeraner mix and one is a German shepherd/chow mix…. I am thinking about moving and so have resisted installing in ground fence… so I was wondering about a wireless above ground system… and I am concerned that if I go this route… the house sits just over a hill and is in the middle of a woods, with 14 acres and my property is on the edge of the 14 acres and slopes down hill, the house being at the top…… and I am concerned with interference because of the terrain… and I do not have a lot of metal or anything that would interfere… I cannot have them both loose at one time because they run…. away together… I can’t seem to break them of this. so I keep one tied at all times… What would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Heather, we won’t be able to determine if a wireless fence will operate on your property since no two properties are alike. Giving it a try is really the best way to determine. We do offer our customers a full refund within 30 days of receipt if the system does not operate well. The Havahart may be a great match for your lab and shepherd mix dogs. If you’re looking at a wired system, I’d recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619.

Emily Eckhardt September 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hi there, I’m wondering if the fence works in both directions, if the dog is going into the fenced zone or out of it. I was thinking about getting one of these to make an off limits boundary on our property instead of trying to fence the whole thing.

ADMIN – Hi Emily, yes, in most scenarios, wired and wireless, the fence works when approaching from the inside or outside.

Alison August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’ve had a wired PetSafe Ultrasmart system for about 2 years and it works great for Molly. She knows her boundaries and won’t even go near the edge. Half the time she goes out and doesn’t even have her collar on. It’s fantastic! I’m looking to get a wireless system that sets up pretty quickly that I can use when we travel. We stay with family a few times a year and they do not have a fenced in yard. My concern is the yard is long and narrow with a three story house right in the middle. Can I configure a wireless fence for the area? Or is there some way I can manually trigger her collar so I can train her to stay in a certain area? When traveling, she’s never outside by herself and I’m not concerned about her testing the boundaries once she knows them. PS. Thanks for the website, it’s really helpful!

ADMIN – Hi Alison, for wireless, you will only be able to set up a circular boundary which will be difficult to set up at your families home. While you cannot manually trigger her current collar, you could consider a remote training collar which will provide the correction control you desire.

Jan August 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

We adopted a 1 year old lab/border collie mix that has quite the energy level. We have quite a few acres of land but are looking at a wireless fence option that could contain him within about 5 acres–could be more if system isn’t adjustable. The land we would use this on is fairly level and no metal buildings. We do not have to be concerned with tight borders for security and when we are gone for the entire day or have visitors we also use a kennel. What would be the best system for this and do the wireless options interfere with other signals we have on the property? i.e. wireless internet, satellite receiver and internet receiver. Also, how do you mount the multiple units for variable boundary—I would be concerned about destruction from other animals??? Are you aware of any wireless fences that also have a remote trainer that can be used with it? One other question if I put dog on leash and turn off system can I take him for long walks on the property or would this be a bad choice for training purposes?

ADMIN – Hi Jan, currently we do not have a fence that you can create a boundary of that size. The best option is the Havahart Radial fence which has a maximum stable boundary of 200 feet from the center of the wall transmitter. The signal will not interfere with signals. Not currently aware of a wireless system with the remote capability. After your dog is on the fence trained for about a month, you can introduce a “safe gate” where you do remove the collar to be able to go for walks. However, you’ll want to wait until your dog is acclimated to the fence for about a month.

Sandra July 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Off our house is two decks and a 24′ round pool. Will the pool interfere with the signal?

ADMIN – Hi Sandra,

The wireless signal can by impeded by the an above-ground pool that is blocking the line of site between the transmitter and the boundary line.

Jenna Verenka July 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Hi
I want to try the wireless system, we have a metal clad barn with metal roof. Can I mount it on the outside of the barn, and have the area designated for the dogs beside this structure? Or will that still interfere with the signal?
Please advise.

Thanks

Admin- Hi Jenna,
Unfortunately the wireless system will not work in or around a metal barn. A metal structure will completely block the signals. Your best option will be an in-ground wired system which are much more reliable and effective.

Paul Desautels July 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

We have a Shih Tzu puppy but, when a few months older, want to get a fence for him. Because our yard has a strange configuration and for other reasons, we are hoping there is a system which allows the collar itself to be deactivated when on the dog. Is there such a system? Also, do not have external outlet and saw some that utilize a hand held activator but realize the boundaries may not be uniform and confusing for the dog so hoping there is a system which would allow us to turn the system off at the collar when needed and one which operates on battery power. The cost of purchasing batteries may be more economical than having an outdoor outlet installed. Also, the circular systems would not work because of the shape of our yard. It would give the dog an area of only 30′ x 30” because the road is 40′ from the house. Back yard not an option for several reasons. HELP!

Hi Paul, A wired system that runs the whole perimeter may just be the best option. Can you sketch out your property and email it to me for review? I’d like to take a look and see what we would advice. The PetSafe Little Dog is the best option, but the wall transmitter requires a power outlet. We do not have any fences that are completely battery powered. The Little Dog collar requires a battery and you can turn the collar off, but the wall transmitter requires 110 power.

Gary July 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I have an 18-month-old large hyperactive golden retriever. We have no fence and we live in a suburban area. The dog constantly bolts out the door when someone opens it and roams the neighborhood. The yard is relatively flat with a freestanding garage in the back yard. I would prefer a wireless system, but have doubts about whether it will work with such a hyper animal. Any advice?

Admin- Hi Gary,

A wireless fence has several disapproving qualities like inconsistencies in the boundary line and slow collar reaction time. The wired fences are a much more effective and reliable option for a larger hyper dog. A good system to consider will be the PetSafe UltraSmart-13619. The system comes with a slim fitting rechargeable collar and 500 feet of boundary wire that covers 1/3 of an acre.

Shannon Schafer May 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Hello,
I am looking for a system for my 90 pound lab. We have 10 acres, and it’s fenced entirely with the exception of the driveway. I’m looking for a cost effective way of stopping him from running onto the road and barking at anything that might be passing the driveway (ie bikes, pedestrians, etc). Do you think a Paws away outdoor rock would be strong enough? Thanks so much!

Admin- Hi Shannon,

Your best option will be the PetSafe Stubborn dog system. You will be able to install the boundary wire at gate similar to the Pawz Away rock but the collar is much more reliable with more functionality. Please see our install diagram for signal side only under the Dog Fence Installations tab.

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