Wireless Dog Fence Reviews

In Ground Dog Fence Reviews Wireless Dog Fence Reviews Dog Fence Recommendations


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.

Dog Fence DIY Logo Havahart
Wireless Radial
Stay + Play
Wireless Custom
Wifi Fence
Rating Good 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
Max Number
of Dogs
2 unlimited 2 unlimited 2
Capacity 2.8 acres 0.75 acres 25 acres 0.5 acres 2.5 acres
Other Notes
  • Challenge alert
  • Rechargeable collar
  • Backwards compatible
  • Rechargeable
  • Custom layout
  • Rechargeable
  • Combinable systems
  • Older & reliable
  • Challenge alert
  • Battery backup
Price $299.95 $329.95 $799.95 $259.95 $329.95
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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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Derek March 13, 2015 at 8:17 am


We have a 17 lb Feist (Terrior Mix) that is approx. 1 yr old (rescue dog). He is very fast and agile. He loves to run and bound and is an avid bird hunter. Which is the problem. Our business has 15 fenced acres but my Mother-in-law’s house is inside this fenced area. She loves to feed birds and over the winter our dog started picking off birds. We want to be able to let him run free with the exception of the in-laws house. Can a wireless fence be used to exclude a pet from the house (i.e. work the reverse way it was designed – be used to exclude vs contain)??? We were thinking we could also use this fence at our house on a 1/2 acre when we are not at work.

ADMIN – Hi Derek. No. The wireless dog fences are used to contain pets, not exclude them from returning to the pet area. Wireless dog fences do not work with slopes, trees, dense landscaping, metal siding, metal roofs, and sheds. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence. The YardMax has run-through prevention, rechargeable collars, and can be installed on top of the ground with Lawn Staples. The YardMax can handle a 10 acre yard. Are you going to contain your dog in a 1/2 acre? Or, are you going to contain in the entire 15 fenced acres?

Karla March 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Hello – I have been looking at wireless systems for a while but today my 90 pound, one-year old yellow lab wandered far from home and crossed a busy highway before I found him. We live on 6 acres 1/4 mile from the highway. We have him on a regular shock collar because he wanders and generally if I vibrate it he will come home. Once in a while he gets busy playing with other neighboring dogs and we do have to set it on a mild/moderate shock to get him to respond. He is a very easy temperament – loves people and other dogs. Problem is that we have a metal sided garage next to our house and another metal sided shop 90 feet from the house. With a wireless system will those buildings “block” the signal creating a dead spot where he can still escape our property? I am so hoping a wireless system will work as a wired system would not allow him to go into our field to do his business.

ADMIN – Hi Karla. Yes. The metal sided garage will interfere with the Wireless Dog Fence signal and not contain your dog. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence because of the run-through prevention and rechargeable collar. Have you drawn a layout for your dog fence? You will need 2,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your Lab in a 6 acre perimeter loop.

stephanie March 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

I have two dogs a german shepard and a blue heeler. I am looking at the havahart wireless fence. We have a tin shop on our property but the area were i would like the dogs to go is not near it. Will this still be a problem with the metal?

ADMIN – Hi Stephanie. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your German Shepherd and Blue Heeler? What is the size of your pet containment area? Wireless dog fence systems do not work well on slopes, around metal, trees, sheds, and dense landscaping. I would not recommend a wireless dog fence for a German Shepherd. The dog will run through the boundary. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence for your German Shepherd and Blue Heeler because of the run-through prevention and rechargeable collars.

Dawn March 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm

We have a pit bull/chocolate lab mix that is a jumper and runner. Unfortunately, we are moving into an area in a planned community where the fence in between our neighbors and us is only 5 foot high and concrete blocks. As such, we are wanting to install a wireless fencing system so that we dont have to keep him chained up (which we do NOT want to do). Do you have any suggestions as to what system we should install? The entire yard is approximately 20 feet deep and 45 feet wide. The low walls would run along the sides as well as the back of the yard with the home being the other side. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Dawn. What is the weight and temperament of your dog? Unfortunately, wireless dog fence systems do not work well with Pit Bull mix breed dogs. A lot of our customers that have Pit Bull mix breed dogs and complain about their dog running through the wireless boundary. We recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence, or the PetSafe Stubborn (PIG00-10777) electric dog fence. Both of these underground dog fences have precise boundaries and are proven reliable to contain the Pit Bull mix breed dogs.

Morgan March 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Hi there – we have a fenced in yard, wood, but have been unable to gate our driveway for various reasons. Our driveway opens out onto a slow alley way in a residential neighborhood and we would just like to keep our dogs in our yard. Our driveway is cement, extra wide (wide enough for 3 cars to park side by side but only about 30 feet from our house. Our bedroom overlooks the driveway without issue. We were thinking of a wireless fence, plugged in from our bedroom window area? We would do the underground wire, but that won’t work with cement. (Unless you have other suggestions for making that work.)

We have 3 English bulldogs, 2 @ 45 lbs (large necks) and 1 @ 75 lbs (also large neck). All personalities are very easy going but do get excited when they see other dogs – all are very smart and they are all a little over 2 yrs old.

Do you have any recommendations for us, any thinking outside the box ideas? Thank you so much.

ADMIN – Hi Morgan. Do you have a slope, metal siding, metal roof, trees, or dense landscaping? Wireless dog fence systems do not work well under these conditions. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 invisible dog fence would work great for your dogs. Have you drawn out your dog fence layout? You could use the Single-sided Boundary Layout. The only stipulation is that the twisted wire section can only be half the length of the looped boundary wire. For example, if your loop is 100 feet in a circle, you can only run 50 feet of twisted wire back. This install is very popular with people who live in a rural setting and they want to protect their dog from running out onto the freeway. You simply run a long length of twisted wire from the wall transmitter out to the road. Create a long, skinny loop of boundary wire, remembering to keep the parallel sections a minimum of 6 feet separated to avoid the wires interfering with each other. The key for success of this installation method is run your loop far enough along the road so that your dog doesn’t run around it. We recommend crossing hard surfaces (e.g., driveways, sidewalks) by placing the Boundary Wire in a convenient expansion joint, or create a groove using a circular saw and masonry blade. Place the Boundary Wire in the groove and cover with an appropriate waterproofing compound. For best results, brush away dirt or other debris before patching. We also recommend crossing gravel or dirt driveways by placing the Boundary Wire in a PVC pipe, or garden water hose to protect the Boundary Wire before burying 1-3 inches in the ground.

Alaina February 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

I have a 4lb Yorkie that’s neck is about 3.5″. I need to find an electric fence for her because there’s more traffic where we are moving to. So far I have been unable to find anything.

ADMIN – Hi Alaina. Unfortunately, our electric dog fences can not accommodate a 4lb Yorkie with a 3.5″ neck.

Denise February 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

Hi! We have a boxer/pit mix. She kept hanging around our place and the neighbors finally gave her to us. They could not keep her in a fence, tied up and finally gave up and let her roam. They still have her mother and “Lilly” goes and sees her pretty regularly. We have a 6′-0″ picket fence but all she does is pull the picket off and make a hole to escape. We live out in the country on 3) acres in a metal building with equipment and trailers in our business yard. Lilly stays around the house unless her mother gets out then…….all heck breaks out. They roam all day! Yesterday we got a call and they were about four miles from the house. They had crossed over a busy, four lane highway! YIKES! We are home based and run our business out of our home so we are here all day. What do you suggest using to keep her her and out of harms way?

ADMIN – Hi Denise. I’m sorry to hear about your dog getting out. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your boxer/pix? What is the size of your pet containment area? We recommend installing the transmitter indoors next to an electrical outlet and away from metal objects. We do not recommend installing the transmitter in a metal building with equipment and trailers near by. This will amplify and/or deaden the weak radio signal in the boundary wire.

bonnie February 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

I have a yorkie that weighs about 7.5 lbs. Wanting a wireless fence but having trouble finding a collar that looks small enough for her. I want wireless because my yard has asphalt driveway that wraps around the house that would make it impossible to bury a wired fence. Any suggestions

ADMIN – Hi Bonnie. What is the size of your dog’s neck? What is the size of your pet containment area? Does your property have slopes, trees, metal, or small buildings (e.g., sheds)?

Fred February 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

We have a 4 acre lot with several(10-12) large live oaks. There are no real hills or dips and no metal buildings. The dog is a large walker hound. Would the Havahart perform well in that situation?

ADMIN – Hi Fred. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your large walker hound? Wireless dog fence systems do not work well with large trees. We recommend an in-ground dog fence system. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your pet in a 4 acre perimeter loop. Have you reviewed the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 under ground dog fence?

Gary January 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Hello, do the wireless systems work when your house has steel siding? I am assuming the transmitter is located in the house. Tx

ADMIN – Hi Gary. Unfortunately, the wireless dog fence systems do not work with slopes, trees, and metal. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your property? Will you be containing your pets in a perimeter loop?

Joni January 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm

We have a 1yr old yellow lab who weighs about 75 pounds. She recently stated running with the neighbor dog who is about 2/10 mile from us. We have a walk out basement (so smal small sloping yard). We have about 5 acres around our house. We don’t have any trees in the yard but the property does bump up to a woods (we want her to out of them also). We do have tin roof on our house and a tin roof/siding on a shed. We also a Polaris ranger that we like to use in the summer.

What do you recommend.

ADMIN – Hi Joni. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your yellow Lab in a perimeter loop. We recommend installing the transmitter in a dry location away from metal objects (e.g., tin roof, metal sheds, etc). Metal objects amplify the signal in the boundary wire. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 under ground dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. The YardMax underground dog fence has run-through prevention. The dog cannot run through the fence no matter how far they go. I would recommend upgrading the wire to a 16 gauge or 14 gauge boundary wire due to falling tree limbs.

sharity January 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Hi- I am looking for the best wireless option for my three dogs. We have a springer-spaniel and two healers. We only need about a acre to two. Our main reason for having it at this point is to keep the dogs from running out into the road at all costs. Our driveway is very close to the road and we can’t have them going to the road. What would be the best option? Open to any just not familiar with these devices. Thanks

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

Sheena Nester January 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Dear Admin,

We adopted about a 1yr old boxer/ Great Dane Mix. We are looking into the wireless fence options. Our property is about 5.5 acres, however, most of that is on one side of our house. We would like to be able to customize the parameters due to our property lines and other neighbors. In addition, about 50 ft right behind our house before going up a steady slop is a steep drop off. Would any of the wireless options work over this steep little gully, or would our dog get shocked. – needing suggestions on the best possible options.


ADMIN – Hi Sheena. Unfortunately, the wireless dog fence systems do not work with slopes, large trees, buildings, and large metal objects. I would recommend an under ground dog fence. What is the weight and temperament of you 1yr old Boxer/Great Dane mix? You will need 2,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your pet in 6 acres. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge). Are you containing your pet in a perimeter loop?

Joy Wykle December 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

I have a 10 month old Bull Terrier puppy. He is extremely strong and very very hard headed, physically and mentally. We are looking at getting a wireless electric fence for him since he loves to play in our woods. This makes me nervous since you can never know what goes on out there. We have just a little over an acre at the moment. We also take him camping with us all the time and we were thinking the wireless fence would work great since we could place it in our camper and Max won’t get tangled up with the chain. Also we will be getting another dog in about a year so we would need one that can handle 2 large dogs. What would you recommend that would work the best for us?

Thank you,

ADMIN – Hi Joy. Does your dog understand the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay)? The PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence is the update on the decade old PetSafe Wireless PIF-300. It features significant improvements to the range and accuracy of the system, as well as adding rechargeable dog collars. The transmitter can be adjusted up to a maximum of 105 feet, providing a coverage area of 0.75 acres. The boundary radius is adjusted using a dial on the side of the transmitter. This wireless dog fence system can be used when camping. However, we recommend setting the transmitter in a dry and covered area outside. Metal objects can amplify or deaden the radio signal. Also, portable dog fences may not adequately contain larger breeds of dogs, nor do they keep habitual barkers from disturbing others and engendering complaints. We recommend using a wireless dog fence in situations where you will be staying for several days as they can be a bit of a pain to set up, take down and stow. Also, don’t forget the issue of being able to set them up in at least partial shade so that you dog doesn’t over heat in the sun.

Pattie Corley December 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

My back yard has a privacy fence around it but my 25lb Westie has broken some of the board and is digging around the edges. I do have a tin roof over the patio. What would you recommend for him??

ADMIN – Hi Pattie. Does your dog understand the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay)? What is the size of your yard? Will you be using a backyard loop for your layout? We recommend running the Boundary Wire for your underground dog fence 10 feet away from metal objects, like the tin roof over your patio. Do you have any other metal objects in your yard (e.g., metal fence, metal shed)?

Tia September 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I have a Rottweiler/Husky cross. He is coming up to being 1 yr. We live on about 6 acres with a creek that runs through the back yard, as well as a tin roof on our house. We also have a walk-out basement therefore quite a slope on one side of the yard. He thinks he owns the town we live in and knows many people so leaving our yard is constant. We have tried a wireless collar but from reading some of the comments above I see why this had not worked. We also do not live in cell service range but do have wifi that only covers so much. He is very adamant about trying to be with us 24/7. What do you suggest? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Tia, with the slope challenges I would not recommend wireless dog fencing for your scenario. A wired dog fence, while creating more work up front, will be the most customizable, reliable, and low maintenance for the duration of ownership. I would highly recommend the PetSafe Yard Max with 16 gauge wire for an excellent system with durable, break proof dog fence wire.

Zach September 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hi, I have an Akita that’s about 100 lbs. We have a 4 ft fence, and she hops over it like its nothing. She is a bit of a baby though, so I was thinking of the petsafe wireless system. We do have a 300 foot perimeter for our backyard. We do live in the city though which steers me into thinking just getting the Petsafe Yard Max and weaving it through my chain link fencing, as we are moving in about a year, whats your suggestion?

ADMIN – Hi Zach, I would recommend going with the Yard Max for several reasons. One, you can attach the wire directly to the fence using zip ties. This will allow you to uninstall it easily when you move. Second, the Yard Max will fit the shape of your yard which is much more natural than using a wireless dog fence only allows you the option of fitting a circular shape inside your yard.

Kristen August 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

Hi, I am planning on getting an American bulldog puppy with in the next two months. I have just under an acre and live in a neighborhood with lots of dogs. I need something that is easy to install and reliable. He will be 20 lbs at first and then reach up to 100 lbs or more. This dog will be very intimidating within a few months and I need to make sure he knows his boundaries and will not cross them. I live on a slight slope with partial woods on the side of my property. Money is not an issue. I need peace of mind and to know I can let him out and he won’t run off and frighten my neighbors or get mixed up with other dogs. American Bulldogs love to bask in the sun and chill outside and I want to be able to let him do that. What brand and system do you think will work best for my little guy?

ADMIN – Hi Kristen, I would strongly recommend the PetSafe Yard Max. The system provides a true run through prevention. With the Yard Max, dogs cannot run through the signal. Instead, the collar simply “turns on” when the collar crosses the dog fence wire and will stay on, correcting the dog, for up to 15 seconds unless they retreat back over the dog fence. The Yard Max is the dog fence we are really beginning to recommend for strong headed dogs.

Kevin August 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Hello! I was hoping somebody could explain to me why the havahart wireless system can only accommodate two dogs? It seems like to operates under the same basic principles as the petsafe wireless systems (ie: there’s a signal. If that signal reaches collars then we’re good, if not then we shock– not sure why the number of collars should matter. Of course I have 3 dogs, so that’s why I’m complaining :) But also genuinely curious. On a separate note, we currently have the petsafe stay and play and in many places it seems to have a range of about 135 feet from the base. Is this normal or is it more likely that I am measuring incorrectly? thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Kevin, the reason why the Havahart wireless can only operate with two dog fence collars is because unlike the Stay + Play, you have to sync the havahart collars to the wall unit in order for the system to operate. The Wall unit only allows you to sync up to two collars. It’s possible that your Stay + Play is broadcasting farther than expected. The reason is that the shape is dictated by the barriers that the fence signal must travel through. So, most of the time the shape of the signal is more like an oval than a circle. It therefore is broadcasting farther in some areas and shorter in other areas.

Dan Thomas August 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hello, I have a 10mth, 45lb (and growing) lab mixed with German short haired pointer puppy, she is full of energy and very curious about other dogs she sees walking through our neighborhood. I’ve only got about a quarter acre of land and want to allow her to roam it instead of being on a dog run, from what I’ve read, I’m not looking for a wireless fence but an in ground, I don’t have allot of money to spend on an expensive fence, so I’m looking for the best fence I can get for a puppy of her size and energy level for the best price. Do you have any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Dan, the best dog fence for a lower price is the PetSafe In-ground fence PIG00-13661. The fence is under $200 dollars and utilizes PetSafe’s Deluxe collar. The wire that comes with the fence will cover your 1/4 of an acre.

RVM July 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi, I have an 11 lb Malti-Poo who is extremely inquisitive. My garden is around 1/3 – 1/2 acre – and has a slope about halfway which makes the back of the garden a lower level. Which wireless system would you recommend please?

ADMIN – Hi Rachel, I would recommend the PetSafe Stay + Play wireless dog fence for your 11 lb Malti-poo. The collar is a good size for a dog around 11 lbs and heavier.

iva parsons July 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I have a 75# hound dog I rescued emaciated, injured, abandoned, he appears to be a dogo argentina mix. from 49# to clean bill of health we got big money invested in him. I am 93# and overwhelmed. Got vet to age him on 1st visit 8mths, no training no manners but not a mean bone in his body. He’s healthy & smart, real smart. Stronger than i can handle &fast real fast. he learned to open 2 sets of gates, escape like Houdini, get locked up by special enforcement & fixing to get me locked up. I need containment system asap. I’m reading about wireless system radius wobble, we live in residential area approximately 1/4 acre lot fenced. do i need wired system? hes 2yrs now & i need to keep him off the street. my gate bungee cords & barricades aren’t reliable, i figure hes gonna learn to climb fences gates. i really need solution before i go to court for my unattended summons. help me please!!

ADMIN – Hi Iva, I would not recommend a wireless fence for your Blood hound. It will not be enough to contain him. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax because of the YardMax technology, the dog cannot learn to run through the fence.

Margie Hastings July 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I have a very energetic and stubborn full bred bloodhound pup. The back yard is fenced except for a ten foot stretch that encompasses a garden and deck around the house. We are renting so wired is not an option for us. What would be the best solution for my headstrong child? Thanks for your advice.

ADMIN – Hi Margie, I do not have a wireless option for a bloodhound. They are too headstrong. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax running a backyard loop or a perimeter loop. If burying wire is not an option, you can install it above ground which makes uninstalling the wire easy when you leave.

Debbie July 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

We have a 6 mos lab and live on 2.5 acres of mostly wooded property. He loves to roam and I want to find a system that will keep him on our property. Our house is vinyl siding. I was told that if system can be in front of a window, it would work best. HELP!

ADMIN – Hi Debbie, I would recommend the Havahart radial as the best wireless dog fence for that size of property. I do not think installing on a window will increase functionality. Vinyl siding should not be an issue.

Dane June 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Will the havahart radial work for a miniature dachshund?

ADMIN – Hi Dane, the Havahart Radial collar will best fit dogs 15 lbs and up. The PetSafe Stay + Play collar will fit dogs 12 lbs and up.

Jeff June 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Hello Admin, Thanks for all your helpful responses to previous questions. We have a 30 lb dog and live on 35 acres. We’d like to let her explore most of the property (25 acres would be fine…or even 15-20). We have the PetSafe Stay+Play (for a smaller yard before we moved to the country), but it is way too small for the new house. I was thinking about the Havahart Custom wireless fence, but the reviews on Amazon are terrible! It seems lots of people find that it doesn’t work, the components break, etc. Do you agree? I also noticed above that you said that they are not selling that product anymore: is that still true? Do you know why they stopped? Our property has virtually no trees (though it does have one barn about 150 ft from the property). We are on the top of a hill, but all of the valleys around the house come back up such that you can see the other side. Do you know if the collar shocks the dog when it doesn’t get a signal (i.e. potentially in the valleys we cannot see), or does it only shock the dog if it positively identifies the dogs location and if that location is in a no-go zone? If the latter, the valleys might be OK because you can see from the house all of the exit areas that we would not want the dog to go beyond. I saw above that you recommended the SportDog SDF-100A to someone with 100 acres. Is that what you recommend to us? Are those systems a pain to install? It also seems like the collar would be really big for a 30lb dog, right? Many thanks for answering all of my questions.

ADMIN – Hi Jeff, the Custom shaped wireless dog fence may still be available directly through Havahart. Retailers no longer carry it because it very difficult to set up and thus needs lots of customer service support. The only fence that is available on the market at this point that will cover more than 10 acres is the SportDog SDF100A. It is a wired fence, so there is the installation aspect to consider, but it is the most flexible solution. The collar will be big on your dogs neck which is unfortunate. We typically don’t recommend the SportDog on dogs under 35 lbs. To cover 20 acres, you’ll need a total of 4,500 feet of wire. We highly recommend upgrading to 14 gauge for a durable wire. You want to go with 14 gauge in order to avoid wire breaks from roots and adverse weather conditions.

spfeif June 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

We have a 6# Yorkie and a 10# Shorkie. I’m wondering which wireless system is best suited for them with their small neck size & build. We also have an in ground pool with a metal fence surrounding just the pool. will the fence be an issue with the transmission of the collars?

ADMIN – Hi Spfeif, none of our wireless dog fences will work with a 6 lb dog. The collars are just too large. The only dog fence that will work for a 6 lb dog is the PetSafe Little Dog, which is a wired fence. If you want a collar just for the 10 lb dog, you can go with the PetSafe Stay + Play wireless. Your metal fence should not be an issue.

Mike June 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Do any of the systems have waterproof collars?

ADMIN – Hi Mike, the PetSafe Stay + Play collars fully waterproof. The Havahart collars are not.

Ruslan June 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hi. I have a 5mnth Yorkie and he is 1.5 kilo (4 lbs). Can I use the wireless leash? Is he big enough?

ADMIN – Hi Ruslan, unfortunately, all the wireless dog fence collars are too big for dogs that size. The best dog fence for a dog of that size is the PetSafe Little Dog, which is a wired dog fence.

Adam June 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm

One thing to consider when buying any wireless system is what the replacement collars cost. We bought the Havahart wireless system and some how the collars do not work if they go through the washer and dryer (it was not on the dog at the time). My question is, is then any other wireless collar with will work with the radius 2 wireless system? $150 for one collar when u have two dogs kind of makes it a problem when I can buy the complete system for $300. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Adam, unfortunately there are no other compatible collars for the Havahart Radial 2. With all dog fences, the collars are not covered under the warranty if they are physically destroyed. With Havahart specifically, they only offer a 12 months warranty on the their fence and collar. Most other manufacture’s like PetSafe over a better limited lifetime warranty which allows customers the option to purchase a new collar at a steep discount.

KC June 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi, We have 2.5 acres (100 feet wide by ?? long – rectangular shape). I would like to use a wireless system for our purebred male, intact boxer. We have about 1 acre cleared and the rest is wooded with trails cut through it. Any thoughts on which system would work on property like that? Thank you. KC

ADMIN – Hi KC, most of the time we highly recommend going with a underground wired dog fence. They are just much more reliable and a better experience than a wireless dog fence. For a boxer on 2.5 acres, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. You can shape the fence to match your property lines and the sleek, rechargeable collar will be a great fit for your boxer.

LisaK June 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

We have a Petsafe wireless containment system that was purchased 6 yrs ago. Both older labs had no problems staying within boundaries unless battery died. Now, we have a energetic 10 month old lab willing to run through the boundaries constantly. We have her collar on the highest setting. Unfortunately we do have sloped property. We’re wondering if we can use two containment systems, one for the lower level (basement) as we have almost 3 acres and if it would be more effective. Need some suggestions to keep this little girl on our property.

ADMIN – HI Lisa, are you wanting to use two PetSafe Wireless systems or are you wanting to use a wireless along with a wired fence?

samantha June 1, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Hi, I live on a large farm and my dog is about 9 months old and weighs about 60 LB. She is territorial and thinks the whole farm is hers. Our yard is about 3.5 acres fairly flat ground but the house is large and we do have siding and I would like to give the most room we can while keeping her restricted to the yard. I’m worried that siding may interfere and I also don’t want to wind up with most the space she is allowed to be taken up by the house. Is there a wireless option that will keep my strong willed large dog in the yard and still give her plenty of space? I really do not want to do the wire.

ADMIN – Hi Samantha, the Havahart fence is the best wireless dog fence for capacity. You can set it up to cover over 2 acres in a circle.

Isabela May 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

The wind can disrupt the signal of the wireless fence. The terrain is flat and less than one acre and sometimes my Great Pyrenees exceeds the limit of the wireless fence without taking the correction and goes away like there’s no tomorrow. What should I do?

ADMIN – Hi Isabela, We are not certain the wind can make a difference in the wireless dog fence broadcast. A greater factor can be the dog itself. You can replicate this in a test. Take the collar and hold it down at your side and when you walk through the boundary make sure that the collar maintains a clear line of site to the general direction of the wall transmitter. The collar should respond properly. Next, attempt to walk through the boundary, but this time, use your body to block the collar from the transmitter. The collar will not respond as reliably. The reason is that you body becomes a physical barrier. Great Pyrenees are large and hairy. It is quite possible this is what is happening. The other possible issue could be that the long bushy hair is in the way of the contact probes. You may want to thin the fur with scissors in the area where the contact probes touch the dog’s neck. A very common issue is fur blocking the correction.

Rich May 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Can the controller for a wireless system be left outside (behind the house to account for a long backyard and a short frontyard)?

ADMIN – Hi Rich, unfortunately no. The wall transmitters are not water proof and need to be installed indoors. Wireless dog fences like the Havahart Wireless are even digital and require a temperature controlled room as well.

michael April 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I have the radial Havahart. It works well for the dogs (when it has battery power) but one thing that needs to be in the reviews is that the Havahart burns through batteries at over 100 times the rate of petsafe stay + play which my son in law uses. It is awful that no one tells you this because you cannot even leave the dogs outside for 3 days with food and go on vacation without them leaving because the batteries go dead. Havahart is more than a terrible investment and time consumer. I have had it for over a year with 2 dogs a Chinese imperial and an English Bull dog. Please rate how fast it uses up the battery.

ADMIN – Hi Michael, thank you for the feedback and recommendation. We have made a revision help make this information a bit more visible on the Havahart Radial review page. I would recommend contacting the manufacture for your fence. They did update the battery in the last year. It should last around 5 to 7 days, not 3 days.

Jane April 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

I have an 11 month old Havanese who is almost 18lbs. He isn’t inclined to run away but he loves to be outside. This is fine when we are home because our back yard is fenced but we have a cabin and with summer coming I would like to get an electronic fence for when we aren’t with him. Last year this wasn’t an issue because he was so young. I was first thinking wireless. I don’t want him to be able to go far from the cabin. But then reading the reviews I was afraid that it wouldn’t work all around the cabin (ie in the front and back) and that the signal might get blocked by the cabin walls. The property boundaries are woods/brush, a pond and a road. Would a wired fence need to be under the ground or could it be on top of the ground, except for where people may be walking. The ground is too rocky and has too many trees/brush to get the fence under ground. Also a wireless fence would allow us to take it with us when we travel.My Hav has been to obedience and is generally well-behaved, so I don’t anticipate problems with the training. I just don’t want to have to tie him on at the cabin with so many things he could get caught in and a real fence is not an option. Thank you Jane

ADMIN – Hi Jane, unless the cabin walls are thick, the PetSafe Stay + Play is our choice for most mobile wireless fence. The setup is so easy with the Stay + Play. There is no programming. You simply plug and play. Also, if the trees are too thick, this will kill the wireless option completely. As for wire, you can definitely lay the wire on the ground. It is a safe radio frequency wire so it’s not a hazard. You may want to pin it down with rocks etc, so it does not become a trip hazard.

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


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


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?

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.


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!!!


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.

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