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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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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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.

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.


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.

Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I have 2 dogs, a Weimaraner and a Lab-Pointer mix. I have a fence in place already, but would like to add additional containment so that they do not try to jump fence or dig under. Which system would be a good fit for us? Would a wireless system be sufficient since there is already a barrier in place or do I need to go with a buried wire? Also, there is a slight slope in the backyard. Would the wireless system be able to account for that slope? Thank you! :)

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

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.


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

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.

John May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

I have had a Innotek wire system for the last eight years. Seems like every other year I have to dig the wire up and repair it. I have a ten year old Jack Russell. The fence is currently down and I haven’t had much luck finding the break this time. I have one acre with a metal sided tractor shed on one side of the yard and a metal sided garage on the other. House is in the middle between them. Is a wireless system an option for my yard.

Admin- Hi John,

Unfortunately based on your setup a wire in-grown system will still be the best option. The signal on a wireless transmitter will be blocked by the two metal structures. Since the wire has been install for so long, I recommend installing a thicker gauge wire like a 14 or 16 gauge wire. You could leave the old wire in the ground and simply install new wire around the property (the old wire will not effect the new boundary).

John B May 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hello We are in need of invisible fencing after getting a 9 week old that is going to be a large dog. I became really interested in the wireless method today when considering the ease of installation versus the buried wire. My concern is the contours of our property and whether the wireless will be effective. Our property is a sloping from the road to the back area of the yard. The transmitter would be above the lower part of yard and below the rear by about 15-20 in elevation. Your advice would be appreciated.

Admin- Hi John,

A wireless fence has several disapproving quality’s like inconsistencies in the boundary line and slow collar reaction time. The wired fences are much more effective. A wired fence will work if you have a sloping yard; however, a wireless will not work with the sloping terrain that you say your property has. The signal will be non existent at the 15-20′ elevation. Your best option will be a wired in-ground system.

Christina April 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

We purchased the Havahart Radial Wireless system to contain our 8 month old beagle. We had a wired system at our past residence and it worked great. We were hoping that we could avoid the expense and labor of installing a wired in ground system with this new “wireless” system. Big mistake. Batteries die after only 1 day. I had read reviews that said they would need to be replaced after 3-4 days, but ONE day! really?Our dog was constantly running off after having her trained initially while the batteries held their charge. customer service said the collar may not be fitted properly which may be the case..I am waiting for replacement collar and will post another review if it improves, otherwise, we are the owners of a useless system because we are past the refund date.

Laina April 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I have a Yorkie and a Chihuahua and they are both about 7 pounds. Which wireless system would be safe for them? I do not have a metal roof but our detached pull barn with a metal roof is about 50 feet from our home, would that cause a problem? There is a new house being built next door and I am in a huge hurry to keep the dogs off the property!!

Thank you for this awesome web site!!!

Admin, Hi Laina,

Unfortunately I do see two problems that you will have. One, we do not recommend the wireless systems for dogs under 20-pounds. The collar will be really bulky on your small dogs. Two, the pull barn will block the wireless signal.

You are really limited with the small Yorkie and Chihuahuas to the PetSafe Little dog system. The collars are designed for small dogs like you have and will be the best fitting. The PetSafe Little Dog system offers independent correction levels; therefore, you will be able to adjust the correction levels on the dogs collar. The system comes with 500 feet of wire that can contain 1/3 acre.

Sabrina April 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hello there,
We have the PetSafe wireless pet system for our two dogs, an Argentinean Mastiff and a Boxer. As of right now we only have one collar and have to keep changing it back and forth between the two girls which sucks cause they love to go out and play together but can’t. A replacement once is kin of expensive so my question is this…My mom has an extra collar for her PetSafe in ground system and I was wondering if it will work with my PetSafe wireless system?

Admin- Hi Sabrina,

Unfortunately the PetSafe Wireless system will not work with the PetSafe wired in ground collars. Your best option for will be to purchase an additional PetSafe wireless collar.

Trish April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I have the Petsafe wireless system…. Love it! We live in a small village on a fairly quiet street with a nice yard for Tucker to roam within his radius. My question is not about battery life but about the lifespan of the system itself. Tuck’s collar started beeping right outside the garage and I couldn’t get to him before he got zapped….he was done playing outside for the day. It seems to be misfiring a lot and now I’m simply afraid to use it because what pet owner WANTS their pet to get that shock unless it’s for their safety. The battery is not the problem. The system is not quite 5 yrs old. Please help!

ADMIN – Hi Trish,

Obviously that should not happen, and you are smart to stop using it until you are confident it won’t happen again. If this problem has never happened before, and nothing has changed about the house (e.g. no new addition, no new metal garage door, no new cars parked in the garage), then the problem is likely the collar or the system. I would first check the boundary radius settings to make sure they have not changed. That failing, I would get it repaired by PetSafe. Since you are outside the comprehensive 1 year warranty, there will be a charge, it will be around $50.

Ryan April 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Are there any systems available that would work well when one lives in a woods? Or am I stuck with a hand held device that relies on my manual signaling of the dog?

ADMIN – Hi Ryan,

The wireless fences will all struggle in the woods. But, the wired fences will all work normally in wooded areas. Because the wire runs around the perimeter, it can be easily sculpted to avoid obstacles. In wooded areas, we generally just staple the wire down using lawn staples, because burying the wire can be very difficult with all the tree roots.

Barb April 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi I have many questions on these fences for dogs. But from reading some of the comments and questions I am thinking I am going to need wired fence for sure. I have 2 GS. They are brother and sister and are 13 weeks old. The boy is about 25 lbs and the girl is almost 20 lbs. They are going to be big dogs. I own 4 acres, in the country and they like doing their business on the edge of the woods, but I am not wanting to fence off 4 acres just 2 acres. The house is fairly close to the road though. :( I am just wondering what system would be best for all of us?

ADMIN – Hi Barb,

With the house close to the road, I also thing that wired would be the best choice.

Two good choice for a pair of German Shepherds would be the SportDog SDF-100A and the Innotek IUC-4100. The SportDog has a bulkier collar, and uses a disposable battery, but is a little cheaper. The Innotek is rechargeable, and a little smaller.

For both dogs, I would until they are six months old before training them on the system. Before that, most dogs are too immature for the training.

Carol March 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

We have the pet-safe wireless fence. Does anyone have any trouble with the collar going off INSIDE the house? Our poor dog has been zapped 4 times. Usually around big appliances, so I am suspecting it has something to do with that?? We have the transmitter set to 8 so he should not be getting zapped inside!

ADMIN – Hi Carol,

This sometimes happens around large metal objects, because they are blocking the signal to the base station. Sometimes moving the transmitter will help. But, this signal inconsistency is unfortunately one of the drawback of a wireless system.

Betsy Buckman March 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Was really looking at the Havahart 2 wireless system to use on our dachsund (approx 15 bls and a wire hair dachsund mix (approx 24 lbs). We live out in the country and on a hillside in a basic ranch single story house. The back of the house is approx 6 feet off the ground while the front is on regular foundation (approx 1 foot off ground). The slope continues down aprrox 300 feet or more to the pond. I wanted to do the Havahart 2 radial wireless system. However, after reading all the inputs, not sure if it will work on the slope.

We have just a couple of crepe myrtle trees in back and a wood frame shed in front to one side of the house. Was looking at doing a 130 ft radius. My husband doesn’t want to put any fences up on the property. Will the Havahart 2 wireless system work for us?

ADMIN – Hi Betsy,

It is always unpredictable whether wireless will work in any given property. That said, a good way to make an educated guess on whether it will work with the slope is whether you could get a line from the transmitter to the boundary line.

Note, the Havahart collar is likely going to be too big for the smaller dog. Generally the wireless collars don’t fit well on dogs under 20lbs.

elaine counihan March 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I bought this fence plus a second collar as a last resort for my dogs. Living in a rural community I was worried sick as my dogs ramblings had increased. I took in a stray (a terrier mix approx 2 yrs old) and my beagle (2 &1/2) became very unsettled & started rambling sometimes with the terrier & sometimes without. Being a farming community this was a massive source of stress & my usual techniques for prevention were not working. So I decided to invest. I can only describe this product as a weight having been lifted!!! However before purchase you do need to research. Make sure you know the length and width you need covered as it is a circular diameter and will not suit every plot. If you need zoned areas or irregular shapes it is not suitable you will need the wired system. Also as it is determined by radio signal so there is a slight difference (18-36inches) as to where the beep starts on individual collars but this is easily overcome with flag placement and training. I believe most of the failures i have read are the result of poor research and training. Of course there can also be the occasional faulty product but that’s why buying from a reputable source that has experience is important. There is also a warranty. My dogs are spoiled; pampered and showered with love everyday so also remember when they get that first “static correction” you will feel like plugging it out and throwing it away. But as my friend and fellow dog lover said “you sometimes have to be cruel(a little)to be kind”. Within a couple of days my dogs were aware of their boundaries and within a week they were happier and more content than I had seen them in some time.

jim steinke March 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Is there such a thing as a totally wireless fence? Is there an actual transmitter that you can install in the home the works 360 degrees from the inside with a receiver on the dog? Wireless fence to me means no wires or am I wrong. if you have that what is the range and cost?

ADMIN – Hi Jim,

The wireless dog fences are what you describe. You place a transmitter in your house, and it creates a circular boundary an adjustable distance from the base station. The best of breed system is the Havahart Wireless, it has an effective radius of around 200 yards and costs $360.

Lyn March 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

We have 2 Welsh Corgi’s, approximately 25 – 30 lbs each. We live on a large farm on a country road, but lately our dogs have been taking “road trips”. We would like a wireless system, however, our house has a standing seam roof and the closest barn is all metal. Will this have a negative impact on a wireless system? Also, there is not much space between the front of the house and the road, but behind, to the right, and to the left of the house, is much more open space. What would you recommend? We need to get something set up ASAP.

ADMIN – Hi Lyn,

The wireless systems don’t like large amounts of sheet metal. With both a metal roof, and a metal barn, it would be difficult for any of the wireless systems to get a good signal. Also, the wireless systems need to be located in approximately the center of the property, so aren’t a good fit if the house is near the front of the property.

A wired system would not have these limitations and would be the better choice for your situation. For two Corgis, a smaller collar like the Innotek IUC-4100 would be your best bet.

Serina March 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hi, we have an 8 lb. Shitzu/yorkie mix that loves to bolt out the door when it’s warm and run around the neighborhood trying to find other dogs to bark at and it takes us at least a half hour to coax her back into the house or catch her. It’s the only time I regret getting a dog! Anyway, we don’t have many options due to renting and outlet locations. I guess my question is: Have you seen that Havahart offers a “small dog” wireless radial fence? Have you had a chance to look at the collars? I am just trying to figure out if it will work with her, or if my only option is to try an indoor barrier at the door, but I would much rather have a fence so she can run around outside with us without dragging a tie out around, but I’m so scared of wasting that much money. Thanks for your help!

ADMIN – Hi Serina,

The Havahart small dog fence, was previously their regular dog fence. (The Havahart Large Fence is new, and is a larger collar) Best wireless system, but the small part is misleading … the collar would be too big on dogs under 20 lbs, and definitely not on Shih Tzu / Yorkie mix.

Afraid if you want an electronic dog fence, at 8lbs, your only options are wired fences.

John Simon March 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

I bought a Perimeter wireless system 3 years ago and it has never worked. They replaced the whole thing 4 times in the first year for a variety of reasons (batteries, base unit, collar) but the system would never operate reliably. Would highly recommend against wasting your money.

ADMIN – Hi John,


Lisa March 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

I have a shitzu/mix that weighs 10lbs and is 18 months old. A little high strung. Likes to jump. Live in a neighborhood, corner lot with a busy street in the front. I have been walking him on leash but would like to give him more time outside to run around. There is a deck then down 10 steps and cross driveway to get to grassy side yard. Would wireless work with the obstacle of driveway and the drop from house to yard?

ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

The collars on the wireless systems are going to be too big and heavy for a 10lb Shih Tzu mix. The collars are generally too big for any dog under 20 lbs. Your only option would be a smaller collar from one of the wired systems like the PetSafe Little Dog system.

But, to answer your questions, generally if you can get a line of sight, the wireless systems have a good chance of working. If the drop is steeper than that, the system is unlikely to work. The driveway would not be an obstacle to a wireless system.

Kim February 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

We have about 2.85 acres with about 1.5 wooded. We were considering the wireless, but after reading are wondering if wired would be better. We have a labradoodle, schnoodle and schnauzer (the schnauzer is very slow and loses focus and can wander aimlessly). We want to cover about 2 of the 2.85 acres and it stays wet for long periods. What system would you recommend and if you recommend the wired, how much wire will it take? Will the system work with the large dog and the small dogs together?

Thanks for all the information.

Admin- Hi Kim,

Your best option will be an in-ground fence. A great system for your three dogs will be the PetSafe Stubborn/large dog system. You can use the large dog collar for the Labrador and bundle in two additional PetSafe Deluxe collars. A great feature about the PetSafe system is that you will have independent correction levels for all your dogs. You will be able to set the correction amount for the dogs on their collars. The system comes with 500 feet of wire and you will need a total of 1500 feet of wire to cover your 2 acres.

Greg February 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

We have two cavalier king Charles spaniels. Our back yard is fully fenced off with wire mesh at the bottom to prevent the dogs from getting out. It’s about 3/4 acre, flat and open in the back. Just last week our older dog dug out and under the fence. This is the first time this has happened. We looked at redoing all the wire mesh with galvanized fence and digging 12 inches down to bury it. This is costly and labor intensive. I found the havahart radial wireless and thought that would be perfect. But I’m not sure now, after reading this. A wired system is much more expensive, so I’d prefer to go wireless route. We have asphalt shingle roof and a good number of glass windows on the back of house. Would you feel comfortable recommending the havahart system in our case?

ADMIN – Hi Greg,

Typically Cavalier king Charles spaniels do not get much larger than 18 pounds. We do not recommend the wireless option for dog less than 20 pounds. The collar will be too bulky. Plus the wire is in-ground system in much more reliable and effective. A great system will be the Innotek IUC4100. The collars are a slim fit rechargeable. For the install, we have found that attaching the boundary wire 12 -18 inches up to an existing fence will solve most containment issues very quickly. Your dogs will not be able to approach the fence and set at the base like they are now.

rudy February 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi I have two dogs both pitbulls. They recently got loose and according to the dogcatcher they terrorized the neighborhood. We have a privacy fence and I have no idea how they got out. I wanted to install a dog perimeter fence and was thinking about going on he wifi ones. I understand that the underground ones are more reliable but I have a cement driveway in he back and do not know how I would be able to install it. Please help me as to which would be a better choice and if the underground is better how to install it over my cement driveway.

ADMIN – Hi Rudy,

You could do one of the wireless fences, like the Havahart Radial, but this would only let you have a circular boundary field. The wired systems perform a little better, and will let you have a custom shape layout to suit your property.

To install a wired fence where you already have a fence, you would just attach the wire to the fence and not need to bury the wire. To get a across a concrete driveway, you need to find a convenient expansion joint, clean it out, and place the wire in the joint. Then you caulk over the wire to keep it in place. If there is no convenient joint, you just cut a slot across the driveway using a circular saw and a masonry blade.

Meagan February 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I highly recommend NOT getting the Perimeter Wifi Fence. I just purchased this unit a couple of weeks ago for my Beagle, hoping that it would give her a good, safe boundary to do all of her sniffing and roaming, as we live by a busy road. After spending a good bit of time trying to figure the settings out we tested the boundary and realized it was very inconsistent, even after adjusting the boundary to a shorter distance. She could have been out on the road before the unit even sent out a warning! And it was different each time we tested the boundary! It also lost signal several times during the week that I was testing it. If anyone knows of a good, reliable wireless radio fence please let me know. I do not want to worry with burying wire.

ADMIN – Hi Meagan,

In our testing, we found much the same – the boundary movement on the Perimeter Wifi is large, averaging just under 10 feet of wobble from minute-to-minute and having significant drop-outs. All wireless fences have these limitation, although others don’t suffer as much. We found the Havahart Radial to be significantly better, averaging around 2 feet of wobble. But, this is still not anywhere near as good as a wired system which will have a much more consistent boundary line.

Brian Abraham February 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I have the Perimeter WIFI system – the boundary wobble is annoying however the travel adapter/battery backup make this unit impossible to live without!!! I have a property that has no electricity and I travel with my dogs a lot….If you do not have a place to plus in…this is the only system I found that can work but plugging it in to your car adapter for extended camping….make the unit extremely portable whereas other units must be plugged in. I wish the other units would provide this feature!!!!!

ADMIN – Hi Brian,

The Perimeter Wifi is indeed the only wireless fence with a battery backup. It is very useful for camping, and like you we wish this feature was included in other wireless fences.

Jerry February 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

The squirrels destroyed my in ground system continuously over five years. I have a2.5acre wooded lot and a obedient dog. Will wireless system interfere with the home phone or computer wifi system?

ADMIN – Hi Jerry,

The wireless system will not interfere with your home phone or wireless internet. They use different frequencies. But note, the wireless will not work well if the boundary extends into the woods. Once you get into the trees the signal tends to get blocked and the fence rendered ineffective. If the boundary is set a few feet prior to the woods, then you will be fine.

The wireless systems work well with dogs that are already trained. Because the dogs are already so well conditioned to stay away from the boundary, it makes up for most of the shortcomings they have with inconsistent boundaries.

Jamie February 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I am looking for a system that I can use with three different size dogs. I have a 125lb Great Pyrenees, Australian Blue Heeler puppy (25-30lbs when full grown), and a small Shitz Tzu. Do you know of one that I can adjust each collar independently? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Jamie,

The PetSafe Stubborn, Petsafe Deluxe and PetSafe Little Dog systems are inter-compatible, which is useful for dogs of very different sizes and temperaments. I would get a PetSafe Stubborn system and use the included collar with the Great Pyrenees. I would add an additional PetSafe deluxe collar for the Blue Heeler. And a PetSafe Little Dog collar for the Shih Tzu. I am presuming the small Shih Tzu is under 12 lbs, if they are over 12lbs, you should use a PetSafe Deluxe collar instead.

Teresa February 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I live in a wooded 2 plus acre unlevel mountain side. Does the wireless fence work in these conditions?

ADMIN – Hi Teresa,

The wireless fences can deal with some undulation, but where there are very steep hills and valleys they have trouble. A good rule of thumb is if you can get a line of site, the signal will get through, if it is so uneven that you lose your line of site to the dog, the system will struggle.

Angela Richard February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

We have a lake on our property witch the dogs love to play in. So I need a collar that can stand up to them being in the lake?

ADMIN – Hi Angela,

If you need a wireless fence that is waterproof, the PetSafe Wireless fences are your best bet. The Havaharts are not water proof, and the Perimeter Wifi is generally ineffective.

ted harris February 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

We have two labs on a petsafe wireless system. The system keeps one dog in yard and has no effect on the other. The collar is working but dog just keeps going – need suggestions to keep dog home.

ADMIN – Hi Ted,

To diagnose this, you should watch the dog’s reaction when they cross the boundary. If they don’t have a big reaction, they are not getting the correction.

If you tested the collar and it is working, the most likely explanation is that the collar is giving the correction, but the dog is not feeling it. This happens when the collar probes are not quite touching the dog’s skin. You may need to use the longer prongs with some labs loose skin, and you need to make sure when you fasten the collar that it is tight enough that the collar is being held in place.

If the dog is reacting, they are getting the correction and going through anyway. To fix this, you need to turn up the correction level and do a bit of retraining.

Bridget February 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I’m looking for a fence, wired or wireless. Currently right now I live in a small town. I have 3 dogs, Max (male-Chow, Lab, Retriever), Marley (female-Blue Healer), and Kayleigh (female-offspring). Max is our wanderer he will get right out of the fence no matter how well we fix it and run. His temperment is great. Marley is my pleaser dog, she will stay in the fence when the other two will run out and she is my right hand dog, Kayleigh is a spaz, in the house and yard she is constantly moving running, like a dog on ADD. She will follow Max out and I’m not sure how she would handle strangers. What kind of containment could I use and also we were looking to move and buy a lake house. What kind of containment could we use there. One thats water safe but where we would have the house it would be a ways down to the dock which I think they would stay with us pretty well so I think we could just take off their collars. Thanks!


Heather Crawford January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I am renting a place that sits on 2 acres along a road. It’s kind of a stair-stepped terrain with the house at the lowest point, the garage about 4 feet higher, and a parking/grassy area about 6 feet higher than the garage. My pound puppy (7 years, 65 pounds) sticks around marginally well but my Corgi (3 years, 18 pounds) is super friendly and likes to wander to see what everyone else is up to… She’s a social little thing and is a bit harder to train than my pound puppy was. I was wanting to get a wireless system and install in our garage (the center of our property) but have read a few reviews around the web that it doesn’t work on a sloped terrain. There are a few trees, but nothing bigger than 8″ diameter, it’s just the terrain I’m a little concerned about.I don’t want to do a wired system because we will be moving in August and I’d rather not invest the time and money for that, especially when I can use the wireless system camping (can’t do that with the wired). Any guidance would be appreciated!

By the way, all the information on this website is INCREDIBLY helpful… it’s great to have a place with so much information on such a vast array of items, thanks!

Admin- Hi Heather,

I’m afraid that if you have a 10% plus grade in the slope, that the signal will either be really inconsistent or there will not be a signal at all. However, the best wireless system that we offer is the Havahart Radial. The Havahart will give you the best odds of a successful boundary with the slope. Your second option will be a wired in-ground fence. We do find the wired systems to be much more reliable. You could simply install the wire on top off the ground for the meantime and relocate the wire once you move.

Dan Wolfson January 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I am looking for a system to keep my cat from jumping two fences on opposite sides of my back yard. I would prefer a wired system that does not have to ring the entire back yard if possible. Is there a single wire rather than a loop available? Cat is over 10 lbs and 7 years old. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Dan,

Afraid that at the moment, the only good option for cats it the PetSafe Cat Fence. the wireless options are too big for a cat. It is a wired fence, and does need to be a complete loop. If you are only trying to do the backyard, there are some tricky ways to complete the loop like running the wire up a downspout, across the gutter, and down a downspout on the other side of the house.

Patricia January 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

We are relocating to a new house that does not have a fence. We will eventually put a fence in, but we need a temporary solution to contain our two dogs. We have an 80lb Olde English Bulldogge and a 60lb 6 month Weimaraner puppy. They are used to having a fenced in yard. I have been doing some research with good and bad reviews on all systems on the market. Our yard is virtually flat and just under a 1/2 acre. We will be moving in the winter so not sure that a wired fence that has to be dug in the snow is the best option at this time. Which system do you think is best for out situation? Thank you so much.

ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

The Bulldog is likely to require a stronger correction level than the Weimaraner, so we would want a system which lets us set independent correction levels. For 1/2 an acre and big dogs like yours, the PetSafe Stubborn would be a good choice. (http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/)

With snow, we usually just lay the wire on the surface and either staple it down or place a rock on the corners to stop the wire moving. Then when the ground gets soft we do the permanent burial of the wire.

valarie January 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hi There i have a 9 week old German Shepard and 2 little Chihuahuas but I’m not worried about them just the German Shepard. We live in the country with a lot of land next to a really busy fast moving Road.We have been thinking about getting a wireless,we can’t do the wired so what would the best option be?

ADMIN – Hi Valarie,

If you can’t do wired, the best of the wireless systems for a German Shepherd is the Havahart Radial. Just be sure to set the boundary back at least 10 feet form the road. Since the boundary wobbles considerably, you want a big safety buffer between the dog and the road.

Jameson December 28, 2011 at 1:02 am

I have a 2 year old 55lb siberian husky who is well trained and obedient but is still a wanderer at heart, I am currently living in a standard trailer on 22 acres (20 wooded 2 cleared) while i am preparing to build a house. I am a firemedic and work 24 hours on 48 hours off and am therefore not able to be there for a full day. I do not want to inconvenience anyone with having to care for him or check on him while i am at work so i am considering my options for “temporary” fencing, as yard and home boundaries will change drastically upon building of the house. I am installing a doggy door for him because he knows the rules of being inside and i want to have the peace of mind that he is safe if a storm comes in etc. while i am at work. I do not need a very large area, maybe an acre or so, but the rear of the trailer is approx 45ft from woods and there is a lot more room in the front (future home site) I dont want the fence to interfere with the future construction and was therefore considering the wireless fence. However, after reading it seemed that a wired fence covered in conduit without being buried may not be too bad. I will be getting married in 6 months so it will be much easier when he wont be alone for a full 24hrs at a time as anyone who has had a sibe knows they can be mischievous. Also as a side note, this is the southeast and the land connects to a state park, so i have animals galore, and when i do have a finished house and manicured yard i do plan to build a permanent fence, any advice you have, wireless or wired will be gratefully appreciated.

ADMIN – Hi Jameson,

With your wooded terrain the wireless systems aren’t going to work very well, so I would look at the wired fences. As you mentioned, you can run the wire through a protective conduit instead of burying.

For a Husky, the Innotek IUC-4100 is a good choice. With that thick undercoat, the collarfit feature is useful because it lets you know when the collar is properly fitted.

Joan Trojacek December 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Will a metal “horse fence” interfere with a Havahart Wireless Custom System? This is my current perimeter.

ADMIN – Hi Joan,

A horse fence will not tend to cause any problems since there are plenty of gaps in the fence. It is more sheet metal that is a problem. However, if you already have a fence in place, consider using a wired fence and attaching the boundary wire to the fence – that would get you a much more consistent boundary without much extra effort.

Jill December 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hi! I have two 50-lb mutts… one is very docile and the other is very stubborn and energetic, and she tends to start dog fights. I would love to install an in-ground dog fence (the SportDog model appealed to me) rather than spending thousands on a traditional fence. My major concern is that the stubborn/aggressive dog will run right through the barrier. How often do these systems simply not work in containing a crazy dog?

ADMIN – Hi Jill,

If you do the training with the dogs it is exceptionally rare that a dog will not be contained. We routinely work with stubborn, high prey drive, and high energy dogs and when you do the 2 weeks of initial training, the dogs respond to the boundary. Properly trained, the dogs should have no comprehension that running through the fence is a possibility, instead they will be conditioned to respond to the correction by turning and retreating away from the boundary.

Amanda December 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Hello, I have an Innotek Ultrasmart Contain and Train, wired dog fence with two collars for a 55# Heeler and a 67# mixed breed. We had the system working consistently for a year at one house, then at our current home for one full year.

This past week, that collars started going off at odd locations. Both collars are doing it and they are even triggered when the fence has been turned off and unplugged for 2 days. I’m becoming frustrated by this and hoping that someone may have some insight as how to fix this problem.

More details… Neighbors do not have a dog fence. We’re not running an AM transistor radio at the time of triggering (although unsure of the neighbors). Triggering seems to be fairly reliable around the DirecTV wire at two sides of our house. Again, this happens when the Dog Fence is turned off and unplugged.

Please Help! Thank you for your time, Amanda

ADMIN – Hi Amanda,

The most likely culprit is a neighbor’s fence – but that does not seem to be the case here. We can rule out a collar malfunction since both collars are being affected. I don’t think it is the Direct TV, but it is worth checking out. Unplug the Direct TV line from the satellite dish and switch off the power to the unit and see if the problem persists.

Morgan C November 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

I was almost in the process of purchasing a wireless containment system until I stumbled across your site. I like the convenience of the wireless but I do have a metal roof(did not know this was a problem until your site) but have pretty level ground and no other barriers. I have a very stubborn but clever bloodhound that is nearly impossible to get off of a scent trail once he has picked one up. My concern with the wire system is that he will learn that he can pass the correction zone. I would like him to have about an acre of roaming area. I also live in an area that is very rocky and hard to dig through. Any advice you may have for me on which system would work best would be greatly appreciated!

ADMIN – Hi Morgan,

I would go with a wired fence, particularly given the metal roof. The metal roof is likely to cause significant interference and get you an unreliable boundary line.

If you do the two weeks of training, running through is rarely an issue. Properly trained, the dog believes the only way to make the correction stop is to retreat toward the interior of the correction. Running through only becomes a problem with dogs that aren’t trained, who accidentally learn that running through also stops the correction.

With Bloodhounds, the Innotek IUC-4100 is a good choice – a good reliable system with a rechargeable collar and a small collar. The PetSafe Stubborn would also work well and is little cheaper, although has a larger collar and is not rechargeable.

Cindy Forte November 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

I am wondering which system would work best for my min schnauzer. I have a partially fenced yard – the sides, back and half of the front are fenced. I have a 25 ft length from my garage to the neighbor’s fence that is open. I need to block a straight piece about 25 ft long which is asphalt and cement so I am looking for a wireless system preferably. If really necessary I can bury a wire at the edges of the driveway which is a zig zag shape. Does the fencing system have to be in a circular completed pattern or is there a system that will cover an open area like I have? I am looking for the most reliable and economical solution.

ADMIN – Hi Cindy,
The most reliable, economical solution is to go with an outdoor zone and collar. The bundle you will include the following items: 1 Paws Away Outdoor Rock, 1 Innotek 4100 collar, 1 4100 collar re-charger, 50 flags, and 150 foot roll of boundary wire. These items can be located in our store under these pages: Innotek, Collars, Wire, and Accessories. With the outdoor rock, you can set it up at one end of the opening. Then plug boundary wire into it that will run the length of the opening, make a u-turn and return to the outdoor rock and plug in. You will be creating a long narrow loop that you’ll want separated by about 4 feet. The outdoor rock requires 4, D batteries and the collar is rechargeable.

Eric November 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

Is there a wireless system that also have a remote trainer functionality? I’ve seen the Innotek Contain and Train, but I’d prefer a wireless fence.

ADMIN – Hi Eric,
Unfortunately at this time we are unaware of a wireless fence/training remote combo on the market.

Susan November 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

We bought a petsafe in ground radio fence, now reading the instructions and seeing that they are not to be used around metal, wondering now what? We have a metal house, metal barn and metal well house. Have 5 acres and want to keep our dog on our property!

ADMIN – Hi Susan,

The warning against metal walls and metal roofs only applies to wireless fences, not the in-ground type of fence that you have.

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