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.

Dog Fence DIY Logo Havahart
Wireless Radial
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Stay + Play
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Wireless Custom
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Perimeter
Wifi Fence
Rating Excellent Excellent Good Good Poor
Reliability Good Good Good Good Poor
Rechargeable Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Correction Levels 5 5 5 5 8
Battery Backup No No No No Yes
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
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  • Combinable systems
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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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Rhonda April 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

We have two small dogs, 1 dog is 11 pounds and the other is around 14 pounds. We are building a cottage on one acre where we have no electricity available, other than a generator. We would like a wireless system, if possible, but also need one where the base unit doesn’t need to be plugged in, but rather uses batteries. The Perimeter rechargeable wireless one sounded great, until I read the not-so-great reviews on it. The 11 pounder doesn’t stray very far, so I’m not really sure we even need it for her, but the 14 pound dog often heads off for “adventures” I’d really rather she not take! :) Any suggestions for a containment system that would work for us?

Admin- Hi Rhonda,

In your situation a wireless system probably would not be the best option. The best system is going to be a system that has a battery back up feature. A great system for your 14-pound dog will be the Innotek IUC-4100. You will be able to plug the system into the generator or use the battery back-up feature that can operate the system for 40 hours on battery power only.

Kerri Hart April 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi,
I have a fenced back yard that my dogs (20 and 70lbs) keep digging out of. The yard is somewhat U-shaped and very large (about 185′ x 80′). I dread the thought of installing a wired fence, and our house is on the market. Do you think the Havahart Radial Wireless would be a good choice, or is wired my best option?

Thanks,
Kerri

Admin- Hi Kerri,

With the Havahart Radial fence the transmitter will have to be mount inside your house on an outside wall. From this point where the transmitter is mounted the signal would transmit in a circler pattern. Therefore, you could cut off a lot of your yard or include areas you do not wish for the dogs to roam. The only possible way you can get your whole rectangular shape yard contained will either be a wired fence or the Havahart Custom shape wireless fence.

A good-wired fence for your two dogs would be the PetSafe Deluxe system. You would be able to attach the wire to the stationary fence and stop most of your containment issue almost instantly.

A good Wireless fence would be the Havahart Custom shape fence. You will be able to configure the shape of the containment area to fit your needs.

Amanda April 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

We are wanting to do the invisible fence for our yard. It’s approx 2 acres, no trees, no hills, there will be a metal building within a year, but otherwise pretty open. We have a 117lb German Shepard who is extremly calm and a 8lb weeine dog that is very energetic and playful. We like the ease of the wireless, but it doesn’t sound to dependable. Which system do you suggest (without spending a small fortune)
Thank you-Amanda

ADMIN – Hi Amanda,

Once you add the metal building to the property, it will create issues with the fence functioning properly. Also, none of the wireless fence collars will work on a 8 lb dog.

For your scenario, I’d recommend the PetSafe Little Dog fence and add in a PetSafe Deluxe collar for your Shepherd. To cover 2 acres, you’ll need to bundle in an additional 1,000 feet of wire.

Cindy April 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

We live on a farm with a country road that is seeing more traffic due to the addition of a golf course on our road. Our dogs, Heeler and Labradoodle, are inside pets but go to the barn with us for chores. Unfortunately, if a car slows down on the road in front of our home, they run out to visit. This has created a problem as it seems everyone slows down as they drive by. Is there a system, wireless or otherwise, that can be run straight across the front of the yard (and U drive) approx. 200 ft., without running it around the whole outside of the farm? Our dogs don’t go through a pasture onto the road, only through the front yard and U drive. I think they’ve had too many run-ins with electric fencing and prefer to avoid the pastures, so they are contained with the exception of straight out the front yard/driveway. I am also wondering if this same fencing could be portable enough for us to pick up and take with us camping (to lay on the ground and circle our trailer), to contain our dogs around our campsite. Am I expecting too much? And, two collars, one system.

ADMIN – Hi Cindy,

Unfortunately, a wireless fence will not be able to accomplish your goal of creating a single-sided boundary along the road. However, a wireless fence will allow you to take it with you camping.

If you want to create a single-sided boundary along the road, you’ll need to go with a wired fence. What is weight and temperament of your heeler and labradoodle?

Brad April 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I have a 3 year old energetic Black Lab and live on a 7 acre site. Some wooded, while the rest is pretty open, it also has 2 steel buildings some grain bins,and the house has asphalt shingles on it. I would also add that I do rent and don’t want to sink a large sum of money into a system. What would the best system for my situation ? Thank you. Brad.

ADMIN – Hi Brad,

With metal buildings, you probably want to use a wired system because wireless will have a lot of problems in the areas around the metal. For a Labrador, a good inexpensive wired system that can handle 7 acres would be the SportDog SDF-100A.

Tony April 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I have a 100 lb pure muscle american bulldog. He’s very obedient in the house, but outdoors when he see’s another dog he charges them to play with but it always ends up in a fight. I keep him on a chain now with a 1 inch nylon colar, when he see’s another dog he charges so fast and hard he snapps the colar and chain. Once the chain snapped back and wrapped around a vent on my roof. I also have a training colar (pet safe-large dog)that works to break up fights, he comes right back to me on a #3 setting. I can’t use a metal chain colar with the training colar. The other day he saw a cat, ran busted the chain and ignored the shock colar. My concern is, will one of the invesible fences work. HELP, I LOVE THIS DOG.

ADMIN – Hi Tony,

If he completely ignored the training collar during a chase, I’m not confident he won’t breach a dog fence boundary. Have tried increasing the training collar correction strength to see if he’ll respond on higher levels?

The Stubborn Dog Fence is the only fence I’d even recommend for your bulldog. If any fence will possibly work, it will be this fence, because it has the highest correction levels of any fence on the market.

Tess Nasi April 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hello. I recently purchased the Pet Safe Wireless System. I am concerned after reading the manual that our vehicles in the yard will cause my puppy to get a correction. Is this true? We want her to be able to run in the entire yard with our children, and our vehicles are parked in our yard. I also live on a hill with large pines and oaks. Will this system work, or should I return it? Thanks for your time.

ADMIN – Hi Tess,

It’s possible. You can test this with the collars. If you do not receive any corrections while walking the collars around the cars, then you’ll be okay. Unfortunately, the only way you can know if the fence will work on your property is to test it on your property. Every wireless fence will work a respond a little differently to each persons land and property.

Melinda April 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I have a hard headed hound mix dog that is about 50lbs or so. We have a city 3/4 acre yard that we would like to add an invisible fence to so that we can let him out with out having to worry about him running out into our road because when he is not on his lead he runs hard and doesn’t realize that the road is dangerous. When he is on his lead he doesn’t run like that even thought it will reach most of thee road.
What kind of fence do you suggest? I really don’t know the difference between “wired” vs. “wireless” in this fashion.

ADMIN – Hi Melinda,

For a hound mix with a strong prey drive, I recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Fence. The difference between wired and wireless is that for a wired system, you will create a boundary using 20 gauge wire that must start and end at the wall transmitter. The system works when the wire is in a complete loop. For you property, you’ll need to buy an additional roll of 500 feet of wire to cover your 3/4 acre yard.

mitch April 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

i have a farm situation and want to cover approx 2 acres and have 5 dogs. i realize the havahart covers the biggest area, but is limited to 2 collars. we might could manage just containing the 2 worst roamers. i previously had a petsafe wired fence, but if seemed to lose it’s efficacy after several lightening strikes which are fairly common here. are new wired systems less prone to lightening, or do i just need to do a better job on the front end of grounding the system. is it ok to run wired system along a barbwire fence? or is this asking for trouble ( lightening)?

ADMIN – Hi Mitch,

Well, the wired systems are still just as prone to lightning as you experienced. Did you have a lightning protector on your previous system? We do recommend always using them.

Running wire on a barbed wire fence is something many customers currently do. However, it sounds like it would be asking for trouble with lightning and considering your past experience may not be a good idea.

fdriscollsbar April 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I am confused about your reviews of wireless fences. In one area you say that Havahart only gave a 40 ft coverage while it says it gives a 400 ft. In the comparison of the 3 systems you list the Havahart most highly of the 3. I am getting a new dog in a week and already have another and am considering purchasing a wireless system. I would like to cover at least .5 acre but prefer to go up to .75. What do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi there,

The Havahart will reliably go up to 200 feet in radius which equals around 2 acres. You’ll be fine going with this fence.

Teddy Grove April 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

My house is situated near the edge of boundary – there is approximately 25 ft before the drop-off slope of approximately 30 degrees begin. How will this affect reception? The house is two storey and would the elevation of the transmitter affect reception if he decided to go down the slope? I had one with a wire aerial but it drove me nuts as the deer would break the connection or break the insulation. The insulation breaks drove me nuts as it was well nigh impossible to find.

ADMIN – Hi Teddy,

My intuition is that with a 30 degree slope the reception would be bad or non-existent if you put the boundary beyond the slope. If you wanted to go wireless, then you woudl want to keep the boundary at least five feet before the drop-off.

Sean April 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

My Pleasure … I was really bummed it didn’t work as hyped !!! Wired going in Tuesday … BTW …. Very useful info here … Comments reading Newest to Oldest would be better … Thanks again … Sean

Sean April 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Custom-Shape Havahart Wireless Dog Fence: This system is NOT ready for prime time !
Got it this week … 4/7/2011. Spent hours setting it up and walking the property to create perimeters, Moving the transmitters to different locations and reprogramming. Gave up and packed it all in the box and got a return shipping label this morning … support line blamed appliances, mirrors, gutters and trees … Not getting rid of those, so the system is going back … The boundaries were extremely inconsistent and the collar would tone in the middle of the yard. I never even put the collar on the dog … I had high hopes and waited for months for this system … I couldn’t be more disappointed … Wait for a gps based system or dramatic improvements to this before you spend $800. Wired system going in on Tuesday.

This may work if you live in a thatched hut on a prairie but it definitely did not work on my 1 acre flat triangle with traditional home, barn and trees ….

Regards … Sean

ADMIN – Hi Sean,

Thanks for the early review of the Havahart Custom. The issues you describe are typical of wireless systems. They tend to like some people’s house and dislike others with seemingly no rhyme nor reason. Our experience has been that if they don’t work in the first hour they are never going to work in your location. All that stuff about moving stuff around never seems to work for us either.

Wired always works better, so if that is an option that is the direction we prefer to take.

FYI – GPS systems should not be sued for containment, since they rely on satellites miles away from your dog they are much more prone to interference, have more variable boundaries and are slower to respond to the dog’s movement. GPS systems are useful for locating a lost dog, but should never be used for containment.

Jeff April 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

Havahart sound perfect for our 8-acre home in the woods. My question is, if the wireless signal can’t make it around trees, which we are blessed with, how does it make it out of our home, which is covered in brick on all 4-sides?

Thanks!

Jeff

ADMIN – Hi Jeff,

The largest boundary we found to work with Havahart is around 2 acres. In terms of barriers, the more walls and trees the signal must travel through the weaker the signal will be on that side of the fence. This is also the reason why the wall transmitter must be installed on a wall facing the outside. You cannot install it on an interior wall with much luck.

Brian March 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

We have had the Havahart Radial Wireless fence for around a month. Everyday I would have to unplug the controller unit and re-add the collar. This of course is very inconvenient. Technical support just informed that it is happening because we have a satellite dish. They said that they are working on fixing the problem for future models but my only fix is to unplug the controller everyday and re-add the collar. I’ve decided to return it instead. Has anyone heard of this problem with the other brands?

ADMIN – Hi Brian,

We were not aware of that issue, thanks for sharing it. I have not heard of satellite dishes interfering with any of the other wireless systems (nor wired systems).

Dawn March 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi, I was wondering what makes it so that the Havahart system cannot support more than two collars? I am trying to understand if there are any potential concerns with the Petsafe system being able to successfully support more than two? And can any of these fence collars, wired or wireless, be used with other brands? Or does each collar only work with its brand? Thank you! Dawn

ADMIN – Hi Dawn,

The reason that both the Havahart and the Perimeter systems cannot support more than two collars is that there is two-way communication between the base staiton and the collars. The base stations talk to the collars, and the collars answer back. The base stations are only powerful enough to talk to two collars at the same time.

The PetSafe systems is a little ‘dumber’. The base station just broadcasts a one-way message and the collars do not talk back. Since the base station does not need to listen to any of the collars, it can support an infinite number of collars.

All the wireless systems can only work with their own system collars. Among the wired systems, the Innotek IUC-4100, IUC-5100 and SD-2100 are intercompatible. And the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Stubborn Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and SportDog SDF-100A are intercompatible.

Robert March 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

I am considering the Haveaheart Brand. The lot is open and slightly sloping to the woods and is longer (150ft than it is wide (500ft) until the wood lines. My questions are:
(1) f the radius extends into the woods, what happens to the signal? Does it dissipate completely or just behind a tree? (ie, if the dog goes behind tree and out again will he get the signal?
(2) Or do I just make the perimeter extend to the closest treeline and no further? Many thanks for the response.
(3) I have a metal pool fence (straight up slats 6 in apart) which can be seen through on all sides. Will the signal be interfered by that?

ADMIN – Hi Robert,

(1) The signal gets blocked at the tree line and so you get a very inconsistent boundary just beyond the trees. Sometimes the dogs can go into the woods without getting the correction, and other times they will get the correction. Sometimes the correction will be delayed a few seconds, and other times it will never come.

(2) Correct, you want to avoid the issue by setting the boundary a few feet before the tree line.

(3) Metal slats aren’t a problem, sheet metal is what tends to cause problems with signal blockage

Matt K March 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I am curious about long term dependability of a wireless pet containment system. I purchased a Perimeter system a year ago, am on my third base/collar replacement from the company and this one quit working almost immediately after receiving it. I am not happy with the quality at all, but the technology itself is perfect for my dog and lifestyle as we travel a lot.
I see you also only have a 30 day money back guarantee, so do you do any long term testing? I am considering a havaheart wireless but don’t want to drop 300+ dollars on a product that won’t last a year. One lesson learned the hard way is enough.
Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Matt,

The Havahart has only been on the market since the fall of 2010, so we don’t have any long term numbers on this fence. We have experienced a few low return rate for this fence as well. It’s currently around 4 percent. The good thing is that the Havahart is tremendously better than any of the other wireless fences on the market and if you have the Perimeter WiFi, then you’ll be much happier with the Havahart.

Stacey March 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

We are getting a new chocolate lab. We have a narrow yard and an above ground pool in our backyard. Our backyard is also lower than the front and has retaining walls on each side of the back. We’ve been looking at the Havahard Custom Wireless, however are unsure how it will suit our yard with the pool and level discrepancies. Any thoughts? We’ve also done a consult on invisible wire fencing, however are a little concerned on the 3 ft diameter from the beeping point on the side of the yard that won’t let him get through.

ADMIN – Hi Stacey,

We currently do not have the Havahart Custom wireless. At the moment, please contact Havahart directly for assistance with your install question.

Tracie March 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Do you know of a wireless (wifi) fence that can be used for a dog under 7 pounds? We have a deer chihuahua and would like to be able to have him outside when we are but without a lease.

Brea March 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

My husband and I bought a house on 7 acres recently and we are having a problem with our dogs running off. Our land slopes down and then slopes back up behind our house. It is also heavly wooded. Our property also backs up to a major highway. We are looking into the wireless and wire system dog fences. But I was wondering what system would you recommend for our yard. I have loooked into the Havahart custom-shape dog fence. Would that be a good one?

ADMIN – Hi Brea,

What is breed and weight or your dogs? We currently do not have the Havahart custom-shaped wireless. At the moment I recommend calling Havahart directly for information on the custom shape fence.

Dawn March 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

What a wonderful resource, thanks for all the information you offer!

I am wondering what the process or mechanism involved is that allows the Petsafe wireless to accomodate unlimited collars, and makes the other two systems unable to? Trying to understand if there is some drawback to having multiple collars within a wirelss system.

I was also wondering if collars from different brands are transferrable?

Thanks again!

Chad C March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hi,

I’m currently in the market for a wireless system for the house. I purchased the Petsafe model over a year ago after a good start the thing become more and more unreliable until I ended up having to stop using it. I’ve read up on the Havahart technology and especially your awesome reviews. I’m about to pull the trigger for the radial system, however i’m very curious about your reviews and take on the custom shape evaluation. I think the custom shape would work best for my house/yard. its more pricier but i’m willing to spend more if i knew it worked as advertised and it was reliable.

My question is: Could you please add me to the list that you describe above to Pamela?
And, roughly when do you think the review will be ready? Estimated~? (just wondering if I have enough time to wait before pulling the trigger.

Thanks!!

Admin-Hi Chad,
We would be happy to add you to the list.

Jeff March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

I already have a petsafe wired system that has worked very well for several years. We have recently gotten and Great dane puppy, he is 6 months old and already rather large, he seems to just walk right through the invisible barrier with no correction at all. I have tested his collar several times and it seems to work but only closer to the ground, the higher you get the less it seems to work. As that he will only get taller as he grows. What is my best solution to this? Would a wireless system be better? My other dogs have been very good about their boundries.

Admin- Hi Jeff,

You simply need to turn the boundary width on the transmitter to a higher level. This will cause the signal to become greater and the signal will be able reach a taller dog. We typically do not recommend a wireless fence. A wireless fence has several disapproving qualities such as inconsistencies in the boundary and slow reaction time.

Leigh March 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

We have a 70 lb husky and a 7 lb chiuauwa. They both like to run. Although we live in the country our neighbors are very close on three sides and the husky likes to visit the local feed mill about a half mile away. The little one likes to run into the fields and I fear she will get lost or worse…I’ve seen eagles swoop down and take the neighbors barn cats. What would be the best containment system that would work for both dogs.

Admin- Hi, Leigh

The best system for your Husky and Chihuahua would be the PetSafe Little Dog PIG00-10773. This is the only system that will work for your 7-pound Chihuahua. You will use the included collar for the Chihuahua and bundle in a PetSafe Deluxe collar for your Husky. The PetSafe Little Dog has Independent Correction Levels; therefore, you will able to adjust the correction levels for each dog. The PetSafe system can cover up to 25 acres so this should give Husky and Chihuahua more than enough space to play.

Pamela Z March 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Any info on the Havahart custom shape yet? We have 1/2 acre and there are tons of big rocks in the ground so a self-installed wired fence is a little scary. We have a Havanese (10 lbs) is this a good system for little dogs? She’s still a puppy, so we have a few months if you think you will be reviewing this fence soon. Thanks!

ADMIN-Hi Pamela

Sorry Pamela, we are still in the test phase for the Havahart custom shape. If you wanted, I could add you to our list and send you more information about the product when we have full detail about it?

If your think your Havanese is going to reach a weight 15-20 pounds than havahart should work. The problem I have seen with the havahart is a dog around 10 pounds neck size is to small for the collar. Also, if your dog is over 6 months old you should not have a problem starting with the training.

If your Havanese gets to be 12 pounds or heavier I would recommend the Innotek 4100. For the first couple of days, you can put the Innotek collar on your dog (without switching the collar on) and see if the dog is Comfortable. He should be fine, but if he isn’t we can swap out the 4100 for the PetSafe Little dog. Note that if you need to trim the collar strap in order to gauge the collar on the dog, feel free to do so. I understand that there might be a problem with large rocks. The wired fence only needs to be buried about 3-4 inches deep. Also you could lay the wire on the ground and add some soil over the wire to add protection.

Jan S March 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I have 3 Rotties and we are moving to a house that will have 2.3 acres of open land and I would like to let them roam but still stay contained since most people are scared to death of Rotties. One is 7 years, 6 years, and 4 years old, they have mainly been kepts in pens and I would love to let the roam on our land during the day but will be put up at night. My male is rather hard headed. I also need a system that is reasonable in price. I can not place a wire fence and was wondering if a wi-fi (wireless) fence will work for this breed? Thank You

ADMIN – Hi Jan,

If you can’t run wire, then a wireless system like the Havahart wireless would be a good choice. You can set the perimeter boundary to be a circle that will cover a large chunk of your land. Large open spaces are the conditions where the wireless systems tend to work best. The Havahart has sufficient correction strength to work with Rottweilers.

Candi February 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Please help…We have a two story house on a little over a 2.35 acre lot. We don’t feel the dog needs full access to the full amount of acreage, but the shape of the area we would like to contain is more oval than circular. We have a slight slope for the driveway and front yard, but it is fairly flat for most of the yard. Our yard is mostly grass, but we would like our new lab to be able to access maybe 20 feet into the woods to eliminate (go potty) and be able to play with the kids in all other areas. Would the Havahart system work the best for our situation? We have thought about wired as well, but JUST installed a new driveway and would prefer not to cut into it if possible. Any advice? Thanks so much.

Admin – Hi Candi

We never recommend a wireless system over a wired system for many reasons. The shape of your property would be one. You would be limited to the spherical transmission zone from the unit and it may not reliably cover the area you want to contain. The wooded area may be an issue as well, any obstacles in the path of the signal could be an issue.
Yes, the best wireless system we offer would be the Havahart.
If you want to consider a wired system, I would recommend the Innotek IUC 4100.

Jennifer February 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

I live on 5 acres surrounded by 10 and 20 acres of woods. For many years I have been able to allow my dogs to roam freely most of the time. But now my 2 year old Newfoundland male has taken to wandering further afield, just as there is more logging and construction nearby, so I am worried. I have 5 Newfoundlands, but three are middle aged to elderly, so not prone to leave home. But my boy and his younger sister are adventurous and vulnerable.

I would be most interested in a wireless system. I have a log house atop an out of the ground concrete basement which is faced with thick rock. It is a tall house with a metal Gambrel roof. I am wondering if the roof would be a problem, since it is so high up that it would not be in the line of the electrical signal? I also have lots of trees and two other structures on my property within the zone that I would want the dogs to have access to.

Do you think I can have a wireless system? Any advice will be most appreciated!

Admin – Hi Jennifer

We rarely recommend a wireless system over a wired because by comparison, the wired systems are much more consistent and reliable. In your case with metal structuring and wooded property, I would recommend wired.
Take a look at our most recommended wired system, the Innotek 4100, a good fit for your property and your Newfoundlands.

anna February 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

We live in town on a regular size lot and are looking to keep our standard poodle from going potty in, or crossing into, our neighbors yard. We don’t have a metal roof or anything like that. I read wireless systems may have a hard time going through walls or siding. How much do I have to worry about that? I want a diameter of about 60 feet as our lot isn’t huge. Can you set the diameter?

Admin – Hi Anna

Yes, the field size is adjustable on the wireless systems. However, we never recommend a wireless system over a wired simply because the wired systems are much more consistent and reliable.
The Innotex IUC 4100 is our most popular system and would fit your property and Poodle very well. Take a look at it. http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/innotek-ultrasmart-iuc-4100/
I hope this helps you.

Nichole February 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

This website has been very informative!

We live on 1 acre and I do not want the dogs to have full access. Our house is almost dead center (asphalt shingles) but we have one side that slopes off. I would really like to use a wireless system but was wondering if the boundary can be adjusted to meet the size we want the dogs restricted to. We have a basset hound and a dachsund we need to contain as the basset’s nose tends to get her into trouble. Also, are the collars individually adjusted? The dogs are definitely two different sizes.

Thanks in advance for any info. you can provide!

Admin – Hi Nichole

We rarely recommend a wireless system. One reason being the contour of the property that you have. The systems are adjustable in that you can reduce or enlarge the boundary, but still on a flat plane out from the transmitter.
I would recommend a wired system. The Innotek IUC 4100 would be a good fit for your property as well as your basset and dachshund. The collar size is adjustable and the system has 3 levels of correction.
I hope this is of some help to you.

Jon February 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Havahart is advertizing the Custom-Shape Havahart® Wireless Dog Fence model #: 5144G. Do you know when you will review and carry this model?

Admin – Jon

We definitely have this on our agenda. We don’t have a date as of yet. We would be happy to add you to our list of interested customers and let you know when we have more information. Let us know.

Jen Jacks February 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’m interested in the new Havahart custom boundary wireless system with exclusion areas. Any idea how long it will be before you post a review of this new system?

Admin – Hi Jen

We currently have not had the opportunity to get our hands on this fence. We also do not have a time table as to when we’ll have it available from our store. If you like, we can add you to our list of interested customers who we’ll contact when it comes available. Please let us know.

Angie Walker February 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

I have a German Shepard and I live on a large farm where we raise meat goats and my dog has decided that he likes them very much, so after looking over your reviews I have decided on looking at the Havaharrt wireless system. I do have a few questions for you I have a few small banks around the property line, will that be a problem with connection and how often will the battery need charged and how long will it take for each charge or should I look into an additional collar. Thanks Angie

ADMIN – Hi Angie,

Yes, the more barriers the Havahart will have to travel through the more issues it will potentially have. The banks are a concern. Also, the rechargeable batteries have about a 3 day charge life. The system comes with two batteries, so you can always have one on the charger and one in the collar.

Lyn Cokeley January 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Between the Havahart and Innotek wireless systems, which would be best for me to use? I have approx 5 acres, 3 of forest (mostly oak & maple trees) and about 2 acres in pasture. Will a wireless system work in the woods? And which system do you think would work best for me?

ADMIN – Hi Lyn,

Of the three wireless systems (PetSafe, Perimeter Technologies, and Havahart) the Havahart performs by far the best. It will work well in the open pasture area, it will not work in the wooded area. If you want to give the dog access to the woods, you will need to opt for a wired system. What breed, size, and temperament are your dogs?

Kurt Andernach January 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thank You for taking the time to read and answer my questions.

I life on 60 acres of forest and have 3 dogs, one of which is a Great Pyrenees/St. Bernard mix and they are known to wander until they reach a boundary, such as a fence. Of cause I don’t want to wire all 60 acres, however, I would like to enclose about 5 acres. Burying the wire is out of the question, because the ground is very rocky, but I certainly could have it on the ground and covered. During the winter at times we have 2′ of snow and when it thaws, there is also a lot of water in some areas and I wonder how it could affect the system. in case the wire gets damaged by a deer or bear, is there a way for me to detect the source of the problem? First I thought the wireless system might be the way to go, but after ready all the comments above, it sounds i am better off with an in ground system,

Again, Thank You very much for your support., Kurt.

ADMIN – Hi Kurt,

Wireless does work well with snow and has no issues with snow accumulation. The Havahart may be a good fit, but you likely wouldn’t get more than 2-3 acres. If set to cover the full area, you would not get a very good signal and you would have a very inconsistent boundary that would make training difficult.

Wired would still be our top choice. The wired systems works fine with snow and with standing water. When you get snow accumulation, you need to turn up the boundary dial to make the boundary wider to compensate for the snow. It works well up to about a foot, after that it gets less consistent and you are largely relying on the dog remembering their boundary. To allow you to have enough power to get through the snow, get a system that has a lot of spare capacity. So even though you are only doing 5 acres (2,000 feet of wire), I would use a system with a lot more capacity at least 25 acres (5,000 feet of wire) – that will give you a lot of power in reserve for getting through the snow.

JoEllen January 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

I have two dogs, one chocolate lab (9yrs) and a yellow lab (for the most part) (8 mos and quite strong and energetic). I own a little over two acres and would like to keep the dogs on our property and off the road. We just put a metal shingle roof on our two story house and we also have a large dairy barn out in the pasture also with a metal roof.
From what I am reading the wired system is my only real choice? I would rather have the convenience of the WiFi but it sounds like it will not work because of the metal shingles….? The metal roof don’t interfer with my WiFi signal in the house – why is it different?

ADMIN – Hi JoEllen,

Any large metal object will tend to block wifi signals. If for example you take your laptop and stand right behind a water heater tank you will notice a large drop-off in the signal strength.

Your wifi works in the house, because the signal does not need to pass through the roof to go from your router to your computer. But the wifi based dog fences needs to send signals outside the house, and much of the signal that would have gone out through the roof is blocked when you have a metal shingles.

Robert Noe November 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

What a wonderful website. I am considering a dog fence and the information you provide is just what I wish was available for all types of purchases. If I do buy a dog fence I will definitely purchase it from you. Thanks,
Bob.

ADMIN – Thanks Bob. Appreciate the compliment.

Jean November 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

I have two dogs. The Peekapoo-yorkie is quite well trained to stay on my property. My one year old Pug came to us untrained and is quite impetuous. Our house is up close to the road with fast moving traffic, has an attached barn, and both are covered with aluminum roofs. Here in Maine we have five months of snow cover. I would like to control the road-front and the two acres around and behind the house.

From your advice to others it seems I should install a wired system, but frequent breaks due to frost and thaw could be heart breaking. What are your recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Jean,

With a metal roof, you definitely want to do a wired fence and avoid a wireless. What age and weight are the dogs. I am guessing they are both under 12lbs, in which case the PetSafe Little Dog would be a good choice.

The freeze and the thaw should not cause wire breaks.

AB November 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Great site, so informative! Several years ago, I used the Petsafe Wireless for my very obedient Lab. Unfortunately, it seemed to have some strange interference in the house, and for no reason the collar would start beeping when he was inside. Obviously this was rather distressing for my dog. It seemed like it was either the television or my wireless internet, but it was random so I never knew for sure.
Has has the technology in the Havehart improved over the Petsafe system? Have you heard of this happening before? I just added an older Corgi to the mix and am looking into all wireless/wired fencing options. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Admin – Hi AB,

The older wireless system are prone to losing the connection between base station and the collar and when they do that they can correct the dog even when they are not inside the perimeter. The wireless collars randomly beep is simply these dropout. Interference with electronics is rare, and when it happens it is usually consistent. e.g. Every time I turn on the TV to watch Matlock the collars start beeping. My guess, is the collar was just randomly loosing contact with the base station.

The Havahart is much better about maintaining contact between base station and collar. And the Havahart doesn’t correct the dog simply because it has lost the connection. We have been getting a great response from Havahart customers in a way we never did from the PetSafe Wireless and the Perimeter Wifi. If you want to give it a try and are concerned about interference, install it and put the collars on the dog in beep-only mode for a few days. That way you can tell if you are randomly getting false alarm about the house.

Lisa November 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

We recently experienced a situation where a neighbor was scared by my boxer and threatened to shoot her – I think this is mostly because he thought she was a pit bull. She has roamed free with other dogs in the neighborhood on this private road for approximately 8 years on numerous occasions. This is my parents property and they do not have a fence. I am looking into the best way to contain her while still giving her the freedom to run around. I was initially thinking an underground system but it will need to cross a driveway and a porch and also allow her access inside the garage. I’m wondering if a wireless system would be better. The area is approximately 10,000 sq ft. Part of my concern is she will only be exposed to this approximately 2 times a month and I want to minimize the confusion. Could you make a suggestion? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

A wired fence is going to work better and be easier to train the dog. Wireless is getting better, the New Havahart Wireless is very good, but if you can do a wired fence it is still the better choice. For a Pitbull, a PetSafe Stubborn would be a good choice, if you wanted to do wireless the Havahart Wireless would be a good choice.

Training a dog on a vacation home works. But, if the dog has never experienced a dog fence before, you want at least two straight weeks for the dog to learn the system the first time round. If it is just a day or two every month, the dog will have a hard time learning the system unless you have that long period of training up-front.

KS November 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm

My dog is destroying our back door and garage door during thunderstorms. How can we keep Scout, Border Collie, away from the doors? One is in a garage where he sleeps and the other one on a small deck.

ADMIN – Hi KS,

To keep dogs away from the an area you can use the wireless indoor pods or wireless outdoor pods. But, I think you may need to do a bit of additional training to keep them from trying to escape during thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are tricky. Usually when a dog is at the point of destroying a door during a thunderstorm, they are in such a frenzy, that the correction from a dog fence is just going to add to the fear. I would also look into some basic training to try and see if we can get the dog over his fear.

One good technique is to desensitize the dog by playing a recording of thunder starting at low volumes. Play it at all kinds of random times, particularly when the dog is happy (just after exercise, during meals, while playing, etc). As the dog become desensitized, turn up the volume!.

Kodi Roberts November 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

We have 3 acres we would like to fence in our 3 dogs. Should I go with a wireless system or would a wire system be better? We have a cable fence around our property and they are able to get out. We have a boxer, bull mastiff, and a blue healer. They are the sweetest dogs, but my neighbors are terrified of their size. Our boxer got out yesterday and our neighbor has threatened to shoot our dog if he does this again. I need something fast. Also, can I order three collars for each dog? Thanks, Kodi and Amy Roberts

Admin – Hi Kodi & Amy,

A wired system is going to work much better, because it creates more consistent boundaries, making it easy to train the dogs. It will be really easy to install since you already have a cable fence in place. You can just attach the boundary wire to the cable fence, using zip ties or something similar.

The wired systems can be ordered with as many collars as you need. The Havahart and Perimeter Wifi can both only handle two collars. The Petsafe wireless can have an unlimited number of collars (but can only do 1/2 an acres)

John November 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I have the Inotek in-ground system and it has worked rather well over the past 5 years. However, lately I have been having a problem with a bad connection, somewhere along the line. I have the RF Modulator from Radio Shack and have gone around the perimeter fence numerous times with no luck finding the break in the line. In the past I have had no problem finding breaks, about 4 times so far, but not this time. Do you have any recommendations other than installing a new perimeter fence?

ADMIN – Hi John,

Take a look at the Installation section of our website and you will find a few other techniques for finding break in wire based systems. There are a few other tricks you can use like hooking up only half the system to the RF choke, or using a test wire.

Sandi October 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

I live on a farm and would like to wirelessly contain my dog when I’m not available to supervise. When I’m available, I want the dog to be able to join me all over the farm. Will this be really confusing to the dog? If not, would it be better to remove the collar or simply turn off the device? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Sandi,

You can easily teach the dog to walk through the boundary when you give them permission. I would wait for a few weeks to teach this to the dog because it can be confusing at first. But once the dog has had a few weeks to learn the system and is confident in the boundaries, you can start to teach them that there is an exception, that they can cross on your instruction. (If you need to get the dog across boundary in the first few weeks I would carry or drive them over the boundary.) We usually set up a routine to teach dogs when it is okay to cross. You can get a lot more details on this in the Training Section of the website. (http://www.dogfencediy.com/maintenance/walking-dog/)

I prefer to remove the collar. That gives a clear signal to both you and the dog when they can safely cross. I find when I just turn off the base station, then I often forget if it is on or off, and the dog also gets confused if it is on or off. It is not an issue for you on a farm, but for people living in towns, you want to avoid taking your dog off your property with the collar on, because it can get accidentally triggered by other people’s dog fences.

Melinda October 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

My entire 5 acres is already fenced, however, the driveway is not. Is there any way we can “invisibly” block off the driveway so that my dogs won’t follow me out to the road?

ADMIN – Hi Melinda,

If you are just blocking a driveway, instead of doing a full system – why not use an outdoor pod. You can run 100 ft or wire off this pod, which you can use to create a small loop across your driveway (crossing the driveway, then doubling back on yourself six feet apart). The pod will be a lot cheaper and easier to install than a full system.

Michelle October 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

We have a tin roof on our home. Will this system work with this? I read somewhere that it was an issue and now I can’t find that information. Also does the size of the dog matter. I have a great dane puppy that is now 75 lbs at 7 months old. Help!

ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

The wireless systems work really poorly where you have a tin roof. The metal tends to block the signal, so it doesn’t get out of the house very well. You will have to use a wired system (or get a new roof!).

That is some puppy! With larger dogs, consider using a stronger system like the PetSafe stubborn. Although, where the dog is a docile breed like a great dane, that really is not necessary.

Doreen September 28, 2010 at 6:16 am

Can you recommend an electric fence wired or wireless that does not need to be looped. I have a very small yard which is fully enclosed with traditional fencing. My problem is my terrier will dart out when the gate is opened. There is not sufficient room between my house and my side boundary for electric fence (walking room only). I’m looking for something electric that can go across my gateway that will send out a signal if my dog attempts to go thru the opening.
I’d appreciate anything you can recommend.
Regards
Doreen

ADMIN – Hi Doreen,

I recommend the Pawz Away Outdoor Rock and Collar Set. You can set it up at the gate and it will create a wireless, circular boundary that will keep you dog from running through your gate. Here’s where you can locate the Rock on our site: http://dogfencediy.com/store/accessories/rock.html

Laura L September 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Good evening, I am interested in purchasing the Havahart system and am curious as to what type of testing you conducted and under what conditions. I live in the Midwest, on a flat 10 acres with few trees. Are conditions similar or were obstacles included still achieving good results? Thank you for your help! Laura

ADMIN – Hi Laura,

Obstacles were included in our testing. We tested in two different situations, the first with lots of man made obstacles (walls, furniture, etc) and the second with more natural obstacles (trees, shrubs, and a gentle slope). We took the average of those two situations.

The Havahart should do well in the flat terrain of the mid-west. While the Havahart claims to be able to do 10 acres, I think you would be better off, enclosing just 5 acres and having a more accurate boundary – the bigger you set up the boundary the more you sacrifice in terms of boundary accuracy.

Linda June 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

I am also interested in a review of Havahart, in particular, the custom shape wireless model available sometime in June. Need a system asap!

ADMIN – Hi Linda,

We are also looking forward to taking a look. We will let you know as soon as we get it into testing.

Joan May 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I am also interested in what you think of the Havahart wireless systems. I have 2 small dogs and would rather go the wireless route. I like the rechargable batteries for the collar also. The small dog inground doesn’t have this.

carina lynch March 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I am in France, which operates on 220v. Can I use your fences here? I believe they are 110v? thanks for your help.

ADMIN – Hi Carina,

None of the wireless fences are available in 220V. We have the wired Dogtra EF-3000 available in a 220v European system, email your address for shipping costs. All other systems on this site are for North American use and are 110V. PetSafe and Innotek do produce European versions of their products that work on 220V, but you will have to try local retailers to get them.

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