Overall System: PetSafe YardMax

For most installations we recommend the PetSafe YardMax. It is a tried and tested fence that has produced consistent good results for the last decade. The fence has a good mix of value and features. We use the PetSafe YardMax with most of our installation customers and it is by far the most popular system in our online store.

What sets this system apart, is that it is the only wired fence that your dog cannot run through. It is also the only system that lets you set the boundary to extend only outside your yard (instead of both inside and outside) so it leave more space for your dog.

The system has five levels of progressive correction, that self-adjust to take into account the persistence of the dog. We like the long-lasting rechargeable collar battery, and featherweight collar. The collars also have the unique feature of allowing you to tell whether they have been properly fitted. And the system is compatible with wireless indoor and outdoor pods so you can keep your dog out of certain rooms or a veggie garden.

The YardMax is best for dogs over 10lbs. The weakness of the YardMax is that it can only contain a maximum of 10 acres so is not appropriate for very large installations. Also, the YardMax system is NOT cross collar compatible. The system will only work with the YardMax collar and vice versa. 

For a detailed review of the PetSafe YardMax, including pictures and a video review, click here.

Small Dogs: PetSafe Little Dog

For small dogs, (under 10lbs) the Petsafe Little Dog is the way to go. The collars on regular dog fence systems are too big to be comfortable on a small dog. The PetSafe Little Dog has the smallest lightest collar, and reduced correction levels making it the best choice for very small dogs.

The PetSafe Little Dog is also compatible with PetSafe Stubborn and PetSafe Deluxe in-ground dog fence collars. So you can use a full size, full strength collar such as the PetSafe Stubborn, or PetSafe Deluxe to contain other dogs using the same system.

The main disadvantage of the PetSafe Little Dog is that it uses a proprietary PetSafe battery. The battery costs around $10 and only lasts 2-3 months. But, if your dog is less than 10 lbs this is still the only good choice.

100 Acre Capacity: SportDog SDF-100A

For very large yards (over 10 acres), the SportDog SDF-100 is our recommendation. The SDF-100 has a range of up to 100 acres, unlike most regular strength systems which have a maximum range of 5-25 acres. The SportDog is also useful for large yards in cold climates where the extra signal strength lets you power through accumulated snow.

Built by the hunting dog company, SportDog, this system is one of the toughest and most durable systems, with particularly excellent waterproofing. The system also comes with 1,000 feet of boundary wire twice as much as you get standard with most systems.

The main drawback of this system is the collar is one of the biggest and heaviest wired dog fence collars.


  1. Lindsey says:

    I am looking to purchase an electric fence for my two dogs – a 4 year old English Mastiff who is 175 lbs and a 1 year old Pitt/Lab mix who is 65 pounds. The Mastiff is very protective and will run towards other dogs and/or people if given the chance. The mix is very friendly and will also run towards whatever he wants. Both are VERY strong dogs. Which system would you recommend? Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Lindsey. What is the size of the pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn Dog Fence can handle a 10 acre yard. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  2. Chad says:

    Hi there.
    I have a 2 yr old, 35lb, Rhodesian Ridgeback/Sharpei mix rescue dog. We live in suburbia tract housing, with a small backyard, and just a 6-8 foot fence separating our yard from the neighbors on each side, and the same height gate closing off the side of the yard from the front of the house. Wtih my family on vacation this month, and myself at work during the day, she has just started climbing/jumping over the fence in each direction and getting out. I get calls from neighbors my dog is loose while at work, and am in need of buying an electronic fence ASAP (today if possible!). I have a cable dog run in the front driveway for when we are home, as she will bolt if not on it, so I’d ideally also like a system that allows training , but is not a dealbreaker. HELP!

    ADMIN – Hi Chad. What is the temperament of your dog? Does your fence contain metal? What is the size of the pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best underground dog fence system.

  3. Cathleen says:

    Hi. I need some assistance not sure what we should purchase. We have a 3 year old black lab mix that is about 55 lbs. What would you suggest? Our land is about .2 acres not very big.
    Please help! Thank you!!

    ADMIN – Hi Cathleen. You will need 500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your Lab in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the Yard Max invisible fence? It has run-through prevention and a rechargeable collar.

  4. Diana Flint says:

    Hi,I have just moved to a new home with a pool,and I have 2 Chihuahua mix dogs.One,a young male is just a daredevil and likes to push the limits as far as he can that includes getting as close to the pool as possible.We have a wrought iron fence that runs the length of our backyard,and 2 cinder block walls finish the fencing.Our male weighs 7-8 pounds but our female is larger she is part Dachshund and weighs about 15 pounds.I would like a way to keep them just away from the pool area ,possibly with just a sound and not a stimulus.Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you,Diana.

    ADMIN – Hi Diana. Congratulations on your new home! What is the neck size of your two dogs? All of our electronic dog fences provide a warning beep before issuing a static correction.

  5. Bill Old says:

    My dogs are 14 months old and weigh 70 lbs or more.

    ADMIN – Hi Bill. What is the breed and temperament of your dogs? What is the size of your pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system.

  6. Bill Old says:

    I have an enclosed 6 foot wood privacy fence. I have two lab/coonhound mix litter mates. They have escaped 14 times by either digging under, chewing through or simply breaking the wooden fence slats. The back yard is approximately 1/2 acre in size. They are pretty rough with one another and one has now chewed through the other’s collar, three times. I need suggestions for 1) type of fence and 2) collar that will survive for both dogs and yes, they can be a bit stubborn. Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Bill. I’m sorry to hear about your dogs getting out. What is the age and weight of your dogs? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system. You will need 1,000 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in a 1/2 acre perimeter loop.

  7. Mark Myers says:

    I have two dogs. A shepherd mix about 60 lbs and a mini-pincher about 16 lbs. I have about 600 feet of chain link fence but my big dog digs out of it all the time. Once I fill in one spot, he finds another to dig under. Filling in 600 feet of chain link along the ground seems out of the question. I’m looking for ideas. I was wondering if I could weave an underground fence through the bottom of the chain link fence for this to work or would the metal of the chain link be a problem? Or is there another solution that might be better(and cheaper)?

    ADMIN – Hi Mark. We recommend running the Boundary Wire 5-10 feet in front of the chain link fence to avoid amplification problems. You will need 1,000 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog in a 1/2 to 1 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe In-Ground Electric Dog Fence PIG00-13661?

  8. Melissa says:

    Hello, I need some help deciding what will work for my dogs. I have two dogs, a 5 year old female Weimareiner, 65 pounds, and a 6 year old male minature pit bull, 25 pounds, who is epileptic. We recently moved from in town where they had no free range capabilities to a farm acerage in the country were they can roam to their hearts content. The Weim stays in the yard around the house(about 98% of the time) but the pit will not stay in the yard, not stay around the house, and not listen when he wanders too far away or towards the road(into the road!). I really want to use a wireless containment system but fear that I have too many obstacles for it to be effective. 1) The house, barn and shed all have metal roofs. 2) There are good size pockets of wooded areas fairly close to the house that I am afraid would interfere with the signal. 3) The house itself, yard, and area I would like to be inside the fence is all on a slope, includes a ravine approx 15′ deep, and has many terrain changes. 4) I would like to give a pretty good area to roam as we now have the space so up to several acres would be ideal, I could even go as much as 12ish acres. In ground fencing I am afraid would be too difficult as there is a lot of terrain changes, renting or using a trencher is not an option for much of the perimiter due to location and obstacles. Are there any options in the wireless market that would work for me? Please help! Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa. Congratulations on your move! I would check with you veterinarian about using an electric dog fence with an epileptic dog. Wireless dog fences do not work with slopes, trees, dense landscaping, metal, metal roofs, metal siding, aluminum siding, metal barns, metal fencing and sheds. You will need 3,500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog(s) in an 11 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the SportDog SDF-100A Electric Dog Fence? The SportDog system is compatible with the PetSafe Deluxe collars, the PetSafe Little Dog collars, and the PetSafe Stubborn collars allowing you to mix and match collars to suit each dog’s size and temperament. You can use Lawn Staples to attach the Boundary Wire on top of the ground in the wooded areas.

  9. Alecia Dooley says:

    I am looking to apply a pet containment system into my driveway. My yard is contained other than that 13.5′ area. I want the collars to be rechargeable, I need 3 total and want the transmitters to be the removable type so I can put them on existing collars. I had Invisible Fence drop by and the charge would be around $1.5K, I am obviously looking get it taken care of for WAY less. Is there a wire that does not have to be looped-something that can be run across the driveway/buried in an expansion crack? Is there any sort of wireless transmitter that can be placed inside the house and still work-across the length of my drive way? Is there something that can be mounted on either side of the driveway that is wireless? I look forward to your reply…

    ADMIN – Hi Alecia. What is the age, weight, breed and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the total size of your pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to view some sample dog fence designs.

  10. Veronica says:

    Hi I have a 10 month old 65lb mixed (Pyrenees, border collie, aus Shepard, lab, Queensland heeler) male dog. We live on a ranch about 5 acres that’s near a busy county road. We will be building soon on 26acres as well. He’s gotten in the habit the last few weeks of running out into the road and barking/chasing the cars as they stop, as well as chasing bicyclists. He’s used to being free but has been tethered as of late w/ his behavior. Looking for an alternative to allow him to still be free but also safe. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    ADMIN – Hi Veronica. Wow! That’s quite a lot of dog! You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 5 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? You will also want to consider adding the Long Hair Contact Points to maintain skin contact.

  11. Jim says:

    I have 1 acre that I normally would let my dog roam free. She likes to greet dogs and their walkers on the street and then lingers on the street. I am looking for a solution.
    My property is as this. Set back off the street and up a 20′ incline. Front yard is across the front face of the house up to driveway that is on the side and travels down to street. The bulk of the property is the backyard. I would like to envelope the whole property but how do I include the whole property and not dig under the driveway? Do I exclude parts that can’t have a complete circuit?

    ADMIN – Hi Jim. What is the age, weight and breed of your dog? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the sample dog fence layouts on the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page?

  12. Cammie says:

    We have 3 shelter dogs, 2 that are dachshund chihuahua mix and a chihuahua mix. They weigh between 14 and 16 pounds. We want to keep the dogs out of a flowerbed along the perimeter of the fence. I have read that the rock is possible in the flowerbed, however we have about 92 feet of flowerbed, and the rock will allow up to 150 feet. Could we use 2 rocks? I have also read that for a loop there has to be at least 5 feet between the wires. Unfortunately there are spots where the flowerbed is only 3 feet wide. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help.

    ADMIN – Hi Cammie. What is your dog’s neck size? The Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378) creates up to a 16 foot circular exclusion zone. The Outdoor Rock takes four D batteries and can work in both wireless or wired mode. Therefore, you can add additional Outdoor Rocks to keep your dogs out of the flower/vegetable garden. Yes. We recommend keeping 5-6 feet distance between boundary wires that run parallel with each other to avoid interference problems. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page for more sample dog fence layouts.

  13. claudia says:

    I have an 18 month 75 pound pit mix who runs out the door any chance she gets and i scared she will get hit by a car. I dont live on a farm or anything and my property isnt too big. I wouldnt even know where to start to look for a fence. She it be installed from the backyard all the way to a front yard?

    ADMIN – Hi Claudia. What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn dog fence system can handle a 10 acre yard. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout page for some sample dog fence layouts.

  14. Amy says:

    We have a stubborn 7-year old 14 pound Shihtzu on a .6 acre lot in a suburb. What do I need to keep my sanity and dog intact within a reasonable ($400?) budget? We can do the work, just don’t know where to start…thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Amy. You will need 500 feet of boundary wire to contain your Shih Tzu in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. What is your dog’s neck size? This will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system.

  15. Emily says:

    I have a 3 year old pit mix and we live on a 15 acre farm. She’s been staying outside all day with the other dogs for 2 years now, but has recently been running down the street and I need to keep her on the property. I’m looking into a wireless fence but have a tin roof, and there are two houses and trees within the boundary. What options do I have?

    ADMIN – Hi Emily. Unfortunately, wireless dog fence systems do not work with metal, slopes, trees, tin roofs, sheds, and dense landscaping. What is the weight of your Pit mix? Are you containing your dog on the entire 15 acres? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn dog fence can handle 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire).

  16. richard marks says:

    I live in a house that has a zero lot line on one side. I need a system that can used with a pair of ground rods on one side I want this type of setup so I don’t have to run a double loop because I do not have a big piece of property . If I would use a double loop it would make the yard way too small…My dog is a mixed chihuahua weighing about 9 lbs. I currently have a dog watch system that seems to drop the signal intermittently using a pair of ground rods to complete the signal Do you know a better system that might have more power so the signal will not drop intermittently. Each ground rod is 16 feet in the ground. I live in south florida on the east coast

    ADMIN – Hi Richard. We recommend the PetSafe Elite Little Dog electric fence PIG00-10773 for dogs 12 lbs and under. Have you visited the DogfenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page? Which of our layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  17. Doug says:

    Thanks for this great site and all the advice that you offer.
    We just purchased a home with an existing Invisible Fence covering 1 acre the system seems to be fine, the green light flashes. We have two small dogs under 30 lbs each. The home didn’t come with collars for the dogs, We contacted Invisible Fence and they offered to set up the flags and train the dogs for $200. The replacement collars cost $300 each. Can I just buy two collars and flags from another company? thank you. Doug

    ADMIN – Hi Doug. Congratulations on your new home! Unfortunately, the Invisible Fence system requires the use of Invisible Fence collars. No outside collar would be compatible with their electric dog fence system.

  18. Juanita says:

    Hi we have 1 pyranees adult who from time to time chases cars & wanders. We also have 2 pyranees/border collie pups (4 months) that are starting to follow the adult. We live on 17 acres with about 9 of them being trees, also our property borders a gravel road. Our property is pretty much outlined in fencing. Is there a fencing type we could hook in with the current fence. Which type if dog fencing would you suggest for us?

    ADMIN – Hi Juanita. What is the weight of your 3 dogs? How much of the 17 acres are you going to use for pet containment? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn in-ground dog fence can handle up to 10 acres.

  19. Nick says:

    Hey, I have a 8 month old Rottweiler. Looking to put and under ground shock collar system around yard. Going to be getting my driveway paved this spring. Will the alarm still work under the asphalt?


    ADMIN – Hi Nick. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn system works great with Rottweilers. What is the size of your pet containment area? We recommend placing the Boundary Wire in a convenient expansion joint, or create a groove using a circular saw and masonry blade. Place the Boundary Wire 1-3 inches in the groove and cover with an appropriate waterproofing compound. For best results, brush away dirt or other debris before patching.

  20. Cristine N says:

    We have St. Bernards. The male is 5 years old, about 170 lbs, has very thick long hair, and has been free since he was a pup. Our female is 2 1/2, her hair is not so thick, she has been free since last summer. We are needing to contain them because the area we live in is getting ready to establish a rule that no dogs be allowed free and also no fences can be built that would hold our animals anyway. We have never been able to keep our male in a pen-he will go over, under, or through anything we put up. We own about 3 acres that are in an L shape with a large brick home in the middle front and have several trees around the property. It is also very rocky where we live. We have had a Petsafe Wireless system for a while, but have not been able to get either dog to respond to the shock collar with it and are thinking to go to a wired system because we want to give them as much room as possible. Can we put in a wired system if we have a lot of rock? For most of our land you have to go down at least a foot before you hit rock, so there is dirt to bury the system, I am just concerned that it might interfere with its efficiency. We also wonder if they are showing no signs of responding to the collar on the wireless system if we would be wasting our money on this too. We have to do something and soon. We love our home and our dogs and picking one over the other is not an option.

    ADMIN – Hi Cristine. The key to successful pet containment is consistent dog training. The St. Bernard is the most difficult dog to contain. Your best option is the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777), which is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The other crucial element to containing your dog is collar fit. We recommend trimming the hair around the contact point to help maintain skin contact. You should only be able to put one finger between the contact point and the dog’s skin. You can use Lawn Staples to attach the boundary wire above ground, or you can run the wire through PVC pipe to protect it in rocky soil. Rock will not interfere with the signal.

  21. Walt says:

    Hi there. Im looking for a solution to keep my 2 dogs, about 75-100 lbs each, out of my 2 ponds. The ponds are in front of my house which then border the road. I have a training collar on one dog but that will only work if i actually see him start to go in the pond. Anything available that i can string a line on the house side of the pond? One pond is too big and inaccessible at times to string a wire AROUND that pond. The distance from one side of the two ponds to the other is about 250 feet. thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Walt. What is the age and breed of your 2 dogs? What is the total size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? Have you drawn out your dog fence layout? Please look at the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page.

  22. Deana Turner says:

    I have two dachshunds 1 is 8 pounds other one about 18 pounds we live on a third of an acre in a mobile home I have a privacy fence but there are holes underneath it where my cats come in and out. back yard is about 90 feet by 90 feet but it’s a straight shot 90 feet out the front door to the street also there is access underneath my mobile home although there is some latticework along part of it so I’m sure that I’ll have to have at least two extra kits just to try to keep them from underneath the house. I’m considering the PetSafe yard max with 1more small collar, would that be a good fit?

    ADMIN – Hi Deana. We recommend the PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG00-10773 electric dog fence for dogs 12 lbs and under. You can add on the compatible PetSafe Deluxe Dog Collar PUL-275 for the other 18 lb Dachshund. You will need 500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. We recommend installing the transmitter in a dry location, away from metal, and connected to an electrical outlet. We also recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal siding, metal roof, and metal fences.

  23. Harry Sharman says:

    I have read alot of your advice post here, but I am still a little confused. I have a 15 lb. 1 year old Shih-poo. I was wondering about a wireless fence for her. I am aware that a wired fence is better., but due to an asphalt driveway just outside the door I’m thinking that the wireles is a better choice. Is there away to set up a wired fence without digging up the driveway? If so, how and what would be the best fence for her? If not, what would be the best wireless fence for her? Thank you for your help.

    ADMIN – Hi Harry. What is the size of your pet containment area? Does your property contain a slope, metal siding, metal roof, metal objects, shed, trees, or dense landscape? Wireless dog fence systems do not work well under these circumstances due to signal interference problems. Does your driveway have an expansion joint? You can run your boundary wire through an expansion joint in the driveway. Have you looked at the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation, and Layouts” page? You could also run the boundary wire up, over, and across the gutter/roof line and then down the downspout. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 underground dog fence will work great for your 15 lb dog.

  24. Margaret Gooding says:

    We have 2 dogs, but the main problem is our younger dog. She is 44 pounds and has learned how to jump our 6 foot fence. She also gets into my garden and pretty much destroyed it last summer. We have tried all sorts of things and they work for a short time, then she figures out how to get around them. The yard is not huge (100 ft by 40 ft). Also apparently when she gets out, she sometimes bites children (according to a neighbor). Which system will work best? Also, we have very rocky soil that is hard to dig, so can the wire be run through plastic conduit above ground?

    ADMIN – Hi Margaret. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What is the breed of the 44 pound, younger dog? Will you be containing two dogs? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 underground dog fence has run-through prevention. The dog cannot run through the fence no matter how far they go. The YardMax fence offers independent correction levels for each collar. In other words, you can set the correction levels separately for each YardMax collar to customize the experience for each of your dogs.

  25. Julie says:

    Hi There!

    I have two 1 year old, very large, German Shepherds who are extremely destructive in our backyard. I have 7 large planters, 1 contains a koi pond, that are all different shapes and sizes that I have been trying to keep them out of. We have many beautiful plants that are being destroyed and our backyard is also starting to look like a golf course with all the holes they are digging. I am looking for a system that can help me keep them out of all the planters. When I look at all the different systems, It looks as though the wire needs to make a full circle and I can’t possibly make that happen in our yard because of the way it’s shaped. Is there a system that would help me?

    ADMIN – Hi Julie. What is the weight and temperament of your two German Shepherds? Have you drawn out a physical layout for your dog fence? Wired dog fence systems are proven to be more reliable that wireless dog fence systems. Please look at some of our sample dog fence layouts at this link

  26. Ron says:

    I’m looking for a system that will contain 2 larger dogs. We have a 120 lb shepherd and a 150 lb Newfie. What would you recommend. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Ron. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog System for dogs over 100 lbs. The dog collar has 5 correction levels suited for pain tolerant, large breed dogs, or just plain stubborn/independent thinkers. The stubborn dog collar can be adjusted to lower levels if level 5 is too strong. The only downside to this dog collar is that it requires a disposable 9 volt battery. On the positive side, it’s not as good as a rechargeable battery, but it’s better than having to buy an expensive proprietary battery. The one thing to watch for with any dog fence system is to make sure that the dog collar is on right or the dog will not get the correction. You actually need the contact probes touching the dog’s skin. You may need to trim a bit of fur with scissors, especially with a dog like a Newfie that has a thick under coat. Get your fingers under the dog collar to feel around and make sure all the hair is moved out of the way and you can feel the contact probes contacting the skin. Also make sure the dog collar is on tight enough so it does not lose contact. You should be able to slip in two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck but not a lot more.

  27. Amanda says:

    I’m looking for a system to contain my 15 week old Chow Lab mix who loves to dig and who is very adventurous. I live on about an acre of land and there is just a fence between our yard and the Thruway. My little puppy was doing really well with staying in the yard until recently when she found out she could get threw a certain part of the fence and got onto the Thruway and scared the crap out of me. Currently she is on a rope or leash outside after she went threw the fence twice. (One to the thruway, once to the playground next door) I’m looking for a system to help keep her in our yard and that won’t bounce off all the metal we have around; playground next door, a 32″ trailer in the driveway, trampoline in the yard, and lastly the thruway. Do you have any suggestions to what I should get?

    ADMIN – Hi Amanda. Is your dog old enough to understand the basic commands “come,” “sit,” and “stay?” The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. The YardMax can only handle a 10 acre yard. Is the fence metal? We recommend installing the Boundary Wire 10 feet before, or 10 feet behind a metal fence. This will reduce the amount of signal interference. The run-through protection feature is perfect for dogs who need to be contained near busy highway areas. You might want to consider using outdoor zones for the areas near the playground, 32 foot trailer and trampoline. This outdoor pod allows you to create a small zone that prevents your dog from getting too close. The Pawz Away Outdoor Zone is disguised as a rock. The unit takes four D batteries and can work in both wireless or wired mode. The Pawz Away Pods are compatible with the PetSafe YardMax, PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619, and the Innotek IUC-5100. We recommend the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378). In wireless mode, the outdoor zone creates an adjustable circular exclusion zone up to 12 feet in diameter. If the dog enters the exclusion zone, it is first warned with a beep, then given a correction. In wired mode, you can connect up to 150 feet of boundary wire to create a wired boundary loop to stop the dog from entering the protected area. Note: the unit cannot work in both wireless and wired modes simultaneous, you have to chose one or the other.

  28. Katia says:

    Hi there,

    I have a really stubborn siberian husky/malamute 2 year old male, that just recently started to escape our 17 ha farm to go kill the villagers chicken (3km away) so I need something to contain him that still gives him the freedom to run on our farm. Since there are several infrastructures and houses near my house, slanted slopes, trees etc… I ruled out the wifi fence. Ideally I would like to give him as much space as possible so I thought the 100 Acre Capacity: SportDog SDF-100A would be a good choice, but since it says the petsafe yardmax is the only wired fence that your dog cannot run through, so I am puzzled as to what would be best. What would you recommend? I can’t have a fence my dog just runs through and it seems utterly irrational to keep him contained in a pea pod when I have such huge land. Thanks for the advise.

    ADMIN – Hi Katia. What is the weight of your 2 year old Siberian Husky/Malamute? The PetSafe Stubborn Collar is one of the larger collars, about the size of two 9-volt batteries. The collar is also one of the heavier units. This makes the collar unsuitable for dogs under 20 lbs. But, given the high correction strength of the collar, we would not use it on any dog under 50 lbs. The transmitter can contain 10 acres (3,000 feet of boundary wire). The transmitter allows you to adjust the wideness of the fence boundary. You can customize the distance the boundary extends from the perimeter wire from 0 to 10 feet. For most dogs, the boundary will be set at between 3 and 5 feet. For dogs with a higher drive to escape, a wider boundary is useful particular during the training phase.

  29. Jayna Hall says:

    We have a 15 week old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Our yard is about an acre and is on a pretty busy street. The dog stays inside, but I want a way for her to be in the yard with us while our kids are playing or be able to run for a little while outside alone and not get into the road or run off. I see from previous postings that you recommend the pet safe ultra smart for the Ridgebacks. Would a wireless system be out of the question? If we did go with the ultra smart, would it be okay to staple the wire above ground? How hard is it to locate a break in the wire when it is buried? So far, she seems to respond well to training, but should we wait until she is 6 months? I was really looking for a solution to her need to get out some puppy energy now. Sorry for all the questions. I’m just trying to make sure I research extensively before I decide which way to go. I don’t want to make the we if decision. Thanks so much!! Jayna

    ADMIN – Hi Jayna, the Ultrasmart has been replaced by the PetSafe YardMax which is a much better fence. The collar will only begin to beep to warn your dog when the collar is directly over the boundary wire, so your dog does not lose any yard space. You can staple the wire above ground. If you upgrade to the 16 or 14 gauge wire, you should not experience a wire break. If a wire break happens, you can locate it with PetSafe’s wire break locator. If she is responding well to training, then she is ready for dog fence training. We have seen dog’s as young as 12 weeks old begin dog fence training.

  30. Shannon says:

    I have a 1.4 year old golden retriever that has a mind of her own, so training her to stay in our yard loose has been very challenging. We are looking at purchasing a wireless fence, but unsure of which one (Havahart Radial or the Petsafe Pet & stay). We only have about 1.25 acres and our house is on top of some of that. It is a rectangular parcel, but we really don’t want her much in front anyways. I want to get a recommendation on which product to purchase and also an explanation of how my dog won’t get stuck on the other side of the fence if she gets through. Your help is appreciated!

    ADMIN – Hi Shannon, I would recommend the Stay + Play as the best wireless dog fence for your situation. The Stay + Play is a much more user friendly and the dog fence collar is a much better product than the Havahart collar. The system has a safety shut off so, the collar will go dormant in the event your dog remained outside of the boundary radius too long. The collar will not keep the dog out. It will simply reset when it re-enters the boundary.

  31. Josh says:

    I am looking at getting a german shorthaired pointer with 3/4 acres flat land. Would the petsafe yardmax be the best solution for this dog? is there another option that would be better? my fear is they tend not to feel pain and run right through the fence if it saw a bunny or cat

    ADMIN – Hi Josh, yes, the PetSafe YardMax is the fence we are recommending for larger, more stubborn dogs. The YardMax has a sustained correction that cannot be breached by a fast moving dog. With good training, you should expect 100% containment from even the most hard headed breeds.

  32. Jan says:

    I have a digger. This part blue heeler also figured out how to push the neighbors rotted fence boards off. Our yard is half an acre. No escapes is my goal. What’s your suggestion. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Jan, the PetSafe YardMax used in the traditional mode is a great dog fence choice. It will be strong enough to keep your Heeler off the fence and the collar is waterproof and rechargeable.

  33. Kerri says:

    We have a 12 lb dachshund and are looking to get a German short hair puppy, will get up to 55lbs. We have a 1/2 acre lot and would like to buy something that will work for both dogs. We have heard that the boundaries can be different for the different size dogs 3 ft for the small and 10 ft for large. This could be confusing for the two. Any recommendations or comments would be appreciated.

    ADMIN – Hi Kerri, if you go with the new PetSafe YardMax, you can avoid this problem because both dogs will wear the same collar. The issue you speak of can happen when you mix and match collars from different PetSafe fences.

  34. Jamie says:

    Hello, we have a 5lb Chihuahua and a 25lb boxer mix we would only need to fence 1acre. Is there a fence that would work for both on the same system?

    ADMIN – Hi Jamie, the best dog fence for your 2 dogs is the PetSafe Little Dog with the PetSafe Deluxe collar added in for the boxer.

  35. Mark in Oklahoma says:

    Hello Thanks for all the info on your website. Because of it we are purchasing a PetSafe YardMax from you to replace a Dogtek EF-4000 since I like the yard maximizing of the true run-thru protection ans the old system is starting to act up. She got shocked when the old fence wasn’t working properly and now she has some trust issues. We just installed 800′ of high quality 14 gauge wire with 45 mil coating two weeks ago so it should be plug and play with the YardMax system. My questions concern re-training our Pit mix Grace. We moved parts the fence to give here more room to roam when we installed the in ground 14 gauge wire, but she will not go near the old areas even though I have walked her thru them multiple times showing her she will not be shocked. With the new style containment of the YardMax she will have more room but I doubt she will use it. How do we recalibrate her brain to the new system and boundaries? I want to regain her confidence so she knows she can trust what we say. Thanks Mark

    ADMIN – Hi Mark, the best thing you can do is set up flags to the new layout and then spend regular time in the yard playing with Grace. She needs time to adjust to the new boundary on her own. I would set the collar initially to beep only and see how she does. Use treats and toys to help relax her. She will grow more confident over time.

  36. Suzana says:

    Hello, We just purchase 10 weeks old Bernese Mountain dog and looking to purchase underground wired fence. Our property is little over one acre. What do you recommend? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Suzana, the best dog fence for your Bernese Mountain dog is the PetSafe YardMax. The collar is lightweight and rechargeable. The YardMax mode means your dog will be able to enjoy the whole acre. We recommend begin training around 6 months old or as soon as your dog can master basic commands like sit and stay.

  37. Laura E says:

    We’re moving to a a new home on 5 acres and have an 80 lb large dog that loves to wander and jump fences. What do you recommend as a fence options either wired or wireless? We also have a medium size dog 40 lbs, that would share the fence as well.

    ADMIN – Hi Laura, we definitely recommend a wired dog fence over a wireless dog fence. The wired fence is completely customizable to your property and is highly reliable. The PetSafe YardMax is my recommendation for your property and your large and medium sized dogs.

  38. Shane says:

    I have 2 dogs a 40lbs Australian cattle dog and a 75lbs shepard/lab mix and we have a public walking trail in our back yard so the wireless systems are out of the question we have about 2.4 acres and I will need to cross our drive way once. 1 what is the best system. 2 how do I cross my asphalt driveway

    ADMIN – Hi Shane, for your Australian cattle dog and 75 lb lab mix, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. The collar has enough correction strength of your dog’s breed and size. Unless you have a culvert to run the wire through or a natural break in the asphalt to tuck the wire down into, the only option is to cut the asphalt with a circular saw with a masonry blade.

  39. Jimmy R. says:

    Hello, I have 2 huge dogs a German shepherd and a mastiff ranging up to 140lbs.
    What unit would you recommend for a front yard and a barrier to protect dogs from running out of the fence when it is open? Since the whole back yard is fenced in I just worry about front yard and the gate side of the property. Thanks Jimmy R.

    ADMIN – Hi Jimmy, for large dogs like you have, we recommend the PetSafe Stubborn. It is designed for dogs over 100 lbs and delivers the higher correction levels needed to contain such large dogs.

  40. Don Brown says:

    One of your replies mentioned “pods” I need to know who to contact so I can purchase a system – wireless – to keep our lab out of the flower gardens and small ponds within the gardens

    ADMIN – Hi Don, you will want to go with the Outdoor Rock.

  41. Diane sweeney says:

    Hello what system would you recommend for two puggles and that there is an invisafence on one of the corners of our lot that has 2 dogs on it. One of our dogs is feisty when he hears other dogs. Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Diane, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your 2 puggles as long as they are over 10 lbs. For the corner mentioned, I would recommend installing the wire over the corner to avoid interference.

  42. Gloria says:

    I have a 4 year old giant schnauzer and a 50 x 150 lot. What system do you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Gloria, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Schnauzer. The collar is lightweight but contains plenty of correction level options for your dog. The YardMax is also perfect for smaller properties.

  43. Andy says:

    We have a GSP that recently found out she can jump the fence – we are looking to use the Sportdog for durability and its ability to be moved to a larger area if we upgrade to a rural house with extra space. Before I plan for something like this in the future and get more than we currently need, is there anything in the works that will plot a boundary using GPS coordinates? The other customizable wireless options seem to be to inconsistent in their boundaries that I am not comfortable spending the extra money to purchase them until they have their wrinkles ironed out. Thanks – Andy

    ADMIN – Hi Andy, there is not a good option currently or in the works for a GPS fence with programmable coordinates. That would be great though. As for the SportDog, that is a great fence and would be good match for your GSP if you chose to go that route.

  44. jim says:

    What system would you recommend for a German shorthaired pointer? She is extremely active and tends to follow her nose even when she knows it is wrong. She minds well on and off a leash except for one command when off the leash: Come. She will look both ways and off she goes.

    thank you,


  45. Ray Thompson says:

    Need recommendation on proper in ground fence for our two dogs. We have a Shih tau and have added Labrador puppy to our family. What fence is good to cover both small and large breed dogs? We have a lot of wildlife and want to start out early teaching our new dog to stay in the yard. 1.5 acres. Tbx

  46. Lily says:

    hi we have 3 dogs german shep/lab a queensland/lab/pit and a tick hound. we are moving to a new place with out a fenced area and I want my dogs to beable to roam outside. Its about a half acre but because I have dogs at different levels of stubborness and size I am not sure whats best for me.
    thanks, lily

  47. Joan says:

    We need to contain our roaming English Setter, Hank, at summer camp. The issues are water (he loves to swim) and a giant hillside. Are there any systems that will allow him to swim without using the water as an escape route? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Joan, you can run wire into the water to if it is shallow. You will however, decide how far to place the wire out into the water. You will want to make sure it is no deeper than 2 feet in the water to keep him from swimming over it. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for Hank.

  48. Scrap says:

    I have a 180 pound Great Dane male and a 150 pound Great Dane female. We live on 15 acres that is divided by a creek. We plan on digging the creek out into a 1.5 – 2 acre pond. We’d like for the dogs to have access all of the land and the pond without having to worry about the leaving the property or breaking the collars when they get in the water. Would the Sport Dog system work for this? If I run the wire through PVC pip to cross the creek, I’d bury the line in the creek bed, would the system still work? Lastly, would the system work on dogs this large?

    ADMIN – Hi Scrap, yes, the SportDog is designed for large Great Dane type dogs and hunting dogs. With good training, you should expect 100% containment. Yes, the system will work if your run the wire through PVC to cross the creek in the creek bed. That is a good install method.

  49. Shawna says:

    Hi- Sasha is 6months and on target weight for a pit bull, Colorado bull dog mix.. I would like to have her be able to roam free in the back yard which about 3/4 of an acre. I like the details of YardMax, but what if you have less yardage than 10 acres?

    ADMIN – Hi Shawna, this means that you can add in enough wire to contain up to 10 acres. The fence actually only comes with enough wire to contain one-third of an acre. So, in your scenario, you will need to purchase one additional roll of wire to cover your 3/4 of an acre. We do recommend upgrading to at least the 16 gauge wire for durability.

  50. Lee says:

    I have a miniature schnauzer 5 years old and 4 shin tzu’s ranging in age 1 year to 4 years, I would like to give them about 1/2 acre to 1 acre to run. What would you recommend. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Lee, if one or both are under 10 lbs, go with the PetSafe Little Dog. If they are both 10 lbs and up, go with the PetSafe YardMax. To cover 1/2 to 1 acre you’ll need to get an extra roll of wire. We also recommend upgrading to 16 gauge to get a wire strong enough to prevent breaks.

  51. Josh says:

    I have a 1/2 acre yard and 4 dogs ranging from 70-110 pounds. I have a split rail fence, but that is not enough to keep them contained. I also have lab mixes, and hound mixes. So stubborn and pray drives are high! Which fence would you recommend? Also if I want them to have access to their 20×30 kennel how can I incorporate that in?

    ADMIN – Hi Josh, overall, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn, however, if the kennel is within feet of the boundary line, you will need to go with the PetSafe YardMax.

  52. Jeff Durand says:

    I have 2 West Highland Terriers, 17 pounds and 32 pounds, both males and each aged 6. We just sold our house, which had an Invisible Fence system with a buried wire. We lived on acreage with the wire covering about 4 acres. The system cost us about $2,200. We are looking at another acreage property, this one is about 1.67 acres. We only want to fence the back half of the property, where they will go outside. We do not want them in the front yard. The house adjoins a busy highway with cars that travel about 50 MPH, so we don’t want them anywhere near the front yard, breaking the boundary or ending up on the highway. Is there a wireless or wired fence that you would recommend for them? If wired, how do I install the wire as the Invisible Fence guy brought out a machine that buried the cable automatically about 2 inches underground. I don’t have a machine. Looking forward to your response. Thanks, Jeff

    ADMIN – Hi Jeff, you can definitely save lots of money installing the fence yourself. There are three backyard yard layouts to choose from. You can locate them by going to: Installation -> Planning/Layouts -> Backyard layouts. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax for your Terriers. You can rent a ground hog trencher or a mini cable installer just like the installer used for about $100 a day.

  53. Theresa Sledziewski says:

    The best fence we ever bought! our dogs are about 60 pounds each and one morning a few days ago I left them out to go to the bathroom , but I didn’t realize that there was aprox. 20 turkeys behind our house ( in our yard ) when I found out they were there it was too late to call the dogs back. Surly I would think that my dogs would blow through the fence after the birds. The dogs stopped dead in their tracks right at the line of the fence. Without that fence it would have took me days to find my dogs. I am totally satisfied with the fence! highly recommend any one with dogs that like to take off out of the yard.

  54. Mary says:

    I recently purchased the PetSafe wireless containment system (PIF300). The boundary lines were constantly moving 10 foot in either direction. I called the customer support number and was told it was likely interference from our metal roof. We have a six month old Boxer, what is the best fence for our use? I would like to fence in about 1-1.5 acres for her to run and play. Do the inground fences have issues with interference?

  55. Andrea says:

    Hi. I’m desperate in Utah. 🙂 My german shorthair/standard poodle mix has springs instead of legs and can get out of our backyard despite it being fully fenced. She’s insane and we’re ready to give up. What electric fence is best for a 40 lb dog who is very receptive to training and is already great with her ecollar but will not stay home???????

  56. Rachel Firth says:

    We have a six foot high fence around our entire property, but we have a gate that is no longer than a double wide garage door that whenever it gets opened and my dog can sneak passed she is gone and we cannot call her back as she is a deaf dalmation/pit bull cross and a very fast runner. We currently use dogtra e collar to train her, but need something to cover the gate. she is terrified of her e collar at the moment, just the vibrate is enough to pull her into line. What would you reccomend for a gate length? Kind regards
    Rachel Firth

  57. Sharon says:

    We just got a 10 week old blue doberman. He is skittish of cars and people but already has strength. We are building a house on 1/4 acre in a subdivision and currently living on a little less than 1/2 an acre. Is there a system that I can use now and take to the new home in a year?

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon, we recommend waiting until your dog is about 6 months old before training. Training works best when the dog is fully attentive to training. Any of our fences can be relocated. However, we highly recommend not taking the wire with you. We recommend buying and installing new wire when you move. It’s just not worth the effort trying to save wire. It’s a big mess and risk being damaged which affects the fences functionality. For a Doberman, we would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog. This fence is designed for guardian and sporting breeds.

  58. Kerrin says:

    I have an almost 10 year old Weimaraner and a 7 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. We are moving from an urban area to 1/3 acre in the suburbs. Both dogs are e-collar trained – we did bird work with them early on and we regularly use the e-collars when we have them off leash in the city park and when we travel on the weekends/vacations. The backyard is fenced in the new house and we want to install a wired fence for the front yard to give them some more leg room. My two questions are they too old to train and if not which system would you recommend? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Kerrin, No, they are not too old at all. We have customers train all ages of dogs really with success starting from 6 months old and up. For your Weimaraner and Pointer, I would recommend the SportDog fence. It is the fence deigned for their size and temperament.

  59. Gary says:

    I have a 65lb Black lab that is 5 months old he stays outside most of the time but and likes to go into the neighbor’s yards and explore . We live on 1/2 acre lot but have a 10 acre lot we plan on moving to in the future . Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Gary, go with a SportDog SDF100A. It has the same collar as the PetSafe Stubborn, which we recommend for black labs and has the stronger transmitter that will work when you move the 10 acre property.

  60. Nikki says:

    I have a 4 year old pitbull and a tall plastic fence surrounding a small backyard. He jumps up on the fence and the slots pop out of place. I’m looking for something that will prevent him from jumping. Would an electric fence work for that?

  61. Kim says:

    We need one side of our small yard protected by an electric fence for two 35-50lb dogs. Is it worth paying the extra $100 for the Petsafe Ultrasmart v the Petsafe In-ground system? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Kim, no go with the new PetSafe Yard Max instead. Rechargeable collars with individual correction. With the In-ground PiG00-13619 you will have to buy endless batteries.

  62. Eric says:

    I have 2 lab puppies, currently 6 mo. old and 60 pounds– on their way to 90lbs, maybe a little more…full of energy as typical for lab pups. I live on a corner lot (3/4 acre) with a fenced in, back yard. I would like to establish a wired boundary for the front and side yards, which meets up to the back yard fence external boundaries, on both sides. I have 2 questions– what system is recommended, and how to I lay out the wired system so the dogs can move freely between the fenced areas (which has “internal” gates to the front/side yards)? Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Eric, go with the PetSafe Stubborn for two labs that will be close to 100 lbs. Most labs need the higher corrections that fence offers. For your layout, we recommend one of the backyard (partial yard) layouts. They are illustrated on our site under “Planning/Layouts” on the “Installation” menu.

  63. Blake says:

    I have a miniature schnauzer, Shitzu Maltese and a Red Heeler puppy but would like it to be long term for when the heeler grows up. I would like to secure 10 acres, what would you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Blake, you will need a fence which you can have different size collars and separate correction levels. I would recommend the PetSafe Little Dog fence which can cover up to 25 acres if needed. I recommend upgrading your wire to 14 gauge for strength against breaks. You will need an additional 2,500 feet of wire to cover up to 10 acres. You will need to bundle one additional Little Collar and the PetSafe Deluxe collar for the Heeler. If the Heeler is tough skinned, then you’ll want to bundle the Stubborn collar.

  64. Shawn cochrane says:

    We have a fenced in yard which has worked great for our large dogs in past. However we recently rescued a pocket beagle (18 lbs) and she can scoot under. We are debating between fortifying current wooden pickets with chicken wire or an invisible fence. The biggest allure of the invisible fence is that we could make that boundary in front of our gardens. Does this work for a fearless Houdini-like beagle? Which fence would you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Shawn, Yes it does. With pocket Beagles, we recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619. This will be a quick fix for you. The physical fence combined with the dog fence will provide no room to squeeze through. And placing it in front the garden is ideal.

  65. JP says:

    Hi, I currently have a automatic wired lawnmower installed on 0.5 site. Do you think a dog fence will be compatible or could some interference issues? Then what would you recommend? Thank you JP

    ADMIN – Hi JP, the lawnmower and the dog fence should be on different frequencies, thus it should not be an issue. Make sure not to accidentally cut up the mower wire with installation though.

  66. Thereza says:

    We are about to move to a house with a small backyard. One of the fence is not finished and we are trying to come up with a solution since we have a curious mini schnauzer and we don’t want him to cross to our neighbor backyard. So, we are thinking to get a electric fence. Is it possible to find a fence that would work in small and very limited spaces? Thank you!!

    ADMIN – Hi Thereza,

    Dog fences don’t work well in very small yards (less than 20 x 20), because they need at least a 3 foot boundary zone that the dog will not be able to enter. In a small yard, this eats up too much of the dog’s play area.

    If you just need the dog fence along one of the four sides, then you could work with smaller area, just running the fence along that one boundary.

  67. Julie Tranbarger says:

    I hope this question hasn’t been asked before, too many to read thru. I have a mini Doxie, 14 yrs old, with a heart slight heart murmur. Would the in-ground fence cause her any problems?

    ADMIN – Hi Julie,

    I would consult with the vet that is treating her before putting her on an in-ground system. We don’t know enough about her condition to give you good advice about this matter.

  68. Danielle says:

    We’re looking into getting a dog but we would like to have him/her to have free range to run around without worrying about him leaving our property. We have about 100 yards…we’re looking for a system that would be wireless, if at all possible. Wondering which one would be the best for this. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Danielle,

    The best of the wireless systems is the Havahart Radial. It can comfortably handle a range of 100 yards.

  69. Wendy says:

    I have 3 dogs, a 55 lb. lab, 20 lb westie, and a 11 lb yorkie. I have 2 homes (each about 1/2 acre) which I would like to put the fence in, plus possibly at work. How can I do this? Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Wendy,

    With those three dogs, the PetSafe Inground would be a good choice. The InGround is versatile and lets you also use the PetSafe Little Dog collar which is going to work better with your Yorkie than a regular full-sized collar.

    I would use the PetSafe InGround system, and use the PetSafe InGround collars for the Lab and the Westie. I would use a PetSafe Little Dog collar with the Yorkie,

  70. Melanie says:

    Hi! I have the PetSafe Deluxe system and I was wondering if I could place the receiver inside of a metal pole barn we have on our property?

    ADMIN – Hi Melanie,

    Occasionally the wired containment system transmitters aren’t happy if you place them on a sheet metal wall. If you have any problems, try moving the transmitter to somewhere away from the wall.

  71. Teri says:

    I have a purebred Akita who loves to run. He is 3 years come July and the only way I have been able to keep him where he supposed to be is an actual fenced yard and even then he has found ways out. He weighs about 120 pounds and is very intelligent. I am moving to a home without a fenced yard and would like to go the electric fence or shock collar route. What would your recommendation be for the fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Teri,

    For an Akita, one of the stronger systems is useful. Akita often have very low sensitivity to the correction, so need a high strength collar to get their attention – particularly when they are chasing something. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn.

  72. Katie says:

    I have an 80 lb black lab and a 1/2 acre rectangular yard. I would like to run a wired fence around the perimeter, but exclude the driveway. We have an asphalt driveway/walkway and there is a 3′-4′ section where the wire would have to cross. Will the signal still transmit under a couple inches of asphalt? Or would we need to fill the channel with dirt instead? Also, what system would you recommend? He does well with his bark collar and is hesitant to go near the street after he sideswiped a car, but I still worry that a small animal or deer may tempt him too much, so I want to make sure it’s strong enough to deter him. This site has been a great help. Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Katie,

    The signal can get through a few inches of asphalt without a problem. (It only gets to be a problem once you get the wire buried more than a 1 foot deep).

    For a lab, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice.

    If you know he has particular triggers that will excited him and tempt him through the boundary, work them into the final testing phase. With a lab, using a neighbors dog works well, as playing with a ball then tossing the ball through the fence. We want to make sure he is 100% contained, and that the knows the rules always apply, before we start letting him loose off-leash.

  73. Shawna says:

    We have a 15lb Shih Tzu male who is 4yrs old. we live on 5 acres with 4 other neighboring homes all on their own 5 acres. The shih tzu doesn’t normally leave our land…but occasionally will wonder off slightly. we are bringing home a lab puppy in about 6 weeks and think that maybe we should do an invisible fence to contain the shih tzu to about 2.5 acres around our house. we don’t want him teaching the pup it’s ok to wander. obviously we won’t put a collar on the lab until next she is older…and wouldn’t be unattended outside as a pup….but i’d like to be able to let the older dog stay out and not worry about him some too. also wanting to keep him protected from our livestock and limit the distance he can go from the house. which system do you recommend that will work for both dog breeds. I need it for the shih tzu now and future for the lab. thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Shawna,

    The PetSafe Inground would be a good choice for the Shih Tzu. The collar is light enough and small enough that it would fit him comfortably. The system is also adaptable, and when the lab is older (around 6 months) and we have a better sense for his personality, we can either get him a PetSafe Inground Collar, or the compatible PetSafe Stubborn collar.

  74. Amy Cardinal says:

    We have a 9 year old 90 pound lab/rottie mix, a 5 year old 50 pound red heeler and a 2 year old 40 pound pit mix. I’m mainly trying to keep them away from the fence line since we have neighbors with dogs behind us and next to us and my dogs have destroyed the fences trying to get through to play with the other dogs. I have spent a fortune replacing the fencing and have taken to keeping the dogs in the house a lot more than usual because of this. What would be the best system with the difference in sizes that I have. The two older dogs are pretty good obedience wise, but the baby is quite a pistol.

    ADMIN – Hi Amy,

    With that much difference in size and breeding, a system that lets us adjust the correction levels uniquely for each dog would be valuable. I also think that the pit mix and the rottweiler mix, may need stronger corrections to refocus them if they get rambunctious. I think the PetSafe Stubborn would be a good fit for those three dogs.

  75. karisma says:

    Hi. I have an rambunctious 4 year old, boxer/mastiff mix. We live at the end of a dead end road in the middle of four acres. Our driveway is long and steep and our surroundings are hilly, rocky and filled with trees, we also have a creek that runs across the front of our property. I’m pretty sure that with all the rock, there’s no way we can bury wire and from what I’ve read, I’m not sure how well a wireless transmitter would work with the trees?? Can you adjust the radius and/or the boundaries? I’m also not sure that this dumb dog will be able to feel a thing or fear that once she does, she’ll actually outsmart it and be able to run quickly through it and then with my luck, be “stuck” on the other side. We have neighbors all down our street, a house for sale next door and people building behind us~ although our dog’s really just a big scardy cat, her size and her bark are quite the contrary. Any suggestions?

    ADMIN – Hi Karisma,

    Can you staple the wire to the ground? If the rocky areas aren’t mowed, you can just staple the boundary wire to the ground every few yards, using long lawn-staples. That would let you encompass the area without the need to bury the wire.

    With wireless systems you can adjust the boundary radius, to make either a big or little circle. But, the wireless system are not going to get on well with the trees and will have very poor performance.

    With a Matiff cross, a stronger system is useful. I would suggest the PetSafe Stubborn.

  76. Becky says:

    I have 2 small dogs. One is a mini dachshund, about 14 lbs. and the other a shorkie, about 10-13 lbs. We have about 2 acres to fence in. Both dogs love to roam and right now we are using a hand held shock collar system. We were looking at the pet safe ultra smart system because of the rechargeable batteries. Would this system be okay for our two dogs even though they are little dogs?

    ADMIN – Hi Becky,

    The Dachshund should be fine, but the Shorkie is right on the borderline, and you may need the smaller PetSafe Little Dog (with it’s obnoxious disposable proprietary battery). I would start with the PetSafe Ultrasmart and put the collars on the dogs for a couple of days (without installing the system) and see if the dogs are comfortable. If they are comfortable, stick with the Ultrasmart. If the collars prove to be too big, then we can swap you out for the Little Dog.

  77. Sue says:

    Hello, Our house has a river/swamp right behind it. Our dog loves to swim and chase birds. We are thinking of installing invisible fence to keep her contained without blocking the beautiful sunsets. Is this too dangerous if she were to break through? She is a pit mix with a strong chase instinct.

    ADMIN – Hi Sue,

    There is no particular danger posed by water. Usually when the dog is in the water, they can’t feel the correction, because it gets dissipated in the water instead of going through the dog’s skin.

    If the collar is not waterproof, it would be dangerous for the collar if it were not waterproof.

    We would of course want to train her so that she would not break through!

    A good choice for a strong dog like a Pitbull with a high prey drive, is a system with a stronger correction that can regain their attention even when they are in full chase. I would suggest the PetSafe Stubborn(it is waterproof)

  78. Ellen says:

    I have a 60 lb female Aussie, a 15 lb miniature Aussie AND a new Aussie puppy who will grow to be 60 lbs.

    My main concern is the 2 younger dogs. While it would be nice to have all 3, the older one has run free since she became an adult.

    My problem is 2 dogs on 5 acres (but I would like to confine them to the yard and possibly orchard), AND my house and detached garage are cover with ranch corrugated metal. I guess I could control this be the placement of flags??? The miniature was hit by a car this weekend. we have only 3 houses on our county road, but I realize it was my fault for not having her on a chain.

    ADMIN – Hi Ellen,

    With those three dogs so different in size, a system that lets us mix and match collars to cover all three dogs would be ideal. I would suggest the SportDog SDF-100A, using SportDog collars for the two Aussies. For the miniature Aussie, we can add the smaller (and compatible) PetSafe Little Dog collar.

  79. Justin gunerderson says:

    Hi I have two dogs a one year old pit bull about 40 pounds and a 2 1/2 year old German Shepard pitbull mix about 100 pounds on an acre an a 1/2 lot that is a good rectangle shape they have been living in a fenced in yard since birth so when there’s no fences they like to run but they don’t go to far just worried one day they will. what would be a good fence to hold a strong boundary line an is there a system that allows to have a boundary fence and fences to keep them out the gardens at the same time . Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Justin,

    With those two breeds, a system that can provide a strong (if needed) is important. The best choice would be the PetSafe Stubborn.

  80. Hamiltons5 says:

    Hi – we have 2 dogs, a 4 y.o. (25 lbs) Lapsapoo and a 7 month old Labordoodle (60 lbs). Which system would you recommend To keep these boys confined to a 4 acre area? The puppy is very smart and obedient while the Lapsapoo can be a bit more difficult. Thanks so much for your help. Great site!

    ADMIN – Hi Hamiltons,

    On 4 acres one of the higher capacity systems would be useful. Also, with those two dogs so different in size, a system that let us use different collars for each dog would also be on the top of my list.

    I would suggest the SportDog SDF-100A, using the included collar for the Labradoodle. For the smaller dog, I would add one of the compatible PetSafe InGround collars.

  81. Greg Chaput says:

    Hello, we are interested in installing an inground fence. We have two dogs and want to make sure we have the appropriate collar and adjustment levels for both. One dog is a cocker poo and the other is a golden retriever. The area we are looking to contain is 1 acre or less. What would you recommend? Thanks, Greg

    ADMIN – Hi Greg,

    Happy to make a recommendation. Can you tell me a little more about the dogs. What is their age, weight, and temperament.

    I am guessing those two dogs are very different in size (although you see Cockapoos from 5lbs to 50lbs). So we probably need a system that lets us set an independent correction level for each dog on the system. The PetSafe Inground would be a good choice on an acre. It is a good system and would let you set a different level for each dog.

    If the Cockapoo is under 12 lbs, you would want use a PetSafe Little Dog collar instead of the standard PetSafe Inground collar for the Cockapoo.

  82. Freddy says:

    I have a 80lb lab that is pretty well behave. But likes to run up to people who are walking by. We have a 1/2 acre lot with about 12′ between side of house and property line. My concern is finding one that will allow him to pass thru that area but also contain him. Do you think the dogtek ef-4000 would work?

    ADMIN – Hi Freddy,

    The Dogtek would work well for a lab. At that price point, I also like the PetSafe Inground. I think it is a better quality fence, although it does come encumbered with a proprietary battery.

    A 12 foot side passage should provide plenty of space for the dog to go through. With a lab you would want the boundary to extend about 4 feet on either side of the wire. Add another 3 feet safety buffer, and the dog still has 5 feet of space to pass through on the side of the house.

  83. Keri K. says:

    We have a 50-lb Shepherd/Pit mix and need to fence our new home’s 1/4 acre yard. We do have power outages once or twice a year, plus we live at the snow line so sometimes get snow–never more than 2 feet. And we definitely get rain. Will an inground system work? Any considerations for gauge of wire? I’ve seen some people discuss upgrading the wire to prevent breakages.

    ADMIN – Hi Keri,

    I would use a PetSafe Stubborn. With those breeds, you sometime need a stronger correction level, so it is useful to have the more powerful PetSafe Stubborn correction levels just in case you need them.

    The inground system will work with 1-2 feet of snow accumulated, but if you get over 2 feet, the signal will have difficulty penetrating the snow. So if that happens a lot and the dog goes out in that weather, a wireless system may be a better option.

    The thicker gauges of wire are stronger and do prevent breakages. They are virtually identical from a transmission perspective over the short distance you will be covering.

  84. Diane says:

    I currently have a 100+ lb. chocolate lab, and am looking to get a female chocolate lab pup soon (probably 70-80 lbs. when fully grown). We want to put electric fencing around 3-4 acres. I was thinking the Sport Dog SDF-100A, but wanted to know if that would be the best and most reliable. Also, would it be best to upgrade the wire? And I read that the unit on the collar can be moved to a different collar if we preferred cloth – is that correct? I would appreciate your thoughts, and thanks for this informative website!

    ADMIN – Hi Diane,

    The SportDog SDF-100A is a great choice for a pair of Labradors. It is very reliable, and has great range which will be useful with your property.

    Upgrading the wire helps a lot in preventing wire breaks, so if you think you are in a place where breaks are likely it is a worthwhile upgrade.

    THE SDF-100A collar cannot be easily switched to a cloth collar as some of the other collars. You would need to drill a couple of holes in the cloth collar to get it work with the standard receiver box.

  85. Matt says:

    We will be bringing home our Giant Schnauzer puppy in about six weeks, so we are starting to prepare for a containment option for him. We also have a 14 year old rat terrier. As we just moved to our home a couple months ago we are now looking for the right system. We have a two acre property and would like to contain approximately an acre and half. First question, at what age should we introduce the containment system to the puppy? Next, what system would be the best for our situation? We have nothing out of the ordinary that might cause problems. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Matt,

    Six months old is a good age to start a dog on the fence. At that age they are mature enough that they can understand and respond to the training.

    With the difference between those dogs, a system that allows for individual correction levels would be a good choice. The PetSafe Inground would work well with the Giant Schnauzer. For the Rat Terrier, add a PetSafe Little Dog collar if they are under 12lbs, or an additional PetSafe Inground collar if they are over 12 lbs.

  86. wes says:

    I have a lab/Australian shepherd mix, she weights about 60 pounds. I’m wanting to do an enclosure of about 4 acres, that will have a few islands where the wire will need to be twisted. What do you recommend? I was thinking the sport dog because I’m familiar with their other products and seem to be good quality, I dont like how large the collar is, would prefer a battery powered collar because I feel like rechargeable batteries don’t seem to last long and you end up constantly charging. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Wes,

    With a larger yard, plus the additional islands that you will be creating, one of the longer range systems like the SportDog would be a good choice. The collar is big, but that isn’t going to be an issue with a dog of your size.

    If you want a smaller collar, the PetSafe Ultrasmart is a good option. It is a rechargeable collar, but the charge lasts around a month.

  87. Debbie Smith says:

    I have a German Shepard that weighs about 150 lbs and is very energetic he is only 2. I have 2 acres that I would like to put an underground fence in for him to be able to run, what is your suggestion? we live in the country and wireless is pretty much out of the question.

    ADMIN – Hi Debbie

    With a German Shepherd, and particularly a German Shepherd that big, I would want to use one of the stronger collars. You may not need the full strength, but it is good to have the power in reserve in case you need it. A good choice would be the PetSafe Stubborn.

  88. ozzie says:

    I have 2 Pomeranians and 2 German Shepherds, would the petsafe ultrasmart system work with a petsafe little dog collar, or would I have to buy another system? The German Shepherds are pups so still no need for the fence but the poms like to run wild.

    ADMIN – Hi Ozzie,

    The PetSafe Ultrasmart system would not work with the PetSafe Little Dog collars. The PetSafe Little Dog / PetSafe Inground / PetSafe Stubborn / SportDog SDF-100A collars are intercompatible. For the Poms I think the PetSafe Little Dog collars are a good choice. For the German Shepherds, I would use the PetSafe Stubborn collars.

  89. Tonya says:

    We have 2 acres of land that is a long, narrow (200′) lot and are trying to contain a shepherd-rottie mix (puppy today but…!) and a 6lb chihuahua. Is there a fence system that will work with them both? We really have 3 ‘trouble’ areas to keep them from going beyond and the rest of the area they’re able to run without issue. Unfortunately, just using a traditional fence in these areas would look out of place. Any ideas on a system that would work?

    ADMIN – Hi Tonya,

    With dogs that are very different in size the PetSafe Inground/Stubborn/Little Dog systems shine. Those three systems have inter-compatible collars, letting you mix and match collars instead of having to find a compromise collar.

    I would start with a PetSafe Stubborn base system and use the included collar with the German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix. And for the Chihuahua, I would add a PetSafe Little Dog Collar.

  90. Mystical In Michigan says:

    We live in the city and have a small yard with gardens and a pond. The dogs are 6-7 lbs and 25 lbs. The yard 3600 sq ft. We will be using the underground fence to keep them out of the pond area and gardens. The problem, I heard the underground wire fences can not be by any electrical current in ground? We have a 110 volt cable in pvc about 6 inch underground in the middle of the yard going to the pond. Will this interfere with the underground wire fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Mystical,

    The power cable going out the pond will not affect the dog fence wire. But, if possible, avoid running the dog fence wire close and parallel to the electrical wire. In some rare circumstance the dog fence signal can get induced in the electrical wire, so the electrical wire starts acting like a dog fence boundary wire as well.

  91. Kim says:

    I have three gardens that I would like my dog to stay out of. Can a wired fence work for this?

    ADMIN – Hi Kim,

    You can indeed use a dog fence to exclude the dog from particular areas. You just run loops around each of the garden beds, and link them together using the non-correcting twisted wire.

    If you are just trying to keep the dog out of garden beds and containment is not an issue, you can also use these cheaper and easier outdoor pods.

  92. Kellen says:

    Hi I have a 2 yr old male Great Dane, he weighs 160 lbs! he has decided to become an escape artist, I have about 1/2 acre that he runs what would you recommend? I also have a 7 lb chihuahua that I would like to contain if possible with the same fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Kellen,

    Where you have a big spread in size between the two dog, the inter-compatible PetSafe systems are great, because they let you mix and match collars to suit the dogs. I would use a PetSafe Stubborn system, and use the included large high-powered collar with the Great Dane. And then add a PetSafe Little Dog collar for the Chihuahua.

  93. Jack says:

    Excellent Site. It gives dog owners many options. l personally like the PTPWF-100 Perimeter Wire-Free Wi-Fi Dog Fencing System. It works well for me. No digging-no wires. This is the only Wire-Free uses the latest digitally encoded Wi-Fi signal technology used in advanced wireless communications.

  94. Traecey Anthony says:

    We have a Shih Tzu that runs off every time the front door or garage door is opened. What kind of electronic fence would you recommend? It would be for the front yard only. Also, if he is in the car with the collar on and we drive through the “electronic field” into the driveway, will he receive a correction? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Traecey,

    If you are just trying to stop the dog bursting through the front door and the garage door, one of the indoor pods such as the Pawz Away would do the trick. You would just place the wireless pods near the front doorway and the garage doorway and the dog would be stopped from charging through the door.

    If you want to keep the dog contained in the front-yard, then a system like the PetSafe Little Dog would be a good choice. If the dog is in the car, they will still get the correction if wear the collar. It is always a good idea to take the dog’s collar off if leaving the property. Not only is there a risk of correction when they re-enter you property, but the collar could also get triggered as you go past another fence owner’s property.

  95. Clair says:

    We have two Labradoodles. One is 90 lbs (built like a Lab) and the other is about 70 lbs (built like a Standard Poodle). We’re looking at installing an in ground system covering around 3 acres, but not sure which one would be best. The property is wooded, and there are lots of deer, chipmunks, and other critters for the dogs to chase. And we’re in Washington state, so it rains and rains and rains and rains….. The dogs are indoor dogs, but have run free when outdoors since they were puppies, both smart and reasonably obedient – with lots of energy.

    I’m thinking about the Dogtek EF-6000 because of the setting levels and custom boundary or Innotek IUC-5100 because of battery backup and lightning protection (don’t really need the remote capability though). But, thinking we may need the PetSafe Stubborn Dog system, but don’t really like the large, non-rechargeable collar. any thoughts? Thanks, Clair

    ADMIN – Hi Clair,

    Both systems would do the job well, but I think the Dogtek would be the better choice. The Dogtek has a wider range of correction levels, so has those higher levels in case you need them. The collar is also smaller and the system is around $100 cheaper.

    If you get lightning strikes in you area, the lightning protection would be a good idea, you can add it to any system ($40). You won’t need the Stubborn system for either of those dogs.

  96. Sheila says:

    Hi, We have a 120 pound lab that has a tendency to bolt out the front door. Today I caught him just one block from the busy street. He gets plenty of exercise and has been numerous obedience training classes and we still can’t stop this scary behavior. What type of electronic fence would you recommend just to keep him contained to our front porch?

    ADMIN – Hi Sheila, if you are wanting to keep him from bolting out of the front door, I would recommend getting a Indoor zone bundled with the Ultrasmart collar. You can set up the zone at the front door to create a barrier just at the door.

  97. Miranda S. says:

    Hello, We have 2 English Mastiffs that are about 3 years old. They are 150+ lbs. and are pretty mellow, but will wander if given the opportunity. We prefer to use a wired system for reliability. What would you recommend for approx. 1.5acres? Thank you for your time.

    ADMIN – Hi Miranda, For dogs over 100 lbs, we recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence. It’s really the fence designed for large dogs. You’ll need to bundle in an additional 1,000 feet to cover your property. We highly recommend upgrading to 14 gauge to get the strongest, most durable wire available to hold up against wire breaks from tree roots and ground fluctuations due to the seasons changing.

  98. Tracy S. says:

    Hi – I’m seriously considering the Border Patrol TC1 Wireless Dog Fence. Because we rent a home I like the idea of how portable that is. Our home is on 5 acres that has an aluminum siding pole barn, and most of the property is wooded. Would the Border Patrol TC1 Wireless Dog Fence be good for us?

    ADMIN – Hi Tracy, the area you want to fence is a good size for the Border Patrol. The collar is on the big and bulky size. We’d recommend this for dogs at least 30 lbs. But I think it would be a great option to try for your scenario.

  99. Julie says:

    We have a 9 month old 90lbs Rottweiler that is having trouble staying home. Wondering which would be better underground fencing or wireless? Only needing to cover about 150-180 feet.

    ADMIN – Hi Julie, we always recommend wired over wireless. They are much more reliable. I would go with the PetSafe Stubborn for such a big dog.

  100. Leesa says:

    I have a 100 pound Greater Swiss Mountain dog. I will be getting an Old English Sheepdog puppy. I have a home on a lake. We do get up to a foot of snow during the winter as well as lightning storms during the summer. The size of my yard is 169 feet wide by 333 feet length on each side. I would only need the fencing on the three sides (the two long sides and one short side). I would like to have the remote capability. What would be your recommendations?

    ADMIN – Hi Leesa, if you want remote capability for inside your home and around the yard, the Innotek IUC5100 is a great choice. The remote only has a range of about 150 feet give or take. It’s great for domestic use, but if you need longer range, you’ll need to go with a dedicated remote trainer. The fence will work well for your mountain dog and eventual sheepdog. It has a slimline, rechargeable collar with plenty of correction strength. You’ll need to bundle in at least one additional roll of 500 feet of boundary and maybe 2 additional if you need more than 1,000 feet total. Due to the snow and such, I would highly recommend you upgrade your wire to the 14 gauge for strength against wire breaks.

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