Dog Fence Reviews

This section reviews and compares the DIY dog fence systems. We review systems by Innotek, SportDog, PetSafe, Perimeter Technologies and Humane Contain. The comparison chart below summarizes our findings. Click on the model name or use the navigation menu of the left for a more detailed review of each system.

  PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 SportDOG Contain-N-Train Electric Dog Fence And Training Collar System SDF-CT SDF-CT SportDOG In-Ground Dog Fence SDF-100A SDF-100A PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 PIG00-13661 PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence PIG0014673
Rating
Reliability Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Rechargeable Yes Yes No No Yes
Correction Levels 5 7 5 4 4
Battery Backup No No No No No
Capacity 10 acres 100 acres 100 acres 25 acres 25 acres
Other Notes
  • Anti-run-through Collar Fit
  • Pod compatibility
  • Rechargeable
  • Expandable
  • Dual Purpose
  • Highest Capacity
  • Best for working dogs
  • Waterproof collar
  • Slimline Collar
  • Small Collar
  • Pod Compatibility
  • Rechargeable
  • Expandable
  • Good for multiple dog sizes
Price $319.95 $419.95 $279.95 $179.95 $229.95
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  PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG20-11041 Perimeter Technologies Deluxe Ultra PTPCC-200D PTPCC200D Smart Dog HT-023 Humane Contain
Rating
Reliability Good Good Poor Poor
Rechargeable No No No No
Correction Levels 4 4 1 3
Battery Backup No No No No
Capacity 25 acres 5 acres 1 acres 100 acres
Other Notes
  • Smallest Collar
  • Lower Correction
  • Collar Compatibility
  • Multiple Frequencies
  • Soft Contacts
Cheapest dog fence Works with Auto Door
Price $219.95 $209.95 $49.95 $99.95
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  PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless PIF00-12917 PIF12917 PetSafe Wireless PIF-300 PIF300 Perimeter WiFi Dog Fence
Rating
Reliability Good Good Poor
Rechargeable Yes Yes Yes
Correction Levels 5 5 8
Battery Backup No No Yes
Max Number of Dogs Unlimited Unlimited 2
Capacity 0.75 acres 0.5 acres 0.5 acres
Other Notes
  • Backwards compatible
  • Rechargeable
  • Combinable systems
  • Older & reliable
  • This fence may have potential interference issues where slopes are present.
  • Metal buildings will impact the way the collar receives signal.
  • Challenge alert
  • Battery backup
Price $329.95 $269.95 $329.95
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893 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    We currently have a pet safe wireless system. We are adding a yard max for our new dog. Will the wireless collar work on the yard max so that our older dog can use it on the yard max system?

    Thank you

    Many of our collars and systems are compatible. Check your system for a list of compatible collars below.

    Note that wireless collars and transmitters aren’t compatible with in-ground systems and collars. You can’t add a wireless collar to an existing in-ground system, for example.

    These fence systems work with these collars
    Wireless

    Wireless Pet Containment System
    (PIF-300, IF-100, XWF15-11801)

    Stay+Play Wireless Fence®
    (PIF00-12917)

    Free to Roam Wireless Fence™
    (PIF00-15001)

    Extra Wireless Fence Receiver
    (PIF-275-19)

    Stay+Play Wireless Fence® Receiver Collar
    PIF00-12918, PIF00-14288)

    Stubborn Dog Stay+Play Wireless Fence® Rechargeable Receiver Collar
    (PIF00-13672)

    Free to Roam Wireless Fence™ Receiver Collar
    (PIF00-15002)

    These fence systems work with these collars and this barrier
    In-Ground

    In-Ground Fence™
    (PRF-3004W, PIG00-13661)

    Basic In-Ground Fence™(PIG00-14582)

    Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence™
    (PIG00-10777)

    Little Dog In-Ground Fence™
    (PIG00-10773)

    Rechargeable In-Ground Fence™
    (PIG00-14673)

    In-Ground Cat Fence™ System
    (PIG00-11007)

    In-Ground Fence™ (Discontinued)
    (PRF-304W)

    Comfort Fit In-Ground Fence™ (Discontinued)
    (PIG00-10673, PIG00-10674)

    In-Ground UltraLight™ Collar
    (PUL-250, RFA-345)

    In-Ground UltraLight™ Collar
    (PUL-275)

    Stubborn Dog In-Ground Receiver Collar
    (PRF-275-19)

    In-Ground Little Dog Collar
    (PIG00-10778)

    Rechargeable In-Ground Fence™ Collar
    (PIG00-13737)

    In-Ground Cat Fence Collar
    (PIG00-11006)

    Comfort Fit Receiver Collar
    (PIG00-10680, PIG00-10679, 300-458)

    Indoor Pet Barrier Transmitter
    (PIRF-100)

    This fence system works with this receiver and these barriers
    YardMax

    YardMax™ Rechargeable In-Ground Fence™
    (PIG00-11115)

    YardMax™ Rechargeable In-Ground Fence™ Receiver Collar
    (PIG00-11116)

    Pawz Away® Indoor Pet Barrier
    (ZND-1000, ZND-1200)

    Pawz Away® Outdoor Pet Barrier
    (RFA-378, PWF00-11923)

    Pawz Away® Mini Pet Barrier
    (PWF00-14040, PWF00-13665)

    Pawz Away® Threshold Pet Barrier
    (PWF00-14406, RFA-514)

    These fence systems work with these receivers and these barriers
    UltraSmart®
    (Discontinued)

    UltraSmart® In-Ground Fence
    (PIG00-13619)

    UltraSmart® Contain ‘N Train In-Ground Fence
    (IUC-5100)

    UltraSmart® In-Ground Fence Receiver Collar
    (PIG00-13620)

    UltraSmart® Contain ‘N Train Receiver Collar
    (IUC-5225, IUC-4225)

    Pawz Away® Indoor Pet Barrier
    (ZND-1000, ZND-1200)

    Pawz Away® Outdoor Pet Barrier
    (RFA-378, PWF00-11923)

    Pawz Away® Mini Pet Barrier
    (PWF00-14040, PWF00-13665)

    Pawz Away® Threshold Pet Barrier
    (PWF00-14406, RFA-514)

    This fence system works with this receiver
    Wireless Mapping
    (Discontinued)

    Wireless Mapping Fence
    (PIF00-13651)

    Wireless Mapping Fence Add-A-Dog Receiver Collar
    (PIF00-13652)

  2. Jennifer Stewart says:

    RFA-553 transmitter goes to which fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Jennifer,

    The transmitter is the fence. You can select wire of whatever gauge is preferred based on your conditions. The thicker the wire (lower number) the more durable the loop.

  3. Sarah says:

    Hi, I have 2 boxers and my neighbour has a husky (they will likely get another at some point). We live in the country, on the water and want to run invisible fencing around both of our properties (so all three dogs can play in the two yards – approx 3 acres to be fenced). We would like them to have access to the water but they only go out to where they are just covered.

    I’m trying to determine which is the best option. I would prefer a vibration as an option. They are my babies.

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah. I would recommend looking at the SportDOG SDF-CT: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/sportdog-contain-train/
    SportDOG SDF-CT Dog Fence is the only system that offers Containment and a Remote Trainer on the same collar. You can have up to 3 dogs on the system and still use the remote feature. This collar is rechargeable and is appropriate for dogs 10 pounds and up but is bulky. This collar is also waterproof to 5 feet. If you do not need the training function on the collar, this system is also cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or standard SportDOG collar ($99.95) collars. These collars would work for containment only and WOULD NOT offer the remote function. This system only operates in traditional mode. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. The transmitter will power up to 100 acres of containment boundary wire. This system comes with 1000 feet of 20 gauge wire.

  4. Mary F says:

    I have a 1 year old black lab and something?? mix. He is pretty feisty and loves to run, problem is he runs to neighbors and scares their little dog. He is also a digger so a standard fence doesn’t work with him, he has just dug right out!!
    We have a front yard with grass bordered by a large open field area we would like to have him in, about a 3 acre space. I don’t want to have to dig trenches and bury wires. Is there any system that you think would work?
    Thanks

  5. Brielle says:

    Hi there! Could use your help. We have a Hound. What do you recommend for covering a stone driveway? we do have a diffcult (half acre) area to cover on a busy country corner.. please help

    ADMIN – Hi Brielle. For your driveway, you would want to run the wire through the expanse if possible. This can be done by cutting a groove in your drive that is wide enough for the wire to rest in and then covering it up with a driveway sealant or something like a waterproof, silicon caulk to protect the wire and hold it in place. You can see more on this topic by visiting out Driveways and Paths page: https://www.dogfencediy.com/installation/cuts/

  6. Lara says:

    I have two lab mixes one pit cross one working breed cross. One is fear-based dog reactive but has done well with e-collar training in the past. We are looking to put an invisible fence around approx 1 acre sloped property with a busy road on one side and mixed terrain including a rocky portion. Is there a system that would be recommended for this?

    ADMIN – Hi Laura. I would recommend looking at a couple of different systems to see what features and benefits would work best for you and your dogs. On most systems, the collars have individually adjustable correction levels so that you can make sure each dog has the level of correction that they need. This way, you can use a lower correction level on the dog that is more fearful so as not to stress the dog out too much. Please visit our Dog Fence DIY Reviews page to see currently available systems.

    https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/

  7. Monica says:

    Hi there, wondering what you’d recommend for a one year old lab cross. She’s likes to run to the neighbors to visit, and is a bit stubborn. We’ve got 4 acres with existing barbed wire fencing on 2 sides, trees on one side and road along the third. We’ve got a large metal shop on one corner of the property. I’m leaning towards the Petsafe Stubborn Dog, how much wire would I need to cover 4 acres?

    ADMIN – Hi Monica. For 4 acres, you would want to order 2,000 feet of boundary wire. This will give you some left over wire to keep on hand in case of a wire break.

  8. Tootsie says:

    I have a 60 pound rescue. Doesn’t listen to anything when a squirrel or rabbit is around. Will this stop a dog with that type of drive

    ADMIN – Hi Tootsie. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  9. Mike says:

    Question about what to use. I have a chain link fence around most of the perimeter, 1 acre, and about 50 feet of picket fence also. I have a Pit/Boxer mix that is contained very well within the current perimeter. My future wife is moving in with her 2 dogs, a good size Husky and a Yorkie. The Husky is an escape artist and has been known to dig under her fence and pry boards loose to get out. The Yorkie is small enough to get out thru the gaps around gates and thru the picket fence. What system should I get for both the Husky and the Yorkie? Can I run the wire thru the chain link and just bury it at the gate access points?
    Thanks

    ADMIN – HI Mike. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or so inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.
    With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.
    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.
    I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  10. Mario says:

    We recently installed an Invisible Fence brand 801 series system on our property. Currently, 1 dog who weighs approx. 50lbs has a correction collar.
    We are investigating other options for our other dog- a 7lb Yorkie. The Yorkie doesn’t need as much space but does need a correction collar. Should we purchase an additional invisible fence collar at $300, or purchase another cheaper containment system for the Yorkie? or another option we haven’t considered?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    ADMIN – Hi Mario. As you already have the Invisible Fence system installed, you may want to just buy a collar from them. If you chose to put in a second system just for the yorkie, you would need to keep the two fence wires at least 10 feet apart so that they do not interfere with each other.

  11. Carolann Fredenberg says:

    Hi
    We have a 65lb 8month old English bull dog. He is strong stubborn and persistent. Basically he is his breed 110% . We are looking for an electric fence that would work for us and our snowy new England winters. Does such a fence exist?

    ADMIN – Hi Carolann. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.
    I would recommend upgrading the wire on whichever system you choose. As it sounds as if you live in an area that has extremely cold weather in the winter, you will want a thick, durable wire such as the 16 or 14 gauge wire. Anything thinner may be too brittle in the cold winters.

    Another thing to keep in mind in the winter – when you have standing feet of snow greater than 1 foot, you may want to turn up the boundary width and/or keep a closer eye on your dogs. The more snow pack you are walking on, the further from the wire the collar is going to be so that they may lose communication with each other allowing the dog to get out. This would only be of concern when the distance between the collar and the wire is a foot or so more than usual.
    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  12. Kay says:

    We currently have a pet safe basic system. We had a small dog but later got s lab and added a stubborn dog collar. Unfortunately, we had to put the little dog down. We got a German Shepherd shortly after. Now we have the two big dogs but they keep running through the fence. I’m not sure if the system is just old or what but it is no longer effective. We would like to replace the unit and like the idea of the yard Mack system because it has run through protection. But the sportdog has anti-linger. Which of the units would you suggest? We need a pretty high level of shock and I’m not sure whether we need to replace it all. Do the collars or unit loose effectiveness after a while? Both of the collars seem ineffective. Thank you for the help. It is much appreciated

    ADMIN – Hi Kay. With the SportDog system, you have the option of using the Stubborn collar, which is the highest correction level collar on the market that will work with this system. The YardMax would not work with your current collars or with the Stubborn level collars. First you may want to check of a wire break. If your wire is sound, then it may be equipment failure. Sometimes the transmitters wear out after several years of use as do the collars. It may be best to replace your system and collars with a newer system. You can see more information on the systems we currently have available by visiting our Dog Fence DIY review page.

  13. BARBARA says:

    Our two dogs (German Shepard mix and Pit Bull) love to pull each other around by their collars. Will the PetSafe Stubborn collars survive this treatment?

    ADMIN – Hi Barbara. The receiver boxes are mounted on nylon collars for extra strength. However, it would only hold up so long, as would any collar, against dog inflicted damage like biting and chewing.

  14. Christina says:

    We have an 8 month old husky, she is skitish but stubborn when it comes to chasing prey. What would work best for 2 acres and her thick coat?

    ADMIN – Hi Christina. We would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. For a husky coat, we would recommend keeping the hair trimmed down under the neck where the collar will sit. Also, you would want to add a pair of long prongs to your order.
    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  15. Sue says:

    We live on a heavily wooded and hilly lot. Which systems will allow me to leave the wire on ground and not bury it. Do I need to make sure the system has a certain gauge wire and special coating? We just rescued a 10 month old lab mutt but she already appears to be quite stubborn. Our second dog is a lab/pit bull mix but I think she will run into the house at the first hint of correction.

    ADMIN – Hi Sue. You can use any of the wired systems above ground by running the wire on the surface of the ground and tacking it down about every 10 feet or so with a lawn staple. The lawn staple will help hold the wire in place. We would recommend a nice, thick durable wire such as the 16 or 14 gauge options.

  16. Sara Perry says:

    Hi. I have a very stubborn miniature dachshund and a slightly less stubborn Miniature Pinscher. Which system do you think would be best for my little dogs? Also is it a problem to run the wire over the driveway? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Sara. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115:
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for up to 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa. This system will support up to 10 acres of wire.

  17. Greg schlueter says:

    I have a dog aggressive German shepherd shepherd boxer mix. I’m in Arizona so I have a very little frontyard what’s a driveway. What system do you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Greg. For a more aggressive dog, we would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777):
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  18. Jimmy says:

    I have a lab mix and so does our neighbor. we are wondering how hard it would be to run a in ground electric covering just both back yard. so dog have good running area.

    ADMIN – Hi Jimmy. You would have to loop the wire around both properties.

  19. Kristy Dwyer says:

    What would you recommend for two large stubborn witnesses up in northern Idaho? My husband has put up 5 foot livestock fencing and we would like to add electric fencing to it. We have 5 acres, but only allow them on about half of it. They try and climb over or dog under. They both have a strong hunting desire. We also have a large drive through gate right in the middle. Would we run the wire on the ground at that point? Thanks for any recommendations in advance!

    ADMIN – Hi Kristy. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or so inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.
    With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.
    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.
    I recommend looking at a couple of different systems so that you can see what some options are for you and your dogs.
    PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for up to 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa. This system will support up to 10 acres of wire.
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.
    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  20. Leslie says:

    I am looking for a under ground wire system for my two dogs. We will need approximately 1000 ft of wire for flat land. I have a 4 years old timid border collie and a 2 1/2 month old American bullie puppy. We have a carport attached to the front of our house, but it has a metal roof. We tried the wireless, but the boundary didnt work for us due to the road being so close and the metal roof. We want the dogs to have partial access to the front yard and full access to the back yard. What system do you recommend?

    ADMIN – HI Leslie. I would recommend looking at a couple of different systems to see what your options are for your fencing. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe YardMax and the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661. Please visit our Dog Fence DIY Reviews page to see these and our other currently available systems. To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  21. Leora says:

    How does this work when my dog run area to have a invisible fence is 10ft by 40ft but the entrance is at the door in my garage, so my dog has to enter the dog run by walking over the buried wires. How do I get my dog into his dog run with out him getting a shock

    ADMIN – HI Leora. You would either need to raise the wire more than 10 feet in the air so that the dog could cross under the wire without getting corrected or you would need to reconfigure your layout to contain your dog run.

  22. debbie says:

    We have a fenced in backyard. I’m looking to keep our 1 year old dog out of our beds. Is this a good fit?

    ADMIN – Hi Debbie. As you do not need a total fence system, I would recommend looking at the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378). These zones are meant to create an exclusion barrier. On that page that is linked, you can see diagrams of how you can use the rock to customize the shape of the exclusion zone.

  23. Donielle Brinkley says:

    My son has a 5-month old blue-tick Coon hound. He’s weighing in at 35 pounds. He is very active & very stubborn. We’re moving into a subdivision that doesn’t allow traditional fencing. What invisible/electronic fencing would you recommend? The yard area is less than 1 acre. We would want to either do the entire property square or the back yard which is open on two sides to the street & 1 side to the neighbors. Thank you in advance.

    ADMIN – Hi Donielle. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95, this is the collar that comes with this system), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. At this time your puppy is about 35 pounds at 5 months old. We do not recommend beginning fence training until the dog has reached 6 months of age and at that time the collar should be weight appropriate.This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. It comes with 500 feet of 20 gauge wire which is enough to contain about 1/3 of an acre. to make sure you have enough for your containment, I would recommend ordering 1000 feet of wire total. This will give you some left over but it is nice to have extra on hand for wire break fixes down the road.

    If you live in an area that has extremely cold weather in the winter, you may want to consider a wire upgrade. You will want a thick, durable wire such as the 16 or 14 gauge wire. Anything thinner may be too brittle in the cold winters.

    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  24. lynne hitchcock says:

    I recently got a 2 yr old rescue boxer. I have purchased the petsafe electronic smart door and waiting for it to be installed. I am trying to decide what inground dog fence to get. I have 1 acre to be contained. There is one area that is often wet/marshy that I need to keep her out of but the fence line will be fairly close. Any suggestions on what fence would be best and any that will work with the dog door? Also any suggestions on how to lay fence near area that stays wet?
    Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Lynne. There is not currently not a fence collar that will work with the dog fence collars. You would need two collars. You do not need to worry about the wet/marshy areas of your yard. The fence wire is approved for direct burial in the ground and can even be run into a lake or a pond.

  25. Milisa says:

    Hi,
    I have a 2 year old 70 pound German Shepherd and we need a electric fence. Currently, our house has 6 foot privacy fence, however, we will be moving to a house with a 4 foot split wooden fence on all sides. My dog is very friendly to people but not so much with other dogs. Our new house will back up to open space that has a walking path, which, could be pretty busy with people and dogs. She is a VERY strong dog but is also “sensitive” in nature.

    We are looking for something that is humane but effective with a collar what we can take her on a walk and control her aggressiveness (I don’t think she would hurt any other dog, I just think she doesn’t know to greet other dogs but when she does meet them shes ok with them). She is a family pet and we don’t want her to become afraid of going outside, people and others dogs due to the electric fence.

    Any assistance is most appreciated.

    ADMIN – Hi Milisa. What it sounds like you are loking for is a contain and train system. At this time, there is not a contain and train system on the market. However, there is one coming soon from SportDog. They have not given out a release date or a price point yet but this may be a system for you to keep an eye on. If you need a system in place before that happens, I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661. As you stated that your dog is sensitive, I do not think you will need the Stubborn system. However, this system will offer you the option to add the stubborn collar down the road if needed.

  26. Bee says:

    Hey, I have no experience with this kind of fence at all. My question is can a invisible fence hold a dog that is in hunting mode or will it just dart over?
    I have a 45lb shepherd mix which runs after everything moving. He is well trained but as soon as he sees another animal, especially a moving one, he basically loses his brain and won’t respond to any commands. We moved into a new home in the country and have no fence. I’m trying to figure out what to do to keep him safe off the leash.
    Also do any of the systems come with a warning sound before they shock?

    ADMIN – Hi Bee. The great thing about the electric dog fences is that their function is two fold. One is to train your dog to stay in the containment area so that they have a safe place to play. The second is to use the shock to break the concentration when they are in that “prey drive” state. The shock should be strong enough to get their attention and break that concentration. Training is so very important with these systems. 80 to 90% of the success of a dog fence is the training. It sounds as if you may want to look at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777).

  27. Mike says:

    We have a fully enclosed backyard. However, our driveway wraps around the back of our house and we have an electric driveway gate. Is it possible and what would you recommend to use to create an invisible barrier (dog fence) to keep dogs away from gate area as it is used.

    ADMIN – Hi Mike. As you do not need a total fence system, I would recommend looking at the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378): https://dogfencediy.com/store/accessories/indoor-zones/pawz-away.html

    These zones are meant to create an exclusion barrier. For your gate, you would either need two rocks that you would put at either side of the opening to create two overlapping signals or you would need one rock and up to 150 feet of wire to create a one sided boundary.
    With a bit of inventiveness, you can create a single sided boundary. Create a long, skinny loop of boundary wire, remembering to keep the parallel sections a minimum of 6 feet separated to avoid the wires interfering with each other. The key for success of this installation method is run your loop far enough in front of your gate so that your dogs do not run around it.

  28. Annie says:

    We are looking into getting a underground fence for my 2yr old Australian Cattle Dog. He’s pretty hyper and strong we moved to a subdivision and found he hates little dogs. He has even left our yard to attack one well try to. What fence would you recommend we don’t have a flat area.

    ADMIN – Hi Annie. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  29. Patricia Thompson says:

    I have a 13 pound chilhuahua mix and a 30 pound beagle mix. The beagle mix is a hunter and the chilhuahua mix is a runner but is doing much, much better. Both are rescues. I don’t live on an acreage but my yard is large with a bike trail running along it. Which DIY system would be the best choice?

    I appreciate reading the comments above and your answers.

    Pat Thompson

    ADMIN – Hi Pat. As you have a runner, I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa. This system will support up to 10 acres of wire.

  30. Dawn says:

    I was wondering if. The fence was stronger than a shock collar or are they about the same.

    ADMIN – Hi Dawn. The strength of the correction on a shock collar vs a fence collar would depend on the collars themselves and what level they are meant to correct.

  31. Mitchell Lewis says:

    We have a Doberman 80 lbs, and a min pin, 9 lbs. What would you suggest that would be okay for both dogs? Also, can you create an L shape with the fence or does it have to connect? I appreciate any help!

    ADMIN – Hi Mitchell. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 as a place to start: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95, this is the collar that comes with this system), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.
    The system does need to be run in a loop. However, if you have the space to run a double loop layout, you could create an L shaped containment. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to see layout ideas and diagrams. You will want to pay special attention to the 4th diagram down which shows the double loop layout. Remember, you will need to keep at least 6 feet between the front and back wires in order for the signal running through the wires not to interfere with itself.

  32. clem says:

    I have a collie that loves roaming all over my property, thats fine and all, but i hate when she goes out near the front gate where cars are passing by at high speeds. I want her to roam all 6 acres behind my house but have her stay away from the front of my house. My property is fenced up well, its just the front of my house she needs to stay from for her own safety and my peace of mind of course. I’m not sure if the wireless fence systems range that wide, but i can imagine they would be extremely expensive. My property is about 50-60 yards wide. Is there something that’ll make her stay away from the street without me having to wire up my entire property, or maybe you can give me a tip to how to setup an underground fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Clem. I would look at the Single Sided Boundary option on our Dog Fence Planning/Layouts page. This will show you a diagram and explain how you could set up a one sided boundary for the dog at the front of the home.

  33. Jamie Mosley says:

    Hi. My question is this, I have 2 American Bulldogs that are a year old and about 130 lbs each. I need a fence with 14 gauge wire and that will go up to 35 acres. I want to attach it to my cattle fence at the bottom and a barbed wire fence also. I need something that will for sure keep them in . what do you suggest? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Jamie. The only system that will support a containment larger than 25 acres is the SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/review-sportdog/
    SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95), this is the collar that comes with this system) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. The transmitter will power up to 100 acres of containment boundary wire.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, underground utilities, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    We recommend laying the wire where you think you want it on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire no more than 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.
    We recommend installing the transmitter inside a waterproof area that does not drop below freezing connected to an electrical outlet. The transmitter should be at least 5 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, circuit breaker box, HVAC equipment, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    You may want to call your utility companies (e.g., phone, cable, DSL, gas, power/electric, etc) and have them come out and mark all of your underground utilities if you have any.
    Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page for ideas and diagrams of layouts.
    You may also want to visit our Dog Fence Training Page.

  34. Flint says:

    What is the diameter and length of a spool of 2500 feet of 14 ga wire?

    ADMIN – Hi Flint. We sell our spools in 500 ft and 1000 ft lengths only.

  35. Laura says:

    Hi,
    We live in a very rural area on an old farmstead. We have 128 acres of land but our house is very close to the road. We wanted to put an electric fence only on the side of our property by the road. Is this possible?
    What fence would you recommend? We have a 70 pound mutt who isn’t finished growing. He looks like he may have Rottweiler in him.

    ADMIN – Hi Laura. You would want to create a one sided boundary by using a long “double loop”. You will need to keep at least 6 feet between the front and back wire. You can see a diagram of this on our Planning/Layouts page.
    I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95, this is the collar that comes with this system), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  36. Seth says:

    Hello.
    2 labs (roughly 55-60 lbs.) Used to returning to a beep from the Garmin Alpha sporting dog collars.
    We have an electric fence around the house to keep cows out – about 80 yards on each side.
    Lastly, we have a feist that has no collar, but returns to our call. The labs sometimes get on a scent or who knows what and just go and go. I want to keep them in the yard when we are gone, but free when we are here to watch them.

    ADMIN – Hi Seth. Please check out our Dog Fence Reviews page to see the different systems we offer. The things you want to think about when choosing a fence are your dogs weights, ages and temperaments. When planning for your fence, you may want to call your utility companies (e.g., phone, cable, DSL, gas, power/electric, etc) and have them come out and mark all of your underground utilities if you have any.
    We recommend installing the transmitter inside a waterproof area that does not drop below freezing connected to an electrical outlet. The transmitter should be at least 5 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, circuit breaker box, HVAC equipment, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, underground utilities, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    We recommend laying the wire where you think you want it on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire no more than 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.
    Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page for ideas on how to layout your fence system.

  37. Morgan says:

    I have a pit who runs on the road. We tried to get a pet safe training collar for large dogs and the collar was not strong enough to even phase him. We are needing an underground fence. 4 acres, woods, and driveway. What do you recommend?

    ADMIN – HI Morgan. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  38. Elaine says:

    We have 2 adult dogs (a German Shepherd & a Border Collie/English Shepherd mix) and on 11 week old puppy (German Shepherd/Malamute mix). The two older dogs do not leave the property and are very obedient. The puppy is more headstrong and willful. We live in country but on a busy highway in front of the house and about 200 acres behind the house. I’d like to run a single sided layout across front of property to keep them off the road. The back of the property isn’t as concerning. I think the GS doesn’t need training – he 13 and stays close to the buildings. The BC/ES mix doesn’t go to the road but goes close-he has learned the boundaries. The puppy (GS/Mal) follows the BC/ES mix everywhere but is easily distracted. My biggest concern is he would be following the other dog and see a rabbit/squirrel and just go after it without thinking. Do you have a recommendation on system? Also, about how long is the training process? Appreciate the detailed information I’ve read so far.

    ADMIN – Hi Elaine. You will want a traditional style fence as they work best for the layout needed for the single sided boundary. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. This system would give you options for collars to make sure you have the best options for all of your dogs.
    I would also recommend looking at our Planning/Layouts page to see what the layout looks like for a single sided boundary.

  39. Jen says:

    Hello I would like to know what fence you would recommend for 4 Golden Retrievers that love to run btw 50-75 lbs. I live in the mountains with a stream in the yard. All kinds of wildlife they love to chase and very smart learned how to scale a 6ft fence and wait for batteries to die. I also have a senior Sheltie that herds everything. Lastly 2 Golden Border Retriever puppies only 9 wks old.

    ADMIN – Hi Jen. I would recommend looking at the SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/review-sportdog/
    SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The SportDog collar is considered to be the most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95). This system only operates in traditional mode. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. The transmitter will power up to 100 acres of containment boundary wire.
    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.
    I would recommend upgrading the wire on whichever system you choose. As it sounds as if you may live in an area that has cold weather in the winter, you will want a thick, durable wire such as the 16 or 14 gauge wire. Anything thinner may be too brittle in the cold winters.

  40. Cindy says:

    cindylclark69@yahoo.com
    I have 4 boxers in Wy we get a lot of snow
    Can I place this on my fence wood post ?

    ADMIN – HI Cindy. You can attach the wire to a wooden fence but you do not want the wire more than 1 foot off the ground. Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

  41. Melissa M says:

    Hi there! I have a 7yo Great Dane (approx 120lbs) that I would like to keep away from my chicken run. I basically would be circling the chicken run with the fence to deter him from getting too close. He killed 5 chickens yesterday and my kids lost their minds. What product would you suggest? I would like to stay within my cheap budget if possible, but need something I can rely on as well. The chickens are in a very secure enclosure, but he was very determined and bent the gate open. I would like to keep him at a distance from the chickens. Thank you for your help.

    ADMIN – HI Melissa. Depending on how large an area your chicken run is, you may be able to use the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378): http://dogfencediy.com/store/accessories/indoor-zones/pawz-away.html. This zone can be used with up to 150 feet of wire that you would use to circle your chicken run. If you need more that that, I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. What you would want to do with this system is to run the wire around your chicken run and connect the transmitter to the loop with Twisted Wire. You would need to plan carefully as you cannot use more than half the total length of the boundary wire in twisted wire. So, for example, if you run 200 feet of boundary wire you cannot run more than 100 feet of twisted wire to connect to the transmitter. The less twisted wire, the better overall.

  42. Lynn says:

    Hello, I have 1 yr old, 85 lbs female American Akita that is constantly jumping over the fence in my backyard and escaping. My backyard is about 1/2 an acre rectangular plot. I’m looking for a wireless fence that has a maximum correction for this breed. Can you suggest something that can used in my back yard as well as have the capability of being portable that I can bring along to the cottage? I also have a 45 lbs cocker spaniel that I would need to purchase a collar that would be compatible with the same system for the Akita. Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Lynn. At this time, there is not a wireless fence that I would recommend for a dog that needs a stubborn level of correction. I would recommend looking at a wired system as they tend to be more reliable and have fewer limitations as to what they can work with in your yard. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible so that you can have the right collar for each dog and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  43. Jeff says:

    Is there a system that the same collar sensor will work with a under ground wire for outside and the battery operated indoor devices that have an 8 or 10 ft diameter zone? I also have a large dog(lab) and a small terrier. Will the same system work for both?

    ADMIN – Hi Jeff. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa. This system and collar will also work with 2 indoor zones and one outdoor zone.

  44. Stacy says:

    Have a husky, who loves to run after anything!! I live on a main roadway within a subdivision. What type / style would provide me with the best chances of keeping him in the yard. My fear is he will bolt after a bird or whatever is entertaining him at the time get across the line and be gone.

    ADMIN – Hi Stacy. I would recommend taking a look at the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa.

  45. Miranda says:

    Hey there… it’s been a long time since I have seen any posts on this site, but I’m going to give it a try anyway!
    We have 8 dogs (2 mini dachshunds, 1 pug, 2 shepard mixes, 1 husky, and 2 great danes) all are relatively mild mannered and well behaved. The Husky is our problem girl – just like huskies are – and is defiant. Other than that – no issues.
    We live on a little over an acre, but would like a system that could cover more. Obviously our biggest problem would be the range of collars that we would need and something that would be cost effective in that department.
    Also – our friends have an underground fence (unsure of what brand) and we would like to potentially use theirs when we bring our furbabies over to play. What are the compatibility options. Do they make universal? Do I have to stick with the same brand?
    Any input is appreciated!

    ADMIN – HI Miranda. In order for your system to work with your friends system, you would need to stick with the same system or a compatible system. As I do not know what system they have, I cannot make a recommendation on which systems would be compatible.
    I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good fpr dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  46. Rebecca says:

    What do you do with the wire on a hard surface driveway?

    ADMIN – Hi Rebecca. There are several ways to work with your driveway or path that include using an existing expansion joint, creating a small trench in the drive or tunneling under. Please visit our Driveways and Paths page for more information.

  47. Jackie says:

    Hello, we live on a 3 acre property and we have 2 dogs both weighing approximately 60 lbs each. They love to run around but especially love to run up to the road and raid our neighbours garbage. What fence would you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Jackie. I would recommend looking at a couple of different fences to see what your options are.

    PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/
    The YardMax is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa.

    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good fpr dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  48. Cyndi Byers says:

    I have 2 dogs 1 -60 lbs and 1 40 lbs. The 60 lb dog is somewhat timid but the 40 lb dog has had a free run of the country side and it is time to bring this to a stop. He is somewhat reluctant to this idea. We live on 40 acres and plan to allow our dogs to have a 15 acre run. What system would be best for these two dogs?

    ADMIN – Hi Cyndi. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. You may want to use the PetSafe Deluxe collar for your more timid dog and the PetSafe Stubborn collar for the more hard headed dog. Remember, when you begin step 2 of training, you will want to start each collar on the lowest corrective setting and increase the levels until you notice that it gets your dog’s attention.

  49. Melissa says:

    I have a question. We are getting a 13 week old Siberian Husky. I have had this breed before and know what escape artist they are. We live on a little over 1 acre. The fence is a 4 foot chain link that we are planning on replacing. But until then I’m looking for what would be the best option for a electric fence. We are also planning on getting a second one with in a few months. Can you please nelp?

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa. For 1 to 2 acres of containment you will want to roder 1500 feet of wire. You will have some left over for fixing wire breaks or if you want to expand your containment in the future. We do not recommend fence training until your puppy has reached at least 6 months of age. This is because most puppies do not have the capacity to really grasp the training until around this age. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, underground utilities, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.

    We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire no more than 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.

  50. Michelle Johnson says:

    I just adopted a 90 lb Shiloh Shepard male puppy 12 months old non- neutered Thursday that is changing. Have 5 acres in Colorado Springs at 7000 ft snow country. Yard is completely fenced with 5 ft wire fencing with hot wire on the bottom. Live on a busy state highway with an electronic gate. My dog needs to be kept inside of our property. He already went into the neighbors ranch and was herding their mules. He almost got shot as he looks like a wolf. He was found on the streets of Amarillo Texas went into a kill shelter and was not getting adopted. The Black Forest Rescue brought him to Colorado where I have adopted him. Really easy going inside of the house but when he gets into nature he is a different dog. I would like something that would follow our fence line and was strong enough for this very strong body and minded male Shiloh. Please help!

    What do you recommend.

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire inside the fence by a foot or more so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification. However, in your situation, you may need to lay your dog fence wire significantly inside the existing fence due to the hot wire already attached to the fence. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, any other electric fencing, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

    With existing fences, metal or wooden, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it to be and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop and that you are not receiving any interference or amplification of signal. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.

    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

    As to what fence to look at, I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good fpr dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  51. Glenn says:

    I have a Siberian Husky/Beagle/Collie mix (Chase) that loves to roam, she’s 6 months and 45 lbs. We have an acre lot that is half as wide as it is deep with many acres of woods behind. Questions that I have are:
    1. Do I need to bury the wire in the woods?
    2. How do I cross my paved driveway?
    3. Is there a tool or machine that can be used to bury the wire in the areas that it needs to be buried?
    4. Which system would you recommend for Chase?

    ADMIN – Hi Glenn. 1. You do not need to bury the wire in the woods. You can leave the wire on the surface of the ground but we do recommend tacking it down about every 10 feet or so to keep the wire in place and to help keep the boundary line consistent. 2. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. You can use an existing seam in the concrete if you have one. If you have asphalt, you can cut a seam in the asphalt run the wire in the seam and then cover it with a waterproof silicon caulk to protect the wire and hold it in place. 3. Yes. We recommend calling around to local tool rental companies and ask for a wire or cable laying trencher. If you cannot find one, you can also use an edger but it will only help with the trenching. You will need to follow up and lay the wire separately. 4. I would recommend looking at a couple of different systems to see what options are available for you and your dog. When looking at the systems, you will want to take your dogs temperament into consideration to find the best fit. Please visit our Dog Fence Review page.

  52. Monica says:

    Hi, I have two Germam Shepherd puppies 10mths old. They are destroying my garden and palms searching for lizards. I was going to get the petsafe yard Max because it is the best rated and has 5 levels of correction . But reading through the comments and questions it looks like the pets afe stubborn is recommended a lot. Which is better?

    ADMIN – Hi Monica. Both systems are excellent fence systems. Which is better is more dependent on the temperament of your dogs. As your dogs are still young, getting them trained on a fence system now will be easier than when they get older. Starting obedience training before you begin fence training will help your puppies learn to see you as the “alpha dog” and will help with your fence training.

  53. Becky Pope says:

    We want to cover around 20 acres and have 4 dogs, 2 that are great danes. What would be our best system and do you have any estimate on what it would cost us in materials to cover that large of an area?

    ADMIN – Hi Becky. For that size of a containment area, I would recommend looking at the SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence.

    SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The SportDog collar is considered to be the most rugged and waterproof collar. This system only operates in traditional mode. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. The transmitter will power up to 100 acres of containment boundary wire. This system comes with 1,000 feet of 20 gauge wire, which will cover about 1 acre.

    To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  54. Mark Caputi says:

    Hi…great site. I have a 9 week female Sibe Husky. I have 6′ vinyl fence that I would like to back up with the invisible fence to keep her from digging under. She is expected to be about 50 lbs. I was looking at the petsmart unground system with upgraded long prongs. Would this system have enough correction for her?

    Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Mark. Congrats on the new puppy! We do not recommend beginning fence training until your puppy has reached 6 months of age and has an understanding of basic commands (sit, stay, down, etc…). With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire up to a foot inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you want and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place. Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until she actually crosses the boundary wire.

    The PetSafe In-ground System is cross collar compatible. This means that, if your girl needed a higher correction level as she ages or gets bigger, you would be able to add a Stubborn Collar to this system with no problems.

  55. Anya says:

    Hi,
    We have a German Shepherd /husky. We bought a Dogtek EF-4000 a couple years ago. On the box it said it was up to 5 acres. The system started giving us trouble and our dog constantly went to our neighbors. Later we found out that the system is actually only good for 2.5 acres, so we need a new system. Which system would you recommend? And will we have to put in new wires or should the once we have still be good? We have 5 acres.

    ADMIN – Hi Anya. As long as the wire you have in your yard is in good shape and is 20, 18, 16 or 14 gauge, you should be able to use the same wire for a new system. Simply, unplug the old transmitter, connect the new transmitter, and test the collar with the Test Light Tool on your new dog fence system. We recommend looking at several different systems to get a good idea of the options available. Please visit our Dog Fence Reviews page.

  56. Nicole says:

    I have a 10 monthe old bull terrier. She is very energetic she has been in obedience training since 12 weeks old. I want to use a fence in my back yard it’s probably 2 lots. Any suggestions?

    ADMIN – How large is 2 lots; 1/2 acre, 1 acre, etc? This will help to determine how much boundary wire you will need for your containment area. What is your dogs temperament? Weight? These things can help with selecting the best system for you and your dog. I would begin by looking at a couple of systems on our Dog Fence Reviews page to get an idea of your options.

  57. Jonathan says:

    This website is amazing. It was my primary resource when i installed my invisable fence. Thank you so much. This resource allowed me to do a project i never thought i could

    ADMIN – Hi Jonathan. Thank you for your feedback and we are so glad you found us to be helpful!

  58. shannon says:

    i have 2 dogs. a shar pei 40lbs who is part deaf. and a 10 lbs yorkie poo. we are building right now and since we are the first house in here, they are wondering off a lot- barking at every one who steps onto this new development as if they own it all. we have just under an acre. problem is the lawn isn’t in yet. so can i spread wire around the perimeter for now and then burry it in say a month when lawn and sprinkler system has been laid? i don’t obviously want to worry about the batteries dying super often (that is a concern). which system do you recommend??. i read some of the products do not work on a little dog.
    thx

    ADMIN – Hi Shannon. Yes, you can lay the wire out, train your dogs and then bury it once your new yard is in place. Please check out our Dog Fence Reviews page for the different systems we offer.

  59. Marie says:

    I have 2 large dogs,they run up and down one side of my city yardafter my neighbors dog,it’s got a 6 ft privacy fence,dividing the dogs,but my German Shep. Is destroying my fence,she uses her mouth to rip pieces of the fencing off.What can I do I only need this side wired. ..

    ADMIN – Hi Marie. I would recommend looking at the Single Sided boundary on our Dog Fence Planning/Layouts page. You would run the loop next to your fence so that the dog does not reach the fence to chew.

  60. Michelle says:

    I have a 6 year old female pit bull who is EXTREMLY strong willed!! We have a privacy fence on one side and chain link on the other 3. We still have to chain her (with a shock collar on for bad behavior) even though the backyard is totally enclosed because she will go under or over the chain link! Would like a recommendation on a fence you think would work to help keep her contained. She recently got out and got attacked by a German Shepard so we are worried that she will be defensive with other dogs.

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle. I would recommend taking a look at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777). This is the system to look at for large dogs, stubborn dogs, dogs with a high pain tolerance or dogs that just need the extra correction. The correction level on this collar begins at 50% high than a standard electric fence collar. The other piece of the dog fence puzzle is the training. With all electric dog fences, training is about 80 to 90% of the success with the other 10 to 20 percent being about having the right equipment and your dog. When you purchase a system from us, we will send you a link to a 90 page book that you can download onto your computer that gives you guidance on installation and goes over the 4 step training program. You can also watch videos on how to train your dog for the electric fence on our training page

  61. Shay says:

    I have a lab boxer mix, small about 40 pounds bully looking, obstinate and seems to like to hunt. I also have pit bull about 65 pounds, who quite frankly acts like a flipping greyhound. Both friendly, I have a very small rectangle yard right on a lake and need a fence less containment system. Any help figuring out best type would be appreciated.

    ADMIN – Hi Shay. How large is your containment area? Do you have any existing fencing around the edges of your proposed containment area? Do you want your dogs to have access to the lake? Do they swim out into the lake or just at the edge? Have your dogs had any training such as sit, stay, down, etc.? How did they take to it? Answers to these questions will help me to match you and your dogs to the best electric dog fence system for all.

  62. maggie says:

    I have a 2 year old Springer Spaniel who is a very determined digger- usually the only way to stop him is to physically remove him (read pick him up) from the area. He’s full-grown at about 42lbs and wanted to see what type of fence system you recommend? I am on a 1/2 acre and have a 6ft privacy fence and need to mount the wire since I am renting. I was thinking about mounting it about 6-8inches from the bottom of the fence- that won’t allow him to dig under will it? I am looking at the PetSafe Inground PIG00-13661 or the PetSafe Stubborn. Since these batteries are not rechargeable what would I need to replace them with and how can I know the lifespan of the battery?

    ADMIN – Hi Maggie. You have your hands full, literally! For your 1/2 acre, you would need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to create your containment area. With jumpers or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to jump or dig. You can lay the wire on top of the ground 6 inches in from the fence and tack it to the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place. This way, the dog does not make it to the fence to even begin digging. If you do want to attach it to the fence, try to stay at most 6 inches from the ground. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification. Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until he actually crosses the boundary wire.

  63. bob vinton says:

    just have a 12 lb poodle ,but dont have secure fenced yard,he likes to get out & chase the cats etc that are traveling through,like to contain him to about a lot. thanks what unit would you recommend that is wireless& easy,as I had heart attack& cant do a whole lot anymoreto install..

    ADMIN – Hi Bob. Here are some of the requirements to have success with a wireless fence:
    REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL WIRELESS FENCE:
    You Have a Single-Unit Home
    Your House Is At Least 20 Feet From The Road and at Least 20 Feet From Your Neighbor’s Property
    Your House Does Not Have Aluminum Siding or Stucco, no metal fencing or chain link
    Your Property Has Minimal Landscaping and no outbuildings
    Your Property Does Not Have Severe Sloping
    Your Dog Is Older Than 6 Months and Weighs More Than 8 lbs.

  64. Greg G says:

    I have had a PetSafe Stubborn Dog system installed around 5 acres for 2 large dogs for a couple months. The property includes a pond that the dogs play in sometimes and 1 of the PetSafe Stubborn Dog collars has already leaked, ruining it. I see that the SportDog system transmitter is compatible with the PetSafe collars. My question is is the opposite also true, meaning is the SDF-100 collar compatible with the PetSafe Stubborn Dog transmitter? If so, is the SportDog collar anymore rugged than the Stubburn Dog collar and is the power of the charge comparable between them?

    ADMIN – Hi Greg. The Sport Dog collar is compatible with the Stubborn Dog system and is the most rugged collar we offer. It is waterproof and submersible. The correction level is overall less than the stubborn collar but is stronger than the standard collar.

  65. DAVY says:

    I have a 35 lb mix that loves to roam and sniff.Have an acre yd.which is at the end of a dirt lane and surrounded by woods and water on 3 sides.My plan is to just run a wire bordering my neighbors yd from front to the back of yd. and let the woods and water be the boundry for 3 sides.I’M sure it will work but do they make a product where the wire doesn’t have to join end to end’just one 330 ft shot in a straight line.

    ADMIN – Hi Davy. These systems only work in a loop configuration. However, there are ways of creating a one sided design. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page for some ideas on this layout type.

  66. Kathleen Parker says:

    I have a 2 or 3 yr old feist (adopted from the shelter, so age is the vet’s guess based on his teeth). He is 26 lb. He walks fine on a lease until he sees a squirrel, then will pull until he’s walking on his hind legs to try to catch the squirrel. My property is partially enclosed with chain link fence, and I also have high tensile wire enclosed in PVC for the horse pasture (http://www.rammfence.com/fence/flex-fence-for-horses). The dog respects the horses and keeps away from them, so I’m not too concerned about him being in the pasture. But he would be so happy to freely chase after squirrels, so I’m trying to make that happen for him. The chain link fence is quite old and there are some spots where it would not contain a dog (where it crosses a stream, or ground has eroded, trees have pushed it aside, driveway, etc,) so I cannot depend on it to keep him on our property. We have about 2.5 acres that need to be enclosed for him. If I decide on the underground fence, should it be kept 10 feet away from the horse and chain link fence to prevent interference?

    ADMIN – Hi Kathleen. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. As to the Flex Fence, as it has the wire in it, I would use these guidelines as well.

  67. Jessica says:

    Hello, I have a 4 year old Shepherd Mix who is about 80 lbs. He has medium hair length but a pretty thick coat (I’m constantly cleaning up pet hair around the house). I’ve been able to train him pretty easily for basic commands (sit, shake, stay, etc.). However when he is outside he is a bit of a roamer. I have a hard time getting his attention and feel like I have no control over where he goes, especially when he sees another dog. He’s also been able to get out of fences (about 4 ft high) but usually comes back after he wonders a bit or sees you leaving to go inside or into the car. Up until now we’ve been in an apartment so I would walk him with a leash. I did have to add a collar that would tighten when he pulled because he is a Houdini of getting out of his harness, again usually only when he would see another dog. We have recently moved into a house that has 1.3 acres but most of it is wooded, the actual yard is probably about 1/4 of that size. We are thinking about getting an invisible fence but I’m not sure which one to get. Should I start with the stubborn collar or try the basic first? Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

    ADMIN – Hi Jessica. How much of your yard are you planning to make into your containment area? What is the temperament (high strung, eager to please, skittish, etc.) of your Shepherd? Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  68. Keli says:

    I tried to review the comments in case this has been addressed.

    We are moving to a new house that doesn’t have a fence and I really like how it looks. We are looking into installing an underground fence system, but my problem is with the collar. I can’t seem to keep a collar on one of my dogs. They play and bite at each other’s collars. So i’m not sure this would work. Are there any fences that use a chip or something to that affect rather than a collar? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Keli. At this time, we only have fencing that requires a collar. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of the pet containment area?
    Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  69. Colleen says:

    I have an 8 week old yellow lab pup. She seems to be very obedient, but we now live on a high traffic route and we would like to have a fence for our 1 1/4 acre lot. We live in Maine and the winters are harsh. I am concerned for the wire shifting with the frost and where we plow the driveway. What length of the wire, gauge, and if we have the opportunity to go away for month can we take it with us or should we get another length to travel with?

    ADMIN – Hi Colleen. Congrats on your puppy! We do not recommend beginning fence training until your puppy has reached 6 months of age. This is the age where they really begin to understand commands and obedience. Some dogs can start as early as 5 months but only if they are performing reliable basic commands like come, sit, stay, etc. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  70. Sandi says:

    I have a 60lb mix breed dog. I am looking into underground wire fencing but we also have horses that are in hot wire fence…how far away from the hot wire does the underground fence have to be? Also, you mentioned putting it on top of the ground with staples…can you do the whole fence that way instead of burying it? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Sandi. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

    We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the ground using lawn staples.

  71. Amanda says:

    Does the entire system have to have the same gauge wire? I have the basic wire with my inground system but am ready to expand it and wondered if I could use the thicker wire.. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Amanda. We do not recommend mixing wire gauges. The electric dog fence may not function properly with mixed gauges of Boundary Wire.

  72. Maria says:

    Hi, I have a 7 lb maltese/bischon mix and a 30 lb (will prob be 45lb fully grown) bernese mini collie mix puppies. I live on a mostly wooded lot but would like to create a barrier at the edge of the woods to contain them. I would say the area would be a little less than an acre. What is my best bet? there is a driveway involved. 🙂 Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Maria. You will need 1,000 ft of wire to contain your dogs in a 1 acre area. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  73. Michelle says:

    Hi,
    We have a doberman pup that will eventually be about 100 lbs, and a jack russell terrier that is fully grown and weighs 13 lbs. The doberman has a great temperament and will only leave our property when the jack russell leaves the property (usually chasing another dog). We have about 3.5 acres to fence around so what would be the best system for us?

    Thanks!
    The Dexter Clan

    ADMIN – You will need 2,000 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in 3.5 acres. What are the ages and temperaments of both of your dogs? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  74. Sherman says:

    I have two adult male pit bulls that are extremely easy going and follow commands very well. They do have a fenced in yard but one of them keeps jumping the fence to chase some tail. We have been in the same location for two years and he just started to do it. He wont stop so we figure why not just do and in-ground fence around the fence and continue it into our front yard.
    Is there any way for it to have two area’s, the complete fenced in part and with a switch they can use it all including the front yard?
    I would have to come across my driveway so would i just run it through the expansion joint?
    Also i would only want to do this one time so should i upgrade to a bigger wire? If so what would you recommend?
    I would like the recharge option but they live outside 24/7 in a heated and cooled dog house in the fenced in backyard so it would need to be durable
    It would be used for both dogs the non jumper weighs in at 80lbs and the jumper at 60lbs how would I go about adding an additional collar?
    The whole area is around 2 acres

    I know that is a lot of questions but this is a costly decision and I want to get the best system for us. Thank you in advance and I look forward to buying a system from you very soon!

    ADMIN- Hi Sherman! You will need 1500 ft of wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? Depending on the state you live in, you may want to go with a heavier gauge wire to resist wire breaks.

  75. David says:

    Hi
    I have a 2 acre lot with 3 sides of my lot surrounded by woods. If I purchase the 14 gauge wire, can I lay it on top of the ground in the forest and avoid digging in those areas. Will the fence work correctly?
    Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi David. Yes. You can install the 14 gauge Boundary Wire on top of the ground with Lawn Staples. What is the age, weight, breed and temperament of your dog(s)? You will need 1,500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog(s) in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  76. Sara says:

    we have 1 mild temperment 55 lb german shepard mix rescue that is 10 years old. He has always lived in a city but has recently moved to a 1 acre lot in the suburbs and is having a hard time understanding the concept of staying in a yard. Our 2nd dog is a 10 month old chow/golden retriever?/who knows rescue. We tried a remote training system with him (lowest setting), but he got so scared he ran out of the yard, ended up coming back and then wouldn’t go outside for 2 days. We wanted to try a wireless system, but our lot is somewhat wooded and has a downward slope so after reading the reviews I do not think this is an option. Because of the puppies previous response, and the older dogs low-key temperament is an electric fence even a responsible option?

    ADMIN – Hi Sara. Congratulations on your move! I’m sorry to hear about your Chow/Golden Retriever. You will need 1,000 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in a 1 acre perimeter loop. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system.

  77. Kim says:

    Hello. I have 2 dogs, one is a beagle and the other jack Russell . We do have a metal out building behind our house so I assume we need an underground system? Which do u suggest for my dogs with an acre yard?

    ADMIN – Hi Kim. What is the age and weight of your dogs? You will need 1,000 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in a 1 acre perimeter loop. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design? Answering these questions will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system.

  78. Traci says:

    I have an 80 lb. lab mix and a 4 lb. yorkie. My lab continues to dig under our very nice barn fence that is wired in. The yorkie can get through any small gap between the wire and the ground with our existing fence. We hav this great big back yard and I am having to keep them on a leash until I can get the problem solved.
    My question is; Since my dogs are at such different weights would my yorkie get hurt by using a setting to keep the lob in or do you use the collars to set the settings so they could be different?
    What type of fence would be best? I’d like to put it around then front and back without restrictions.
    Thank you,
    Traci

    ADMIN – Hi Traci. What is the size of the pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Elite Little Dog Fence PIG00-10773? The collars on the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround are all intercompatible. This allows you to use a mix of collars on the same system. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your electric dog fence design?

  79. Barbara says:

    We have two barn cats (each a neutered male about 9 lbs.) that I want to keep in the barn–not roaming around outside. We have two large sliding doors–each about 20′ wide. Can I put an underground wire at each door to keep them in the barn? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Barbara. What is the size of the pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Cat Containment system? We do not recommend installing the transmitter and/or Boundary Wire in or near a barn with metal siding or a metal roof. This is to avoid amplification problems.

  80. Becky says:

    Recently purchased a goldendooble who is now 6 months old. She’s starting to sneak out of the yard to the neighbors. We have been contemplating an electronic fence. We have 1/3 acre in th e hard and 1/3 which is very woody. The previous owner had an electric fence but took the box which was installed by invisible fence. Is there a way to test if the fence is still functioning especially since they went deep into the woods. We are prepared to purchase a fence but wanted to exhaust what we have first. I understand some fences have a remote that you can correct your dog from constantly barking outside and to discourage them from certain areas in your house. Which fence has these features?

    ADMIN – Hi Becky. What is the age, weight, breed and temperament of your dog(s)? How old is the existing Boundary Wire? There could be nicks and/or bad splices in the existing wire. If so, you will need 500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog(s) in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  81. James says:

    Hi, Thanks for the comparison chart and review. We have a 3.5 month old Goldendoodle that currently weights 16lbs, but is expected to be around 60lbs. Our house sits on a lot slightly larger than 1/8 acre. Which fence system would you recommend and how young can you start training for these types of systems? Thanks in advance.

    ADMIN – Hi James. Have you looked at the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 invisible dog fence? You will need 500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. We recommend beginning training when your dog is at least 6 months old. However, you can begin training when your dog understands and follows the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay).

  82. Tracy says:

    Hello,
    I have a Rottweiler Lab about 130lbs and just got a puppy (Rott/German Shepard). I want to contain my dogs on about 1.5 acres. My dog can get aggressive after cats and other dogs and I’m afraid he will teach the puppy. The older dog can’t get far because of hips (now) but if he could (when he could) there was no stopping him getting to another dog. He’s bitten other dogs in the past just walking by. We live on a country road and I’d like to contain then reliably when they are darting for a cat or another dog. The option to have rechargeable is what I like but maybe not best for my dogs? What would you recommend?
    Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Tracy. You will need 1,500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? It works great with the Rottweiler breed.

  83. Kurtis says:

    Hi,
    I just bought a home, and there was an underground fence installed at one time. Currently, there is a conduit in the garage that has 3 unterminated twisted pairs of brown and black wire coming up. There is no control box, and I’m wondering if you might be able to tell me what systems used this type of wiring setup. My neighbor (he doesn’t have a dog, but would love to keep my dog out of his yard, garage, etc) offered to let me use his control system. However, when I opened up his, it has 2 brown wires and 1 black wire connected inside. I could supply a photo if that would help, but I don’t see any way to attach one here. I don’t have an issue with purchasing a new system, but I would rather avoid laying umpteen hundreds of feet of wire if I can use what is already there…
    Thanks for any input.

    ADMIN – Hi Kurtis. Congratulations on your new home! What is the model number of your neighbor’s electric dog fence system? What is the gauge of the boundary wire that you currently have installed?

  84. Courtney says:

    I have a 3 year old 50 pound Australian Shepherd who does not respect my fence at all. He knows he can wiggle and worm thru the 3 inch bars. However my backyard is very small. My house sits on less than a quarter of an acre, and my backyard is even smaller. It’s just enough space for my dogs to be outside and relax while i’m at work during the day. I am concerned that my dog will have nowhere to go if I set up an electric fence in addition to my regular fence to keep him from escaping.

    ADMIN – Hi Courtney. You will need 500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dog in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout page to look at some sample dog fence layouts. Have you looked at the PetSafe In-Ground Electric Dog Fence PIG00-13661?

  85. Donna says:

    Hello
    I have a 18mth old samoyed x keeshond who has a current obsession to dig under the fence to play with the dog next door. He weighs 17kgs, but has a lot of fur. Are there any problems with the collars for super fluffy balls?
    Thanks for your help

    ADMIN – Hi Donna. What state do you live in? Our sales and support are limited to the United States coverage area. Therefore, we are required to only do business and process shipments within the United States.

  86. Melissa says:

    I have a rottweiler/blood hound mix that weighs about 65 pounds and a pit bull that weighs about 50 pounds. We live on about 1-2 acres. My Rott is mostly a jumper and can get over my 6 ft. privacy fence with total ease. He likes to run all over the town and doesn’t listen very well to basic commands. He’s super smart, just very stubborn and very strong willed. My pit bull is still a puppy (about 7 months old) but she is a digger and will dig holes under any fence. She doesn’t really run away after she gets out, but I don’t want her getting out of the fence at all. She is the sweetest dog but pit bulls has a negative reputation and I don’t want something to happen to my baby over someone else’s assumption of her behavior. I’d like to get an in-ground electric fence that packs enough punch that it will get their attention. It needs to be pretty strong to be effective for my rottweiler, otherwise he’ll just ignore it and jump the fence anyway. But I’m also on a budget and don’t have a ton of money to spend on a fence. $200-$250 is my limit. What should I get?

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa. You will need 1,500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your dogs in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The PetSafe Stubborn collar is approximately 50% stronger on it’s highest level than a standard correction collar.

  87. Paula says:

    I have (2) 2 yr old labs and we live in the country on 75 acres . We have had labs for 30 yrs and have never had a problem with the others going too far from home but these dogs have started running too far from home ,the highway is only about 1-1/2 miles from us and they have gone as far as about 10 miles from home but thank goodness someone called for us to get them . I will not cage them but want them to have the run of our place . What is the best way to keep them close . PS we also have a pond in our front yard so want them to be able to swim also. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Paula. You will need 8,500 feet of Boundary Wire to contain your Labs in a 75 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the SportDog SDF-100A Electric Dog Fence? The SportDog SDF-100A is a system intended for very large installations up to 100 acres. The SDF-100A has a sturdy well-built collar with a vibration warning and best of class waterproofing.

  88. breanna says:

    I’m looking into getting some kind of electric fence but my property is very hilly and there are tons of trees. Do you have an recommendations of which system would be the best given this terrain?

    ADMIN – Hi Breanna. What is the age, weight, breed and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  89. Taylor says:

    Hello, we have the perimeter system and work great fir two of our dogs. But they youngest, a malino or mix 9 months old and about 35-40lbs, seems to disregard the barrier when he wants to. We have tried to train him several times but then will sit there getting shocked and just scratch at the collar. Any ideas? Is there a stubborn dog collar that will work with the perimeter technologies system?

    ADMIN – Hi Taylor. No. The Petsafe Stubborn Collar is not compatible with the Perimeter dog fence system. We recommend checking the collar fit. You should only be able to put 1 finger between the contact points and the dog’s skin. I would also spend time retraining the dog to the boundary lines. Consistent dog training is the key to successful pet containment.

  90. Michael P. says:

    trying to figure out whats the best inground fence to use for my 1/2 chocolate lab & 1/2 blue healer and whats the youngest you can start them out on she is about 3 months old.

    ADMIN – Hi Michael. What is the size of your pet containment area? Answering this question will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system. We recommend training when your dog is 6 months old, or when the dog understands and follows the basic commands (e.g., come, sit, stay).

  91. Alice says:

    I have two dogs one is a boxer the other is a Yorkie (larger in size than most about 15- 20 lbs). I had the humane containe that died but it would not stop the boxer he would just sit on the buried wire. I also have an inside cat that has the petsafe cat containe because I don’t want her outside. We live on a highway. What is the best electric dog fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Alice. What is the age and weight of your Boxer and Yorkie? What is the size of the containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence?

  92. Mary E says:

    I have a 7 year old German Shepard which I got from the pound 5 years ago. She was a runner and was abused and has several dog injuries from dog bites before I got her for free. Now I know why she was free. Anyway in the past 2 months she is running away 1-2 times a week. I live in a mobile home park (Yes I get to meet my neighbors and she rode in the mail truck once.) I work part time and she learned how to open the windows and the patio door. I had sticks in them but she figured how to get them out. I am only gone 4-5 hours a day, I was giving her anxiety pills from Pet Co, don’t like to do it. I changed her food to homemade nutritious food, tonight she sneaked out of the fenced yard while I was on the computer I assume she jumped over the fence. I have my phone # on the collar. I am seriously thinking of electric above ground fence. I used the collar type on my previous dog and it worked well. What do I need to know and which brand is best. She knows what she’s doing. Some one please help, I have researched the problem. I am at my wits end.

    ADMIN – Hi Mary. What is the weight of the German Shepherd? What is the size of the pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system.

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