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
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 $299.95 $399.95 $259.95 $169.95 $219.95
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  PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG20-11041 Perimeter Technologies Deluxe Ultra PTPCC-200D PTPCC200D Smart Dog HT-023 Humane Contain
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 $209.95 $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
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
  • Challenge alert
  • Battery backup
Price $329.95 $259.95 $329.95
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  1. Daria Brandt says:

    Do you need to bury the wire or can the wire be above ground attached to fence posts or trees?

    ADMIN – Hi Daria,

    You can run it above ground and the system will work fine. However, running above ground makes the wire more susceptible to rodents finding and chewing on the wire insulation. If you plan to run above ground, I’d recommend installing off the ground on a fence.

  2. Chris says:

    I’m weighing options and considering one of the systems that do not require an under ground wire. My home is ranch with a walkout basement to the back yard (where I hope the dogs primarily stay and are used to relieving themselves) and a front yard level with the main floor of my ranch home.

    If I had one of these systems in the basement, would the range stall reach the elevation of the front yard where? What would you recommend? TY- Chris

    ADMIN – Hi Chris

    With the wireless dog fences, a good rule of thumb is that if you could establish a line of site between where the transmitter is placed and the boundary (imagining the walls were all glass), then you would get a decent signal. If the basement is for example sunk below ground, you usually don’t get very good reception. From what you described, it sounds like you would get a good signal in the lower backyard, but the signal would be blocked from getting to the higher elevation front yard. I would opt for a wired system.

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