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Perimeter Wire-Free (Wi-Fi) Fence

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SportDOG Brand In-Ground Dog Fence System

When it comes to choosing a containment method for your dog, many options arise as a decent solution. Physical fences, stake and chain methods, and the more technologically advanced electric fences. This page contains useful information — as well as electric dog fence reviews — to educate you on the different types of fences and their characteristics. Hopefully you will have enough information by the end of our reviews to be able to choose the best dog fence system to suit your specific needs.

What is a Wireless Dog Fence?

A wireless dog fence is simply 2 pieces of technology that work together, these are a transmitter that sets the boundaries for your “fence” and a receiver attached to your dog’s collar that delivers one of the methods of behavior correction when that boundary is breached. In short, it sets off a shock, sound, or spray when your dog isn’t where it should be to encourage them to return to their play area.

There are hard-wired fences —which require a wire to be connected to the transmitter and buried along the boundary you wish to set around your yard— as well as fully wireless options that work based on distance from the receiver to the wireless transmitter. Think of it as a WiFi router, once your dog is out of range, the collar delivers a zap. Hard-wired fences can be configured into square shapes to fit your yard, while wireless options are circular because the signal has to be equal distance on all sides from the transmitter. There are also portable, GPS based fences which will be covered in this rundown of wireless dog fences and their benefits.

The most common and reliable type of behavior correction is an electric shock collar. The feeling for the dog can be compared to touching one of those “prank” electric pieces of bubblegum that one of your silly friends offered you when you were a kid or the “zap” that comes from touching something after you ran around the rug in socks. This shock, however, is slightly stronger. On many models, this is adjustable to suit the specific needs of your dog’s size and character.

Best 9 Wireless Dog Fence Models

Havahart Radial-Shape Select Fence

The first on our list of wireless dog fence reviews is this great system from Havahart. As one of the best wireless dog fence systems on this list, this model comes with a wide variety of convenient features for any dog owner. Range-wise, it has an advertised accurate range of over 10 acres, which is great for having a large roaming area for your pup. The collar has adaptable probe attachments — great for both fluffy and short-haired dogs — as well as a rechargeable battery which can be swapped out at any time for the other, freshly charged one from the charging port. It has support for two collars, controlled by an easy-to-install transmitter that can be stuck to the wall with special sticky strips that come with the unit, an alternative to fastening the unit with screws for a more secure (but longer) installation.

This unit is easy to test and comes with a special device that you can attach to the collar when testing boundary limits that will provide you with a visual cue whenever the boundary is crossed. This, used with the 75 included training flags, should make setting boundaries extremely easy. Many customers and reviewers have remarked on how stable this boundary stays over time, keeping to the same area without interference or variation once set.

The boundary is easily adjustable and checkable from the transmitting unit via the controls on the panel, as well as the intensity of the correction (5 levels), a visible battery level indicator, and the current position of the collar. The collar will emit an audible correction noise (which is also adjustable) whenever your dog approaches the boundary, giving your pup a warning before delivering a correctional shock.

The warranty on this unit from Havahart comes in at a year for any included component and ten years for the transmitter.

Perimeter Wire-Free (Wi-Fi) Fence

Next, we have a unit that is slightly different from the one mentioned above, but still ranks among the best electronic dog fence contenders. This wireless fence solution uses a WiFi signal to determine the functioning boundary within which your pup can roam freely. It requires no buried cable, just a clear property and some training flags to get your pup used to its new boundaries.

The coverage size of this particular model is up to 2 acres, with 8 adjustable behavior correction intensity settings and support for 2 dogs. In the event that you intend to have more than 2 active collars, then the next unit on this list might be more suitable to your needs. This unit, however, is a quicker and easier solution for users with 1 or 2 dogs.

The question that many have with this type of fence is whether it will interfere with their home’s WiFi network since two signals colliding can cause major feedback. The answer to this is that the Perimeter WiFi Fence signal operates on a slightly different frequency than your home network, allowing the two to co-exist without interfering with one another.

Now, there is a significant drawback to this kind of system. The manufacturer has a disclaimer that their product will not function (properly or at all) if the roof or exterior of your house is metal, if there are closely grouped trees on your property, or if there are other metal structural elements within the containment area. The system needs a property clear of materials that will reflect the signal away from the path between the transmitter and receiver.

Perimeter Wire-Free (Wi-Fi) Fence

Not much needs to be said about this unit. It’s another great WiFi fence solution for your dog containment needs. This fence, unlike the Perimeter model, has a much smaller coverage area at half an acre but is not limited to the number of collars that can be paired with the transmitter. This is one of the best wireless electric dog fence options for families with lots of dogs. In addition, the transmitter can be paired with another one to increase the coverage area to almost a full acre. There are 6 levels of behavior correction for a large range of dogs, both timid and stubborn.

This is also a good option for dog owners who have guest houses or like to go traveling, since the transmitter is very easy to transport and set up at a new location. Any place with an electrical outlet is a viable option to set up a containment area for your furry friend to roam within. Of the wireless solutions in the list of our invisible dog fence reviews, this is a very popular option for most families given the average size of a suburban property.

Best In-Ground Invisible Fences

PetSafe Basic In-Ground System

Here we have a budget system from Petsafe but with a hard-wired setup instead of the wireless one we’ve written about above. The included 500 feet of wire enables you to create a near foolproof, boundary following the contours of your territory, which continues to function whether you have trees or metal objects in the way. However, you can buy more wire to create an even larger perimeter if you have a larger area you wish to cover — an option only the best underground dog fences can accommodate.

On the collar, as is now standard for many fence systems, there are multiple levels of behavior correction intensity to choose from. There is an option to exclude the shock altogether, and to instead have just an audible cue play whenever your dog approaches and crosses the boundary. The collar has a very sturdy, weatherproof build quality which keeps it functional even in inclement weather.

eXtreme Dog Fence – Invisible Electronic Pet Fence

Next on our in ground dog fence reviews is the eXtreme Dog Fence. This one has a feature that separates it from some of the others on this list — it comes with rubber-coated probes on the behavior correction collar for your pup. This means that not only is it more comfortable for your dog to wear, it also stays that way when your furry friend decides to get wet or go for a swim. Even though nobody expects their dog to dive so deep, the collar stays functional even 30 yards underwater.

Another feature that the manufacturer puts emphasis on is the sturdiness of the 20 gauge, copper perimeter cable. A tough wire means less probability of mishaps in the form of a wire break underground, preventing unnecessary hassles with digging the wire back up to uncover the fault. The typical package comes with 500ft of wire with the option of adding more. Their website also allows for multiple different configuration options, including adding more collars to be included with your order. In addition, these collars may be upgraded to the “stubborn” version which delivers a stronger shock to prevent your pup from continuing past the boundaries.

SportDOG Brand In-Ground Dog Fence System

This in-ground fence can cover 1.3 acres out of the box, and comes with 1000ft of wire included. Buyers have the option to add more 20 gauge wire to expand the perimeter to encompass almost one hundred acres to fit just about any reasonably sized property. Buying additional wire means that you will also have to purchase more training flags to get your dog acquainted with the boundaries, as there are only 100 included.

As for battery life and collar longevity, 9-volt batteries within the collar can last anywhere from 6 months to a year before they need to be replaced. The collar is completely waterproof, so there is no need to worry about inclement weather or having fun with a water hose outside. There is the option to add as many collars as you want to accommodate any amount of dogs within your household.

The correction level settings on the collar can be adjusted to one of 4 intensities based on the character and stubbornness of your pup and come with a warning feature that can give your dog an audible cue to come back from the approaching boundary before delivering a static correction.

Best GPS Wireless Fences

Garmin Alpha 100

Here we have a portable device for travelers, hikers, and campers that like to take their dog (or dogs, up to 20) with them when they go out. Though it is doubtful that someone will take a whole pack of dogs with them, the option is there should you have a use for it.

The collar or tracking receiver needs to be purchased separately for this system to work. This manufacturer suggests using it with the TT15 receiver, which has an operating range of up to 9 miles. For smaller areas and more obedient dogs, there is also the TT15 Mini which has a range of up to 4 miles.

Both of these receivers are weatherproof and have multiple types of behavior correction options including audible and static corrections. In addition, there is an option to turn on LED locating bulbs on the collar itself to find your pup in the dark. These options can be manually triggered from the transmitter or set to trigger automatically past a certain threshold, also set on your transmitter device.

As a side note, if you have multiple families in the vicinity, the device can also be used to track their receivers (if they have any) to locate them in less-than-civilized areas of the wilderness.

Side note: The technology utilized in this device will not work outside the USA, and is prohibited for use in certain countries. Almost all pet containment system reviews on this product are written by users within the United States.

Invisible Fence GPS 2.0 Wireless Dog Fence

A great option for users that either don’t want or can’t install a wireless or in ground fence, this is an advanced GPS dog fence system purchased straight from the manufacturer. This satellite aided dog fence system affords several features which the previous one doesn’t. In addition, the GPS base for a system like this means that it isn’t bound by terrain types that need a clear line of sight between the receiver and transmitter as with wifi systems, and it doesn’t need to have a wire buried as with hard-wired systems.

Firstly, you can select areas around your homestead which your dog cannot go near. These areas are separate from the unique perimeter you set for your dog, meaning that you can have multiple groups of boundaries within one another. Places some dog owners typically want their dog to avoid going into — such as a swimming pool, gardens, etc. — can be set on the app and the collar becomes programmed to deliver an automatic behavior correction in the event that your pup crosses into any of these zones.

Also, there is no limit to how large the roaming area can be with this solution, meaning that the possibilities are near endless for homeowners with large homesteads. The behavior correction options on this system can be both audible and static, to give your pup a warning before they breach them.

Installation is done by a professional that comes to your property and sets up the system for you, including setting bounds. As is typical with GPS systems, they will not work in all areas, and can be on the more expensive side.

Wagz Virtual Smart Fence

A similar option to the one above, this GPS fence solution from Wagz is much more user-friendly and does not require a technician to visit your property to assist in installation.

Installation of this fence is exceedingly simple. When you are ready to set your bounds, just activate the option on your handheld device and walk around your boundary while holding your dog’s collar receiver device. The system will memorize the path along which you just traveled and set it as a boundary automatically, leaving you with plenty of time to do other tasks instead of setting up physical barrier fences or underground fence solutions. It has an operating range of 1000 acres and comes with several options of containment for your dog.

The first option on the collar, which is containment, delivers one of 2 audible cues for your dog before delivering a static correction if they break the boundary. This option is programmed to send an alert to your smartphone when the boundary is breached, and the collar’s battery life is around 30-36 hours when used solely in this way.

The second option, tracking, allows you to see the position of the receiver on your smartphone to find the pup on larger properties. When tracking, this option drains the electrical reserves quicker as it sends information back and forth in real-time until deactivated, and will deplete in just 8 hours.

The collar’s battery charges in just 1 hour, and there is an option to disable the physical electric correction altogether for very obedient dogs, and use only the audible cues to train your dog to come back within the boundary.

Types of Dog Fences

Wireless Fences

This fence is, again, the easiest to install and adjust out of all of the ones on the list. The way it works is by having one transmitter mounted to a wall near a power outlet in the correct distance from where the receiver’s maximum distance will be located. It is quite important to consider that the coverage range is circular, being equal distances on all sides from the transmitter. Therefore, it is important to pick a site for the transmitter that will optimally cover your dog’s roaming range while also being shielded from the elements. Most users choose to put it on the inner side of their outer walls or on their shielded porch.

The upsides are that adjusting the range is exceedingly simple. Most models have an intuitive knob on the transmitter that is turned to extend or lower the range that the receiver can be located from it before it delivers a behavior correction measure. Adjusting the distance is most easily done with one person standing at the max distance with the receiver in hand, while another adjusts the knob on the transmitter until the receiver delivers a behavior correction. Many models come with an audible warning noise before delivering a shock, so when you hear the noise, it means that the range is near where you are standing.

The drawback of this type of system is that it may not be the best invisible dog fence for homeowners with rectangular yards. As the coverage area is circular, it becomes clear that your dog will not be able to go into the corners of your yard and will have to travel along the boundary in an arc rather than a line. There is somewhat of a remedy though, since some of these systems offer the option to connect multiple transmitters at various points to both change the shape of the coverage area to more of an “8” shape as well as extend the coverage area to make it more elongated.

One more thing to keep in mind is the margin of error in wireless fence systems. In high-end models, the boundary you set on the transmitter may be off by 1-2 feet, which should be expected. However, in cheaper models, this margin may be closer to 7-9 feet. It’s a very important aspect to consider if you live near a busy street or a playground, as a few feet may mean your dog’s behavior is not corrected before he gets to the street, possibly resulting in injury. The next option is better for homeowners that wish to remedy this problem fully.

Hard Wired Fences 

This option comes with a length of wire that needs to be buried along the desired perimeter you wish to set aside for your dog to roam within. These options are more expensive than wireless ones, especially if you are not doing the installation yourself. However, a hard-wired fence may be a great option if you have a large territory, have irregularly shaped boundaries, or don’t travel much with your pet.

Hard wired fences work similarly to wireless ones, they have both a transmitter and a receiver. However, the difference is that the signal is not directly beamed from the transmitter, but instead comes from the wire attached to it and buried along the perimeter. This gives hard-wired fences a more accurate margin of error than wireless fences, keeping it within 6-12 inches.

Another upside of underground hard-wired fences compared to wireless fences is that the signal will not be interrupted by metal objects between the receiver and the transmitter. Wireless signals can be reflected, disrupted, and absorbed by many surfaces which makes the margin of error even greater. The presence of a signal coming from the perimeter rather than a fixed point in the center makes this option more reliable to contain your pup. Also, one of the best in ground dog fence features is that some models have the option to extend the buried wire to fit very large properties!

However, hard-wired fences have one huge drawback — they are not portable. If you are renting a home, burying a huge length of wire may not be a wise investment compared to a plug-and-play wireless option. You must consider the fact that you will have to dig up the wire if you decide to move or make any adjustments to your current underground fence setup. Our underground fence reviews can give you a better understanding of what to expect and how packages differ from one another.

GPS Fences:

Lastly, we have another wireless fence option.  This one requires a receiver and a GPS-compatible dog collar and works slightly differently compared to the first option.

Firstly, GPS fences work by way of a receiver that can be either portable (handheld) or fixed. This receiver works in tandem with a GPS collar around your dog’s neck, allowing you to know where your dog is as well as setting the boundaries directly on the receiver instead of changing settings on a dial on a transmitter, or burying a wire around the perimeter you wish your dog to be contained within. With this kind of system, you harness the power of satellite positioning to maintain your dog within a certain area, freeing you from having to do any kind of installation around your area.

This is the most portable option of the three types of invisible dog fences, allowing you to change the containment area on the fly by setting specific points around you which the dog is not allowed to leave or setting the play area to be within a certain distance from the receiver. This makes it a great option for families that move around a lot on extended camping trips or long hikes through nature with their fluffy companion. Even the best underground dog fence is incapable of the portability of this type of system.

These systems offer several types of corrections, based on the personality of your dog. These can be either an audio cue, buzzing, or electric correction delivered from the collar. There is also an option to have a message sent to your handheld device or phone if your pup wanders beyond the perimeter you have set for them.

How to Choose a Wireless Dog Fence

This decision takes into account many different factors that may not suit every use case the same way. For instance, homeowners with a large, rural, 4-acre property and 2 large guard dogs will not have the same needs as a suburban, 30 foot by 30-foot yard with a Yorkie running around. The habits of the dog owners also come into play, as there are options to have a portable dog fence for families that like to take their furry friend on long camping trips. Namely, these questions are as follows.

What kind of dog will be inside the fence?

As we have previously mentioned, large and small dogs have different needs when it comes to roaming distance and the intensity of the behavior correction method delivery. You don’t want it to be too strong for small dogs, and too weak for large ones. Also, where a Yorkie may be happy with a 25 foot by 25-foot yard, a German shepherd needs more space to stretch its legs and run around. Taking this into account, you can see how different models will differently affect the quality of life concerning your pup. You want something with a large roaming area for bigger dogs, assuming your property allows it. Take into account the size of the collar as well.

What Size Area Will the Fence Cover?

Some receivers and transmitters will have a larger coverage area, noted on the manufacturer’s specifications list. It is important to choose one that will adequately cover your property, especially if that property is a large one. Battery life is also usually better in models that cover larger areas, allowing your pooch to run around for extended periods of time without worrying that they will leave the allotment.

How Many Dogs are In the Fence?

Many models come with 2-4 collars, as well as options to cover more. When you decide on a fence, look closely at the number of dog collars that the fence comes with. Some models come with one or two, but have the option to connect many more, although they may be sold separately. High-end models can potentially have an “unlimited” amount of dog collar coverage, which is great for sanctuaries or doggie daycares.

Do You Travel a Lot?

For families that enjoy camping for extended periods of time, leaving their dog at home is not really an option unless someone is dog-sitting for you. To circumvent that little hiccup, there are solutions for portable fences based on GPS that you can set up around your campsite to make sure your dog does not run past the boundaries of your camp. This is especially important if there are other campers around, other dogs, or even hunters in the area that could mistake your pet for game at a distance.

Ease of Installation

For DIY fans, this may not be much of a problem. However, for most people, this can make or break a purchase. Simple wireless fences that have a circular radius are simple to install, all you need is a power source for the transmitter and an area for the dog to roam around. Hard-wired fences take some more work, as there is a physical wire that must be buried along the perimeter of your designated roam area. Regardless of the type, there is usually an option to hire someone to come install it for you.

Training Your Dog For The Wireless Fence

Before you start training your dog, it is important to know the ins and outs of getting your furry companion used to their new boundaries. This usually entails reading a detailed instruction manual or finding good videos online to educate yourself on the best ways to reinforce the behavior you would like your dog to exhibit.

It is important to train your dog prior to setting him loose to figure out the bounds on his own — which, as we mentioned previously, can have an even more negative impact on the mental state of your dog. It can lead to confusion and fear, which is never a good thing for your loyal pup to experience, especially since this can be remedied by simply taking the time to train them and acquaint them with what those flags on the ground really mean.

In essence, an invisible fence solution is something that must be ingrained in your dog’s mind, rather than being a physical deterrent. This is most often done by placing physical training flags along the boundary of the fence where your dog can see them. You then spend a few days acquainting your dog with the fact that these flags are not to be crossed. This is best done without the shock option enabled on the collar, and instead using the audio cue to get your pup used to the sound. Once the beep is heard by the dog, pull them away from the fence and use positive reinforcement (a treat, petting, belly rubs, etc.) to get them used to the new behavior. Do this for about 10 minutes at a time, several times a day until they get used to it.

After a few days of this, turn on the shock option and correctly calibrate it so that your dog can feel it. You want to start from the lowest option and gradually increase it until your pup reacts to it. The same process is used with the static shock enabled over the course of 10-14 days until your pup is completely used to their new boundaries.

The next step is teaching them to stay within the bounds of the fence even with distractions, such as a frisbee landing outside the fence, squirrels running around, etc. Your fence will come with detailed instructions on how to complete each stage of the dog’s training and therefore make the fence more reliable and less stressful for the pup.

Types of Wireless Dog Fence Collars

The way that the various wireless dog fence models prevent your dog from crossing them can make a big difference depending on their temperament. Stubborn dogs will need a much different approach than timid ones. Accounting for the dog’s size also means you need something strong enough forig dogs, but not overpowering for small ones. Here are the options when it comes to the delivery method.

  • Electric – This type of collar has probes on the inner part that make contact with the dog’s skin. Whenever the behavior correction is triggered by your dog, the probes send a shock to deter your dog from running beyond the borders of the fence. The size of the shock is adjustable, as you want the lowest setting possible for your dog to feel it but not get hurt. What works for a Great Dane may not work for a beagle, after all. However, you should not overtighten these collars, nor should it be on your furry friend for longer than 10-12 hours at a time.
  • Sound – This works in tandem with the previous bullet, in that a sound correction is, in some models, a warning delivered before the static shock is applied once a dog has crossed the boundary. The sound cue alerts the dog that it is approaching a fence line, without actually shocking the pup. For some dogs, this alarm will be enough to stop them from going over the line, with the static shock option being saved for when it is actually needed. This is arguably better than JUST having a static shock collar, as it gives your dog the chance to avoid getting shocked entirely. Some models have the option to shut off the static shock option entirely, either when your dog is used to the boundaries or if it is an easily trainable pup.
  • Citronella/Sonic – Lastly we have the spray collar. This type of behavior correction uses a safe, non-toxic spray to correct your dog’s undesired acts, such as going near flower beds or constant barking. While it may not be effective in stopping a big dog running after a car —completely ignoring the spray in the heat of the moment— it can be used as a less “shocking” form to correct small incidents, albeit with more sensitive dogs.