Best Pet Electric Fences

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 19, 2019
If you are looking for a way to keep your pet within a yard, it is a high time to consider a pet containment system. In fact, these systems can be used with as many dogs as you want, you only need to buy additional collars for them. Check out our pet electric fence review and pick the best one! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
EFFECTIVE COVERAGE
DOG WEIGHT
COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS
COLLAR BATTERIES
Warranty
 
PROS

The collar can be submerged 10 inches deep underwater and its functionality won't be affected whatsoever. You can change the radio frequency that the system functions on in order to avoid interference with a neighboring electric dog fence.

CONS

The collar isn't rechargeable, so you should always have an extra set of batteries. 

OUR VERDICT

Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System doesn't just keep your dog safe and sound. Although that's the product's primary purpose, it does so much more than that, giving you many extra options and the ability to control and dictate the constraint system according to your needs and preferences.

detailed parameters
TYPE

In-ground

EFFECTIVE COVERAGE

Up to 6 acres

DOG WEIGHT

8 pounds and up

COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS

1 tone, 5 static

COLLAR BATTERIES

Replaceable 6-volt battery

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

The tone-only mode alerts your buddy with naught but a beep. The static corrections here are sparing enough too, stopping after 15 seconds to prevent harming the dog. The system allows you to add a practically unlimited number of pets.

CONS

Programming the perimeter on the machine is a little counterintuitive. 

OUR VERDICT

What's great about PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play is that you don't have to place and establish an actual physical fence. Plus, once your pet figures out and gets used to the system, you can introduce travel and start establishing play areas in parks and other locations far away from your backyard.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Wireless 

EFFECTIVE COVERAGE

up to 3/4 acre

DOG WEIGHT

5 pounds and up

COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS

1 tone, 5 static

COLLAR BATTERIES

Rechargeable CR123A battery 

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS
The transmitter powers up to 100 acres of property. The collar is designed with the vibrate mode, useful for old or hard of hearing dogs. The producer ensures high-level customer support online.
CONS
Offers only 4 correction levels thus it is not quite appropriate for small breeds containment.
OUR VERDICT
The solidly built and reliable system is meant for medium and large breeds. The cost-efficient dog fence is perfect for those who own large rural properties.
detailed parameters
TYPE
In-ground
EFFECTIVE COVERAGE
up to 100 acres
DOG WEIGHT
10 pounds and up
COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS
1 tone, 4 static
COLLAR BATTERIES

Replaceable 9-volt

Warranty

2 years

PROS
This wireless system is quite easy to install, just plug the transmitter in. Receiver collar automatically turns off after 30 seconds of continuous electric stimulation.
CONS
The signals sent through trees, bushes or other obstacles are rather weak.
OUR VERDICT
The present wireless electric fence is efficient for both outdoor and indoor application. Hence, it will equally secure your dog from different potential dangers and protect your furniture.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Wireless
EFFECTIVE COVERAGE

up to 1/2 acres

DOG WEIGHT
8 pounds and up
COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS
1 tone, 5 static
COLLAR BATTERIES

Replaceable 6-volt (RFA-67)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The system works perfectly fine through snow, rain, and heat. The rechargeable battery is long-lasting. The company supplies you with 500 feet of 20-gauge solid copper wire. It is sturdy and durable, able to transmit and receive a strong, reliable signal.

CONS

The instruction manual can be difficult to follow. 

OUR VERDICT

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Electric Fence is a good pet constraint system. It is affordable, effective, and functional. The components are practical and durable. The transmitter's effective coverage is remarkable considering the price tag that it comes with.

detailed parameters
TYPE

In-ground

EFFECTIVE COVERAGE

up to 20 acres

DOG WEIGHT

10 pounds and up

COLLAR'S CORRECTION LEVELS

1 tone, 5 static, 1 vibration 

COLLAR BATTERIES

Rechargeable lithium metal battery

Warranty

1 year 

Extreme Dog Fence Professional

Swimmity Swim

Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System is one intimidating name, from the company's very own name to the product in particular. But, to be fair, the name does make sense considering how impressive this pet containment system is.

On paper, it doesn't necessarily seem all that different compared to any other mid-range electronic dog fence system like that on the market right now. But, looking closer at it, you can definitely spot the differences and where the product has its competition beat.

A good example of that would be the waterproof part. More often than not, the collars that come with these systems claim to be waterproof but turn out to be water-resistant. Needless to say, that's not the same thing.

See, the collar here can be submerged 10 inches deep underwater and its functionality won't be affected whatsoever. That means your dog will be able to swim and you won't have to take the collar off to let your little buddy do that.

Review of Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System

Feature-Rich Transmitter

With these systems, it is just as much about the collar (receiver) as it is about the transmitter. The people behind it advertise the transmitter as feature-rich and, as far as we can tell, that is a fair assessment. For one, it comes fitted with a surge protector that guards the unit against lightning strikes.

In most cases, it will be able to accommodate practically any location, from a fraction of an acre up to 25 full acres. Among other things, it gives you the ability to change the radio frequency that the system functions on. This way, you'll be able to avoid interference with a neighboring electric dog fence.

Using the transmitter, you'll be able to set the boundary zone ranging from a few inches to up to about 32 feet diameter. With an approach like that, you'll be the one dictating the buffer between your favorite pet and the boundary wire, taking your very own needs and spatial constraints into consideration.

Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System in the use

Control and Dictate

The issue with inferior systems like that is that the warning and correction zones often shift in colder temperatures or in areas with spotty power. That isn't the case here because the transmitter in question is packing built-in electronics that compensate for situations like that, keeping your boundary nice and stable.

The last thing that we would like to mention about the collar is that it is really lightweight, measuring just 1.1 ounces. There are 2 different contact points' sizes, making the collar comfortable enough for small and big dogs with short and long neck hair.

Long story short, Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System doesn't just keep your dog safe and sound. Although that's the product's primary purpose, it does so much more than that, giving you many extra options and the ability to control and dictate the constraint system according to your needs and preferences. For our taste, probably the best electric dog fence system around these days.

Detailed review of Extreme Dog Fence Professional Underground System

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PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play

Wireless Boundaries

PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play is a wireless fence. The idea here and the difference between the actual in-ground fence is that you do not have to install wires around the perimeter. Instead, you create a circular boundary for your pet, an invisible fence, if you will. In this case, a way to contain him, ranging from 22 to 105 feet in all directions (that's up to 210 feet across). With but a turn of the right dial, you'll be able to adjust that boundary.

Then, you install the transmitter in the middle of your dog’s play area and plug it into an indoor electrical outlet. Naturally, that outlet and the transmitter will have to be close enough to the area where you want to contain your dog (outdoors).

After that, you very much temporarily define the pet area with these nice little boundary flags. This way, you'll be able to train your pet to recognize the boundaries and differentiate between the play area and the no-go area.

Review of PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play Wireless Fence

Freedom and Fun

Other than that, the differences between wireless systems in general (as well as this system in particular) and their in-ground, physical counterparts more or less come to an end. In a similar fashion, the transmitter here sends a constant radio signal in the pet area.

As per usual, the moment your pet approaches the boundary zone, the transmitter delivers a nice little warning tone to the collar to remind where the play area ends. The collar here is lightweight and waterproof, so your dog will remain comfortable in it.

Again, as it is often the case, the system in question comes with 5 static correction signals. You can choose the intensity or stick with the tone-only option, meaning you should be able to find the right fit for your dog’s temperament. More often than not, all it takes is a few training sessions to establish a secure boundary for freedom and fun.

PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play Wireless Fence in the use

Introduce Travel

The aforementioned tone-only mode that alerts your buddy with nothing but a beep is a nice touch that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. The static corrections here are sparing enough too, stopping after 15 seconds to prevent harming the dog.

Or dogs (plural) because, provided you acquire additional wireless fence receiver collars, the system allows you to add a practically unlimited number of pets.

Another little detail that separates this product from its subpar peers is the fact that the collars are perfectly suitable for the smallest dogs, starting with the mere weight of 5 pounds.

All in all, what's great about PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play electronic dog fence system is that you don't have to place and establish an actual physical fence. Furthermore, once your pet figures out and gets used to the system, you can introduce travel and start establishing play areas in parks and other locations far away from your backyard. With this remote trainer, every and any location can become your pet's new playground.

Detailed review of PetSafe PIF00-12917 Stay & Play Wireless Fence

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SportDog 100-Acre

TYPE

SportDog 100-Acre in-ground system is designed to keep your pets safe in your yard as it is meant only for outdoor application. This dog fence offers the largest containment area as an included receiver is able to cover up to 100 acres of property. Unfortunately, the wire length is not enough for such a large area hence, you'd need to buy additional wire to expand the containment area. What is more important, this system can be used with as many dogs as you want. You just need to buy additional collars for them. It is obvious, that SportDog 100-Acre is a cost-effective purchase for those who need to contain dogs on large rural properties.
Review of SportDog 100-Acre Underground Pet Fence System

COLLAR CHARACTERISTICS

The main peculiarity of SportDog 100-Acre fence is an ability to contain dogs of diverse weight. Thus, it would be perfect for breeds from 10 to 220 pounds. As regards the collar it is totally waterproof and suitable for dogs who love to swim. The collar is quite big and bulky, so it won't fit breeds with necks smaller than 13 inches and under 10 pounds. Moreover, the collar offers 4 correction levels plus a beep and a vibrate-only mode, and runs on a replaceable 9-Volt battery. What's important, the vibration mode is perfect for owners with old or hearing loss dogs. It should also be mentioned that SportDog 100-Acre system is equipped with a surge protector, so you can be sure that lightning strikes won't cause any damage.
SportDog 100-Acre Underground Pet Fence System in the use

PACKAGE

The standard SportDog 100-Acre kit includes fewer accessories in comparison with PetSafe Yardmax system. However, you'll get everything you need for installation and operation. So, a transmitter, a receiver collar and 1,000 feet of the 20-gauge wire are included in a kit. As you may see, this electric fence dog system offers double the usual amount of boundary wire, hence, it is enough to contain 1 acre of your property. In addition, SportDog 100-Acre comes with 100 training flags, so a dog can easily distinguish a boundary area. Moreover, you'll get an operating guide with training information that will help you train your canine.
Detailed review of SportDog 100-Acre Underground Pet Fence System

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Sport Dog SDF-100 Fence Review
 

PetSafe PIF-300

TYPE

PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Pet Containment System is a wireless hidden fence that doesn't require any boundary wire installation. Thus, this system uses radio frequency to guard your dog in a containment area. PIF-300 is meant for both outdoor and indoor application so you may place a transmitter in your house. Hence, due to an 18 kHz signal frequency, a collar will receive a signal even if a dog is outside your house. As regards the transmitter's effective coverage, your dog gets 1/2 acre of pet area. Although, the wireless system creates a circular field and cannot be changed into a square or rectangular shape.

Review of PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Pet Containment System

COLLAR CHARACTERISTICS

The producer recommends PIF-300 wireless system for dogs that weigh over 8 pounds. The included waterproof collar serves as an impulse signal receiver and offers 5 adjustable correction levels and a tone-only mode. In addition, the collar is equipped with a low battery indicator that will alert you if it's time to change a battery. The collar runs on a replaceable 6-Volt (RFA-67) battery. What is more important, an automatic shut-off feature ensures that your dog never receives an electric stimulation longer than 30 seconds if it leaves the pet area. It automatically shuts off for 5 minutes before sending another stimulation.
PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Pet Containment System in the use

PACKAGE

The standard SportDog 100-Acre kit includes everything you need to install the system and start training your dog. The electric fence comes with a transmitter and power adapter, a receiver collar with short contact points, 1 RFA-67 battery, and a test light tool. Moreover, for your convenience and dog's safety SportDog 100-Acre offers a set of long contact points if the short one doesn't touch your dog's neck. In addition, a 250-volt fuse that inside the transmitter to avoid a short circuit. PetSafe PIF-300 also comes with 50 boundary flags and a training guide.
Detailed review of PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Pet Containment System

VIDEO
PetSafe Wireless PIF-300 Review

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

This works great, and has a larger than expected range. We have it set on 2 of 10, and the dog has plenty of room to roam.

Features

This is a wonderful product and I would recommended it to everyone looking for a wireless fence. Another great feature is that you can adjust the fence range to fit your yard.
 

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced IPV7

Good Value for Your Buck

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Electric Fence is really impressive considering the modest price tag that the product comes with. For one, the system allows you to add multiple pets with multiple collars. Needless to say, it is great for families with more than one pet because it will allow families like that to save a decent amount of money.

Generally speaking, with pet constraint systems in this price range, you're often presented with subpar components and barely adequate parts. Fortunately, we really can't say that it is the case here. Now, we aren't saying that the whole thing is flawless either. But, as far as we can tell, the drawbacks here aren't that significant.

Some customers complain that the instruction manual can be a little difficult to follow but the company's customer service is nothing if not responsive, informative, and overall helpful. Plus, the system isn't all that different and difficult, so you will unlikely have any issues installing and managing it.

Review of Sit Boo-Boo Advanced IPV7 Invisible All Weather Dog Fence

Solid Copper Wire

This is an in-ground system, so let's start with the wiring because it is easily one of the biggest selling points here. Again, for a really modest price, the company supplies you with (among other things, of course) 500 feet of 20-gauge solid copper wire. It is strong and durable, so even the most temperamental pet will have difficulties chewing through it. Furthermore, it is able to transmit and receive a strong, reliable signal.

The transmitter here isn't all that bad either. It comes equipped with surge protection and power stop technology that protects the device from, you guessed it, surges and spikes. We specifically like the surge protection feature as it keeps the whole thing working through those often unstable summer months. Plus, it works really quietly.

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced IPV7 Invisible All Weather Dog Fence in the use

All-Weather, All Year long

Provided you order additional wire, the product allows you to cover up to 20 acres of land. Sure, you probably don't have that much land but it gives you a good estimate of how robust and reliable the system is.

That "all-weather" in the title above isn't misleading either. According to the people behind it, the collar is built with the same materials used for aerospace and marine construction. Now, we don't know how accurate that statement is but we can tell that the system works perfectly fine through snow, rain, and heat.

With the IPV7 rating, the collar won't allow your dog to swim freely but, at the very least, you won't have to worry about puddles and rain. Plus, it comes with a lithium metal battery that boasts a solid runtime.

Bottom line, Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Electric Fence is a good pet constraint system. It is affordable, effective, and functional. The components are practical and durable. The transmitter's effective coverage is remarkable considering the price tag that it comes with.

Detailed review of Sit Boo-Boo Advanced IPV7 Invisible All Weather Dog Fence

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What Is a Pet Electric Fence?

If you have a dog, you definitely know that it needs space to exercise. Though if your yard is not fenced in, your dog is exposed to a potential danger - cars pass in the streets or your neighbors don't enjoy the dog's freedom. On the other hand, you may need to contain the dog from your swimming pool or flowerbeds. The best solution to this problem is purchasing a pet electric fence. With this system, your dog will have a confined space to play freely in. Hence, you will not have to worry about your dog safety and may feast eyes on the well-groomed flower beds. So, a pet electric fence is an invisible barrier that a dog cannot pass through while wearing a receiver collar. The operation principle is that when your dog tries to cross the border, a device emits an audible warning tone. If a dog ignores this warning, it receives corrective stimulation by electric current. If you are going to use this device in a flat, it will help you secure cables and blue chip against your dog. In this review, we are going to explain how to choose the right pet electric fence.

Owners of pets who often travel and visit dog shows will also be interested in reading the pet cages and crates review where they can buy a small, portable and yet cozy "home" to use on the go.

What Features to Compare

Types

Pet electric fences are divided into 2 types: in-ground and wireless. Both can effectively secure your dog but in various places. Let's bring each type to a sharper focus:

  • In-ground system. This type is installed by placing the wire into the ground around the perimeter you want or need. The next step is to install a transmitter that generates the boundary signal and monitors its boundaries. The length of the boundaries and the quantity of the containment areas you want to set up are limited just by the length of a wire or the owner's request. It can be small/big and of any shape. The only restriction is burying a cable along the already existing wirings as they can affect the operation of a pet containment system. So, if you have got a property with a large backyard you should definitely opt for an in-ground system.
  • Wireless system. A wireless type requires the installation of a transmitter in your house or at the garage to start operation. The transmitter creates a circular field and determines the size of the possible containment area. But the containment area cannot be changed into square or other shapes, it is always circular. In addition, you should pay attention to the landscape of your property and presence of metal structures in the yard as they may cause the loss of signal and activate the static correction. This very system is a perfect choice for people who want to set boundaries in their apartment or in small backyards.

Effective Coverage

So, as you may see the effective coverage of a pet electric fence directly depends on the type of a system you get. Generally, an in-ground type covers up to 100 acres of your property. On the other hand, a transmitter in a wireless electric fence creates a circular field and is able to cover up to 180 feet in diameter.

Collar Characteristics

When all the boundaries are set up, you need to put a receiver collar on your dog. When a dog approaches the boundary, a device gives an audio signal. In case your pet ignores the warning, a collar produces a static correction. Therefore, the collar characteristics are also quite important to note. And the next significant feature we should pay attention to is the number of correction levels a collar offers. Some dog fences come with a single-level receiver that performs only one level of static correction regardless of your pet's size. So, it is preferable to choose a system with multiple correction levels. Thus, you'll have an ability to choose an appropriate one for your pet in accordance with its temper and weight. The quantity of pre-set correction levels varies in each system and may contain up to 5 different levels. As regards a collar power supply, there are collars equipped with rechargeable batteries or replaceable ones. It is preferable to choose a rechargeable type as it's quite efficient and cost-effective.

Dog Weight

You should also keep in mind that each electric fence has weight restrictions and each collar has a certain diameter, hence, choosing the one depends on your dog weight. Some receivers are much bigger than the others, and thus, more suitable for large breeds. Small dogs can wear only lightweight collars so that they don't get tired or stressed. All manufacturers give the details on the weight of each their product, so you can pick the one that would fit your pet the best.

Package

One more important feature is the package of an electric fence. Both in-ground and wireless systems should come with a transmitter, a receiver collar, and a charge adapter (if a rechargeable battery is used). Moreover, pet electric fences also come with a user manual and the boundary flags that will help you visually show your pet the containment area. However, an in-ground system also requires the sufficient quantity of boundary wire and all the electronics must be entirely waterproof. It is preferable if a system includes a CD disk with the detailed explanation on how to use the system.

Please note: it is important to consult a veterinarian before purchasing an electric fence as pet containment systems are not applicable for all dogs.

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