How to Choose the Best Electric Dog Fence Brand | Havahart® Wireless

For the past few weeks I’ve been
shopping for a dog fence, comparing everything from pressure-treated wood and
vinyl fences to electric-style fences. And I’ve narrowed my choice down to an
electric fence. Not sure which type or brand yet — I’m
still sorting through those options. I thought about a structural fence but
decided against it because of the initial cost and ongoing maintenance. Besides, an electric fence just seems to fit
my needs better, giving me more flexibility for layout and installation. But I’m finding that there are a lot of
choices and a lot of decisions to make when it comes to electric fencing. So let me share what I’ve learned so far and maybe it’ll help guide your own
fencing decisions. (Hey, what’d you bring me? Thanks!) All of the electric dog fences on the
market give your dog the freedom to run and play in your yard and stay there. No matter what electric system you
choose, however, training is necessary to help keep your dog safe and happy. I also discovered that not all
electric fences are necessarily right for all properties. I’ll get into that in a second. The best way to start shopping for a dog
fence is to consider your budget, how much time you want to put into the
project, your property size and shape, and lastly
how much customizing flexibility you want in creating and shaping a boundary in your yard. We’ll look at how each fence system
compares for these factors. Basically there are two types of
electric dog fences: wired and wireless. Wired fencing requires you or an
installer to dig a trench to bury a wire in the shape you want for your property. This wire is connected to a transmitter in
your home or garage. A wireless fence, on the other hand, works
by transmitting a radio signal to the desired Fence Boundary from a Base
station placed in your home. No digging or trenching is needed, as
there’s no physical wire. In my research I compared three brands
that make inground fencing and two brands that make wireless
fencing. Havahart®, PetSafe and Invisible Fence sell
inground wired fence products, while Havahart® Wireless and PetSafe
offer wireless fence products. First, let’s look at a kind of wireless
fencing called radial fencing. Radial wireless fencing will keep your
dog safe within a circular boundary around your home. But it’s important to know that not all
properties are right for wireless radial fencing. For example, if your house has aluminum
siding or you have a lot of large trees on your property. The system might not work optimally and
you may need to consider installing an in-ground wire fence. If circular wireless fencing will work
for your property you need to compare the distances each product covers and
the different features and then decide which of these are most
important to you. The big difference I found in this
category is coverage area. The PetSafe systems can cover up to
three quarters of an acre while the Havahart® Wireless Radial-Shape Fence
can cover up to eleven and a half acres, so think about the ideal size of your
dog containment area as you compare features. Wireless fence systems transmit a
warning to the Collar when the dog crosses into the Trigger Zone. This encourages your dog to move back
into the play area you set. It’s important to look at the different
Trigger Zone widths. High-energy dogs may need a wider
Trigger Zone, while a dog with a calmer temperament may be fine with a more
narrow Trigger Zone. (I think I already know your Trigger Zone, girl.) Two of the radial wireless products
provide a two to three foot zone, and the other a larger range of six to
thirteen feet. As far as cost, the three radial wireless
fences run in the three hundred to three hundred seventy five dollar range. For this type of product, think about
whether a circular boundary will work for your property, the size of the play area you want for your
dog, and the flexibility you want in the Trigger Zone. But what if your property isn’t suited
for a radial fence? Many properties have unique shapes and
layouts that can’t be contained by a simple circular boundary. For these types of properties where you
need to create a customized boundary, there are a variety of options — both
wired and wireless — at very different price levels. Let’s look at wired options first. Havahart®, PetSafe and Invisible
Fence all offer inground wired fence options that let you set up a customized shape
on your property for your dog’s play area. Pricing is based on the amount of area
you want to cover. Prices for inground wired fencing start
at one hundred seventy dollars. While low-cost, there’s a major time
commitment if you plan on doing the digging and wire installation yourself. If not, be sure to budget for hiring an
installer to do it for you. The Invisible Fence brand has an
inground wired fence they install for you with pricing based on the area you want
to cover. Figure on approximately twelve hundred
dollars for installation on one acre. You can also consider a customizable
wireless fence. The Havahart® Custom-Shape Wireless
Fence requires no digging. In fact, it’s the only customizable wireless fence on
the market. For around eight hundred dollars this
all-digital system lets you customize the shape of the boundary and create Exclusion Zones within the
boundary around flower beds or a pool, for example. It can cover up to twenty five acres and includes rechargeable batteries for
the dog’s Collar. Well, I know I’ve given you a lot to think about as you do your own shopping, but hopefully I’ve helped to clarify and
explain the many electric fence options, both wired and wireless. (Go get it!) And as I said earlier, I still have some
decisions to make as well. Well, good luck. And remember no matter which system you
ultimately choose, you’re doing a wonderful thing for you and your pet. Havahart® Wireless Radial-Shaped, Custom Shape or Havahart® Fence Free should not be confused with Invisible Fence,
Invisible Fencing or PetSafe. Invisible Fence and Invisible Fencing
are products and registered trademarks of Invisible Fence, Incorporated. PetSafe products are registered
trademarks of Radio Systems Corporation.

8 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Electric Dog Fence Brand | Havahart® Wireless

  1. A real dog fence is the best way to let your dog run free. Pet Playgrounds offers non-electric dog fences kits and professional installation services nationwide. Our hybrid non-electric dog fence is a proven system developed over the last 6 years on virtually every type of dog and property. Our dog fencing system is easily customized and expandable. It keeps other critters out (unlike invisible wireless electric fences), it’s nearly invisible, cost effective and can be installed anywhere. For more information visit

  2. What breed is the dog in the video she looks like a border collie but she also looks like she has another breed in her.

  3. Electronic fences and shock collars electrically shock dogs when they cross an invisible line, bark, or don’t respond to a command. These cruel devices physically hurt animals and can cause severe psychological problems as well. Companion animals should not have to live in fear of receiving electric shocks for normal behavior, such as barking. Positive training methods, in which dogs are rewarded for what they do right, are kinder and more effective.

  4. If you love your dog DO NOT install a wireless fence. A neighbor had one. The poor dog would be so excited at chasing another dog, or a jogger, that he would streak across the wire, ignoring the shock collar. Then he could not get back in his yard without being shocked. I would take his collar off, put him back in his yard and put his collar back on. This does NOT protect your dog.
    Problem number two is worse. The fence does NOT prevent another dog from entering your yard and attacking your dog. Worse, your dog cannot escape without shocking himself.


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