How To Choose An Electric Dog Fence

how to choose a electric dog fence

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Electric dog fences are a great tool for training pets about boundaries. The best system can produce great results pretty quickly. That is as long as you install it properly and train the dog correctly. There are lots of different fences on the market, so how can you choose the right fence for your own property?

The first thing that you need to think about when choosing the right electric fence is the style. There are two main types for the yard – wireless and in-ground. An in-ground fence has a wire that runs under the ground and delivers a warning to the collar. The wireless fence has a specific range from a central point and corrects the dog when they stray too far. There are pros and cons to both types of fence. Your choice will depend on the following factors.

The pros and cons of a wireless fence:


Wireless layout


1) Easy to set up with no digging and manual labour

2) Plenty of affordable options to suit different needs and animals

3) Portable enough to travel between home or to holiday rentals


1) A very strict circular perimeter

2) Some inconsistencies if there are metal objects near the transmitter

The pros and cons of an in-ground fence

in-ground layout

In-ground layout


1) An adaptable perimeter determined by the placement of the wire

2) A wider range than wireless models for larger areas.

3) Potentially more reliable when set up correctly


1) A more difficult installation process

2) A more expensive investment

Think about the shape of your yard.

As you can see from these pros and cons, the decision over the best type of fence may depend on the shape of the yard. Wireless models create a circular perimeter from the central transmitter. This may not cover the whole yard, but could offer enough protection in small gardens. In-ground fences are great for oddly shaped boundaries in need of stronger protection. 

Important considerations for choosing the best electric dog fence for your pet.

Once you have a better idea of the type of fence you want you can browse products. Those searching for wireless models need to consider some basic elements. These include the waterproofing, range and ease of installation of the transmitter. Those after in-ground fences need to look at the length, thickness and safety features on the wire. 

From there, consider the type of correction provided when dogs stray too far. Different products have different approaches. Some offer a choice of static, vibration and tones. It also helps to check the intensity levels and ease of use. Can you personalise the settings and override them if there is a problem? 

Finally, there is the collar – or collars depending on the system. There are some models that allow for multiple dogs with different settings on each collar. Whichever option you choose, that collar has to be strong, weatherproof, reliable and comfortable. Dogs can’t be afraid to wear it, or at risk of injury. Still, the collar has to be affective for this training to work. 

Research your options carefully to find the best electric dog fence for your needs.

The best course of action here is to decide between the in-ground and wireless approach and then browse affordable products. Read the specifications carefully. This will tell you about the settings, range and other important details. You should also take the time to read customer reviews. This will provide information on the ease of use and reliability of the system. This is an important purchase, so don’t rush it and risk regretting your decision.

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1 thought on “How To Choose An Electric Dog Fence”

  1. I like how you mentioned that a wireless electrical fence is affordable. My wife and I are getting a puppy soon and we want to know how we can keep her quiet when we’re not home. I’ll be sure to tell my wife that we should consider getting a wireless electric fence for our puppy.

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