Top 10 Electric Dog Fences

The best electric dog fences that keep your pets safe within your yard, eliminating the need for traditional fences.  

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  • In-Ground Fence
  • $199
  • Covers up to 5 acres with additional wire
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • 8 levels of correction
  • In-ground Fence
  • $154.99
  • Covers 1/3 acres expandable to 5 acres with additional wire
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • In-ground fence
  • $199.95
  • Up to 5 acres cover with additional wire
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • Dual frequency
  • In-ground Fence
  • $209.95
  • Cover up to 25 acres
  • Rechargeable battery
  • In-ground fence
  • $299.95
  • Up to 10 acres with additional wire
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • Compatible with indoor systems
  • In-ground Fence
  • $244.95
  • 100 acre cover
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • Rugged and reliable
  • In-ground Fence
  • $224.95
  • Cover 1/3 acre expandable to 10 acres with additional wire
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • 4 Higher Intensity Settings
  • Wireless fence
  • $299
  • Circular wireless boundary from 40-400 ft in any direction
  • 2 dogs maximum
  • Rechargeable collar
  • Up to 11 acres cover
  • Wireless fence
  • $349.99
  • Covers 3/4 acre circular area
  • Unlimited number of pets with purchase of additional collars
  • Wireless fence
  • $599.99
  • 1/2 acre cover
  • Unlimited Number of pets 
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Best Electric Dog Fences: Summed Up

Company Name Strengths
1DogtekBest Overall
2PetSafe BasicPrice, Design
3PerimeterDesign
4InnotekDesign

How We Compare Electric Dog Fences

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Price - 30%
Pet Features - 25%
Equipment - 20%
Effective Range - 15%
Design - 10%

Price

The price of each system plays a large role when considering which equipment to recommend. Pets eventually (even the most stubborn) do get trained, and investing in a pricier system may not be a good decision. Ideally, pet fencing systems should not be a permanent fixture because they lose usefulness once our pets are trained to recognize boundaries.

Pet Features

The next factor in our criteria deals with how these electronic systems affect our pets. This includes how the system functions when our pets reach the boundary, overall effectiveness, the level of correction it provides, and warning features. It also gives a score according to how the collar is built, comfort and functioning.

Equipment

Effective range – most pet owners only require cover for small lawns. Prices of pet fencing systems usually depend on how much cover is required, so it is essential that you know this. We also take into consideration the flexibility of the system and if it could be used both indoors and outdoors.

Battery – we recommend electronic fences that use rechargeable batteries. This is ideal for especially for long-term use since constantly buying battery replacements could be expensive and cumbersome.

Training equipment – training flags are provided to help our pets visualize the location of boundaries. This is a clear signal that our pets are near a boundary and helps during training. Aside from providing training flags, companies also include a training manual.

Ease of installation – this is definitely where wireless systems out perform in-ground systems. Wireless dog fences do not require burying wires and all you need is to configure the base unit and collars. However, most electric fencing systems both come with manuals making it easy to install even without professional installation services.

Design

Each system brings its own unique advantage, but generally, we recommend in-ground electric dog fences. In-ground pet fences do take a little bit more time to install but this is quickly overshadowed by its numerous benefits. These more accurately define boundaries and could be used in properties/ lawns with unconventional shapes. In-ground fences are not affected by obstacles unlike wireless systems that are prone to signal interference. Spending a couple of more hours is a better option when you’re thinking of a pet fencing system that will be used for months or years.

FAQ

What is an electric dog fence?

An electric dog fence is an electronic system designed to keep your pet within a set boundary. The system comes with a wire that is typically buried or otherwise secured around the perimeter you designate as your pet’s boundary. A collar that is worn by your pet contains a sensor, which will first beep to warn your pet to move away from the boundary. If your pet ignores the signal and continues to get closer, he or she will receive a mild electric shock to deter them from crossing the fence perimeter.

Is an electric fence right for my dog?

An electric dog fence can be a great tool for pet parents who are concerned about their pet running away, chasing people, animals or cars, or wandering off and getting lost. For most pet parents, the idea of losing a pet is like losing a family member, and electric dog fences can help prevent that fear from becoming a reality.

Despite how helpful an electric fence can be, the truth is that an electric dog fence is not right for every dog, or for every pet parent.

An electric fence is easy to set up; however, in order for the system to be effective you will likely need to spend time training your pet. If you don’t it could cause a lot of confusion for your pet, or worse, create anxiety or fear. Remember, your pet won’t know what is happening, so it’s best to spend time up front to show them how it works before letting them loose.

If your pet is under 8 weeks, chances are they won’t be able to understand the training you are providing. No matter how hard you may try to train a 6 month old how to use the potty, chances are they just don’t have the capacity to comprehend the directions, control their impulses, and react accordingly. The same is true for animals.

Then there are the pets that will blow right through the electric pet fence all together. Whether they get caught up in the moment, just don’t care about the fence, don’t remember it’s there, or whatever the reason, some pets just need that physical boundary.

However, many pet parents have found electric dog fences exactly what they need to protect their pets and keep them safely at home.

Does the shock from the electric dog fence hurt my dog?

The shock that is delivered from the sensor collar is mild, and the voltage can typically be adjusted within a safe range.

However, there is a risk for injury if the voltage is too high, so we suggest following the directions on whatever system you choose to make sure your pet is not injured. We do not condone using an electric fence to hurt or cause pain to your pet. The purpose of an electric fence is to get the attention of your pet and deter them from crossing the boundaries, which is why many pet parents will test the system on themselves before putting the collar on their pet.

It’s never a bad idea to speak to your veterinarian if your pet has health problems or you have concerns about using an electric dog fence for your pet.