Updated October 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 7 Best Electric Dog Fences

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in October of 2017. If you don't have a fully-fenced yard and need a reliable, but unobtrusive, way to keep a pet safe and contained outdoors, look no further than one of these convenient electric dog fences. We've included both wired and wireless models, all of which come with one or more collar receivers that will deliver just the right amount of correction to your pup to get its attention. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Extreme Dog Fence Pro Grade

2. Pet Control HQ

3. Extreme Dog Fence Standard Grade

Editor's Notes

October 10, 2019:

While researching the best electric dog fences we came across a large number of low-quality systems that included complaints ranging from signal inconsistencies that have allowed pets to escape, to products malfunctioning and giving continuous corrections. Since both of these issues can be very dangerous to a dog, we spent a lot of time ensuring that the options on this list all have a very good reputation with current users. While we cannot unequivocally state that it is impossible for one of these systems to experience one of the aforementioned issues, we feel confident saying the chances are minimal.

We also removed a couple of products that made our list last year for a variety of reasons. For example, the AngelaKerry Invisible didn't stand the test of time and has shown that its longevity is questionable, and there were reports of the Redhound Comprehensive giving excessive correction, even on the lowest setting.

All that being said, we certainly did find some great options this time around to suit nearly any need. When it comes to durability, there are few models that can match the Extreme Dog Fence Pro Grade, which has a very strong, 14-gauge boundary wire. In fact, the company is so sure of the longevity of their product that they have included a 10-year warranty with it. For those who want a truly hassle-free installation, we included the PetSafe Stay & Play, which is a completely wireless option.

Additionally, we replaced the SportDog Containment System with the Sport Dog SDF-CT, which is a combination training system and pet fence. This makes it a great choice for anyone who was also considering buying a separate shock collar.

October 17, 2018:

We added the Pet Control HQ because it has ten correction levels, making it good for houses with little and big dogs that can handle varying degrees of pulses. We also recognized the need for a truly affordable option and added the Angelakerry wireless — the fact that it relies on GPS technology was an added plus. We had to remove the KoolKani due to users complaining it could get stuck on shock mode and some saying the signal stopped working entirely after a few months.

Special Honors

Invisible Fence If you aren't keen on a DIY option, then the Invisible Fence is right up your alley. The process starts with a free in-home consultation so they can customize the perfect system for your needs, and includes installation by a local dealer. You'll also get training sessions with a certified professional that will help ensure your pet understands their new boundaries. invisiblefence.com

4. PetSafe Stay & Play

5. Sport Dog SDF-CT

6. PetSafe YardMax

7. Free Spirit In-Ground

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on October 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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