What is a wireless fence?
A wireless dog fence is an alternative solution to contain your dog if you prefer not to put up a traditional structural fence or bury an underground wire electric fence. In using a wireless fence, your dog would be required to wear a collar. This collar communicates continuously with the system components, enabling it to deliver an audible or static pulsing correction when your dog crosses the fence boundary. Wireless systems also feature in-home alerts when the boundary has been crossed, so you know immediately if your dog has escaped. These type of fences require proper training of your dog to respond to the fence boundary, which takes approximately three weeks to complete. Close »
Will a wireless fence work on my property?
There are limitations in wireless technology, so there are instances where an underground wire fence would be the ideal solution. If you have questions about these differences, please consult our experts at 1-800-800-1819, option 453. Or, watch our Property Challenges video to ensure that you learn all potential challenges to wireless technology. Close »
Radial vs. Custom
A wireless fence provides two types of formations: a circular-shaped fence or a custom-shaped fence that contours to your particular yard. Use the comparision chart below to see the main differences between our Radial-Shape and Custom-Shape Wireless Fence Systems.
Third Party Reviews
Boundary wobble, the movement of the boundary line from moment to moment, is one of the principle drawbacks of wireless fence systems. When the boundary line is inconsistent and moves, it is more difficult for the dog to learn where exactly the boundary is. It is also difficult in situations where you need a clear boundary to keep the dog out of danger that is on the other side of the boundary. The Havahart had by far the least boundary wobble of any wireless dog fence systems - by an extraordinary factor of three, but still it was not as good as a traditional wired systems which have close to zero wobble.
Perimeter Technology's Wifi Fence had a very high amount of wobble - making it one to avoid. This result was very surprising to us, since Perimeter and Havahart use similar wifi technology. Nonetheless, the Havahart outperformed the Wifi head-to-head in all our testing scenarios.
The Petsafe Wireless was somewhere in the middle and makes a credible budget option. To our surprise, the newer and more expensive PetSafe Stay + Play had worse wobble than the older model.
Retreat response the distance the dog has to retreat in order to stop getting the correction is the other drawback of wireless systems. Wireless systems require the dog to retreat a much greater distance to stop receiving the correction. This again makes training more difficult because the dog has to be taught to retreat a long distance, and is not rewarded with the cessation of the correction as soon as they start retreating.
Again the Havaharts outpaced the PetSafes and trounced the Perimeter Wifi with significant. And again, wired systems outperformed the Havaharts.
Havahart® Wireless Radial-Shape or Custom-Shape should not be confused with Invisible Fence®, Invisible Fencing®, PetSafe® or Perimeter™ Brand. Invisible Fence® and Invisible Fencing® are products and registered trademarks of Invisible Fence, Inc. PetSafe® products are registered trademarks of Radio Systems Corporation. Perimeter™ Brand is a registered trademark of Perimeter Technologies, Inc. Dog Fence DIY is a third-party independent source and is an entity separate from Havahart® Wireless.