Third Party Reviews of Wireless Dog Fencing
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.