How to Choose the Best Electric Dog Fence

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:18 February 2011 

The Right Electric Dog Fence for Your Dog

So, you need a dog containment system but you're not sure on the right one? We've put together this quick guide to take some of the guesswork out of choosing the right dog containment fence for your dog and your property.

When choosing a fence system, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Your dog's weight
  • Your dog's temperament
  • The size of additional dogs you need to contain
  • The size of the area you need to cover
  • Your existing fencing
  • Sheet metal on your property

All containment fence brands (DogWatch, Dogtra, PetSafe, SportDOG and Innotek) have the same set up (transmitter, wire and receiver collar), the key is to find the system with the right features for your situation. With those things in mind, let's take a look at each system!

 

 



DogWatch Hidden Fence 1200FMD

The World's Best Dog Fence!

Dog Size | Tiny to extra large dogs
Dog Weight | 2.5kg - 100kg
Dog Temperament | Timid to stubborn
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg to 100kg+
Maximum Coverage  | Up to 400 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside all types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | Yes

Quick Overview

We've put this fence first because it's the best containment fence in the World. The DogWatch Hidden Fence 1200FMD is the most versatile, reliable and durable fencing system designed for all dogs on all types of properties. It's the only system that features dual surge protection (internal & external) and the only system that does not encounter interference from sheet metal. Whether you need to create a small boundary along your driveway or create a boundary around a 400-acre farm, the DogWatch system does it all!

For more information about the DogWatch Hidden Fence 1200FMD, click here.

 

 

Dogtra E-Fence 3500 Dog Containment Fence System

Rechargeable receiver collar

Dog Size | Small to extra large dogs
Dog Weight | 7kg - 100kg
Dog Temperament | Mild to stubborn
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars only available for dogs above 7kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 40 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

Unlike other fencing systems that require replaceable batteries, the Dogtra E-Fence 3500 has a rechargeable receiver collar that saves you the ongoing cost of batteries. The Dogtra E-Fence receiver collar (and additional receiver collars) is slightly larger in size. We only recommend this system for dogs above 7kg. The Dogtra E-Fence 3500 covers up to 40 acres making it a suitable system for suburban properties and acreages

For more information about the Dogtra E-Fence 3500, click here.

 

 


 

SportDog Stubborn Dog Fence SDF-100A

Stubborn Dog Fence System

Dog Size | Medium to extra large
Dog Weight | 15kg+
Dog Temperament | Stubborn
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 100 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

The SportDOG SDF-100A is great for larger working dogs above 15kg on properties over 1 acre. The waterproof receiver collar has 4 levels of stronger static stimulations designed for headstrong dogs that are determined to escape. The heavy-duty transmitter features lightning surge protection and can cover up to 100 acres.

For more information about the SportDOG Stubborn Dog Fence SDF-100A, click here.

 

 

SportDOG Contain + Train System SDF-CT-22

The Ultimate 2-in-1!

Dog Size | Medium to extra large
Dog Weight | 15kg+
Dog Temperament | Stubborn
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg
Expandability (Remote Trainer) | Up to 3 dogs
Maximum Coverage | Up to 100 acres (with additional wire)
Maximum Range (Remote Trainer) | 450m
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

The SportDOG Contain + Train combines the capabilities of the SportDOG SDF-100A dog fence and the SportDOG SD-425E remote trainer into one easy-to-use system. Due to the size of the collar module and strength of the stimulation levels, we only recommend this system for dogs above 15kg with a stubborn temperament. The SportDOG SDF-100A covers up to 100 acres with additional boundary wire and can contain an unlimited number of pets providing they are wearing additional receiver collars.

The SD-425E remote trainer included with the system is the perfect short-range communication tool for pet dogs and working dogs above 15kg. Whether you're in a single-dog situation or multiple dog situation, the SD-425E remote trainer has the signal range and correction strength to rectify disobedient behaviour and reinforce training commands.

For more information about the SportDOG Contain + Train, click here.

 

 

PetSafe Deluxe Adjustable Dog Fence PIG19-15394

Budget-Friendly Dog Fence for Pet Dogs

Dog Size | Small to large dogs
Dog Weight | 4kg - 30kg
Dog Temperament | Mild
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 10 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

The PetSafe Deluxe Adjustable Dog Fence is a budget-friendly dog containment fence great for use on suburban properties and small acreages. The system can cover up to 10 acres with additional wire and the receiver collar is suitable for dogs above 5kg.

For more information about the PetSafe Deluxe Adjustable Dog Fence PIG19-15394, click here.

 

 


PetSafe Little Dog Deluxe Fence System PIG20-11041

Budget-Friendly Dog Fence for Tiny and Small Dogs

Dog Size | Tiny to small
Dog Weight | 2.5kg - 10kg
Dog Temperament | Mild
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 25 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

So often with many products, it's hard to get things that fit on smaller dogs - Not anymore! The PetSafe Little Dog fence covers up to 25 acres and has the smallest receiver collar available suitable for dogs from 2.5kg. Although this system is recommended for dogs from 2.5kg, the receiver collar can be used on larger, more timid dogs as well.

For more information about the PetSafe Little Dog Deluxe Fence System PIG20-11041, click here.

 

 

 

 



PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence PRF-3004XW-20

Budget-Friendly Stubborn Dog Fence System

Dog Size | Medium to large
Dog Weight | 15kg+
Dog Temperament | Stubborn
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 2.5kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 10 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

Quick Overview

An electric dog fence designed with larger stubborn breeds in mind. The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence has a larger waterproof collar with a training mode and 4 levels of heavier correction. The same transmitter as the standard version and will cover a 10-acre property. Best suited for larger dogs from 15kg that are stubborn or working breed. Although this system can cover up to 10 acres, if you're thinking of covering more than an acre, we recommend purchasing the SportDOG SDF-100A.

For more information about the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence PRF-3004XW-20, click here.

 

 

 

Innotek SD-2000

Dog Size | Medium to large
Dog Weight | 8kg+
Dog Temperament | Mild to medium
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 8kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 5 acres (with additional wire)
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

The Innotek SD-2000 is a basic dog containment system with limited features. The system can cover properties up to 5 acres (with additional wire). The larger collar module is suitable for dogs above 8kg. There are no adjustable correction settings and it's the only collar in our fence range that is not waterproof. This fence is best suited to medium to large dogs on a residential house blocks or small acreages (without access to swimming areas).

Note: Innotek is a brand that has been discontinued.

For more details Click Here
 

PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Containment Fence PIF17-13478

Wireless Boundary

Dog Size | Small to large
Dog Weight | 5kg - 30kg
Dog Temperament | Mild to medium
Additional Dog Sizes | Additional receiver collars available for dogs from 5kg
Maximum Coverage | Up to 3/4 of an acre
Existing Fencing | Suitable for installation alongside most types of fencing and properties with no fencing
Suitable for Installation near Sheet Metal | No

The PetSafe Stay + Play System emits a wireless circular boundary, safely containing your dog. Please note: because this system is wireless, it is prone to a lot more variable that may affect the consistency of the radio signal. 

For more information about the PetSafe Stay + Play System, click here.

 

 

Additional Receiver Collars

What if I have dogs of different sizes and temperaments?  Do I need to install different containment systems? 

No, you don't! If you need different types of collars to fit different sized dogs, the only thing you'll need to consider is that the additional receiver collar is compatible with your existing/chosen fencing system:

  • All PetSafe receiver collars are compatible with any PetSafe, SportDOG, and Innotek fencing system.
  • All SportDOG receiver collars are compatible with any SportDOG, PetSafe, and Innotek fencing system.
  • All DogWatch receiver collars are only compatible with any DogWatch fencing system.
  • All Dogtra receiver collars are only compatible with any Dogtra fencing system.

 

Receiver collar sizes:

PetSafe and SportDOG receiver collars are available in designs suitable for dogs from 2.5kg up to extra large dogs with stubborn temperaments.

DogWatch receiver collars are available in designs suitable for dogs from 2.5kg up to extra large dogs with stubborn temperaments.

The Dogtra fence only has one compatible collar and due to the size of the collar unit, we only recommend it for dogs above 7kg.

 

Properties with no Fencing

If your property has no fencing at all ('run through zones'), we recommend using receiver collars that have adjustable correction levels. This way, you can increase the correction strength according to your dog's temperament. If you have a larger-sized dog, we recommend choosing a stubborn dog fence system/receiver collar.

Well, that ought to do it for now! As you can see, there is a dog containment fence system for each individual situation. You can click into each product for more information, and if you have any more questions, give us a call us on 1300 668 931. We are always happy to help!