Wireless Pet Fence vs Underground Fence

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Over the course of my many years in the dog fence business, I’ve seen a lot of different products. Dog Guard, Pet Stop, Pet Safe, Dog Watch, Innotek, and many more brands, too numerous to remember, are available. So, as a pet owner, you may well be confused, and no wonder! That’s why I thought I’d share my professional advice on the best type of fence to install for the security of your pet.

Underground Pet Fences

Some of the most effective and, therefore, the most popular dog fences are of the underground variety, and there are numerous brands to pick from. The transmitter for an underground dog fence is normally located in a dry area, such as a garage or basement, and communicates with the fence. After the transmitter has been put in place, a loop wire is connected to it.

Given that some yards are larger than others, when laying out the loop wire, you need to keep in mind that, depending on the size of the yard, the dog will be forced to remain back anywhere from 4 feet to up to ten feet from where you place the loop wire.

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Garden weed tools

A decent lawn edger can be used to create a slot in the ground, and then a garden weed tool (a short-handled tool with a v at the end) can be used to poke the wire down into the trench.

When placing the wire, make sure to leave enough length for the wire to go from the perimeter into the garage or basement if necessary.

What I do is leave enough wire on both ends to be able to insert both ends into my cordless drill and twist the two ends together with the drill. Once twisted, this section will no longer emit any signals, making it safe for your dog to cross and for you to store things in the basement or garage.

As a result, it will be much easier to lay the two wires in the same trench and to staple them to the wall in the basement or garage.

Okay, there are only three steps remaining to complete the wiring.

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Make a groove with a Skill saw

To begin, score a line in the driveway with a skill saw equipped with an asphalt blade. Using a screwdriver, pierce the wire into the score once it has been completed with the score. I discovered that wet-dry roofing is not only the most cost-effective, but it is also the most effective method of sealing the drive.

Next, place the flags at the same distance apart from the wire around the perimeter of the area to be protected.

And, last but not least, train your dog.

As you can see, there is a significant amount of labor needed in the installation of an underground electric pet fence.

According to the manufacturer, the subterranean pet fence receiver activates when it enters the signal field, and the wireless pet fence receiver activates when the receiver exits the signal field.

Wireless Pet Fences

Okay, now that we understand what is involved with the underground dog fence, let’s speak about wireless technology.

Pet Safe is the best-known company that currently manufactures wireless pet fences. Depending on the size of your yard, the setup is straightforward. Consider the following scenario: you have a quarter-acre lot.

On a quarter-acre property, the best location for the transmitter would be in the middle of the house, and installing the transmitter is as simple as plugging it into a nearby electrical socket.

After the transmitter has been installed, the battery should be placed in the receiver. Then it is time to indicate the boundaries of the pet’s territory with the flags.

On a quarter-acre plot, the transmitter range will need to be turned almost all the way up to compensate. Unfortunately, the wireless fence can only be used inside a 360-degree radius of the transmitter, or up to a 90-foot radius around the transmitter, for a total of 180 feet around the transmitter. Toss your flags into your receiver and begin walking toward it until the receiver activates, at which point you can drop in a flag. Continue around the property until you have flags approximately 10 feet apart all around the land, and then train your pet.


That concludes our comparison of the wireless dog fence and the subsurface dog fence. If you live in a tiny space, such as a condo or townhouse, wireless internet is definitely the best option for you. If, however, you have a large yard, an underground fence may be the best option for you.

The underground fence I have at home serves two purposes: it keeps my pet contained while also keeping him out of the gardens, which is quite important. Additionally, I have it hard-wired in certain areas of my home to keep them away from the cats’ area and the rubbish.

When I’m camping, I have a wifi system in my camper and mark a little area for them to camp in. My dogs, Molly, Freda, and Nutts, like having the freedom to roam around the house or while on vacation, and I am relieved to know that they are safe.

Thank you for reading, I hope you found this useful.

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