dogs in backyard

Real fences can be expensive and difficult to maintain. With an electric fence, you can be sure that your dog is safe, and that you have a little more money in your pocket.There are a variety of quality fences out there that are easy to set up, and safe for your dog. There are even wireless options out there so you don’t have to waste your time and money on digging holes for the wires. Regular fences don’t always keep your dog in; large dogs can jump over them, and small dogs can dig their way under them. Considering how advanced and humane in-ground fences have become, they’re worth a try! We’ve tested some of the most popular brands out there and chosen some of our favorite fences. From Petsafe, to Extreme Dog, you can find the perfect new fence for your yard.

table of contents

why choose an electric fence?

dog playing in a yard

Electric fences are great because no matter how small or large your dog is, they can’t escape. We know that some small dogs are escape artists, and it can be nearly impossible to keep them in any confined space; with an electric fence, you won’t have to worry about your pup getting under or over the fence. They’re also great because weather can’t destroy them. No matter how much wind goes through your yard, there won’t be anything to blow over. Electric fences are reliable, and your dog will feel like they have more freedom and visibility. 

Regular fences can be eye sores for your yard, and they’re expensive to set up. Additionally, regular fences usually only cover the backyard; electric fences can give your dog access to the entire yard, no matter what the weather or situation. We reviewed some of the best electric fences on the market to help you choose the best one for your needs. 

how to use an electric fence?

Electric fences are now incredibly easy to set up and use. Wireless options are available; all you’ll need to do is plug in the base, and it’ll set up a perimeter around your house, campsite, or rental. These are ideal for pup parents that don’t have the time to dig room for a fence, or families that are constantly traveling with their dogs. 

Training a dog to use an electric fence is also fairly easy. Typically training takes two weeks, and it’s completely humane. Most collars have a setting that won’t vibrate on your pup’s neck but will alert them with a noise when they get to the perimeter. If you place flags around the perimeter, they’ll begin to associate the noise with your yard perimeter. After several weeks you’ll be ready to show activate a vibrating setting on their collar to keep them within the limits. 

top pick - extreme dog fence

The Extreme Dog Fence is made to last. All of it’s parts are manufactured in the USA, and they also offer 24 hour assistance for all of their products. This is a brand, and a product that we can easily get behind. The system is customizable, comes with a satisfaction guarantee, and is safe for just about any dog. No matter what your needs, you can get this system to work for your dog, and trust it’s effectiveness and safety. Even if you have multiple dogs this is a great system to try out. You can purchase systems for one dog, all the way up to 5 dogs. 


This system is perfectly customizable. You can choose the number of dogs you want on the system, and how long you want the wire to be. The wire is available in 14 gauge eXtreme wire from 500 feet all the way up to 5000 feet. No matter what shape your yard is, you can easily make this wire fit anywhere.

The transmitter can acommodate areas anywhere from under an acre to over 10 acres. You can also adjust the boundary zone to suit your dogs needs; giving them anywhere from inches of space up to 32 feet. 

The collar is also made to last, and one of the smallest available. Weighing just 1.1 ounces, it’s perfect for dogs of all sizes.  Instead of being water resistant, it’s completely waterproof and submersible. No matter what your dog gets into, they’ll be safe wearing the collar, and the collar won’t break. The collar can be submerged up to 100 feet, so of course your dog can even swim in this collar. 

When you order the transmitter, receiver, boundary wire, twisted wire, training flags, contact points, comfort contact covers for the collar, contact training caps for the collar, a professional splice kit, a battery for the receiver, and yard staples. Considering all of the reliable features, we would highly recommend this system for any dog parent in need of a high quality fence for their dog(s). When you purchase, you’ll even receive a 10 year warranty on all electronics. 

runner up - SportDog In-Ground Fence

electric fence

The Sportdog in-ground fence is easy to install, and will help you keep track of your pup. This electric fence includes 1000 feet of 20-gauge wire and you’ll receive 100 flags. This fence can cover up to 1 1/3 acres of land. If you need more acreage covered, you can purchase an additional wire that will still work with this system. We love this system because of it’s easy installation, powerful system, and it’s safe for your dog to use. If you have multiple dogs, this system can be used on an unlimited number to keep all of your furry friends in the yard. 


You can use this collar on any dog over 10 lbs. No matter how aggressive or calm your dog is, this in-ground fence will be a great fit for your needs. It has 4 levels of static stimulation to handle any pup. The collar is comfortable, waterproof, and has safety features to keep your dog within their boundaries. It has built-in lightning protection, and even has an anti-linger feature to keep your dog from bolting across the fence. You’ll also be happy to hear that it has a wire break alarm on the transmitter. If your pup manages to get across the fence, you’ll know right away.

Installing the fence is fairly easy. All you have to do is bury the wire around the perimeter of your yard, and turn on the transmitter. The kit includes flags that you should set up around your yard, and this will help your dog learn it’s boundaries. When your pup gets to close to the fence, the collar will give off a warning beep, if they go through the area, a safe vibration will be given to the contact points on the collar until they return inside the boundaries.The battery on the collar is a 9-volt battery and lasts 6-12 months, and you’ll receive a transmitter charging adapter. 

We would definitely recommend this fence for any pup parent on the lookout for a safe electric fence for their dog. It’s easy to set up, and you can modify it to suit your dog’s personal needs. 

Wireless Pick - Petsafe Wireless Fence

Wireless electric fences are the most convenient way to keep your pup in your yard at all times. No digging or burying required. The system takes around 2 hours to set up, and because it’s portable – you can use it anywhere. You can take it camping, on vacations, or of course just leave it in your yard. Once you pick a place to set your transmitter, the boundary can be set to cover up to 1/2 an acre , or 90 feet in all directions. If you’re renting a house, or constantly traveling with your pup, this wireless fence will be a great addition to your household.

petsafe fence

The collar for this system is waterproof, and even has 5 levels of correction. You can use the system on any pup over 8 lbs that has a neck size between 6 and 28 inches. if you have multiple pets you’ll be happy to hear that the system can handle an unlimited amount of dogs. All you have to do is purchase separate collars for your pups. The collar is extremely handy, it has a low battery indicator so you’ll always have a heads up if the collar will become inactive. It also has a warning tone so your pup will be alerted when they get too close to the boundaries. The system also has an automatic shutoff. If your dog manages to escape the boundary zone, it will shut off after 30 seconds for 5 minutes, and then it will turn on for another 30 seconds to ensure your pup has a safe experience regardless of their behavior. 

Bargain Pick - Petsafe Basic Fence

petsafe fence

The Petsafe Basic Fence is a quality in-ground fence that is practical for just about any budget. Priced at under $100, it will take care of your backyard needs without breaking the bank. The Basic fence comes with 1/3 acre coverage; however, you can purchase additional wire for up to 5 acres. It’s safe to use in backyards, and has basic features that make it easy to use, and practical for your pooch. They also have great customer service 6 days a week, so if you have any difficulties you can reach on of their technicians almost anytime. 

The Petsafe Basic Fence has a great lightweight collar that is safe to use on dogs over 8 lbs with neck sizes between 6 and 26 inches. You’ll also be happy to hear that it’s waterproof, so no matter what your dog gets into, you can trust that the collar won’t malfunction. We would recommend this system to both calm and aggressive dogs. It has four levels of static correction and a tone-only mode for training sessions. Unlike many in-ground fences you can also create keep out areas for your dog. This will prevent them from going near a pool, pond, just about anything you want your dog to avoid on a daily basis. 

The system has a low battery indicator to alert you when the battery is about to die, and a surge protector to protect against surges or spikes. This is a great affordable product for dog owners looking for a simple system to set up in their yards.