With so many options in electric dog fences out there, you may be wondering where to begin. There are wired electric dog fences and wireless fences. Other than the obvious, you may be wondering the differences between the two. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of them both.

Pros of a Wireless Dog Fence

  • With a wireless dog fence, installation is a breeze. All that you need to do is plug in your transmitter, set the size of your containment circle, plant your flags, put the collar on your dog and train him or her.
  • Portability is another appreciated feature. If you are going camping, you can take your fence with you. The same goes if you are moving to a new residence. Simply take it to your new house and plug it in.

Cons of a Wireless Dog Fence

There are many different things that can cause a wireless dog fence to fail. These factors include:

  • Any hills or sloping in your yard
  • A metal roof
  • Stucco siding
  • Too many trees
  • A metal object within your containment area

If you have any of these situations, a wireless dog fence is not recommended. Your dog will either be able to get out, or the collar will shock the dog when it shouldn’t.

Another issue with a wireless dog fence is that your containment area must exist in the form of a circle. This means you cannot customize your perimeter. Wherever you have your transmitter, becomes the center of your containment circle. This means you cannot contain your front yard or backyard only, for example.

In addition to this, a wireless dog fence can only contain one acre of land or less. In contrast, a wired fence can contain several acres of land, depending on the brand of transmitter that you have.

Now, let’s take a look at how wired fences compare to this.

Pros of a Wired Dog Fence

  • Your border is 100% customizable. Wherever you lay your dog fence wire, becomes the perimeter of your electric dog fence.
  • Nothing beats the reliability of a wired electric dog fence. All of the things that will throw off a wireless fence will not have any effect on a wired fence.


As you might expect, the one thing that is more difficult about a wired fence is the installation process. Here is a quick rundown of how to install an electric dog fence.

Keep in mind that there are many different ways to layout your wire. But no matter how you do it, you must have a complete circuit. This means that your dog fence wire must begin and end in the same place.

Now that you have laid out your wire, you will need a way to connect your loop to the transmitter located inside of your home. That is what twisted wire is used for. Simply splice the twisted wire to the two ends of your boundary loop and carry it into your home, where you have your transmitter located.

Next you hook the wire up to your transmitter. Program your settings on the collar. Take the dog fence collar outside to test it on the boundary. As soon as you know it is working, it is time to bury your dog fence wire.

Your wire should be buried about 3-6 inches deep. The easiest way to do this would be to rent a wire trencher. It digs the groove, plants the wire and then covers it up with dirt too. Another option is to use an edger to cut a groove in the soil. Then you can just insert the wire in the groove and cover it up.

In general, you should expect to spend about 1 day of work installing your wired electric dog fence.


A wireless dog fence is easier to install, but it is not as reliable of a solution. In addition to this, if you need to contain more than ¾ of an acre of land, you will need to choose a wired system.

12 Replies to “Wired Vs. Wireless Electric Dog Fences: What are the Differences?”

  1. Does metal interfere. We have wrought iron fence that it will be installed near or touching? Also, does it in shock dog when you leave the area or both ways?

    1. Hello Trevor. You can actually install your dog fence wire right along your wrought iron fence, if you like. Near or touching it will be fine as well. Ungalvanized metal would be the only issue, (something like barbed wire for example).
      In regards to your 2nd question, your dog receives a correction as soon as the beep happens, when they approach the wire. If the dog crosses over the wire and leaves, yes the dog will get corrected again when he comes back into the yard. Feel free to call us if you have any more questions or concerns. Thank you!

  2. What about a snowy environment? We live in Alaska and few sites touch on snow.
    Also, what about dogs who dig? What happens if they dig under the wire?

    1. Hello Micheala, if you have a lot of snow, it would be best to go with our Max grade system, which is our 14 gauge wire with a 60 ml polyethylene jacket on the outside of it. This will make sure your wire has the most protection from the elements.
      In regards to dogs who dig, your dog won’t be able to dig underneath the wire, because he or she will receive a static correction before they reach the wire. This would make digging under the wire quite difficult.
      Feel free to call or message us anytime with any more questions you might have!

    1. I’m sorry but the electrical field could potentially create problems with your dog fence wire. As such, we highly recommend a minimum of 4′ of separation between the horse fence and your dog fence wire. I hope this helps your planning a bit. Thank you kindly for your question.

  3. I had a wireless system and the dog kept going through the electric fence. It was working great for the first month but then I think he got used to the correction. He’s a big bernadoodle (80 lbs). We used the long prongs on the collar and had the correction set to high. Would a wired system have better results?

    1. Frank, thanks for reaching out to us. It is possible that your dog may need a stubborn dog collar. Some dogs are stronger-willed and are more tolerant of the sensation that they feel coming from the collar. To answer your question about wired vs. wireless, I would say that our wired Extreme dog fence would be stronger than a wireless fence would be. Pairing it with our stubborn dog collar is recommended. Feel free to give us a call at 800-305-6116 if we can answer any more questions for you!

    1. Jon,
      Thanks for reaching out to us. All you would need to do is cut a groove in your driveway with a circular saw that has a masonry blade. Then insert the wire, and caulk over it with a sealant that matches your driveway.
      Feel free to call or message us with any more questions you might have. You can reach us at 800-305-6116. Thanks!

  4. Can u ” insulate” an area where the wired comes across the house (maybe over the house(on roof)) to connect circuit?

    1. Hello Linda,
      When you say “insulate” an area, are you trying to cancel out part of your loop? If so, there isn’t a way to do that. There isn’t any type of material that you can run the wire through to “cancel out” the signal. Is that what you mean? We are here 7 days a week. Please give us a call to chat! You can reach us at 800-305-6116. Thanks!

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