Why not let your dogs run free without the hassle of putting up a fence in your yard? A wireless dog fence is an excellent alternative, if you don’t want the hassle of putting up a physical fence or burying in-ground wires.

Reasons to Get a Wireless Dog Fence

Does your neighborhood have strict regulations? Or, perhaps you just don’t want the eyesore of a metal or wooden fence surrounding your yard.

One great thing about a wireless fence is that it is portable. You can establish a boundary around your swimming pool, for example. You can take a wireless fence camping with you too. Going to be moving house soon? No worries. With a wireless dog fence, you don’t have to uproot anything when it is time to move residences.

With that being said, some dog owners already have a physical fence, and they use a wireless fence to provide further reinforcement so their dogs won’t try to climb or dig underneath the fence.

How They Work

A wireless dog fence consists of a transmitter and a receiver collar.

The transmitter simply plugs into an electrical outlet, indoors where it won’t get wet. The transmitter becomes the center of the containment circle. With a wireless dog fence, you aren’t able to really customize the border. The only aspect you can customize is the size of the containment circle.

The transmitter sends out radio frequencies, which are picked up by the dog’s receiver collar. If the dog reaches the edge of the boundary which has been defined by the transmitter, he or she will hear a beep and then receive a static shock through the receiver collar.

A Word About Wired Dog Fences

Everyone can agree that wireless dog fences are portable and convenient. However, they do have their pitfalls. There are several things that can cause a wireless dog fence to fail. These include too many trees, sloping (a hill) in the yard, a metal roof or stucco siding.

In contrast, there are not any issues like this with a wired dog fence. None of these factors will have any effect on the performance of a wired dog fence.

Also, with a wired dog fence, you are able to customize the boundary. Most people find this to be the main reason why they need to go with a wired dog fence. For example, a wireless dog fence must be in the form of a circle. But what if your yard is rectangular? What if you need to contain your backyard or front yard only? Also, what if you need to create avoidance areas within your containment area? All of these are possible when you choose to go with a wired dog fence.


You can’t beat the portability and convenience of a wireless dog fence. If you need to contain your dogs when you are traveling, or if you aren’t able to bury wires, a wireless fence may be right for you. However, if you need to customize your border, or if you have any possible wireless interferences, you would be better off with a wired dog fence.