I’ll start with the wireless system. A very good friend of mine purchased a wireless system and he absolutely swears by it. He goes camping every summer and he is able to take his fence with him. He’s never had a problem with it and if you were to speak to him he’d recommend it every time.
When I decided to buy a system I chose the underground dog fence. Based on the research I did, it was the best option for me.
I had a very sloped and hilly terrain in my yard and I was concerned that the signal might be blocked if I purchased a wireless. The system I bought came with a surge protector and heavy gauge wire. It also had a customer approval rating of 4.7 out of 5. I was sold!
Now that the initial work is over and done, I wouldn’t trade my system for any other.
Wireless (the pros)
- Very easy to set up. Can be set up and ready to go in an hour or two.
- Completely portable. You can easily pack it up and take it with you wherever you take your dog.
- You can easily adjust the radius of the safe zone at the transmitter.
- If there is a problem, it’s one of two things. The transmitter or the collar (receiver)
Wireless (the cons)
- Not recommended for yards with hills or steep slopes
- Most models can only produce a circle of protection. This can restrict your dog’s access to certain parts of your yard.
- The area you can cover is limited
- Will not penetrate metal. Aluminum siding or a metal shed could cause a problem with the radio signal.
- Very large trees can also block the radio signal (not the type of tree you might see in most residential areas)
- Tends to cost slightly more than the in-ground models.
Underground (the pros)
- Easy to map out the areas of protection. You can keep the garden, or the pool, or the driveway off limits.
- The signal travels from the transmitter through the wire. Metal, hills or trees will not affect the signal.
- You can protect acres of land if that’s what you want to do.
- Tends to be slightly lower in price than the wireless models.
Underground (the cons)
- Takes much longer to set up your system. Could be an all day job, or a weekend project.
- The wire is buried about 2 inches underground. It is not portable.
- In the event that your cable is damaged (it’s rare, but it happens) you would have the time-consuming job of locating the damaged wire. You could always purchase a wire break locator. This will quickly find the break. If you factor in the cost of a break locator and having to go out and find one or order one, it just might be advantageous to start the project with a thicker wire.
I hope this list can help you decide which system is best for your property.