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Which dog fence is best for your dog

What to consider when you are looking for a dog fence

When you decide to secure your property to keep your pets safe and secure you will have to consider a few key criteria when deciding what type of dog fence to get. 

  • Budget
  • Type of pet / dog you have
  • Ease of installation and set up

As you are probably aware fence the entire perimeter of your property regardless of the size can run into thousands very quickly, and Electronic dog fence or Dog run is far more cost-effective, and far less labour intensive than installing a traditional fence or wall. On this page, we explain what each of these is and give our recommendations for each type of dog. 

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Electronic Dog Fences

An electronic dog fence, sometimes also referred to as an invisible fence is a copper wire boundary fence that is placed underground, a couple of inches below the surface.

This creates an electrically charged boundary that keeps your pet within the confines of your property without the need for a physical fence. Your pet is connected to the electronic dog fence by a collar it wears around its neck.

How the Electronic collar dog fence works may vary between each fence system, the StayFence Pet Containment System for example, works by first issuing the dog with an auditory warning when the dog nears the boundary, The pet containment system will issue 3 levels of mild correction, which intensify slightly as the dog nears the boundary. There are several options of pet containment available, check out all available Fence systems here.

You can read more on electronic dog fences, and how they work here. Below are our top picks for Electronic Dog Fences.

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Best all-round Electronic Dog Fence system:
StayFence Pet Containment System

The StayFence Pet Containment System is an Irish made pet safety system that keeps your pet on your property in a safe and reliable way.

  • Easy to set up
  • Peace of mind
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Compatible with Automowers

Best electronic dog fence for small dogs (under 2.4kg):
PetSafe Micro Fence

Our recommendation here really depends on how small the dog is. Check out our best electronic fence for small dogs post. 

Petsafe Micro Fence is easy to install and operate, the Little Dog Deluxe In-Ground Fence System works to keep smaller doges safely and securely contained within the pre-determined area.

  • Easy do-it-yourself installation
  • Instructions and packaging in EN/FR/NL/ES/IT/DE
  • Number of stimulation levels: 4
  • Low battery indicator on receiver collar: YES
  • Tone only option: Yes

Best electronic dog fence for large dogs:
StayFence Pet Containment System

The StayFence Pet Containment System is an Irish made pet safety system that keeps your pet on your property in a safe and reliable way.

  • Easy to set up
  • Peace of mind
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Compatible with Automowers

Best wireless electronic dog fence:
PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence

The PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence transmitter unit, which needs to be set up beside a power outlet indoors, controls the range of the signal. This wireless dog containment solution will safely service an area of up to 27.5 meters in radius and can be used for the containment of more than one dog by adding an extra receiver collar for every other dog.

  • Covers an adjustable circular area up to ½ an acre (27.5m in radius).
  • Completely wireless/ portable.
  • 5 adjustable levels of correction, plus the tone-only mode.
  • Add more pets with additional receiver collars PWF19-10762.
  • Includes “run-through protection” – your pet will be reminded to return to the boundary area.

Best electronic cat fence:
PetSafe In-Ground Cat Fence

The PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence transmitter unit, which needs to be set up beside a power outlet indoors, controls the range of the signal. This wireless dog containment solution will safely service an area of up to 27.5 meters in radius and can be used for the containment of more than one dog by adding an extra receiver collar for every other dog.

  • ideal for cats from 2.4 kg
  • easy to install, easy to use
  • robust and waterproof receiver
  • suitable for several cats and dogs

Dog Runs

If an electronic dog fence isn’t for you, you may prefer a Dog Run, a dog run can act as a great temporary solution to keeping your dog confined for a limited time.

A Dog Run is a system of easy to connect 1½” galvanised steel poles that form a sturdy frame. It should have heavy-duty galvanised chain link mesh clips easily to the frame with the attachments provided. The gate is pre-assembled in the factory and comes with heavy-duty hinges and a dog-proof latch. Easy to follow instructions are included.

Below are our top picks for traditional Dog Runs.

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Best dog run:
StayFence Dog Runs

The Stayfence Dog Runs are an easy and affordable way of creating a safe space for your pet at your home. Stayfence Dog Runs provide your pet with freedom & safety while costing significantly less than conventional fencing. They are quick and easy to assemble, reliable and safe.

  • LARGE: 2.29m(7.5ft)W x 3.96m(13ft)L x 1.83m(6ft)H
  • SMALL: 2.29m(7.5ft)W x 2.29m(7.5ft)L x 1.22m(4ft)H

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