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9 Best Dog Proof Fence

Written by Dr. Patricia Williams

Written by Dr. Patricia Williams

Dr. Patricia Williams is an animal veterinarian. She's been working with pets for more than 20 years. She graduated from Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. She's an expert author here at WhyDoPets.

Even though dogs aren’t natural climbers, anyone who owns a dog will knot that they are pretty good escape artists. Dogs will always find a way to exit a wood fence, even if the fence keeps them more secure from dangerous wild animals. Thankfully, you have the option to get a dog-proof fence. A dog-proof fence doesn’t just keep your pooches inside of a designated safe area but can also keep predators and other animals out.

What Is a Dog-Proof Fence?

A dog-proof fence is any containment system that keeps your dog or dogs from leaving its safe and peace zone. It can be a wood fence, a picket fence, or a high-tech fencing system that delivers shocks to your dog’s fur when they venture too far from home. You can determine the size of its safe zone by setting up underground wires along your fence line or adjusting the radius of the transmitter. If the dog passes a physical fence or a wireless fence, then it’s shocksville for the hound.

Dog Fencing Options

There are three main types of dog-proof fence ideas: wireless, inground wired, and traditional fences. Take a look at each of these solutions to see which one is best for your home.

Wireless

A wireless fence consists of a transmitter and collar receiver. The transmitter is used to define an area where your dog can roam freely and undisturbed. As soon as the animal exits the safe zone, the transmitter will send commands to the collar to deliver a slight shock. The shock’s purpose is to condition to stay within the boundaries of the transmitter. This is a great fence that will complement your existing fence beautifully.

Inground Wires

Inground wires work similarly to wireless fencing. However, instead of using an electromagnetic field that defines how far a dog can go, homeowners need to plant wires underground that tell the transmitter when to begin delivering slight shocks through the collar. It can take several hours of setting up, and inground wire dog-proof fences are not portable at all.

Traditional Fences

A traditional dog fence uses a chew-proof material to keep your dogs from biting through and leaving over. They can also be chain-link fencing that stops large breeds like German Shepherds from passing through. The higher the fence, the lower the risk that your dog will leap over and make a beeline for freedom into the dark woods. A fenced-in yard will also protect your dogs from getting harmed by wild animals.

Other Fence Ideas

Other fence ideas include a chain-link fence, a wood privacy fence, a coyote roller that attached to the top of the fence to deter them from climbing, and chicken-wire fences. Whichever choice you make, make sure that the fence reaches the perfect height to prevent your dogs from jumping out.

Top 9 Best Dog-Proof Fences

Below is our list of the top 11 best dog-proof fences you can get to ensure your pooch’s safety all day, every day.

1. PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment Fence

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The PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment Fence is our number-one dog-proof fence solution. This company offers several some more options you can find down below.

The Pet Containment Fence is a wireless fencing system that creates an imaginary fence line. It involves absolutely no back-breaking digging. Instead, to get this wireless dog-proof fence set up, all you need to do is place the transmitter in any spot on your yard and set the coverage area up to half an acre. Slip the receiver collar onto your dog’s neck and voila! The PetSafe Wireless containment system is ready to go!

If you have more than one dog—let’s say you have 100—then you’ll need to purchase an additional 99 more tags for all of your loveable pooches. This fence supports an infinite number of dogs; as long as their necks are between 6 and 28 inches, they’ll receive light static shocks from this system, telling them to come close to home base by passing the invisible fence once more.

Each collar comes preinstalled with a battery that lasts for up to two months. You will have to get a replacement RFA-67D-11 battery from an authorized PetSafe retailer online to get one since many brick-and-mortar stores don’t carry replacements. Your dog may not know what’s going on, but this type of fence will ensure maximum safety all yea rlong.

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PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment Fence
PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment Fence

2. PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs & Cats

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We have another PetSafe product for you—this time, it’s the Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence. This dog-proof fence is designed to keep dogs from straying away from the designated ¾-acre circle starting from the transmitter’s point. Setting this fencing system up is as simple as the previous PetSafe model; just place the transmitter anywhere you like, set up the permissible travel radius, and you’re all done.

Like the previous PetSafe product, this model offers five different static levels to train the stubbornest dogs from venturing too far from home. Best of all, when your pup comes back into the safe zone, it won’t receive an additional shock, conditioning your dog that it’s more secure to travel in than out.

This fence also supports an infinite number of cats and dogs, provided that dog owners purchase an infinite number of tags. This wireless dog-proof fence is easy to take with you during family trips to keep your dog from leaving your vision for too long. It comes with 50 training flags that you plant around your yard to make sure that your furry friends know where its fence boundaries are.

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PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs & Cats

3. PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence for Dogs and Cats

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We have yet another PetSafe dog-proof fence for you, but this one differs from the previous two in installation. The Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence uses wires that you place underground (not too deep) to define where your dogs and cats are allowed to go. If they go past the wire fence, then they’ll receive one of four static shock levels, depending on high you set it.

The included 20-gauge inground wire can be set up to cover up to an acre of land, allowing your dog to venture farther and more freely before hitting the underground fence. To help your dogs get accustomed to this fence, you can set the plastic tag receiver up to vibrate as a warning that they’re going too far away from the fence.

The receiver has a preprogrammed overcorrection system in place to keep from shocking your dog or cat for longer than 30 seconds while they’re within the defined safe zone. If you have a backyard lake, you might be happy to learn that these collars are absolutely waterproof, so splashing in the bodies of water will not ruin the battery or receiver system at all. Make sure you get enough tags for all of your dogs, regardless of how many hundred canines and felines you have.

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PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence for Dogs and Cats

4. Extreme Dog Fence 2nd Generation

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The Extreme Dog Fence 2nd Generation comes with several much-needed upgrades that customers were looking for after getting the first-gen version. This is an inground, dog-proof fence that requires a bit of digging to set up. The larger your yard, the more digging it will take, but it’s worth it if you want your pup to run freely across six acres for plenty of exercise.

The Extreme Dog Fence is also a lot more flexible than a wire fence. It comes with seven different static levels instead of four or five, offering you better control over how you condition your dog to stay within the safe zone. You can choose an Extreme dog-proof fence with between one or five included tags, depending on how many dogs you have at home.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, this dog-proof fence performs periodic Temperature, Wire, and Battery Checks. With this auto-monitoring system, you’ll always be in the loop regarding the fence’s inground wire beneath the surface of your yard. If anything snaps or if there are gaps in the fence wire, you’ll immediately receive a notification. However, it won’t point out which part of the fence needs fixing, so you may have to do a bit of digging to figure it out.

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Extreme Dog Fence 2nd Generation
Extreme Dog Fence 2nd Generation

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5. PetSafe Free to Roam Wireless Dog and Cat Fence

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It appears that PetSafe is dominating our list of the best dog-proof fences and for very good reason. The PetSafe Free to Roam Wireless Fence is another inground-cable-free fence that uses a simple setup involving a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter defines safe-to-travel zones of up to half an acre in size from its location. Any cats or dogs sporting a compatible collar will immediately know where the invisible fence lies.

As is typical of a PetSafe fence, the Free to Roam fence offers five different static shock levels. Each receiver comes with a preinstalled battery that lasts for up to two months at a time (replacement batteries found online). The receiver will not deliver a shock when your good boy or girl comes back into the safe zone.

This fence pack includes a single receiver collar, but you can purchase an unlimited number of tags for your unlimited number of dogs. The Free to Roam wireless dog-proof fence comes with 50 dog-training flags to notify your dogs where they’re travel boundaries are, and the entire fencing system is portable and safe to take with you when traveling by RV. By purchasing additional Free to Ram transmitters, you can double your the area of the fence without delivering a shock when passing between overlapping fencing zones.

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PetSafe Free to Roam Wireless Dog and Cat Fence

6. Pet Control HQ Dog Containment Fence

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If the six-acre Extreme Dog Fence 2nd Generation isn’t enough area for your dog to roam happily, then perhaps the 10-acre Pet Control HQ Dog Containment Fence is the more suitable option. This dog-proof fencing system creates a wireless layout of safe and no-go zones for your dogs and cats, ensuring that they never wander too far off from the fence without your permission.

Instead of purchasing replacement batteries every two months, this fencing system’s receivers use rechargeable batteries that last for up to 12 hours per charge. This should give your dog plenty of time to run and leap freely while staying within the permissible up-to-10-acre fence zone. Plus, the collar can adjust to slip around the necks of 10-plus-pound dogs with up to 27-inch-diameter necks.

The Dog Containment Fence comes with a single remote that you use to condition your dog through light shocks. If your dog does something it shouldn’t, or if they’re starting to wander too far from the fence, pressing a button on the remote will deliver a slight shock to its neck, telling your dog that it’s time to tuck tail and return to its fence boundaries. To make sure your dog isn’t uncomfortable for too long, the collar only works for up to eight seconds at a time while they’re outside of the fence zone.

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Pet Control HQ Dog Containment Fence

7. Sit Boo-Boo Electric Fence Advanced

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If the 10-acre coverage of the Pet Control HQ is still not enough, then maybe the Sit Boo-Boo Electric Fence Advanced with twice as much coverage is the better option for you and your dog. With 20 acres of free-roaming, your dogs and cats will most likely tire themselves out before reaching the edge of the transmitter’s boundary.

This fence uses inground wires to define where your pooch can and cannot pass. It can take some time to plant the wires along the edge of your yard line, but you only need to do it once instead of repeatedly redefining a wireless safe zone. Still, it can be tiresome work, and placing the wire too deep underground can render it near-useless.

The Sit Boo-Boo Electric dog-proof fence offers seven different static levels, allowing you to condition both behaved and stubborn dogs based on their own personalities instead of delivering a single-level shock to everyone evenly. Each battery can hold a 12-hour charge. Make sure that you get enough receiver tags for all of your dog friends, so no one strays too far from home.

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Sit Boo-Boo Electric Fence Advanced

8. Tenax 2A140073 Select Pet Fence

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The Tenax 2A140073 Select Pet Fence lets you create a physically fenced-in yard without shock therapy. In fact, it’s as low-tech as can be—it’s a simple wire fence that you plant in the ground and along your property line to keep your dog from straying too far. However, large and medium-sized dog breeds like an Australian Cattle Dog or a Golden Retriever can cause the wire fence to fall, so consider picking up zip ties for extra protection.

The dark-colored meshes make this dog-proof fence virtually invisible at nighttime. Predators will also be left confused as they bump into a seemingly invisible force field while searching for grub in your yard. Made with polypropylene, there’s very little risk that your dog can chew through this wire fence. Customers have found the Tenax fence to be much more reliable than a chain-link fence.

The Tenax fence doesn’t win style points, but it comes in a variety of heights and lengths, starting from 45 inches high and 50 feet long to 5 feet by 330 feet. The longer your yard line, the more fencing you’ll need to ensure maximum safety for your pet. This fencing system works great in conjunction with one of the wireless dog-proof fences.

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Tenax 2A140073 Select Pet Fence

9. Free Spirit In-Ground Fence

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The last of our top 9 dog-free fence solutions is the Free Spirit In-Ground Fence. It is another wired dog-proof fencing system that relies on backbreaking labor for its initial setup. However, if it can prevent your dog from venturing too far into the wilderness and onto busy roads, then it’s totally worth it.

Some customers have spoken highly of this fence for delivering harsher shocks that have saved their dogs and cats from imminent doom by preventing them from stepping onto traffic-heavy streets. Countless customers have benefitted from this inground dog-proof fence and your pets can too!

The collar receiver can be adjusted to up to 26 inches, making it suitable for 5-pound dogs and heavier. The receivers also offer three different kinds of warnings to your dog. Tone and vibration serve to warn your dog that it’s off of its grounds. As a last resort, a dog owner can activate one of the five shocking levels to tell stubborn dogs that they’re going too far. This dog-proof fence set only comes with a single shock collar, but you can purchase more if you have more dogs and cats that try to leave the comfort of your home.

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Free Spirit In-Ground Fence

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