Dog Fence Reviews

Untitled Document Below is a summary table of our dog fence reviews. For more detailed review information for each product, click on the heading.




Rating

A

B+

B+

B+

B

B

B

B

C


Comments


Best overall

Collar Fit

Remote trainer
Exp. owners

Best
vibration

Best non-
rechargeable


Best little dog
Poor bat. life


Best value

Dated

Rugged

High correction
Bulky


Poor quality
Two collars


Rechargeable


Yes


Yes


Yes


No


No


Yes


No


No


No

Correction
Levels

3 levels
progressive
3 levels
progressive
5 levels
+ vibration
5 levels
+ progressive
4 levels

3 levels
+ progressive
4 levels
+ vibration
4 levels
+ progressive

1 level
+ progressive

Range

25 acres

25 acres

45 acres

5 acres

2.5 acres

25 acres

100 acres

100 acres

50 acres

Warranty

Limited lifetime

Limited lifetime

Two year

Limited lifetime

Limited lifetime

Limited lifetime

Limited lifetime

Limited lifetime

One year

Price

$299.99
$339.99
$249.99
$159.99
$269.95
$209.99
$229.99
$194.95
$169.99



Editor's Choice "Best Overall" - Innotek IUC-4100

Our top rated system and recommendation for most dog's is the Innotek IUC-4100. The Innotek IUC-4100 is a great general purpose system with a rechargeable collar battery and a reputation for being durable and long lasting. These features combined with Innotek's good customer service and accessible customer helpline make this the best choice for most owners. The IUC-4100 also includes a couple of unique features like the long-life battery and the collar-fit function to let you know if you have fitted the collar correctly.


The IUC-4100 does have a couple of weaknesses. It does not let you adjust the correction level of each collar independently, so is not a great choice if you have dogs of very different sizes. Also the collar clasp is a belt-type buckle that is less convenient than the snap buckles used on other systems. But overall we have been very impressed with the IUC-4100 and use it in most of our installations.


Of course, the IUC-4100 is not the best choice for everyone. In particular if you have: a small dog; a very large yard; are likely to encounter interference from a neighboring system; or have dogs that will need very different correction levels you should look at one of the systems listed below which are better at catering to these special circumstances.



Editor's Choice "Best Small Dog" - PetSafe Little Dog

If your dog is under 10 lbs, you really need a specialized system. First, because the correction from a full size system is more than necessary for a small dog. And second, the dog would benefit from a smaller collar. The system we recommend is the PetSafe Small Dog (PIF00-10773 - catchy isn't it!)


The PetSafe Small Dog has a micro collar that is perfect for our more diminutive furry friends. The correction levels are also much better calibrated to the small dog and are significantly less intense.


There are a couple of compromises that come along with the miniaturized small dog system. The battery life is not great and batteries are proprietary. You get a couple of months at most before you need to buy PetSafe's special batteries. But if you have a dog under 10 pounds this is the one to get.



Editor's Choice "Best Vibration" - Dogtra EF-3000

One shortcoming of the Innotek IUC-4100 is the lack of a vibration function. And that is where the Dogtra EF-3000 really comes into it's own. The Dogtra collar vibrates which is a really useful feature to teach dogs with hearing loss and older dogs. Like the Innotek the Dogtra also has a rechargable battery and several correction levels.


A couple of things keep the Dogtra out of the top spot. Most significantly is the lack of the collar fit indicator that comes with the IUC-4100. Additionally, the Dogtra EF-3000 does not have indoor pods available for the system. Finally, the collar is significantly larger and chunkier than the Innotek.


Overall, the EF-3000 Gold by Dogtra is a very competent system and we would recommend it to owners that need the vibration function. But for those that do not need this feature, we would stick with the Innotek.