These 5 Best Wireless Dog Fences Keep Curious Pups Safe In Your Yard (2024)

Invisible dog fences don’t just help keep your pets safe and in sight while wandering your outdoor space: Compared with their traditional underground counterparts, the best wireless dog fences of 2024 are also significantly easier to install and tend to be less expensive—and some can be used anywhere. Our top choice for most dog owners is the Petsafe Wireless Pet Containment System, which can cover up to half an acre of outdoor space and comes with a collar that stays charged for up to two months before requiring a recharge.

Most wireless dog fences function by virtually connecting a special dog collar to a central transmitter, which designates an invisible boundary around your yard. When your dog gets close to the edge of said boundary, the collar beeps loudly or vibrates. (Some, but not all, emit a gentle shock when dogs actually cross over the line.)

“In theory, this is an excellent option for owners that would like their dogs to have more outdoor play space but are restricted by HOA rules and cannot have a fence,” says Missy Matusicky, DVM, MPH, clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Ahead, from GPS-equipped collars to more traditional systems, here are the five best wireless dog fences to help keep the furriest member of your family safe and secure.

Best Wireless Dog Fence Overall

Everything You Need For Reliable, Long-Range Coverage


Coverage area: 0.5 acre | Collar size: 6 to 28 inches | Correction type: Shock | Waterproof collar: Yes


  • Large radius
  • Five settings
  • Relatively affordable


  • Border is in a circle
  • Collar’s beeping sound is too quiet for some

Petsafe is a big name in the wireless pet fence world, and the brand’s containment system is a consistent fan favorite. It covers up to a half acre of land from wherever you place the transmitter, and that radius is even greater if you purchase an additional transmitter. The system is portable, too, so you can take it on family vacations, and the battery on the waterproof collar lasts for up to two months before you get a helpful alert that it’s time to swap it out. (Just note: Many Amazon reviewers claim the battery lasts for half the time.) Owners can flip between five adjustable settings to find the one that’s right for their dog.

A thoughtful element to consider: The system lets your pet come home without being corrected if they happen to pass the boundary. Finally, if needed, one can also purchase additional compatible collars for multiple pets.

What our experts say: Ali Smith, a professional dog trainer and CEO and founder of Rebarkable, has personally tested Petsafe’s wireless fence and says it’s “great for the price range.” However, she adds that it’s a bit less accurate than SpotOn’s collar. Further, Petsafe’s collar is also not the most attractive, so if that’s important to you, Smith suggests Halo’s system.

Best Long-Range Wireless Dog Fence

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SpotOn GPS Dog Fence

Coverage area: 10,000-plus acres | Collar size: 10 to 26 inches | Correction type: Shock | Waterproof collar: Yes


  • Large radius and can create a fence of any shape
  • Battery lasts up to 22 hours with a one-hour recharge
  • Portable


  • More expensive than any other option on this list

The SpotOn GPS Dog Fence is certainly a splurge, but this pick provides some of the most useful features a wireless dog fence can offer. (Not to mention, it’s much cheaper than building an actual fence.) For example, the collar lets you build a custom fence of any shape, from a half acre to thousands of acres, and you can “draw” the planned boundary as you walk it with your phone. Once your virtual fence is created, simply save it in the app to store it for later use. Thanks to its impressively consistent satellite coverage—the collar has access to a whopping 128 satellites, though it’s consistently connected to anywhere from 25 to 30 at a time—you can create custom fences just about anywhere. And, like the Petsafe, it won’t correct your dog for returning if they happen to escape.

Smith backs SpotOn’s standout fence outlining system. “It will track your walk to create that boundary, which is much better than trying to outline it on a map, because who truly knows their property boundaries on a map?” she explains.

What our experts say: The SpotOn system is Smith’s overall favorite out of the products she’s tested on this list. “[It’s] the most accurate, and the ‘forest boost’ [feature] was really useful for us, as we live in a remote area with a lot of trees, and the difference here really shines. This one is also smart enough to know the direction of your dog, so it will not shock your dog for returning. This also has the best battery life out of all the collars ... and comes with a choice of [cell phone] carrier depending on your signal levels.”

Best No-Shock Wireless Dog Fence

Build Fences Of All Shapes And Sizes—Without Using Shock

Halo Collar 3

Coverage area: 780,000 acres | Collar size: 11 to 31 inches | Correction type: Beep, tap and vibration | Waterproof collar: Yes


  • Good for owners who don’t like shock-based reinforcement
  • Portable
  • No transmitter needed


  • GPS signal may weaken in heavily wooded areas

The Halo Collar 3 is by no means cheap, but it’s hands-down one of the most advanced wireless options out there. Released last year, Halo’s newest system comes equipped with AI-driven GPS technology that you can use anywhere—not only can you build virtual fences of any shape at home, but you can also set up the system at the park, beach or campsite. The collar also tracks your dog’s location and activity, allowing you to monitor how your pup spends most of their day on the brand’s companion app. And instead of shocking your pup when they get close to crossing the line, the collar gently beeps, taps and vibrates. To charge the collar, which has a 24-hour battery life, simply plug the USB-C cable into the magnetic adaptor, which connects to the collar’s magnetic port.

What our experts say: Smith also tested this pick on her property and shares, “The Halo collar is great, but we did see some blips with the fence line with the GPS signal—which may be the trees.”

Best Value Wireless Dog Fence

A Popular, Easy-To-Use Device For Consistent Coverage

Wiez GPS Wireless Dog Fence

Coverage area: 776 acres | Collar size: 10 to 22 inches | Correction type: Beep, vibration or shock | Waterproof collar: No, but water-resistant


  • GPS coverage
  • Three adjustable shock levels
  • Large radius


  • Not suitable for dogs under 10 pounds
  • Collar is water-resistant, not waterproof

Wiez’s new-and-improved wireless dog fence has an impressive Amazon rating and an even more impressive price tag. It uses GPS positioning technology to help you set boundaries and cover up to a whopping 776 acres, with adjustability starting at 65 feet. You can also adjust the vibration intensity and electric shock to three different levels. When set off, the vibration or electric shock goes off for 16 seconds, followed by a 30-second pause; the cycle repeats three times.

What the reviews say: One Amazon reviewer comments on the collar’s most recent updates: “We have purchased the new 2023 model and are very pleased with the improvements: smaller design, stays on during charging (which saves your set location), no misreads while in the house, easy instructions, good warranty and great customer service. Our dog is very smart and stubborn, having the higher adjustable settings helps with his initial training. Then we can adjust down or off going forward.”

Best Wireless Fence For Large Dogs

An Extra-Large Radius For Extra-Large Pups

Petsafe Stay & Play Wireless Fence For Stubborn Dogs

Coverage area: 0.8 acre | Collar size: 6 to 28 inches | Correction type: Shock | Waterproof collar: Yes


  • Impressive radius
  • Five settings
  • Rechargeable collar


  • Higher-intensity levels can scare some dogs
  • Transmitter isn’t weatherproof

While this Petsafe fence is specially designed for “stubborn dogs,” it’s a great option for any pet owner with larger pups that can get a strong running start. Choose from five levels of static correction and enjoy a receiver collar that charges in two to three hours (each charge lasts for three weeks). The boundary on this version is larger than our top pick—it covers up to three-quarters of an acre from where you place the transmitter. It’s also portable and offers zap-free re-entry in the unlikely event that your furry friend happens to escape the yard.

What the reviews say: One pet owner, who lives on an acre of land, left this Amazon review: “I spent maybe 15 minutes each training our two dogs. When the alarm on the collar would go off, I’d run them back towards the house and reward them. ... Now, even if we forget to put their collars on, they don’t move very far off the front porch. ... They did get shocked a few times in the beginning, when I was training, but it was at the lowest level of shock and that’s all it took.”


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Why Trust Forbes Vetted

Many Forbes Vetted writers and editors are proud pup owners, so we take great care in selecting only the best pet products—and that includes wireless dog fences.

  • We’ve reported on—and tested, in several cases—dozens of the best products for dogs that help keep them healthy and safe. These include dog gates and GPS dog trackers.
  • We also consulted three veterinarians and a professional dog trainer: Brian Collins, DVM, extension associate at the Cornell Richard P. Riney Canine Health Center; Grant Little, DVM, JustAnswer veterinarian expert; Missy Matusicky, DVM, MPH, clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine; and Ali Smith, CEO and founder of Rebarkable, and professional dog trainer who’s worked with over 1,000 dogs during her career.
  • We refresh this story regularly to ensure our recommendations are still in stock, that they’re still the best in their categories and that our expert guidance is up to date. This piece was last updated in May 2024 by lifestyle writer Fran Sales.

How We Chose The Best Wireless Dog Fences

To curate our list of the best wireless dog fences, we carefully compared various models:

  • Based on our extensive experience researching and testing the latest pet products, we narrowed our list of trusted wireless fence brands and looked into each of their most popular models.
  • We also consulted three veterinarians and one professional dog trainer (the latter has trained over a thousand dogs in her career). They offered guidance on these products’ most important features and answered popular questions around the topic.
  • We reviewed the most important specs and features to consider when shopping for wireless dog fences. These include ease of use, safety, range, adjustability, price and overall reliability.
  • We factored in thousands of online reviews from real dog owners to discern how these wireless fences perform over time and with regular use.

What To Look For In A Wireless Dog Fence

To find the best wireless dog fence for your pup, it’s helpful to look at a standard set of features during your search. Here are the most important factors to consider when weighing your options.


A big perk of a wireless dog fence is, well, the lack of wiring, which can be a headache to install. But don’t be fooled: These devices still require some installation. A few models, like our top pick from Petsafe, require you to set up a radius using a centrally based transmitter and create different “levels” to let your dog know they are approaching the border’s edge. Others, like SpotOn and Halo, use GPS for area designation, but that, too, may require some thought and walking to create the perfect fence. Be sure to take a look at the installation required by the device you select and set aside some time for that process.


One major perk of a wireless dog fence is that you don’t need to worry about wires breaking and leaving you with gaps in coverage, and many of the accompanying collars (like those from Petsafe and Halo) are waterproof or at least water-resistant, helping them to stand up against the elements. They’re also typically made of sturdy nylon or vinyl to help them survive whatever your dog dishes out.


Most wireless dog fences offer a few options for adjustability. You can adjust the border of your fence through the transmitter—whether from the physical device (as you do with Petsafe’s system) or your phone (like with SpotOn’s fence). Often, you’re able to adjust the correction level (and in some cases, type, whether it’s shock, vibration or beep) to one that’s suitable for your dog’s size and temperament. Of course, the collars are typically adjustable to allow you to get a snug, safe fit on your pet—but make sure to look at the specific measurements if the collar comes in different sizes.


Range is an important factor to consider in a wireless dog fence. Most will allow your dog to have ample room to run and play, but these fences often run up to three-quarters of an acre, with many solidly in the half-acre range. Consider your property space and how large of an area you want to let your dog roam before investing in a fence. Dog owners with properties in the thousands of acres might consider the GPS-powered fencing systems from SpotOn and Halo.

Do Wireless Dog Fences Really Work?

Wireless dog fences use a transmitter to install a border in a set area, which can be a radius around the transmitter or a fence you create using an app. “Dogs can and will respect the invisible fence as long as you train them appropriately, with a few exceptions,” says JustAnswer veterinarian expert Grant Little.

He adds, “You can train them by setting up the wireless fence, teaching with visual cues such as flags around the yard and work on it 10 to 20 minutes daily. Over time, your dog will start to understand where that boundary is and start to respect getting close to it.” These fences also use vibrations and beeps to warn your dog when they’re getting close to the border and will deliver a correction—usually a shock or vibration—if they reach it, explains Brian Collins, extension associate at the Cornell Richard P. Riney Canine Health Center.

How Far Will A Wireless Dog Fence Work?

For peace of mind, it’s essential to get a wireless dog fence that reliably covers all parts of your property where you want your pup to roam. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to a fence’s range, which is either measured in feet or acres. At minimum, most wireless options can cover up to half an acre, which is plenty of space for many dog owners. That said, lots of fences offer much bigger ranges, with some able to cover hundreds or even thousands of acres.

What Are The Negatives Of Wireless Dog Fences?

Smith shares the following downsides of a wireless dog fence to keep in mind before buying one for your pup:

  • They can be breached. “If your dog is hard-headed or highly prey-driven, they can absolutely just push through the punishment the collar applies,” says Smith.
  • They’re punishment-based. Smith adds that because wireless dog fences use negative reinforcement, “they’re not something most modern training methods would support wide use of when better solutions are available.”
  • They can result in redirected bites. If the collar beeps, shocks or vibrates while your pup is out with other pets or humans, your dog might associate that particular pet or human with that particular negative effect. “[This] means they can retaliate—and a ‘bite out of the blue’ is entirely possible,” Smith tells us.
  • GPS signals can fluctuate. This caveat applies to wireless dog fences that rely on GPS to create custom boundaries. “We’ve all seen our car hop onto a parallel road while we’re using our GPS, right? The same can happen with your dog, and it can result in your dog receiving the punishment designed to contain them at imprecise locations,” Smith explains.
These 5 Best Wireless Dog Fences Keep Curious Pups Safe In Your Yard (2024)


These 5 Best Wireless Dog Fences Keep Curious Pups Safe In Your Yard? ›

The best option for a large yard is an in-ground fence. While they come with added work, they allow a large and accurate coverage area. If you have a small yard or are using an invisible fence as a backup for a physical fence, then a wireless fence is a great option.

What is better than an invisible fence? ›

The best option for a large yard is an in-ground fence. While they come with added work, they allow a large and accurate coverage area. If you have a small yard or are using an invisible fence as a backup for a physical fence, then a wireless fence is a great option.

Do wireless dog fences really work? ›

Many people think an invisible underground wireless electric fence is the best way to keep their dog in their yard. However, they are simply not as effective as you might think. Statistics suggest that invisible wireless electric fences are only about 70% effective.

What is the best in-ground invisible dog fence? ›

The SportDOG In-Ground Fence System is one of the best invisible dog fence systems on the market right now. Its price tag may be steep, but we believe it's worth every penny. Thanks to its drier technology, this invisible dog fence can reach up to 100 acres and is waterproof down to 25 feet.

Which is better, Halo or Spot On? ›

Halo requires a subscription, while SpotOn offers an optional “free” subscription that has no GPS tracking or fence alerts. If you are concerned about your pup's safety, you should certainly go for SpotOn's subscription. For $9.99/mo Halo offers unlimited cellular tracking of your dog on all/all cellular networks.

How expensive is an invisible fence? ›

Invisible fence costs range from about $3 to $9 per linear foot. Invisible fence costs for a half-acre yard average between $1,000 and $1,500, whereas a full acre can run between $1,500 and $2,100 on average.

Is Halo better than Invisible fences? ›

Compared to Invisible Fence®, it's a no-brainer that Halo provides much more value for dog owners. Halo's incredible installation-free and quick setup process makes it simple to create a Halo Fence anywhere you go, opening up a world of possible adventures for you and your dog.

Do you have to bury a wireless dog fence? ›

Most systems recommend that you bury the wires 1 inch to 3 inches underground. The wires don't have to be underground to work, but if they're aboveground, it's easy to trip over them or to cut them with a lawnmower or trimmer. Test your wires aboveground before burying them.

Is an invisible fence safe for puppies? ›

Invisible Fence is puppy-friendly for puppies at least eight weeks old. Although, the Invisible Fence dog training age can vary depending on the pet. Our certified trainers work with pets of all ages, breeds, sizes and temperaments, so your dog can learn its boundaries at its own pace.

What can interfere with wireless dog fence? ›

Wireless Dog Fence System

Signal interference can be a concern when there are physical obstacles, like trees, changes in terrain, buildings, etc.

Who makes the best wireless dog fence? ›

These 5 Best Wireless Dog Fences Keep Curious Pups Safe In Your...
  • Best Wireless Dog Fence Overall: Petsafe Wireless Pet Containment System.
  • Best Long-Range Wireless Dog Fence: SpotOn GPS Dog Fence.
  • Best No-Shock Wireless Dog Fence: Halo Collar 3.
  • Best Value Wireless Dog Fence: Wiez GPS Wireless Dog Fence.
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Can a dog run through an invisible fence? ›

Fortunately, most dogs remember their initial training and respect the perimeter even when the fence is not electrified. Escape. If the dog sees something he really wants to chase or is frightened by thunder or something inside the yard, he may breach the electric fence ignoring the electric stimulus.

Can a dog break through an invisible fence? ›

Equipment Failure

Aside from the possible collar injuries, the batteries in the collar eventually die. And if pet parents don't realize the fence is no longer functioning, the dog can walk right through the boundary.

Is there a monthly fee for Halo dog collar? ›

$9.99/mo Additional collars + $3.99/mo.

Does SpotOn have a monthly fee? ›

With Payments — Retailing at $25 per month, SpotOn With Payments is a software-only payment processing solution with basic POS features. However, while this is SpotOn's cheapest software plan, it requires users to rely on SpotOn's payment processing services which charge 1.99% + 20¢ to 2.99% + 20¢ per transaction.

Does the Halo Collar shock the dog? ›

Halo uses Static feedback that creates a sense of "touch" meant to mimic a tap on the shoulder (as opposed to shock collars which use an electronic pulse that is painful to your dog). This timely touch breaks your dog's fixation in dangerous situations and distraction-filled environments to keep them out of harm's way.

What is the strongest privacy fence? ›

Wood fences are strong and durable, but require more maintenance. Vinyl fences are low-maintenance and come in a variety of colors and styles. Metal fences are some of the most durable, but can be more expensive. Chain link fences are a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties.

Which is better, DogWatch vs Invisible Fence? ›

DogWatch Hidden Fence collars have the longest battery life in the industry. Invisible Fence batteries last only 3-4 months, while DogWatch batteries can last up to two years! Fewer batteries are good for your wallet, better for the environment, and, most importantly, safer for your pet.

What is the best fence to keep humans out? ›

The best security fences should be at least seven to eight feet high. If you have an existing chain link or anti-climb fence, you can always add to it to make it taller. Barbed and electric wires add height and an extra layer of security to your fencing.

Why not to use Invisible Fence? ›

Invisible fencing systems rely on an electric shock to a dog's neck that's supposed to be painful enough that the dog doesn't approach a defined boundary. There are many risks to using an invisible fence, including injury, behavior issues, and your dog escaping through the boundary.

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