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In Ground/Wired vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence Comparison: Which Is Better?

If you’re looking at pet containment systems, you may want an In Ground vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence Comparison.

Which system is better for you depends on what you want and need out of a dog fence, and we’ve outlined the similarities and differences of each clearly in the comparison below.

We’ve also provided a summary of which might be better depending on a few key factors unique to each type of pet fence.

Let’s jump into the guide!

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

In Ground/Wired vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence Comparison: Which Is Better?

If you prefer, you can go straight to reading about the best dog fences in these guides:

  • Best In Ground/Invisible Dog Fence System Reviews And Buyer’s Guide
  • Best Wireless Dog Fence System Reviews And Buyer’s Guide

Otherwise, onto the comparison…

In Ground vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence: Which Is Better?

It really depends on your preferences.

You might get an in ground system if…

  • You want an overall more reliable consistent, accurate and effective dog fence system
  • But, you are OK with the extra time and money it might take to install the system

You might get a wireless system if…

  • A quicker and easier set up is important to you
  • You want a portable system
  • You are OK with the possibility that the system could be less effective and less reliable if the signal or connection to the collar is interfered with or not working as it should

In Ground vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence: Differences

  • Overall, in ground fences tend to be more reliable, consistent, accurate and effective. There is more that can interfere with the signal of a wireless dog fence such as metal, and thick and solid objects like houses and trees or big bushes
  • The perimeter of an in-ground dog fence is metal wire, whereas the boundary of a wireless dog fence is set by the signal coming from the transmitter
  • An in-ground fence perimeter can be in any shape you want, whereas a wireless dog fence perimeter can only be a circle
  • In ground fence perimeters can be much larger – up to around 25 acres with additional wire, or around 1 and a 1/2 square acres for a standard system. Wireless fence perimeters are much smaller, at around 1/2 an acre for a standard system, unless you buy more transmitters.
  • In ground fences take a lot more time to install – digging and backfilling the wire boundary perimeter. Wireless dog fences only take a couple of hours to set up and install 
  • Wireless dog fences are portable

In Ground vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence: Similarities

The main similarities between the systems are:

  • Both are used to keep one or several pets contained within a certain area
  • Both come with transmitters and collar receivers
  • Both can be bought with add ons
  • Both can have several different modes of training such as static, sound and vibration
  • Both require similar training to get your dog used to using the system

In Ground vs Wireless Pet/Dog Fence: Reviews

  • PetSafe Dog Fence Reviews Guide
  • SportDOG SDF-100A In Ground Dog Fence Review
  • eXtreme In Ground Dog Fence Review
  • PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review
  • PetSafe Stay and Play vs Free To Roam Wireless Dog Fence Comparison

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