Which electric dog fence is right for you?

Dog playing in the water with SpotOn

We get it; your dog is your best friend. You want to give them the freedom to roam, but you want to keep them safe, too. Whether you’re trying to keep Fido away from a busy main road or far away from your neighbor’s cookout, one thing is for certain – you’re going to need some sort of dog containment solution. There are a number of different types of dog fences on the market, each with its own unique features. One of the more popular choices is the buried-wire electric dog fence. These fences work by digging around the perimeter of your yard and burying a length of wire. Your pup would wear an electric dog collar and receive a static correction when he got too close to the fence boundary.

With a traditional in-ground electric fence, you can lay wire to create a customized fence of any shape—but once the wire is placed, you’re not able to change the design. This solution can be a good option if you don’t plan on moving, traveling, or remodeling your landscape. This fence has downsides, too—the battery on the electric dog collar has a short lifespan, the wire can be damaged by extreme weather or yard work, and maintenance may be costly. 

If you’re looking for a less permanent and more portable solution, there are also wireless electric dog fences to consider. This type of fence works with an indoor “base station” which allows you to set a circular fence of a certain radius. If you wish to have a larger containment area, you may need to purchase additional base stations. As long as you have a power source available, you can take the base station with you if you move or travel. 

But what if you want something you can take with you easily and set up in minutes? An electric dog fence that gives your pup the freedom to roam a large area, allows you to save maps for places you frequent—like mom’s house, the beach, or a dog park—and even has optional tracking capabilities, should Fido decide to run too far ahead? SpotOn’s GPS fence has all that and more.


 Electric fences are evolving. SpotOn is the world’s first GPS fence. GPS fences are powered by satellites and eliminate the need for buried wires and base stations. They can be used anywhere there is a GPS signal-- which is nearly anywhere on earth!  

SpotOn Virtual Fence allows you to create and save up to 10 different fences of almost any size and shape – that’s like having ten traditional electric fences for the price of one. While wireless fences have limited reach, and in-ground electric fences charge per square foot, with SpotOn, you can create fences as small as half an acre, and as large as 5,000 acres at no additional cost.  

SpotOn Virtual Fence is more than just a fence – it’s a containment solution like no other – all the technology needed to create and maintain fences is packed into one electric dog collar. With optional tracking added, you can see where your dog is at a moment’s notice, and even receive instant notifications if they breach the containment area.  And because we know that every second counts, our system updates every six seconds.  

Although there are many different types of electric dog fences and they all vary in capability and price point, they all have one important thing in common: in order to get the best results, you must properly train your dog to understand and respect his boundaries. We’ve got plenty of resources to help! Learn more about training your pup to an electric dog fence with these helpful videos.