How Big of an Area Can a WIRELESS Dog Fence Cover? 

Keeping our pets safe while they play outside can be daunting but wireless fencing can ease your mind when you can’t quite keep an eye on your pup.

But how big of an area can a wireless dog fence cover?

The bounds these fences can reach are astonishing with wireless dog fences being able to cover up to 2,600 feet or more if your system is able to be expanded. 

The very same radio waves that channel music to your car are the key component of these fences.

Since radios can reach great distances, wireless dog fence collars and transmitters can also reach great distances.


Before buying an electric fence, we highly recommend obedience training to teach your dog its new boundaries in a positive way.

Training your dog prevents the stress of an electric fence collar, and even though these collars aren’t physically harmful when used correctly, without training they can be emotionally damaging

Brain training techniques are a science-backed way to train your dog without the use of force or dominance!

Fitting Your Needs

Fitting Your Needs
Top wireless dog fence brands can reach between a 1,000 and 2,000 feet radius, though some give the option to expand.

The top brands of wireless dog fences can cover up to a 300-meter radius (about 2,624 ft) for dogs between 10 to 110 pounds. 

Today’s wireless dog fence tech allows you to keep your pet safe without bulky or excessive equipment.

Most systems on the market offer the choice of either self-installation or hiring electric dog fence installers. 

There are a few factors to keep in mind when shopping for a wireless fence:

  • Know how the system works. Understanding the installation process will help determine whether or not a wireless fence will best accommodate your lifestyle. 
  • Diagnose the size and shape of the yard that needs coverage. Some first-time buyers find they need less material than planned. 
  • The age and breed of your dog. Some dogs will not benefit from electric fences. Be aware of your dog’s temperament and mindful of its habits. 

Resolving these circumstances early in planning will help not only narrow down what you will need, but also help you determine if wireless fencing is the best option for you

Radio Waves Create An Invisible Barrier

Wireless dog fencing protects your pet using radio waves.

The system transmitter forms an invisible boundary around the property and when the collar’s transmitter crosses that invisible line, the dog wearing it receives a gentle shock

Radio waves run parallel to the ground and are unable to move up or down.

This means that if your yard has any slopes or hills, it can cause invisible fence interference and your pet will not be detected above or below the transmitter’s barrier. 

Because wireless systems rely on radio waves to function, any large metal pieces will disrupt the radio frequency resulting in a “broken” fence.

Additionally, objects such as playground equipment or parked cars will also interfere with radio waves. 

Likewise, elements such as pressure, humidity, and temperature can also alter radio waves.  

While wired invisible fences can create any shape you need, wireless fencing creates a circular boundary.

Therefore, if you have an unusually shaped yard, you may need to find an alternate fencing option

Here’s a short video on how to best map your fence:

Going The Distance

When choosing the best invisible fence option, you should first find out how much ground needs to be covered.

Although your property may cover up to 300 meters, it might be best to fence in a smaller area that you can easily see and access.

Keep things simple by fencing just what you need.

Fencing large areas or areas with several dogs may need additional materials to expand your system.

Consider Your Dog’s Behavior and Size

Most fencing options will specify the weight range their product can cover. 

For dogs smaller than the required limit, the shock distributed by the collar could be too strong and uncomfortable.

On the other end, the collar might not even function properly on dogs who exceed the weight limit

The larger the mass of an animal, the stronger a shock you will need for the system to work effectively.

It’s just as serious to consider your dog’s breed when planning to install this type of fencing.

More aggressive dogs will have higher adrenaline, which can overwhelm the animal, and distract them from the shock of the collar.

The Consequences of Improper Training 

The Consequences Of Improper Training
Starting or stopping training too soon, using negative reinforcement, and putting fearful dogs in a wireless enclosure can all lead to fence fear and anxiety in your dog.

It is critical to remember that this technology should not be used as an alternative to training your pet and should be used in conjunction with training.

Dogs, especially young puppies, need hands-on, positive reinforcement training from their owners.

Many systems claim they work best when used with proper training.

Some pet owners even said they noticed a change in their dogs after trying the wireless collar and fence method. 

If not properly trained, the dog may begin to see the shock collar as a punishment, so make sure to use positive reinforcement training. 

This training builds a positive relationship between the owner and dog and will ensure your pet doesn’t start associating pain with commands.

Most veterinarians say that the appropriate invisible fence puppy age is 6 months old and that owners should wait until their puppy reaches this age before starting training.  

Improper use or irresponsible planning could result in injury. 

Ask your veterinarian for their professional opinion when deciding if a wireless fence is right for your dog.

Installation to Fit Your Budget

Installation To Fit Your Speed
When it comes to easy-to-install dog fences, the price can be a major consideration. Adding installation to any fence can increase the cost.

Electric dog fence installers offer flexible and customizable packages as well as installation.

Both DIY and professional installation are offered at your convenience. 

Start-up prices for wireless systems can cost you anywhere from $300 to a couple of thousand dollars for self-installation (including the system).

If you are looking to pay for installation, you will likely pay a setup fee with a $10-$30 additional fee per square foot. 

Be sure to research the company you want to buy a wireless fence from to see what their rates, policies, and even reviews are.


When used with reinforcement training, wireless fencing can be a positive experience.

This fencing method offers a convenient way to give a man’s best friend a little more room to roam. 

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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