SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System Review

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SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence Systems - Waterproof Collar with Tone, Vibration, and Shock - Expandable to Contain Unlimited Dogs in up to 100 Acres - Remote Trainer Option
  • Easy-to-install containment kit includes everything needed to cover 1 1/3 acres of land for one dog; can be expanded to cover 100 acres with more wire and flags (sdf-wf)
  • Waterproof collar takes standard 9-volt battery (included) that lasts 6-12 months; fits dogs 10 lb. And up
  • Contain an unlimited number of dogs with additional collars (sdf-r)
  • Collar gives Tone (beep) and vibration (Buzz) warning before moving to one of four static stimulation levels (you choose the best level for your dog)
  • Transmitter features wire break alarm and built in lightening Protector

In neighborhoods where fencing is not permitted due to HOA standards, a homeowner with a dog may find it challenging keeping their dog safe and secure in their yard. Instead of keeping the dog in the house at all times, a device like the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System will allow you to let your dog outdoors and trust they won’t run away.

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the invisible dog fence had to say about their overall experience with it.

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Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this fence system is something you should consider purchasing for your own yard!

About The Product

The SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System is intended for homes with a large property. The system comes with 1,000 feet of boundary wire that is suitable for an acre of land, but you can also purchase extra wire for your specific needs. This containment system is capable of securing a 100 acre area, which will require about 9,000 feet of wire.

Notable features of the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System include:

  • 4 levels of static stimulation to match any dog's temperament
  • Vibration/tone
  • Covers 1 1/3 acres with included boundary wire and flags
  • Expands to 100 acres with purchase of additional Wire and Flag Kits (SDF-WF)
  • Waterproof Collar Receiver
  • Expands to any number of dogs with purchase of extra Collar Receivers (SDF-R)
  • Built-in lightning protection
  • Anti-linger feature prevents dog(s) from running battery down
  • Wire break alarm on transmitter
  • For dogs 10 pounds or larger

The collar that comes with this containment system will vibrate to alert the dog that they are getting too near the boundary wire.

The vibration is a good way to engage the dog’s senses, and it is especially useful for elderly dogs whose hearing may be failing and cannot hear the initial warning beeps. There are four levels of progressive correction that will increase in strength the longer your dog is outside of the correction zone.

The transmitter for this system can be mounted to the wall by using the two screws that will hook into the back side of the unit. While the transmitter has enough power to cover a 100 acre property, you can adjust the boundary zone using a dial on the side of the transmitter. This dial can control the distance you dog can get to the boundary wire from just a few feet up to 10 feet.

What Others Say

When looking at what people had to say about the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System, we are happy to report that the majority of customers enjoyed their purchase. These customers commented that the installation process was fairly easy and it was much cheaper than purchasing regular fencing.

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The average time it would take to install the wire will depend on the size of your yard, but in most instances, the average time was between 4 to 6 hours.

Others had mentioned that they were able to purchase other collars for each of their dogs, as this system only comes with one collar. Customers commented that the training process was a little challenging, but within a couple of hours, the dogs stayed within the perimeter.

One customer did mention that you need to buy a lightning protector, to protect the system from shorting out during a lightning storm.

While the majorities of reviews for this product were positive, there were some people who had some issues with the system. Of these complaints, customers were disappointed in the reliability of the system.

One customer reported that their system would only work on the highest setting. When they tried putting it on a lower setting, the collar would make spontaneous corrections, even if the pet wasn’t near the boundary.

Other customers commented that their transmitter would go bad and render the entire system useless. One customer said they purchased five transmitters over the course of six years.

Another customer commented that they live in a snowy area and when it snowed, their dog was able to find a hole where the transmitter didn’t work. This allowed the dog to slip out of the containment area.

Final Thoughts

Homeowners with larger properties will find that the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System is quite useful for keeping your pet in a given area. The transmitter has a lot of power, and you have the ability to protect up to 100 acres worth of land – given you purchase additional wiring to do so. You are initially given 1000 feet of wire, which is suitable to cover about 1 acre.

You have the ability to adjust the boundary distance from a few inches to 10 feet. This will allow you to adjust the boundary zone when you’d like.

The collar that comes with this system has four progressive correction levels that will increase its strength the longer your dog is in the correction zone. If you have more than one pet, you can purchase additional collars that are compatible with this system.

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We like this system because the transmitter is so powerful that it can cover a larger property. This system is great for those with a farm and you don’t want your dogs to run off. With this system, you will need 9-volt batteries for the collar. To cut costs, you may want to purchase rechargeable batteries, or keep several backup batteries on hand.

Since this system is an in-ground wire system, it will take several hours (or more depending on the size of your property) of installation before you can begin training your dog. However, this weekend project will be well worth it!

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