Do wireless dog fences really work?

Wireless dog fences have gained popularity among pet owners as an alternative to traditional physical fences. These fences provide a way to create invisible boundaries for your pet, allowing them to roam within a designated area without the need for physical barriers. But do these fences actually work? In this article, we will discuss how wireless dog fences work, whether they can be used indoors, what happens when the power goes out, and whether they can be used for both dogs and cats.

How Does a Wireless Dog Fence Work?

A wireless dog fence is composed of two main parts: a transmitter and a receiver collar. The transmitter emits a radio signal that creates a circular boundary around a designated area. The receiver collar that the dog wears picks up the signal from the transmitter and emits a warning beep when the dog gets too close to the boundary. If the dog continues to move closer, the collar emits a mild static correction, also known as a “static shock,” to discourage the dog from crossing the boundary.

The strength of the static correction can be adjusted to suit the dog’s size and temperament. Some collars also offer multiple levels of correction, allowing pet owners to choose the appropriate level for their dog. In addition, most wireless dog fences have a safety feature that stops the static correction after a certain amount of time to prevent over-correction.

Can You Use a Wireless Dog Fence Indoors?

Yes, you can use a wireless dog fence indoors. In fact, indoor wireless dog fences are becoming increasingly popular for pet owners who want to create a boundary around a specific area of the house, such as a room or a hallway. Indoor dog fences work in the same way as outdoor fences, using a transmitter and receiver collar to create a circular boundary and emit a warning beep and static correction when the dog gets too close to the boundary.

Indoor wireless dog fences can be particularly useful for training puppies or dogs that are not yet fully housebroken. They can also be used to prevent dogs from entering certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen or the living room.

Do Wireless Dog Containment Fences Work When the Power Goes Off?

One of the concerns that pet owners have about wireless dog fences is what happens if the power goes out. Without power, the transmitter cannot emit the radio signal that creates the boundary, rendering the fence useless.

However, many wireless dog fences run completely on battery power or have a backup battery system that kicks in when the power goes out. These batteries can last for several hours or even days, depending on the type of fence and the size of the battery. In addition, some wireless dog fences have a low-battery indicator that alerts pet owners when the battery is running low and needs to be recharged.

Can an Indoor Pet Fence Be Used for Both Dogs and Cats?

Yes, an indoor pet fence can be used for both dogs and cats. The MB1 and MB2 Wireless Dog Fence, for example, works with all DogWatch Hidden Fence receiver collars for dogs and all CatWatch Cat fence collars for cats. This means that pet owners can create a boundary around a specific area of the house and use the same wireless fence system for both their dog and their cat.


An Indoor and Outdoor waterproof wireless dog fence that you can use anywhere to create a pet-free zone. The MB1 has a rechargeable battery and will protect an area up to 3m in diameter (1.5m from the center). This is a perfect choice to protect a small area if you need a portable boundary that can be used without plugging it in.



Our most flexible solution to keep your pet safe inside. This transmitter can be used either with or without a boundary wire. You can install the MB2 pet barrier with a wire to protect a large defined indoor area or you can use it without a wire for greater flexibility to protect smaller areas up to 3.5m in diameter (1.7m from center).


Wireless dog fences can be an effective way to create invisible boundaries for your pet without the need for physical barriers. Contact us today to arrange delivery.