Havahart Radial Wireless Dog Fence Review

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So you want to know if the Havahart Radial Wireless has what it takes to keep your dog safe? Let’s go through your requirements and see if this model meets them. With this comprehensive Havahart Radial Wireless dog fence review, you should be able to determine if the Havahart Radial Wireless dog fence is the perfect fence to protect your beloved household pet. 

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Set-up within 1 day? Check.

The set-up length can be longer than that of the PetSafe® fence, depending on how wide you need it to be. The initial set-up, however, is just as simple: plug in the transmitter (it is instantly on), and you can begin testing the boundary range and setting up the guide flags. The larger you set your boundary, the farther you will have to walk as you test the collar, which is why you might need to take half or the whole of a day to set it up.

Good for medium and large yards? Check.

The Havahart Radial Wireless is effective from 40 to 400 feet from the transmitter. That gives your dog a diameter anywhere between 80 to 800 feet, or around 11 acres of play space. This makes the Havahart ideal if you have wide farmland, or a very large yard on your property. Furthermore, the collar has a “trigger zone,” or warning beep zone, of 3 to 6 feet. So while your dog has further to run, there is also a wider buffer zone between him and the boundary.

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Portable? Check.

Like the PetSafe® model, all the Havahart needs is a plug and it can be carried anywhere you go. However, unlike the PetSafe® PIF-300 paint can-style transmitter, the Havahart transmitter resembles an alien-head with antennae and does not have a base of its own. It needs to be wall mounted, which is inconvenient if you travel very often. A special stand could be made for it so that it can rest on a flat surface.

For dogs over 8 pounds in weight? Check.

Like with the PetSafe® PIF-300, the Havahart Wireless Radial is designed for dogs over 8 pounds in weight. It is designed for the standard range of dog sizes, not including the very small. The Havahart Radial Wireless Fence for Small Dogs, designed for dogs over 5 pounds in weight, would be a better choice then.

For a neck size between 14 and 26? Check.

The Havahart is best for the larger breeds who need a lot of space to run in. For smaller dogs, the PetSafe® with its 8- to 28-inch collar is better. However, because of the length of the collar, the PetSafe® receiver sometimes needs to be cut after the collar is adjusted. Get the most efficient for your dog’s size.

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Tone-only mode? Check.

Like the PetSafe® PIF-300, the Havahart Radial Wireless has a tone-only mode for training purposes. It is the default setting of the collar, so that your dog does not accidentally receive static correction. You can begin to test the collar against the boundaries immediately after turning the transmitter is on because of the default tone-only mode.

Multiple levels of static correction? Check.

There are 6 levels of correction, the Level 1 being the default tone-only mode. Havahart has more levels of static correction because the larger range of play increases the need for a customized static correction level.

Does not over-correct the dog? Check.

The static correction times out in 30 seconds. However, an extremely determined dog might brave out the correction until it times out. The Havahart does not have a function that repeats the correction within a specific length of time if the dog is still outside the boundary, so the dog will not be automatically reminded that he should go back.

Another challenge to this electric dog fence is that when the collar leaves transmitter range, the static correction will simply stop. The PetSafe® PIF-300 has the advantage here because no matter how far the collar gets from the transmitter, it will continue to administer static correction at regular intervals until the dog is back in his boundary. 

A set boundary? Check.

The Havahart transmitter has a 0.11- to 11.0-acre area. Like most wireless dog fences, it is in a set circular shape, with an adjustable radius. Unlike the PetSafe® PIF-300, however, it cannot be expanded, nor the shape altered, by adding another transmitter. The Havahart would be best for farmland or really large yards, while the PetSafe® might fit a smaller yard with an irregular shape better.

Contains up to 2 dogs? Check.

Not all wireless fence transmitters can handle more than 2 dogs at a time. A very frustrating experience would be to discover that your transmitter is limited to 1 dog only after you have already acquired a second pet. The Havahart transmitter can handle up to 2 dogs.

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If you want more than 2 dogs, the PetSafe® would be a better choice as any one transmitter can handle an unlimited number of dogs. The expandable nature of PetSafe® transmitters means that you can extend your wireless fence as far as you like, with as many dogs as you like.

Waterproof? Check.

Like the PetSafe® PIF-300, the Havahart collar-receiver was designed to withstand rain, any automated sprinklers, and any other possible accidents concerning water. Your dog may encounter all three without danger or undue static correction.

Works for both short- and long-haired dogs? Check.

The Havahart wireless dog fence package automatically comes with 2 sets of probes, the short and the long ones. This gives them a leg up over PetSafe®, which only delivers short probes while long ones should still be ordered from them.

Has a reasonable warranty? Check.

The transmitter (only the transmitter) has a warranty of 10 years. The collar has a warranty of 1 year. Since the testing and the training begin early, the warranty lengths give you ample time to recur to it if needed.

Now it’s our turn to ask if the model will suit you.

Do you have a wide yard with a clear line of vision in every direction?

Unlike the PetSafe®, the Havahart Radial Wireless does not function very well with trees and shrubs blocking its signal. Therefore, this wireless dog fence will work best if your landscaping is very low, such as flower beds and lawn grass. This automatically means that larger trees and shrubs will have a negative effect on the signal. Other possible signal-interrupters are metal objects, such as aluminum siding, metal sheds, or vehicles.

Is there a wall in your house clear of metal objects 3 feet in every direction?

Unless you make a special stand for your transmitter, the Havahart cannot be stood anywhere. It is designed only to be wall-mounted, and comes with strong wall-mount adhesives for that purpose. Check the desired central point carefully, and remove any metal objects within 3 feet of it.

Is there an outlet handy?

The Havahart transmitter should be mounted within 6 feet of a power outlet, taking the height placement into account. An extension cable can be used in case it does not reach the outlet. Like with any other electrical device, in the case of a power outage, bring your dog inside at once, since the transmitter will no longer be communicating with his collar.

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Is there a window or open doorway where you can place the transmitter?

The Havahart works best when the signal has no obstructions to the furthest reach of your desired boundary. There is no recommended height placement, but the normal rules apply: too low and the obstructions will be multiplied; too high and the signal will be weakened. More importantly, find a wall facing a window or doorway that will be open at least as long as your dog is outside wearing the collar.

Is your property mostly flat?

Rocky or bumpy terrain will hamper the transmitter signal and may confuse the boundary lines, which will narrow your dog’s play space. The flatter and more open your property, the better the Havahart will work as a dog containment system.

Is the boundary blur range acceptable?

The Havahart has the most acceptable boundary blur or boundary wobble record, with a 1.0- to 1.5-foot fluctuation rate. Since the range of the Havahart transmitter is so wide, with a wide trigger range, this is much better for the comfort and ease of your dog as he is playing inside. Not only are his boundaries wide, he knows where they are to the foot-and-a-half.

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Do you prefer rechargeable batteries to replaceable ones?

The collar batteries need to be checked every day since their charge only lasts from 1 to 3 days depending on their usage. If your day is fully activity-packed, a rechargeable battery might be less useful to you since each has to be charged at least 2 hours. The Havahart package comes with two batteries per collar, so you can switch them up. Simply take into account the time needed to check and charge the batteries every day or so.

If our checklists match, then the Havahart Radial Wireless is just what you need to keep your dog safe. To check out more about the Havahart Radial Wireless dog fence, we recommend reading the hundreds of reviews on Amazon.com before purchasing any products.