Havahart Radial Wireless Fence for Small Dogs Review


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

Quick set-up? Check.

Your small dog has a small bladder and needs to go out a lot more than a medium or large dog. Sadly, you don’t have time to take him out as many times as he needs to. It’s a good thing then that the Havahart system can be set up within a few hours. When you get the system plug it in, test the collar, and you can begin training right away. Your small dog will be able to relieve himself without supervision in no time, and you won’t have to worry about accidents in the house.

Good for standard yards? Check.

Since small dogs are not as adventurous as large ones and prefer to stay close to home most of the time, it helps to have a transmitter with an adjustable boundary. The Havahart has a minimum range of 40 feet, which gives you about a tenth of an acre for your dog to run around in. This should be more than enough for your small dog’s play and exercise needs.


Portable? Check.

Despite small dogs being physically easy to carry and bring around because they are so small, this is not always healthy for them. Small dogs shouldn’t be carried around or placed on a leash for extended amounts of time since they may feel frustrated at not being allowed to investigate their surroundings for themselves.

This makes small dogs more fearful of their surroundings, and fearful dogs are both aggressive and, when small, extremely noisy. The Havahart system can be carried easily wherever you go, so that even if you are camping or in an RV, your small dog will have the freedom to run around safely in a set boundary. However, the Havahart transmitter can only be mounted on a wall or set on a special stand, so take that into account when travelling.

For dogs over eight pounds in weight? Check.

Even if your small dog has grown up without a wireless fence, it is never too late to train him to respond to the boundaries. Most small dogs, such as dachshunds and shih tzus, reach an average weight of 8 pounds and upwards, so the Havahart can be easily used for them and for larger dogs.  


However, if you want to train a puppy or one of the smaller breeds such as Yorkshire terriers or bichon frises, it might be better to look at the Elite Little Dog Fence. That mini-collar is just right for any breed of small dog below 12 pounds.

For a neck size between 12 and 17 inches? Check.

Collars that are too loose make wireless fences ineffective because the probes don’t touch the dog’s skin. Even if a large collar can be buckled to its smallest size for a tiny dog, the wider strap might ruin the fit and provide a smaller dog with discomfort.


For the toy breeds such as chihuahuas and toy poodles, their neck sizes range from 8 to 12 inches, so you need to measure their necks. If their sizes are below 12 inches, the Elite Little Dog mini-collar would be a better choice, since it accommodates dogs with neck sizes ranging from 6 inches to 16. However, the Havahart wireless system is often a good choice for a wireless fence for small dogs.

Tone-only mode? Check.

Because they are smaller and more inclined to excitement, small dogs should be trained with the tone-only mode. Their size makes them naturally more fearful of the outdoors and their environment, so a lot of positive praise and affection is needed for them to explore their surroundings and become accustomed to the beep warnings.

Multiple levels of static correction? Check.

Small dogs are normally more reactive than big ones, so static correction may surprise them more than you want if the level is too high. This makes the Havahart small-dog collar ideal because the static correction levels take the dog’s size into account. You need not worry about the 5 levels of static correction having no happy medium for a small dog to be corrected without feeling excessive discomfort.

Does not over-correct the dog? Check.

Small dogs are normally louder but shyer when intruders pass near their territory, meaning they will bark their heads off but not normally give chase. Some small dogs, however, find a need to directly challenge larger ones with a barrage of sharp barks and short bursts at them. They might miss the warning beeps if that is the case and run straight past the boundary. Static correction will begin when they cross and go on for only 30 seconds or until the dog comes back. This way, the dog does not get over-corrected and confused, and will easily readjust to his normal boundaries.

An expandable boundary? Check.

Even if your small dog doesn’t need a wide space to run around in, like all dogs they love to accompany you when you step outside. In that case, you would probably want to give the dog a wide range of movement from the outset so that the boundary need not be reset every time. You will also avoid giving your dog undue distress when you walk through the boundary and work on something just beyond his reach.

Contains up to 2 dogs? Check.

If your dog is lying despondently in the corner, experiencing separation anxiety because your household is busy or out of the house most of the time, you might think of getting him a companion. The good news is that the Havahart system can contain up 2 dogs, and all you need is to buy an additional collar that fits the size of dog that you want.


Waterproof? Check.

If you have a small dog who loves water such as a Jack Russell terrier or a Schipperke, you might be worried that they won’t want to come in when it rains or when the sprinklers turn on. The Havahart provides for this by making its small dog collars waterproof. While you probably shouldn’t let your dog swim with the collar on, you need not worry about the collar malfunctioning or short-circuiting if it gets a little wet.

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

Most small dogs are long-haired, and you might be worried that getting long probes for your dog will be an extra expense. The good news is that  unlike the PetSafe® products, Havahart wireless fence systems automatically come with both short and long probes. There’s no extra expense after you buy the system, since you can switch up the probes whenever you like.

Has a reasonable warranty? Check.

Havahart provides a 10-year warranty for its transmitter and a 1-year warranty for the collar. Some reviews complain of faulty collars, so you can return them within 30 days and at least there’s still a year to find out if it suits your dog and you.

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

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

Since you have a small dog, this is less of a problem for you than for those with medium- or large-sized pets who need wider running space. Make sure you have at least 40 feet clear from the transmitter to wherever you need the boundary to be. Landscaping should also be minimal, just flower beds and grass lawns, since the Havahart signal does not deal well with trees or low shrubs.

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

The Havahart transmitter is made for mounting on the wall. Find a wall that preferably has a direct view of the outside yard (through a doorway that can be left open, or a window), and check that there are no metal objects 3 feet in every direction–nowhere near a television set or refrigerator. Otherwise, you could find or make a holder for the transmitter so it becomes easier to move around when needed.

Is there an outlet handy?

Make sure the wall is within 6 feet away from an outlet, or the power cord won’t be able to reach it. Otherwise, you can just use an extension cord if the ideal wall is really too far.


Is your property mostly flat?

The Havahart signal does not deal well with bumpy or sloping surfaces, and you don’t want your dog to be accidentally corrected if the signal suddenly cuts. Have your property smoothed over before using the transmitter, or adjust the transmitter range so it does not touch the slope side of your property.

Is the boundary blur range acceptable?

Havahart has the best record for boundary blur (or boundary wobble). The signal only fluctuates between 1.0 and 1.5 feet at a time. With a 6 to 13 foot beep warning range, a stable boundary means that your dog will play the maximum range every time he’s out with the collar on.

Do you prefer rechargeable batteries to replaceable ones?

The Havahart batteries are rechargeable, and they only last between 1 and 3 days at a time. You will need to check them every day to make sure they are full. The Havahart product comes with two, so you can always charge one while the other is in your dog’s collar. A full charge takes around 2 to 3 hours. For replaceable, long-term batteries, the PetSafe® PIF-300 has the best option. The batteries take 1 to 3 months to wear out, but they cannot be recharged.


If our checklists match, then the Havahart Radial Wireless System for Small Dogs is just what you need to keep your dog safe.