Havahart Wireless Dog Fence Guide

Produced by Woodstream Corporation, Havahart wireless dog fences have been around since 2010. The Havahart Radial was the best-selling model until they released an upgraded version, which is the Havahart Radial-Shape Select Fence.

The Havahart Radial Shape Fence is the better-rated fence of the two. Why is this? The idea of being able to choose your own boundary shape sounds nice, but the reality is that the boundaries of the Radial Custom Shape are very unstable. There is no point in buying a wireless dog fence if you can’t depend on it to contain your dog. It also costs considerably more. On the other hand, the Havahart Radial-Shape offers stable boundaries and covers a reasonably large area of land.

Nevertheless, there are several aspects which both Havahart wireless dog fences have in common.

Contains up to 2 Dogs

While the control unit doesn’t have the ability to contain an unlimited number of dogs, it is able to control up to 2. If you have more dogs than this, you would need to order a PetSafe® model. Because your package only comes with one collar, if you have more than one dog you will need to order an extra collar.

Control Units

The Havahart control units allow you to directly control everything related to your wireless fence. It allows you to:

  • Add and remove new collars
  • Check the battery status of each collar
  • The correction setting of the probes can be changed
  • See how far the collar is located from the transmitter

It just takes a few presses of a button on the main control unit to control these aspects.

Large Coverage Area

The wireless dog fences offered by Havahart offer a much larger coverage area than other systems within a similar price range. For example, the PetSafe® Stay and Play can only contain a circle that is 210 feet across, whereas the Havahart Radial 2 is able to contain up to 500 feet.

Signal Stability

Where some may argue that Havahart fences have a stable boundary, customer reviews don’t tend to agree with this. Specifically the fence with the custom boundary is particularly unstable. This means that where the border is supposed to be and where the border actually ends is not necessarily the same.

Adhesive Mounting Strips

Because the Havahart transmitter is compact and lightweight, it is able to be mounted to a wall with adhesive strips, without having to use any screws. Each Havahart wireless fence that you order includes these adhesive strips, along with a detailed instruction booklet telling you how to use them.

Includes Testers

Each Havahart system includes a tester that is used to see if the collar is working properly and to see when the exact moment is that it is activated. Most other manufacturers do not give you a tester. Testers that come with some models require a few minutes for them to become properly attached to the receiver probes before you can use the tester. There is no installation required with Havahart testers.

Battery Life

The battery life of the Havahart system is less than desirable. The Radius systems have rechargeable batteries. The charge on these will only last 2 or 3 days before they need to be recharged. The good thing is that Havahart gives you two rechargeable batteries with their fence so that you are always able to have a battery that is fully charged when the other one loses its charge.

One great thing about Havahart’s collars is that they have motion detectors installed in them. They automatically turn off the receiver whenever your dog stops moving. This is helpful as it extends the life of the batteries. If it didn’t have this feature, you would have to recharge your batteries every day. Whenever your dog begins to move, the motion sensor recognizes it and automatically reactivates the collar.

Notification of a Boundary Challenge

Whenever your dog approaches the containment boundary and is close enough to it for a correction to be administered, the transmitter will sound an audible Boundary Challenge alarm. You are also able to manually configure the volume levels of the alarm by using the main unit settings.

Product Warranty

All Havahart wireless dog fences come complete with a specific product warranty:

  1. The main control unit comes with a 10 year warranty.
  2. The collar and other fence parts come with a one-year warranty.

Pet Retreat Reaction

The pet retreat reaction refers to how far away from the boundary line that the dog wearing the collar needs to be before he stops receiving a correction. For example, as soon as the correction is delivered, the dog has to retreat a certain distance in order for the correction to stop. It is not enough for the dog to just go back to where he was right before the correction.

The retreat distance of Havahart systems are considerably better than others in the industry, which is around 7 feet.