The 5 Best Wireless Fences For Sloped Yards

Do you have a house on a hill? Worried that your hilly yard might interfere with a wireless signal? Could your dog escape? We’ll cover all these questions and more when we show you the best wireless fences for sloped yards.

Problem Statement – What Wireless Fences Work for Sloped Yards?

Before we jump into the recommends there’s something important you need to know. Sloped yards are a problem for wireless fences on the downward side.

Why? The signal can get weak and your dog can escape. Wireless signals are circular (spherical). They bend inwards on the downward slope making weak spots.

On upward slopes they aren’t a problem.

It’s best to illustrate this with a few pictures. First on downwards slopes and signal loss.

Circular wireless signal losing signal on downward slopes
Circular wireless signal losing signal on downward slopes
Wireless signal goes into upward slope but has a gap area on the downward slope.
Wireless signal goes into upward slope but has a gap area on the downward slope.

Will this affect your yard? It depends on how steep your slopes are for the area.

We’ve given recommendations based on yard size and other features.

Just be careful with the long range option. This is the one most likely to have weak signals at the edges of a downward slope.

Now on to the recommendations.

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In a Rush? Here Are Our Top Picks

Best for Large Yards (Be Careful of Downward Slope)
Best for Small Yards
Best GPS for Yards with Cars, Metal Sheds, and Interference
UTOPB Wireless Dog Fence, Pet Containment System, Pets Dog Containment System Boundary Container with IP65 Waterproof Dog Training Collar Receiver, Adjustable Range, Harmless for All Dogs
PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
My Pet Command GPS Wireless Dog Fence System - Outdoor use only Safe Pet Containment System -GPS Boundary, Easy Setup, Portable, Rechargeable, Waterproof Collar, Bonus Training Whistle
UTOPB Wireless Dog Fence, Pet Containment System, Pets Dog Containment System Boundary Container with IP65 Waterproof Dog Training Collar Receiver, Adjustable Range, Harmless for All Dogs
PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
My Pet Command GPS Wireless Dog Fence System - Outdoor use only Safe Pet Containment System -GPS Boundary, Easy Setup, Portable, Rechargeable, Waterproof Collar, Bonus Training Whistle
Best for Large Yards (Be Careful of Downward Slope)
UTOPB Wireless Dog Fence, Pet Containment System, Pets Dog Containment System Boundary Container with IP65 Waterproof Dog Training Collar Receiver, Adjustable Range, Harmless for All Dogs
UTOPB Wireless Dog Fence, Pet Containment System, Pets Dog Containment System Boundary Container with IP65 Waterproof Dog Training Collar Receiver, Adjustable Range, Harmless for All Dogs
Best for Small Yards
PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
Best GPS for Yards with Cars, Metal Sheds, and Interference
My Pet Command GPS Wireless Dog Fence System - Outdoor use only Safe Pet Containment System -GPS Boundary, Easy Setup, Portable, Rechargeable, Waterproof Collar, Bonus Training Whistle
My Pet Command GPS Wireless Dog Fence System - Outdoor use only Safe Pet Containment System -GPS Boundary, Easy Setup, Portable, Rechargeable, Waterproof Collar, Bonus Training Whistle

The Top 5 Wireless and Underground Fences for Sloped Yards

For a detailed item by item breakdown of what makes these products great and things to watch out for scan below.

Top Pick – PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System

PetSafe is one of our go to brands when it comes to wireless systems. They’ve been around. They’ve tailored their products to our needs. They get the job done.

Like all wireless fences, you will have some issues on steep downward slopes.

This system is also only good for 1/2 acre yards. That’s 90 feet radiating out from the unit or 180 feet in diameter.

For larger yards you’ll want to go with a different system (see below). With larger yards comes the danger of weak spots in the signal at the edges so be careful with that.

This system requires training like all invisible or wireless fence systems. You can see our full training guide here.

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PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
  • 1/2 acre of circular coverage: The adjustable circular range can cover up to 1/2 acres from the placement of the portable indoor transmitter
  • No wire to bury: A wireless boundary allows you to create a secure barrier around your yard to protect your pets without the time or hassle of burying wires
  • Static free re-entry: Unlike traditional in ground fences, this wireless fence allows your pet to return home without being corrected if your pet passes the boundary
  • Simple set up: Sets up in just a few hours; This portable system is terrific for camping and vacation homes
  • Waterproof collar: The waterproof collar comfortably fits dogs 5 pounds and up and adjusts to fit neck sizes 6 to 28 inches; Compatible with all PetSafe Wireless Fence transmitters

What We Like

  • Long-term reliable brand
  • Allows re-entry without a static correction (shock)
  • Easy to setup
  • Up to 1/2 acre of coverage

What We Don’t Like

  • Metal cars, sheds, and other dense metal can interfere with signal
  • Takes days to weeks to train dog

Best For Small Yards – PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats

Another great model from PetSafe. This one is better built for smaller yards. Of course, you can dial the other model down to a 5 foot radius similar to this one. We just like the compactness of this set better.

This model is great if you have a flat area in your yard near the house and you want to define that as the boundary. Even if you have a steep slope nearby you can dial this back so they don’t go over there.

You can even get base repeaters to give the boundary a more rectangular shape. We haven’t fully tested that feature so be wary of jumping into that option. For rectangular yards we recommend other options below.

Be warned that all the models on this page require training. You must teach your dog to learn the boundary and the boundary can’t change. That takes a few days minimum to a few weeks.

Another thing we love about this one – it’s great for RVs and taking your pet on the road.

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PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence for Dogs and Cats – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
  • 3/4 ACRE OF CIRCULAR COVERAGE: The adjustable circular range allows up to 3/4-acre of coverage (22-105 ft in all directions) from the placement of the indoor transmitter
  • NO WIRE TO BURY: A wireless boundary allows you to create a safe barrier around your yard to protect your pets without spending time burying wires
  • 5 LEVELS OF CORRECTION: The system features 5 levels of static correction plus a tone-only mode
  • STATIC-FREE REENTRY: Allows your pet to return home without being corrected if your pet passes the boundary
  • STAY & PLAY COLLAR: System comes with 1 waterproof, rechargeable receiver collar that comfortably fits dogs 5 lb and up and adjusts to fit neck sizes 6-28 in

What We Like

  • Again, we love the trusted PetSafe brand
  • Smaller unit for small yards and travel. Due to the small signal size you can tailor this to the flatter parts of your yard.
  • No static correction or shock on re-entry

What We Don’t Like

  • Still requires training

Best For Large Yards – UTOPB Long Range Wireless Dog Fence

There are models out there that promise huge ranges. Of those that we tested, this is our top from the list. With a range up to 500 meters (nearly 1500 feet) this model crushes the competition.

Be warned again though:

  • You still have to train your dog on the boundary – bigger boundaries means more training and more training flags to put in!
  • Bigger boundaries have weaker signals at the edge. We don’t know for sure but we suspect this is why the PetSafe models have relatively smaller ranges.
UTOPB Wireless Dog Fence, Pet Containment System, Pets Dog Containment System Boundary Container with IP65 Waterproof Dog Training Collar Receiver, Adjustable Range, Harmless for All Dogs
  • 【Latest Dog Fence Wireless System】--- UTOPB wireless dog fence system adopt the latest wireless dog fence technology (Sound/Electric Shock Mode), an effective solution to offer your pet great freedom to play safely. This Wireless Dog Fence will customize 10 levels signal fence distance from 82Ft to 1640Ft (25-500 meters) in radius. This equipment can be widely used for dog training at home or field trip.
  • 【Environmentally Friendly and Water-resistant Collar】--- This receiver collar is made of IP67 waterproof material , which means your dog can get wet in the grass, mess with the sprinkler or play in the rain with this electric dog fence system. The strap is made of eco-friendly TPU material and it is adjustable and cuttable, universal suitable for most sizes of dog (10-110lbs, Neck: 8-28 inches).
  • 【Built-in Rechargeable and Durable Battery】--- The wireless receiver collar is equipped with high capacity durable battery which is rechargeable. The receiver charges in 2 to 3 hours, and the transmitter charges in 3 to 4 hours. With normal use, the battery can last for weeks. Also, the receiver collar has designed to has the function of low power consumption and low battery alert. When the power is low, the indicator light will flash and remind you to charge it.
  • 【Simple and Easy Working Principle】--- The system will start up automatically while your dog is running beyond the setting control range, the receiver will start working by issuing warning sounds every 2 seconds. Start static shock in low level after the third warning sound and increase the intensity of static shock gradually. If your dogs keep staying outside the specified area, the receiver will give up working after third cycle to prevent your pet form excessive punishment.
  • 【Thoughtful Design】--- The receiver operates at a voltage of 3.7V and emits static electricity, it will not harm the dog and its hair at all. The wireless design of the product can deal with all kinds of terrain. And one transmitter can support multiple receivers working simultaneously. Please contact us freely if you need any further assistance.

What We Like

  • Huge range – Up to 500 meters (1500 feet)
  • Covers over 100 acres
  • Adjustable range setting for different sized yards
  • Waterproof collar (for rain or sprays, not submersion)
  • One transmitter can work with multiple dog collars (of the same brand)

What We Don’t Like

  • More blind spots and weak points at the edges

Best For Yards with Cars, Metal Sheds, and Signal Interference – My Pet Command GPS Fence

If you’ve got a lot of metal in your yard (e.g. metal shed, lots of cars) then you may want to consider a GPS fence.

Why? Wireless systems get distorted by heavy metal objects. This can confuse or even scare your dog. The same thing happens at the edge of down slope boundaries where a wireless signal can be weak.

With a GPS unit this isn’t a problem. The signal even goes through rain and weather cover.

This unit is easy to setup though it requires the same training you would have to do with any wireless unit.

The only thing we don’t like about this model is that it resets the boundary each time you change the collar batteries. A little annoying but you get used to it.

My Pet Command GPS Wireless Dog Fence System - Outdoor use only Safe Pet Containment System -GPS Boundary, Easy Setup, Portable, Rechargeable, Waterproof Collar, Bonus Training Whistle
  • Easy and quick Setup the GPS Dog collar. This Wireless electric dog fence uses standard GPS radio signals to setup and position your boundary containment hidden fence for dogs. Unlike our competitors our wireless dog fence system does not require any Transmitter box or Boundary wire to setup your CIRCURAL containment boundary. Set up your Boundary within Minutes making your life SIMPLE and an effortless setup experience!
  • This PORTABLE (Take it anywhere with you) electric dog fence wireless system covers large and smaller OUTDOOR areas up to 2625Ft radius and up to Max 0f 496 Acres allowing you to use it in EVERY OUTDOOR area only!! (Most suitable for open field areas or farms Not Suitable for very small yards and not to be used indoors)
  • In contrast with the traditional wireless dog fence system devices with a transmitter box, WITH OURS, you won't face any INTERFERENCE issues! This means that as long as your pet stays outdoor, the collar will keep on working, so you won't have to reset it all the time!! Collar Suitable for all Dog sizes (Small {Not suitable for very small dogs} Medium Large and XLarge) and Breed Types with neck size 6.5 “-25.5” (16.5-60 cm)
  • Hidden Electric fence for dogs with Advanced Training features with Tone warnings and 5 levels of Stimulus shock settable levels. The Collar uses a safe and an effective way to warn and train you dog not to cross boundaries and keep them contained in the safe zone that you setup and require
  • Includes (1 )Collar with Orange neck Strap (1) USB Power Adaptor with USA Plug and Charging USB Cable (1) pair of Long and Short Prongs (1) Test Bulb with Spanner (1) CLEAR User and instruction manual with contact support (1) For YOUR TRUST IN US - WE GIVE YOU a Free Bonus Ultrasonic Dog Training whistle in the kit

What We Like

  • Metal cars, sheds, and other interference isn’t a problem – It’s a GPS signal from the sky.
  • Slopes don’t matter – signal comes from the sky
  • Hugely expandable
  • Truly waterproof transmitter (GPS signal comes from satellite and can go through clouds, trees). Most wireless transmitters must be plugged into a power source and often have to be inside.

What We Don’t Like

  • Still requires training
  • May not be suitable for all locations – some areas have better satellite coverage and it can vary throughout the day
  • This model requires redefining the boundary distance when you change batteries. We wish it would just remember!

Best For Steep Downward Slopes – PetSafe Stubborn Dog Underground Invisible Fence for Dogs and Cats

Got a weird yard with steep downward slopes, lots of cars parked here and there, and other obstacles (e.g. rocky boulders and outcrops at your boundary)?

You may be better off with an underground fence. This gives you the power to control the signal strength at the edge no matter where it goes.

You can also make it any shape you like.

You have to install it though. For smaller, weird shaped yards that isn’t much of a problem.

For larger yards you might want to go with the GPS option.

The other thing that can be tough about underground fences – they use static correction going out and going in. That means if your dog chases a squirrel over the boundary, they get a shock going out and then coming back.

That might sound bad. Wireless signals though can get weak at the edges and give intermittent signals. This causes the same problem – sometimes they get shocked at the edge, sometimes they don’t. If it’s bad enough your dog will just stop going out.

You don’t have that problem as much with a wired underground fence. You control the boundary and your dog knows where it is.

We left this option last as it’s not technically wireless. Some yards though, this is the only option.

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PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence - from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand - Multiple Wire Gauge Options
  • 1/3 acre coverage: 500 feet of included wire lets you contain up to a 1/3-acre yard; Purchase additional wire to contain up to 5-acres
  • For stubborn dogs: 4 levels of adjustable static correction and a tone plus vibration mode help keep the most persistent dogs safe and secure inside their designated play area
  • For hearing impaired pets: Vibration mode on the receiver collar makes this a great option for pets who have trouble hearing
  • Fits most yards: This do-it-yourself weekend project lets you create an in-ground fence designed to fit your yard
  • Over correction protection: An automatic safety shut-off feature will keep your pet from receiving extended static correction if they remain in the correction zone for 30 seconds

What We Like

  • Works for any shape yard
  • Works on hills, works on slopes, gets around interference (no cars on the line though!)
  • Hugely expandable – Wired systems can get really big
  • More reliable signal at the edges

What We Don’t Like

  • Requires underground fence installation
  • Static correction on re-entry

How To Choose

So how do you choose which fence is best for you? Let’s see if we can break this down as simply as possible.

  1. Do you have a huge yard? Consider the UTOPB Long Range Wireless Dog Fence.
  2. Do you have a rectangular or unusually shaped yard? Consider the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Underground Invisible Fence for Dogs and Cats
  3. Do you have a small yard or use RVs a lot? Try the PetSafe Stay & Play Compact
  4. Have a 1/2 yard without too much slope at the edges? Use the PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System
  5. Do you have a few cars parked in the yard, especially at the border? Wireless or even a wired underground system get signal interference from large metal objects. Try the GPS system instead by My Pet Command.

Training

We have an entire article that covers how to train your dog on wireless fences, GPS fences, and underground fences. You can read that article here.

Training takes a few days to a few weeks depending on the dog. Bigger yards take more training as you have to show them the boundary wherever it is.

FAQ
Do Wireless Dog Fences Work On Hills?

Yes, wireless dog fences work on hills. The wireless signal can get weak on steep downward slopes. This can cause intermittent or changing static corrections which could scare your dog.

Which Is Better Wireless Or Wired Dog Fence?

This depends on your situation. Wireless and GPS dog fences are easier to setup for large yards. They have a circular signal that can expand out to 500 meters on some units. Wired dog fences are better for rectangular or non-circular yards. Wired fences also have a stronger, more reliable signal at the boundary.

Both can get interference from large metal objects like cars or metal sheds. You can solve that by using a GPS-based fence that doesn’t care about metal interference.

How Old Should A Puppy Be For An Underground Or Wireless Fence?

Puppies should be at least 10 weeks old before training them on an underground or wireless fence (or GPS option). Those systems work by giving a static correction (shock) when your dog crosses the boundary.

You do not want to do that to a young puppy. Instead, you can start training them on the boundary without using the collar and just using treats. See the video and training here where we show you how to start the training of the boundary with rewards. Then later you can move into collar training with our guide here.