Rating: 2.9 Reviewed by Debbie
Using the same data filtering technique as NASA theHavahart Radial-Shape Select Wireless Fence has set the new standard for wireless dog fences.
Their groundbreaking technology has produced a system that offers you the clearest boundary, the widest Trigger Zone and the largest coverage area of any wireless system on the market.
And unique features like a Boundary Breach alarm and Motion Sensor Technology that will put your dog’s receiver collar into sleep mode when the system senses inactivity make the Radial-Shape Select even more appealing at first glance.
Unfortunately all the groundbreaking technology and unique features come with a collar that is riddled with problems and a customer service dept that’s less than stellar, to say the least.
In fact, of the 200+ consumer online reviews I combed through, over 50% of them gave the Havahart Radial-Shape Select only 3/5 stars or less.
With those things in mind I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of other wireless fences, both rated much higher and both ones I can definitely recommend. Click on either of them to read my full review:
But if you’re still interested in the Havahart Radial-Shape Select, read on to get the full scoop.
Havahart Radial-Shape Select Wireless Fence
Havahart has been around for over 70 years so they’re no stranger to the pet product industry. After over a decade of research and development, they introduced its first wireless fence in 2010.
Since then they have worked tirelessly to engineer cutting edge technology for their wireless electronic dog fence line and the Radial-Shape Select is their newest wireless dog fence.
Here’s what you get with the Radial-Shape Select:
- Quick easy set up
- Completely portable
- Rechargeable collar
- 5 adjustable levels of static correction plus a beep only training mode
- Largest containment area of any wireless fence — up to 2.8 acres
- Can be used on dogs 15 lbs and up
- Low battery warning
- Safety time out
- Clearest boundary line of any wireless fence
- Widest Trigger Zone of any wireless fence on the market
- Motion Sensor Technology
- Boundary Breach Alert
Everything you need to get this wireless dog fence up and running is included in the kit. Here’s what you get:
- AC adapter power cord for Controller
- Havahart wireless collar (comes with long and short probes)
- 2 rechargeable lithium ion batteries for collar
- Battery charger
- Wall-mount adhesive strips
- Screws and wall anchors
- Heart-shaped collar tester
- 75 training flags
- Instructional DVD
- Instruction manual
In addition to that, Havahart offers a 10 year warranty on the Controller and a 1 year warranty on all other components of the Radial-Shape Select.
After the first year you’ll pay full price for any replacement part other than the Controller. Compared to other major electric dog fence companies such as PetSafe who offer replacement parts at a deep discount after the 1 year warranty has expired, paying full price for Havahart’s replacement parts is a bit of a disappointment.
First Impressions Of This Havahart Wireless Dog Fence
The Havahart Select wireless dog fence offers you some unique features that you won’t find on any other wireless system: The largest coverage area, the widest Trigger Zone and a boundary breach alarm.
On top of that, this system uses the same technology that NASA does which enables it to have one of the clearest boundaries of any wireless pet containment system on the market.
And you’ll get the state of the art technology that allows this fence to not only pinpoint the real time location of your dog but also puts the collar to sleep when it senses your pet’s inactivity.
But even all that can’t make up for a seriously flawed receiver collar and very poor customer service and when the rubber hits the road, the vast majority of people who bought the Radial-Shape Select were extremely dissatisfied with this wireless system.
And rightly so; having to replace the collar time and again after the warranty is up to the tune of about $160 a pop is enough to turn anyone off.
What Dog Lovers Have To Say
One of the things that counts the most for me when I’m doing my research is what people who are already using the product say in their reviews. In my opinion, you just can’t beat that hands-on, real world experience.
And in the case of the Havahart Select, the consumer reviews strongly indicate that despite all its technology and one of a kind features, this wireless fence just isn’t a quality product.
Here’s what dog lovers especially liked:
- Quick easy set up
- Clearest signal of any wireless fence on the market
- Largest containment area offered by any wireless fence
- Largest Trigger Zone of any wireless fence
- Motion Sensor Technology helps conserve battery life
- Rechargeable collar
- Low battery warning for the collar — visual and audible
- Boundary Breach Alert lets you know when your dog enters the Trigger Zone
- Completely portable
But to be fair, the reviews weren’t all bad; there were also people who loved the Radial-Shape Select.
Although the list of what people didn’t like is short, don’t be fooled. The first three issues are almost solely responsible for a ton of poor consumer reviews and low overall ratings.
Here’s what dog lovers didn’t like:
- Poor quality collars
- Poor customer service
- Short battery life
- Can only be used with a maximum of 2 dogs
So is this Havahart dog fence worth the price?
It’s obvious that Havahart has done a ton of research and development and that has translated into a product that in some ways has revolutionized the world of DIY wireless fences. And it’s that state of the art technology that allows you to have features that you simply can’t get with any other wireless fence.
If the collar and customer service came anywhere near the standard of the rest of the fence I’d have no trouble highly recommending this system.
But when you throw in all the problems with the collar that people mentioned in the reviews and add really poor customer service into the mix, I’d have to say that the two PetSafe wireless containment systems I mentioned earlier offer you a much better all-round product at the same price point or lower.
So this is one of those ‘buyer beware’ scenarios. The Havahart Radial-Shape Select offers some excellent features and does some things really well but you might have to overlook a poor quality collar and sub-par customer service.
Having said all that, if you fall into that category of absolutely needing a wireless fence that can give you a containment area larger than 1.5 acres this system is really your only option.
Installation Details For The Havahart Select
Like any other wireless dog fence, the Radial-Shape Select is quick and easy to set up. You can literally have it up and running in under an hour.
The most important part of the installation and set up process is choosing a location for your Controller. It’s the heart of your wireless system and has to be positioned in the center of your dog’s containment area.
There’s no on/off switch so after you plug it in the digital LCD screen will come on and an intuitive menu will guide you through the straight forward set up of your fence.
Both the Controller and the receiver collar are equipped with Havahart’s state of the art transceivers and that technology gives this wireless system the clearest boundary of any wireless fence on the market.
There are 2 antennas on the Controller and 2 antennas embedded in the strap of the receiver collar and, much like 2-way radios, they’re in constant communication with each other.
This ‘constant contact’ feature presents a good news/bad news type of scenario:
- The good news is that it allows the system to track the real time location of your dog
- The bad news is that because they’re constantly communicating the battery life of the collar is very short
One important feature to look for in any electric dog fence is an audible alarm because it will alert you to potential problems even when you’re not looking at your system. The Controller on this fence has 2 such alarms:
- Boundary Breach alarm: Lets you know that your dog has entered the Trigger Zone (aka Correction Zone) so you can go outside and see what your canine buddy is up to.
- Low Battery Alarm: Tells you that your dog’s receiver collar needs to be recharged.
That’s all I want to cover on installation. Next up we’ll look at the collars that come with the Havahart Select.
What Do You Need To Know About This Havahart Collar?
When you purchase this Havahart wireless fence you get a choice of two collar sizes — average and small.
The small size collar fits neck sizes of 12″ to 17″ and weighs slightly less at 2.2 oz.
Tip: Many people didn’t think to measure their dog’s neck size prior to ordering and ended up with the wrong size collar so be sure to double check your doggie’s neck size so that you get the appropriate size collar.
The rechargeable collars are something people really like about this system but, as I’ve already mentioned, the downside is that the battery life is incredibly short.
These batteries take 2-3 hrs to recharge but the charge lasts less than one week…if you’re lucky! This was a huge complaint with many people saying they had to recharge their batteries on a daily basis.
Compare that to PetSafe’s Stay and Play rechargeable collar that holds a charge for about 3 weeks and it’s easy to see why people are frustrated with the short battery life of the Radial-Shape Select collars.
Although the collar only requires one battery your fence kit comes with 2 batteries and perhaps that’s Havahart’s way of trying to make up for the really short battery life. 😉
In addition to the audible low battery alarm on the Controller, the collar itself has a visual low battery warning light that flashed red to let you know it’s time to charge the collar.
A unique feature of this collar is its Motion Sensor Technology which puts the collar to sleep when it senses that your dog is inactive. This feature helps preserve battery life and as soon as your furry friend starts to move the collar will ‘wake up’ and function normally.
Although the 2 antennas embedded in the collar strap improve the performance of the system, they also force you to buy the proprietary Havahart straps whenever the collar material wears out.
Your fence kit comes with 2 sets of prongs: short ones that are about 1/2″ in length and longer 3/4″ ones. Which size you’ll use depends on the thickness of your pet’s fur but changing the prongs is easy and can be done without any kind of tool.
The metal contact points are what delivers the static correction when necessary the Havahart Select wireless system offers 5 adjustable levels of static correction plus a beep only mode for training.
If you have 2 dogs on the system you can set individual corrections levels for each of them which means you can tailor the electric stimulation to suit the size and temperament of each dog.
The last feature I want to mention is the Safety Time Out. This feature automatically stops the static correction after a maximum of 30 seconds. By doing so you’re guaranteed that no matter what, your dog will never receive an electric stimulation for longer than 30 seconds.
So that about covers the specs and features of these collars. I’ve already mentioned the complaints about the collars so I won’t go over those again. Suffice it to say that there were complaints on pretty much every aspect of these collars.
Dog Fence Accessories For The Radial-Shape Select
Havahart Replacement Collars :
You can have up to 2 dogs on this Havahart wireless pet fence but because this system comes with 2 sizes of collar you need to be careful when you order.
Havahart Wireless Collar – Small:
- For dogs with neck sizes of 12″- 17″
- Model #5134GXSWP
Havahart Wireless Collar – Medium-Large:
- For dogs with neck sizes of 14″- 26″
- Model #5134GXWP
Other dog fence accessories you might need for the Radial-Shape Select:
Pet Containment Flags – RFA-2:
This Havahart wireless pet fence kit comes with 75 flags which is enough to cover about 3/4 of an acre.
If you have a larger area and need more flags you can order them in bundles of 50.
Tip: Most local lawn and garden or home improvement stores carry some sort of inexpensive metal flags so you might want to check the price locally if you need more flags to mark the boundary during the training process.
Battery Charger – model #BHWBATPACK2: The battery charger that comes with your fence kit can charge 2 batteries at once. Customer service informed me that Havahart recently changed both their batteries and battery chargers.
As a result the only place I could find them online was at Havahart’s website and you can check out the details for the #BHWBATPACK2 here.
Extra Collar Straps – model #BHWDIYCOL: As I’ve already mentioned, due to the design of the collar if you need a new strap you have to go with Havahart’s proprietary strap.
Once again the only place I could find the replacement straps was on the Havahart website. A pack of 2 will run cost about $15-$20 and you can get the details about the replacement straps here.
Electric Fence Dog Training
When you buy an electric dog fence there’s going to be training involved. There’s no way around that. Your furry friend needs to be taught where the new boundaries are and what happens should they get too close to the fence or try to escape from the yard.
Without a doubt, training your dog is absolutely critical to the success of your fence. That’s why I’ve written an entire article detailing the training process for an electric dog fence.