Perimeter® Wireless Dog Fence Review
At a Glance:
- Offers 8 levels of correction
- Provides a larger containment area than its competitors
- Features rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
- Fully Waterproof
- Has backup in case there is a power failure
- The perimeter size is not always consistent
- A maximum of 2 dogs can be contained on the system
How It Works
Your Perimeter® Wireless dog fence runs on two main components, the PetLink Collar and the indoor Smart-Station Base. The base station is constantly measuring the location of your dog within the containment area. Should your dog cross the wireless boundary, the transmitter sounds an audible tone in addition to a mild static stimulation correction. You will receive a notification from the system if the signal is lost or if the dog challenges the boundary.
Are you concerned about your dog being hurt? Know this, your dog is never harmed when he is corrected. The static correction is delivered at a very low level. It feels similar to running across the carpet and then touching a doorknob. It is noticeable, but not painful. Should your dog travel outside the boundary, the collar will deliver a 5 second static correction. This is repeated two more times if your dog does not retreat. After that, only audible corrections happen.
Recharging the Perimeter® Device
- Remove the charging station that is located in the rear of the indoor Smart-Station.
- Insert the rechargeable battery into it with the positive end facing upwards.
- Wait about 6 to 8 hours for the charge to complete. While the charge is in progress, the battery indicator light will pulse. When the charge has completed, the light will be constant. The station has the ability to charge up to 3 batteries simultaneously.
- The lithium ion battery must be charged before you use it for the first time, which takes about 6 to 8 hours.
Power Failure Feature
In order for the power failure feature to work, you need to begin by inserting a completely charged battery into the charge port that is the furthest to the left on the Smart-Station. Doing this will work as a cordless battery backup system that is able to operate for about 8 continuous hours.
According to the package, the Perimeter® Wireless fence is able to cover an area of 2.5 acres or a 200 yard radius. However, some people find that the system accommodates a bit less than this, with an average of 2 acres instead. As with any wireless fence, there are also some situations where the signal can become disrupted. One of these is if you have aluminum or stucco siding on your home. Another is if you have dense or heavy landscaping, or severe sloping in your yard. If you have metal storage buildings within the containment area, this will also disrupt the signal.
The Perimeter® Wireless Dog fence will work for your dog as long as he or she weighs 20 pounds or more. The largest your dog should be for using this system is 100 pounds.
Whether the pros of this system outweigh the cons is a matter of personal choice. For those who require a larger coverage area without the purchase of an additional transmitter, it is ideal. However if you plan on having more than two dogs, you will have to look elsewhere.