PetSafe® PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review
At a Glance:
- The signal is strong and reliable.
- The receiver collar is comfortable.
- The correction mechanism is reliable.
- It is very easy to set up.
- It is an excellent choice if you are on a budget.
- It runs on a proprietary battery.
The receiver collar is powered by a proprietary battery that is not rechargeable. This means that the battery is a special PetSafe® RFA-67 lithium battery which cannot be purchased at your local discount store. You will need to keep a few extra batteries on hand so that you have them when you need them. You should expect to pay about $7.50 for a pack of two. You can expect the battery charge to last 2 to 3 months, depending on the temperament of your dog and how often he challenges the containment boundaries.
It is unfortunate that the PetSafe® PIF-300 does not come with a probe wrench. This means that when it is time to change out the probes or clean the collar, you will need to twist the probes by hand. An alternative is to use a pair of pliers to attach and remove the probes. Be sure to check from time to time to see that the probes are still screwed in tightly as they may loosen up over time.
Collar Test Light
The test light works a bit differently on this model than others. In order to check and see if the receiver is working, the tester cables need to be attached beneath the contact points. By doing this, you can see if the receiver is working properly, providing a working battery is installed. If the collar is working properly, the tester light will flash each time the receiver approaches the boundary area. This is helpful in deciding where the boundary flags should be inserted.
The PetSafe® PIF-300 comes with a set of both short and long contact points. This means that no matter if your dog’s fur is short and thin or long and thick, you will have the contact points you need.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
PetSafe® gives you a limited lifetime warranty on all of their wireless pet fences. This means that your fence is covered completely for one year for any malfunction. After this time, you will receive a lifetime of discounts on any repairs you may require.
The transmitter that comes with the PIF-300 is quite large in size. It needs to be kept indoors on the ground floor, about 4 or 5 feet from the ground. Keep in mind that wherever your transmitter is, this marks the center of your containment circle. It can be mounted to a wall, or simply placed upon a table. Keep metal objects or surfaces away from the transmitter.
Setting Your Signal Coverage
This system has the ability to contain your dog within a circle that has a diameter of up to 180 feet, or a 90 foot radius. This is equal to about a half of an acre of land.
The boundary signal strength switch can either be set to low or high. The high setting should be used if you want an area that is 90 to 100 feet in diameter. The boundary control turn dial is set between 1 and 8 and is used to extend the limits of the boundary.
In comparison to other models the boundary stability is a bit worse. For example, the boundary of some other wireless dog fences will vary about 2 feet in either direction. With the PIF-300, you can expect the boundary to vary about 3 feet.
Unlimited Number of Dogs
The PIF-300 is able to support an unlimited number of dogs. Your dog fence kit will only come with one collar, so if you have more than one dog, you will just need to purchase additional collars.
Using Multiple Transmitters
Should you need to cover larger area than this system offers, you can expand the size of your circle by purchasing additional transmitters. This is also helpful if you need help in covering a yard that cannot be contained in a circular fashion.
The PIF-300 offers a total of 6 correction levels. As a default, the collar will automatically be set at correction level one, which is a beep only. To change the correction level, begin by taking a coin or screwdriver to remove the protection cap. Press the button once for each level that you want the correction to increase.
An ideal purchase for anyone on a budget, the PetSafe® PIF-300 is a good choice, overall.