PetSafe® Wireless Dog Fence Guide
Owned and operated by Radio Systems, PetSafe® is a company that has a great reputation in the pet industry. PetSafe® is constantly developing and testing new systems, but very few pass their stringent requirements and make it out on the market.
What PetSafe® Wireless Dog Fences Have in Common
The following features are a few things that their two wireless models have in common. Be sure to compare the specifications of each system in order to determine the strengths of each particular one.
Superior Signal Stability
As far as wireless technology goes, PetSafe® systems allow an exceptionally stable boundary signal. Even with it set on the largest containment area setting, you can expect the boundary to not waiver more than 1 ½ feet. This is close to as good as you will get with a wired underground fence.
Unlimited Number of Dogs
One great aspect about PetSafe® wireless fences are that they are able to support an unlimited number of dogs. Since each wireless fence only comes with one collar, you would simply need to purchase additional collars for the extra dogs.
While the coverage area is not the largest in the industry, PetSafe® wireless fences have the ability to cover a maximum circular area that is between ½ and ¾ acres. For most people, this is more than enough to cover a containment area. Should you need to contain a larger area than this, you can always purchase additional transmitters. Doing this will create overlapping circles that extend the containment area.
The type of batteries used will depend on the PetSafe® system that you purchase. For example, the PIF-300 comes with replaceable 6-volt batteries. Each battery change will last you for about 3 months. On the other hand, the Stay & Play system features rechargeable batteries.
Collar Neck Size
Each of the PetSafe® wireless dog fences will fit dogs that have a neck size between 6 and 23 inches.
Mounting the Transmitter
For mounting the transmitter to the wall, you will need to use screws. This is because there are no adhesive strips that come with it. Even if you purchase your own adhesive strips, they are unlikely to work because the transmitter would be too heavy. However, there is no rule that says you have to mount the transmitter. You can simply place it on a desk or table, wherever it isn’t likely to be disturbed.
Minimum Dog Age
Each of the PetSafe® systems are made for dogs that are 6 months or older. Actually this applies to any dog fence you choose. Dogs that are younger than this are too young to train and the static correction may be too much for the dog.
50 boundary training flags are included with your package, no matter which system you choose. This should be about right to contain an area with a radius of about 70 yards. However, if your yard is larger than this, you should go ahead and purchase another set of flags.
Each PetSafe® wireless dog fence will come with one set of both short and long probes. Contact probes are the two metal points that are protruding from the receiver, that deliver the static correction. The long set of points is intended for dogs with longer and thicker hair, while the short set will work fine for other breeds.
All of the PetSafe® systems come with collars that are rated as waterproof. This allows them to be able to withstand rain, snow, and even being submerged in water. With that being said, this doesn’t mean that your dog can go swimming with his collar on. If it is submerged for too long, it will cause the collar to malfunction.
There are a total of 6 different correction settings on all PetSafe® wireless dog fences. In addition to 5 beep and static correction settings, there is one setting for a beep only. The correction level is changed on the collar itself. If you aren’t sure which setting to choose for your dog, refer to the dog training guide to determine this.
PetSafe® offers a limited lifetime warranty on each of their wireless dog fences. This means that during the first year, the fence and all of its components are covered under a full warranty. After this time has been completed, you will be responsible for paying for any of the repairs on your system. However, the repair costs that you have to pay are significantly less.
Should you need to contain an area that is unusually shaped, or if you need to make the area covered by your wireless fence larger, there is something you can do. Purchasing additional wireless transmitters will help you out with both of these concerns.
Each of the PetSafe® wireless fences comes with a tester light that is used to see whether the collar is working properly or not.
Buying a PetSafe® wireless dog fence means that you are purchasing a quality system. If you are on a budget, the PIF-300 is a great choice for you. To learn more about each wireless system, be sure to check out our reviews.