Step Two: Training With Static Correction: Part 1

The Goal: It is time to introduce static correction, in order to make the dog aware that there is a consequence involved if they try and cross the boundary. Before you go ahead with this training phase, be sure that you have gone through Step 1: Boundary Introduction.

Important: Not more than 1 static correction should be given in a row. Be sure to take a break of a few hours before trying again.

This training phase should last for one week, regardless of the dog.

Selecting the Right Correction Level

In order for your dog to be corrected, you will need to set it on one of the available correction levels. To begin with, you need to set the collar on 1. As needed, move the correction level up one level at a time. Generally speaking, here is what dogs of various sizes usually require.

  1. If you have a small dog, level 1 or 2 may be enough.
  2. If you have a medium-sized dog, try level 3.
  3. If the dog is large, level 4 or 5 may be needed.

It is also important to understand what your dog’s pain threshold is. Perhaps you have a small dog that is quite pain resistant. He may need a medium or high static correction setting even though he is little.

It is usually a better idea to start with a setting that is a little too low than a little too high. For example, if you start out with it set on a 5 for a small dog, you may cause him to be so scared of the boundary that he won’t even want to come outside.

Putting the Collar On

Place the collar around the neck of your dog, making sure that it is not too tight. However, you do need to make sure that the static correction points are coming in direct contact with your dog’s neck, without digging into it. If the probes are not coming into contact with the dog’s skin, he will not feel the static correction. Remember that part of this may involve selecting the right set of contact points. If your dog has longer or thicker hair, you may need to use the longer contact points. In either case, you may need to trim your dog’s hair around the contact points so that they are making a proper connection.

The main reason for failure in delivering a static correction is a poorly-fitting collar. So, if you feel that there is no correction being delivered, begin by checking the probes, how tight the collar is and if there is too much hair around the neck area.

Also, remember that you should only be training one dog at a time.

Training Your Dog: Step by Step

Step One: Just as in the previous training step, the wireless receiver collar should be put on your dog’s neck, making sure that the points are coming in contact with the skin but not digging in. Put on a second collar, attach a long leash to it, and then slowly start to walk around the safety zone with him, staying close to the boundary but not pulling your dog or trying to get him to cross the boundary. Simply wait for the dog to attempt to cross the boundary on its own.

Step Two: Once your dog has gotten too close to the fence boundary and you hear the beep, do nothing yet. Give it another second or two, because this is how long it will typically take the receiver collar to begin applying the static correction.

Step Three: When you observe your dog’s behavior, you can see the static correction is being applied by looking for the following: he may flinch slightly, lower his head or begin to scratch lightly around the receiver collar. When this happens, it is important that you do not go and comfort your dog, as this is counterproductive. Remember this, the static correction shouldn’t be seen as a big deal. It feels like running across the carpet and touching a doorknob.

Step Four: When the static correction is delivered, say “No, no, no” in a calm, yet firm voice. Use the leash to strongly and quickly pull your dog away from the boundary line, until you are about 5 feet away from the flags and the collar tone can’t be heard anymore. This is when you should praise your dog and reward the dog with his favorite treat.

Step Five: This procedure should be repeated 3 to 4 times a day. Remember to play with your dog for a bit, before and after each training session. Each time your dog is shocked, it is best to take a 3 to 4 hour break each time. He shouldn’t be corrected twice in a short period of time, as this may cause him to stress out, especially if he is a timid dog.

Important to Note: Your dog may learn to retreat quickly from the flags, even before you apply a static correction, which is ideal. If your dog approaches the training flags and suddenly stops in his tracks, moving away from the flags, this should be seen as a great step forward. If this happens, reward and praise your dog more than you normally would.

Now, it is time to proceed to Part #2 of Static Correction Training, where we will talk about common problems you might face during the process.

 

 

Step Two: Static Correction Training: Part 2

After a week of training, what if my dog doesn’t respect the boundary?

If you have followed all of the training steps, after 1 week, you should expect to have great results. However, in rare cases there are dogs with a stubborn personality. Sometimes more training is required. After a week has passed, if your dog is not respecting the boundary after a static correction, an extra 3 to 7 days should do the trick.

It may also be helpful to troubleshoot some issues that may be causing an issue.

The Collar May Not Fit Properly

If your dog is not showing any reaction when he approaches the boundary, it is likely that the contact points on the collar are not really touching the neck, and the correction isn’t being administered. This may be the reason why your dog is not learning to stay away from the boundary, as he isn’t experiencing any consequences from crossing it. Simply pay attention to your dog to see if he is reacting. If he isn’t, try tightening the collar a little.

Your Dog May be Overstressed

Your dog may be overstressed if you notice:

  • His tail is tucked between his legs as he gets close to the training flags
  • He refuses to go outdoors with the receiver collar on his neck
  • He doesn’t care about playing and seems less active than usual

If the static correction is being delivered, but it is not enough to stop your dog from crossing the boundary, there is a chance that the correction level isn’t set high enough. Try bumping up the correction level a notch to see if that changes anything.

Conversely, if your dog is showing symptoms of stress, the static correction level should be slightly reduced. If this doesn’t solve the problem, reduce the amount of times you train your dog to twice a day at the most. To help put your dog at ease, be sure to increase the playtime both before and after the training session.

Keep the Mood Fun

Your dog training session needs playtime before and after, in order for it to be successful. Your dog needs time to relax during both times, as training can be a little stressful for some dogs. Just spending 5 or 10 minutes to have fun will greatly assist the process.

The next thing you need to do with your dog is Distraction Training.

Step Three: Distraction Training: Part 1

Identifying the Goal: On a daily basis, your dog will be faced with different distractions that will get him excited. This may hinder him from being able to remember everything you have taught him about the fence. This is the point of distraction training, to fix this problem before it happens. Before going forward, be sure to read Step #1 Boundary Training and Step #2 Static Correction Training.

It is very important to never call your dog or use commands to get him to come up to the boundary line.

How long should I expect this training phase to last?

In general, this stage has no time limit. How long it takes will depend on a few different factors:

  • Your dog’s temperament
  • How your dog has done so far with the training
  • What type of distractions your dog is up against

You should expect this phase to last at least a few weeks. Please remember, you should never have your dog receive a static correction more than once every couple of hours. By the time this phase has been completed, your dog will stay within the contained play zone even if a distraction occurs.

Preparing for Training

Everything that applied to the prior training phases applies to the Distraction Training as well.

  1. Be certain that the dog’s receiver collar fits properly. It should be snug, but not too tight. You should be able to fit a finger between the probes and your dog’s skin.
  2. Be certain that the static correction level is set at the right level, based on what you decided was appropriate during the previous training sessions.
  3. To avoid unnecessary distractions, only train one dog at a time.
  4. Don’t stress out your dog by training him too much.
  5. Remember to always reward your dog when he does what you expect of him.
  6. Keep things fun and positive. Enjoy playtime with your dog for a few minutes before and after each training session. This will help him to relax and focus on learning all the new things being taught.

Distraction Training: Step by Step

Step One: Start by fitting your dog with both the wireless fence collar and a second collar with a long leash on it. Do something you think will distract your dog, such as throwing a ball across the boundary line. Try to get your dog to become excited as possible, to see if he will cross the line.

Step Two: Should your dog follow the distraction, but stop before crossing the boundary line, reward him with a treat and lots of praise.

Step Three: If your dog follows the distraction and breeches the boundary line, wait 3 seconds to see if the dog will come back on his own or not. If he doesn’t come back on his own, pull him back into the safety area with the leash. Praise him and give him a treat anyway.

Next, continue to Part 2 of Distraction Training, where we identify the most common distractions your dog might come up against and train him to resist them.

Step Three: Distraction Training: Part 2

Make sure you have read Part #1 of Distraction Training before you do the following.

Examples of Distraction Training

Listed below are some of the most common distractions faced by dogs:

Tennis Ball

Many dogs enjoy chasing a tennis ball. If this describes your dog, do the following:

  • Begin by playing a game of catch with your dog in the safety zone.
  • Let your dog get very excited and energetic, which might take a few minutes, depending on the dog.
  • After your dog has become excited, throw the ball, letting it cross the wireless fence boundary by a few feet.
  • Look for your dog’s reaction and act accordingly, from the steps outlined in the previous section.

Repeat this procedure a few times a day for as long as it takes for your dog to learn to resist the temptation on his own.

Family Members

Dogs commonly enjoy running after family members, especially if it has been a few hours since they have seen them. Here is what you need to do to get your dog to avoid trying to break the boundary when they see people.

  • Select a family member that your dog enjoys playing with.
  • When that family member comes back home after a few hours of being away, ask them to call the dog out into the safety zone.
  • The dog will most likely run towards the person. At this point, they should play with them for about 30 seconds, in order to get the dog excited.
  • After the dog is excited, the family member should begin to move away from the dog, pay the dog no attention and cross the area where the boundary flags have been posted.
  • Most likely, the dog will follow them out.
  • Once the dog walks up to the boundary flags, observe his behavior and act according to what was outlined in the previous session.

It is not necessary to follow this exact formula. You know best how your dog reacts to family members, so do what you feel is best. The most important thing is that you need to make sure the dog becomes excited, and then test how he reacts when he gets close to the flags.

Other Dogs

This is how you can carry out distraction training to make sure your dog will ignore other dogs who are on the other side of the border.

  • Have a friend walk his dog on a leash, just outside of the boundary flags.
  • Check your dog’s behavior and follow the steps presented earlier.

If you would like to try something else, begin by having both you and your friend’s dogs play together inside of the safety zone. Once your dog becomes excited, ask your friend to walk his dog out of the safety zone and beyond the boundary flags. Most likely, your dog will follow your friend’s dog. Observe his reaction and act accordingly.

Cars

Many dogs love running behind the car when it pulls out of the garage. At this point, you probably understand how to carry out distraction training.

  • The driver should play with the dog for a few minutes in the safety zone, to get the dog excited.
  • Now, the driver should get into the car and slowly pull out, going beyond the boundary flags.
  • The dog will probably follow the car to a certain point. Check his behavior and act accordingly.

Logically, there will be other possible distractions, like birds, squirrels and cats. If you are concerned about any of those where you live, try to include them somehow into your distraction training, following the same instructions used in previous distractions.

Now that you are finished with distraction training, you are ready for the next stage of training, Unleashed Supervision.

Step Four: Supervised Training: Off-Leash

Before taking the leash off of your dog, be sure to follow steps 1, 2 and 3 of the Dog Training Guide. At this point, it really shouldn’t be called training, as you have already accomplished this.

To Prepare for Supervised Off-Leash Training

In this case, preparing is very simple as there is no need to attach a leash. Just be sure that the collar fits correctly and that the right static correction level is being used. Like always, you need to make sure the receiver probes are coming in contact with the skin on your dog’s neck, without digging into his skin. This is important so that the collar is able to deliver the correction.

Allow Your Dog to Run Loose

Simply remove the leash and let your dog run around. Your dog should not be left completely alone at this point. Stay in the yard and keep your eye on what he is doing. In this stage, you should not be trying to distract your dog to test him. Right now, you are simply an observer.

Begin with 20 minute supervised off-leash sessions, and then a few hours spent inside of the house. Three to five sessions a day is ideal.

If Your Dog Is Staying Within the Boundaries

During the first day of off-leash supervision, if your dog never leaves the safety zone, you may choose to extend the duration of each training session to 30 minutes on the second day of training. Each day, you can extend your dog’s off-leash time, providing he doesn’t try and cross the line. Adding about 15 minutes each day to his sessions should work nicely.

If Your Dog Is Breaching the Boundaries

If at any time during this stage of the training process your dog crosses the line, walk your dog back into the containment area. Remember to remove the receiver collar so that your dog won’t get corrected on his way back in.

Now, you will need to go back to Step 2: Static Correction Training. Spend about 3 or 4 days training your dog, or as long as it takes to make sure he is responding to the static correction and not crossing the boundaries you have set for him.

Something to Remember: Whenever your dog breeches the boundary, the first thing you should be checking is:

  1. Are the probes making contact with your dog’s skin?
  2. Is the receiver collar working properly? Are the batteries depleted?

Before you do anything else, it is important to answer these two questions first.

If Your Dog Got Distracted and Crossed the Line

Begin by figuring out what distracted your dog. Next, refer to Step 3: Distraction Training and follow the steps outlined there.

What Is Next?

After a couple of supervised off-leash training has passed and your dog hasn’t crossed the boundaries, it is time to move to the final step of the training process.

 

Introducing Your Dog to the Boundary

About the Goal: During the first step of the dog training process, you will be introducing your dog to the containment boundaries, and teaching him to respect them. The idea is he will turn and retreat when he is supposed to, without receiving a static correction. Before you begin, you should be sure of the following:

  • You should have your training flags placed along the boundary line, about 5 to 10 feet apart from each other.
  • The static correction delivery on the collar receiver should be disabled. Depending on the model, you may only need to set the collar on “1,” which is an audible tone only. On some models, you change the collar setting on the transmitter itself. For a collar that doesn’t have this option, you would just need to remove the collar’s battery.
  • Will you be training more than one dog? If this is the case, you need to know that you should train each dog separately. This is so that you can give each one the attention they deserve. In addition to this, training several dogs at the same time could cause them to distract each other, making it difficult to focus on the training.

How Often Should I Train?

Depending on your dog’s temperament, the boundary introduction phase should last from about 5 to 7 days. If your dog is energetic and adventurous, it could take a bit longer than this. In any case, it should never go below 5 days. Spending 15 minutes for each session, the daily regimen should exist of 3 training sessions.

Keeping it Fun

Plan on spending about 10 minutes before and after each training session playing with your dog. This is because it is important to keep your dog happy and in a good mood throughout his training. When you are consistent with playtime, the less stressed your dog will be, and the quicker you will see great results from your training sessions. Be sure to have your dog’s favorite toy on hand for playtime.

Taking it Step by Step

Step One: Begin by properly fitting the receiver collar around your dog’s neck. Be sure to make sure it is snug, but not too tight. If you are able to fit a finger between the receiver probes and your dog’s skin, it is fitted correctly. Make sure that the collar is set on an audible tone only.

Step Two: Fit a second collar around your dog’s neck, and put a leash on it. You should never attach a leash to the fence receiver collar, as it will cause the probes to dig into your dog’s neck.

Step Three: Walk around with your dog on the leash. Very slowly, approach the boundary of the wireless dog fence. Be sure to not force your dog to cross the line. Instead, wait for your dog to do it on his own. As soon as you hear the receiver collar start to beep, this is what you should do:

  1. Pull on the leash firmly, and force your dog to retreat from the boundary area, while you say, “No, no, no!” in a very firm tone.
  2. Once your dog is out of the boundary area and the receiver is no longer beeping, pet your dog lovingly, give him praise and a treat.

Step Four: Slowly approach another boundary training flag and try to cross the boundary. After the collar begins to beep, repeat the instructions outlined in Step Three, above. Keep doing this for about 15 minutes, and then be sure to play with your dog when you are done training.

Note: At any point during your training session, if your dog tries to cross the boundary line, even though the beep on the collar is sounding and you are pulling the leash, respond by shaking one of the flags while you firmly say, “No, no, no!” The idea is to make sure that your dog understands that the flags are bad. Pull the dog back into the safety zone and make sure to give it praise when the collar’s alarm stops beeping.

What to Expect

After the first 5 to 7 days has passed, you are likely to start seeing your dog retreat all by himself as soon as he hears the beep on the collar, without you even having to pull on the leash. Be sure and praise your dog when this happens. Depending on the temperament of your dog, you may see this change as early as the first day of training.

After a full week of consistent training, if you don’t notice any change in your dog’s behavior at all, not to worry. There is no need to extend the duration of this first phase. Just go ahead and move on to Step #2, Introduction to Static Correction.

What About If I Want to Walk My Dog?

  1. Take the wireless fence receiver collar off of your dog.
  2. If you are able to lift your dog, lift him up and move him across the boundary lines.
  3. Should your dog be too heavy, have him jump into the car and drive him outside the containment area.

What If You Are Unable to Hear the Collar Beeping?

If you live near a relatively busy street, it may be difficult for you to hear the beep, even if your dog can hear it. If this is the case, what you should do is turn the collar around on your dog’s neck, so that the receiver is located on the back of his neck, rather than underneath his jaw. If you do this, you will be able to see the LED light flash on the collar, each time the alarm goes off.

Your Mood During the Training Process

You should remain relaxed at all times, never stressing out or scaring your dog at all. Patience is key. Don’t forget to give your dog praise each time he goes away from the flags, no matter whether he does this on his own or if you have to help him. When you are walking around and approaching the wireless boundary, don’t look directly at your dog. Simply walk very slowly and keep looking ahead.

Next, it is time to continue forward with Step 2 of your dog training process: Introducing Static Correction.

PetSafe® Stubborn Dog Fence Review

At a Glance:

This is not a wireless dog fence. It is a wired underground dog fence. Although many prefer the easy set-up of a wireless system, a wired system is far more reliable and the border shape is completely customizeable. No wireless dog fence offers a collar that is designed specifically for stubborn breeds.

Advantages

  • Waterproof collar
  • Designed for dogs 30 pounds and up
  • Features 4 heightened correction levels and a vibration only mode
  • Runs on a standard 9-volt battery
  • Has a low battery indication light
  • Has a wire break detection feature

Disadvantages

  • The batteries cannot be recharged
  • Not to be used by small, sensitive, weak or injured dogs

Stimulation

The 4 stimulation levels that are offered by the Stubborn Dog Fence are considerably stronger than a standard dog fence collar. The Stubborn Dog Fence is intended for strong-willed guardian breeds, or for those who have a high pain tolerance. These breeds include Pit Bulls, Akitas and German Shepherds. The static correction will not harm the dog, however it is simply too strong for the average pup. You may also decide to keep the collar on vibration only, during initial training.

Training More Than One Dog

You have the ability to train an unlimited number of dogs on the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog Fence. However, your kit will only come with one stubborn dog collar so if you have other dogs you will need to order an extra collar for each of them. You may be wondering, “What if one of my dogs is a little dog? Won’t the stubborn dog fence be too strong for them?” Here is the good news. The fence itself isn’t stronger, just the collar. Several of the PetSafe® collars from their other systems are compatible with the Stubborn Dog Fence. For example, if you have a little dog but need the Stubborn Dog Fence for another dog, you can just purchase the Elite Little Dog collar separately.

Conclusion

If you have a strong-willed dog, this system is designed just for them, and it is quite effective. It is also ideal for multi-dog households as the system is compatible with other PetSafe® collars.

Havahart Radial Shape Select Wireless Fence Review

At a Glance:

Advantages

  • The product claims to be able to contain up to 11 acres of land.
  • You are able to check the life of the battery and change the correction levels directly on the control unit.
  • Rechargeable batteries

Disadvantages

  • The transmission signal is poor and unreliable.
  • Only 2 dogs can be used with this system.

Mounting the Transmitter

Other wireless dog fences only allow you to mount the transmitter on your wall using screws. The Havahart Radial Shape Select comes with adhesive strips that let you stick it there instead. In case you prefer using screws, the system also comes with screws and a wall anchor.

Short and Long Probes

With the Havahart Radial Shape Select, you will receive 2 pairs of probes, short and long. This means whether your dog has a coat that is short and thin or if it is thick and long, you will have the probes you need for him. The probes can be easily unscrewed without the need for a wrench or probe fitter.

Collar Testing Device

This system comes with a heart-shaped collar testing device. To check the functionality of your fence, place the tester against the collar receiver probes. The tester will light up every time the receiver approaches the perimeter. This allows you to determine exactly where the boundaries are so that you can place your training flags accordingly.

Training Flags

Your Havahart system comes with 75 boundary training flags, which act as visual cues, providing more reinforcement for your dog about where his boundaries are.

Limited Warranty

The Havahart Radial Shape Select comes with a generous 10 year limited warranty on the main transmitter and a 1 year warranty on the collar, tester, battery charger and contact probes. In regards to the warranty on the transmitter, you will have 2 years where you don’t have to pay labor and for the remaining 8 years, a labor fee is required.

Battery Recharger

The battery charger is external. This means it doesn’t have to be connected directly to the collar, but instead the battery is taken out and charged separately. This is a positive feature as it allows you to charge one of the batteries while your dog keeps wearing the collar.

The Transmitter

To put it simply, this perhaps has the worst transmitter of any wireless dog fence in terms of quality and signal stability. Although the product is supposed to have an 11-acre coverage area, this is an unreliable estimation. You will find the system has serious boundary instabilities at 9 acres or less.

With that being said, the transmitter does have one unique feature, called the Challenge Alarm. This feature is unique to the Havahart system. When your dog approaches the boundary, the transmitter in your home emits an audible alarm that alerts you to the situation. In addition to this, the transmitter’s menu lets you change certain settings, as well as add an additional collar to be tracked. All of the other settings including collar correction levels and battery levels are controlled directly from the transmitter

Changing the Fence Radius

With most other systems, there is a dial that you use to set the size of the containment circle. Instead of this, the Havahart system has a digital display along with up and down buttons to change the size of the border.

Limit of 2 Dogs

The Havahart system only allows 2 dogs to be contained. As the system only comes with one collar, you will need to purchase an additional collar for your second dog. If you have more than 2 dogs, you will need to purchase the PetSafe® Stay + Play wireless fence instead.

The Receiver Collar

The receiver collar is a bit on the bulky side. It weighs 4.4 ounces and is designed for dogs that are at least 6 months old, weighing a minimum of 8 pounds with a neck size of 14 to 26 inches. Unlike other wireless dog fence brands, you will need to activate the collar through the control unit and charge the battery before you are able to use it.

The collar strap itself has a quick-snap lock. Note that because part of the receiver antenna goes through the strap, you will not be able to use another collar strap of your choice.

Correction Levels

You have 5 correction levels to choose from, as well as a tone-only mode for training purposes. Unlike other wireless fences, you change the correction levels on the transmitter itself, not the receiver collar.

The Batteries

Two rechargeable batteries come with the Havahart Wireless Fence. One is put into the collar receiver and the other one acts as a spare that is charged at all times. On the receiver collar, the battery is accessed by unscrewing a small latch located next to the receiver. You can expect a fully-charged battery to last you for about three days, which is far from exceptional. It takes about 90-120 minutes for your battery to recharge. The status of the collar battery can be checked at any time from the transmitter.

Conclusion

Although the Havahart Wireless Fence does have a few mentionable positives, its poor signal reliability and boundary inconsistencies make it a substandard wireless dog fence.

Perimeter® Wireless Dog Fence Review

At a Glance:

Advantages:

  • 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

Disadvantages

  • 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.

Coverage Area

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.

Dog Size

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.

Conclusion

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.

PetSafe® PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review

At a Glance:

Advantages:

  • 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.

Disadvantages:

  • It runs on a proprietary battery.

Collar 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.

Probe Attachments

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.

Contact Points

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

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.

Boundary Stability

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.

Correction Levels

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.

Conclusion

An ideal purchase for anyone on a budget, the PetSafe® PIF-300 is a good choice, overall.

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