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.

PetSafe® Stay + Play Wireless Fence Review

At a Glance:

Pros:

  • You can contain an unlimited number of dogs on the system.
  • Its containment boundary signal is stable and dependable.
  • Its receiver collar is rechargeable, waterproof, responsive and comfortable for your dog.

Cons

  • The amount of area it is designed to cover may be inadequate for some properties.

Recharging the Collar

Because the Stay + Play comes with a charger, you will never have to buy any replacement batteries. To charge the batteries, it takes around 2 ½ hours. A full charge will last you about 2 or 3 weeks, depending on how often your dog tests the boundary. The more times that the receiver has to beep and deliver a static correction, the faster the battery will lose its charge. During the dog training process, you can expect the batteries to deplete rather quickly.

Replacing the Collar Probes

With the help of a probe wrench, you will screw and unscrew the receiver probes on the collar. This needs to be done if you are changing the probes to longer ones, for example, or if you remove them to clean the collar.

Collar Tester

The collar tester is used to make sure that the collar is functioning properly. There are two holes on the tester, which are placed as close to the probes as you can. If the probes are working properly, indicated by a tester that lights up, this means that the collar is able to deliver a static correction. The tester is quite helpful when you need to locate the boundaries of your wireless fence, in order to decide where your training flags should be placed.

Contact Points

Most wireless dog fences come with both a set of short probes and long probes. Dogs with longer hair or thicker fur will need the longer probes. It is relatively easy to change out the probes when using the probe wrench.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Beginning with the date of your purchase, you receive a full warranty on any malfunctions in the system you may have, regardless of their nature. After the year is over, you receive a limited lifetime warranty, which means that you will receive an elevated discount on any repairs that you may need. Depending on what type of damage happens, you can expect the discounted repair rate to cost between $20 and $60. However, be aware that your warranty may be considered void if you don’t follow manufacturer instructions, such as keeping your transmitter away from moisture.

The Transmitter

The Stay + Play transmitter is currently the smallest of all PetSafe® wireless transmitters. It needs to be placed on the bottom floor of your home, at least 4 feet above ground level. The area it is located in should never drop below freezing, should be well-ventilated and free of moisture. To minimize signal interference, be sure to place it at least 3 feet away from any metal appliances. You can mount the transmitter to the wall, using the mounting template that comes with the kit. Be sure to thoroughly test the signal reliability in its final location before permanently mounting it to the wall.

There are two types of warning signals that the transmitter handles, a power loss signal and a failure signal. Note that when you are alerted with either of these signals, your dogs will not be contained.

Signal Coverage

The Stay + Play transmitter has the ability to contain your dog in a circular area that has a diameter of up to 210 feet and a radius of 105 feet, which equals ¾ of an acre. Should you need to cover a larger area than this, you can do so by purchasing additional wireless transmitters to expand the size of the circle.

Adjust the size of your circle by using the control dial that is located on the main unit. You turn the dial from low to high in order to adjust how large you wish for your containment circle to be. There are 8 different settings to choose from.

Boundary Stability

Just like all wireless dog fences, signal instability may exist. This means that the location of the boundary can move from one minute to another. In regards to the PetSafe® Stay + Play, this signal instability is rather insignificant. You can expect the border to vary about 2 feet, on either side. For example, if you set the containment area to 210 feet in diameter, your boundary will fluctuate between 208 and 212 feet. However, the smaller that you have set your containment area, the smaller your boundary fluctuations will be.

Unlimited Dogs

The Stay + Play system has the ability to contain an unlimited amount of dogs. However, your kit will only come with one dog fence collar. This means that if you have more than one dog, you will need to purchase additional collars. The Stay + Play collars are only designed to be used on dogs who weigh at least 5 pounds and are at least 6 months old.

Conclusion

If a reliable and affordable wireless dog fence is what you are looking for, the PetSafe® Stay + Play has got you covered.