The PetSafe Stubborn Dog in-ground containment system is reasonably priced and is the perfect choice for smaller yards. PetSafe is a company that produces some of the best electric dog fences that are available in a wide range of sizes. This smaller fence package comes loaded with all the right features and extras that you need to get started training your pup right away.
This set is a great option for pet owners who are dealing with dogs who frequently escape yards with traditional fences.
Overview and Features
This PetSafe containment system is one of their top-selling products. Often, electric fences are marketed toward larger yards, so it was great to find a system specifically designed for a small yard. This means you won’t have to double over the wire like you would with other sets in this price range.
This set comes with five hundred feet of wire, which is enough to accommodate 1/3 of an acre.
If you find that this fence kit is too small for your yard, we recommend the Extreme Dog Fence electric dog fence system, which provides plenty of coverage and offers many of the same features as this kit by Petsafe.
This package offers the following:
- Two dog collars
- Five hundred feet of wire
- Two waterproof receivers
- Fifty boundary flags
- Installation DVD
- User’s manual
Most manufacturers will sell a starter electric fence package with only one collar, so the fact that this set comes with an extra collar is a huge plus for the dog owner on a budget. The collars themselves are waterproof. This means they can be fully submerged for several hours. So, your pup can go for a swim or a walk in the rain.
The thick, durable design of the collars can withstand heavy-duty use and young dogs who are prone to chewing.
This system provides a total of five correction settings. The first setting is the tone-only mode. This is often the setting used during training. The collar will begin beeping as your dog moves closer to the perimeter of the yard and will let out a continuous beep if the dog crosses the perimeter, for a period of thirty seconds.
This set comes with a total of fifty flags, which is perfect for a fence of this size.
The flags should be evenly placed along the perimeter and will serve as a visual training aid for your dogs. Combined with the beeps emitted from the collar, your dog will learn that he or she should not step past the perimeter.
Some manufacturers claim that training can be completed in just a few days, but a few weeks is a more realistic time frame.
During the first week or two of training, you’ll put your dog on a leash and walk to the edge of your yard, pulling your dog back once their collar begins to beep.
After two weeks, keep your dog on a leash and change the collar’s correction setting, turning it up a notch. This will emit the lowest level of static stimulation. If your dog does not respond to this level, you will need to continue to adjust it accordingly.
Fortunately, the collars feature independent settings, which means you can adjust the setting based on each dog’s response.
After an additional week or two of training, based on your dog’s response, you can now let your dog off their leash when they’re in the front yard. However, we don’t recommend allowing them out independently for another week or two.
These systems will work well for medium to large breed dogs. If you have an emotional support animal, this type of structured training system should be easy for them to learn. If you’d like to learn more about ESAs you can read our article on how to register your dog as an emotional support animal.
Because this is an in-ground system, setting up and installing this kit will be time-consuming.
First, you’ll need to do a test run of sorts to ensure that the fence is working properly. This will also help you to determine if the five hundred feet of wire can provide adequate coverage for your yard.
Start off by laying the wire out, placing it around the perimeter of your yard. Set up the transmitter and turn one of the collars on. Take the collar and walk up to the perimeter of your yard. At this time the collar should begin beeping, if you’ve placed it in the tone-only mode.
If you cross the perimeter the collar will use a correction.
Once you’ve determined the system works, now comes the hard part. In-ground systems must be buried. This will protect them against curious dogs and the elements.
The wire should be buried six to eight inches deep around the entire perimeter of your yard. Many dog owners reported that this work can take a few days, so you may want to hire a landscaper to handle this portion of the installation.
This set uses twenty-gauge wire, which is incredibly durable. Typically, electric fence kits in this price range use fourteen-gauge wire. This thicker than average wire is designed to last for decades.
According to the manufacturer, this set is not recommended for dogs under fifteen pounds. If you’re searching for an electric fence that’s safe for smaller breeds, click here to check out our electric fence buyer’s guide, which includes models designed for breeds of all sizes.
Using this system for dogs under the recommended weight can be dangerous and potentially fatal. If you’re not sure that this system will be safe for your pet, speak to your veterinarian before you buy.
- For some, the small size of this kit is a huge plus
- Five correction level options
- Durable collars
- Comes with two collars
- Waterproof receivers
- Designed for dogs fifteen pounds and up
- Thicker wire gauge
- Perfect for small yards
Difficult and time-consuming installation