PetSafe produces budget-friendly in-ground invisible fences that are easy to use and highly customizable.
PIG00 11115 YardMax by PetSafe is an in-ground dog fence that comes equipped with many of the essential features dog owners are looking for, including comfortable, lightweight collars, independent correction, and progressive correction.
Overview and Features
This system by PetSafe comes with one lightweight small rechargeable collar that’s equipped with several levels of correction.
This system allows pet owners to get full use out of their yard. Unlike most systems which project a boundary line on both sides of the wire, this set allows you to set a boundary that begins outside of the wire, so you won’t have to give up double the yard space.
The wireless pet containment system by PetSafe features the traditional boundary line activation on both sides of the wire and may be a better choice if you have a smaller yard.
Offering a range 1/3 of an acre, this set is expandable up to ten acres.
The YardMax comes with one of the smallest collars on the market, weighing in at just under three ounces. Because of the lightweight design, this system is perfect for dogs five pounds and up. Additionally, since the collar offers four different correction levels, we feel that this set is an appropriate choice for smaller breeds.
The collar itself is rechargeable using the included recharging cord. The collar features a small rubber cover that protects the charging port. The lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge that lasts for one month. Charging time takes as little as two hours.
Short and Long Contact Points
This set comes with both long and short contact points. The points can easily be switched out using the included contact point tool. The short contact points are designed for short haired breeds, while the longer contact points are designed for dogs with long or thick fur.
This set works with a few different zones: Paws Away mini pet barrier, PetSafe Indoor Zone, and the Paws Outdoor Rock. These zones create a boundary around places and objects that you don’t want your pet to have access to, such as your child’s play area, trash cans, or the garden in the backyard.
The controls for the correction levels can be found on the collar. The collar offers five correction levels and a tone mode. You’ll set the correction level based on how your pet responds to each level. If your dog continues to try and leave the yard, you can turn the correction setting up a level and continue to experiment until the collar is placed on a level that deters your pet from leaving his or her yard. The correction level can be set using the on and off button found between the contact points.
These correction levels range from low to strong.
If you want to expand the set, you can. Each collar used with this system will feature independent correction, which means you can use different settings for each collar, based on your dog’s response to the corrections.
The adjustable design allows pet owners to ensure the collar fits properly. A poor fitting collar is one of the most common reasons why these systems fail. An improper fit means that the probes are not able to make contact with the skin. When this occurs, the dog will not get the correction consistently and will quickly learn that they can easily ignore the boundaries. When this collar is fitted properly it will make a loud clicking sound, which helps to eliminate the guesswork and allows you to fit the collar perfectly each time.
Boundary Crossing Protection
A weakness in the fence can allow the dog to run through the boundary. Most systems will engage the correction feature once as the dog runs through the boundary, but this system is different. If your dog runs past the boundary line the correction feature will continue for several seconds, making it more difficult for your pet to cross the boundary.
After a period of fifteen seconds, the safety timeout will kick in.
The transmitter will start the boundary at the property line, this means that the collar will begin emitting an audible warning only after the collar has crossed the wire.
The twenty-gauge wire in this set can make for a more complicated installation process. The right and left wires in most in-ground systems are interchangeable, but with this system, since it features a one-way boundary you’ll have to ensure that you’ve used the correct wire in each terminal hole. If you don’t set up the fence correctly, the system will not work, or it can result in making the inside of the yard the correction zone. Additionally, many pet owners felt that the twenty-gauge wire was not very durable. You can easily upgrade to sixteen-gauge wire if you’re concerned about the wire breaking.
This kit comes with five hundred feet of wire.
If you’ve had to learn how to stop dog nail from bleeding because your dog is a chronic digger, requiring constant nail care, then you may need a more durable wire than what this twenty-gauge wire care offer. You can choose a system that features a lower gauge wire or upgrade the wire in this set.
You can click here to read our buyer’s guide which showcases other, more powerful in-ground invisible fence systems for more options.
Like with other invisible fence systems you’ll need to set up training flags for the first month as your dog learns about the yard’s boundaries.
This fence comes with a one-year product warranty. During this time, all of the equipment is fully covered.
- Lightweight collar
- Five correction levels
- Beep mode only level
- Highly adjustable system
- Easy to use
- Weak wire