This SportDog electric pet fence system features a range of five thousand feet and can support up to five collars. Considered a reliable, effective system, this package comes with everything you need to get started with installation and training right away.
Overview and Features
In this kit, you’ll get five thousand feet of fourteen-gauge wire, a transmitter that’s wall mountable, five waterproof dog collars with long and short contact points, and two wire splices that are also waterproof.
Pet owners who rely on their dogs, such as those who own service animals or emotional support animals, will need this type of reliable system which ensures their pet will remain safe within the boundaries of their yard at all times.
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Did we mention this set also comes with five hundred training flags? The flags are necessary in order to teach your pets that there is a boundary that they cannot cross. The flags should be set up right away before you begin training. Typically, the training process can take one to two months. The flags can slowly be removed little by little each week as your dog catches on that they cannot cross the flag boundary line. Most sets sell the flags separately, so this is a great extra for dog owners.
This set comes with five collars, but it can be expanded in order to accommodate any number of dogs regardless of size or breed. However, most vets do not recommend an invisible fence system for dogs under ten pounds. If you have a small dog, we recommend speaking with your vet before you buy this system.
As we mentioned, this set comes with five thousand feet of fourteen-gauge wire. The manufacturer guarantees that the wire can easily last over twenty years without corroding. The wires are spooled in increments of one thousand feet, for easier installation. The wire is direct burial rated, which means it will hold up well when buried compared to regular electrical wire. This wire is encased in a PET jacket, which will protect the wire from pets and the elements.
Before you install the wire, we recommend a mock set up. Run the wire around your property, hook up the transmitter and ensure the wire and transmitter are both working properly before you bury the wire.
In order to secure the wire, you must dig trenches that are at least six inches deep. You may need to dig deeper trenches if you have a dog that’s a digger.
SportDog is a company that makes heavy-duty training equipment for dogs, so it comes as no surprise that the included collars are very durable. Additionally, the collars are waterproof, not just water resistant, which means the dog can go for a swim without damaging the collar. On each of the five collars, you’ll also find a battery alert light, which will begin to blink once the batteries need to be replaced. This is a great safety feature to have. The large bulky design of the collar will make it unsuitable for dogs smaller than ten pounds. For dogs under ten pounds, we recommend the PetSafe YardMax Rechargeable In-ground electric dog fence.
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The collar will vibrate and beep to warn your pet that they’re getting too close to the boundary line. The tactile stimulation is very effective and will quickly get your pet’s attention. The vibration is a great feature for dogs with hearing loss and older dogs who will have difficulty hearing the warning beeps.
The collar uses a nine-volt battery that must be replaced every three months. Getting the battery out of the collar can be a hassle because you’ll need to use a screwdriver to remove the cover. However, this design is what helps to protect the battery from water damage.
Short and Long Contact Prongs
The contact prongs can be unscrewed using a small pair of pliers. The long contact prongs are designed for dogs with thick or long fur, while the short prongs are perfect for dogs with short hair.
This set offers a total of four correction levels. The strength of the correction level will increase the longer your dog stays in the correction zone. The set correction level, which will automatically activate the second your dog makes contact with the correction zone, can be adjusted right on each individual collar. So, if you have a dog that’s very sensitive to the correction level you can set it to one. If you have another dog that doesn’t respond to the first level, you can set that collar independently to the appropriate level. The ability to control the correction level for each collar is a huge plus. In order to adjust the correction level, you’ll need to use a coin to remove a plastic lid which protects the adjustment button, preventing the setting from accidentally getting switched to a higher or lower level while your pup is playing.
The included transmitter has a five-thousand-foot range. This is one of the most reliable models on the market. Pet owners can have peace of mind knowing that the included transmitter has undergone extensive testing. There have been no reports of dead spots with this system, which can be caused by large metal objects such as metal sheds or cars. Unfortunately, the transmitter doesn’t have a battery backup, so it will not work in the event of a power outage. We feel that this is a huge oversight by the manufacturer.
On the side of the transmitter, you’ll find a dial that you can use to adjust the width of the boundary. This control can also change the distance that the correction zone extends to.
- A large system designed for 5+ dogs
- Durable, heavy-duty wire
- Reliable transmitter
- Four levels of correction
- Correction levels can be individually adjusted
- Collars are too heavy for smaller dogs
- The transmitter doesn’t have a battery backup