This wireless pet containment system by PetSafe can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional fencing. Plus, since it’s wireless, unlike the average in-ground electric dog fence, you don’t have to worry about a lengthy, exhausting installation process. This system is one of PetSafe’s most popular products. It’s designed for dogs over eight pounds, and it comes equipped with some great features that will allow you to easily train your dog to stay within the boundary line.
Overview and Features
This set provides coverage for up to half an acre. With the purchase of an extra transmitter, you can expect the set to cover one acre total.
The included collar features five levels of static correction, in addition to a beep only mode. The Correction Protection feature will ensure that your pet doesn’t receive a correction for a period longer than thirty seconds.
On the collar you’ll also find a light that flashes once it has detected low battery power.
This system is perfect for a multiple dog homes because it can handle an unlimited amount of dog collars per transmitter, however, as we have mentioned, you’ll need to add a second transmitter to the system if you need more coverage than just half an acre. We felt that the coverage range was a little low for the price. Sets such as the PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence – Factory Grade PIG00-10777 are priced more affordable and offer comparable coverage, however, most in-ground systems are known to provide better coverage than standard wireless sets.
Like with any other type of wireless electric dog fences, setting up this system is fast and easy.
Inside the package, you’ll find a single RFA-67 battery, one collar with short and long prongs, a test light tool, fifty training flags, and a training guide.
As we mentioned, this is a lightweight collar designed for dogs eight pounds and up. It’s safe to use in all types of weather conditions. Unfortunately, the collar is only water resistant, not waterproof, which means it cannot be submerged.
As an added safety feature, the manufacturer has placed a small plastic cap over the collar’s correction level button. The button cannot be pressed when the cap is in place. This will prevent your furry friend from accidentally hitting the button during playtime.
While a wireless system may not work for every type of yard, this set has a reputation for being dependable, easy to use, and effective. It’s also highly portable, so you can pack it up and bring it with you when you travel.
Dog owners also liked the quick set up, how easy this system is to use, and the included training flags which will help to slowly train your dog using a visual training tool that will work to show them where they can and can’t go, and the highly adjustable collars.
If you have multiple dogs, you’ll love the fact that the manufacturer will allow you to independently set the correction level based on each individual dog’s response.
Wireless System Flaws
But on the flip side, this system did receive some complaints. If you don’t already know, wireless systems aren’t as reliable as in-ground systems and can fail to work at times. This doesn’t happen frequently with this particular system, but it does happen. So, if you have an animal that’s dog aggressive, this can pose a dangerous situation if your dog’s nemesis happens to be walking by and the system fails.
This can be a major issue for all pet owners, especially those with emotional support animals they depend on. Emotional support animals travel wherever the owner goes, which is why this portable system is a huge hit in the dog community. This type of flexibility and portability is great, but if you can’t rely on the system to keep your pet safe, you may need to figure out another solution. If you’d like to learn more about ESAs and how you can keep them safe, you can read our article on how to register your dog as an emotional support animal.
Additionally, a wireless system has to be laid out in a circular shape, regardless of the shape of your yard. It has also been known to fail in yards with metal sheds or with lots of trees. Both of which can interfere with the wireless transmitter’s signal.
However, keep in mind that these issues happen with all types of wireless electric fence systems, not just this model by PetSafe.
If you’d rather go with an in-ground system you can click here to check out leading models of reliable in-ground containment systems in our buyer’s guide.
As we have mentioned, installing and setting up this system is a breeze. All you have to do is set up the boundaries, plug the transmitter in, put the collar on your dog and you’re good to go.
The wireless transmitter is roughly the size of a gallon paint can. It’s one of the heaviest, largest transmitters for electric dog fences on the market. However, despite its large bulky size, the system is still considered highly portable.
Once you’ve found the right spot, setting up the transmitter is pretty simple. Just switch it on and adjust these controls:
Boundary switch: This controls the size of the containment area. Dog owners can choose to set it to low or high, based on the size of the coverage area.
Control dial: This feature will determine how far away from the transmitter that the collar can remain active.
And that’s it.
- The perfect system for medium to large sized dogs
- Easy to install
- Five correction levels
- Wireless signal not always reliable
- The collar is not waterproof
- Can only set up the boundary in a circular pattern