The latest wireless fence system by PetSafe is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best invisible dog fences around since it’s highly portable and said to be one of the most reliable wireless models on the market. It comes loaded with some great extras and can be used for smaller yards, vacations, travel, and more. There are some drawbacks to owning a wireless system, however, if you don’t want to tear up your property or deal with a lengthy and intense installation process, then this wireless system is an excellent alternative.
Our Verdict: This Petsafe system can cover up to half an acre of property, is highly portable and features a fast set up time. It’s designed for dogs eight pounds and up and includes training flags, one collar, and a transmitter. It’s a great choice for flat yards, but it’s not recommended for yards that slope or have hills since both can interfere with the radio signal. Overall, this model is considered one of the best and most reliable invisible fences on the market. If you don’t want to have to dig up your yard to install a wired system, this wireless package is a great and affordable alternative.
Overview and Features of Wireless Containment System
If you’re looking for a system that’s a breeze to set up, one that’s affordable and reliable, then this system delivers. This wireless fence comes equipped with everything you need to get started, including a transmitter, receiver collar, and training flags. In the past, wireless fences earned a bad rap considering they’re nowhere near as reliable as wired systems, however, this latest model from PetSafe is changing all of that. It also comes with everything you’ll need to begin training your pet to use the wireless system, right away.
This system can handle containing your pet for up to half an acre of land. The system’s adjustable circular range can cover up to half an acre from the placement of the transmitter. The transmitter itself is also highly portable.
Since this is a wireless system, that means you can enjoy a fast and simple set up time, unlike wired systems that require you to bury the wire one to three feet underground. This system’s wireless boundary will allow you to secure a barrier around your yard in order to protect your dogs and keep them from wandering. The easy and fast set up is a huge selling point for this system.
Static-Free Boundary Reentry
Competing sets will emit a static correction when your pet returns home, should your pet get off your property. But this can actually prevent your pet from returning, out of fear and dread of another correction. Fortunately, this system will allow your dog to return to your property without an additional correction once they walk past the invisible barrier, back into your yard.
This set comes with one receiver collar that’s one hundred percent waterproof. It will fit dogs eight pounds and up and features a highly adjustable design that will fit a dog’s neck six inches up to twenty-eight inches. This collar is also compatible with all wireless fence transmitters by the same manufacturer.
The collar is battery-powered and will last up to two months before the low battery indicator will alert you that the battery needs to be replaced.
The collar features a total of five levels of static correction. Static correction is designed to teach your pet to stay within the boundaries of your property and will go off once your dog comes too close to the boundary line or if they attempt to leave the yard.
This set is expandable. While the set comes with just a single collar, you can purchase additional collars if you have more than one dog. You can use an unlimited number of collars with this single transmitter. If you want to increase the size of the invisible fence, you can purchase more transmitters and wire. This will create circles that intersect.
The signal will be canceled where these circles intersect, allowing your pet more access to your yard. An extra transmitter will allow your dog to have access to three hundred and thirty feet.
Setting up your new system will take just a few minutes. The transmitter is compatible with all standard outlets. Because the signal is able to transmit through obstructions and walls, it can be placed anywhere. Most pet owners will use it in a shed, a closet, or the garage. Once the fence has been set up, all you have to do is adjust the range.
This system works via a radio signal, which is what creates the safe zone, or perimeter around your yard. Your pet’s receiver collar will pick up this signal. Should your dog get too close to the safe zone the collar will emit a warning tone, which will be followed by a static correction that’s painless and humane, but your dog will find it uncomfortable. The five levels of stimulation will allow you to choose the appropriate correction setting based on your dog’s size and their training needs. Most pet owners claim that they were able to easily train their dogs in less than a week.
This set includes fifty boundary training flags. The flags should be placed along the invisible boundaries of your yard. Your pet will see these flags and make the connection that once they get too close to the flags, they will receive the warning tone, followed by the static correction. Over a period of a few days, you can begin to slowly remove some of the flags until they’re completely gone. By this time, your dog will have totally adjusted to the system. The included user’s manual will walk you through the training process, how to correctly use the flags, and how to teach your dog to respect the boundaries.
This is one of the easiest wireless fence systems to set up on the market. Because you can set it up in a matter of minutes, it’s perfect for travel or when you move into a new home. Setting up the boundaries will only take fifteen minutes or so. Users can adjust the boundaries from just four to five feet up to one hundred and eighty feet. For a larger property, you can purchase an extra transmitter to increase the containment area size.
If your dog doesn’t move away from the boundary, then the collar will send a static correction. This correction is not painful, but it can be very startling. With a little training, your dog will learn about the yard’s boundaries very quickly.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless Containment System
- Works on properties one acre in size or less
- Comes with training flags
- Includes one battery-powered waterproof receiver collar
- Highly portable
- Fast set up
- Five correction levels to choose from
- The fence should only be used for flat yards since slopes and hills can interfere with the signal
- The fence uses a circular boundary line
PetSafe Wireless Versus SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System
The competing model SportDog Brand In-Ground fence system consists of a wired setup that can handle larger yards up 1 1/3 acres. Just like this system, it’s expandable and can cover up to one hundred acres. It also features four static stimulation levels to choose from, while this system offers five. However, because the system by SportDog is wired, it’s more reliable, so you won’t have to worry about obstructions interfering with its performance. However, like every wired system on the market, you’ll have to anticipate a long and labor-intensive set up process that will involve you digging and burying the wire one to three feet underground. Obviously, this system is not highly portable, like the PetSafe system, but in terms of reliability, it easily earns top marks.
Conclusion and Rating
This invisible wireless dog fence by PetSafe includes a transmitter, training flags, and a battery-operated dog collar. The included user’s manual will teach you how to train your dog so they can learn the boundaries very quickly. This system is one of the most reliable wireless fences on the market, however, it’s not recommended for yards with hills or slopes since both can interfere with the radio signal. Overall, this model offers a solid performance, fast set up, and is perfect for small properties. I gave it a rating of four and a half out of five stars.