Here we will present you with three different options on the wireless pet containment market. Overall what you will be looking for in this product is the functionality of the fence, the range of the fence, if the setup is relatively easy, length of the battery life, and collar functionality. The price range is relatively high for majority of the wireless fences because of the cost to make the transmitter wireless and keep your dog contained within the boundaries that are able to bet set from the device.
- 1 Product name: PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence
- 2 Product Name: PetSafe Wireless Fence (PIF-300) with Extra Battery Pack from PetSafe
- 3 Product Name: PetSafe Stay & Play Dog and Cat Wireless Fence – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand
- 4 Product Name: DNPet Wireless Dog Fence Containment System Training Shock Collar with Remote No Bark Collar
Range: This wireless fence covers .5 aces with their basic pack.
Installment: You will need to install the transmitter indoors, not next to any metal, in a dry space close to the boundary you want set up. You will need a surge protector for the transmitter, to prevent the transmitter exploding completely off the wall during lightening , causing fire in the process.
So pay special attention to setting particular transmitter up, following all directions.
Setup time: A matter of hours for most. But if you have a rectangular yard this unit will be easier to set up because the programing around circular yards or yards with areas inside that need covering can be troublesome. Luckily customer service is readily available between their posted times and if a buyer leaves a review, typically they will reply and answer any questions or refer them to a customer service line.
How does this control the dogs from going outside the boundary?: Like most wireless fences, your dog will need a special collar that comes with this basic pack, and it will shock the dog on the level you set it on. This is because once you have set the transmitter box to a certain boundary, if the dog gets close to the boundary, the receiver on the collar will start making a sound and once it crosses the invisible fence, the receiver will shock the dog according to the level it is set at.
Size of the collar: Some owners have reported that this is a light weight collar for their dogs, so it works well and sits comfortably on them. The collar is designed to be used on dogs 8 pounds and up, with the collar being adjustable to fit neck sizes from 6 inches to 28 inches. It is also waterproof, so your pet can roam in the rain without supervision.
Batteries for the collar:
the collar’s battery life being about two months and it will flash when the batteries need charged. You cannot just use any collar with the invisible fence, it has to have the receiver on it and the batteries that power receiver are also specially made for the receiver. PetSafe, the company that makes this product makes a specific battery that goes with this collar that functions with their wireless fences, called the RFA-67D-11 battery. Some of the batteries from this company are rechargeable but this one is not.
Shock upon reentry for dog?: If your pet gets out somehow from the system, the description for this product claims that it will not, but there have been people who have reported that this is false in the review section. But, not every customer has had this problem, so the system seems inconsistent on this aspect.
The fencing can be used even around and through dense wooded areas without any dead zones, customers have reported
Training the dog to work with this system has seemed to work with most dogs, even the most stubborn ones
The collar can randomly shock the pet inside the house or even near the transmitter, reports of this have come from reviewers who have had this system for a while and from those who had recently purchased the system
The yard shape makes this system hard to set up or easy, rectangular yards can be easier than oddly shaped ones
Reports of shocking to the dog upon reentry have been reported by multiple reviewers, and this does not align with what the product promised to do in the product description
Here we have the same fence but with an extra battery pack for about the same price:
Purchasing the extra battery pack upfront may seem useless, but it will save your time and money long term because the batteries will only last a couple of months before they die, and they cannot be recharged. Here we will run down the reviews left on this product, but it is all the same information because it is the same unit as listed above.
Range: Covers up to half an acre (180 feet in diameter.)
This unit works well with stubborn dogs, one reviewer said that even they respect the boundaries. Another said their stubborn dog owner wrote that even an in-ground fence does not work as well as the wireless fence, which could be a selling point for some
Once again, it is good for areas that do not allow traditional fencing or digging in a space where you wish to let your dog roam free
The perimeter can malfunction, reviewers reported, meaning that there’s an inconsistent boundary line present
Some reviewers said that the transmitter can completely stop working unexpectedly, but on the brighter side customer service is happy to speak with you about it, most of the time
It should be noted that the large selling point of this product is the extra battery pack, and there have been no complaints about that aspect so it’s the last product and more.
Product Name: PetSafe Stay & Play Dog and Cat Wireless Fence – Above Ground Electric Pet Fence – from the Parent Company of Invisible Fence Brand
This product is a similar product as the one above, but it has more range than the previous.
Range: This unit covers ¾ acres or .75 acres, all you have to do is program the transceiver to your boundaries and place the collar on your dog, program that receiver to hook up to the transmitter, as described in the manual. This unit being wireless is good for vacation homes, camping, the product description says, and big areas that do not allow physical fencing, that way your dog stays in but the set up is easier and costs less than most typical fencing, reviewers have noted.
Setup time: The product description claims it will take a few hours to set up, and reviewers have been able to confirm this, but it does not seem any easier than the previously mentioned product because they have the same function and both are made from the same brand. This unit just has a longer range. The same thing about the weird yard shape will interfere with the setup time comes with this product, especially for a vacation home or campground that has a firepit or pool that you want the dog to stay away from, things can get particularly tricky.
Size of the collar: This collar that comes with the wireless fence is compatible with most PetSafe Wireless fences, and it will fit dogs 5 pounds and up, with neck sizes from 6 to 28 inches.
Batteries for the collar: The company claims that the batteries will last for 3 weeks and then a light indicator will come on that signifies that the batteries need to be changed. This is the same sort of function as the last collar, so they will only take the PetSafe specific batteries which can possibly be purchased separately.
You can also add an unlimited number of dogs to this system, all you have to do is purchase another collar and set each one up to the fencing and shock specifications you desire, just make sure you repeat the training process. If the training process is not completed with each dog, each added dog will not understand why it is being shocked and most likely escape very easily to chase a passing car or animal, so repeat the process you had with the first dog for each of them and you are most likely going to have the most success with this system.
Shock upon reentry for dog?: The manufacturer claims that there is no shock upon reentry for the dog if it goes outside of the set boundary lines, and no customer complaints have come it yet on the subject of accidental shock. So this product may not be as unpredictable as the previously mentioned fence, which had customer complaints on that.
This unit is good for places that cannot have a permanent fence installed such as a campground, vacation home or an apartment, the setup seems relatively easy, setting up in a matter of hours for most, so takedown should be easy as well
The barrier flags that are included in the product have helped reviewers themselves know where the line is but also help the dogs know where it is. One reviewer said that the setup with the help of flag placement only took 30 minutes, while the batteries just take one hour to charge
This unit can administer random shocks at times, causing some harm because the dog may become scared of its surroundings. It is possible that from this the dog may not understand the functioning of the fence, which may be scary especially if you have the fence for months or years on end, having it function reliably then suddenly it does not, and shocks the dog. This can be harmful for the pet because it will not understand why it is getting shocked and question the fence line. One customer wrote that they were initially taking their dog out for training and they went 8 to 10 feet beyond the barrier and no sound was given to the dog to indicate that the dog was passing the barrier let alone crossing it, in addition, no shock was given. The manufacturer replied to the customer saying that there might be a fluctuation in the signal due to issues in the placement of the transmitter. PetSafe clarified that if you have a metal roof or metal siding, this product is not for you since the metal will interrupt the signal from the transmitter to the dog’s receiver on the collar. This fact is not stated outright on their description, so that can also be an issue about transparency in the company
In our opinion, the amount of range that you get with this unit is making this the better option, not to mention that the wireless yard can wrap around the front if there is extra range that needs to be covered after the backyard is completely covered
Product Name: DNPet Wireless Dog Fence Containment System Training Shock Collar with Remote No Bark Collar
The product description mainly applies mainly to the functions of no barking and it takes a bit of digging to understand that it is more just than limiting barking, even though the product title says different.
Range: There is not selective range, you just have to be within 300 meters (about 985 feet from your dog) a customer said in response to the question about the range of the product. Keep in mind though that since there is only a receiver on the collar and the remote you cannot let your dog roam without supervision because they might escape from the area from which you can see them. This is only considered a wireless fence if you have control of the remote and know where the dog is, effectively creating a wireless fence via manual operation
Setup time: Since there is no transceiver to install, just a collar and remote to charge, the setup time should only be a few hours, possibly four because a customer response said that is how long the collar needs initially charged, at least to hold a full charge in each of them. Although you will still have to train the dog to recognize that the vibrations and pokes are meant for training purposes rather than harm.
Another way the training can be done, especially for the no barking aspect, is rewarding the dog with treats after it stays away from the boundary or stops barking. Positive reinforcement means that the dog will learn to understand the signals and signs you are providing it via rewards and the shock or poke.
Size of the collar: This unit should only be used on dogs. The dogs that it fits are from 11 to 120 pounds, with neck sizes from 7 to 21 inches. Since the collar is adjustable it should be able to fit on most dogs. Although there is a manufacturer’s warning that it should not be used on aggressive dogs, so your dog’s behavior might be a hindrance for you being able to purchase it. The shock collar option of this product might be a better option for your dog if your dog is like this. Also, it is recommended that this collar not to be left on for more than 12 hours and adjusted every 1 to 2 hours, most likely because it is mainly for outside use, or maybe because it is not that comfy. Some reviewers had complaints about the weird material of the collar, the vinyl feels cheap and there are slits in the collar for the adjustable length rather than holes.
Batteries for the collar: There is a lithium ion battery in the collar that helps it stay charged, but you can charge that battery via a cable that is included in the unit. There is no specific time given for how long the charge will last by a customer or the manufacturer.
The manual control can be useful for some who have time to watch their dog play outside, but it might not be good for owners who have trouble doing so. It also ensures you know that your dog will learn to respect you and the physical boundaries you set, or help prevent them from barking, as advertised
It can even train a deaf dog to understand the boundaries you have set to keep them safe, no more having to worry about sound control, unlike the other options on the list
This model is fairly harmless because there is just a vibration feature and a slight poking feature, unlike the sound and shock that the other collars will use. The gentle training mechanisms ensure your dog will not be harmed, and the shock training collar is available with the same functions except with shock, if that is what you prefer
This is the cheapest item on the list by far. If you are willing to put in the extra effort for paying attention to your dog when they are outside, then you can save yourself hundreds of dollars
Some of the dogs, reviewers have reported, have associated the vibration with treats because if they obey they automatically get a treat, this can be bad because they might try to go outside the boundary just because they want a treat
The lowest stars that it has is one and that is because sometimes the collar that is sent to them not functional, but that seems to be rare because not many of the reviews are that kind of horrible negative
This one is manual while the rest of the collars here are automatic once they have been set up, so that might be a problem for some purchasers.
The collar cannot be left on for more than 12 hours, the manufacturer recommends, and it should be adjusted every 1 to 2 hours. Customer reviews have reported that the collar seems very cheaply made for the dog, and so it is not comfortable to wear for the dog and that is why the adjustment is needed