- 1 PETSAFE IN-GROUND RADIO FENCE (PIG00-13661) – RELIABLE, SAFE, AND REASONABLY PRICED!
- 2 How does it work?
- 3 Check carefully because…
- 4 THE MUST KNOW, TRUE FACTS ABOUT PETSAFE IN-GROUND RADIO FENCE (PIG00-13661)
- 5 What to watch out for with this product?
- 6 CRUCIAL TIPS
- 7 Benefits and Features:
- 8 Things to watch out for:
- 9 CONCLUSION
Are you looking for a way to give your pet the freedom he/she wants, but worried about the safety of an in-ground fence? The PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence may be a good option to explore. This in-ground fence comes from a line of reputable products from PetSafe. It is important to understand how an in-ground fence system works and weigh all options before deciding. This specific in-ground fence is customizable in shape and size and uses innovative technology to be safe yet effective.
How does it work?
If this is your first time looking at alternative fencing for your pet it is important to understand how an in-ground fence operates. The PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence comes with a transmitter, receiver collar (battery included), 500 feet of wire, flags, wire nuts, gel-filled capsules, and a test light tool. The wire will be placed in the ground and serve as an invisible fence for you and your pet. The wire will also be connected to the transmitter which will emit a radio signal to run through the wires. Your pet will need to be wearing the receiver collar for the fence to work. The receiver collar is designed to pick up the radio signal running through the wire and subsequently send a static correction to the pet if he/she gets close to the boundary. After the setup of the in-ground fence it will be essential to thoroughly and consistently train your pet before allowing them in the yard without supervision.
Check carefully because…
- Anytime you are purchasing an in-ground fence it is important to be aware of the type of wire you will need. The wire that comes with the PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence is a 20-gauge. However, a lot of buyers have recommended purchasing a more durable wire. This is especially true if any part of the wire is going to be above ground. There are options for more durable wire when you order the item; just be sure to do your research before selecting your wire gauge. The lower the number, the thicker the wire in this situation. PetSafe also offers 18, 16, and 14-gauge wire as an upgrade.
- Another thing to check before you purchase is the size of the pet containment zone you want to install in your yard. Although the transmitter can cover up to 25 acres, the PetSafe kit does not include enough wire to cover that. The product includes 500 feet of wire that will cover around ⅓ acre. There is an option to purchase more wire for larger sized yards. Check out the PetSafe website to understand how much wire you will need for your yard size. There is a chart on the website that will help you determine how much wire you need based on acreage.
THE MUST KNOW, TRUE FACTS ABOUT PETSAFE IN-GROUND RADIO FENCE (PIG00-13661)
- Although PetSafe is known for their reliable products, it is essential to ensure the proper training with your pets. This is true for any in-ground or wireless containment fence system. After the setup it is important to spend time training your pet, making them aware of the boundaries, and setting the static correction level to the appropriate setting. Since the safety features do not allow for the static correction to last for more than 30 seconds your pet could potentially leave the containment zone and not understand the purpose of the static correction. It is important for you to help your pet understand the boundaries so they will not attempt to cross.
- It is important to know that the set-up for this system may be time consuming (especially if this is your first experience with an in-ground fence). Any in-ground invisible fence does take time to set up and requires proper installation for the fence to perform appropriately. PetSafe includes an instruction manual for installation and there are a few instructional videos on the website.
- The transmitter will need to be placed in an interior location. It may be tough to place the transmitter indoors since the wire will need to be connected to it, but it is crucial to place it in a sheltered area to stay protected.
What to watch out for with this product?
- The collars that are included with the PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence do not have rechargeable batteries. It is important to pay attention to the battery levels, and even more important to change them when there is a low battery warning. The system does not have a built-in battery backup. Therefore, once the battery dies there will no longer be a static correction if your pet gets close to the boundary.
- You should also consider the size of your dog before purchasing the product. The product says that it works for dogs 8 lbs. and up, but some buyers state that they have had trouble using it with larger dogs. PetSafe does offer an alternative product for “stubborn” dogs that you may want to consider if your dog is over 100 lbs., stubborn, or a hunting dog.
- Purchase more durable wire. Most buyers recommend purchasing more durable wire. In order to avoid the hassle of replacing the wire if it breaks, it may be helpful to at least purchase the next level wire gauge. If you are keeping the wire underground you may get away with the normal 20-gauge wire, but if you plan on having some of the wire above ground it will be a necessity to purchase a more durable wire.
- Keep batteries on hand. As stated, prior, the receiver collar batteries are not rechargeable and will need replaced from time to time. Dependent upon how often your dog gets close to the boundary, you will most likely need to replace the batteries every few months. It will be beneficial to be proactive and purchase an extra pack of batteries to keep on hand. That way your pet can continue to enjoy his/her freedom without being restricted from going outside because the battery in their collar died. The collar requires RFA-67 batteries (sold on the PetSafe website).
- Train your pets with a leash to understand the boundaries. Training is the most important part when it comes to installing an in-ground fence. We obviously want our pets to understand the boundaries and must experience the corrective static as little as possible. For the fence to be effective, you will need to train your dog to understand the boundaries. After the setup be sure to spend time thoroughly training your pet by using the flags to show the visibility of the boundary, using the tone only training mode, and using a leash to ease your pet into the training.
- Read the operating and training guide. This may seem obvious but be sure to read the entire manual and training guide if you purchase this fence. This will ensure proper installation and training.
- Lay the wire out before burying it. Outlining your correction zone with the wire beforehand will help ensure a seamless installation. That way you can test the wire and make any corrections beforehand. It will be a lot more difficult to make any changes after the wire is buried in the ground.
- Check out some of the videos provided on the PetSafe website. The videos on the website are great–especially if you are new to this type of fence. The videos include an instructional video on how to train your pet to understand their boundaries and installation instructions and tips.
Benefits and Features:
- Many buyers have claimed that the system is durable and reliable.
- This in-ground fence gives you the flexibility to create boundaries of any shape–if they connect in a full loop.
- This system can allow numerous dogs inside the fence at the same time. All you will need is a collar for each dog, but it will not affect the performance of the in-ground fence.
- It includes one of the lightest collars on the market. It is just 1.5 ounces including the battery. This will allow your pet to be much more comfortable while wearing the collar.
- The transmitter provided can expand up to 25 acres of coverage (note: it will require more wire for anything above ⅓ acre)
- The collar includes 4 adjustable levels of static correction.
- The collar is also waterproof; therefore, you will not have to worry about the rain/weather having an adverse effect on the collar.
- There is a feature called “run through prevention” included with this in-ground fence. It increases static correction as dog gets closer to boundary lines to help prevent your pet from attempting to run through the boundary.
- This product also has a “safety time out” feature that stops the static correction after 30 seconds. You will not have to worry about your dog being harmed by the collar if they happen to go past the correction area.
- The PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence comes with a full 1-year warranty. If any part of the system breaks or malfunctions in this time frame it will be replaced free of charge
- Lastly, there is a surge protector included in the kit. This will allow the transmitter to remain free of damage if the wire happens to be struck by lightning.
Things to watch out for:
- It is important to note that the collar included with this product does not have rechargeable batteries.
- Although there are many PetSafe collars that are compatible with this in-ground fence, the PetSafe collars with rechargeable batteries are not.
- There have been some concerns about larger dogs not being affected by the static correction. As stated above, if you are concerned about the static correction being strong enough for your dog you may want to consider PetSafe’s model for “stubborn” pets.
- Like any in-ground pet containment fence, the set up can be a bit tedious and time consuming.
- There is no built-in battery backup included. It will be important to keep extra batteries on hand and replace them as soon as you see the low battery warning.
- The tone that alerts the dog if they are coming close to the boundary is very faint. Even though the dog can typically hear it, owners have commented that they can’t tell when it goes off during training.