PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Review: Pet Containment System



It’s one of the cheaper and more affordable pet containment systems on the market, so we thought we would put together a PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Review.

In the standard kit, you have the capability to cover 1/3 of an acre, you get 4 different static levels, a tone only training option, and the collar recevier fits dogs over 8lbs with a neck size of 6-26 inches.

In this review we list some of the other pros, cons and features of this dog fence system, as well as consider who it might and might not be for.

Let’s check it out!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Review: Pet Containment System

You can go straight to viewing the PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence here if you like:

PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence (on Amazon)

Some people also may choose to get these extras with the system:

Add On PetSafe In Ground Basic Collar Receiver (on Amazon) – to add more dogs to the system

PetSafe Boundary Wire, 500 foot Spool (on Amazon) – to increase the area you can cover with the system


PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence: Review

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  • A basic and cheaper type in ground electric dog fence system for keeping your pet contained in your yard
  • The standard system comes with enough wire to cover 1/3 of an acre, but it is expandable up to 5 acres with the purchase of additional wires and flags (sold separately)
  • Comes with training flags that you place above ground that your dog can see as visual aids for the boundary you set
  • The collar is designed for dogs over 8 lb. with neck sizes from 6 to 26 inches
  • The collar is waterproof
  • The collar features 4 levels of static correction plus a tone-only mode for training
  • The collar takes a RFA-67 battery and has a 1-2 month expected battery life 
  • The collar has a low battery indicator
  • The system comes with a surge protector to protect against surges or spikes
  • The system will work with anywhere between 14-20 gauge copper insulated wire
  • PetSafe generally have good customer support with following up queries and problems


  • Short battery life on the collar
  • No vibration only training option
  • Collars aren’t really for extra large dogs over say 90-100lbs
  • Fence won’t stop your dog if they sprint and really really want to get through it, but that’s true of any electric dog fence 
  • The wire is 20 gauge wire – it’s not as thick as say for example 14 gauge wire you can get standard with other electric dog fences like the eXtreme fence for example
  • The system can sometimes be inconsistent for some people in it’s functioning – the transmitter and the collar devices – but if you contact PetSafe within the warranty period they are generally good to deal with and help you out
  • Warranty only valid when purchasing through an authorised retailer – check the warranty is valid when purchasing through anyone but PetSafe


  • Good as a basic type pet containment system that is affordable, but has some noticeable drawbacks that you won’t get with more expensive systems such as system inconsistency and the absence of certain features

View the PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence on Amazon


PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Designed For?

The standard system is intended to keep dogs larger than 8lbs with a neck size of between 6 to 26 inches inside up to 1/3 of an acre of land.

It is expandable though up to 5 acres and several dogs.


How Does The PetSafe Basic In Ground Dog Fence System Work?

PetSafe give you a set up and operation guide which you should follow. But, as a general guide:

  • You plan out where the fence will go, and the transmitter (you need to have a power source nearby)
  • You lay out the wire above ground and test the system and collars are working
  • You dig the wire trenches and lay the wire and backfill
  • You set the static level, or set the system to tone only
  • You put in the training flags above ground so your dog can see where the boundary is and put the collar/s on your dog/s
  • As your dog approaches the boundary and gets to the ‘warning zone’, the collar should beep to warn them they are getting too close to where they shouldn’t be. In static mode, the collar delivers static stimulation if they keep going towards the boundary
  • The training period should be roughly 2 weeks for your dog to learn where the boundary is
  • Once your dog learns where the boundary is, some people choose to remove the collar until or if re-training is required


Who Might The PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Be For?

  • The collar is designed for dogs over 8 lb. with neck sizes from 6 to 26 inches
  • Properties up to 5 acres
  • People looking for a system that can support several dogs/pets – as long as you buy the additional add on collar receivers
  • People looking for a basic and cheaper option as a pet fence


Who Might The PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence NOT Be For?

  • Dogs under 8 lbs
  • Dogs with necks outside of 6 to 26 inches
  • Properties over 5 acres
  • People looking for a thick wire fence such as a 14 gauge wire


What Do You Get In The PetSafe Basic In Ground Fence Kit?

  • Transmitter with power adaptor
  • Receiver collar with RFA-67 battery
  • Short and long contact points for short-haired and long-haired pets
  • 50 boundary training flags
  • 500 feet of 20-gauge boundary wire
  • Surge protector
  • Test light tool
  • Wire nuts
  • Waterproof gel-filled wire splice capsules
  • Product manual


What Might Be The Safest Way To Use An In Ground Dog Fence?

If you want expert advice, speak to a professional like a veterinarian or an animal health expert.

Secondary to that, a reputable in ground dog fence manufacturer should have the health, safety and well being of the dog/s as their first priority.

They should provide you with installation and training instructions on how to install and use their products safely with your pets. It’s very very important an owner understands and knows how to use the in ground fence system properly as it was designed for.

Good in ground dog fence systems might come with vibrate and sound/tone training options as well, in case you don’t want to use the static stimulation option.

Some owners like to use their in ground dog fence system as a temporary training tool i.e. once their dog/s have learnt the boundaries and are properly training to stay in the yard, they turn the fence off or remove it.

If the dog starts going outside the boundaries again, they use the fence again to re-train their dog.

A static stimulation shouldn’t hurt the dog, but rather stimulate their muscles to cue them not to go near the boundary.

Of course, pay attention to any warnings from the manufacturer in using their in ground fence, and if you notice your dog/s having negative effects from using it, discontinue use immediately and consider seeking professional help/advice.



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