What we outline in this PetSafe In-Ground Fence Review is that this pet containment system comes with an updated more compact transmitter than some of the other PetSafe models.
Some of the other features are the same, but this in ground dog fence also comes with an UltraLight™ collar and various safety features.
We list those extra features, pros & cons in this review, as well as consider who the in ground fence may and may not be for.
Let’s take a closer look at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence Review PIG00-13661 model that replaces the PRF-3004W.
(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 In-Ground Fence Review (PIG00-13661)
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Some people also choose to get these extras with the PetSafe system:
PetSafe Boundary Wire, 500 foot Spool of 20 Gauge Wire (on Amazon) – to add to the area the system can cover
PetSafe Ultralight Collar Receiver (on Amazon) – to add more dogs to the system
PetSafe In-Ground Fence (PIG00-13661): Review
- The In-Ground Fence comes with an updated black transmitter compared to the older bigger white transmitter on some other PetSafe models
- The collar receiver for this systems is the Ultralight Collar Receiver, and is waterproof
- The collar uses a PetSafe RFA-67 battery (included)
- The system fits dogs 8 pounds and up and the collar fits neck sizes 6-28 inches
- There’s a static training mode with 4 different levels of varying intensity static
- There’s a special feature called Run Through Prevention where the correction/static stimulation intensity increases if your dog tries to run through the boundary zone
- There’s also a tone only mode
- There’s an in built safety feature which is an automatic safety shut-off where the correction stops after 30 seconds
- The system covers up to 1/3 acre with included boundary wire, although it’s expandable up to 25 acres with additional boundary wire
- You can add more dogs to the system with additional
- Comes with a surge protector against spikes
- Comes with an operating guide and a training guide so you have more information
- The system overall works with 14-20 gauge copper insulated wire
- System comes with visual training flags for when your dog is learning where the boundary is
- PetSafe seem to be pretty good with their customer service, answering questions & attending to issues or problems with the system
- The battery could be built to last longer and be a rechargeable lithium ion battery for example – the existing battery only lasts 1-2 months
- You may need a stronger fence like the Stubborn dog model for bigger dogs and harder to train dogs
- You still may get a few issues here and there with the transmitter signal depending on various factors in your yard – but PetSafe are usually good at helping you fix them
- The setup/installation of any in ground dog fence system can take some time and effort – be prepared for this
- The wire gauge is only 20 gauge which is thin. There are thicker 14 gauge wire dog fence systems out there
- THere’s no vibration only training mode
- Overall the system is quite good for the price, and PetSafe seem to have good customer service. For bigger and harder to train dogs though, you might get the PetSafe Stubborn Dog system
PetSafe In-Ground Fence (PIG00-13661): Buyer’s Guide
What Is The PetSafe In-Ground Fence Designed For?
This dog fence system is intended to keep dogs larger than 8lbs with a neck size of between 6 to 28 inches inside an area of 1/3 an acre, or up to 25 acres with additional wire.
How Does The PetSafe In-Ground Fence Work?
PetSafe give you a set up and operation/training manual and guide which you should follow. But, as a general guide:
- You plan out the boundary and the system and you test everything is working before you bury the wire
- You set the boundary by burying wires around the perimeter of your yard. You can also put the training flags in as a visual cue for your dog
- Your dog wears a collar that picks up the signal from the transmitter that you can to put next to a power source
- As your dog nears the boundary wires, a beep alerts your dog, giving them a chance to stop without any correction. For those that continue, a safe static correction reminds them to stay in the area you’ve established.
- Simply adjust the correction level if your dog continues to test the boundaries.
- Additional safety features help keep her in your yard more than before. Anti-Linger Prevention keeps your pet from staying in the Warning Zone for long periods of time and draining the battery.
- Progressive Run Through Prevention works by increasing the correction if your pet tries to quickly run through the boundary zone – so is good for overly escape prone dogs
Who Might The PetSafe In-Ground Fence Be For?
- The collar is designed for dogs over 8 lb. with neck sizes from 6 to 28 inches
- Properties up to 1/3 an acre, or 25 acrs with additional wire
- 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 an in ground dog fence system
- People looking to train with static, and tone only modes
- Dogs that try to sprint through a pet fence
Who Might The PetSafe In-Ground Fence NOT Be For?
- Dogs under 8 lbs
- Dogs with necks outside of 6 to 28 inches
- Areas over 1/3 an acre, or 25 acres with additional wire
- People who want a wireless dog fence system
What Do You Get In The PetSafe In-Ground Fence Kit?
- Transmitter with power adapter and mounting bracket
- Receiver collar with RFA-67 battery
- Surge protector
- 50 boundary training flags
- 500 feet of 20-gauge boundary wire
- Wire nuts
- Gel-filled capsules
- Test light tool
- Operating and training guide
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 – especially when using a higher static level system. No advice is a substitute for professional advice.
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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