For those of you with small dogs, this PetSafe Little Dog In Ground Fence Review will probably be of interest to you.
The collar receiver on this particular pet containment system is designed specifically to be lightweight and small to fit and cater to the smaller dog breeds.
In this review we run through the specific features, pros & cons to the Little Dog Fence systems so you can get a better idea if you think it will be suitable for your preferences and dog/s.
Without further ado, 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 Little Dog In Ground Fence Review
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the PetSafe Little Dog Fence here:
PetSafe Little Dog In Ground Fence (on Amazon) – for dogs 5lbs and over, with 6-16 inch neck sizes. Standard kit covers 1/3 of an acre.
- If you want to add to the area of the fence system, you can get the PetSafe Boundary Wire, 500 foot Spool (on Amazon)
PetSafe Elite Little Dog In Ground Fence System (on Amazon) – has a more compact transmitter, and uses the Elite Little Dog Add On Collar Receiver
- If you want to add more dogs to the system, you can get the PetSafe Elite Little Dog Collar (on Amazon)
PetSafe Little Dog In Ground Fence: Review
- An in ground electric dog fence system specifically for small dogs
- The collar receiver is small and lightweight – it’s for dogs 5 pounds and up with neck sizes 6-16 inches
- The collar receiver has a small reflective strip on the collar which light shines off of at night time
- Collar receiver is waterproof
- The collar receiver has 4 adjustable levels of static correction when using static as a training mode
- There’s also a tone only training mode if you want to use beeps to train your dog
- The system as standard covers 1/3 acre with included boundary wire
- If you want to expand the system with additional boundary wire, you can do so up to 25 acres
- You can add any number of dogs to the system when you purchase additional collars
- The system has Run Through Prevention where the correction increases if your dog tries to run through the boundary zone
- The collar uses a replaceable PetSafe RFA-188 battery (included)
- This system can function with anywhere between 14 (thickest) to 20 gauge (thinnest) wire
- PetSafe generally have pretty responsive customer service to any queries or issues
- Operating guides and training manuals are included which you should read before using the system
- No vibration only option
- The battery is replaceable and not rechargeable. A recharge battery on the collar receiver would be better
- The system comes with standard 20 gauge wire. 14 gauge thicker wire would be better
- Like all in ground fences, you will have to spend a couple of days planning where to put the wire and digging and backfilling the wire trenches
- Like all dog systems you may experience some issues with the functioning of the system. You’ll have to contact PetSafe to work through your specific situation to make sure you have the system set up correctly
- The collar feels like it could be a bit higher quality for durability reasons
- Overall, if you want a system with a collar made specifically for small dogs, this one is good without being excellent. The drawbacks are drawbacks common to most pet containment systems. Just remember to check the warranty is still fully valid if you buy through a third party seller.
PetSafe Little Dog In Ground Fence: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The PetSafe Little Dog In Ground Fence Designed For?
This dog fence system is intended to keep dogs larger than 5lbs with a neck size of between 6 to 16 inches inside an area of 1/3 an acre, or up to 25 acres with additional wire.
It’s specifically designed for the smallest dog breeds though.
How Does The PetSafe Little Dog 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.
- You can also use a tone only mode for training
- 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 Little Dog In-Ground Fence Be For?
- Small dogs
- Dogs with necks 6-16 inches
- Dogs more than 5lbs
- 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
Who Might The PetSafe Little Dog In-Ground Fence NOT Be For?
- Dogs under 5 lbs
- Dogs with necks outside of 6 to 16 inches
- Areas over 1/3 an acre, or 25 acres with additional wire
- People who want a wireless dog fence system
- People who want to train with vibration only
What Do You Get In The PetSafe Little Dog In-Ground Fence Kit?
- Transmitter with power adapter
- Receiver collar with RFA-188 battery
- Test light tool
- Operating and training guide
- 50 boundary training flags
- 500 feet of wire
- Surge protector
- Wire nuts
- Gel-filled capsules
- Mounting bracket
Electric Dog Fence FAQ Questions For Buyers and Owners
You can read an FAQ Guide here about commonly asked questions by potential buyers and owners of electric dog fences. We outline things such as:
- Types of electric dog fences
- All factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence
- Most important factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence
- How much an electric dog fence costs
- How to install and set up an electric dog fence
- How an electric dog fence works
- How to train a dog to use an electric dog fence, and how long it takes
- Type of wire used for an electric dog fence
- How much wire is required for an electric dog fence
- Which electric dog fence wire is best
- How to bury the wire for an electric dog fence system
- How deep to bury the wire
- Are dog fences safe, and are they effective
Some Safety Considerations For Using An Electric Dog Fence
Safety is extremely important with an dog fence.
Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.
Some general safety guidelines for using a dog fence humanely might be:
- Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the dog fence and the safety of the dog as a priority
- Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the dog fence system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines
- Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer
- Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using a dog fence. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions
A good dog fence that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm). It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body.
To get a safe stimulation level – you can always start from the lowest stimulation level, and work your way up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).
A good dog fence company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the fence system.
The static function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead.
Some owners like to use their 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.
As a safety precaution for humans as well – make sure to get a qualified company to do an underground utility search and get these utilities marked before doing any digging.
Read more about the safety of electric dog fences in this guide.
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