Some people prefer wireless pet containment systems over in ground wire systems, and if that’s you, you’ll want to read this PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review.
This particular system can cover up to 1/3 of an acre. It’s portable too so you can take it to other locations.
In this review we outline the full list of pros, cons and relevant features of this wireless dog fence, and consider overall who it might be best for.
Let’s take a closer look at it!
(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 PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review: Portable Pet Containment System
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the PIF-300 here:
Other things to consider:
- The add on collar receiver, if you want to add more dogs to the system, is the PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Fence Receiver Collar (on Amazon)
- The extra battery for the collar is the PetSafe RFA-67 Battery (on Amazon)
PetSafe PIR-300 Wireless Dog Fence: Review
- A wireless pet containment system for dogs 8 lbs and over, and with neck sizes 6-28 inches
- It has no wires or underground digging
- Installation usually only takes 1-2 hours
- The system is portable – you plug in and unplug the signal transmitter as required
- It covers an adjustable circular area up to 1/2 acre (180 feet in diameter) – this is how far the signal reaches to the collar receiver. Also has a minimum of 10 feet in diameter or 5 feet in radius
- Has either a static stimulation training option, or a tone only training option
- Static mode has 5 different levels of varying intensity of static to choose from
- Tone only mode uses a beep to train your dog
- Has a built in safety feature – safety shut-off stops correction after 30 seconds
- The collar is waterproof
- The collar uses a PetSafe RFA-67 battery (included)
- Collar has a low battery indicator
- You can expand the signal range with additional transmitters
- You can add more dogs to the system with add on collars
- System works with Stay+Play Wireless Fence® and Stay + Play Wireless Fence receiver collar
- Comes with visible boundary training flags so your dog can visually see the boundary fence when they are learning where it is
- A training manual is included
- Doesn’t have a vibration only mode
- Battery in collar could last longer than it does
- A variety of factors including terrain, topography and metal objects can impact how effectively the transmitter signal gets to the collar receiver – it can sometimes be inconsistent
- The Pet Area cannot be changed into a square or rectangular shape
- 1 year warranty could be longer. Also, make sure if you are buying through a third party seller that PetSafe still guarantees the warranty
- For use in the US only. This unit is compatible with all US 110v outlets and are not to be used with 220v international voltage. Although, you can visit PetSafe’s international product pages for international outlet products
- A popular portable wireless pet containment system. There are some clear improvements that could be made to the system such as the life of the batteries, the consistency of the signal, and perhaps a longer warranty, but it’s still a good system for the money. PetSafe have good customer service, and are usually good at getting back to you if you have any issues or queries
PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Designed For?
The standard system is intended to keep dogs larger than 8lbs with a neck size of between 6 to 28 inches inside up to an adjustable circular area of 1/2 an acre (180 feet in diameter)
You can expands the diameter with additional transmitters, and add dogs onto the system with add on collars.
How Does The PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Work?
PetSafe give you a set up and operation/training manual and guide which you should follow. But, as a general guide:
- You choose between the 5 levels of static correction, or a tone only mode
- Plug the transmitter into an outlet
- You put the collar receiver on your dog
- The transmitter signal covers a maximum of 180 feet in diameter or 90 feet in radius, with a minimum of 10 feet in diameter or 5 feet in radius
- Put the training flags out so your dog can visually see the boundary they are to stay in
- When the pet strays into the warning zone, the receiver collar will give a warning tone
- If they continue past the warning zone, a safe, static correction is delivered through the contact points until they return to the safe pet area
What Are The Transmitter Details?
- Height: 9 inches.
- Width: 9 inches.
- Depth: 8.5 inches.
- Frequency: 18 kHz.
- Fuse Type: 250 volt ½ amp (inside transmitter).
- Rounded front/barrel shaped.
- Boundary and high/low control dials on face.
- Light gray coloring.
- On- Off switch on left side.
Who Might The PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Be For?
- The collar is designed for dogs over 8 lb. with neck sizes from 6 to 28 inches
- Dogs six months or older
- Properties up to 1/2 an acre
- 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 wireless dog fence system
- People who want a portable dog fence system
Who Might The PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence NOT Be For?
- Dogs under 8 lbs
- Dogs with necks outside of 6 to 28 inches
- Dogs less than 6 months old
- Areas over 1/2 an acre
- People who want the benefits of an in-ground dog fence system
What Do You Get In The PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Kit?
- Wireless transmitter with power adapter
- Receiver collar with RFA-67D battery
- Long contact points for long-haired dogs
- Test light tool
- Operating and training guide
- 50 boundary training flags
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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