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)
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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
Best In Ground, Above Ground & Wireless Dog Fences On The Market
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FAQ Guide About 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
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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