Having been in business for decades, PetSafe is regarded by many as one of the best invisible fence manufacturers in the market. While it seldom tops most best wireless dog fence lineups these days because their models are somewhat light on features, you can always depend on their durability and reliability.
Originally a manufacturer of in-ground fences, PetSafe is one of the most common brands of wireless containment system out there, and so come with some fairly simple installation steps. This makes the PetSafe wireless fence the perfect candidate for familiarizing oneself with how installing a wireless fence usually goes down.
Parts of a PetSafe Wireless Fence
When installing a wireless fence, it’s important to know each constituent part. Just like the vast majority of wireless fences, a single PetSafe wireless containment system package will generally contain:
- One portable indoor transmitter or “base unit”
- One receiver collar
- One receiver collar charger
- Two short collar probes
- Two long collar probes
- One transmitter power adapter
- One RFA-67 battery
- 50 Boundary flags
- One test light tool
Some additional setup tools may be included depending on the model.
Setting up and Operating the PetSafe Wireless Fence
Activating the fence is fairly straightforward. You simply plug the transmitter into a power source and flip on the power switch located on its left-hand side. It will project its wireless boundary area in an adjustable circular range. You can either place the transmitter down on a stable surface or mount it on the wall using the included mounting template.CLICK HERE: Access EXCLUSIVE deals for our readers →
Fine-tuning the adjustable circular area is as easy as tweaking a few controls on the control panel mounted on the front of the transmitter. The wireless containment system transmitter emits a containment area of up to 1/2 acre or 3/4 acre (2,023 – 3,035 square meters) depending on the model. Familiarizing yourself with these basic controls is vital to understanding how a wireless fence pet containment system is adjusted. More complex wireless fence systems, such as a GPS dog fence system, make use of a slightly more sophisticated iteration of this scheme, sometimes along with a mobile app.
Once you’ve got the transmitter signal up and running, it’s time to set up the receiver collar. First, take the test light tool and use its battery key (the elongate tool on the upper right-hand side) to install the battery. You do this by inserting the battery key onto the groove on top of the battery, and twisting clockwise until the arrow icon on its surface aligns with the icons on the edge of the battery slot. Aligning it with the downward triangle will lock the battery in place, and aligning it with the padlock icon will turn the collar on.
Calibrating the Wireless Dog Fence
After initial setup, it’s imperative that you undergo a preliminary calibration process. This ensures that your boundary line is established as intended and the static correction level is just right for your dog’s tolerance.
First, see to it that the collar fits well onto your pet’s neck, with the probes touching their skin without causing too much discomfort. If your dog has thick fur, you’re advised to use the long probes. Read our guide on how tight a dog collar should be.
Once that’s done, it’s time to test the system. Press the test light tool against the probes, and walk to the boundary line with it, holding the collar and tool at your pet’s height. Set the correction level to level 6 on the collar to help you feel the static. You will see 6 flashes of red from the collar indicating it’s been set to level 6. While you’re inspecting the collar, try to identify the low battery indicator and tone only mode settings as well.CLICK HERE: Get your FREE new puppy checklist →
You will know when you’ve hit the boundary line when the tool lights flash and the collar beeps. Try to feel the static correction shock to judge if this is too much or too little for your dog. If either is the case, adjust the correction level on the collar. Likewise, adjust the radius on the transmitter if you feel that the area is too large or small.
Although it isn’t required, you’re also advised to place flags at the boundary line to help your dog remember where it is. For best results, PetSafe recommends you place training flags 5 to 10 feet (1.5-3 meters) apart. This helps with the essential process of training your dog to get accustomed to the wireless fence.
Once the fence system is in use, it’s recommended that you check the fit of the collar and ensure that it’s snug at all times. You can trim the collar if it’s too long, allowing for a little should your dog gain weight or grow a thick coat in the winter . You must never use the receiver collar as a regular collar, as attaching a leash to it will put too much pressure on the probes.
Metal and Interference
Generally speaking, metal objects will add some interference to the operation of the PetSafe wireless fence system. That’s why PetSafe advises against setting up the wireless transmitter 3 feet or less away from a metal object. Large metal objects, such as a metal roof, will introduce more interference. If you set up the transmitter in a metal building or decide to take the portable system on an RV, you will experience a severe reduction in signal strength, and possibly even damage the device.
Since a PetSafe wireless fence operates at lower frequencies than most electronics, it is highly unlikely to affect the operation of a pacemaker, defibrillator, or other vital health electronics. By design, PetSafe wireless fence systems operate at such frequencies to prevent electronics interfering with their proper operation. Likewise, they are unlikely to affect other electronics as well.
Offsetting or Modifying the Bounding Circle
Unfortunately, unlike certain other wireless fence systems, PetSafe wireless fence sets don’t have the option to offset its circular shape boundary or change its shape. Users who want a larger area are advised to purchase an extra transmitter or more, and operate these simultaneously, with an overlap of at least 30 feet.
In situations where you only want to stop your dog from going past a certain distance in only one direction, you may be able to do so by placing the transmitter as far as you can in that direction and adjusting the effective radius such that the circular containment area acts as a sort of “wall”. Otherwise, you may want to consult PetSafe’s Pet Fence Planner to figure out how to account for alternative fence layouts. Check out our basic troubleshooting guide for some quick fixes if you find your PetSafe wireless fence not working. We also have the details if you want to know how to add a second collar to PetSafe wireless fence.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I install PetSafe wireless fence?
Installing a PetSafe wireless fence involves an initial activation step for both the transmitter and collar, followed by calibrating the circular boundary area and the static correction level. You’re advised to familiarize yourself with all the parts and controls of the fence system, and refrain from placing any dense metal objects near the transmitter or in the bounded area.
How do I install PetSafe Stay and Play Wireless fence?
Installing a PetSafe Stay and Play wireless system is much the same as installing any other PetSafe wireless fence.
How do I install PetSafe wireless collar?
When installing a new collar, you should first remove your pet’s current collar and remove its battery. Then, install batteries on all collars while standing 1.5-3 meters away from the transmitter. This should automatically pair all collars you have with you to the transmitter.
How do you set up a wireless electronic dog fence?
Setting up a wireless system is as easy as plugging it in and turning it on. However, you must calibrate it for it to work effectively for your specific circumstances.