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PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System Review 2024

In this PetSafe wireless pet containment system review, I’m going to take you through my first-hand experiences with this wireless dog fence. To really see how well this wireless pet fence performs, I assessed everything from unboxing to setting up my first fence and the collar, and even testing the system.

And if you’ve seen any of my other video reviews, you’ll know I test these products from a dog’s perspective. That means I actually wear the collar and get shocked. I can’t say it’s my favorite part of the job, and I do not recommend anyone to try it at home. All these are documented in my video below.

I’ve been working with invisible dog fences for over four years now, and the PetSafe wireless is consistently one of the most popular products with our audience.

If you want your dog to enjoy the freedom of a smaller yard off-leash and you want a system that’s so easy to set up it can be portable, then the PetSafe wireless dog fence is a reliable solution—especially for the price.

Although if you have a yard larger than a half-acre you should check out the SpotOn. It’s a high-end GPS dog fence product, but it’s truly impressive.

That said, I can’t really advocate using static correction, also known as a shock, to train your dog, simply because it hurts! So I always recommend using these types of products with the static correction turned off.

But I know a lot of dog owners feel that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially if you live near a busy road or something like that. And if you’re going to buy a product like this anyway, I can at least share what I’ve learned after using the PetSafe and many similar solutions.

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I’ll go over setting up fences with the PetSafe wireless, but I want to bring attention to the fact that invisible fences are not a plug-and-play solution. With systems like the PetSafe wireless you can get the fence working in a matter of minutes, but it’s absolutely essential that you take the time to train your dog so that they understand the logic.

PetSafe recommends an 8-day training program, followed by supervised off-leash play for up to 30 days total, depending on how long it takes your dog to learn the boundaries you set.

Just how easy is it to get the PetSafe wireless pet containment system up and running? Let’s see.

Setting Up the PetSafe Wireless Fence

The PetSafe wireless allows you to set up boundaries as small as 5-10 feet from the receiver to as much as 85-90 feet from the receiver in all directions.

And actually setting up the fence is really easy too. PetSafe recommends two methods.

Setting up the PetSafe Wireless Fence boundary control.

The first requires two people. One person controls the transmitter, with the boundary control dial set at the maximum setting of 8.

The other person takes the collar and walks to where you’d like the boundary set. Make sure your hands aren’t over the prongs, or you’ll get shocked like me.

The person on the transmitter slowly dials the control down until the collar starts to beep, and you’re good to go.

The second method requires only one person. Using the chart in the product manual, set the boundary switch and dial to the setting that is about where you want the boundary.

Then hold the static tester to the collar prongs and walk towards the boundary until the collar beeps and the tester lights up.

If the distance is too short or too far, return to the transmitter and tweak the settings, then test the boundary again. Repeat the process until the boundary is set as you’d like it.

I took a bit of a shortcut for the purposes of my testing, but I suggest you check out the manual for details on getting optimal settings.

Setting up the static correction levels of the PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence collar.

And of course, you’ll need to set the static correction on the collar. There are six settings, ranging from a setting of 1 which is tone only to a setting of 6 which is high static correction.

So just like that, you should be good to go. 

How does the PetSafe wireless work?

PetSafe wireless works by setting up a boundary zone of about 2-3 foot wide. Once the collar is outside the safe area and in the boundary zone, it will give a couple of quick warning beeps then proceed to issuing static correction—if its turned on—while beeping at a faster rate.

The correction will continue anywhere past the boundary zone, but it does have a safety shutoff after 30 seconds if your pet does not return to the safe zone.

WHAT DOES PetSafe Wireless HAVE TO OFFER?

Pros

1) Ease of installation. You can truly get up and running with the PetSafe Wireless in a matter of minutes. There is no need to bury wires like with in-ground fences, which can be very time consuming.

2) Portability. You can take your PetSafe wireless fence anywhere you can get AC power, so even on a road trip in an RV through the gorgeous National Parks or something like that, as long as you have a converter you’re good to go.

2) Unlimited collars. You can also use more than one collar with the system, so if you have multiple dogs you can just buy another collar for about $145 and the system will work for them too.

Cons

1) Limited boundary shape. As with most wireless dog fences—GPS fences excluded—you’re stuck to a circular boundary centered on the base station. Depending on where you mount your receiver and the shape of your yard, that can be limiting for sure.

2) Susceptible to interference. If there are any large metal objects in the fence you set up like a metal roof or debris from a SpaceX Starship launch for example, that can cause the collar to lose signal and issue correction when it shouldn’t. Conversely, if your neighbor has an in-ground fence and you’re trying to put your wireless boundary next to theirs, the in-ground fence can cause interference that will lead the collar not to alert when it’s in the wireless boundary zone.

Next thing you know they’ll be on the prowl like the pups in Homeward Bound, so that’s also something to keep in mind.

3) Battery specific. While the RFA-67 batteries do help keep the system waterproof and PetSafe says they last for 1-2 months, but they’re definitely specific batteries that you’re probably not going to use for anything else. And while there are a number of retailers you can find them from, they’re not carried everywhere.

Lastly, this may be a pro or a con, but the fence really covers only up to a half-acre. So something else to keep in mind there.

Field Test Results for the PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence

So, how did the PetSafe wireless actually performed during my field testing?

Generally the PetSafe wireless seems to be capable of reliably alerting at the boundary. It does seem like there’s potentially a little bit of variability in where the collar actually starts warning and correcting, but were only talking about maybe 1-3 feet or so.

Wireless Dog Fence reviewer Zach Lovatt gets the static correction from the PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence during the field test.

What I’m not a huge fan of is the fact that the warning period is quite brief, certainly too quick for me to respond and avoid getting hit with that static correction. I think it would be more fair to your dog if the warning at least went for a few seconds before issuing a correction, and turning off if you return to the safe zone.

Even better would be if there were alert tones and warning tones prior to the correction, like you see with the SpotOn GPS fence and some other products out there. But this is a pretty simple system designed for smaller yards and it’s really quite affordable compared to some other options out there, so I guess that’s a trade off you’re dealing with here.

Now, no review of mine would be complete without me giving it a try from a dog’s perspective. In my video review, you’ll see what it’s like for me to put the collar on and cross the boundary.   

Make no bones about it, getting shocked by these collars is no fun. And your dog almost certainly will feel the same way. So just keep that in mind if you decide to use that static correction.

Remember to check out my links below for the latest recommendations and deals I know of.

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You can also check out my SpotOn review as well as reviews and comparisons of other invisible dog fences.

Until next time dog lovers, keep those tails wagging!

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