490 of 495 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars expensive but good
I have owned this system for a little over three years. It has been amazing. But it's a big investment.
I have an Australian Sheppard that I had allowed to run loose at a previous house where I didn't have neighbors, street traffic, etc. After moving to the new house in a subdivision, I couldn't find anything to keep the dog close to home. He dug under or...
Published on April 13, 2010 by M. Nance
154 of 182 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
After reading the numerous glowing reviews of this product I decided it would be a good purchase for my home and dog.
Repeated attempts to locate the perimeter were fruitless. Invaribly I would be able get a signal and locate the perimeter, but moving over a few feet I would receive no signal whatsoever. After a week of futility I gave up. For a perimeter...
Published on October 25, 2006 by T. Hingst
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about buying this system? DO IT!,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)I should have made this purchase ages ago...
Summary: Works wonderfully, even with a very stubborn dog. Highly recommended. Training and patience is required but only for the first couple of weeks. Well worth the money and time spent training.
There's lots of good technical information in other reviews here (and elsewhere on the net) so I'm just going to write up my experience assuming you understand how it works.
Crash is my year-old male Boxer + American bulldog mix. He is 85ish pounds. He's clumsy but tough. He hits his head on things all the time and nothing seems to hurt him. Sometimes he hits his head so hard it makes me cringe, but he just happily wags his tail and walks away... so I was worried he would just run freely and ignore the collar. I worried it would hurt him too much or be cruel. He's clumsy but very smart. As soon as he was old enough for puppy school, I took him to several months of obedience/socialization classes. He is a VERY well behaved dog except when he sees other people or animals that interest him. He nearly always gives chase. He is so friendly and happy but he's big and doesn't know he can be scary so when he runs to play with people. Sometimes when they see him running toward them, they are very afraid (I don't blame them! They don't know he's harmless). Also, I have a road which people tend to speed on in front of my house and I don't want him anywhere near that street. Even on a leash he was a REAL handful when he saw something interesting.
Very skeptical, I finally purchased the Petsafe wireless containment system. I actually own a wired system (given to me as a gift) but the configuration of my home and property make it VERY difficult (expensive) to get a line around the containment area. Which reminds me of the only drawback to the wireless version I've found: I can't utilize all the area I could with a wired system (circle in a square area basically). I can get 70 percent of it though. That is simply because of the shape of my property.
I found a place to install the transmitter, plugged it in and walked the property, placing flags where the alarm sounded on the collar (after some signal strength adjustments). It ended up providing a pretty good area for the dog to enjoy and gave him additional freedoms that I couldn't accomplish with a wired system. After the installation, I followed the training procedure with him. He was previously allowed in some areas of the yard which the new containment system didn't cover, so I was worried about that as well. The first time he heard the collar alarm sound he did associate it with "no" and stopped in his tracks. He happily ran somewhere else and played. The same result after the second time the alarm sounded. The third time my neighbor walked out (my dog loves him) and Crash ran full speed toward him. He ignored the alarm and my audible "no!" correction- he was in "one track to the goal" mode. When he does this, I've never been able to get his attention despite training him patiently using proven methods. The collar corrected him just where I had hoped, a few feet before the edge of my property. When he received correction (level 2 of 6) he was already aware he was doing something wrong (alarm, me yelling "no"). I could have ever hoped or wished for a better response from him: he immediately came running back to the safe zone (and yes, he cried, which made me sad... but I think it mostly scared him) and laid down. After the correction, he completely ignored my neighbor. The kicker here is that he knew why it corrected him and what he needed to do. It worked like a charm. I consoled him and praised him for coming back into the containment area. Since that time, he's been corrected only 3 times total (in around a month). He knows what the flags meant (which I have since taken down), he knows what the alarm on the collar means and he knows where he's allowed to go. It's the craziest thing, it's like he's on an invisible leash now... he runs to the edge of his zone and barks at squirrels, etc. Even if I walk outside the zone he sits patiently and waits for me to return.
I was worried about him being corrected (I like that word so much better than "shocked") but it has only happened 3 times and that was in the first 5 days. Since then, the alarm is plenty to send him back to the containment area. I no longer have to leash him up when he wants to go outside, I just go outside and sit and watch while he plays happily in the yard. It's fantastic. He doesn't fear the collar; in fact he gets excited and stands still so I can put it on because he knows that means it's time to go outside. I should have made this purchase ages ago. I've never had to turn up the correction and he's a big, tough, stubborn dog. He and I both love our new freedoms! Now I can work in the yard, etc. while he plays. I don't have to concentrate completely on him. I highly recommend this product but PLEASE follow the training instructions and be patient. Letting your pup run free before he understands the boundaries isn't fair to him/her. He should know why he is being corrected BEFORE he actually receives a correction or he wont know what to do to make it stop. This product is as effective as long as you are willing to be patient and follow instructions. Heck it's more than effective, it's fantastic.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Results!,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)We recently spent about $4000 on a new wood fence to contain our dog, from which she quickly learned to escape. She became quite a nuisance to neighbors by getting into their garbage and stealing items from their yards (shoes, a backpack, even a live chicken!) so in desperation, I searched for another means to keep her contained. I thought we would have to resort to an in-ground electronic fence, when I heard about this wireless product. After doing some research and reading all the positive reviews, I decided to give it a try. I was really hoping it would solve our problem, although I have to admit I was skeptical. When it arrived, I was able to set up the perimeter in about 30 minutes (it's definitely easier to do with two people!) I then started working with my dog on the level 2 that they recommend. I found that the next level up worked better for her (she's kind of stubborn!) but it really didn't take her long to figure out where she needed to stop. I only had to work with her for one session. The biggest test for me was the next morning when I left for work. Normally, she would run after my car for a couple of blocks and I was always worried that she'd get hit by a car. Well, the first morning after we put in this system, she started to run after my car but when she got to the end of her "safe zone", she stopped and went back to the house! I couldn't believe it. My husband says this is the best purchase we've made in a long time...
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great product!!,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)I decided to purchase a Petsafe PIF-300 Wireless Containment System after researching in ground fences. I was skeptical after reading the reviews describing the problems others have had with this system. I have some of the same conditions (small dog, sloping yard) that others have had problems with. I called the Petsafe support line to discuss my concerns. Their customer service was very nice but they couldn't promise that I wouldn't have some of the same issues that I read that others had.
I decided to go ahead and purchase the system despite my concerns as I figured the pros of the system would out weigh the cons. I'm very glad that I did. The transmitter and collar were very easy to set up. I read the directions and had the system up and running in less than an hour. I mounted the transmitter to a wall in a back room of my basement and it works great. I haven't had any interference problems even with a large metal oil drum, furnace, metal stair hatch, and refridgerator in the same room as the transmitter. The directions say to keep it on the ground level at least 2-4 feet from the floor but it worked better for me when I moved it from the main floor to a wall the basement.
Training our dog couldn't have been easier (miniature dachshund ~ 11 lbs). She's only went out of the zone and gotten corrected twice. Now she'll turn right around when she hears the collar beep. The collar fits her small neck but it's a little bit wider than her other collars. I poked two small holes in one of her older collars, unscrewed the receiver from the collar provided, and moved it to the smaller collar with no problems. The unit comes with a tool to remove the receiver from the collar with ease.
One feature that I don't like and that has been discussed in previous reviews is the circular radius of the safe zone. Many, like myself, have a rectangular shaped property. I have to allow the zone to enter my neighbor's yard a bit on each side to allow her enough room to roam in the front and back yard of my house. I talked this over with my neighbor's beforehand and it's not a problem with them. This didn't lower my rating as I knew of this feature before I purchased the product.
One user posted that they had problems with the receiver beeping inside the house intermittently when it wasn't around the dog's neck. I had this problem and realized that the collar was laying face down on a shelf. I now store it face up and havn't had the problem since.
A feature that I absolutely love is the portability. We bring the unit when we stay with friends and family and it works great. It's so nice not having to tie the dog up or walk her around on a leash all the time. She spends so much more time outside now that we don't have to worry about her running away or running into traffic.
Another great feature is that it will continue to correct, for 30 seconds, until the dog is back into the safe zone. This was an important feature for me. I have many friends with in ground fences and they've had problems where their dog has bolted through the underground wire fence and then run away. The in ground fence will only correct when the dog passes over the wire in the ground.
I couldn't be happier with this product and I want to thank everyone who posted a review to aid my decision to purchase it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works for us!,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)We opted to buy this fence over the in-ground due to the fact the ground was frozen and we want to move but needed to keep the puppies off the thin ice. This seemed to be the best option. The system is a good one for us and once I figured out the weaknesses of the fence, I was able to compensate for them.
The first weakness is that the boundary seems to vary. After taking a good look at the manual, this makes sense, they give you a range at each level, the signal flucuates in this range. I set my flags at the shortest number with in that range while making sure the high side does not put the pups in danger.
The second issue I have with the system is where the transmitter goes, it cannot be out in cold weather and thus cannot be in an unheated garage. My solution is to have the transmitter in the garage during the summer months when they will be outside longer and move the transmitter inside during the cold months when we will not be using as much of the yard.
THUNDERSTORMS! MAKE THE COLLAR GO OFF!!! IF YOU HAVE WEATHER IN THE AREA TAKE OFF THE COLLAR!
I do not keep the collars on my dogs full time, only when they are going out or when there is a chance they will sneak out (lot of in and outs by kids).
The system was easy to set up, but finding the boundary zone took about 2 hours and I used up one battery. All in all I am very happy with this fence and hope the house sells soon so we can take it with us.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If your dog is smart they will figure out loop holes,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)I have 4 dogs,2 malamutes 1 husky and a malamute husky mix. They are strong willed dogs that do not give up easily. Most people who have owned this breed know that once this kind of dog gets loose be ready to chase them for a long time. My femal the husky who is only 55lbs constantly jumps out of her kennel which is a 7ft chain link fence then jumps out of the main yard which is a 6ft wood fence. She will do this over and over again every day. She has a crush on the dog across the street so she jumps their 6ft fence and hangs out with him for a while on her adventures. We put fencing along the top so when she tried to jump she would hit her head and not be able to make it over, but she figured out how to climb over that. Her 7 month old son is also learning moms favorite trick. Luckily we are not to close to any major roads. We live pretty deep in the woods but we do have some neighbores who do not know the difference between a wolf and a husky and have tried to shoot them. When we first put he collar on her it worked great at keeping her in the yard but she was so afraid of getting shocked she would only move around in a 10ft radious by the house, she wasn't getting any exercise and she was going potty in that area so it was getting messy. It took a couple of weeks to get her to understand she can use most of the yard without getting shocked. Everything was working out great. With her staying in the yard her pup stayed to. We were able to take her collar off for a few days and train one of the other dogs without her even knowing it was gone. It was great with him too. For the first time in 7 years I could open the front door to let him go potty without putting him on a leash, I could leave the front door open and he would come out and just lay on the front porch or in the grass. He was still doing this 2 weeks after I took the collar off. All they neighbores were amazed. This was a huge relief for us. Having so many dogs that have to be on the leash when out of the house was stressfull and a pain not to mention a pain for the neighbores when they got loose. They would try to dart out the door all the time. The collar took all those problems away. Until...this is my only complaint so far....the battery went dead shortly after I put it back on my female. She got compfortable with the collar and started testing the parimeter. One day it didn't go off and she jumped and took her pup with her. We didn't know they were getting loose because they were jumping at night and back in before we got up in the morning. They would jump out again when we went to work and be loose all day while we were at work. A lady who lived a block away said they would follow her on her 7 mile run 3 days a week. I asked her why she didn't report it "it would make me nervous to have strange dogs follow me" she said because every time she turned around they would wag their tails and they looked so happy, she liked the company and it made her feel safer. When we finaly found out and replaced the battery it was too late, they had to much fun that week so she was again constantly testing it which made her battery die very quickly, before you know it they were out again. How did we fix it....we baught a collar for her son, he doesn't have the guts to take a chance at getting schocked and she doesn't like getting loose without her sidekick so they hang out in the yard until we take them out to run. Hopefully this continues to work. Once we get a better idea of how long the batteries are lasting we can change them out when we think it is getting close. Eventually they will learn that they will allways get shocked. So this system can work for even the smartest dogs....you just may have to work at it too in the beginning.
53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Petsafe Wireless Fence for 2 Dogs,
The batteries only last maybe 2 months and are about $6 each, so with 2 dogs that averages a battery a month $6x12=$72 a year in batteries.
These dog stay well within the area, so aren't wearing the batteries out by setting them off often. Wish they were re-chargeable.
Another comment is that one dog has chewed a little on the other dog's receiver, and that could be expensive. PetSafe suggests buying a $5 + shipping PVC cover for to protect the receiver.
And, I wish there was a way to know when the battery is running down. We can only tell when one of the dogs is out of the area.
69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Random Dog Zapper,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)- Large delay in shocks stopping once collar is returned to pet area.
- Seemingly random warning beeps when collar is well inside pet area.
After setting up the transmitter, I encountered an oddity while planting the boundary flags. At some locations the receiver would start to beep and shock as expected in the boundary zone, but it wouldn't stop until I carried it 15-20 feet back into the pet area. It would not start shocking in this 15-20 foot range of the pet area, but it wouldn't stop shocking either. This was happening on a roughly 50 foot arc of the boundary.
I contacted customer support by phone. The guy told me that there may be a metallic object underground where this problem is occurring. Adjusting the transmitter power slightly may help avoid trouble areas. Though doubtful that my gravel driveway and half of the front yard was sitting on top of a large hunk of mystery metal, I couldn't prove otherwise. So we gave it a try.
When trying to hammer a round peg into a square hole there aren't a lot of options. We tried what transmitter locations and boundary range settings would work on our property. None of the alternatives solved the problem, but we decided to give it a go anyway. I placed flags well inside the perimeter on the screwed up portion and began training the dog at a more reliable part of the yard.
The shocks did a great job of keeping our dog, Helmut, inside the perimeter. It took a good deal of coaxing and bribery to get him to come near the flags a 2nd time. We got him comfortable on a spot in the lawn five feet inside of a flag. The collar began beeping after he had been sitting motionless for a few minutes. Helmut ran back to the patio and wouldn't come back on the grass. We pulled the flags up and put everything away for a couple days.
For the second attempt, I took lots of time to be extra careful when placing the flags.
1) I would lay the receiver on the ground when it started to beep, and drag it along the grass until it stopped. This spot would be double checked.
2) Then I would place a flag 2 feet inside of the spot where beeping stopped.
3) Finally, I'd kneel a foot or two inside of the newly planted flag while facing it so my body was between the transmitter and receiver. Then I'd roll the receiver around, and gently press it into the ground to make sure there's no way it'll beep inside the flags.
I fit the collar on Helmut and brought him out again. He laid in the grass just off the back patio, around 20 feet inside the perimeter. I sat down by him with a book. After maybe 5 minutes of neither of us moving, the collar gave a warning beep and Helmut jumped up which prevented a shock. He then went crazy clawing at the door to get back inside.
Random electrocutions to motionless dogs in the pet area was not a feature I saw advertised on the box.
I highly recommend this product to anyone who lives in a straw house on a perfectly level circular lot during a full moon.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)We tried the "wired" invisible fence at our previous home, but the dog discovered that if she ran fast enough, she could escape. Amazingly, this product works for her. It was much, much easier and less expensive to install, and she learned very quickly that she could not leave the yard. This product also eliminates problems that the "wired" invisible fence can have when erosion or children or animals digging expose the wires.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Product, Bad company,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)We purchased this product to train our dog to stay in the yard. The product worked well, and the dog no longer leaves the yard. There were several instances where the collar shocked the dog repeatedly in the "safe" zone until we took the collar off of him. These instances were few and far between, but I still would not recommend having the dog on the collar unsupervised though.
The reason for my bad review is not the product, but the company itself. After getting the use I needed from the product I listed it for sale on eBay. PetSafe's legal team waited until shortly before my Auction ended and flagged me for using their company product name in the listing of their product. With their competitive nature the company would not allow me to sell their own products! I was a loyal customer of theirs, but now I am not. This caused me a huge inconvenience in selling the product. This kind of act from large companies against individuals is not acceptable.
Do not support a company that does this to their own customers. I would recommend finding a solution from a different provider for your pets needs.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO MORE CHAINS!!!,
This review is from: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300 (Misc.)I LOVE this product. I live in a townhouse where putting up a traditional fence is against the rules. Invisible fence is my only option. I looked into having one installed but when I heard $1500.00, I nearly fell over. My back yard is only 40x40!!! ... how could it cost so much?!?! I am a single mom and have no idea how to install an underground fence so when I heard of this product I couldn't imagine a better solution. (AND AFFORDABLE!!) Set up of this unit is as easy as plugging in a lamp. That's all you do.... plug it in! It took me all of 5 minutes to set the boundaries. It really is SO easy and anyone who says otherwise is... well I will keep that to myself.
I have two dogs (150lb Great Dane & 50lb Shiba Inu mix) and both dogs learned their boundaries the very first day! Of course I would like to assume that my dogs are exceptionally smart but reading the other reviews, this is not uncommon.
I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone. Super easy and even better yet.... when I move I can take it with me! Try THAT with any other fence!
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