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PetSafe YardMax Rechargeable In-Ground Fence for Dogs and Cats Over 5 lb, Up to 30% More Play Area, Waterproof Receiver Collar with Tone and Static Correction
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- UP TO 30% MORE PLAY AREA - give your pets more yard to safely play outdoors; maximizes the amount of pet protection with seemingly endless boundary
- RECHARGEABLE, WATERPROOF RECEIVER COLLAR - quickly charges in 2-3 hours with each charge can last up to 3 weeks depending on use
- ADJUSTABLE RECEIVER COLLAR - with 5 levels of static correction and tone, fits pets 5 pounds or more with neck sizes 6 to 26 inches
- UP TO 1/3 OF AN ACRE COVERAGE - expandable up to 10 acres with the purchase of additional wires and flags (sold separately)
- COMPATIBLE WITH PAWZ AWAY - works with Pawz Away Mini, Threshold, Indoor and Outdoor Pet Barriers to help pets avoid special areas around your home
- PERFECTFIT AND READYTEST FEATURES - special features to ensure the receiver collar is ready and working
- Call, chat or email with our expert PetSafe® US-based customer care specialists six days a week; They are waiting to assist you and your pet with your product needs at 1-800-732-2677 or by email at email@example.com
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Shown with Standard 20 Gauge Wire
At PetSafe brand, we are passionate about creating innovative behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions to give you more great moments with your pets.
About the YardMax Rechargeable In-Ground Fence
Give your pet more space to run and play in your yard with the YardMax Rechargeable In-Ground Fence. Our most reliable and advance in-ground fence system, the YardMax keeps your pet securely in your yard using a transmitter and buried wire. With the YardMax fence, you can customize your pet’s playpen to fit the unique contour and size of your yard. Your pet wears a rechargeable receiver collar that emits a warning tone followed by a safe, static correction when your pet nears his boundary. Your pet will soon learn the boundaries of his unseen fence and enjoy all of the freedom outdoor space can give.
- Transmitter with mounting hardware and power adapter.
- YardMax rechargeable receiver with adjustable collar fits neck sizes 6-28 inches.
- Surge protector
- Receiver collar charger
- Short and long contact points.
- Operating and training guide.
- 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire.
- 50 training flags
- Waterproof splice capsules and wire nuts.
- Test light tool and contact point wrench.
Give Your Pet More Space with YardMax
The YardMax Rechargeable In-Ground Fence has two modes to fit the needs of any yard space. The first, YardMax Mode, has a Warning Zone that begins on the other side of the boundary wire, instead of within your yard. This gives your pet more space by maximizing all available yard space. The Boundary Zone with correction also continues past the Warning Zone indefinitely, so your pet can't run past the Boundary Zone. Your pet will receive corrections from the collar until he returns to the Pet Area, or until the safety time-out activates after 15 seconds. This helps your pet learn exactly where his boundaries are.
The YardMax In-Ground Fence can also be used in Traditional Mode in which the Warning Zone begins within the buried wire zone. Your pet’s receiver collar will emit a tone before your dog reaches the buried wire. When your dog crosses the wire, a static correction is emitted. Static correction does not continue indefinitely in Traditional Mode.
Tips for Use
Pet Proof with YardMax and Pawz Away Barriers
With the YardMax System, not only can you give your pet safe boundaries outside, but you can also teach your pet to stay away from the couch, counter or trash inside. You can even keep pets away from outdoor hazards like the garden or pool. By adding any of the PetSafe Pawz Away Barriers, your pet can wear the same rechargeable YardMax collar but have additional boundaries within his yard space. This paring is also great for giving certain pets access to areas while keeping more mischievous ones away. You can relax knowing they're playing safely in the yard or house without getting into trouble.
Top Tips for Setting Up Your YardMax Fence
- Watch our ‘Getting Started’ video. Step-by step instructions are also included in our training guide.
- Use the boundary flags initially, to visually show your pet his boundaries.
- Keep training sessions short and fun.
- Begin with Level 1, Tone Only, and increase levels as-needed.
|In-Ground Fence||Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence||Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence||Premium Basic In-Ground Fence||Rechargeable In-Ground Fence||YardMax Rechargeable In-Ground Fence|
|Weight Requirement||8 lbs. and up||8 lbs. and up||5 lbs. and up||8 lbs. and up||5 lbs. and up||5 lbs. and up|
|Collar Features||Basic Collar||Stubborn Dog Collar||Little Dog Collar||Basic Collar||Rechargeable||Rechargeable|
|Coverage||1/3 acre included- up to 10 acres with additional wire||1/3 acre included- up to 10 acres with additional wire||1/3 acre included- up to 25 acres with additional wire||1/3 acre included - up to 5 acres with additional wire||1/3 acre included- up to 25 acres with additional wire||1/3 acre included- up to 10 acres with additional wire|
Maximum yard, maximum boundary. YardMax offers the best, most reliable pet management system and maximizes the amount of yard space for your pet to play freely. Our most advanced in-ground fence system keeps your pet in your yard with a transmitter, rechargeable collar and wires you bury in your yard.
Top customer reviews
If you are like myself, you don't care if you are paying $100 for your fence or $300 for it, as long as it does the job the best. No matter what you spend, it will be a fraction of the price that a "real" fence would cost and it will generally allow for much more flexibility than a "real" fence would(More on this later...). I bought this fence when it was brand new to the market, which it still is, as of today (10/21/2013).
*YardMax Mode vs. Traditional*
I was extremely hesitant to buy this fence over the proven competitors, due to the new YardMax technology. I voiced my concerns to someone at PetSafe and another online retailer and they told me that this technology has been used by the Invisible Fence company (parent company of PetSafe) for years now, so this actually is proven technology. I felt much more confident in the product at that point, to say the least. The YardMax technology is probably *the* major selling point of this product. *IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE: This system can be used in YardMax AND Traditional mode.* If you are not familiar with the way that an in ground dog fence works, basically with the traditional consumer systems on the market today, the "correction zone" emanates a fixed, but adjustable, radius off of the wire. Imagine a "tube" surrounding the wire; that would be where the dog gets alerted and corrected. With this fence, you have the *option* to run the fence in YardMax mode. Instead of the way a traditional in-ground fence works, the YardMax technology emanates the correction zone virtually infinitely past the wire (the collar has built a built-in time-out that will stop the dog from being corrected after 15 seconds). This gives YardMax mode MANY advantages over traditional mode:
-Dogs can no longer quickly run through the boundary without receiving a correction.
-If the dog leaves the "safe zone" for greater than 15 seconds and the collar times out, the dog will be able to re-enter the yard safely and not have to worry about being corrected again if he wants to go back into the "safe zone". This was very important for me, as I didn't want my dog to be afraid to come back into the yard if for whatever reason he didn't initially come back when corrected.
-YardMax mode can also lead to a lot more yard space for the dog, as the correction zone only extends outwards from the wire and not evenly inside and outside of the wire.
-You are also able to create more complex and smarter layouts, easier, with YardMax mode. For example, if your are using an hourglass layout to isolate your front yard and back yard, you can run the wire right next to the house with YardMax mode. With traditional mode, you would have to make sure the wire was far enough away from the house that the dog wasn't getting corrected inside the house. You can see how I isolated my front yard and back yard with my layout, here: [...]
-In my opinion, it is much easier to train your dog to the boundary with YardMax mode. When you train your dog, you want to plant flags right before where the correction zone starts. With traditional mode, you have to walk around the whole perimeter with the dog collar and tediously test the perimeter and place flags. With YardMax mode, you just simply place the flags right on where you buried the wire. This saves A LOT of hassle. Another recommendation would be to rent a trencher/wire layer, such as the EZ-Trench (See: [...] Find rental location here: [...] Note: best results in dry conditions), because you will be left with back-filled soil over your cable, which will act as another sign of the boundary for your dog.
If YardMax mode had any cons, they would be that:
-If for some odd reason you have to switch to traditional mode, the dog may have less space than if you planted the wire for traditional mode only. For example, if I wanted to make sure that my dog would be corrected five yards from the street, with YardMax mode, I would place the wire five yards from the street. If for some reason I then had to change to traditional mode with the 'boundary strength' set at five yards, my dog would then be getting a correction ten yards from the street. Note that this should not be a problem though, because you should never have to change to the traditional boundary mode.
-Arguably, YardMax mode takes more planning and consideration than traditional mode, because you have to balance giving the dog more space versus giving the dog enough time to react to a correction in important spots(e.g. the street). As stated above, I chose to have my boundary wire further from the street than I would've with traditional mode, so that my dogs get corrected far enough away from the street for them to react appropriately. With proper training, the boundary being closer to the street shouldn't be an issue, but for me it's *better safe than sorry*. Weigh your options and make your own informed decision. :)
The transmitter has a solid plastic casing and looks like an old over sized thermostat. It has a slot for the power adapter, on/off switch, boundary mode toggle for YardMax and traditional mode, a boundary strength dial, and two ports for the wire connection. In my testing, increasing the boundary strength dial on YardMax mode seems to simply make the boundary extend further vertically. Personally, I don't see why you wouldn't have it at maximum strength the whole time, other than power consumption concerns, but that's just my opinion. On traditional mode, the boundary strength dial will increase or decrease the width of the correction zone proportionally on each side of the wire. I would prefer a more attractive and solid metal enclosure, but it isn't a big deal at all. It is important to note that this system comes with a lightning protection module. This normally would cost an additional $40 if you were to buy a fence that didn't include it, which most other brands don't, so it is a very nice bonus!
I am not a big fan of nylon collars, for many reasons, but I knew what I was getting. I would recommend at some point investing in a collar like this 3/4 Inch Einstein Bungee Collar available at [...] or the normal 3/4 Inch Einstein/Educator Biothane Collar.
Anyways, the collar/receiver was another selling point for me on this unit. The receiver is very light and slim compared to the other systems on the market. Each receiver also has independent correction levels which is a nice bonus that is not an option with many other fences. The receiver included with this system also has some fantastic features that are only available on this system and the PetSafe UltraSmart systems.
ReadyTest: The collar will check itself when unplugged from the charger and/or(?) powered on to check that it is functioning properly. If anything, this adds some peace of mind and is a nice quality of life feature.
Collar Fit Test: Another great feature of this system is the Collar Fit Test. After the collar completes the ReadyTest, it will go into the Collar Fit Test mode. When in Collar Fit Test mode, just simply put the collar on your dog and the collar will beep when the contact points are making proper contact with the dog's skin. After five consecutive beeps, the collar will stop beeping and go into the normal collar mode and you dog is ready to go! I have two very thick double-coated Blue Heelers, so I LOVE this feature. Once again, this is just a fantastic feature that will help to ease your mind, since you won't have to worry about if you put the dogs collar on correctly.
Long Lasting, Short Recharge, Rechargeable Batteries: The collar only takes two hours to charge and the battery will last about 'a month under typical conditions'. The battery indicator is still showing green on my collars' initial charge, but it hasn't quite been a month yet.
Five Correction Levels (or beep only): The correction level is easily set with a button on the collar that is recessed and takes a good amount of force to activate, so that you can be assured your dogs won't accidentally change the level. The beep will warn the dog a few seconds before they get a correction. The beep period is long enough to warn the dog, but short enough that they will get a correction before the dog will get very far from the boundary wire. In other words, don't fret over the beep being too long or short... In my experience, it is just the right amount of time. Remember to start your training with beep only mode.
Compatible with PetSafe Pawz Away Indoor/Outdoor add-on zones: These indoor/outdoor zones can be added to keep your pets off furniture, out of certain rooms/areas, or out of gardens or other places inside of your boundary wire. I haven't used or purchased any of these yet, but it is a nice option to have. Check out the PetSafe Web Site([...]) for more information.
The system comes with 500 feet of standard fare 20 gauge direct burial wire and fifty flags... I upgraded to 14 AWG 80 Mil Jacket Monster Extreme Duty Stranded Dog Fence Wire, which is also available in 500ft spools. You should be okay with any 14 gauge direct burial wire, though. I would recommend stranded wire instead of solid, because it is easier to work with and more durable, in my opinion. If you are using 14 gauge wire, I would also suggest purchasing a pre-twisted wire for your twisted wire section(s)(I can't find an Amazon link for this, but I bought mine at [...]). Remember to purchase a pack of 50 flags for every additional 500 feet of boundary wire. You can buy these at most any Lowes/Home Depot or from Amazon. The flags aren't great and can be somewhat fragile, but they did the job for me. If you want some better flags, just purchase some metal stemmed stake flags from your local hardware store or from Amazon. Just try to make sure that all of your boundary flags are the same so that the dog doesn't become confused. Anyways, please do yourself a favor and upgrade to 14 gauge direct burial wire to save yourself from having to repair the flimsy 20 gauge wire that comes with the system, in the future.
*Other Thoughts, Considerations, and Tips*
I can confidently say that the PetSafe Yardmax Rechargeable In-Ground Pet Fencing System truly has the best features and is the best consumer in-ground fence system on the market. I did weeks of research before making my purchase and I'm completely happy with my selection. Make sure to plan out your boundary and research on the different boundary layouts that are possible. *PLEASE do yourself the favors of upgrading to 14 gauge direct burial wire and rent an EZ-Trencher to install the boundary wire, as it is worth every penny (see my links above, in the YardMax and wire/flags sections of the review, for more information).* For yards greater than 10 acres, go with the SportDOG 100-Acre In-Ground Pet Fence System, SDF-100A, as it is a bulletproof system, but just falls short to the many great features of the YardMax System.
This fence is truly the best purchase I have ever made for my dogs and I am so happy that they can finally enjoy the yard!
Please feel free to leave any questions or comments and I will do my best to answer them.
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