All PetSafe dog fence systems are DIY dog fence products. When compared to a traditional dog fence, a PetSafe containment system is a lot easier to install yourself and costs considerably less. Depending on the size containment area you need, you could save hundreds of dollars or even thousands.
PetSafe Radio Fence Systems / In-Ground models
Underground PetSafe radio fence systems are installed by burying a wire in the ground to define the pet containment area. A radio signal is transmitted from the base unit inside your home and goes through the wire in the ground. If a dog gets too close to the boundary (where the wire is buried) the PetSafe receiver collar will emit a warning tone. If the dog continues toward the boundary, a static correction is issued.
After initial training, most dogs learn to avoid static correction by heeding the warning tone and backing away from the boundary. Keep in mind that the contacts on PetSafe fence collars need to touch the skin on a dog's neck; if the contacts aren't touching the skin then the PetSafe collar will not work effectively.
PetSafe electronic dog fence systems have been designed with versatility as a major feature, particularly for households with multiple pets of varying size and/or temperament. If you have a very large, stubborn dog that requires stronger correction to make him pay attention and a smaller, more timid dog, you can use the same PetSafe dog fence system. What you would do differently is purchase different PetSafe collars for the different dogs. All fence collars would run off the same base unit inside your home.
Based on the example above you might elect to purchase a PetSafe Radio Fence System with a Super Receiver Collar for stubborn dogs. Then you might add-a-dog to your system with the purchase of the PetSafe Comfort Fit Inground Fence Little Dog Collar. That way you would have one safe, reliable PetSafe dog fence for both of your dogs, even though they have different dispositions that require different correction levels.
If you do have multiple pets, we advise that you take some time to research the different models of PetSafe dog fence collars to determine which ones are right for your pets. Most PetSafe dog fence systems are compatible with a variety of collars, including a cat collar.
PRF-304W Deluxe PetSafe Radio Fence
This PetSafe In-Ground Radio Fence comes with a waterproof receiver collar, however it is not rechargeable. The collar comes with a replaceable PetSafe RFA-67 Battery that does not cost a lot and is easy to find when you need to replace it.
PetSafe Radio Fence Features:
Four correction levels, plus a tone-only mode
Comes standard with 500 feet of 20-gauge wire and 50 boundary flags which is enough to create a containment area that is about a quarter of an acre. To increase the coverage area up to 10 acres, extra dog fence wire as well as training flags can be bought separately. Any brand of dog fence wire will work with PetSafe dog fence systems, you don't have to buy PetSafe branded wire. See more about dog fence wire below.)
Training guide/DVD with easy to follow installation instructions
Will work for more than one pet with the purchase of extra PetSafe dog fence receiver collars (we carry the full line of PetSafe dog fence collar replacements which are also used as extra collars to expand a system for multiple pets)
Built-in alarm to alert you if the underground wire ever breaks
Built-in lightning protection
One year warranty
The collar that comes with this model of PetSafe fence fits neck sizes from 6" to 28" and is ultra lightweight.
Information about underground dog fence wire: Any wire made for in-ground dog fence systems will work just fine with a PetSafe dog fence. For example, PetSafe does not offer pre-twisted wire. However, many people like to purchase pre-twisted wire for those areas where you want the fence signal to be canceled (to allow your dog to enter the house, garage, etc.).
It's easier to buy pre-twisted dog fence wire for those areas, otherwise you need to twist the wires yourself approximately 10 to 12 twists per foot. If you are going to section off and cancel the signal in a large area, that could require more wire twisting than you'd like. PetSafe does not offer pre-twisted wire, but we offer High Tech Pre-Twisted Ultra Wire which is probably the strongest, thickest dog fence wire you'll find on the market. We also offer a generic brand of pre-twisted wire that costs less than High Tech's but it is not quite as thick or strong. Either one would work perfectly with a PetSafe dog fence or any other brand of underground pet fence.
The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence collar has higher intensity correction levels than are available in other PetSafe dog fence systems. Most pets do not need such high levels of correction. But if your dog is strong-willed or stubborn, it may be the right PetSafe electric fence for your needs.
Also keep in mind that the receiver attached to the Stubborn Dog collar is quite a bit larger than the collar receivers that come with other PetSafe fence systems. A general rule-of-thumb is that it is for dogs that weigh over 20 pounds. If your dog weighs less than 20 pounds he or she can still wear this receiver, but it may be too bulky and uncomfortable. The dimensions of the receiver are: 2.5 " Width x 1.5 " Height x 1.5 " Depth. Weight: 6.5 ounces.
This system comes standard with 500 feet of 20-gauge wire which can create a pet containment area of approximately 1/4 acre. Coverage can be expanded with the purchase of extra PetSafe wire and flags. PetSafe sells extra wire in rolls of 500 and 1,000 feet. However, as mentioned above, you do not have to use PetSafe branded wire; any wire designed to be buried underground will work.
We offer various extra wire spools that vary in gauge (thickness), and we offer pre-twisted wire, too. The most heavy-duty underground dog fence wire we sell made by High Tech Pet and is about 3 times stronger than 18-gauge wire and is therefore less likely to break. See High Tech Ultra Wire.
You can add other pets to this system (including cats) with the purchase of extra PetSafe receiver collars. The PetSafe collar models shown below will work with any PetSafe pet fence system.
PetSafe also makes systems for indoor use that are wireless. If you are interested in wireless indoor dog fence systems check out the popular Pawz Away Indoor Pet Barrier to keep dogs out of the trash, or off of furniture, or away from any area you designate.
PetSafe Cat Fence
Most PetSafe dog fence systems are made for, well, dogs of course. But they do make one electric cat fence model that is just right for cats that weigh at least 6 pounds. (Not recommended for kittens.)
Even though PetSafe is the maker of the most popular dog fence systems, we carry many other models and brands including the Smart Dog Fence with a rechargeable collar by Innotek Dog Fence Systems and the wifi dog fence by Perimeter Technologies. If you've ever thought of getting an underground wire dog fence before, we hope this information has been helpful to you.