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Keep Your Dog Safe with a Wireless Fence -- Central Containment System

Updated on July 17, 2011

Protective Dome

The PetSafe Wireless Containment System creates a dome around your chosen area, to keep your dog safe.
The PetSafe Wireless Containment System creates a dome around your chosen area, to keep your dog safe.

The Perfect Dog

Finding a dog you love, one that perfectly suits your family, is only half the battle. Keeping that dog safe, while giving it room to roam is equally important.

Finding Jael was a blessing to my family, as she was a perfect match. Gentle and protective, yet big enough that our small children could not hurt her. She gladly ran around our yard, keeping it free of cats, squirrels and mice; barking only when people entered our yard.

She was happy to stay within the boundaries we called 'home,' ignoring all outside of our yard. We found this remarkable, considering she was a Great Pyrenees mix-liable to claim the entire town as hers to protect. Life with our new dog was good, until 'the dog lady,' a.k.a. Cruella, came along.

Up to 180 foot radius to run and play.
Up to 180 foot radius to run and play.

Disaster!

Cruella, a self-proclaimed dog lover, was much put-off, that Jael would not leave our yard in order to greet or play with her. She undertook to win Jael's affection by sneaking her treats when we were gone. I caught her one day,and she apologized, swearing it would never happen again. However, just one week later, I returned from running errands, to find my dog missing! A message from the pound was on my phone, stating that my 'run-away dog' was being held at the Cruella's place of employment. From then on it was impossible to keep our curious dog home.

  • Jael could clear the five foot chain link fence that surrounded our yard. Ropes worked in the summer, but In winter, frozen ropes and metal clasps snapped under the smallest strain.
  • We noted that every neighbor who used an electric fence had trouble with them in the winter, due to the depth of the snow.

~65lb Lab mix & 15lb, 15" "Miniature" Pinscher with their receiver collars on. The lab has the long contact points even though his hair is short, because he has a lot of loose skin on his neck. The Min Pin has the short contacts.
~65lb Lab mix & 15lb, 15" "Miniature" Pinscher with their receiver collars on. The lab has the long contact points even though his hair is short, because he has a lot of loose skin on his neck. The Min Pin has the short contacts.

An Invisible Fence

In searching for the best solution, we came across the Wireless Pet Containment System, made by Pet Safe. It was made up of a central unit that sent out a radio signal, giving the dog a radius to roam in. This radius was adjustable, so it could be customized to any yard. Unlike the electric fences we had looked at, once out of bounds, the dog would be shocked until it returned, making home the only safe place.

We bought and installed a PetSafe PIF-300-11 Wireless Pet Containment System.

We followed the training instructions, teaching Jael the boundaries of 'home' once again. She quickly learned that crossing the boundary, signaled by a warning beep, had consequences. That beep meant she was about to go too far. She became content and peaceful, happy that she could keep our yard safe, secure within the boundaries.

Thanks to the portability of the unit, we are free to travel with our dog. Upon reaching our destination, we set it up, and show Jael 'home,' by walking around the perimeter of her area with her, and repeating "Home," every time the collar beeps. This has made traveling with our beloved dog so much easier. It has helped to keep us in the good favor of those we stay with and their neighbors.

How to Set up a PetSafe Wireless Fence

PetSafe Wireless Fence Pet Containment System, Covers up to 1/2 Acre, for Dogs over 8 lb., Waterproof Receiver with Tone / Static Correction
PetSafe Wireless Fence Pet Containment System, Covers up to 1/2 Acre, for Dogs over 8 lb., Waterproof Receiver with Tone / Static Correction

Keep dogs over 8 pounds safely contained in the yard with this convenient wireless fence. Simply plug in the transmitter, and it emits a constant radio signal from an adjustable 5- to 90-feet in all directions.

 

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      Jackie 

      6 years ago

      This is not working well for us as our yard is rectangular and the area must be even all around. When we set it so our dog doesn't go over the fence, she can't go far in the house or the rest of the yard as it has to be the same setting for all the areas. We may have to consider the underground one but not sure how well they work in the winter.

    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thanks Tbryce. I was not aware that there was another brand of these. They do work very well. I currently have two dogs on the pet-smart system, and am very happy with how it works. I especially love how easy it is to travel with. The dogs are familiar with the beep, and know their boundaries within minutes of being at a new place.

    • tbryce1966 profile image

      tbryce1966 

      8 years ago

      My two dogs did great with the Radial-Shape Wireless Dog Fence from Havahart. It was really easy to set up, no trenches to dig. Plus, it works for two dogs. It's also portable, so you can safely bring your dogs on vacation.

      Here's the wireless fence I'm talking about:

      http://www.havahartwireless.com/store/wireless-dog...

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      This is very interesting. I was not aware that there is such a device. I think I will look into this because our dogs are always escaping.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you for the input Frieda!

      How big is Boris? Jael is about 85 lbs., and has medium length hair. Getting the collar tight enough, so that it stayed in place, was our only challenge when we began using it.

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My mom used this for her dog and doesn't need it anymore.  Fanstastic, it is.  But Our Boris does not do well with this, and neither does our Seraphina.  Boris is too big, and Seraphina is too small.  So we are so very glad and lucky to have a safe fence and a decent back yard.  It works really great for most pets though.  It's been a lifesaver, literally, for many pets I know.  Great topic, Christa. The video is a great addition, by the way.

    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you BadCompany99.

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