Sportdog Brand Yardtrainer 350
Pet Control HQ Remote Dog Training

Can training collars be used on small dogs? Is the static correction going to hurt them?

The answer is - Yes, you can use them on small dog breeds, and no, they are not going to get hurt. Still, there are a couple of things to consider before choosing the right product. What you want to look for in a model is the intensity of the static and the adjust-ability of the collar. Also, the size of the receiver is somewhat important as well.

Being apprehensive about static stimulation as a form of behavioral correction is completely normal and with reason, but rest assured, today's collars are nothing like the shock collars of the past. They are completely safe and harmless and will be a great tool to keep your hyperactive pooch out of harm's way.

Today we have another great in-ground dog fence that is fit for smaller dog breeds and on top of that, it comes with a compatible remote trainer. Read along to find out why we gave it a rating of 4.2. out of 5.


  • In-ground system with 490ft of wire included
  • IPX7 waterproof collar
  • 3 levels of static stimulation for the fence and 10 levels for the remote
  • Ideal for most dog breeds that weigh from 11 to 154 pounds
  • Collar can fit neck sizes from 8 to 27 inches
  • Rechargeable batteries for both the collar and the handheld
  • System supports up to 3 dogs
Collar fits dogs that weigh 8 pounds or more
5 -22 inches neck size
Eight levels of static stimulation and tone-only mode
Waterproof and submersible
300 yards of range
Fits neck sizes 6-23 inch
Compatible with PetSafe PIF-300 wireless fence
Fits dogs weighing 5 pounds or more
Five levels of correction as well as a tone-only mode
Rechargeable batteries
In-ground system
Waterproof collar
Four levels of stimulation plus vibration
Utilizes a conventional 9V battery
Low battery indicator light
System supports multiple collars

Pet Control HQ’s Electric Fence Dog Collar – The Basics

Sportdog Brand Yardtrainer 350 – The Basics
Petsafe Stay and Play Fence Receiver – The Basics

The good people from Pet Control HQ bring us a bundle system that contains an invisible in-ground dog fence combined with a handheld device for remote training. Both of these features can work together very well, but also completely independently so the system offers a lot of different uses. The fence itself can be installed above ground, but as always, we recommend burying it along the line where you want your boundary zone to end.

The transmitter box that comes with the package needs to be installed in an easily reachable room that is well-ventilated and it needs to be connected to the wires you spread around your yard beforehand. The included wire is 492 feet long which just about enough to cover 1/3 of an acre if you spread it in a standard single loop. It's a great, heavy-duty,13 gauge wire so you won't have to worry about it breaking and losing signal. You can, of course, add more wire if you own a bigger property since the transmitter can reliably support up to 10 acres.

Both the collar and the handheld device are powered by rechargeable batteries and are waterproof so don't worry about getting a little wet when taking your adventurous pet for a walk down at the lake. The containment system features 3 levels of static stimulation that gradually increase, but the remote has even more, including a vibration mode as well.

This particular model is designed for owners with particularly stubborn and feisty pets. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it on dogs without behavioral issues, but the sole purpose of it is to deliver a somewhat uncomfortable static signal which is responsible for toning your pet’s behavior down.
As you can tell, it has eight levels of correction. Most other models on the market usually don’t have more than four or five. Those three more levels are what makes this collar so effective when restless pets are in question. The 300 yards of range gives you more than enough time to react properly if something goes wrong. In other words, you can rest assured that it won’t go out of signal range before you press any of the buttons on the controller.
The first thing you need to know is that this isn’t a fully functional system but a collar. That means it won’t work without a proper transmitter. In this case, if you have the PetSafe PIF-300 system already installed, this particular collar won’t have any issues when synchronization is in question.
This model offers five different levels of static correction and a tone-only mode for training. Five levels offer more than enough variety for you to fine-tune the unit and find the one that doesn’t over-stimulate your pet. It fits on any breed as long as they weigh more than five pounds. Therefore, if you own a particularly small breed, you might want to look for something with less correctional intensity.
The batteries are rechargeable, and the charger is included with the unit. You have the choice of buying the collar without the charger, but do that only if you already own one. In case this is your first PetSafe product, we recommend buying the whole set in order to avoid unpleasant surprises and additional costs.

The Features

The Design

The collar, in general, is designed pretty good with a couple of flaws worth mentioning. The receiver is robust and seems like it could stand a punch, but the contact points were something we were not a fan of. There are 2 sets included so be sure to try them both out, especially if your canine pal has a lengthier coat. The strap is very adjustable and can perfectly fit neck sizes from 8 to 27 inches, however, the material it is made of is somewhat underwhelming. The receiver is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating which means it can be fully submersible up to 1 meter of depth.

The handheld device has a neat design and is pretty straightforward. The buttons are displayed in a simple layout and are a bit stiff but we suspect they will break in after a while. You can control up to 3 collars with the handheld device by pressing the buttons 1, 2 or 3, respectively. Like the collar, the remote is also waterproof.

The collar is pretty neatly designed. The biggest upside of it is the fact that it isn’t bulky or cumbersome. That being said, we did find the two contact points on the collar a bit peculiar and invasive, but it’s not a massive concern as it is more of a matter of your pet getting used to it. The on/off button might not seem like a big deal, but many other models simply don’t feature one. When you have a battery powered gadget, an on/off button is of utmost importance when it comes to efficiency and energy saving.
The transmitter works well and it’s quite easy to get the hang of it. It features two buttons of which one sends a short-timed signal whereas the other sends a continuous signal. On top of that, you can choose between eight different levels or even select the tone-only mode if you’re just getting started. Keep in mind that you need to find the optimal level of correction as soon as possible because not all dogs react the same to respective impulses.
Dog with a red ball

The Battery

Both the collar and handheld are powered by rechargeable batteries that come included in the package. They are charged via a USB cable with a dual splitter so you can charge them both at the same time which is very convenient. The battery life is good and should last you at least 2 days on a full charge.

You can prolong its use by selecting the Electric Dog Fence mode (opposite to dual mode which is used if you're operating via the handheld device). We strongly recommend using the collar no longer than 12 hours a day in order to avoid skin rashes. This is also a good time to plug it in and get a full charge.

This model features rechargeable NiMH batteries that last about 40-60 hours per charge. The biggest complaint most people have is the fact that this model does not feature Li-Ion batteries which are more efficient and offer better performance.
Both the collar and receiver feature a low-battery indicator and can be charged at the same time thanks to the included split-end charger. Make sure to keep them charged at all times and you shouldn’t run into any major issues.
While many people consider this feature pretty irrelevant, the difference between rechargeable and switchable batteries does exist and it’s worth mentioning. As far as the advantages go, the biggest one is the fact that you don’t have to stack on batteries and plan ahead. Instead, all you have to do is plug it into the charger and let it recharge. The cycle lasts only about two or three hours, meaning there isn’t much downtime in the first place.
The drawback of this system is that the battery is built-in. In other words, if anything happens to the battery itself, the whole unit becomes more or less worthless. Luckily, these batteries aren’t prone to failing and breaking often.
The correction levels are excellent. The difference between levels isn’t massive which allows you to adjust the collar quite precisely. Furthermore, if you don’t want to use the correction system right away, there is a tone-only mode which is designed to help your pet get used to wearing and using its new accessory. The fact that everything is wireless makes this model perfect for parks, camping, RVs, and etcetera.
One of the great features is the vibration mode. It allows the owner to train their pet without having to use the electric stimulation. It helps you to gradually train your faithful companion instead of making you use progressive methods immediately.
Other features
While most pet collars look pretty similar to each other, some crucial differences need to be pointed out. As far as the advantages go, the biggest one is the build quality. One can easily tell that this unit is made to last, even in case you have a particularly feisty furry friend. The gadget isn’t too bulky or cumbersome, but it’s not the most comfortable thing on the market either. The collar features a plastic clip which does its job relatively well.
The system box is pretty straightforward, and there’s not much more to it. It comes with an adapter which can be a nuisance for some people due to its somewhat short wire. Therefore, make sure you plan the positioning thoroughly and install the box near an electric outlet to avoid issues with the length of the adapter wires.
While most pet collars look pretty similar to each other, some crucial differences need to be pointed out. As far as the advantages go, the biggest one is the build quality. One can easily tell that this unit is made to last, even in case you have a particularly feisty furry friend. The gadget isn’t too bulky or cumbersome, but it’s not the most comfortable thing on the market either. The collar features a plastic clip which does its job relatively well.
The system box is pretty straightforward, and there’s not much more to it. It comes with an adapter which can be a nuisance for some people due to its somewhat short wire. Therefore, make sure you plan the positioning thoroughly and install the box near an electric outlet to avoid issues with the length of the adapter wires.


• In-ground fence and remote trainer in one product
• Heavy-duty wire included
• Can be used on smaller dogs as well

• Easy to use
• Affordable
• Good coverage
• Easy to setup
• Good build quality
• Smooth correction levels
• Easy to use
• Affordable
• Good build quality


• Collar strap material is underwhelming

• Not the most affordable product on the market

• Underwhelming battery
• Batteries are built-in
• No on/off switch
• Batteries don’t last long
• No OFF button

What We Liked about It

We are fans of an all-in-one system as long as they work as advertised, which we found to be the case with the Pet Control HQ Remote Dog Training collar and containment system. We are sure that gadget enthusiasts alike will rejoice and utilize it to its full potential. The included wire is a 13 gauge, single copper core which is one of the more durable wires we saw in an invisible dog fence product. It will handle moisture with ease and resist corrosion, giving it longevity.

The best thing about this particular model is its portability. In other words, you don’t have to set up any invisible fences or hassle with miniature flags. All you have to do is put the collar on your pet and start the training. Also, the user manual is well-written, and it contains quite a bit of useful information on how to start the training process if you’re a complete novice.
The other thing we liked is the price. Many people expect it to be more expensive than the wireless containment system, but it’s not. In fact, it comes at an affordable price meaning that most pet owners can indeed plan on investing in such a gadget without having to think about their budget too much. However, it may not be as versatile as some containment systems that are available on the market nowadays.
The overall versatility and build quality are the things that we liked the most. In the sea of cheap and underwhelming dog collars, this stands out as one that’s worth investing in. As we already said, if you own the PIF-300 system, this particular unit is one of your safest bets.
The fact that it’s very easy to use makes it ideal for beginners and inexperienced pet owners. It’s also an affordable piece in comparison to some other models that offer similar capabilities and features. It isn’t the best thing on the market, but it’s certainly a piece that’s worth checking out.
People who are searching for high portability combined with great efficiency should find this collar interesting, to say the least.

What We didn’t Like

What We didn’t Like

The collar design is not necessarily bad, on the contrary, it's highly adjustable and fits pretty much all dog sizes. But the strap is not to our taste, it feels plasticky and we would prefer to have a nylon strap instead.

While the price is to be expected considering all the features you're getting, there are more affordable options on the market, especially if you're looking just for an in-ground fence solution without the flexibility that comes with a handheld device.

The batteries are probably the weakest point of this product. While they aren’t bad per se, the engineers could have implemented Li-Ion batteries without a problem. The included ones may be considered obsolete and subpar in comparison to Li-Ion. While 40-60 hours seems long and sufficient, you may run into battery issues occasionally.  
The other thing a lot of users complained about is the inconsistency of the signal. In other words, if you select the level seven, the device might output a level four signal. It’s not a frequent occurrence, but it can happen. If you’re worried about consistency, consider checking some other models out, this one might give you troubles in the long run.
The battery is okay, but the fact that it cannot be changed might be a deal-breaker for some people. The recharging cycle doesn’t last long, but it can catch you off-guard. However, there is a low-battery LED light on the collar, meaning you should keep an eye on the levels.
The pet area cannot be changed into a square or rectangular shape. While this is usually typical for most wireless containment systems, it’s still worth mentioning. If you have anything against a circular shape of the area of effect, you might want to look into wired units as they offer more adjustability.
The lack of the OFF button is a major issue for many pet owners. Even though the process of changing the batteries is incredibly simple, it’s not uncommon for people to forget about it. That means you’ll have to go to the nearest store in case you forgot to stack on batteries the last time you were shopping.
As we already said, this fence does not come with wire included. While it’s clearly stated in the description, you would be surprised by the number of people that oversee it. Therefore, if you don’t have wiring installed in the yard, make sure you purchase it separately.


Overall we were really satisfied with this complete containment system from Pet Control HQ and we placed it second on our list of best wireless dog fences for small dogs, behind our editor's choice, the Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence from PetSafe.

Like we mentioned, there are more affordable options that offer more levels of static stimulation or a better quality collar, but if you want the benefit of off-leash training that comes with the handheld device and you want it to work perfectly in conjunction with the in-ground fence - then we would strongly recommend you consider purchasing this particular model.

The Yardtrainer 350 is a decent remote trainer; there is no question about that. Is it the best one on the market? It certainly isn’t. Is it worth checking it out? Yes, it definitely is. In the end, it all comes down to your requirements and preferences. If its features and capabilities fit your idea of a perfect dog trainer, don’t hesitate to give it a chance. On the other hand, there are plenty of other models to choose from.
As far as the advantages go, the biggest one is its ease of use. If you’re an absolute beginner, this model won’t be much of a challenge thanks to its simplistic concept. As for the downsides, the battery and signal inconsistency should be your primary concerns.
This collar is a universal answer for most of your problems. If you have a feisty or disobedient pet, the Stay and Play Fence Receiver can help you when it comes to behavioral corrections. On the other hand, you have to be prepared for trials and errors because nothing happens overnight, especially when it comes to radical changes.
Beginners and inexperienced owners love the ease of use and simplicity of this unit. On the other hand, people who already trained their pets usually look for something with more features. In the end, it all comes down to your needs and preferences. As far as we are concerned, it’s definitely worth checking it out.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution when it comes to training your pet and correcting their behavior, an invisible fence is one of your safest bets. Now, make sure you fully understand your possibilities and responsibilities towards your furry friend. These things can easily become an instrument of abuse if you don’t use them correctly. That doesn’t always mean it’s the owner’s fault, but it does correlate with owner’s ignorance or lack of experience.
As far as your budget goes, you won’t damage it too much. As we said earlier, these fences aren’t cheap but are certainly a good investment, especially if you own a problematic dog. Many people spend hundreds of dollars on professional trainers, and they don’t always guarantee success. This way, you can take a role of a trainer even if you don’t have any experience, and train your pet according to your own preferences. It does take a bit of effort and time, but it definitely pays out in the end.