PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence Collar Review
You've bought an in-ground fence system, got everything set up and then you realize that the included collar is huge and won't fit your miniature pooch. Worry not, what you need is a dog fence collar that is specifically designed for training and containing smaller dog breeds.
If PetSafe is your brand of choice, then the model we're reviewing today should be a great addition to your existing system. It's compact, reliable and fits into the category of the more affordable collars. Equip your feisty furball with one of these and save the bigger unit for your sluggish Great Dane.
Let's jump right into the review.
- Fits neck sizes from 6 to 16 inches
- Compatible with most PetSafe in-ground systems
- Great for smaller dog breeds that weigh 5 pounds or more
- 4 levels of static correction and a tone-only mode
- Replaceable PetSafe RFA-188 battery
The Features Of this The PetSafe Elite Small Dog Wireless Fence Collar
When you have a small dog you never want to put a huge, heavy block around its neck. It's not comfortable and highly impractical. The size is a very important factor and this particular model has probably one of the smallest receivers on the market. It's also very light, weighing only 30 grams. We wish it was a bit sturdier made, but overall the build quality suffices. The default nylon strap is comfy, adjustable and has a reflective coating which drastically improves visibility at night. The battery is conveniently located in a plastic compartment that also acts as an ON/OFF knob.
The included battery is an RFA-188 model. It is replaceable and can be found online or at most pet stores. Judging by comments from other consumers, the lifespan is around 3 months which is pretty good but could be better since this is such a small model. Make sure to turn the collar off when not in use, this way you will extend the duration of the battery life. Also, while there is a way to modify the collar so that you could use non-OEM batteries, we do not recommend doing so since you could experience inconsistency issues. Pay attention to the indicator light, it will tell you if it's at low power.
• Small size, lightweight
• Compatible with PetSafe in-ground fences
• Static correction level tone downed for smaller pets
• Uses non-rechargeable batteries
• Build quality could be better
What We Liked about It
Besides its compact size, the thing that stands out for us is the ease of use. Like for many PetSafe products, the instructions are pretty straightforward and you can use the product right out of the box. With the battery already installed, all you have to do is adjust the strap to the appropriate size and turn it on. Four levels of correction offer enough variety and will be effective no matter how timid or stubborn your pet is.
Like we already mentioned, this is a great buy if you already own an in-ground fence from the same manufacturer and need a dog collar for a smaller sized breed. You can use more than one at the same time without worrying about signal interference so if you own multiple pets this is definitely a unit you would want to pick up.
What We didn’t Like
Unfortunately, this unit uses a replaceable battery which is not necessarily a deal breaker but we would like to see a rechargeable battery in one of the future iterations of this model. Luckily, the batteries are not expensive and should have a decent lifespan so you won't have to worry about changing them every week.
The final verdict for the PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence Collar is that it's a great choice if you're looking to add a collar to your existing system or replace the one you already have for a smaller unit.
Does it deserve a rating of 4.3 out of 5?
Even though it's a somewhat specialized model, it's very effective as long as you use it on the right sized pet. If you are a lucky owner of a cute, little pooch that you want to keep safely inside the limits of your yard then this is your best bet when shopping for a wireless dog fence collar.