Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence REVIEW
Contrary to popular belief, smaller breeds aren’t less feisty than bigger ones. In fact, small dogs tend to have much more energy to waste so they usually do it by getting on their owner’s nerves. Jokes aside, many small breeds have adaption and behavior issues, and many pet owners simply don’t know how to cope with that. However, there is always a solution. The PetSafe Elite model offers quite a bit of features that are designed to help pet owners who are struggling to keep their dogs within the desired perimeter.
If you haven’t had a chance to see or use in-ground systems, don’t worry, they aren’t as complex as one might expect. They do require a bit of adjusting and setting up, but once you finish doing that, everything else is a breeze. Although, don’t forget to arm yourself with a lot of patience and goodwill because you won’t spend much time training your dog without those two things on your mind.
- In-ground system
- Collar and receiver are both waterproof
- Four levels of correction plus tone-only mode
- Includes every needed component (wire, transmitter, receiver, manual)
The collar is well-designed, but the included strap isn’t the best thing you’ll ever see, to say the least. While it can be changed, the included one simply doesn’t look like a trustworthy piece. That doesn’t mean it’s a particularly bad choice, but there are definitely better ones. The receiver isn’t bulky, and the correction pins are non-invasive.
As far as the wire goes, there isn’t much to talk about. You’ll get a spool with 500 feet of wire which should be more than enough for you to set up a decent perimeter around your home. The best thing about these units is the fact that you can choose the size and shape of the area of effect instead of relying on pre-set shapes and sizes which are usually seen in wireless models.
The transmitter is easy to install, and it doesn’t require much adjusting. All you have to do is set up the wiring correctly, mount the transmitter, and that’s it! If you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to refer to the user manual, it contains a lot of advice and solutions as well.
The collar uses proprietary 3V batteries. Luckily, it features an on/off button meaning you can control the use to a certain extent. While the batteries are proprietary, they aren’t hard to find and are pretty cheap. PetSafe sells them for about ten to fifteen dollars and they last for quite a long time. It’s recommended that you buy at least an additional pack or two of batteries because most people tend to forget about them and they get unpleasantly surprised when they realize the batteries are dead.
• Covers a large area
• Easy to use
• All-in-one system
• Can lose signal occasionally
What We Liked about It
This unit is quite trustworthy. You can rest assured that it performs as advertised as long as you train your pet the right way. Make sure you watch the included DVD because it contains crucial instructions on how to painlessly and almost effortlessly train your furry friend and make them get used to their new environment.
The whole system covers a surface of about 25 acres. As you can see, that’s a massive chunk of land, and it should be more than enough for an average owner. The flag method is great, especially when combined with the tone-only setting.
What We didn’t Like
While it is designed for small dogs, breeds such as Chihuahuas can get seriously hurt, depending on the level of correction. Furthermore, some people complained about inconsistency. In other words, an “invisible gate” effect can sometimes occur which negates the whole point of this system. Even though these aren’t frequent occurrences but rather isolated cases, you should keep these things in mind.
The price is acceptable, but it could have been a bit better. The nominal price isn’t that bad, but when you add up the amount of batteries bought within a year, it can turn into a hefty figure. Speaking of batteries, they are proprietary which means the best place to buy them is through PetSafe themselves.
The installation of this unit might be a bit of a pain, but once you’re finished with it, there should be no more tedious tasks. As we said, training a dog isn’t an easy task by any means so make sure you have a lot of patience and time for your pet. If you never trained your dog, it could take some time to get used to the new environment.
Is it worth investing in this gadget? The short answer is – Yes. However, before you purchase the Elite Dog model, make sure it meets your requirements and expectations. If you aren’t keen on digging and installing 500 feet of wire around your property, then this unit might not be your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a decent in-ground fence system, don’t hesitate to check this one out.