PETSAFE PIF00-12917 stay and play Review
Looking for a way to keep your pet safe within the limits of your property?
If you don't want to invest in a regular fence or set up a bunch of wires underground, maybe an invisible wireless method is best suited for your needs.
Today we are covering in more detail a new model from PetSafe, a well-known brand in manufacturing dog containment systems. This particular model has some great features and really takes advantage of what these wireless systems are good at - versatility.
So let's see how well it did on our test.
- Wireless fence system
- ¾ of an acre range
- Tone-only mode and 5 levels of static stimulation
- Upgradable, supports multiple collars
- Fast charging battery
- Fits dogs with a neck size of 6-23 inches
PetSafe collars are generally great and super easy to use, this one, in particular, is very comfortable and will fit even smaller dogs. You could use the collar on a different strap, just make sure it's a 3/4 inch non-metallic one.
It comes with two sets of different sized contact points, and the manufacturer included a wrench as well so you can easily swap between them depending on the length of your dog's coat. There is an on/off button located on the collar, also an indicator light that shows the level of correction you've chosen and the remaining battery life. When placing the collar around your pet's neck you want to make sure you're getting the right fit. The collar should be snug and the contact points should be touching your dog's skin.
The wireless unit is lightweight and portable compared to some other products in the same category. All you have to do is plug it into your power outlet and adjust the size of the containment area using the dial placed on the bottom of the unit. We recommend mounting the device on your wall and making sure it's at least 3 feet away from any metal objects. While the battery backup for the wireless unit can be bought separately, it comes with a power loss alarm which lets you know if there is a power outage.
The collar features a fast charging battery that takes about 2-3 hours for a full recharge. The battery life was decent and lasted 2 weeks while we were testing it, this will depend on frequency of use of course. You might have to charge it more often If you have a stubborn dog that challenges the boundary line all the time.
There is an indicator light located on the collar that shows the remaining battery life. If the light is yellow your battery is at approximately 60 %. You should be removing the collar from your pet every night and only recharge it if the light starts blinking red. This way you will avoid having a negative effect on the battery. For more indicator light instructions refer to the user manual.
Setting up your wireless fence and training your dog
In order to set up the containment area accordingly, we recommend using two people where, one is in the yard with the collar checking the boundary line, and the other at the wireless unit, adjusting the zone using the dial button. When you're satisfied with your containment zone, put boundary flags in the ground in order for your dog to have a visual idea where the border is.
Training your pet should be easy. At the beginning use the tone-only mode and then slowly introduce the static simulation levels. We found that short and more frequent training sessions were more effective than longer ones. Patience is key and most importantly, don't forget to have fun with your furry friend.
• Lightweight and portable
• Supports multiple collars at the same time
• Fast charging battery
• Can be used for dog breeds of all sizes
• The price
• Non-adjustable circular perimeter
What We Liked about It
We really liked the versatility this system offers. Being lightweight and wireless, you can take it with you and adjust the radio signal zone accordingly, all you need is a power outlet and you're set. Also, it can handle multiple collars at the same time which is great if you own more than one pet.
Having five levels of static simulation at your disposal is also great since you can use the system on lower levels and be sure that your smaller breed dog will stay safe and out of harm's way. Later on, when your pet is fully accustomed to the system, you'll be comfortable in using only the beep mode.
What We didn’t Like
While the wireless method is more flexible, owning a yard that's narrow and has an odd shape is going to give you difficulties while adjusting the circular zone to your liking. If that's the case we would recommend getting an in-ground wired fence system, allowing your dog to take full advantage of your yard.
This unit comes with a hefty price tag, while it does offer nice features and variety, we still wish it was little more affordable. The inconsistency with the signal due to obstacles can be an annoyance so make sure to pick a good spot when placing your unit.
All in all, this is a great way to keep your pet safe and let them enjoy your yard as their own playpen. While it might not be the best product on the market, it will cover all the basic needs of an average dog owner. Also setting it up is very easy and can be done by virtually anyone. Don't forget to have patience while acclimating your dog to the containment zone, check out the "Setting up your wireless fence and training your dog" part of this article for more thorough instructions.
If you have any more questions you can contact PetSafe by calling their Customer Care Center or visiting their website at www.petsafe.net.