PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence, PIG00-10777 Review

So you want to know if the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence has what it takes to keep your dog safe? Let’s go through your requirements and see if this model meets them. With this comprehensive PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground dog fence review, you should be able to determine if the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence is the perfect fence to protect your beloved household pet.

If you are looking for an in-ground fence designed for the comfort and safety of stubborn dogs, you are probably looking for the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence, model PIG00-10777.

Let’s go through your needs and see if this model meets them.

1- to 2-day set-up? Check.

Make sure you have a free weekend to set up your in-ground fence, it can take time to set it where you want. The best thing about the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog fence is that it was designed to be flexible. After all, stubborn dogs come in all shapes and sizes.

You might need the in-ground fence to protect your privacy fence from jumpers, diggers, or the wily ones who fit through the smallest cracks. You can staple the wire right onto your privacy fence or along the ground, around bushes and swimming pools, or you can bury it if you like. The wire covering is tough enough to withstand the elements, whether above ground or under it.



Good for small-to-standard yards? Check.

The package includes 500 feet of 20-gauge wire, which covers about ⅓ of an acre. It is perfect for a small-to-standard home in a well-populated neighborhood. Your neighbors’ cats will be safe, and you won’t have to worry about needing to make your fences as high as the house. Even better, your dogs will be perfectly safe from any accident.

For dogs over 20-50 pounds in weight? Check.

Because the static correction intensities are designed for stubborn dogs, it is best if your dog weighs over 20-50 pounds for maximum comfort and safety. PetSafe® claims that the collar is safe for dogs 8 pounds and over, but it might still be too high for smaller dogs.

The Stubborn Dog fence should be more a last resort than anything. Observe their behavior with the normal static levels first. They have to completely ignore the corrections before you resort to the Stubborn Dog fence.  

For a neck size between 6 and 28 inches? Check.

Whether you have a feisty Jack Russell terrier or a friendly Great Dane, you’ll be able to fit the receiver collar around either one’s neck. The collar size is important: if you can fit more than two fingers between collar and skin, it’s too loose for the probes to deliver the proper correction. That would be no help for your dog!

PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence

Tone-only and vibration modes? Check.

Even stubborn dogs need the correct training to the in-ground fence so they know how to respond to it. The usual problem with those dogs is not that they are deliberately disobedient. It is more likely that they ignore the static correction because it is too weak to make an impression on them. The tone-only mode teaches your dog to follow the boundaries and stop at the warning beep.

If you have dogs hard of hearing, or those who refuse to listen to warnings no matter what, the vibration modes can work for training as well. The sensation is as effective as the warning beep.

Multiple levels of static correction? Check.

The collar receiver of this model has four levels of static correction, all customized for higher intensity to get your stubborn dog’s attention. Like any other invisible or electric fence, always set the static correction at the lowest level during training and move it up depending on your dog’s reaction. Even if you need this model because your dog treated lower levels of static correction like fly-bites, he can still become fearful or unhappy if the correction levels are too high.

The vibration-only level can also be set at all four of the settings, if you find that it works just as well. Some dogs will dislike the irritation of the vibrating collar, and it can become as effective as static correction. It won’t work on all dogs, so choose which fits yours best.

Progressive static correction? Check.

Besides the multiple levels of static correction, the Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence further discourages your dog from leaping the boundary, through progressive static correction. In other words, the longer the dog is outside the boundary, the higher the static correction intensity will go. This is perfect for the early days of training, when you’re not sure what setting will work for your dog. If he ignores the setting but finally stops and returns after already passing the boundary, you know that a higher intensity setting will probably work better.

Does not over-correct the dog? Check.

The static correction stops after 30 seconds of continuous correction, so that your dog will not become fearful of his boundary and need to be retrained. You can also use the vibration-only settings, if the dog responds well to that form of correction.

An expandable boundary? Check.

The fence can be lengthened to as long as 5000 feet, covering 10 acres of space. This is perfect if you have a large piece of property and you want your dog to have the full range of the place to play in. Hunter dogs like hounds and spaniels need a lot of moving room, and it will be a great relief to let them out to play without worrying about their safety.



Contains an unlimited number of dogs? Check.

PetSafe® continues to live up to expectations and has designed the Stubborn Dog In-ground fence to contain an unlimited number of dogs. You can keep an entire Golden Retriever family on your grounds if you want to. Even better, since the levels of static correction are on the collar, you can keep different dogs, and simply buy the appropriate collars and adjust their settings per dog.

Waterproof? Check.

You don’t want your dog to leave your property, but you want him to have as much fun as he possibly can. PetSafe® took into account your water-loving Retriever or Labrador, and made the receiver collar perfectly waterproof. He can jump in a lake or pool anytime he wants, and you won’t need to worry about having to watch him.

Works for both short- and long-haired dogs? Check.

The package only comes with short probes, but you can order the long-probe set from PetSafe® if you need to. The good thing is that the receiver collar works perfectly with both, so don’t worry. Even if your dog’s fur is as stubbornly long as his attitude, you will still be able to keep him safe.

Has a reasonable warranty? Check.

For the entire first year, you will be able to replace any part of your fence for free. Simply send the part code to PetSafe®, and they will send you the replacement. Since you can test how well your fence works in the first month of owning it, the warranty is reasonable.

After that first year, you will receive a lifetime discount on any parts you need to replace, with a 90-day warranty on any replacement. This is ideal if you plan to use that fence for the long-term.


Now it’s our turn to ask if the model will suit you.


Do you have a yard with a clear boundary?

The PetSafe® wire is sturdy enough to be placed either underground or over it. However, before buying the in-ground fence, map out where you are planning to put the wire, and measure it carefully. You want the wire to be as safe from breaks as possible, so make sure that whether you are placing it underground or stapling it above ground, the boundary is clearly laid out. Make sure there are no pipes or other wires it might run into–that wouldn’t be a very good experience at all.

Is there an outlet handy?

The power transmitter which regulates the signal sent through the wires needs to be plugged into a power outlet whenever it is in use. When you are planning where to place the wires, make sure that both ends will meet in a spot where you can easily mount and plug in the transmitter.


Is the boundary blur range acceptable?

Stubborn dogs are more likely to run through warning beeps than average dogs. This means that their training has to have as much consistency as possible for the best results. The average in-ground fence has a boundary blur within 0.5 feet. This is ideal for training your stubborn dog.

Do you prefer replaceable batteries to rechargeable ones?

The PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence runs on generic 9-volt replaceable batteries. They last around 3-4 months, and can be picked up at any department or hardware store. A number of dogs, especially hunter breeds, need much more activity than others. This makes rechargeable batteries less desirable because you can’t risk forgetting to charge the spares.

The Anti-Linger Prevention built into the receiver collar administers static correction to your dog if he stays in the warning zone (between warning beep and boundary) longer than 2 seconds. You don’t have to worry that he will drain his battery by flirting with the warning line.


If our checklists match, then the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-Ground Fence PIG00-10777 is just what you need to keep your dog safe.