PetSafe® PIF-300 Wireless Dog Fence Review
So you want to know if the PetSafe® Wireless Pet Containment System PIF-300 has what it takes to keep your dog safe? Let’s go through your needs and see if this model meets them. With this comprehensive PetSafe® PIF-300 review, you should be able to determine if the PetSafe® PIF-300 wireless dog fence is the perfect fence to protect your beloved household pet.
Quick set-up? Check.
It’s easy to set up the PetSafe® wireless fence–simply plug it in 2-4 feet above ground level and at least 3 feet away from any metal object. Establishing the fence boundaries with training flags and testing the collar batteries should only take two hours since the fence reach is a maximum of 90 feet in every direction. Check the step-by-step installation guide for help.
Good for standard yards? Check.
The transmitter covers 180 feet from end-to-end in all directions. Your dog will have up to half-an-acre of play space whenever he’s wearing the collar. This range is perfect whether you have a large yard and just need to keep your dog close to home, or a standard suburban house-and-yard and you want him to have as full a range of play as he can.
The transmitter is roughly the shape and size of a gallon-can of paint. It is easy to load it into any vehicle for a road trip or vacation. As long as there is a power outlet and your dog is trained to respond to the warning beep, the PetSafe® wireless fence will give him a good area to run around in, and keep him safe at the same time.
For dogs over eight pounds in weight? Check.
This transmitter will work on almost any medium- or large-sized puppy aged six months and above. However, if you have small-sized dogs, consider the Havahart Wireless Fence for Small Dogs. It is safer for dogs to have customized collars and correction levels. A smaller dog is more reactive to what would simple alert a larger one.
For a neck size between six and twenty-eight inches? Check.
The PetSafe® receiver collar fits any standard medium- to large-sized dog. The collar adjustment is important to the dog’s comfort, and to the effectiveness of the wireless fence. If the collar is too loose (more than two fingers can slip between collar and skin), the probes will not touch the dog’s skin. Without that contact, your dog will not feel the static correction when he crosses the boundary line.
Tone-only mode? Check.
PetSafe® has a tone-only mode for training. If static correction begins too early, the dog might become too stressed for effective correction. Other brands force you to tape over the probes during training because they have no tone-only mode.
Multiple levels of static correction? Check.
If you want to know if your wireless fence provider cares about your dog, check that they have multiple levels of static correction. The PetSafe® PIF-300 has five levels of correction, level 1 being the tone-only mode. The other four levels are all for static correction, level 5 being the highest, designed for the more stubborn dogs. Not even the highest level will harm your dog.
Does not over-correct the dog? Check.
The PetSafe® PIF-300 emits a warning beep when the dog is within three feet of the boundary. If he is excited enough to move past that zone and through the boundary, static correction will begin and continue for 30 seconds. It doesn’t matter how far your dog goes from the transmitter, the collar will keep administering correction. 5 minutes after the 30 second limit, if he is still outside his boundary, it will begin again for 30 seconds before another 5-minute break.
An expandable boundary? Check.
The wireless fence has a set maximum range; unlike the in-ground fence, it cannot be extended through the addition of more wire. PetSafe® solves that problem by making its transmitters and collar receivers all fully compatible with one another. If you want to expand your dog’s boundaries, simply get another transmitter. Set it up so that 5 to 10 feet of the 2 ranges overlap, and your dog will move from one to the other easily with the same collar receiver.
Contains an unlimited number of dogs? Check.
One of the PetSafe® PIF-300’s greatest advantages is that a single transmitter can contain as many dogs as you want. This capacity makes PetSafe® a budget-friendly choice. After buying the first transmitter+collar receiver set, just buy more collar receivers. You can even order those custom-made for smaller dogs.
The PetSafe® receiver collar is waterproof, with a snugly fitted battery cover. However, waterproof does not mean your dog can stay fully immersed in a swimming pool or bathtub with the collar on. Full immersion may still result in damage to the collar and harm to your dog.
Works for both short- and long-haired dogs? Check.
The PetSafe® receiver collar can be fitted to both short and long probes, to accommodate the needs of your dog. However, only the short probes come with the PetSafe® PIF 300. You will still need to order the long probes from PetSafe®. Using long probes is preferable to tightening a short-probe collar, for your dog’s comfort and to make sure that the static correction works.
Has a reasonable warranty? Check.
The PetSafe® PIF-300 has a “limited lifetime” warranty, which is best defined as a one-year warranty with a lifetime repair discount. Since you can test the product right away, one year is a reasonable length of time.
Now it’s our turn to ask if the model will suit you.
Do you have a wide yard with a clear line of vision in every direction?
As with every signal transmitting device, the less obstacles there are, the clearer the signal will be. The PetSafe® wireless fence works best if you stand at the transmitter spot, turn 360-degrees, and have a clear line of vision all the way (no trees, no large metal objects).
Tests on the PetSafe® show that trees and tall shrubs do not substantially hinder the signal. Place the transmitter a little higher (within the 2-4 foot recommendation) to take them into account.
What you really want to watch out for are metal objects that could interrupt the transmitter’s signal. If the signal between transmitter and collar is cut, the collar will assume that the dog has left the boundary and will begin static correction. Your dog will become confused and might need retraining.
Obstacles you need to watch out for:
- Metal sheds
- Metal sidings
- Metal roofs
- Tall shrubs
Is there a space in your house clear of metal objects 3 feet in every direction?
So that your wireless fence has the best chance of working make sure it is at least 3 feet away from any metal object. This automatically puts the kitchen and garage out of bounds. A good place is the front room or right beside the door, if the front yard is wide enough. Before getting the PetSafe® PIF-300, find a possible spot for the transmitter.
Is there an outlet handy?
Wherever you place your PetSafe® wireless fence transmitter, there should be a power outlet near enough for the cord to reach. If the ideal place for the transmitter is not near a power outlet, an extension cord can be laid nearby. If there is a power cut, bring your dog inside at once. The transmitter will no longer be in contact with the collar.
Is there somewhere about waist level you can place the transmitter?
The PetSafe® transmitter needs to be about waist level or slightly higher (around 2-4 feet high). Any lower and there are too many obstacles for the signal to navigate, including furniture and smaller shrubs and bushes. Any higher, and the signal will be weakened. Place the transmitter on a low table or mount it to the wall at the height you need. Don’t move it often so that the boundaries are as stable as you can make it for your dog.
Is your property mostly flat or sloping uphill?
The PetSafe® wireless fence works best if the transmitter does not get confused by highly uneven or downward-sloping ground. The flatter your property, the more you can maximize the range of your model. Downward-sloping ground confuses the transmitter and can even act as an obstacle.
Is the boundary blur range acceptable?
Boundary blur, or boundary wobble, refers to the signal fluctuations that make a gray area of the boundary. The range is predictable enough that once your dog learns to respond to the warning collar beep, the boundary blur won’t be much of a problem. Your dog might stay within the inner border, so adjust the total range for that, too.
PetSafe® transmitters have a consistent boundary blur of 2 to 3 feet, but only that. They are of medium quality regarding that as Havahart products stay within 1 ½ feet.
Do you prefer replaceable batteries to rechargeable ones?
The PetSafe® PIF-300 has replaceable batteries for the receiver collar. The advantage of this is that the battery lasts a minimum of one month and a maximum of three. You only need to check your battery every month to make sure it is still at full power. While the monthly maintenance may be more convenient than the daily switching of rechargeable batteries, it will mean added cost for the battery packs.
If our checklists match, then the PetSafe® PIF-300 is just what you need to keep your dog safe.