Can I use the Innotek IUC-4100 Dog Fence with a Pitbull?

by Gajan Retnasaba on January 31, 2010

A common question we get is whether you can use the Innotek IUC-4100 with a high pain threshold breed like a pitbull or german shepherd.

Hi, I am relocating to the mountains. Elevation is about 5000+ ft. So we get snow and sometimes a lot. I have two pitbulls, one is between 95-100 lbs and the other is around 73-78 lbs but is just turning a year. They, for the most part listen but I am concern because I know the pitbulls have a higher pain tolerance though they listen well. They love to chase deer etc, so when I am at work I would worry about them ignoring the correction. I like the 4100 because of the collar and the back up power. Power does go out up there and it would be a really nice piece of mind to have when I am stuck at work knowing the power could go out. My question is, is the difference in the size of dogs two great for same correction setting? I was thinking since they are both pitbulls it might not matter too much…? Also, does this system have a history of not working on pitbulls? Thanks

Matt in the Mountains

Hi Matt,

The IUC-4100 will work most of the time for a pitbull and other higher pain threshold dogs. Much of the time the 4100, with the progressive correction levels will be fine even on medium. This is particularly true where you have the luxury of being bale to set wide correction boundaries.

That said it is good to have higher correction levels if you do need them. For that reason, it is worth considering the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence. That way you can start low, but if you find that the dog is unresponsive to the lower correction levels, you can increase them to suit.

Sometime what people will do is start with a Innotek IUC-4100 and if it is ineffective during the training period, swap it out for a PetSafe Stubborn. (or vice-versa they start out with a PetSafe Stubborn and if they find themselves only using the low settings will swap it out for an Innotek IUC-4100) We are happy to do that for customers under our 30 day return period. I would generally encourage dog owners if in doubt to start with the Stubborn. That way you don’t need to interrupt training. It is also a little cheaper.

I think you would be fine putting the dogs on the same correction level if you do opt for the IUC-4100.

Battery backup in case of power failure is definately nice to have if there are electrical storms, as they can often cause dogs to bolt. It is of less use where the outages are not due to electrical storms. The dogs for the most part don’t notice that power has gone off and don’t test the fence. With you getting so many outages, that would probably tip the scale in favor of the 4100 for me.

Hope that helps.

Stewart Aldous
(678) 389 6661

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