PetSafe Wireless Fence System PIF-300

Pros

  • Wireless - no wires to bury
  • Portable and easily relocated

Cons

  • Circular boundaries only
  • Covers only up to 0.5 acres
  • Disposable proprietary collar battery

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The Petsafe Wireless Fence (PIF-300) is one of only two systems that does not require you to bury a boundary wire. The system transmits a circular boundary wirelessly. You just plug it in, adjust it to the desired radius and you are ready to train your dog. The great thing about this system is that it is just so easy. Instead of spending the weekend burying boundary wire, you can have it installed in about five minutes. The lack of boundary wire also means there is no maintenance required as there is no boundary wire to break. Because of the quick set up many of our customers use this product for vacation homes or when they are taking their dog on camping trips.

After recovering your strength from that lengthy installation, you train your dog just as you normally would with a electronic dog fence.

The system needs to be sheltered, so you will need to find a spot in your house or shed that is near to the center of your property. It has no problems transmitting through walls.

The downside is the lack of flexibility. First you can only have a circular boundary, and the unit must be in the center of that circle. This makes it impractical for most urban dwellers who live on rectangular plots of land and want a rectangular boundary. It is really most useful when you live on a large plot of land.

This brings me to the second downside, the circular boundary radius can be adjusted to a maximum of 90 feet. That is a fairly decent radius, covering about half an acre. But many people that want a wireless system live on very large properties and would like something that would give their dog a larger space. We would really like a version of this that had a radius of 200 feet, covering say two acres.

Summary: If you can live with the significant limitations (circular field, maximum 90 foot radius, obstructions, vague boundaries), you can’t get an easier solution than this.

Lets be frank. Ask anyone involved with dog fences about wireless systems and they will give you a look of disgust and pity. You would get a similar look if you told them you were going to contain your dog by tying them to a stake with a roll of Charmin. Now part of that is probably us protecting our jobs. Installing $2,000+ in-ground systems is where we really make our money, so if everyone did wireless (or Do-It-Yourself Kits for that matter) we would all be out of jobs. But, the bigger part is that they just do not work nearly as well as in-ground wired systems. Here’s why:

  • Circular Boundaries- wireless units only let you have a circular boundary, with the control box in the centre of that boundary. You can overlap multiple control boxes with some systems, like the Petsafe Wireless PIF-300, but even then it is very hard to get good coverage of the average lot which is a long thin rectangle.
  • Interference & Obstructions- wireless units are temperamental, like a Jack Russell in a handbag. They will just not get on well with about 50% of homes, with little rhyme nor reason. Systems have trouble getting through walls, but can even have trouble where there is direct line of site through a window. They never do well where there is metal siding, a metal roof, trees, or where the land slopes down from the house.
  • Consistency- there is a lot of vagueness in wireless units. The boundary line will move from minute-to-minute, so you never get a nice crisp boundary line to train the dogs. The boundary line moving 3-5 feet minute-to-minute is typical. This makes it hard to train the dogs. And it also means you have to be very conservative with the boundaries and leave more safety space between say the road and the boundary.

Part of the problem is that wireless is often promoted as a one-touch solution, which is an attractive if not misleading pitch. Push a button and you never need to worry about the dog escaping issue. But, for most people wired is a much better solution. Wired means 1 day of work, but will work 99% of the time and get you a better result. Wireless is batting under 50% and is at best a compromise. Still the promise of the one-touch solutions is seductive.
Let me temper all that bleakness about wireless a bit. Wireless definitely has it’s place. There are two situations where wireless makes a lot of sense. First, being highly portable they work great to keep the dogs nearby at a camp site, RV, trailer or small cabin. With fewer and thinner walls it is easy for wireless systems to get through. Second, if you think you absolutely can’t do boundary wire then it is worth a try. If it doesn’t work, you can always swap it for a wired unit (we are pretty cool about returns).
Subject to all the above limitations, if you are going to go wireless, the Petsafe Wireless is the better choice. The PetSafe PIF-300 is a little better than it’s competitor the Wifi Fence. The PetSafe has a significantly smaller range, but build quality is much better and it is a little more tolerant of obstacles. The PetSafe is also about $100 cheaper.
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PetSafe Wireless Transmitter

petsafe wireless fence transmitterThe PetSafe Wireless Fence transmitter unit is large, a little bigger than a one-gallon paint can. The system can create any boundary shape you want as long as it is a circle. You can control the size of a circle, from anywhere from a few feet up to a maximum of 90 feet in radius (0.5 acres). Transmitter units can be overlapped to create a larger containment space. (something you cannot do on the Wifi Fence)
An advantage with wireless units is that the boundary correction extends out infinitely so the dog cannot run through the boundary line. However, the collar will timeout and stop correcting the dog after 30 seconds if the dog does not return to the safe area.
Setting up the PetSafe wireless is a snap. You just plug the unit into a wall outlet, put it on a table (or wall mount the unit) 2-4 feet above ground level. The unit has just three controls:

  • Boundary Switch Boosts the wireless signal. Set it to “low” for boundary circles under 45 feet radius, and set it to high for boundary circles over 90 feet radius.
  • Boundary Control Dial Use this dial to fine tune the size of the boundary circle.
  • On/Off Switch Enough said.

The system also has a basic power light to tell you when the system is plugged in and switched on.

PetSafe Wireless Collar

petsafe wireless fence collarThe Petsafe Wireless collar is a larger collar, around the size of two boxes of matches and is appropriate for dogs over about 15 lbs. The receiver sits on a good cloth band and fastens using a snap type buckle.
Correction Level Button The collar has five correction levels, plus a no-correction beep only level. The correction levels are toggles by removing a plastic cap on the collar and pressing the button underneath.
Indicator Light The light lets you know when the collar is working properly and when the collar battery needs to be changed. It also lets you know what correction level the collar has been set to.
Long/Short Probes The collar comes with long and short collar probes that you would use with long and short hair dogs respectively. The probes are simply screwed into place on the receiver.
Disposable Collar BatteryThe collar uses the disposable PetSafe RFA-67 collar battery. The batteries come in at around $5 each and last 2-3 months.

Flags

The PetSafe PIF-300 comes with 50 boundary flags for you to mark the boundary circle. The best way to locate the boundary line is to use the collar and take it toward the edge of the boundary circle. Where the collar starts beeping, you should plant the flags to mark the start of the boundary.

Instructional DVD and Manual

The PetSafe training videos and Manual can be located online at PetSafe.net.

Warranty

The Petsafe Wireless has a limited lifetime warranty – really a one year warranty. After the first year repairs are charged to you at a fixed rate depending on whether the collar or the transmitter broke. The units have been reliable and repairs have not been a major issue.

Model PetSafe Wireless Fence PIF-300
Type Wireless
Collar Battery Disposable – PetSafe RFA-67
Correction Levels 5 Levels
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 2.3” (L) x 1” (W) x 1.5″ (D)
Collar Neck Size ?” – ??”
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test No
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 20 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 0.5 acres (5,000 feet)
Boundary Width infinite (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 9” (L) x 9” (W) x 9“ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup No
Indoor Pod Compatibility No
Outdoor Pod Compatibility No
Included Boundary Wire n/a
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials DVD + Manual
Other Boundary tester
Package Dimensions 11” (L) x 12” (W) x 9″ (D)
Package Weight 9 lbs
Warranty Limited Lifetime

For the PetSafe Wireless Fence Manual click here. (PDF)

{ 126 comments… read them below or add one }

Debi July 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Hi! I have a PIF 300 unit and just purchased a IF-275 collar by mistake. Will this work with my system? (I also have an older IF-101 system).

ADMIN – Hi Debi, the PIF-275 (aka PetSafe IF-275) collar works just fine with the PetSafe PIF-300 wireless fence system. (known in previous generations as the IF-100 or IF-101)

Debi July 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

We purchased a wired dog fence for our boxer. It works great but the problem is that it got hit by lightening. We purchased another one and made sure we had it plugged in to a surge protector. Lightening hit the second one we purchased. The wire in the ground is getting hit and we can’t protect that. Would a wireless dog fence have a less chance to get hit by lightening? Also, the wired didn’t seem to use up batteries very much. I’ve read that batteries have to be replaced often with the wireless. Is that true? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Debi,

Unfortunately a surge protector won’t do the trick, it kicks in too lates, only after the lightning has fried the control box. Instead try a dedicated lightning protection module designed specifically for dog fences.

The boundary wire goes out and comes back to the lightning protection module. Then it plugs into the wall transmitter. Thus, when the boundary wire receives a surge, it will terminate at the lightning protection module and not the wall transmitter.

As for the battery life comparison between the wired and wireless systems, I’m not sure. In our experience, both seem to possess a 3 month battery life.

Cindy July 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

I have a four year old beagle that we just rescued from a shelter about a month ago. He breaks out of the fences despite everything we have tried. He knows his name and responds to verbal commands when he wants to, but tends to like to do his own thing. He will not stay in our yard when he sees a neighbor dog walking by on the street and the neighbors are getting very mad at me. I am curious if this system would work for a dog like him.

ADMIN – Hi Cindy,

If possible, go with a wired system rather than this wireless system. They work much better and are much easier to train the dogs. The problem with these wired systems are that they are very hit and miss, they will work in some people’s home and not in others. They are also slow to respond to the moving dog and consequently the dogs have more trouble learning.

If you do the training regularly for the first 2-3 weeks and I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how quickly dogs learn the rules. If you are particularly concerned about certain temptations like a neighbor walking a dog, then we can incorporate that into the last stage of training to make certain it will work before we take the dogs off leash. Beagles don’t tend to present any difficulties.

Chase June 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hello,

What is the differences between PIF 300, and IF-101? Is one more stronger than the other? And if so which one would you recommend for a Labrador?
Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Chase,

These are both the same thing, the PetSafe Wireless. The IF-101 is the older model name for the base station on the PIF-300.

Nathan June 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I have a base system that is an IF-101. It appears to not be working. I have new collars that I was told would work for that system. I have the prf-275-19 collars for stubborn dogs and I don’t know whether it’s the base or the collars that aren’t working. Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Nathan,

The base station you have is for a wireless system. The collars you are using are for a wired system. Unfortunately they will not work together. You either need to replace the base station with a wired base station (like the base station for a petsafe stubborn), or you need to get a couple of wireless collars.

Hillary June 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I have had both a wired and wireless system, but am in a rental right now so I am using the wireless system. We are having a problem with power outages, and the collars going off on the dogs when the power goes out. Do you know if there is a battery back-up system option out there for these systems?

ADMIN – Hi Hillary,

Unfortunately, there is not. However, you may consider a back up battery solution from somewhere like Office Depot that can be used on any electrical device.

lisa May 25, 2010 at 5:57 am

I have 3 collars; same thing after 2 years they randomly started going off. The dogs are now petrified of the collars. Our Aussie and Jactese will hide if I pick up the collars. I am so sad because I recommended this product many times.

ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear that. Your story is a big reason why we don’t recommend the wireless systems. They’re great in theory, but only 1 out of 2 people have success using them. The Wireless systems are just too unreliable.

Mike May 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I have been researching pet containment systems and decided to get the PIF-300 wireless model. A big mistake. It is recomended for dogs over 10#s, but I have a 10 month old Jack Russell. The darn collar is so big it looks like a millstone around her neck, and no way can I live with that ….. for my sake or hers. Is the IUC-4100 the answer?

ADMIN – Hi Mike,

You are right, the official PetSafe guidelines say the PIF-300 can be used on dogs over 10lbs, we agree with you that it does not make any sense for a dog under 20lbs.

How big is your Jack Russell? The IUC-4100 would work with a dog over 12lbs. If your
dog is under 12lbs, I would go with a PetSafe Little Dog.

Dan April 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Can one use the wired and wireless systems together on the same collar for a special problem dog?
We have had 3 dogs on our wired petsafe fence which is sculpted about our front yard to exclude the dogs from digging in our flower beds. It has worked very well for a number of years. My daughter has recently graced us with a sweet but anxious Staffordshire Terrier mix rescue who is about two years old now. He is generally very good about staying in the wired fence except that he has learned to “break-out” across the driveway if there is something tempting. I have added 3 lines of wire about 5 feet apart at the end of the driveway but he will still go through. I checked at each wire and the warning signals are working with a correction indicated by the test light. Once he gets beyond the last wire he’s free and now he seems to know it. Could I add the wireless receiver to his collar so that when he escapes across the end of the driveway he will continue get a correction? I realize he will need to wear both receivers on his collar.

ADMIN – Hi Dan,

You could use a wired and a wireless system together that way. You would have to rig up a special collar to accommodate two receivers, or you could just have him wear two separate collars. There may be another option.

What is her reaction like when she crosses and what type of system are you using? My guess from the breed is that she has a really high pain tolerance and barely feels it. Turn the collar up to maximum, and if that does not work, add a second collar from one of the other dogs to see if that does the trick. You may need to do some retraining for a week or two but I think that will do the trick.

It could also be that she is not getting the correction because the collar probes not properly contacting the skin, and it is worth checking out. But, this is a less common problem on a short hair dog

Sarah April 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

We bought a wireless Petsafe invisible fence. Is there a compatible one for in house rooms/ to use with same collar?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

Unfortunately, there are no indoor pods that will work in conjunction with any of the wireless systems.

Sandy April 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

We have had a Pet Safe Wireless system for about 2 yrs. All things the same, the collar has started to randomly sending out warning beeps when the dog is well within her boundaries. I have changed the battery. The new battery did not help; it beeped within 12 feet of the unit. I have checked the setting of the unit and it is set properly. The dog now will only hang out on the porch and near the edge of the house. Ideas? How long are these units supposed to last?

ADMIN – Hi Sandy,

Sounds like the unit is broken, that is definitely not supposed to happen. You should get at least five years out of them. The unit is still covered under the limited lifetime warranty, if you contact PetSafe they will get it fixed for you. It costs about $35.

Chase April 6, 2010 at 1:35 am

I want to get the petsafe wireless fence because it seems to be my best option, but I do have some concerns. I live on a lake, and have a labradoodle that loves the water of course, but she also likes to bolt out the door and go who knows where. The lot slopes up from behind the house and slopes down toward the water in the front so I am concerned that there would be problems with the signal not covering evenly around the perimeter. At Petco the representative told me the signal behind the house, probably would not reach the full distance because it would go straight into the slope/driveway, but in the front he said it would be fine. With that being said, I was wondering the “depth” of the signal, if that makes sense…so if I were to move the unit to the second floor would I gain more distance in the back without losing the signal in the front? Another concern is the water. I would set the perimeter where she would not be able to get in the water when her collar is on, but I am worried that if she did break the barrier the “shock” would be worse or dangerous if she were to get in the water. Hopefully I can find some way for the wireless system to work, because the landscape of my lot makes a fence pretty much impossible and a buried wire would be a nightmare to install. Do you think the wireless system is worth a try? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Chase,

When you have a sloping lot, the signal does indeed not transmit evenly. The signal goes out further on the downhill segment, and comes in closer on the uphill. You will generally get more coverage by moving the unit up onto a second floor. I try to only use the correction in shallow parts of a lake where the dog can still easily stand. When the dog gets the correction, you want them to be able to turn and retreat quickly. If the dog is swimming it is going ot be hard for the dog to turn and retreat if they get the correction. I like to avoid situations where the dog could go out, get the correction and panic. That said, the collar will time out if they get stuck out there, and there is no problem with the correction in water.

Generally I would avoid using the wireless, particularly when you have a sloping lot. The wireless systems don’t have a great probability of sucess at the best of times, it gets a lot worse when you add in a sloping lot, lots of trees, etc

Brittanie April 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

We are looking to purchase an inground or wireless system for our lab. We recently lost a dog as he got hit be a car. How sure can we be that these systems will keep him in our yard? Which one is recommended? We would also like to take the system to the lake, and other places we will be traveling. Any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Brittanie,

Sorry to hear of your loss. We think the best test is to do the two weeks of training, then see how well the dog does when you test him with whatever is a really big temptation for him. (For Labs, that is often another dog, a tennis ball, or food) Once you are satisfied that nothing is going to get him through the fence, then start giving him more and more independence. Nothing with dogs is certain, but with the training we get a success rate around 98-99% – with eager to train dogs like labs I would say it is a little higher.
Let us know if you need any further assistance!

Wireless fences aren’t anywhere near as good as wired – especially if your dog has never been trained on a system. Using a wireless system, your sucess rate will drop to about 50%. So especially if safety is a concern, I would use a wired system for home. Then once he is trained – you can introduce a wireless system when traveling if you want.

Carmella Kinstler March 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hello – Just got my Petsafe wireless – only 50 flags – can I use just strips of white sheet
placed around the boundry?

ADMIN – Hi Carmella,

50 flags should be plenty to do 1/2 an acres, the maximum capacity of the PetSafe. They only need to be ten feet apart or so. You can make flags as you suggest with strips of cloth. You can also get extra flags in most hardware stores. They are used to mark utility wires, and are usually in the plumbing section, although they are fluorescent not white. Your yard man also probably has a lot of these flags, they are sometimes used to mark areas of lawn that have recently been treated with a fertilizer or pesticide.

Tim Miller March 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I was wondering if you could put something on the sides of the transmitter to partially block the signal? That way you could create a more rectangular shape. What material is known to block the signal (sheet metal)?

ADMIN – Hi Tim,

Metal does block the signal, but we have never had much luck trying to sculpt the shape of the signal, nor have any of our customers reported much sucess trying to do the same. My advice would be to use a wired system if you want anything other than a circular boundary.

Kevin Messerschmidt March 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I’ve had this unit for at least 6 years, it says IF-101 on the base unit. When it works it works well, but lately over the last year it hasn’t been working consistently. I’ve tried new collar and new batteries. I also notice our underground buried power line interferes with the signal. Any suggestions on the malfunction?

ADMIN – Hi Kevin,

Sounds like the base station is malfunctioning. I would send it back in to PetSafe for repair.

Amy Nelson March 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

We have a puppy – 7 mos. old – bichon – poo who will be 14 # full grown and is 10 # right now – we feel the pet safe wireless will be ideal for our location – but am worried about the collar/receiver size. I did see that they make a smaller version of the receiver collar for smaller dogs. Suggestions??? We would like to get this and install within the next month. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Amy,

The PetSafe wireless collar really is too big for a dog of that size. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on a dog under 20lbs. There is really nothing wireless that will be small enough. I would try one of the smaller wired systems like the PetSafe Little Dog, or the Perimeter Ultra wired fences.

Bill Morrisette February 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I have PetSafe IF 300 it is 6 years old. We have a boxer-lab approx 70 lbs. with two collars. He pretty much stays in the boundaries, however, he will break through without hesitation when he wants too. What is your suggestion on preventing him leaving the boundary. I was looking at the WIFI system, but I am skeptical with the unreliability. Do I need to upgrade to a newer PetSafe IF 300? Bill

ADMIN – Hi Bill,

This model has not significantly over the years. It is not worth your while upgrading to a newer one, you would not notice much of a difference (except that you pocket would be $300 lighter). The Wifi is likely to have similar problems. It suprises me that a lab/boxer would go through with two collars. What is his reaction when he goes through? My suspicion is that he is not getting the correction. Either the signal is not getting through and he is not being corrected, or the collar is contacting the skin and he is not getting the correction. Check the collar, and if that doesn’t work then consider switching to an inground system.

Susan Burrows February 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Question: We travel with our dog to horse events. He is very well trained to an inground electric fence and responds to the beep to back away. We trained him with flags and he still remembers them and will not go through a flagged area i.e. runners course–pipe line. Do you think this could be used off a trailer to give him a small flagged arc on on side so he did not have to be tied especially at night?

ADMIN – Hi Susan,

I think that kind of use makes sense. You will however want to place the base station on top of the trailer, because the metal trailer will otherwise block the signal.

Shirley January 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

Our house is built on the side of a hill…one continuous slope. Will a wireless system work? We have lots of trees & boulders which makes it difficult to use a wired system. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Shirley,

The wireless systems like the PetSafe have trouble working on downhill slopes. It is not too awful on a mild slope, but when you get to the point where the slope is so steep there is not line of sight down the slope, it will not work at all.

Haidee January 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

We live in Massachusetts and have a black lab/border collie mix ~50 lbs. Our road is fairly busy, and our yard is actually fenced (but in theory he could jump it). Also, we do have a gate that we have to open and close. Right now it’s freezing (17/feels like -7) and the run we let him out on, I can’t even open the clasp without blowing on it for a minute. If the unit was inside our mudroom (not heated but not freezing) or our shed, would this work? We have 1/2 an acre (more or less square and flat). Does this seem like a good option or should we think again?

ADMIN – Hi Haidee,

I would use a wired system (and just staple it or ziptie it to the fence instead of burying) rather than a wireless model like the PetSafe PIF-300. Especially if you are near a main road, the variability of the wireless system would not be something I would not trust if there was something dangerous nearby. Putting the control box inside the mudroom would be fine.

peterhenley December 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I plan to use 3 units merged together for just over an acre. Was told the units can’t be used outside in cold weather, etc though. If I build a shelter for them (ie .little covered wooden “tent”), will this work?
Question 2 – if wireless doesn’t work for me and I revert to the wired system, how can I cover my driveway? Can I “glue” the wire over the blacktop?

ADMIN – Hi Peter,

A little shelter for each unit would work fine, as long as where you live does not get down below freezing outside. Although, I suspect you would be happier with an inground system given the size of the installation.

The best way to deal with a driveway with a wired system is to cut a shallow groove across with a circular saw, place the wire in the groove, then backfill with an outdoor sealant.

Derrick Augspurger October 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I’ve got a 55lb collie mix, and just bought a new house, 2 sides of the back yard are fenced in, but the back of the lot is open. Its only about 50-60 ft deep in the back yard, and likely will only let him out back there…this system seems perfect for me to make sure he doesnt go out the back of the lot. Is there something about this system I’m missing?

ADMIN- Hi Derrick,

That is the ideal situation for the unit. If you can put the unit in front of one of those back windows, you will have a nice line of sight to the back boundary and this should work well for you. It is when these units have to go through walls that people have the most problems.

Note that the back boundary will be an arc, not a straight line, and the boundary will be vague, so training will be more difficult than with a wired system.

Terry Martin October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Is this collar sufficient for my Great Purinese ?

ADMIN – The strength of the correction should be fine even for a large dog like a pyrenees. They tend to be very eager to please and trainable dogs. It necessary, you can slip a second collar on the dog.

Ken Seaman August 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm

My yard is not flat, will the PIF-300 work on an unlevel lot?

ADMIN – If there is only a mild slope (i.e. there is still line of site) you will be fine. But, it will not be as good as an inground system. If you can at all do inground, you will be much happier.

Mary August 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Petsafe IF-300 (IF300) – is it too big for my 14lb Jack-Chihuahua mix?

ADMIN – Hi Mary,

The PIF-300 is recommended for dogs over 11lbs so your dog qualifies. The wireless collars are bigger and bulkier than most, so it will be quite noticeable and may be a bit uncomfortable. I really don’t like using the wireless systems with dogs under 20lbs because of the the size. But, there are no issues from a safety standpoint.

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