Summary: Strongest Correction
The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar.
The PetSafe Stubborn collar at full strength is approximately 50% stronger than a standard correction collar. This makes it useful for dogs with a low pain sensitivity (guardian breeds) and very large breeds.
The Stubborn uses a 9 volt disposable battery, instead of the rechargeable battery used on the better systems.
The Stubborn system can also be used with the collars from the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround systems. This allows you to contain dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, with each dog having a collar than suits their needs.
Indoor Pod Compatibility
The Stubborn collar can be used with the optional wireless PetSafe Indoor Pods to keep the dogs out of particular part of your home.
High Power Collar
The PetSafe Stubborn Dog (PIG00-10777) is the strongest correction collar for use with low pain sensitivity dogs.
The PetSafe Stubborn collar is approximately 50% stronger on it’s highest level than a standard correction collar. The collar is intended to be used with dogs with low-pain sensitivity or that are very large (over 100 lbs).
The name Stubborn is in many ways unfortunate. It is not intended so much for dogs that are temperamentally stubborn, but for dogs that will not feel a regular strength correction. Many breeds, such as Huskies and Malamutes, are willful but become compliant with even a very low strength correction and would be overwhelmed by a high strength collar such as this.
We often see low pain sensitivity in dogs that have been bred for this trait. It is common in dogs that were historically used as guardians or for fighting (Akitas, Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Pitbulls, Rottweilers, etc).
5 Corrections Levels
The collar has five correction levels that set by a button on the side of the collar. Note that even the lower levels on this collar are quite strong, and we would not use these collars with smaller or lower sensitivity dogs. Using an unnecessarily strong collar is counterproductive and overwhelms the dog, impeding their learning.
The correction level for each collar on the system can be set independently allowing you to use the collar with dogs that need different levels.
Large Collar Size
The PetSafe Stubborn Collar is one of the larger collars, about the size of two 9-volt batteries. The collar is also one of the heavier units. This makes the collar unsuitable for dogs under 20 lbs. But, given the high correction strength of the collar, we would not use it on any dog under 50 lbs.
Cloth Collar Strap
The collar band is made of a red nylon cloth. It fastens with a plastic quick-snap buckle. This is our preferred collar, as they fit better and are faster to put-on and take-of than rubber collars that use buckle closures.
The PetSafe Stubborn uses a standard 9 volt disposable battery. We generally prefer rechargeable batteries. However, the Stubborn uses a generic battery that can be inexplensively obtained at most grocery and drug stores. The battery also has a relatively long life of 3-4 months.
The collar has a low battery indicator that flashes red to alert you that the battery needs changing.
The system can be used with several other PetSafe systems. You can also use the collar on the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround with this system. Note that it cannot be used with the top-of-the-line PetSafe Ultrasmart which uses a different frequency.
This cross-compatibility is very useful if you have dogs of very different sizes or disposition (or intend to get such dogs). Instead of having to use a single type of collar that is a compromise between each dog’s needs, you can provide each dog with a collar that suits them. For smaller dogs under 12 lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog collar can be used, for medium sized dogs or dogs that do not require a strong correction the PetSafe Deluxe collar can be used.
Medium Prongs Only
The collar only includes medium length prongs. Long hair dogs require the optional long-prongs ($10). Most systems at this price point include both prong lengths with the basic system.
The PetSafe Stubborn Collar is completely waterproof and can be completely immersed in water.
Compatible with Indoor Pods
The Little Dog Collar works with the optional PetSafe Indoor Pods (see below) as well as with the basic fence. The lets you use the collar inside the home to block off certain areas or to keep the dog off furniture.
The system includes the basic 25 acre transmitter that is also included in the cheaper PetSafe InGround.
Flexible Boundary Width
The transmitter allows you to adjust the wideness of the fence boundary. You can customize the distance the boundary extends from the perimeter wire from 0 to 10 feet. For most dogs, the boundary will be set at between 3 and 5 feet. For dogs with a higher drive to escape, a wider boundary is useful particular during the training phase. The warning zone on the inside of the wire also has an anti-linger feature that will begin progressive correction on the dog if they linger in the warning zone for too long once the warning beeps have begun.
The transmitter has an audible alarm that sounds when there is a break in the boundary wire. A properly functioning boundary is signaled with a loop light.
25 Acre Capacity
The transmitter can contain 25 acres (5,000 feet of boundary wire). This is a medium capacity transmitter. For larger areas, you can use the SportDog SDF-100A system which has a very similar collar but that has a stronger transmitter with an 100 acre capacity.
Boundary Wire & Accessories
The basic system includes 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire, 50 training flags, 2 wire splices, and a collar tester.
Direct Burial Wire
The standard wire is direct burial rated wire, that is designed for being buried in the ground. The PET coating on the wire holds up better against the elements than standard PVC coating on typical housing wire.
Collar Tester Tool
The tester tool is placed against the prongs on the collar and lights up when the collar is triggered. You use the tester tool when you are testing the system, and when you are marking the boundary location.
Optional Professional Gauge Wire
The standard 20 gauge wire included in the basic system can be upgraded to the stronger 18, 16, and 14 gauge wire. 14 gauge wire has a conductor and protective jacket four times thicker than the standard wire.
Using the thicker wire provides protection against wire breaks. There is also a small benefit in superior transmission characteristics.
500 Feet of Wire, 50 Flags
The system also comes bundled with 500 feet of standard 20 gauge perimeter wire. It also includes 50 flags for marking the boundary line when the dog is being trained. The included wire and flags are sufficient for covering one-third of an acre. Additional boundary kits ($30 per 500 feet of 20 gauge wire) can be purchased to boost the capacity up to a maximum of 25 acres (5,000 feet).
||Wire Required (feet)
PetSafe Indoor Pods (optional)
The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Collars work with the optional PetSafe Indoor Pods (PIRF-100) to block access to parts of the house. The wireless pods ($50) create a small circular exclusion around them that you can use to stop a dog going into certain rooms, or to keep the dog off particular pieces of furniture. The radius of the exclusion zone is adjustable from 2 to 10 feet.
One Year + Limited Lifetime Warranty
The system caries the misleadingly named PetSafe Limited One Year Warranty. After the one year warranty expires, PetSafe charges you a fixed price for repairs depending on the part that broke (usually $30 – $50)
The PetSafe Stubborn Dog is a good choice for high-pain threshold dogs and for dogs that are very large. It’s high strength collar gives you enough correction range to recapture these dog’s attention, even they are in an excited state.
But, this collar should be used prudently, always starting on the lower levels. As useful as the collar is with high-pain threshold dogs, it can easily overwhelm low-threshold dogs and become counterproductive.
PetSafe Stubborn Dog Video Review
Video: PetSafe Stubborn Dog
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||PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)
||Disposable (9 volt)
|Beep Only Training Mode
|Collar Warning beep
|Independent Correction Levels
||2.5” (L) x 1.5” (W) x 1.5″ (D)
|Collar Weight (with band)
|Collar Neck Size
||6″ – 29″
|Collar Water Resistance
|Collar Fit Test
|Maximum Number of Dogs
|Minimum Dog Size
|Maximum Containment Area
||10 acres (3,000 feet)
||0-10 feet (adjustable)
|Control Box Dimensions
||4.8″ (L) x 4.3″ (W) x 2.0″ (D)
|Control Box Power Source
||Wall Outlet (110V)
|Control Box Battery Backup
|Indoor Pod Compatibility
|Outdoor Pod Compatibility
|Included Boundary Wire
||500 feet + 2 wire Splices
|Included Boundary Flags
||Collar Tester Tool
||12″ (L) x 6″ (W) x 6″ (D)
||Limited One Year
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