PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG00-10773 Review


  • Small, lightweight reflective collar
  • Lower correction levels
  • Indoor pod compatibility
  • Includes Lightning Protector


  • Non-rechargeable, proprietary collar battery
  • No battery backup for control box


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PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence Overview

Summary: Smallest and Lightest Collar

The Petsafe Little Dog (PIG00-10773) is a system designed specifically for small dogs. Accordingly it has a smaller collar and milder corrections than regular systems.

Tiny Collar

The PetSafe Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence is the smallest and lightest dog fence collar available. The collar weighs just 2 ounces, and has lower correction levels better suited to small dogs. The small size of the collar allows you to use the collar with dogs as small as 5 lbs.

Compatible with Other Collars

The collars on the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround are all intercompatible. This allows you to use a mix of collars on the same system.

Expensive Disposable Battery

The collars on the PetSafe Little Dog, PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround are all intercompatible. This allows you to use a mix of collars on the same system.

Indoor Pod Compatibility

The collars on this system can be used with the wireless PetSafe Indoor pods that you can use to block access to certain rooms, or keep the dog off the furniture.

PetSafe Little Dog Collar

Small and Light Collar

The PetSafe Little Dog (PIG00-10773) sets itself apart because of the small size of it’s collar. In a tiny package, you get a full featured collar. It is however encumbered by an expensive proprietary battery

Weights Only 2 Ounces

The Little Dog weighs only 2 ounces, about half the size of a regular collar. The collar is also about half the size and weight of a regular dog fence collar. Because of the small size and weight the collar can be used with dog as small as 5 pounds.

4 Corrections Levels

The Little Dog has four correction levels. The correction is milder than a regular strength collar to account for the smaller size of dogs these collars are intended for. The correction level is set directly on each collar using a button on the side of the collar allowing you to use a different correction level on each dog.


The Little Dog Collar is fully waterproof and can deal with full immersion in water. This is particularly useful for dogs that swim in the containment area.

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.

Reflective Cloth Strap

The Collar band fastens with a cloth strap and a quick-snap buckle. The collar band is smaller than the regular collar and can be shortened to fit even the smallest dogs. The cloth band has a reflective strip, to help increase visibility in the dark.

Disposable PetSafe Battery

The collar uses a PetSafe branded RFA-188 battery cartridge. The battery is small and light, but has a short 1 month life and costs about $10. We find the use of these proprietary batteries appalling. Not only is this battery expensive, it is not widely available, leading to major inconvenience and potentially leading to unsafe situations where the dog is not contained because the collar battery is flat.

There are a couple of tricks to get more life out of your battery. First, the collar can be switched off when not in use. Switching the collar off at night will add about 30% to your battery life. Second, you can replace the PetSafe battery with a $4 generic battery by jimmying open the PetSafe battery and replacing the CR1/3N 3 Volt battery inside (available online or at RadioShack / Wal-Mart).

Intercompatible Collar

The PetSafe Little Dog system is compatible with a variety of other PetSafe systems. You can also use the collar on the PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround with this system.

This versatility is useful if you have dogs of very different sizes. For example if you had a 8 lb Chihuahua and a 100 lb German Shepherd, then you could use the lightweight PetSafe Little Dog collar on the later and the larger more powerful PetSafe Stubborn Dog collar on the later.

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PetSafe Little Dog Transmitter

PetSafe Transmitter

The Little Dog comes bundled with the premium 25 acre transmitter also included with the PetSafe Deluxe. The transmitter is hooked up to the boundary wire and sends a signal through the wire that creates the layout perimeter.

Adjustable Boundary Width

The transmitter has a control dial that can used to adjust the distance the boundary extends from the perimeter wire. You can adjust the boundary from a few inches up to around 10 feet. In a typical installation you will want to set the boundary between 3 and 5 feet.

Boundary Alarm

The transmitter sounds an alarm if you get a break in the boundary wire. When the boundary loop is working properly there is an illuminated green loop light.

25 Acre Capacity

The transmitter has a 25 acre capacity, allowing you to power up to 5,000 feet of boundary wire. This is one of the higher powered transmitters, although we are surprised to see if bundled with a small dog collar. Most owners containing small dogs are not containing more a couple of acres.

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PetSafe Little Dog Accessories
Wire Gauge

Boundary Wire & Accessories

The basic system includes 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire, 50 training flags, 2 wire splices, a collar tester, and a lightning protection module.

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.

Lightning Protection Module

The system comes bundled with the Lightning Protection Module (usually a $40 extra). The module connect to the boundary wire before it goes to the transmitter and stops lightning surges from going back up through the wire and frying the transmitter. The lightning protection module is particularly useful in areas where there are frequent lightning strikes and on large properties.

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) can be purchased to boost the capacity up to a maximum of 25 acres (5,000 feet).

Area (acres) Wire Required (feet)
1/3 500
1/2 1,000
1 1,000
2 1,500
3 2,000
4 2,000
5 2,000
10 3,000
15 4,000
20 4,500
25 5,000

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PetSafe Indoor Pods

PetSafe Indoor Pods (optional)

The PetSafe Little 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.

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Petsafe Limited Lifetime Warranty

One Year + Limited Lifetime Warranty

The PetSafe system has a Limited One Year Warranty. What this means is that the system has a 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).

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The PetSafe Little Dog is the best choice for dogs under 12 lbs. The small collars with their milder correction are better suited to small dogs than the full-sized collars found on other systems. Despite the small size of the collar, the system is full featured.

The only drawback on this collar is the use of a non-rechargeable proprietary collar battery that forces you to keep buying PetSafe’s expensive batteries.

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PetSafe Little Dog Video Review

Video: PetSafe Little Dog

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PetSafe Little Dog Manual

PetSafe Little Dog Fence Manual

Download the PetSafe Little Dog Elite Manual (PDF).

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Model PetSafe Little Dog Elite (PIG00-10773)
Type In Ground
Collar Battery Disposable (PetSafe RFA-188)
Correction Levels 4 Levels
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 2.1” (L) x 0.8” (W) x 0.9″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 2.0 ounces
Collar Neck Size 6″ – 16″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test No
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 5 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 25 acres (5,000 feet)
Boundary Width 0-10 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 5.5″ (L) x 4.8″ (W) x 2.2″ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup No
Indoor Pod Compatibility Yes (PIRF-100)
Outdoor Pod Compatibility No
Included Boundary Wire 500 feet + 2 wire Splices
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other Lighting Protection, Collar Tester Tool
Package Dimensions 12″ (L) x 6″ (W) x 6″ (D)
Package Weight 6 lbs
Warranty Limited One Year

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Joe Baddick January 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I just purchased the PIG00-10773 “Little Dog” inground fence. I installed it about 2 mos. ago and so far it is working like a charm. I like the fact that you can set the correction levels. We just rescued a Yorkie Silky Terrier, 2 yrs. old, weighing in at 12 lbs. This is the ideal system for a small dog. We turn the collar off when he comes inside to save battery life. My only complaint is the boundary flags included in the kit. They are plastic and my ground in hard, making it tough to get them in. Luckily I had old ones from the fence I had previously. They need to make them out of hard wire. Other than that, I would recommend buying this system for small dogs. Happy New Year.

ADMIN – Hi Joe,

Thanks for the feedback. I completely agree that all the included flags (across most dog fence systems) are terrible. They use a flexible PVC “flag pole” which does not penetrate hard ground very well. The better flags that most professionals use have a metal pole and go into the ground much easier. You can get wire flags in most hardware stores – they are in the garden section and used to mark pesticide application on lawns, or in the plumbing section and used to mark utilities.

bill December 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

This sounds like a great system for our two Yorkies, 5# and 12 #. One question: We have a concrete driveway . How is the wire installed when encountering a driveway like this? Thanks, Bill

ADMIN – Hi Bill,

To get across a concrete driveway, find a conveniently located expansion joint. Clean out the expansion joint. Then run the dog fence wire through the joint and caulk over it to seal it in place.

If you don’t have a good expansion joint you can use, then cut a shallow slot across the driveway using a circular saw. There is a lot more information on this topic in driveway section of our dog fence installation guide.

Karen December 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

Our Yorkie is 10 lbs. I’ve read about the small dog collar that has the battery issue. Don’t want to spend $10 a month on a new battery. What is the next best option. I would like something that has variable correction levels.

ADMIN – Hi Karen,

Feel your pain on the battery pricing. They cost around $10 and will last about 2 months, 3 months if you switch off the collar when it is not in use.

Your next best bet after the PetSafe Little Dog would be an Innotek IUC-4100 collar, but I fear even that is going to be too big on a 10lb Yorkie. Under 12lbs, I would strongly suggest the PetSafe Little Dog.

Brian December 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I have a Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles/Poodle Cross Breed) named Andy. He’s a total social butterfly, so probably wouldn’t leave him alone in the yard w/out a fence. However, they supposedly train on the fences very easily. He’s 15 lbs right now at 6 months…supposed to get to about 18. Is this small breed system good enough for him? It looks like I could also add a collar for my sister’s 100 lb chocolate lab? And I guess if the small collar isn’t enough correction for Andy, I could by a larger collar. Is that true? Would you recommend this small dog system?

Also, on the batteries, you say proprietary…..can you buy them anywhere or are they hard to find? How long do they last? Thanks, Brian

ADMIN – Hi Brian,

The PetSafe Little Dog would work fine on a Cavapoo. The medium correction levels should be sufficient. You may also consider getting a PetSafe Deluxe for the Cav. The Deluxe is a bit cheaper, and although it also uses a proprietary PetSafe battery it is a lot cheaper ($4 vs. $10) and lasts longer (3 months vs. 2 months)

A PetSafe Stubborn collar or the PetSafe Deluxe collar would both work fine for a 100lb lab. All three of PetSafe dog fence collars I mentioned are compatible with one-another.

The battery is PetSafe branded battery. You can only get them at specialty pet stores – think Petsmart; or the Pet Section at larger variety stores like Wal-Mart. You can’t get them at a regular supermarket or pharmacy.

Beth December 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hi, I own an older system from 21st century pets, and the system was never installed. We now have the need to install, but we now have 2 dogs. There is only one collar with the system, and I cannot find “21st century pets” anywhere ( I am assuming that they have gone out of business, or changed the name). Will collars from one system work with another? In other words, could I buy, say, a “Petsafe” collar to use with my “21st century pets” system?

ADMIN – Hi Beth,

Afraid none of us know anything about 21st Century Pets. I presume they went out of business. It would be unlikely that any of the modern collars are compatible with the older system. If you have some pictures, that may help us figure out who the manufacturer was and help track down the collars.

Missy December 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

Will this system’s collar work on a stubborn terrier that is under 5 pounds? Will the beeping sound be enough to deter her from running after kids on bikes or will she need a small shock to stop her? If this isn’t a good system for her, could you please recommend one that is? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Missy,

With the training, we find that virtually every dog is contained. The training seems to be just as important, if not more important than the size of the correction. If there is a particularly issue you are worried about like kids on bikes, we would just add that to the training to make sure there is complete containment.

The beeping along is sometimes enough, but we think that it is important that the dog gets the correction at least once so they know that there is a serious consequence for breaking the rules, and so they learn that the way to escape the correction is to retreat.

scott November 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I have a 10# Havanese with a tiny neck. I’d like to get a lightweight fabric collar with rechargable batteries, or at least non-proprietary batteries that I can buy from different vendors. And I want to make sure the correction settings are appropriate for the little guy. I know you recommend PetSafe for the small collars, but I saw something on Innotek about having engineered a small collar. So, what do you recommend? (Can I get an Innotek collar that works with PetSafe system?) Thanks for your help – your prices look good so I’ll buy here.

ADMIN – Hi Scott,

Afraid the only good choice for a dog that size really is the PetSafe Little Dog. We haven’t seen anything else that is small, and that has the lower correction levels. We too would prefer that it did not have a proprietary battery. We feel you pain! (One trick to squeeze all the life you can out of the battery is to turn the collar off when it is not in use.)

Innotek does have some small collars, but these are only for bark collars and remote trainers – they don’t have anything good for a dog under 12 pounds in their dog fence collars. The Innotek collars do not work with the PetSafe systems and vice versa.

Ruthanne Schulte November 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi, I have one small, short hair terrier that weighs 12.5 pounds. I purchased a manual shock collar that works on the lowest setting. Now she has started to dig under the fence. It seems this is the best solution. Let me know if you think I need the bigger system. Thanks, Ruthanne

ADMIN – Hi Ruthanne,

For a 12/13 lb terrier, you are right on the border between the PetSafe Little Dog and the Innotek IUC-4100. You could also consider the Innotek IUC-4100. The collar is bigger, which is not as comfortable – but it is rechargeable, so you would not have to deal with the PetSafe proprietary batteries. Both will work fine, but if the batteries are a concern, try the Innotek first. Put the collar on the dog without switching anything on and leave it on him for a few days to see if he is comfortable. If he is uncomfortable – we can switch it out for a PetSafe Little Dog.

Britny January 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm


I have a maltese that is 4 lbs right now. The vet thinks she will be about 6 lbs. Will the Pet Safe Small Dog system be safe enough to use for her right now?

ADMIN – Hey Britny,

I worry more about the dog’s cognitive development that the weight. Is she still a pup? I like to wait until the dog is 6 months, because then they are easy to train. A young pup is just too googly eyed to train easily. There are exceptions, (a dog that can do a sit, stay, and come confidently is ready) but i would wait until she is six months old. And of course with a 4-6 lb dog, you want to keep the collar on low.

Jessica January 20, 2010 at 4:33 am

I too have 2 dogs, 1 is a chihuahua mix, only 6 lbs, and a golden retriever, 100 lbs. If I get the Pet Safe Samll Dog system is it strong enough to hold back my larger dog if I use the larger collar?

ADMIN – Hi Jessica,

The small dog is not strong enough for the Golden. But, the collars from all the petsafe systems can be used interchangably. So if you get the small dog system, you can get an extra “Petsafe deluxe” collar for the Golden.

Nick December 3, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Oh, I almost forgot, our dogs are rather small (terrier/shitzu [sp?] mixes, 15lbs), but are right on the maximum line for getting the small dog system (i think). Do you suggest the petsafe small dog or ultrasmart system?

ADMIN – Hi Nick,

I would lean toward the PetSafe Ultrasmart, and if it turns out to be too big just exchange it. The batteries on the small dog are a pain and to be avoided.

LARRY July 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm




ADMIN – Hi Larry,

For different sized dogs, I would recommend either the PetSafe systems (where you can mix and match the collar between systems). So I would get the PetSafe Small Dog and then a collar from any of the regular PetSafe models. (or vice versa – but I think this way is cheaper)

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