PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence

Pros

  • Rechargeable collar
  • Improved boundary responsiveness
  • Smallest wireless collar
  • Transmitters can be overlapped

Cons

  • Circular only boundaries
  • Long retreat response
  • Limited boundary radius

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Petsafe Stay + Play Overview

Summary: Basic Wireless System

The Petsafe Stay + Play is the update on the decade old PetSafe Wireless PIF-300. It features significant improvements to the range and accuracy of the system, as well as adding rechargeable collars.

The Stay + Play creates a circular wireless boundary around your property without the need for any buried wire. While more convenient, the tradeoff is less accurate boundaries and less flexibility than wired systems.

The PetSafe Stay + Play is a decent wireless system, but is ultimately overshadowed by the Havahart Radial 2 which has more features and better performance at the same price point.

Improved But Not the Best

The PetSafe Stay + Play improves the boundary accuracy over it’s predecessor the PetSafe Wireless, with boundary wobble around 30% less. But, it still lags far behind the benchmarks set by the Havahart Radial 2.

Rechargeable Collar

The Stay + Play adds a fully rechargeable lithium ion battery to the system. It gives around two weeks of battery life from a single 2 hours charge.

Smallest Wireless Collar

The PetSafe Stay + Play has the smallest and lightest wireless fence collar. It is still by no means small, but is significantly smaller than it’s competitors and can be used with dogs as small as 12 lbs.

Unlimited Number of Dogs

The PetSafe wireless systems can support an unlimited number of collars on the system. In contrast, the competing system can only support two dogs on the system at the same time.

Petsafe Stay + Play Collar

Collar

The PetSafe Stay + Play’s best feature is it’s smaller, lighter, and rechargeable collar.

Smaller Collar

The PetSafe Stay + Play Collar is significantly smaller than the collars on competing wireless systems. The collar receiver weighs only 2 ounces, and the collar plus the full length of collar band weight just over 3 ounces, a 20% reduction on it’s next nearest competitor the Havahart Radial 2 Small Dog.

While the Stay + Play is still not as small as the smallest wired collars such as the PetSafe Little Dog, it can be used with dogs as small as 12 lbs.

Rechargeable Battery

The Stay + Play uses a rechargeable lithium ion collar battery. The battery is charged by plugging the supplied adapter into the collar for around 2 hours. A full charge lasts around 2 weeks. And as the collar battery level gets low, the collar signals you to recharge it with a flashing red light.

The battery is integrated into the collar so cannot be remove unlike the Havahart and Perimeter systems, which means that the collar needs to be returned to the factory if it ever needs replacing. However, we general find these lithium ion batteries to have a long lifespan that usually extends beyond that of the fence.

This represents a major upgrade over it’s predecessor the PetSafe Wireless PIF-300, which used a disposable proprietary battery.

Five Correction Levels

The collars have five correction levels that are set using a button on the collar. The correction levels can be set individually for each dog and provide a sufficient range of correction that they can be used on most dogs.

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Middle Performer

The Stay + Play Collars performs in the middle of the wireless pack. They are a lot better than the Perimeter Technologies Wifi system and the old PetSafe Wireless, but is markedly inferior to the Havahart Radial and Havahart Custom systems.

In the primary test of boundary integrity, we measure how much the boundary moves minute-to-minute on the wireless systems. The Stay + Play performs around the middle of the pack with an average boundary movement of over 3 feet. This amount of boundary movement is at the upper end of acceptable, but makes training your dogs more challenging than with a more accurate system like the Havaharts.

Average Boundary Wobble (feet)
(a smaller number is better)

As well as the middling performance in the boundary wobble test, we found that the Stay + Play was one of the slower systems in stopping correcting the dogs once they returned to the safe area (retreat response).

Long and Short Prongs

The systems includes both long and short prong options for long and short hair dogs respectively. The collar prongs can be simply unscrewed from the collar receiver and the new prongs can be screwed into place.

Cloth Strap

The receiver fastens with a cloth collar strap and a quick-snap buckle. This is our preferred collar band combination. The collar band can also be easily removed for replacement with your own collar band.

Petsafe Stay + Play Transmitter

Transmitter

PetSafe has put their transmitter on a diet for the Stay + Play, shrinking the transmitter by about half to the size of a half-gallon tub of ice cream.

0.75 Acre Coverage

The boundary radius of the Stay + Play Wireless transmitter can be adjusted up to a maximum of 105 feet, providing a coverage area of 0.75 acres. The boundary radius is adjusted using a dial on the side of the transmitter.

This is one of the smaller coverage areas of a wireless fence. It is significantly less than the 2.8 acre coverage available from it’s direct competitor the Havahart Radial 2. However, 0.75 acres is still sufficient to cover most suburban lots.

Circular Boundaries

Like all other conventional wireless systems, the Petsafe Stay + Play transmitter can only create a circular boundary. (The exception is the $800 Havahart Wireless Custom, which allows you a completely custom shaped boundary, but has some basic functionality issues.) Circular containment areas are a problem in a world where land is usually sold in rectangular parcels!

You can partly mitigate this issue by overlapping transmitters as discussed below.

Overlapping Transmitters

Multiple Stay + Play transmitters can be combined and overlapped to create a larger coverage area. You can for example overlap two transmitters to create a boundary area that is more rectangular as seen on the illustration on the left.

Note, the manufacturers specification claim a maximum radius of 400 yards. In our testing, we found this was unrealistic and lead to very unstable boundaries and poor reliability. We would avoid setting the boundary at more than 200 yards in real-world conditions.

Wire Free Installation

The PetSafe Stay + Play can be installed within 15 minutes. Simply plug in the transmitter, adjust the boundary radius dial, plant the boundary marking flags, and you are ready to start training your dog. This ease of installation is the primary appeal for a wireless fence over it’s wired counterparts.

The ease of installation also allows wireless systems to be used in temporary locations such as rental homes, vacation homes, trailers, or at a friend’s house, where running a wire boundary would be impractical.

Obstacles

Wireless systems have maintaining good reception when there are large obstacles in the containment area. Obstacles such as wooded areas, large metal objects (metal roof, sheet metal, etc), and downhill slopes (sloping down as you head away from the house) all tend to create problems.

In trying to determine if a wireless fence would work in your home, a good rule of thumb is that if an obstacle (excluding the house walls) would block your line of sight to the dog, it would probably block the system signal.

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Petsafe Stay + Play Accessories

Accessories

The Stay + Play includes a collar charger, 50 boundary flags, a tester tool, and a collar prong tool.

Collar Charger

The collar charger plugs into your power outlet and into the wireless collar to recharge the unit. A full charge takes around 2 hours and generally last for around 2 weeks (a little less during the training period when the collar gets a more vigorous workout).

Collar Tester Tool

The collar tester is held against the collar probes, and lights up when the correction is trigger at the collar. This helps you test that the collar is working properly. It is also helpful as you are trying to mark the boundary location.

Collar Prong Tool

The collar prong tool fits around the collar prongs and allows you to easily loosen and tighten the collar prongs. The inclusion of this tool is a nice touch that avoids you needing to find a pair of pliers to remove and replace the collar prongs.

50 Boundary Flags

The system includes 50 flags for marking the system boundary to give your dog visual cues as they learn the boundary. These flags are removed once your dog develops confidence using the system.

The 50 flags are only enough to mark around 0.2 acres, although additional flags are cheaply available ($10 per 50).

Boundary Radius (feet) Area (acres) Flags Required
50 0.2 50
75 0.4 75
100 0.7 100

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PetSafe One Year Warranty

One Year + Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Petsafe Stay + Play has a one year comprehensive warranty. After that time you get a limited lifetime warranty, which really means you get a discounted repair for the rest of the life of the system. The average repair usually costs $30 – $50 depending on the part that breaks.

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Conclusion

The PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless system is a significant improvement on the previous PetSafe Wireless PIF-300 system. Capacity is upgraded, boundary integrity improved, and the collars made rechargeable. But the improvement does not go far enough and leave the system significantly lagging the Havahart Radial in terms of performance and features.

Most notably, the Stay + Play boundary moves around more than twice as much as the Havahrt, making training harder and making the dog more skittish around the boundary. The system is also too slow in switching off the correction when the dog returns to the safe zone. The system also lacks the boundary alarm, and 2.8 acre capacity that are standard on the Havahart.

The Stay + Play does shine in a few areas. You can overlap transmitter, to make a more customized layout. The collars are around 20% smaller than the Havahart Small Dog allowing you to use the system with dogs as small as 12 lbs. But, if you don’t need either of those things, the Havahart is a much better system at the same price.

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Petsafe Stay + Play Manual

Petsafe Stay + Play Manual

Click for the PetSafe Stay + Play Instruction Manual (PDF).

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Specifications

Model Petsafe Stay + Play
Type Wireless
Collar Battery Rechargeable (Lithium Ion)
Correction Levels 5 Levels
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 1.4” (L) x 2.4” (W) x 1.3″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 3.1 ounces
Collar Weight (without band) 2.0 ounces
Collar Neck Size 6″ – 23″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test No
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 12 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 0.75 acres
Boundary Radius 40 – 105 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 6.3 (L) x 6.9″ (W) x 6″ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup No
Indoor Pod Compatibility No
Outdoor Pod Compatibility No
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other Collar tester tool, collar prong tool
Package Dimensions 18″ (L) x 8″ (W) x 12″ (D)
Package Weight 9 lbs
Warranty Limited Lifetime

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

tom picarelli August 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I have collars from a wired system a rf-275 and the other is marked rsc ul-275bm. Are either of these compatible with the wireless systems

ADMIN – Hi Tom, the only collar that is compatible with the wireless dog fence PetSafe Stay + Play is the PIF-300 collar from the original PetSafe Wireless.

Crusher July 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I just bought the PetSafe Stay & Play system, can I shape the correction area using metal shielding? I see that it will not work through aluminum siding and they caution placing the transmitter near metal objects closer than 3 feet. I would like to “shunt” the circle to prevent the dogs from getting to my driveway and an ellipse would be the best shape for my yard. I was thinking of making some aluminum sheet metal barriers to the sides of my house that I do not want a signal to go through, about 7 feet away from the transmitter. Has anyone tried that yet?

ADMIN – Hi Crusher, we are not aware of anyone trying this. You may want to test this theory against a metal building before trying it at home.

kim July 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I was reading the reviews. We have a chain link fence but our small dogs keep digging and going under it. I was looking into getting the wireless fence to keep them from going to the fence. I read the comment you said to one lady with the same problem as me and you said it would be good to use a wired fence running the wire along the chain link. I am not sure what that means. What kind of system is that called?

ADMIN – Hi Kim, they are talking about our in ground wired dog fences which is different than our wireless dog fence line. A wired dog fence requires a wire to run from a control unit around the yard and back to the control unit. With wired systems, you can attach the boundary wire to a physical fence.

Jean May 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

I recently purchase a stay & play system. I hooked it all up and it was working all the way around the property. After a couple of days it has become hit and miss at the boundaries. Now, the tone works but no correction charge. Any ideas?

ADMIN – Hi Jean, I would recommend contacting PetSafe. That does sound like the collar may have some malfunctioning occurring.

Gayle May 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

I’m trying to set up a Petsafe stay and play wireless fence. All I really want is a line across my driveway to stop my dog from going in the road. We are surrounded by woods on the other 3 sides. That is the only area where the collar wont work. The only thing I can think of is that it must be getting interference from the smart meter on the utility pole at the end of the driveway. If I swap it for a hard wired system, am I still going to have interference problems?

ADMIN – Hi Gayle, smart meters can interfere with wireless units. If you swap to a wired system, you should not experience this problem.

Amy Jo April 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I have two dogs and moving to my grandmas house in Iowa somewhat in the country but I don’t really want them to be able to run the whole yard anyway so nothing more than an Acher for sure but I wanted a wireless system and one of my dogs is 13-14lbs and the other dog is 15-17lbs. We only have one large hill in the front yard but I don’t really want them to be in the front yard anyway. I guess my question is would the collars be ok for my dogs and with the house being on a hill sort of can you set it just for back yard and the front yard before the drop in the hill?

ADMIN – Hi Amy Jo, steep hills are a problem. Now, I don’t know if your grandma’s property will be an issue. The only sure way to know is with testing the fence on her property.

Mark April 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I note that in the event the dog does breach the perimeter the collar will stop correcting after 10 sec. and will not re-shock the dog on returning.
Will the collar re-set after the dog returns automatically or must it be turned on-off? If automatic, how long before it is functional again?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah, the collar will automatically reset when it re-enters the safe zone of the yard.

Chris March 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Petsafe sells extra stand alone transmitters. Will these work with the Stay and Play System?

ADMIN – Hi Chris, we also sell the additional transmitters and yes they are compatible with the Stay + Play system.

Bill Kman November 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Does this work in houses with aluminum siding?

ADMIN – Hi Bill, unfortunately no the signal will not be able to transmit through aluminum siding.

Jo November 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm

We have a few buildings on our land. The center of the range would be better if I put the unit in a smaller building. Will the signal be able to go around our house, or is it too big an obsticle. It is a normal house construction about 23′x50′

Sasha November 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My mother gave me a petsafe stay and play unit as a gift and for some reason I can’t get it to work it doesn’t shock or beep and I just got a replacement collar not sure what to do

Stan October 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

Question regarding the PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence with the additional transmitter.
Will using two transmitters (on both ends of the house, on the backyard side) improve the consistency around landscaping? I have 3/4″ acre, with mostly backyard, with 8Ft tall boundary fences on 2 sides and worried if I install wired fence they (10 yr old red-boned hound & 4 month border collie) won’t get to access the wooden fences. Also if transmitter is too “weak” they also can’t access the fences and thus limiting their range. Thoughts?

ADMIN – Hi Stan, using two transmitters like you say will increase the boundary area and improve the signal consistency. It means that the transmitters are not expected to transmit through all barriers but on the backside but can be compensated by each other to reach their own side of the property.

Megan June 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Likely a silly question, but, I have the PetSafe collar/remote for correcting while out and about. Do you know if these collars work with the Stay & Play?

ADMIN – Hi Megan,

The remote training collars will not work with any of the dog fence systems. The only dual-use collars are those found on the Innotek IUC-5100 wired system.

Sandi June 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I have an older petsafe wireless model. How do you tell if it is a 300 or not? The numbers on the bottom are 300-1070.

ADMIN – Hi Sandi,

If you have a big grey box, you have the PIF-300 (PetSafe Wireless). If it is a smaller black box, it is a PetSafe Stay + Play.

April May 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We are looking for extra security that will work along with our 4ft chain link fence. I understand some metal can cause problems but will this system, or any other wireless system, work with our fence? Thanks, April

ADMIN – Hi April,

The wireless systems don’t like sheet metal (but will happily live with chain link). If you have a fence already in place, a good option will be to use a wired fence, running the wire along the chain link – this will let the dog enjoy the full yard and will make the installation relatively painless.

Carolyn May 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

Can the unit be plugged in outside, but in a protected out of the way area on a covered patio? My puppy is not old enough yet, 4 months & 15lbs. But I am starting to look into electronic fences. I have never used one before. I’m in a rural area. My yard is fenced, but too many places she will be able to get through. My previous dogs were large, Sunni is a Jack Rat, and will probably only get to 25 lbs tops.

ADMIN – Hi Carolyn,

The systems can be place outside, but none are waterproof so they need to be enclosed in a well sheltered area or placed in a weatherproof box.

For a smaller dog, I would take a look at systems that have smaller and lighter collars. We don’t want to have her with one fo the big heavy collars. I would suggest a PetSafe Ultrasmart.

Dawn May 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hi, I have two dogs. One cocker-spaniel mix is 30lbs and my puppy is 7 months and 12lbs. Am I able to get a wireless system that will be appropriate for both sizes?

ADMIN – Hi Dawn,

The pup is a little smaller than I would like to see for a wireless system (usually 15 lbs is my cut-off). But, since he is only 7 months old, I am confident that he is going to grown into it. Of the wireless systems, the PetSafe Stay + Play has the smallest collar and would be your best bet.

Sara March 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Will any wireless systems work with a house that has aluminum siding, the roof is regular shingles?

ADMIN – Hi Sara,

Afraid the aluminum siding is going to be a problem with any of the wireless systems.

marty February 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

I live in a cement house. Will the PetSafe stay & play transmitter work through cement block?

ADMIN – Hi Marty,

The PetSafe Stay + Play (and the other wireless systems) can usually get through cement block, and cinder block walls without problems.

Jessica Morris October 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I have the petsafe play and stay collar with the old wireless system. My collar has stopped holding a charge completely. Is this something that is common? I have only had this collar 9 months! Do I have to replace the whole collar, or is there a battery I can buy?

ADMIN – Hi Jessica, your collar is covered under the manufactures limited lifetime warranty. You qualify for a replacement for sure. Make sure to contact PetSafe directly.

Lori October 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Hi! My 4-yr old 70 lb. English Pointer responded really well to the wired system at our home but we are now looking for a wireless system to use when we travel to Grammy’s house and more regularly for use at a lake-side cabin. The cabin is a small one-story building (about 750 square feet) with a metal roof on 1/3 acres. Does the metal roof make the Pet Safe Play and Stay wireless NOT an option? The building was formerly a boat house so, it is literally over and on the water so we like that this Pet Safe system is waterproof. My English Pointer does not like the water, but if he does go in the water is it truly waterproof? Will the metal supports of the dock also be an issue? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Lori, unfortunately, the metal roof will block the signal and prevent any wireless fence from operating properly.

Cindy September 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

We are looking for a wireless fence for our 4 month old springer spaniel. We live in a rural area and have a large area in the back of the house with as a large front yard. We do have a small shed with a metal roof? The property is bordered on all sides by woods. We are looking to prevent her from going into the woods too far as well as running into the road. Will the wooded area or the metal roof be an issue with this model? Cindy

ADMIN – Hi Cindy,

A small shed roof, away from the transmitter is unlikely to cause any problems. The wireless signals will find their way around the obstruction.

Megan July 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Any word on the rechargeable collars loosing charging ability within 3-6 months? I’ve read some reviews on other websites where the collars won’t hold a charge and beep after a few hours.

Admin- Hi Megan,
In our experience with the PetSafe Stay + Play, the rechargeable batteries lasts around 2-3 weeks between charges. We have not had a notable problem with any of the rechargeable batteries dying after a few months. The rechargeable lithium ion battery typically last several years.

Gayanne July 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

We are wanting a wireless fence for a Yorkie. I just can not face the look of a wired fence when we live on a golf course. The dog is actually my daughters and may move with her in the next year or two and I would like something more portable than an in-ground fence. I realize that the PetSafe Stay and Play system is not your favorite of the two you offer but I like the idea of a rechargeable collar. Do I need to buy a small dog collar separately for the only dog we own? Or can I purchase the PetSafe Stay and Play system with a small dog collar that is a wireless system?

Admin- Hi Gayanne,

The collar for the PetSafe Wireless system is going to be to big for a Yorkie. The PetSafe wireless collars fit uncomfortably on dogs under 20lbs. Also, the correction level is set too high for a Yorkie. Unfortunately the best system for a small dog will be the PetSafe Little Dog, which is a wired system. It is the only collar which fits nicely on smaller dogs and has appropriate correction levels.

Deb January 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I would like to purchase the wireless system, however, I have not been able to find information on the smallest radius this system has. We have a small front yard but a larger back yard (lot is 60X126). Could the radius be adjusted to 40 ft?

ADMIN – Hi Deb,

You can make the radius as small as you want, 40 feet would be fine. However, not that when you make the radius that small, the dog only gets about a 30 foot safe zone they will feel comfortable using.

Nancy November 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

If one has already purchased a Stay & Play and has encountered all the situations you have mentioned is the best solution to purchase the older model PIF-300 or to start from scratch with a Havahart wireless?

ADMIN – Hi Nancy,

I would switch to a Havahart radial, or even better a wired system. The wireless systems all have similar limitations, the wired systems are for now the preferable way to go.

Veronica September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

What if I bought the Pet Safe Wireless model and a new rechargeable collar separately?
Would that work? Thanks, Veronica

Admin- Hi Veronica,

Absolutely, the PetSafe Stay & Collars are backwards compatible with the older PetSafe wireless PIF-300.

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