PetSafe UltraSmart PIG00-13619 Review

Pros

  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Collar Battery
  • Slimline Collar with Collar Fit feature
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pod Compatibility
  • ReadyTest feature to ensure collar contact

Cons

  • No independent correction setting
  • Rubber collar band

Rating

Retail Price

$359.95

Our Price

$299.95

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PetSafe Ultrasmart Overview

Summary: Excellent Value for Money

The PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 (formerly Innotek IUC-4100) has enjoyed nearly a decade as our top-dog fence. But, it is starting to show it’s age and has been surpassed by the new PetSafe YardMax which does more at a lower price. It is still an excellent and reliable system at a good price.

Sound Fundamentals

We still love the fundamentals on this system. Build quality is great, the collars are slimline, and the batteries rechargeable. The system also includes nice-to-have features such as battery backup, indoor/outdoor zone compatibility, collar-fit testing mode, and progressive correction.

No Independent Correction

Out of the box, the system doesn’t support independent correction levels for different dogs on the same system.

Lightning Protection

PetSafe have started including the lightning protection module free with the basic system. This is one of the few systems where this is not a $40 an optional extra.

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Slim Rechargeable Collar

The killer feature of the PetSafe Ultrasmart is the collar. The system is built around a slimline rechargeable collar. It performs the magic act of being one of the smallest collars, but still being powerful and full of features.

Slimline and Lightweight Collar

The PetSafe Ultrasmart collar is the thinnest full-sized containment collar. While the collar is small, PetSafe stretched the collar to achieve the slimline finish. This makes the collar less visually obtrusive on your dog. While many collars can appear like a big box hanging under your dog’s neck, the PetSafe PIG00-13619 has a much smaller visual footprint.

The collar is also lighter, allowing it to be used with dogs as small as 12 lbs. For dogs smaller than 12 lbs, a dedicated small-dog system such as the PetSafe Little Dog Fence is more appropriate.

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

The Ultrasmart collar is fully rechargeable. To charge, simply place the collar in the included charging cradle. The collar light remains red while charging, then change to green when it is fully charged. A full charge takes 2 hours and lasts about 4 weeks.

The battery and collar have shown excellent longevity and are proven to last. Owners of the previous iteration of this collar, (the Innotek IUC-4100) report collars and batteries continuing to perform after 6 or more years of use. That said, the collar battery is not user replaceable so if the battery does fail you will need to send the whole collar back to PetSafe for replacement (around $35).

Long and Short Contact Prongs

The standard system includes both long and short contacts (prongs) in the box. The collar prongs can be unscrewed with the included tool and replaced with the long prongs for long hair dogs, or the regular prongs for short hair dogs.

No External Controls

There are no controls on the collar itself. Instead, the controls are located on the transmitter box. Having the collar free of buttons and knobs makes it smaller and more durable because controls on a collar are more likely to break or malfunction.

The system includes a pair of yellow no-correction caps that can be placed over the prongs to prevent a correction being felt by the dog. This is useful in the first week of training where you want to be able to teach the dog the boundary without issuing a correction.

Plastic Collar Band

The collar has an integrated integrated design. It is made of high quality plastic, and some of our team considers it modern and sleek, but most of us would prefer a cloth band. The collar is waterproof and wears really well. Our oldest collars appear new with the exceptions of a few scrapes. The collar closes using both a traditional buckle and quick release buckle for adjustments and fitting.

Three Progressive Correction Levels

The correction level for the collar is set at the transmitter. The collars have three progressive correction levels: Low, Medium and High. The correction starts at the level you set, but then increases the longer the dog lingers in the correction zone and the closer the dog gets to the boundary wire.

The correction range on this collar is suitable of almost all dogs, but may not be quite strong enough for the most hard-headed breeds. Dogs that are particularly insensitive to the correction such as fighting and guardian dog breeds may need something stronger. (e.g., Pitbulls, Dobermans) These dogs would likely benefit from a stronger system such as the PetSafe Stubborn.

No Independent Correction Levels

While the lack of controls on the collar is a positive feature for durability, it also means that you cannot set the correction level for each dog independently. (There is a workaround, the resistor hack.) Every dog must to be on the same starting correction level. Thus if you have two dogs that are very different in size (> 30%) or temperament, then the PetSafe Ultrasmart is not the best choice. Instead consider a system with independent correction such as the Dogtek EF-6000 or the SportDog SDF-100A.

Quiet Beep

The warning beep on the collar is not loud enough for the human trainer to hear. To make the collar durable and waterproof, PetSafe sealed the speaker inside the collar. While this is great for waterproofing, this leads to a muffled warning beep that is hard to hear for adults (children and dogs seem to be able to hear just fine!). This means that during the training phase you need to either have keen ears, or rely on the collar indicator light and/or the dog’s body language to know if the collar has been triggered.

Collar Fit Test

The PetSafe Ultrasmart collar helps you get the collar fitted properly. Improperly fitted collars are the second most common reason (after lack of training) an in-ground dog fence doesn’t get 100% containment. Improperly fitted means the probes do not make contact wit the dog’s skin. When this happens the dog does not consistently get the correction and learns that the boundaries can be ignored. This issue is particularly relevant to long-hair dogs where fitting the collar can be tricky.

The Ultrasmart has a ReadyTest mode where the collar makes a clicking sound when it is properly fitted. This eliminates guessing and lets you get a perfectly fitted collar every time.

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petsafe ultrasmart transmitter

Transmitter

The transmitter (aka. base station) connects to the boundary wire and creates the radio signal that is picked up by the collars. The transmitter is the brains of the dog fence system. The Ultrasmart transmitter has all the regular features, plus a few extras.

25 Acre Capacity

The transmitter can create a boundary of up to 25 acres (around 5,000 feet of boundary wire). This makes it one of the highest capacity systems. If you need an even higher capacity, the SportDog SDF-100A can contain a 100 acre property.

Includes Lighting Protection Module

The Ultrasmart includes a lightning protection module standard with the kit. You run the boundary wire into the lightning protection before running it into the transmitter. This module protects the transmitter in case the boundary wire gets struck by lightning. This is particularly useful for large installations in areas where lightning strikes are common. Having the lightning protection included standard is a nice extra that is seen in few other systems and saves you $39.95.

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Adjustable Boundary Only

The boundary zone, the distance between the boundary wire and the point where the collar starts beeping, can be adjusted using a dial on the transmitter. You can set the boundary width anywhere from a few inches to 10+ yards wide.

The correction zone, the distance from the boundary wire that the collar starts correcting the dog, is always set at 80% of the boundary zone. Unlike the Dogtek systems, the boundary zone cannot be independently set.

Battery Backup

The transmitter has a battery backup so it will keep working even if there is a power outage. Insert 8 AA batteries in the back of the unit and if there is a power failure, you get 2-3 days of power before the batteries are drained.

Battery backup is a useful feature in places where power outages are common. But, for most urban dwellers with reliable power, this is not terribly useful. If power failures are only occasional, your dogs will not realize that the fence is off.

petsafe ultrasmart wire and accessories
Dog Fence Wire Gauges
Petsafe Ultrasmart Tester Tool

Boundary Wire

Direct Burial Rated Wire

The wire is direct burial rated, meaning that it will hold up better in the ground than standard electrical wire. The boundary wire is surrounded by a PET jacket. This protects the wire against the elements better than standard PVC coated electrical wire that will tend to rot, particularly in acidic soils.

Professional Gauge Wire Available

The standard 20 gauge wire can be upgraded to 18, 16, and 14 gauge wire. 14 gauge wire is considered professional grade and is what you would see on an Invisible Fence installation. With professional grade, the copper wire and protective insulation are both four times thicker and stronger than the standard wire. This makes the wire stronger and more durable and therefore less likely to break.

For small installations, upgrading the wire is a no-brainer. A modest additional cost reduces the likelihood of you needing to hunt for wire breaks.

For very large installations, the thicker gauges of wire are useful because of their superior transmission characteristics. However, the additional cost becomes significant.

Standard 500 Feet of 20 Gauge Wire

The Ultrasmart basic kit includes 500 feet of standard 20 gauge wire, 2 wire splices, and 50 marking flags. This is sufficient to cover 1/3 of an acre. Extra wire, wire splices, and marking flags can be purchased in our store. The 20 gauge wire kits cost $30 and include an extra 500 feet of wire, 2 splices, and 50 marking flags.

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

Tester Tool

The system includes a blue tester tool that lets you check if the transmitter and collar are working. Hold the tester tool against the collar probes and when the collar is activated by crossing the boundary line, a light on the tester tool will glow.

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petsafe ultrasmart wireless zones

Indoor / Outdoor Zones

The PetSafe Ultrasmart is compatible with wireless indoor and outdoor zones. These wireless battery powered pods can be used to create small circular exclusion zones from 2 to 12 feet in diameter to keep the dog out of small areas. For example, drop one of the indoor pods in a room to stop the dog going into the room, or slip it under a sofa cushion to keep the dog off your couch. Or use the outdoor pods to keep the dogs out of flower beds or a fish pond.

The Ultrasmart is the only system that has these indoor and outdoor pods available. The PetSafe Deluxe, PetSafe Little Dog, and PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence systems have indoor zones available, but no outdoor zones. No other system has either indoor nor outdoor zones.

PetSafe Ultrasmart One Year Warranty

Warranty

The system also has a limited lifetime warranty – that is a clever way of saying it has a one year warranty. After the year there is a fixed charge for repairs. The repair charge depends on what part breaks (around $30 – $50). Build quality on these units is excellent so hopefully you will never need it.

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Conclusion

The PetSafe Ultrasmart enjoyed a run of nearly ten years as our go-to system. It is still a good reliable fence that does all the basics well. In addition you have some useful features such as the slimline rechargeable collar, the collar-fit test, and the compatibility with indoor & outdoor pods.

The Ultrasmart does have a few deficiencies, most notably not being able to adjust the correction level for each dog independently. But, if you don’t need the extra features, the PetSafe is an excellent choice.

But, it’s biggest deficiency is that there is a newer, better, and cheaper system on the block the PetSafe YardMax.

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PetSafe Ultrasmart Video Review

Video: PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619

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PetSafe Ultrasmart Manual

PetSafe Ultrasmart Manual

Download the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 Manual (PDF).

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Specifications

Model Petsafe Ultrasmart
PIG00-13619
Type In Ground
Collar Battery Rechargeable – Lithium Ion
Correction Levels 3 Levels + Progressive Correction
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels No – all collars have same correction level (Independent correction level workaround)
Collar Dimensions 2.5” (L) x 1.2” (W) x 0.7″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 4.4 ounces
Collar Weight (with band) 1.5 ounces
Collar Neck Size 7″ – 32″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test Yes
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 12 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 25 acres (5,000 feet)
Boundary Width 0-10 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 6” (L) x 5.5” (W) x 2.25“ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup Yes – 8 AA batteries
Indoor Pod Compatibility Yes – ZND1000
Outdoor Pod Compatibility Yes – Pawz Away Rock
Included Boundary Wire 500 feet + 2 wire Splices
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other Collar recharger
Package Dimensions 12” (L) x 8” (W) x 6″ (D)
Package Weight 11 lbs
Warranty Limited Lifetime

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Containment Guarantee

Your dog will be completely contained to your satisfaction within 30 days, or we will give you a full refund. That is a better deal than you would get from a $2,000 invisible fence. You have nothing to lose.

FREE Dog Fence Guide

experts guide

The PetSafe Ultrasmart come with a FREE copy of our Dog Fence Experts Book on installing a dog fence and training your dog (instantly downloadable in PDF form). The book has 90 pages of great information and tons of illustrations to make installation easy, and training effective. It will save you hours and get you complete containment faster.

You get the book immediately with your purchase. Your order confirmation email will include an instantly downloadable copy of our book. Value $24.95.

30 Day Easy Refunds

easy returns

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason you can return your system within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price. Getting a refund is easy, just email us at returns@dogfencediy.com or call on (888) 936 – 4349.

Our returns are easy and hassle free:

  • It is no problem if you used the system, that was the point! We will still take it back even if there is some wear-and-tear
  • Did you bury the wire? No problem, we will still take it back. (If you can’t or don’t want to dig the wire back up, we will just charge you the regular price for the wire you kept)
  • The 30 day period starts from the time you receive the package so you have plenty of time to do the installation and training. If you need a little extra time, let us know.
  • The only time we don’t take returns is if it is well after the 30 days, or the unit is seriously damaged.

FREE Wire Break Kit

wire break kit

RF choke. The RF choke causes the dog fence boundary wire to make a noise that you can hear on any AM radio. Simply follow the boundary wire and use your radio to listen for the point where the noise becomes weaker and there you will find the wire break.

To fix the break, the kit includes extra wire, two wire nuts, RF choke, and two waterproof capsules to keep your splice watertight. Value $14.95.

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Orders placed before 1pm EST ship out the same day. We have warehouses spread across the country so you get your package in 2-3 business days.

12,000 Happy Customers

We had more than 10,000 happy customers last year, and are hoping to have even more in 2012. We understand how important it is to keep your dog safely contained, and understand the trust you place in us when you make an order. We want to make containment as easy as possible. We value your business, and we want you to refer your friends.

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Jeff July 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I have had the Petsafe Ultrasmart in use for about 1 year and it generally does the job. Installation is easy even for someone without any wiring or construction experience. I do however have a problem with one of my two dogs crossing the fence. It seems that he has found a spot where the signal is either weak or non existent. In the beginning it was working fine but one my dogs dug up the twisted wire and chewed through it so I will be replacing this although it has been spliced and that might be the problem. There is still a strong signal however. The only drawback I can see is with the collars. We have two Aussie Shepherds and while the training was easy they figured out that if the collars are off then they won’t get shocked. While we were overseas last summer they managed to chew the collars off each other. It seems we cannot replace these collars however as they need a special strap that is screwed on to the receiver and I was told that these were not available. It would be easy to replace the straps rather than the entire collar.

Doug May 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

With just under a year of use, my 70 pound Saint-shepherd mix has knocked off the cover to the rechargeable collar and made it inoperable. Anyone else have this problem? What will PetSafe replace and for how much? I can’t believe he did anything more unusual than scratch at the collar, so I think this is less rugged than your review suggest. Hoping the company honors their limited lifetime warranty. we like the fence otherwise.

ADMIN – Hi Doug, your fence is covered under warranty. Make sure to contact the manufacture for replacement. Within a year, the collar should be little to no cost to replace.

Greg April 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

We have a 9lb Yorkie, can I still use this system? She is only 18 months and we anticipate her weighing 10-12lb is there a different system you would recommend me? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Greg, this system is discontinued. I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax. The collar will fit dogs as small as 10 lbs. The YardMax collar is lighter and smaller than the Ultrasmart too.

Cathy March 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

My family is willing to the installation, but we feel like we won’t have the time to properly train our dogs. Are there people or businesses around that we can pay to do the training portion?

ADMIN – Hi Cathy, I would recommend locating a local dog fence trainer. The brand does not matter. Any of them should be able to provide an estimate.

Travis March 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Does the PetSafe UltraSmart PIG00-13619 work/handle 12 gauge wire? I am looking at doing 25 acres so want to have the heaviest gauge possible. Is there any benefits or negatives in using the heavier wire?

Thanks

Tina February 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I purchased a PetSafe UltraSmart PIG00-13619 through your company about a year ago (your website is so informative). You guys are Awesome. It has worked so well for us that when we go on vacation all I have to do is set up the white flags and our dog stops in her tracks. We did the installation on an existing fence method and are so happy with the results. We also have the outdoor rock zones which was easier for me to rather then wiring and twisting the wire to the main system (way too many gardens).

The problem, the collars! I have gone through 2 and now have to purchase a new one. Our dog somehow gets the collar off and then chews it. I wish there was a compatible cloth collar for the system, but I know there is no other alternative. For some reason I think if had a cloth collar with the clip on rather than the rubber collar that is a combo traditional and clip, I would not have this problem.

My question is (because I know you can replace the rubber collar straps), can I unscrew the rubber straps and somehow make a cloth collar to fit with the existing screws? I know I would need two cloth collars to make this happen. Thoughts?

Thanks again for all the information you provide on this site.

Brian February 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

First I just want to say that your site, reviews, and book are ABSOLUTELY awesome! I have the Innotek IUC-4100 and my collars die about every year. I have three dogs and only charge the collars when the lights go red (about twice a month). Has your research found that this is the life of the collars? PetSafe has been amazing with providing me discounted or at times free replacement collars. I’m interested because you mentioned in a response that the newer YardMax collars should last 5 years! Thanks and keep up the amazing work.

Bobby February 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I have a 2 year old Tibetan Mastiff and he is still getting out of my fence. I have an enclosed fence with the wire running along it. So you would think I have double protection but he’s a stubborn breed. He’s over a hundred pounds and he has a thick double coat long hair. I used the longer prongs and not sure if the prongs are loosing connection with his skin or maybe because its such a stubborn breed he just ignoring it. I also have the collar on very tight and I feel like I am strangling him. I have it set to the highest shock setting and if I pull him over to the fence I will hear it give warning beeps and he will just roll over and play with me while hes getting shocked on highest setting. If he is by himself he will walk away from fence but today he got out of my fence again and I am worried he might get out again and not come back or get hit by a car.

Can the collar only be beeping and not shocking him? How can I test it without shocking myself? I wondering since I am using the long prongs do they sell extra extra long prongs. I just don’t know what to do anymore and I am hoping you might have some good advice.

Abby December 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hello, Trying to find a solution for my dog who is a fan of jumping over the concrete block walls we have in the backyard. We want to be able to keep her off the walls but we also want her to be able to freely go through the dog door into the house. How can we keep her contained while still allowing her to pass freely through the dog door? Which system would be best?

ADMIN – Hi Abby, I would recommend one of the back yard layouts to accomplish this. Also, as for fence recommendations, if your dog is 10 lbs and heavier, I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax over the Ultrasmart fence. The collar is lighter, smaller, and has a cloth collar strap which much better than the rubber collar strap on the Ultrasmart.

Heather November 22, 2013 at 2:41 am

My sister has the pet safe wireless system (the grey one) but I want to do a wired containment system attached to my chain link fence. First question: will the wired system work attached to chain link? Second question: will the collar on my sister’s dog work in my yard when they visit? Thanks! Heather

ADMIN – Hi Heather, yes the wire can be attached to a chain link fence. No, unfortunately the wireless collars are not compatible with any wired fence models.

Thomas October 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I have 6 heavily wooded acres to fence and will have to run above ground and along an existing barbed wire fence on 2 sides. What other wiring option have people used such as hooking to an existing barbed wire fence strand, using shock fence wire, coax wire, etc.?

ADMIN – Hi Thomas, you will need the insulated copper wire for your install. You can even attach it to the fence with zip ties. You can pin it to the ground with lawn staples.

Jessica September 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

We have a 8 month old chocolate lab. She’s very smart and very well behaved. We have about 1 acre of land at the end of a neighborhood but it’s oddly shaped. The back is deep but the neighbors and their driveway end up fairly close to ours. Usually she just lounges outside on the driveway but she has recently started to wander. I’ve never trained a dog for boundary lessons but I’m sure once she’s taught she’d pick up on it and hardly need correction. In any case, we want to get an invisible fence and since the lot is shaped so uniquely we figured wired would be best. Which invisible fence do you think is best and how do you bury it if it has to cross a driveway?

Matt August 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Hello. Our 50 pound mutt is very strong and loves to hunt things in our back yard/woods with lots of wildlife. He also loves chewing hard plastic and other stuff. He has chewed collars off with plastic connections before. Is there a collar that will fit well enough so he won’t be able to get at it? What about all the wildlife he chases wildly? Thanks!

cheryl August 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

I live in Costa Rica and during rainy season we have severe electrical storms. i also experience frequent power surges. I make a point of throwing the breakers to my pumps and indoor electronics during storms which are frequent during a 4 month period. We have 6 months of rain and 6 months of no rain. i only want to fence a small portion of my finca, perhaps 1 or 2 acres around the house. Wireless is out because the land is steeply inclined and treed. Do I need to upgrade the wire? I have 5 dogs of varying sizes but the big Weimeraner is very soft and needs little correction. He is used to an electronic collar and I never use anything but the vibration. The two medium sized dogs and one little dog are not a problem but I have a small Jack Russell type who needs to be contained and might be over corrected with the same setting I will use for the others. The smallest dog weighs at least 12 pounds. With these circumstances could I still get away with the Ultrasmart? I will buy the system when I’m in the US but wonder if there is any problem with going through customs with wire in a checked bag? What are the dimensions of the box? Thank you for any suggestions.

ADMIN – Hi Cheryl, as long as you utilize a lightning surge protector for the fence and a regular surge protector, the system should be okay. I do know how customs will treat the dog fence, unfortunately. I can say that customers have shipped to US addresses before with the intent of doing as you plan. I have not heard of any negative experiences. The package dimensions are: 12” (L) x 8” (W) x 6″ (D). Package weight is 11 lbs.

Sara August 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Good Morning, We recently adopted a 18 month old Boxer Lab Mix who is a runner. I have read quite a bit about wired vs, wireless. I like the consistency of the wired system. I want to ensure we get the appropriate system for her. She is currently 55lbs. What would you recommend for her breed/size/age? Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Sara, while she may be a runner, unless she is “stubborn”, I would recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart fence. A stubborn dog is not a dog who does not listen. A stubborn dog is one that ignores the static correction given. The Ultrasmart should be a great fit. It’s designed for average temperament dogs, 12 lbs and heavier.

Reba August 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I installed a Guardian underground system (I have 1 acre) that was given to me by a friend who was not going to use it. It worked while my German Shepherd mix was a smaller puppy but when he got bigger he began to just run straight through it, even with the long-haired prongs and on the highest setting. He is 10 months old now and about 65 pounds. I don’t know the rest of his mix so I am unsure of how much bigger he will get. I am considering the Stubborn system but worry it may be too big for him. I like the size and the rechargeable collar on the Ultrasmart but worry that it may not be enough….advice? Many thanks for this site.

ADMIN – Hi Reba, if your dog is responding to the correction; by yelping and jumping, then he receiving the correction and simply ignoring it. If there is no response and he is nonchalantly crossing without a care in the world, then A) the fence or collar may not be operational, B) the collar contact points are not making connection with their neck, C) the field width is too narrow D) A combination of the these. If your dog is ignoring the strongest correction, changing out to the Stubborn can help. However, you will need to re-train no matter what you try.

Joe July 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Bought this system for my 2 year old, 65 lb female black lab. After a Sunday spent installing the fence (which was time consuming but simple), we began training her on the system the following day.

The collar is low profile and easy to take on and off. The charger that is provided is convenient and will save me tons on batteries in the long run. I upgraded to the 18 gauge wire, which I recommend because burying the wire is a chore, and would be more so if you had to constantly worry about breaking the wire when “stuffing” it into the trench you dig. The wall mounted unit is small, easy to use, and well built. Adjusting for correction width, volume and static correction level is easy and does not require any tools. Installation, depending on the size of the enclosure, should only take a weekend at the most.

Training has been going on for a couple of weeks now, and as long as you use the flags and follow the training instructions, your dog will do fine. Ours ran out once chasing after a groundhog, but has since, on multiple occasions, stopped when she hears the beeping before the static correction. She has been shocked a couple of times, each time it has startled her and she has immediately turned around. I would say after a month she will be ready to venture outside without any supervision.

Overall, this is a great product, and a great website to purchase from. We ordered on a Wednesday and received the system the same Friday, just in time for a weekend install. Even though this system is more expensive than others, the quality is very high and installation is easy. The piece of mind that comes with the included surge protector is an added bonus. This product saved me over 800 dollars on a professionally installed system and over 8000 dollars on a fence.

I would highly recommend this product

Jeff July 31, 2013 at 2:05 am

Hello Stu, I recently purchased and installed the PetSafe UltraSmart PIG00-13619 system on my 1 acre home site for my two dogs. The system works great and contains the dogs but I am having some issues with the collars. My two dogs are mini Australian shepherds just over one year old and I think that they are finding ways to remove their collars although the collars are fastened securely. Once off they are chewing the collars. Is there an alternative to the rubberized collars and if so where can I buy them? If there is not, where can I buy replacements for the rubber collar bands? Best Regards, Jeff

ADMIN – Hi Jeff, there are no alternative collar straps available at this time.

Wendy July 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I am the proud Mama, of a 7yr old Female German lab (120lbs) (digger), a 8-9 yr old German Shepherd female(65lbs) (digger) and a 1.5yr old GSP/HUSKY mix Male ( son of the female shepherd)(85lbs)( jumper). He can climb over a 10 ft fence without hesitation. I was researching the electric fences. I have really learned a lot from your website. Can you guide me in the right direction as to which one I should acquire. My yard is 1/2 acre, which already has a chain link fence.

ADMIN – Hi Wendy, A dog fence attached to a physical fence will solve your problem quickly. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence for a strong correction collar that is durable. I would put all three dogs on this system. The great thing is that you can set different correction levels for each. I recommend this over the Ultrasmart because I believe the separate correction levels would be a great benefit and the nylon cloth collar bands are typically a better fit on very large dogs.

Scott July 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

Is the boundary wire simply normal electrical wire? If we wanted to upgrade to 14 GA, can we simply hit home depot and buy a spool of 14 GA electrical wire to use instead? Or, is there something special about the boundary wire (or housing)? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Scott,

The wire is regular single-conductor copper electrical wire with a direct burial jacket. The direct burial jacket (usually PET) makes it a little different to the most common electric wire sold in hardware stores. You don’t want to use the regular PVC coated electrical wire because it tends to only last 2-3 years int the ground before rotting out.

You can find direct burial wire in some hardware stores (but most don’t have it – so I would phone ahead), electrical supply wholesalers, agricultural supply stores, and in landscaping stores (the wire is primarily used for sprinkler systems and outdoor lighting).

Lesley July 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

We have a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix that loves to jump along our 6 foot fence to bite at squirrels running along top. He recently did this same thing when our neighbor placed his fingers along the fence and he nipped him. We don’t want this to happen again nor do we like him po-going along the fence line at anything. We would like to install an invisible fence within our own fence line to prevent him from reaching the perimeter of the fence. Would this system be good for him? He is about 38 lbs and is very driven when he sees a squirrel (or hand). Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Lesly,

Both those breeds are very smart, and quick to adapt to the fence. That opens up a lot of options to you. My top choice would be the PetSafe Ultrasmart. As well as being an excellent fence it has the added benefit of being rechargeable and having a lightweight collar.

If you mount the wire on the fence, it would make for a particularly easy installation and it would keep him from getting near enough to the fence to Pogo!

Jayna July 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Hi, we live in Alaska with sustained -30 for up to 4 consecutive weeks and up to 6’of snow. 3acres with split rail fence.

Which system would you recommend for this climate?

ADMIN – Hi Jayna,

With that much snow accumulation, all the wired systems are going to struggle to work. I would thus suggest a wireless fence like the Havahart Radial. But, not that system will not do well if you lot is particularly hilly, if you have a lot of trees, or if you house is part sheet metal.

Tory Statz July 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I have two dogs.. a two year old Beagle and a four year old Dauschound Peekapoo. What would be the best system to get for these two dogs. We have a very little in town yard.

Ginger Shriner July 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

Hi! Love your site and plan to buy from you! I have a 3 yr old, 34 lb beagle mix that LOVES to run and occasionally chase cars! We will wire 1-2 acres. We will also be taking her outside that area for walks around the farm. Which unit should we go with? Do we need to upgrade the wire? How does a rechargeable collar work? Thanks!!! Ginger

ADMIN – Hi Ginger,

You don’t need to upgrade the wire. The standard wire works well. The benefit of the upgraded wire is that it is stronger, so is less likely to break. It is most useful where the wire is exposed or likely to be subject to abuse.

For a beagle you have a lot of good options. I would look for a smaller collar. The PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good fit, is small and also rechargeable.

The rechargeable collar on the system needs to be charged for a couple of hours once every month. I usually take the collar off at night, and that is a good time to charge the collar. Just take the collar and sit it on the supplied cradle and it will charge. You know that it has finished charging because the charging light on the collar will turn from red to green.

Kristy July 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

We have a wooded lot with the driveway on a busy street and my Labradoodle loves to visit with anyone passing by so I want to find a system that will stop her from running through the woods and running out the driveway… what would you suggest? She is about 30 lbs so far ;-) Kristy

ADMIN – Hi Kristy,

With a Labradoodle, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good option. The system has a small collar, is rechargeable, and has a fit-detection mode that is useful with dogs with a dense coat (like Labradoodles).

Genie July 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I have a 12wks old Australian shepherd and border collie mix and I was wonder what kind of fence would work best for her. We have 26 acres but our house sits close to the neighbors. We will probably only use 1/4 to 1 acre of the property.

ADMIN – Hi Genie,

I think she would do well no matter what system we put her on – those two breeds catch on quickly. My top choice would be an PetSafe Ultrasmart. It is an excellent system in terms of reliability and performance. The small collar is going to be an advantage, and the rechargeable collar is always a plus.

I would wait until the Aussie / Border Collie is closer to 30 weeks. At 12 weeks, even a smart dog like that is going to struggle to learn the fence system. They don’t have a great attention span at that age.

Pete June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

My wife and I are trying to decide whether to go wireless or have a underground wire for the latest edition to our home, a labrador/retriever mix puppy that will likely grow to about 50 pounds. We have no fencing, just open yard area. I see benefits of both and I’m undecided and could use some help. We have roughly 2.5 acres which includes an adjoining lot that stretches around a cul-de-sac off to the side our front yard. Our backyard currently has an above-ground pool and trampoline, which makes me worry about the effectiveness of the wireless set. Adjacent to a large portion of the south side of our yard is about 20 acres of wooded property we don’t own, but I worry about the dog going in and never coming back, lol. If we were to do the roughly 2.5 acres with wire, what would you recommend in terms of high-strength quality wire, and what will the cost likely be. We live in Southern Illinois, where the temps can go from the 100s to 0, with occasional six to eight inches of snow.

ADMIN – Hi Pete,

I would suggest a wired fence over a wireless. Wired are much more consistent, and work much better in containing your dogs. A wired system is initially more work, but you will get a much better result.

The wireless would not be impacted by the pool or the trampoline. It’s enemies are primarily steep slopes, sheet metal, and large trees. It will still not be as good as the wired.

For 2.5 acres you will need around 2,000 feet of wire total. That will run you an extra $90 on top of the system cost for the standard 20 gauge wire. THicker wire is better in terms of reducing the likelihood of break, but adds significantly to the cost. The 20 gauge works fine, but the thicker wire is a nice luxury and saves you a bit of time down the line. The prices go up for thicker wire, with the 18/16/14 gauge being $130/$300/$340 on top of the system cost.

That level of snow accumulation will not be a problem.

Cori June 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

We just bought 5.5 acres of land and we plan on clearing about 2-3 acres for the yard… We have a female lab/golden mix (8 months old) and a male Black Mouth Curr (3 years). We are looking into underground fences but Ive been told if they run through the barrier the shocking stops and they are free.. I work 8-5 daily and they stay outside while I’m at work. I want something I can TRUST. My male use to be a escape artist but since we bought the training collar he don’t walk away more then 15 feet from us while we are there. My female is very close and touchy with people. Would this system be a system I can leave them alone without supervision? If not what do you recommend? I’m open to all ideas. I just don’t want to put my dogs in a kennel all day long… Thank you! -Cori Nicole

ADMIN – Hi Cori,

The fence, when accompanied by a bit of training will get the dogs completely contained. The PetSafe Ultrasmart would work well with the Black Mouth Cur and Retreiver mix you have on 3 acres.

While the correction area is limited, the dog’s don’t know this, and as part of the training we teach the dogs that the only way to escape the correction is to retreat back toward the house (rather than continuing out toward the street. Thus a properly trained dog never realizes that running through is an option, and even if they do it is not worth it to the dog. With those two breeds, I don’t think you will have any trouble getting complete containment. Because you have such a big property, you also have the luxury of being able to make you boundary extra wide, making running through even more difficult.

Nicole June 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I just got a just mix and she is about a year old. Is this to old to train her on a fence like this? Also, I’m not sure how high her prey drive is yet ( I don’t think it’s that high tbh, shes not full husky and that may be why) but if she does have a high prey drive, will this system still work? Oh and how much does the thicker/best wire cost and wear can you buy it. If you install the fence yourself, wear can you rent a machine to do that?

ADMIN – Hi Nicole,

With a Husky mix, this fence will work well. We are most concerned with how sensitive the dog is to the correction, and Huskies will do fine with even a mid-level correction (they don’t need something super-strong).

The systems work well with even high-prey drive dogs. As part of the training we are going to teach them that the boundary rules apply even when they are excited about chasing something through the border. The fence quickly becomes a fact of life for them. It is just like how a dog, even if they are excited about chasing a cat, won’t run straight into a brick wall.

We can upgrade the kits to the thicker wire. It costs between $10 and $80 per 500 feet depending on how thick you want to go.

To install the fence, we highly recommend hiring a trencher with a wire-lay. These are used for installing sprinkler systems and are available at most larger tool rental stores. They fold so they will fit in the trunk of a standard car.

Richard June 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hello, considering purchasing the 13619 to keep a crafty GSP from jailbreaking my shadowbox fence surrounding the back yard. Each section of fence has three crossmembers and it would make my job much easier if I could just attach the perimeter wire to the second crossmember, approximately three feet high. Will this work?? Thanks, a quick response would be great, he’s crafty.

ADMIN – Hi Richard,

Yes, that will work very well. You can attach the wire to the fence instead of burying the wire.

Chris June 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I have 3 Great Danes and am wondering if this system would be good for keeping them in the yard or if I need to get the “stubborn” model due to their size.

I am moving to a house that has no back yard fence and I would like to be able to let them outside without having to worry about them running off. They have never been in a house without a fence before.

Thank you for all of your help and advice! Regards, Chris

ADMIN – Hi Chris,

With the size of those three dogs, I would use the PetSafe Stubborn system over the PetSafe Ultrasmart. The PetSafe Stubborn has a significantly stronger maximum correction. You may not end up needing so much correction, but you can always use the lower correction levels, and you will be glad you have the higher levels available if you end up needing them on one of the dogs.

Annette K June 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

We have 2 female Golden Retrievers; age 3. They have completely different personalities. They are two months apart, but are from different breeders.

One seems to have anxiety and is very needy of attention by people: loves people. The other likes people, but is more interested in other animals-dogs as well as having an obsession with critters-birds. She wants to chase and get critters & doesn’t pay attention to our verbal commands in attempts to re-direct her during these times. Both dogs – are very loving & gentle dogs. The older one is so eager to please & like I said craves human affection.

We live on corner lot near 1 high speed road. Both roads have regular vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Neighbors in area walk or ride bikes often. We need/want an underground fence that will keep our dogs from running into roadways to greet people/neighbor dogs as well as critters(squirrels. Birds, rabbits). We would appreciate any suggestion you can offer that would work for both our dogs.

Annette

ADMIN – Hi Annette,

With those dogs being so different in temperament, a system with independent correction would be useful. With two Goldens, the SportDog SDF-100A would be a good fit and would let you set different correction levels for each dog.

peta denno June 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Good afternoon. We recently adopted a 1.5 yr old catahoula mix who loves to jump the fence. We have a 4 ft chain link on either side and 6 ft privacy along the back. We even added 2 ft of chicken wire to the chain link but he still jumps it. I’m thinking of encircling both the front and back in one large loop. Do you recommend burying the entire wire and which system do you think best? He’s about 50 lbs. I have 3 other dogs but they never wander and will not jump the fence. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Peta,

If you already have a fence in place, an easier solution would be just to weave the dog fence wire into the chain link (or use zip ties to hold it in place), there is no need to bury the wire (although this would work too).

For a catahooula mix, the PetSafe Ultrasmart will be the best system for the job.

Chris June 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi – we inherited a two year-old puggle (pug/beagle) that we think is more beagle than pug. He is very stubborn, has a definite howl when he barks, and has absolutely no respect for boundaries or commands when he gets off-leash out-of-doors (which is never intentional). We’re now thinking that a wired fence is going to be our best bet at teaching him where our yard ends and the neighbor’s yard (or the street!) begins. Our main concern is that when the dog gets fixated on a bunny or a squirrel, he’s GONE!! It doesn’t seem like anything would stand in his way once he starts chasing something. We’re worried that we’d spend all the time, effort, and money to install the system and train him on it, only to have it be an ineffective containment solution that he would just run right through at top speed, despite the correction. Does this happen frequently with willful dogs? And are we on the right track in thinking about a wired fence?

ADMIN – Hi Chris,

If you do the training, you will be able to get him safely contained. Beagles as you mention have a strong prey drive and love to chase after critters, but once they are trained they will respect the boundary.

For the final part of the training, you will actually test him with the biggest temptations you can think of, like scattering some squirrel food and taking him out when there are squirrles in the yard. We want him to learn that the boundary rules apply no matter what, and to test his compliance and make sure he is not going to leave the boundary.

We have trained 100s of beagles on these systems, and we get complete containment over 99% of the time. And of course, we have a 30 day full guarantee – so if your dog is not contained within the first 30 days we will give you a full refund.

christie June 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

Can the wire be threaded through a garden hose?

ADMIN – Hi Christie,

Yes, you can run the wire through a garden hose. If you are doing a long run, using something stiff like Fish Tape is useful.

Kiersten June 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi – Please let me know how much it is to upgrade the wire to 14 gauge. Also, is it solid core wire or stranded?

ADMIN – Hi Kiersten,

Upgrading the include 500 foot roll to 14 gauge costs $70. Every extra 14 gauge boundary kit (including 500 feet of wire, flags, and splices) costs $90. You can see the prices of all extras by clicking “Add Extras” button at the top of the page.

The 14 gauge and 16 gauge wire are stranded. The 18 gauge and 20 gauge are solid.

MABEL June 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

We have 3 dogs, a pitbull (50lb), a shiba inu (25lbs), and a mix (45lbs). I have 1/2 acre will the ultra smart work well?

ADMIN – Hi Mabel,

With those three dogs, I suspect the Pitbull is going to need a lot higher correction level than the other two. This makes the Ultrasmart a bad choice, it doesn’t allow you to set individual correction levels for each dog on the system.

I would use a PetSafe Stubborn system and use the PetSafe Stubborn collar on the Pitbull and the mix. For the Shiba, use the compatible PetSafe Deluxe collar.

Kiersten June 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I am considering the Petsafe PIG00-13619 and would like to upgrade to the 14 gauge wire. How do I determine how much it will cost to do this upgrade per 500 feet of wire?

ADMIN – Hi Kiersten,

Upgrading the 400 foot spool of 20 gauge wire included in your system costs $70. Each additional roll of 14 gauge wire is $90. If you click the “add extras” button on the top of this page, you can configure your system and it will give you pricing estimates for the wire.

Brian May 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I have a question about the traditional buckle on the collar. Is there a more durable replacement? The metal on that comes on the collar is very flimsy and cheap feeling. When I put the collar on my dog using the quick connect the metal buckle flops around and comes out of the position. Is there an easy fix or can the metal buckle be replaced with a better one? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Brian,

You can’t replace just the buckle, but you can replace the whole collar band. The collar band can be removed by unscrewing the two bolts on either side of the transmitter box.

Once you have found the right collar buckle setting for your dog, you can use a ziptie to lock it into this position if you don’t trust the buckle.

Mary May 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I have recently purchased and installed a Petsafe Ultrasmart PIG0013619 for my pit bull/basenji male and my pit bull/great dane female, and couldn’t be more pleased!! Installation was very easy, and your website helped me figure out the best layout for my yard. Within one week, they had the hang of it, and now play enthusiastically within the boundaries. My neighbor, whose back yard abuts mine is thinking of installing one as well. Since our dogs get along and play well together, we are considering just adding a loop to my installation to include his yard. However, his dogs are in the 10-20 pound range, whereas mine are 40 and 60 pounds. Will the small dog collars work with my system, and if not, do you have any suggestions? Thank you for a quality product, impressive customer support, and a great website!

Mary

Deanna May 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

We have a 3 acre back yard with mostly woods. There is a fence on two sides of the property. Will the system work in woods and can we run the wire to the fence or does it have to connect. Our dogs already wears a shock collar on walks so we don’t think he will have a problem adjusting to this system at all.

ADMIN – Hi Deanna,

Wired systems like the PetSafe Ultrasmart will work in the woods (wireless systems will not).

The wire does need to make a complete loop, so you will not be able to leave it open where it connects to the fence. The easiest way to work with this constraint is to run the wire along the fence. Instead of burying the wire along the fence, you can attach the wire to the fence. If you want to reduce the effective range of the containment system around the fence, then run the wire along the top of the fence instead of down at ground level.

Sue C May 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I am new to this and want to make sure that I buy the correct system. I have a Carolina mix. He is roughly 50lbs and although he is not all that large, he is strong and Really fast! He also has a strong curiosity for birds and has been known to lift himself off the ground while on his dog run and chasing a bird. Do you think a invisible fence will work for him and if so, which one would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

ADMIN – Hi Sue,

The PetSafe Ultrasmart would work well with a Carolina Dog mix. As you mentioned, they have a very strong prey drive, and you want to work with temptations specific to the breed in the final step of training to make sure you are getting complete compliance, but I don’t think you will have any trouble getting him contained.

krista May 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi, We have an 80 lb Lab who loves to “roam”. In the future, we may get another dog. We live on a steep slope with lots of pine trees. In winter, we have snow. I have read on your page that a wireless fence is not reliable for sloped property. I am wondering about what type of system would be best. With the wired systems, how do we put that across the driveway? Our dog loves to go on car rides as well, do we have to remove the collar each time? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Krista,

Yes, steep slopes (particularly sloping downhill away from the house) and lots of trees are the enemy of wireless fences.

How large is your lot? Assuming it is under 20 acres, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice for a lab.

To get the wire across the driveway, you can find a convenient expansion joint, run the wire through the joint, then caulk it in place. If there is no expansion joint, use a circular saw to cut a slot across the driveway, again place the wire in the slot, and then caulk in place.

Yes, whichever type of fence you get, you need to remove the collar each time you leave the property. If you don’t the collar could get triggered as you leave, and it could also get triggered by a neighbor’s property as you drive part.

kim May 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hi, I have a boxer mix that was showed up at our house 9 months ago. He is about 2 1/2 years old,we have had him neutered. He was evidently abused. We have gained his trust, but have had no choice but to keep him tied on a chain during the day. If I let him off he runs all over the neighborhood and will not come back until he is worn out. If you try to catch him he runs further away.

He also wants to chase rabbits, or anything that moves. We also have a 7 year old female pit bull who will bolt after anything that moves when she is let outside, but she will come back when you call her. I am mainly concerned about the boxer mix. We have about an acre lot. Do you think any of the invisible fence inground or wireless would work for him and if so which what would you recommend? I am afraid he will just burst thru the shock and keep going and then be afraid to come back to get re-shocked when he returns. Please help, can’t afford a chain link fence and do not think a dog on a chain has much of a life.

ADMIN – Hi Kim,

If the dog(s) are trained on the system, running through should never happen. If you do the training, the dog(s) will think the only way to stop the correction is to retreat and will have no concept that the correction will stop if they keep going through. Boxers are usually easy to train on dog fence system, I would be surprised if you had any problems with him.

For both those dogs, the PetSafe Stubborn system would be a good choice.

Susan May 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

We have a 4 month old yellow lab/golden retriever mix who weighs about 23 pounds right now. He has learned to climb the 4 foot chain link fence. He is getting way too big and rambunctious to keep in the house, especially when we are gone. Do you have any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Susan,

For a lab / retriever, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a great choice. Since you already have a fence in place you could just attach the wire to the fence instead of burying it. With chain-link zip-ties work very well. (Six months is a great age to start training unless your pup is particularly advanced and can confidently do a sit/stay/come. Four months is a little early)

Mike Falck May 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

Can I do an hourglass layout with this unit? I need to be able to allow the dog in both the front yard and the back yard but not be able to cross between them without going through the house.

ADMIN – Hi Mike,

Yes, you can do an hourglass (figure-8) layout with the Ultrasmart (and indeed any other wired system), where you do a complete loop of the property, but pinch inward on the sides, to prevent the dog from passing back and forth between the front yard.

jennifer May 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

i have 2 dogs 1 is a dachshund who varies in weight form 8-12 lbs and a boxer 60 lbs. Will this system be ok for the dachshund when she goes below 12 lbs? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer,

Why is she going up anf down in weight so much?

Those two dogs aren’t a great fit for the PetSafe Ultrasmart, because that system doesn’t let us have different correction levels for each dog on the system (and a Dachshund and a Boxer need very different correction levels). Also the collar is going to be too big for the Dachshund.

For the Dachshund, we want to use the small and lightweight PetSafe Little Dog collar. For the Boxer, we will need something stronger like the PetSafe Stubborn or the PetSafe Inground collar. The setup I would recommend is a PetSafe Inground system, using the included collar for the boxer. Then add a PetSafe Little Dog collar for the Dachshund.

P. Schober May 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

We’ve had our system for several months. We were skeptical of the amazing results. However, we must say it truly is amazing!! We’re so excited about how well the system works. We live in the country and our dogs are used to no boundaries. We “fenced in” a 1000 foot space. They were very responsive to the beep sound. We followed the training manual that is suggested. In fact, we had a hard time getting one of them to even feel the correction. Now he stays about 15 ft. from the flags. He will sit and whine, but not cross the flags. Now we are going to “fence” our entire 14+ acres FULLY confident of the system. We can’t say enough about how AMAZING the system works. It’s a God send!

Whitney L H May 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hi i am purchasing my first home, it has a wonderful wood fenced yard already. But, I am concerned about my 6 year old 60 pound AmStaff (American Staffordshire Terrier) digging out while I am at work (he has had a doggie door his whole life so I cant imagine not installing one at the new home). I want to run a line either underground along the fence line or attach it to the bottom of the wooden fence. I also want to be able to have the front porch area of the home secured somehow with a wire or even a pod in case he ran out the front the door. Now his bread it stubborn, so I’m not sure what would be best for him. I was looking into have a professional “invisible fence” install something but am afraid I will not be able to afford them after I close on the house. PLEASE HELP.

-Whitney L H.

ADMIN – Hi Whitney,

For an AmStaff, I think you are right that we will need something stronger, particularly when those dogs are excited, they can need a strong correction to get them to refocus and pay attention to the boundary.

The PetSafe Stubborn is a good choice with the highest correction levels available. It is also compatible with the PetSafe Indoor pods in case you want to use a wireless pod to block the front poor.

Laura May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

We bought the PetSafe Ultra Smart about a year ago for our 2 dogs, and it has worked very well for us. Our only problem is that the smaller of our 2 dogs (a blue tick coon hound/beagle mix – she’s about the size of a beagle and only about 25 pounds) collar will not stay on. She manages to get it off all the time, in just her normal everyday activities. (She has never purposely tried to get it off. It just comes off) We think it is a combination of how tiny she is, how active she is and the plastic material that the collar is made of. Is there a cloth collar that would be compatible with the Petsafe Ultra Smart that we could use with her? We have 11 acres for the dogs to roam, so when her collar comes off, we don’t always find it and are forced to buy another collar. We’ve gone through 3 collars so far for her in our year of having the fence.

ADMIN – Hi Laura,

We heard a few other folks with that problem with the Ultrasmart. With the collar being plastic, it doesn’t have enough friction to stay on some dogs – particularly if the dog has a thick neck relative to their head.

Because of the way the collar is designed, there aren’t any off the shelf collars that will work with the Ultrasmart, but we have had customers unscrew the old collars, then sew a new cloth collar using nylon webbing material and a pair of quick-snap connectors.

We have also had people zip-tie the Ultrasmart collar to a regular cloth collar, so that when the collar falls off – it at least stays with the dog and doesn’t get lost. It is a kludge, but at least you don’t keep having to replace collars.

Rebecca Jackson April 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi, I have a 8 week old bloodhound. We have a nice large back yard approx. an acre to 2 acres that is surrounded by creeks, horses, and barns. Our house is very close to the road (approx 50 ft.). We previously had a bloodhound and while we were playing fetch he ran across the road to use the restroom and on his way back, 2 cars came and the first on missed him(they were on their side) and while he was standing waiting, the next car came through in the middle of the road and hit him right in front of us and he died on our way to the emergency vet. After watching that first hand and seeing him suffer, I never want to make that mistake again. We live on a small country road and with not many travelers, but as I learned the hard way it just takes the wrong person at the wrong time, and your baby is gone. Loving bloodhounds they are big and typical fencing does not work. They seem to make it their life quest to get out of whatever kind of fence you get, whether it be climbing, or digging they seem to find a way out. So I was wondering if you know of people with bloodhounds using this type of fencing. It will only be for daytime when I’m outside and during playtime, and potty time. He is primarily and indoor dog. Also which specific one would be best. Thank you!!!

ADMIN – Hi Rebecca,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a dog is heartbreaking in any circumstance, but to lose one in that way is beyond terrible. Unfortunately, we hear similar stories all the time. You are so right about it only taking one-time or one-mistake. Thank you for sharing the story – if it nudges just one reader to take extra precautions with their dog then perhaps there will be some small positive from the event.

Bloodhound typically require one of the stronger collars. We get great results with Bloodhounds using the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence.

Your pup is much too young to start on the dog fence training at the moment. You will want to wait until he is 6 months old, and perhaps keep him on-leash when outside until them. When we train them too young, it doesn’t really click – they usually don’t have the attention span or cognitive capacity to absorb the training until they are six months.

As I’m sure you know the training phase is very important. Particularly the last step where you test the dog with the most extreme temptations you can think of for your particular breed and dog. For a bloodhound, you might want to run a scent line through the boundary so the dog gets very excited and goes barreling toward the boundary. Or get a neighbors dog to come play in your yard and when your dog is most excited have the neighbor exit with their dog and see if your dog follows.

We always want to have complete confidence the dog is completely contained before you start to let him off-leash. Training problems are easy to fix early, but become harder once the dog gets in the habit of going through the fence. And as you reminded us, it only takes one stroke of bad luck for something terrible to happen.

Travis April 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

We have two very active nine month old Beagle pups. Smokey is 30 Lbs. & Bandit is 35Lbs. We are looking at the PetSafe 4100 series fence, but wanted your opinion. As you know, Beagles are great dogs, but are known for their stubbornness. Also, our neighbor has an “underground fence” weaved into the bottom of their chain-link fence. I understand there must be a certain separation distance from this exposed wire, and need to know about how many feet. Again, his wire is above ground if that makes a difference in the recommended distance.

ADMIN – Hi Travis,

The PetSafe Ultrasmart (formerly the Innotek IUC-4100) would be a good choice on a pair of beagles. Beagles are stubborn, particularly once their prey drive kicks into full gear, but in our experience they are sensitive to the correction and don’t require an extra-high strength collar like the PetSafe Stubborn.

The wires need to be separated 6-12 feet depending on how wide he has set his boundary. The wire being above ground will not make a difference to that distance. If that is too much space and is going to eat into the dog’s space, consider the Perimeter Ultra. The Perimeter is dual frequency which allows you to install it right beside the neighbor’s wire.

My preferred option is to sneak out in the middle of the night and cut the neighbor’s wire :)

Tom Laurie April 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I have three Whippets. One is a digger and loves digging under the stockade fence and escaping the confines of the yard. I am looking for a reliable invisible fence for the perimeter of my yard which could be buried underground, about two to three inches. My Whippet who digs is about 22 pounds..Any advice and or suggestions? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Tom,

For a Whippet, one of the systems with a smaller and lighter collar would be useful. The PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice, as would the PetSafe Inground. Both are reliable and will work well with your dog. The Ultrasmart is rechargeable, the Inground is cheaper but uses a disposable battery.

FYI – since you already have a physical fence in place, you could staple the wire to the fence instead or burying it, if that is easier. The main reason we bury the wire is to keep it safe from the lawnmower – it doesn’t need to be buried to work.

Lamar Lane April 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Not happy with my Innotek Ultrasmart. I have a Husky and i cant never get the collar to make contact with her skin. I have spent more time zapping myself to see if the collar was working. The remote has a delayed alert tone sometime up to 2 secs before it alerts. Like I said, I can never get the collar to make contact with my Husky. Yes, I’m using the long haired prongs … not happy gonna try to get a refund.

ADMIN – Hi Lamar,

Getting the collar fitted on a Husky can be tricky. I would use the collar fit mode on the Ultrasmart – it can help you find a good fit (without you needing to zap yourself). You may also need to thin out the dog’s fur a little to help you get a good connection. If you need help, give us a call and we can talk you through it.

I presume you are not one of our customers … if you are, we are happy to help with that refund.

Matt A April 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

We are looking at getting a 10 month old Saint Bernard. We live on the edge of a small town on about half acre, which system would be best for us? Thanks. Matt

ADMIN – Hi Matt,

With a Saint Bernard, I would be looking for one of the systems with a strong correction. With big dogs, like St Bernards, you sometimes will need the higher correction levels, so it is good to have a system with those higher correction levels available. A good system for a half-acre lot would be the PetSafe Stubborn.

amy April 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

We have a rural property that is being decimated by deer. We are now thinking of using some sort of invisible fence and getting a pair of huskies to patrol about 5 acres. The dogs would be outdoors 24/7, with appropriate shelter, food and water. The fence would need battery backup as we occasionally lose power (weather related). Cornell has researched this to protect orchards. I would be getting puppies that I can train as well as develop strong bond. Huskies have very dense fur and like to roam but, having owned one before, I know they are quiet – don’t bark, just sort of “talk” if you encourage them. What system do you recommend and does this sound feasible (would take care of the rabbits and woodchucks, too, I imagine.) Also, much of the area is wooded – does the fence have to be buried or can I attach it to trees?

ADMIN – Hi Amy,

The PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice with a pair of Huskies. The system has a battery backup. The collars also have a special fitting mode that is useful for getting the collar properly fitted on their thick undercoat.

http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-ultrasmart-pig0013619/

We have a lot of rural customers that use dog fences with dog that guard a herd, and your application sounds very similar. Since you are leaving the collars on continuously, I would just make sure you inspect their neck once a week or so, to make sure they are not getting any kind of sore as can occasionally happen with continuous wear.

The boundary wire on the dog fence does not need to be buried. You can either attach the wire to trees, or even staple if to the ground (as long as it is not in an area that is mowed).

PS – Huskies may not be the best choice. My limited experience has been that they don’t like being left alone and need to be around people. Perhaps having a pair fixes this problem or I am misinformed. I’m sure your breeder would know more about this than me.

Trish Dee April 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

We inherited a two year old Welsh Terrier. He’s always been a city dog and now lives in the country with us and our 10 yr old chocolate lab. “Elvis” is about 25lbs and proving difficult to train. He runs off every chance he gets and has absolutely no”car sense” — actually tries to attack cars whether they are stationary or in motion. We’d like to put in an invisible fence and keep him away from both road and driveway. We have a garage attached to the house and would like to know if we can run the wire through the garage so that we do not cut into the driveway and he can never reach any cars or traffic. Will that work by running the wire on the ceiling? Also, which system do you recommend for a feisty terrier of this size? Thanks. Trish

ADMIN – Hi Trish,

For a Welsh Terrier, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice. It has a smaller collar, so will fit well on Elvis and is fast and responsive enough to train even the feistiest terrier.

You can run the wire through the garage instead of running it across the driveway. I am not sure exactly what you are proposing, but if you sketch out a rough diagram for me, I would be happy to take a look.

Alex April 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi, I have a lab mix that is about 30 pounds, low to the ground (maybe part beagle). She has severe separation anxiety and has dug her way under my fence a few times. I have a square shaped property surrounded by a wooden fence. The ground is all dirt so I can put in wires easier. I need a secure system to keep her in my yard. I am looking at the innotek 4100 product because of the rechargeable battery and the smaller collar. Any other recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Alex,

The Innotek IUC-4100 (PetSafe Ultrasmart) would be my top choice for a 30lb lab-mix. You have a ton of options with that dog. The other system I would usually tell people in your situation to look at is the PetSafe Inground, it is equally small, and uses a disposable, but is also significantly cheaper.

Andrea April 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I have a Jack russell terrier that we are looking to contain in our 1 acre yard. We have a barbed wire fence that surrounds our property. Is it possible to just wrap the wire on the fence above ground or must it be buried?? I am thinking about getting the Innotek Ultrasmart fence system. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Andrea,

You can indeed run the dog fence boundary wire along the barbed wire instead of burying it. I find zip-ties are the easiest way to attach the wire, but wrapping it will also work.

The Ultrasmart would work well with a Jack Russel over 12lbs. (Under 12lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog is a better choice).

Chris April 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hi. I have 2 Corgis. One is 8 years old and the new one is 8 months old. Both males. The 8 year old was very easy to train. He has never left the yard. No fence, no leash, etc. The new puppy is another story. He is wild. He runs very fast. Even though he is a smaller dog, I am concerned about an electric fence actually stopping him from leaving the yard. He is currently @ 15 pounds. Will probably be no bigger than 25 pounds. What system would you recommend?

ADMIN -Hi Chris,

For Corgis, I would want a system with a small and light collar. The PetSafe Ultrasmart and the PetSafe Inground would be good choices.

Michael Finks April 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

We have had the Pet Safe Pro TX-1 invisible fence system for the past many years for our dogs, a Shih Tzu-Maltese and a Maltese-Poodle. We recently added two 5 mo.-old Shih Tzu/Poodle puppies to our family and were wondering what our best options would be to start training the pups with our existing Invisible Fence. The original Pet Safe collars that came with the Pro TX-1 that we used for our other dogs may be too big (especially the probes) for these new little guys. Because of the proprietary battery issue with the Little Dog collars, I would prefer to go with different collars (maybe the Ultrasmart?) that would be compatible with our existing transmitter (the Pro TX-1). Since we already have the wiring in-place for the Pro TX-1 system, what would our best options be?

ADMIN – Hi Michael,

The PetSafe Pro Line (a line of PetSafe systems sold by installers) is not compatible with the regular PetSafe line. If you wanted to use a different set of collars to avoid the accursed proprietary battery, you would need to replace the transmitter as well as the collars, but you could use the existing wiring.

The choice of system would depend on the size of the dogs. If they are under 12lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog with it’s proprietary batteries is unfortunately the only good choice. If those dogs are over 12lbs, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good rechargeable option.

Marc April 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

Looking for an underground fence for 2 dogs. We have a 4 year old Cockapoo and a 2 year old Golden Retriever. The Cockapoo is rather high-strung and has some anxiety issues and the Golden is very docile and actually kind of wimpy! Just wondering what sort of suggestions you would have for us. We would prefer rechargeable collars, and our yard is approximately 3/4 of an acre. Thanks in advance!

ADMIN – Hi Marc,

With those two dogs, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good rechargeable choice. The other option would be the older Dogtek EF-3000, which is also good but has larger collars.

Jay Huard April 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

I am in the market for an underground fence and have two dogs, a 12 year old black lab and a two year old golden doodle. The area I’m looking to contain them in is between 1/3 and 1/2 acre. What invisible fence should I get?

ADMIN – Hi Jay,

with those two breeds, you have a lot of options because they are generally among the easiest dogs to train. If you wanted something rechargeable, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a great choice. If you can live with a disposable battery, the PetSafe Inground would also be a good choice.

Jordan April 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Hello, I have 2 dogs, an 8 year old Boston Terrier, whom is fairly well behaved, and a 9 month Doberman Pinscher who is very rambunctious, loves chasing squirrels/birds, and likes to run out of the yard any chance she can get! I have about 1.5 – 2 acre’s worth of yard around my house. What type of gauge should I get and is getting the PetSafe UltraSmart fence a good choice? I’m not sure about the lack of correction control the PetSafe UltraSmart has since I have 2 completely different sized dogs! Help!

ADMIN – Hi Jordan,

Any gauge of wire from the basic 20 gauge though the thicker 14 gauge wire will work perfectly in your yard. The big difference is around price and resilience. The 20 gauge is cheaper but also more prone to breaks. The 14 gauge is more expensive, but more resilient.

The Ultrasmart isn’t going to be a great choice for your dogs, because they are so different in size and breed/temperament. I would suggest getting the PetSafe Inground and using the included collar with the Boston Terrier (I presume he is over 12 lbs). I would add the stronger PetSafe Stubborn collar for the Doberman.

Sarah March 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I’m finding myself in a dilemma. I have two younger dogs, both redbone coonhounds. One of them, has an incredibly high pain threshold. I purchased the stubborn dog system approximately 1 year ago, and believed it was working, until I was informed by one of my neighbors that my one dog was coming to their property on a daily basis. I would much prefer to use an underground fence system, over kenneling my dogs all day, but I also want to make sure they stay on my property. I have changed the settings on the stubborn dog system multiple times, and my younger dog continues to cross the boundary line. I have seen some references to the sport dog system, but it appeared in some of the reviews that the stubborn dog system has the strongest correction, which in my case, is not stronger enough. What suggestions would you have?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

The PetSafe Stubborn is indeed the strongest fence, and should be strong enough for even a coonhound. I would start to diagnose the problem by observing the dogs when they escape and seeing if they have any reaction when they cross the line.

If there is no reaction at all, the most likely explanation is they are not getting any correction, either because the prongs are not contacting the dog’s skin and the band is not tight enough, or because the system is not properly working.

If the dogs react but still go through, we need to make the fence a little wider, turn up the correct (I presume you are already on the highest level), and do a bit of remedial training.

In some rare circumstance, people will put a second collar on the dog, but I rarely find this necessary. 99% of the time, the above measures fix the issue.

kinsey March 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

We have a 4 foot cedar board on board fence around our small backyard. Our 125 bullmastiff will jump and chew at the fence when the next door neighbors small dog barks at him. He has broken numerous pickets and our elderly neighbor is afraid of him. He is contained by the fence already, but I don’t want him jumping at it or tearing boards up. I was considering getting petsmart ultrasmart to reinforce the boundary so he doesn’t jump at the fence or chew on it. He was very responsive to an electronic training collar in the past. Will this be a good fit for our needs?
Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Kinsey,

Usually for a Mastiff I would suggest something stronger, some dogs of that breed need the higher correction levels to get their attention. But, since you have experience with a training collar and he was responsive, a regular strength collar like the PetSafe Ultrasmart would work well. If you think he might need something stronger, the other model I would suggest looking at is the PetSafe Stubborn.

Dustin March 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hello, We have a huge dilemma here! We live in town and have a total of four dogs. Two mini schnauzers that are 1 year, and 6 months, a Pomeranian that is 11 years, and the newest, most rambunctious addition is a 3 month old Golden Cocker Spaniel.The latter are my sister’s dogs, and the two mini Schnauzers are mine.

The problem is, the cocker spaniel NEEDS to go outside all day because she’s currently staying in the guest bathroom. I want her to be outside during the day and then she come in at night to sleep in her kennel. My dilemma is I need something that can contain ALL the dogs when they’re let out to do their business, but I also need a solution for the cocker to stay outside permanently during the day.

I have heard of the invisible fences that if the dog is brave enough to run through the fence, say to chase a car, that the dog wouldn’t be able to come back into the fence if she decided to come home. The puppy is new and very, very excited ALL the time. I’ve been quoted over $2,000 to install chain link and wood and it’s just not practical for my yard or my budget.

As I see it, I have decided to get a chain link pin that’s plenty big enough for the cocker to be in during the day, and install an invisible fence around the back yard so that all of the dogs are contained when they’re let out to take care of business. Could you help me with this? All these dogs are 8-12 pounds with the exception of the cocker, she’s going to be growing and will probably be 10-20 lbs depending.

If you have ANY advice, I’m willing to listen! If you don’t mind, you can e-mail me directly.

Frustrated,
Dustin

ADMIN – Hi Dustin,

The dog fence will be able to keep all four dogs contained, but none of them will be able to help with keeping the Cocker Spaniel in a separate containment area. For that you will need a different containment solution like the chain link pen you mentioned.

A good system for getting them all contained would be the PetSafe Inground. With that system, you could use the included collar with the larger Cocker Spaniel. And for the smaller dogs, I would use the compatible PetSafe Little Dog collars.

Dogs running through the fence is not an issue if the dogs were initially trained on the fence. When the dog is properly trained, they believe the only way to stop the correction is to retreat and have no concept that you can go through the fence. Running through is typically only a problem if the dogs were never trained on the system, and were just let out – in this case they often think the way to stop the correction is to keep running.

Michele March 31, 2013 at 7:15 am

We just adopted a one year old female rotty/lab mix(so we are told.) She is very sweet, has had some obedience training prior to coming to us. She does well with most commands, struggling with “stay.” In one week she has pulled her head out of her collar with leash attached and bolted, crawled under the chain link fence, jumped over the chain link fence and has attempted to bolt from both front door when opened and through the gate in yard when opened. She weighs approx 60 lbs. We live in the suburbs, have a 3/4 acre lot with an ancient chain link fence that we hope to replace in the future but it probably won’t be this year. She loves to stand with her 2 front legs on top of the fence, visiting with her neighbor buddies, some Beagles in one direction, a Bassett Hound in the other.. She loves to chase birds, and any moving critters esp cats.

She is smart and learns pretty quickly. She is calming down really well over the week., little hyper at first. Now she sleeps spread eagle with her tongue hanging out of her mouth so I think shes’ adjusting well enough. I am crazy in love with this dog and do not want anything to happen to her before we can get her trained more adequately. Please recommend a fence to fit our needs. I believe we can do the installation. Besides keeping her in the backyard I would like to be able to keep her out of the garden in the upper right corner of the yard, and off the couch so her Pops will be happy. I found your site with the reviews to be very helpful. I was not really more than barely familiar with the electronic dog
fences until I found your site. Please respond asap before my baby sails over the fence and gets into who knows what kinds of trouble. Thanks very much.

ADMIN – Hi Michele,

With that dog, I think you have a lot of good options, I would expect training to be uneventful.

The PetSafe Ultrasmart would work well if you wanted something rechargeable and with a smaller collar. The PetSafe Stubborn would also be a good choice and is a little cheaper (but uses a disposable battery and has a bigger collar).

Sarah March 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I have two labs, one is 17 months old labs and 100 lbs and the other is 75 lbs. I have around 3 acres that I want to run the fence what do you think is my best option of fence and gauge of wire to run?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

Two good options for those two labs on three acres would be the PetSafe Ultrasmart and the SportDog SDF-100A. The differences between the two systems are that the PetSafe has a smaller collar and is rechargeable, while the SportDog has a larger collar and uses a disposable battery but is a little cheaper.

For an area like 3 acres, that is well inside the system limits, you can run any gauge of wire. The advantage of running the thicker gauge is that the wire is less likely to develop a break.

Richard March 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hello, I am currently installing a PetSafe system, and need about 50 more feet of wire to complete the loop. Can I use copper wiring from the local store to finish the job? Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Richard,

You can indeed use regular single-conductor insulated copper wire. Getting direct burial wire is strongly preferred, because it will last longer in the ground. But, that is often hard to find at the hardware store, so for a short run I would be comfortable using regular wire (but know that you will end up having to replace that section eventually because it will only last a couple of years).

Shan March 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

I am so confused by all the different fences!!.. I have 3 dogs.. a 100 pd lab and 2 small 16 and 24 pound schnauzers. I am wanting a good reliable fence for the lab and the male schnauzer (24 pounds) .I have a very large yard and farm. I just need them to stay away from a fast moving road in front of our home. And suggestions? We are using a training collar at the present time , But my male schnauzer refuses to go out with his training collar on.

ADMIN – Hi Shan,

What that much difference in size between the Labrador and the male Schnauzer, a collar that gives you independent correction levels would be important. Also a smaller collar would be useful for the Schnauzer. Two good options would be the PetSafe Inground (non-rechargeable collar) and the Dogtek EF-6000 (rechargeable collar).

Jessica March 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Hi! I have a 23 lb jack russell mix who is very fast and agile and would like to get another dog that would be about 25- 35 pounds in the future. Which fencing system would work best for us and what gauge wire should we get? We have about 3/4 of an acre. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Jessica,

For a smaller dog like a Jack Russell, a lighter but still full-powered collar like the Dogtra EF-6000 or the PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice.

Thicker wire is going to be more durable and is a worthwhile upgrade if it fits in your budget.

Timothy Hathcock March 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I will soon be installing an underground fence system. I’m looking at the PetSafe UltraSmart PIG00-13619. I have a metal fence on 3 sides around our yard. We will be containing about 2.5 acres. Will this metal fence affect or hurt the performance expected with the UltraSmart unit? If not, should I put the wire for this system through the metal fence that already exists? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Timothy,

You can place the wire on the metal fence. A sheet metal fence can sometimes act as an amplifier and make the fence boundary wider in the are where it runs alongside the fence. A chainlink, or rail fence will have no effect on the fence.

TIMOTHY – The metal fence is a cattle panel. A 50 foot section of the fence has a wire that gives power to an electric fence. Will that interfere with this type of dog electric fence?

ADMIN – A wire based fence like an electric cattle fence will not cause interference.

Jon March 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

I purchased the PIG00-13169 to replace a cheap Radio Fence that I purchased from Home Depot. The Home Depot system worked well for seven years. The Innotek system does not contain our two Siberian Huskies. We hired invisible fence to look at it. The installer says that it is working as designed, but that it is an unreliable system. I called Invisible Fence, but they could not help.

ADMIN – Hi Jon,

To diagnose the issue, we need to know a little more. When you say the dog’s aren’t contained – what happens when they cross the line, are they reacting (yelping, etc) and crossing anyway or are they seemingly unaffected. If it is the later it is either the system not working, the collar not being fitted right, or the correction levels being too low. If it is the former, they likely need a bit of remedial training.

T March 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I was wondering if the collar for the Ultrasafe Contain and Train (5100) would also work with just the fence part of the Ultrasafe Fence (4100)? I have a 3 year old rescued Irish Wolfhound who often goes for playdates with other Irish Wolfhounds who are in the Ultrasafe fence 4100, but I would like the extra benefits of the Ultrasafe contain and train 5100 for at home along with the fence part, but I need something that is compatible with the Ultrasafe fence 4100 for his playdates and dog sitting. Would this work?

ADMIN – Hi T,

Yes, the Innotek-5100 (Ultrasafe Contain and Train) collar will work with the fence part of the PetSafe Ultrasmart (previously the Innotek IUC-4100). The two collar are intercompatible in their containment functionality. The setup you describe would work perfectly.

Brian Pittsburgh PA February 26, 2013 at 7:18 am

You are awesome! I purchased the Innotek 4100 and it has worked perfectly. Even when the collars arent on my dogs they stay in the boundaries because they remember the zone. The issue i have is with the collars. I’ve gone through three replacement collars in two years and now another collar no longer gives a warning beep. Have you seen reports of these collars failing? Is there an update to the collar? Do you think the new dogtek fence’s collars are built better to solve this problem or are they built similar or to soon to tell? Thanks and keep up the great work. I always recommend people to your website.

ADMIN – Hi Brian,

Sorry to hear that. So I understand, the collar no longer warning beeps – but it still corrects? Does it beep when it is correcting or is it silent then as well? Did this same issue happen to all three of the collars, or was the issue limited to this one collar? What correction level are you on?

There was a period around 2010-2011 where lots of the collars coming out of the factory were duds and would fail in the first few months, but I haven’t heard your issue where they fail a year later.

The Innotek IUC-4100 was renamed the PetSafe Ultrasmart, but the new collars are electronically nearly identical to the ones you have, and aren’t different enough that I would buy new collars. I prefer the Dogtek collars, but again not enough to make me switch systems once I had already paid for the Innotek.

My best guess is you just had bad luck. I would get the defective collar replaced by Innotek (should be around $30 if you do it under the Limited Lifetime warranty), and hope that is the last you hear of it. Please keep us in the loop, we would be interested to know if the new collar develops issues too.

Christian Burnet February 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

Hi, I am trying to figure out what system would work best for my three dogs. I have a male Irish Wolfhound, male Lab Pit mix and a Female Boxer Pointer mix. The lab mix has a very high pain tolerance and my wolfhound is 150 lbs plus. Both dogs have a high prey drive and will chase small animals and deer. Because they chase I want to make sure they have plenty of warning time to stop and not go through the fence. We have roughly 20 acres to fence in. What system would you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Christian,

With those dogs, I would want a system with a good strong correction. The SportDog SDF-100A would be a good choice, it can do up to 100 acres so would have plenty of power to let you create nice wide boundaries. To the basic system, I would add two PetSafe Stubborn collars which will give you the higher correction strength for the Wolhound and the Labrador Pitbull mix. The included SportDog collar would work well with the Boxer-Pointer mix.

Kristen February 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

We have 3 acres and our German Shepherd/Pit mix is about 75 lbs. She is 7 years old and a pretty calm dog. She is a 24/7 outside dog. I am trying to decide between the stubborn dog and the ultra smart. We will eventually add another puppy. I like the idea of the rechargeable collar, but am afraid that since it has to be removed to be charged she may try to make a run since she is an outside dog. I guess an alternative is to tie her up while the collar is being charged. I am also thinking of upgrading the wire to 16. What fence do you think would be the best option for us?

ADMIN – Hi Kristen

You won’t go wrong with either of those fences. With her being part German Shepherd and part Pitbull, I would lean toward the PetSafe Stubborn because that extra strong correction may come in useful. The PetSafe Stubborn also gives you a little bit of extra flexibility, allowing you to use the smaller PetSafe Little Dog and PetSafe Deluxe collars with the new puppy in the event that they are a smaller dog.

If you want to make the PetSafe Stubborn rechargeable, you can buy a rechargeable 9V battery and charger at a local Wal-Mart of Radio Shack.

Jerry February 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

We just rescued our first 6 week old Aussie Shepard/Lab mix. He is very active and requires lots of space. very smart and so far easy to train. We have about 1-2 acres clear in our backyard and another 4 acres of woods that we would like to “keep him out of.” What system will work best for us? I do have an inground pool that is fenced in directly in the center of the backyard. I would like to install it this summer so that we are ahead of the game once he is old/big enough to venture off the leash.

ADMIN – Hi Jerry,

The Dogtek EF-6000 and the PetSafe Ultrasmart are both good choices. Both have small collars, are reliable systems, and have rechargeable batteries. For only 1-2 acres, the Dogtek would probably be the better choice out of the two as it has some additional features such as the adjustable boundary and correction zones, and is a little cheaper.

Lisa Pearson February 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I have a 1 year old Husky that when outside with us is on either a 25 foot or 50 foot lead to allow running and playing with our 12 year old. I would like to keep her out of some newly planted areas. But due to sloping I am unable to relocate the run and don’t want to shorten it either. The area I want her out of is irregular shaped and runs along the house, a low retaining wall, a walkway, and a water feature. What would you suggest?

ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

The PetSafe Ultrasmart would be a good choice if there are lots of landscaping features you want to keep the young Husky from digging up. You can simply run the boundary wire around the main yard. Then use a series of the Pawz-Away wireless pods (they look like small fake rocks) to keep the dog our of all the garden beds.

Jeremy February 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I’m looking for an underground pet fence for my Dalmatian. I will be installing it on approximately 3 acres. He is just a pup now, so he will essentially be growing up with the boundaries. Do you think the Petsafe Ultrasmart 13619 would be a good choice, and will it be strong enough to keep his attention once he is grown? Thanks, Jeremy

Bill Decker February 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Im surrounded by corn fields and am afraid of the farmer catching my wire with his disc. Can I go deeper than 3″ and it still be effective?

Marco Molino January 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

We would like to upgrade our system from ( HT-023 useless ) to the pet ultra smart 13619, we have a cavoodle 9kgs and on an acre, battery back up for power failures, slim line transmitter, rechargeable, correction levels not an issue. the dog is an escape artist. Also with the old system the wall unit (garage) on very low the transmitter will still beep when next to house, i have come to the conclusion that the termite mesh they installed between the bricks at ground level picks up the signal from the unit, is this a problem. I live in Sydney Australia. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Marco, to solve this signal issue, you’ll need to use twisted wire coming out of the control unit until it is 10 to 15 feet clear of the termite mesh. As long as the signal is completely clear of the mesh, you should not have interference issues.

Eric January 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

What would you recommend for a high energy dog like an Australian Shepard. Would like for her to have free range of our 2 1/2 acres most of the time, so something she could wear often would be a big plus too.

ADMIN – Hi Eric, I would recommend the Dogtek EF-6000 for your Australian Shepherd. It will cover the range needed and offers a slim rechargeable collar with 8 correction levels that suits high energy dogs well. If she wears it often, we only recommend removing it every couple of days to inspect and confirm her neck looks healthy and clean. Add in an additional 1,000 feet of wire to have enough wire for your property.

Tanya January 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hello. We have a 2 yr old Pit Bull. She is a big girl about 75 pounds. We have a chain link fence but somehow she manages to squeeze herself under it. She is very intelligent and very active. We also have a big yard, is it possible to just do a portion of the yard for her? What would you recommend for us?

ADMIN – Hi Tanya, the PetSafe Ultrasmart would work well with your Pit Bull. You can run the wire along the base of the fence or attach it to the fence. The system works in a closed loop, so you’ll need to run it along the whole property.

Layla January 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hi! i have a 10 month old Alaskan Malamute. I’m wondering if any of your fences will work for him, he’s very stubborn and loves to run. He will chase any small animals, and I’m worried he will just run right through the shock. Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Layla, Alaskan Malamute’s are sure independent, but when it comes to correction resistance, they are typically big wimps. We typically recommend going with the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 for Malamute’s. The Ultrasmart has a slimline collar that is rechargeable.

Mandie January 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi, I have a 55 pound boxer mix female that is about 3 years old. She loves to chase squirrels, rabbits, birds, anything that moves, etc. She can jump a fence within seconds, very athletic. We used to have a cattle fence around the perimeter of our yard and she figured out that if she was in mid-air and wasn’t grounded she wouldn’t get shocked, therefore would just JUMP the 5ft fence instead of climb it. Very smart and very stubborn. I like all of the qualities of the PetSmart Ultrasmart except for the fact that the stubborn dog system has a stronger correction. With proper training, do you think the Ultrasmart will still fit her needs? She is incredibly fast and has a high pain tolerance so it worries me that if she catches a scent or sees a squirrel, she’ll just dart after it and jump the fence quickly so she doesn’t feel the shock for long. Thanks for the help!

ADMIN – Hi Mandie, for a boxer mix with a high pain tolerance I would highly recommend going with the SportDog SDF100A. It will have plenty of correction levels for your boxer mix and will solve your containment issue immediately since you can combine it will a physical fence.

Dylan January 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Hello, I have a 6 month old German shepherd puppy that is growing a little too big to keep inside. She is pretty smart, but is still a puppy so she can be stubborn at times like any animal. We have about 6 acres of land for her to run around on, but I do not know which fence will suit her best. Any suggestions? I was looking at the petsafe ultrasmart PIG00-13619. But it says it only includes 500 ft of wire. I’m open for ideas. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Dylan, the Ultrasmart would be a great fit for your Shepherd. It has a slimline collar that is rechargeable. For 6 acres, you’ll need to add an additional 2,000 feet of wire to your order. We highly recommend upgrading to the 14 gauge for the strongest wire to withstand tree roots and the ground fluctuating through the seasons.

Deborah December 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

We are adopting a 14 yr old 20 lb Heinz 57 dog. We live in the city and have a fenced back yard except the driveway. We have an electric gate across driveway but need to secure that span maybe 12 feet wide. What are your recommendations?

ADMIN – Hi Deborah, I recommend going with a Pawz Away Outdoor rock. You can find this on our Accessories page inside our store. On the product page you can bundle in a collar, charger, and wire to give you all that you need.

Amanda December 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I’m on 4 chain link fenced Acres. The chain link was installed level which left gaps at the bottom of the fence in MANY areas that my boxer slips under and neighbor dogs slip under for a visit. I’d like to run the wire through the chain link instead of digging a trench. I have Areca Palms planted along the inside of the whole chain link fence line. About 8 feet in from the chain link fence I have a strand of electric braid fence about 3.5 feet off the ground strung up on fiberglass posts around much of the perimeter of the yard to keep the horses back from the Palms and fence. Will the electric braid fence interfere with the wire dog fence system? How High off the ground can I mount the wire on my chain link fence? My dog is a 13 year old boxer keeping in mind I may have a different sized dog some day.

ADMIN – Hi Amanda, the electric braid fence will not interfere with your dog fence. We’d recommend installing the wire halfway up the fence. This will prevent your dog from going over or under the chain link. I recommend the PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 cause it will be great on most dogs 12 lbs and up and have an average temperament.

Phil December 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

what is the cost to upgrade to the 14 gauge wire? I would need about 1000 feet. Thx

ADMIN – Hi Phil, upgrading the wire in the box $70. One additional boundary wire kit cost $89.95 and includes a roll of wire, 50 boundary flags, two wire nuts and two waterproofing capsules.

E Romero December 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Ok, I have been reading and rereading all these systems for several weeks now and still am stumped on which one I should choose which would be the best to suit my needs. Help me please: I have a year old Rottie, who is an absolute weenie, but has pretty thick skin; and then a rescue German Shepherd that I’ve had a bark limiter on. She’s pretty sensitive to electricity based on her actions with this. She does have a barking problem, but I’m thinking with a lot more room, this should be greatly reduced. My question is which system would be the best for the both dogs? I have two acres. Also, I have horses contained within a paddock that had a electric fence which is fed by a solar powered/battery back up system (within these two acres). Will this be a problem for my system? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi E Romero, the electric fence will not be an issue. As for your Rottie and Shepherd, I would not look any further than the PetSafe PIG00-13619. It has plenty of correction strength for what you described. For 2 acres, bundle in an additional 1,000 feet of wire. I recommend going with the very strong 14 gauge wire versus the thin 20 gauge that comes with the system.

Angela December 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Hi, I am interested in installing an in-ground fence. I have three dogs, two are large Malamute/shepherd mixes and one is a smaller spaniel mix. The two larger malamute dogs are sweet but like to run away when no one is home. The spaniel mix is very gentle and sweet. I am wanting to fence in approximately 1/4 of an acre. Since the dog’s temperaments are varied, I’m unsure which system would fit my needs. Would I need to buy different brand collars? I would sincerely appreciate any expertise you can share with me. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Angela, the best bet is to go with a PetSafe system and mix and match the other collars. I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn system with an extra Stubborn collar. For your Spaniel, you can add in the PetSafe Deluxe collar. The fence comes with enough wire to cover up to 1/3 of an acre so you should have plenty. You may consider adding in a roll of twisted wire.

Mike & Mary Beth November 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

We have a 5-month-old 20-lb Beagle-Pointer mix that doesn’t look to max out past 30 lbs. We are currently on a huge plot of land that measures about 1100 ft in perimeter, so that is the amount of wire we expect to buy.

I have narrowed my choices down to the SportDog SDF-100A and the PetSafe Ultrasmart/ Innotek IUC-4100. The SportDog option comes with the wire necessary, but every place I look seems to suggest that I would want to upgrade to the 14 gauge wire. How necessary is this upgrade for 1100 square feet of wire, and how fragile is the 20 gauge wire?

ADMIN – Hi Mike,

For a smaller dog in the 20-30 lb region, the smaller Innotek IUC-4100 collar makes it the better choice. Particularly while he is in the 20lb range, the SportDog collar is going to be a little too big.

The 20 gauge wire is by no means fragile and will work fine over any distance up to the system maximum (around 5,000 feet). The advantage of the 14 gauge wire is that is reduces the chance of getting a wire break. It is a nice-to-have upgrade, it is not at all necessary.

Michael November 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

We recently got 3 puppies, their mother was a pure bread Akita and their father was an unknown (probably mostly German shepherd, but that’s only a guess). They are currently 2-1/2 months old. We have over 11 acres, with a river cutting through it. We would like to install an electric fence so that we can let them run free (they are indoor dogs, but they need lots of exercise and we want to give them as much space as possible. What system do you recommend? Also, how do you recommend we handle the river? (Ideally I would like a way to electronically fence off only the portion of the property on the side of the river with the house, this is the majority of the property 9+ acres. However, I would like them to be able to play in the river with the kids and such when supervised.) I would appreciate any suggestions Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Michael, according to your goals, I would recommend excluding the river and fence in your 9+ acres. I highly recommend you upgrade the wire to 14 gauge. The 20 and 18 gauge are too thin to hold up to that amount of acreage. The SportDog SDF100A is with the added thick fur probes is the system I would recommend for your Akita mixes. The manufacture is the only place to find the thick fur probes. For 9+ acres, you’ll need to add an additional 2,000 feet of wire to your order.

Jared November 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hey Stewart. I have a back yard with a chain link fence. My dog has never attempted to jump over it, but the last few weeks he has started jumping more and more. He can now clear my sectional couch with ease. Would you recommend this model as just a precautionary measure or is there another model you would prefer? Thanks for the great website!

ADMIN – Hi Jared, this would be a great fence for your backyard containment solution. You can run the wire along the top of the fence. I would recommend you review the backyard loop layout options on our layouts page located under Installation on the menu bar at the top. Back yard loops require a bit of extra planning since the fence operates in a closed loop only.

Mike Pennington November 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hi there….as we have a pretty diverse range of dog sizes in our household, was just wondering if the PetSafe Little Dog collars would work with the larger PIG00-13619 system. Essentially, how do you get best-of-both-worlds benefits from a single dog fence solution? We like most everything we read regarding attributes of the better rated systems, but concerned that it may be too much for our Yorkie vs. our Chocolate Lab. Any suggestions? Thanks, -mp-

ADMIN – Hi Mike, the Little Dog collar will not work with the Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 unfortunately. For your mix of dogs, we recommend going with the PetSafe Deluxe and bundle in the little dog collar.

Debbie November 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm

We were looking at the Innotek ICU 5100 but decided we don’t need the trainer, so we figured we just needed the ICU 4100. Is the IUC4100 the same as Petsafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619? We have 4 acres and a golden/lab mix puppy – we expect him to be about 40 lbs. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Debbie, yes they are the same fence. The only difference is that the PIG00-13619 includes the lightning surge protector. This will be a great fence for the size of lab mix you have. We recommend you upgrade your wire to 14 gauge for maximum strength wire and you’ll need to bundle in an extra 1,500 feet of wire to cover 4 acres of property.

D folk November 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

We are on a farm and would like to enclose 5-10 acres. What is the cost for extra wire and flags over the cost of the system?

ADMIN – Hi D Folk, the cost depends on the gauge. For a 500 foot roll of wire, 20 gauge is $21.95, 18 gauge is $31.95, 16 gauge is $69.95, and 14 gauge is $79.95. We recommend upgrading to 14 gauge on installs greater than 500 feet. 14 gauge will withstand the wire breaks from tree roots that simply snap the smaller gauges. For 5 acres, you’ll need a total of 2,000 feet of wire and for 10 acres you’ll need a total of 3,000 feet of wire.

Frank Parkinson November 2, 2012 at 7:52 am

I’ve installed the Innotek 4100 system (CORRECTION – It is the Innotek SD2100E, not the 4100) and it has worked well for 10 months to contain our English Setter in just over five acres of woodland and olive grove. The wire runs mainly in the bed of streams – these have only got water part of the year. Previous breaks in the fence (caused by wild boar) resulted in the system alarm sounding and were easily repaired. This week, however, after torrential rain and flooded streams, the wire has been broken in several places and the broken ends are separated by several meters. The alarm does not sound, and the green light is steady on the control unit. I thought that it may be a problem with the broken ends being under water and therefore providing some continuity – so I pulled one end out of the water. Still no alarm! If I remove one end of the wire from the control box the alarm sounds (as it should). Have you any suggestions as to why the alarm is not sounding? After some thought I can only imagine that there is also a break of the insulation in a part of the dog fence where the wire is twisted. Thus, if the wire shorts a continuous loop will be made and the alarm will not be activated. The water is flowing too strongly to check this at present, but I am certain that it will be the answer. I am pretty confident that there is not a fault with the control unit. Thanks, Frank

ADMIN – Hi Frank, I believe what you say will be the answer. The ground can “complete” the loop as we have seen in our testing. So, sometimes, there can be a break but no alarm.

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