PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 Review


  • Run through protection
  • Maximizes dog's yard space
  • Light and small collar


  • 10 acre capacity


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PetSafe YardMax Overview

Summary: Best Overall Dog Fence

The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. Launched in September 2013, this is the first fence to earn our 5-star rating. It does all the fundamentals well, and adds a few unique features such as run-through prevention and YardMax.

Excellent Fundamentals

The YardMax is the first fence that has all the essential features we like to see. The fence has a small rechargeable collar, collar fit testing, progressive correction, independent correction, lightning protection, and is compatible with indoor and outdoor zones.

Small Rechargeable Collar

The YardMax has one of the smallest and lightest collars on the market. Despite the small size it is rechargeable and also has one of the highest maximum correction levels.

Run-Through Prevention

The YardMax is the first DIY inground fence that has run-through prevention. The dog cannot run through the fence no matter how far they go.

Maximizes Yard Space

The YardMax is the only system that allows you to get full use of your yard. Most systems project a boundary on both sides of the wire, using up yard space. The YardMax allows you to have a boundary that only starts on the outside of the wire, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice yard space.

10 Acre Capacity

The YardMax can only handle a 10 acre yard. Larger areas will need to use a higher capacity system.

petsafe yardmax collar

Small Rechargeable Collar

The PetSafe YardMax brings an improved collar design. It is even smaller than the PetSafe Ultrasmart collar.

Sleek and Lightweight Collar

The YardMax has one of the smallest collars we have seen. The collar base weighs a dainty 1 ⅝ ounces. With the collar strap, the whole collar only weighs 3 ounces even. That’s is about as light as they come making it nearly as small as even the dedicated little dog systems.

We would be comfortable using this system on dogs as small as 10lbs. Under 10 lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog is more appropriate, not so much because the collar is smaller, but because it allows for lower correction levels more appropriate for smaller dogs.

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

The YardMax collar is rechargeable. The collar recharges with a recharging cord which is included. You charge the collar by plugging in the charger to the charging port on the collar. A rubberized cover protects the charging port on the collar.

The collar uses the newer lithium ion batteries. A battery charge lasts around a month under typical conditions, and recharging the battery takes around 2 hours.

While the recharging cord on this system works well, we do prefer the docking station used on past PetSafe systems. The cord is a little messier to store than the docking station which can just be left plugged into a convenient outlet.

Long and Short Contact Points

The YardMax includes both short and long contact points. These are switched out using the contact point tool which is included. The long contact points are designed for dogs with thick or long fur.


The YardMax works with 3 different zones: the Paws Away Outdoor Rock, the PetSafe Indoor Zone, and the new Paws Away mini pet barrier. Zones create boundaries around items and places your dogs should not have access. These may be things like the trash, the babies nursery, the dining room or the outside in the garden.

Five Progressive Correction Levels

The correction levels are set on the collar. The collar has a tone only mode and 5 correction levels which you can cycle through. You set the correction level using the on/off button located between the contact points.

The correction levels range from medium to strong. In fact, the YardMax correction strength falls just below the PetSafe Stubborn fence.

Independent Correction

PetSafe has come to the rescue. The YardMax fence offers independent correction levels for each collar. In other words, you can set the correction levels separately for each collar to customize the experience for each of your dogs. This also means that folks will no longer have to mix and max collars across a variety of fences. Amen!

Collar Fit and Ready Test

The YardMax collars have the collar fit test. This is a good test for the novice dog fence owner to help them confirm that they are properly fitting the collar on their dog. It confirms that the collar contact points are making good connection with the dog’s skin, which is a must for proper operation. Without a proper fit, your dog will not receive a correction.

The collar also has the ReadyTest feature. The ReadyTest feature is a series of beeps that the collar will perform when first removed from the charger to confirm it is ready for operation.

Collar Fit Test

The PetSafe YardMax 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 with 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 YardMax 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.

Nylon Collar Straps

The collar comes with the versatile and reliable nylon cloth collar strap with quick release buckle. We prefer the cloth strap to the plastic or rubber collar straps on other systems because they grip better, are less likely to come undone, and are more comfortable on the dog. The YardMax collar strap is weaved around the outside of the collar and fits neck sizes 6” to 28” inches.

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petsafe yardmax transmitter


The PetSafe YardMax wall transmitter makes two major advances. It is the first DIY dog fence with YardMax mode and run-thorugh prevention, both features that were previously only available on the $2,000+ Invisible Fence systems.

Run Through Protection

A weakness of wired dog fences is that the dog can run through the boundary and stops getting the correction if they go far enough past the wire. On the YardMax, the dog cannot run through the boundary. In YardMax mode, the correction starts when the dog goes past the boundary wire, then continues indefinitely. This makes it much more difficult for the dog to run through the fence.

The only limit on the correction is the safety timeout that kicks in after 15 seconds of continuous correction. This improvement is going to make training much easier because running through is no longer an issue that we need to protect against.

Includes Lighting Protection Module

The YardMax includes a lightning surge protector. This handheld device is simply a fuse-based electrical surge interrupter. A dog fence is vulnerable to two sources of electrical surges: 1) through the power outlet and 2) through lightning striking in proximity to the boundary wire. The lightning protector covers both and is a valuable addition in areas that have a lot of lightning activity.

10 Acre Capacity

The transmitter can only operate over 10 acres, a relatively small capacity for a dog fence. For larger yards, teh SportDog SDF-100A which has a 100 acre capacity is a better choice.

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YardMax Mode

The transmitter can start the boundary at the boundary wire which means the collar begins to give the audible warning tone only after the collar has crossed the wire. This allows you to have more of your yard accessible than a standard dog fence.

The fence can also be operated in a traditional where it acts just like a regular dog fence. The collar activates at an adjustable distance away from the wire. The traditional mode is preferable for single sided layouts, using the double loop, and with yards with physical fencing. In traditional mode the maximum radius is 8-10 feet from the wire.

More Fussy Wiring

The YardMax has slightly more fussy wiring than standard wired systems. The left and right wire in most systems can be used interchangeably, but in the YardMax, because it has a one-way boundary you need to have the correct wire plugged into each terminal hole. If you get this wrong, the system doesn’t work properly and makes the interior of the yard the correction zone, and you need to switch the wires back to make it work correctly.

petsafe yardmax wire, splices, and flags
Dog Fence Wire Gauges
Petsafe Ultrasmart Tester Tool

Boundary Wire

20 Gauge Direct Burial Wire

Like all of PetSafe’s fences, the standard 500 feet of 20 gauge wire is included with your fence. It also includes 50 boundary flags to mark you boundary. This covers around 1/3rd of an acre. Additional boundary wire is available to cover up to 10 acres.

While the included 20 gauge wire works and is the most economical option, it is relatively weak. Where budget permits, we recommend upgrading the wire to 16 gauge to completely prevent wire breaks. Finding wire breaks is not fun!

Professional Gauge Wire Available

Roots, ice, and everyday wear can cause wire breaks. Wire breaks will shut your system down and create lots of work for you. We recommend upgrading wire to at least 16 gauge wire. The professional grade wire 16 gauge, and 14 gauge is built to withstand these break risks.

For small installations, using the thicker wire is a no-brainer. For a small cost, you massively reduce the chance of a wire break. For very large installations, the thicker wire is still useful, but the extra cost becomes significant.

Contact Point Wrench

The contact point wrench is a handy tool included that makes swapping out the short and long contact points simple.

Standard 500 Feet of 20 Gauge Wire

The YardMax 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

Tester Tool

The system includes a test light tool. This handy tool is used when setting up and testing the boundary signal of your fence. When the test light is properly positioned over the contact points and the collar enters the boundary zone, the activating collar will cause the tiny bulb to flash.

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petsafe yardmax wireless zones

Indoor / Outdoor Zones

The PetSafe YardMax is the first collar compatible with 3 different types of zones. These battery powered zones are designed to exclude your dog from specified locations inside and outside of your home. Being that they are small and inconspicuous, you can set them under a couch, at the base of the stairs or behind the trash can.

The YardMax is the only collar compatible with the new Pawz Away Mini Pet Barrier PWF00-14040. This new zone smaller than the ZND-1000 zone and therefore can be placed in smaller places. The mini pet barrier is also waterproof so it can also be utilized outdoors too.

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PetSafe YardMax One Year Warranty


The fence is covered under PetSafe’s One Year Non-Transferrable Limited  Warranty.  During the first year, all equipment is covered 100%.  After the first year, equipment can be replaced at a steep discount.

We also provide a 30 day return policy on all our systems. You can return the system for any reason, for a full refund.

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The PetSafe YardMax is the new leader on the block. There are three great innovations this fence has that really sets it apart from the competition. First, the new YardMax mode is does not devour any yard space and creates an infinite boundary zone beyond the wire, so there are no more run through risks. Second, the system does not all the dog to run through the boundary line – continuing to correct the dog no matter how far they go. And third, PetSafe finally gives us smaller rechargeable collars that allow for separate correction levels per collar. This feature allows all dog owners with dogs 10 lbs and up with a mix of sizes and temperaments to match the YardMax to their group of dogs.


The PetSafe YardMax is the dog fence system of choice./p>

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PetSafe YardMax Video Review

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PetSafe YardMax Manual

PetSafe YardMax Manual

Download the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 Manual (PDF).

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Model Petsafe YardMax
Type In Ground
Collar Battery Rechargeable – Lithium Ion
Correction Levels 5 Levels + Progressive Correction
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 3” (L) x 1.2” (W) x 1.2″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 3 ounces
Collar Weight (without band) 1.5 ounces
Collar Neck Size 6″ – 28″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test Yes
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 10 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 10 acres (3,000 feet)
Boundary Width 0-12 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 4.75” (L) x 4.75” (W) x 5.75“ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Indoor Pod Compatibility Yes – ZND-1000, PWF00-14040
Outdoor Pod Compatibility Yes RFA378 Rock
Included Boundary Wire 500 feet + 2 wire Splices
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other Collar Charger, Collar Point Wrench
Package Dimensions 12” (L) x 8” (W) x 6″ (D)
Package Weight 7 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 YardMax 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 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

The wire break kit helps you repair any breaks in the dog fence boundary wire. The kit includes extra wire, two wire nuts, and two waterproof capsules to keep your splice watertight.

Value $14.95.

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We had more than 10,000 happy customers last year, and are hoping to have even more in 2013. 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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Kat April 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I feel like I understand the traditional systems that give a warning tone or vibration as the dog reaches the fence perimeter setting, but does the Yard Max only correct outside the line? How should you do the training for this model? Do you train in traditional mode to establish the perimeter? I have a 70 lb lab/rott and 50 lab/pit mix. 50 lb is compliant, I’m worried about needing Stubborn dog for the 70 lb.

ADMIN – Hi Kat. No. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence can also be used in Traditional “B Mode.” When training your dog in YardMax “A Mode” you can put the boundary flags closer to the boundary wire as a “visual reminder” so the dog remembers the warning beep when standing above the boundary wire. It is important to decide which mode to use so the dog is not confused when approaching the boundary wire. What is the temperament of your dogs? The PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) works great with the Rottweiler and Pitbull breed.

Jason King April 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

I have been thinking about getting an underground fence and had some questions I live on the top of a hill and would loop my fence around 3.5 acres there is a small creek that runs through the middle of my property. Would i be able to put the wire inside some underground electrical conduit and run it under the creek? Also would elevation change be an issue?

ADMIN – Hi Jason. What is the age, weight, breed and temperament of your dog(s)? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog(s) in a 4 acre perimeter loop. Yes. You can run the boundary wire through a garden hose or plastic PVC pipe to cross a creek area. No. Elevation will not be an issue. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to look at some sample dog fence layouts.

matthew Rowlen April 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hello, we have 3 dogs (Alaskan malamute 75lbs, great dane 150lbs, and a puggle 35lbs) we are moving in a month to house that sits on 2 acres. Our dogs love to wander and we want to keep this from happening. We want them to be able to enjoy the full size of the yard. Here’s the kicker. The lot has a creek thar runs through it so any fencing would have to go under water yet still work in two separate areas. So we need something that is waterproof system wise and waterproof (not water resistant) for our dogs. We also have a 20×30 garden we would like to keep them out of. Our malamute and dane are stubborn where the puggle is a little more gentle. Do you have anything that will work for us? We really dont want to spend thousands on professional installation.

ADMIN – Hi Matthew. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 2 acre perimeter loop. Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? This cross-compatibility is very useful if you have dogs of very different sizes or disposition (or intend to get such dogs). Instead of having to use a single type of collar that is a compromise between each dog’s needs, you can provide each dog with a collar that suits them. For smaller dogs under 12 lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog collar can be used, for medium sized dogs or dogs that do not require a strong correction the PetSafe Deluxe collar can be used. The Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378) can be used to keep the dogs out of the garden area.

Amanda April 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

I just ordered the YardMax system and plan to install a single loop around my yard. My yard is basically a rectangle. I plan to operate the system in YardMax mode. I have one area that I am considering for an exclusion zone. It’s a small planting bed about 3 feet wide and 10 feet long that runs perpendicular to my perimeter. I wanted ask five things: 1.) Can you do Exclusion Zones with YardMax Mode? 2.) Could I just jog out the perimeter line to pick up the flower bed or will the perpendicular wire and multiple changes in direction mess up the “infinite” boundary? 3.) If the twisted wire is the key to keeping the primary YardMax boundary unchanged, is there a minimum length I need to twist the wire? 4.) Is there a minimum width recommended for an Exclusion Zone with YardMax? and 5.) Does the Exclusion Zone need to be a basic shape or can it have an L-shape? Thanks for the help!

ADMIN – Hi Amanda. No. We recommend using the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence in “B Mode” (Traditional Mode) when installing the boundary wire using an Exclusion Zone. Yes. You can run the boundary wire in front of the flower bed to prevent the dog from going into that area. Again, we recommend using “B Mode” in this application. The purpose of the twisted wire is to cancel the signal at the base station to avoid interference problems. The minimum length of the twisted wire is 10 feet (at the transmitter) to the perimeter loop. We recommend keeping the exclusion zone boundary wire 5-6 feet away from boundary wires that run parallel to the exclusion zone boundary wires. We recommend using a simple loop for the exclusion zone. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page.

Yuko April 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

Hi, I have a small yard of about 1/3 acr. I just need to use invisible fence only on one side of the yard since we have some fencing on the rest. But the side I need to use invisible fence has vynal fence on one end and chain link on the other end. It seems that I shouldn’t have the invisible fence get too close to any metal fences but I need to have it right up to my chain link fence to close off my yard. Is there a way to use this invisible fence for my yard?

Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Yuko. You will need 500 ft of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. We recommend using “Mode B” Traditional Mode when using the “Single-Sided” Layout with the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence. Yes. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal fences to avoid signal amplification problems. Also, it is a good idea to not bury the boundary wire until you confirm the collar is beeping and correcting at the correct location on the perimeter loop.

Les Coop April 14, 2015 at 1:41 am

6 Golden Retrievers on 2 acres. Have chain link fence for part of yard and regular wire fencing for the rest. Do I have to put in ground or can I mount to existing fence. Or can I just just use the lawn stakes? How far to put away from fence?

ADMIN – Hi Les. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence? You will need 1,500 ft of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 2 acre perimeter loop. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal fencing to avoid amplification problems. You can bury the boundary wire 1-3 inches in the ground, or secure it with Lawn Staples.

tim April 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I am looking into an underground fence. I have two golden retrievers, 100 pounders. I have 5 acres with about an acre of woods. I have wolven wire fence around my back yard and pasture. Will I be able to use this fence because I need to ho under the wolven wire fence at 4 different places. I read that it can’t be within 10′ or so. Also I have a ditch that runs through my property. I would need to go through that too. Do you think your system would work for me

ADMIN – Hi Tim. What is the temperament of your Golden Retrievers? You will need 2,000 ft of boundary wire to contain your dogs in a 5 acre perimeter loop. We recommend staying 5-10 feet away from metal fencing to avoid amplification problems. If you do have to cross under the metal fencing do so perpendicularly running the boundary wire 1-3 inches underground. You can run the boundary wire through a garden hose or PVC pipe to cross through a ditch. Have you drawn out your dog fence layout? Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation, and Layout” page.

hannah April 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Hello, so happy to have found this site! We live in the city on .7 acre, want to fence entire perimeter.
I have a 2 year old unspayed female Great Dane, who is fairly… wild. Also 7 month male Italian greyhound, 11 year old female Australian shepherd.
I wonder if the yard max will be best for all three (live the rechargeable feature), or do I need stubborn for great Dane. .? Would that also work for other two dogs or be to strong? If I purchase the yardmax, install, and it just doesn’t keep Dane in, could it be exchanged for stubborn model?

ADMIN – Hi Hannah. You will need 500 ft of wire to contain your dogs in a 1/3 acre perimeter loop. The PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is the best choice for Great Danes and Greyhounds. The Stubborn system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar. You can add on the PetSafe Deluxe Dog Collar PUL-275 for your Australian Shepherd. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence would not provide the necessary correction to contain the Great Dane and Greyhound.

mitchell newton April 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

I have a 13 month old 90lb female German Shepherd. She has a lovely personality with people and other dogs. We live in the country and have never had any problems with any of our 14 previous dogs we have owned here for the past 35 years. Unfortunately she learned of a neighbors free range chickens last week and killed 8 then 5. I paid the man a considerable amount of money but he is understandably very angry and the possibility of him killing her is great if it occurs again. We live in the middle of a woods and am concerned about the problems that roots and brush may cause with underground systems. We have 9 acres but will have to configure the system due to some steep ravines which run through the back of the property. Our dog is very unhappy about the chain and cable system I have made. I want her to have the most room to run but fear the tragedy of her possibly getting loose and returning to the scene of the slaughter and then being killed herself. Help, we are worried sick and want to solve this problem for once and for all so we don’t fear for her life.

ADMIN – Hi Mitchell. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What will the full weight of your German Shepherd be? How much of the 9 acres are you using to contain your dog? Does your German Shepherd have long hair? Has your dog ever used a correction collar before? What is your dog’s temperament? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge).

CHRIS KINCAID April 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I have a very small back yard with a 3 foot fence. The bottom of the fence is 1 foot concrete block. The rest is 2 feet metal fence. I’m very interested in the yard max because of the small yard. After reading about the system, I’m concerned about the metal part of the fence. Will it effect the yard max wire? I will be getting a 4 month old female English pointer. If it will effect the yard fence, do you have any suggestions for me?
Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Chris. What is the weight of your English Pointer? What is the size of your pet containment area? Yes. Metal can create signal amplification problems. We recommend setting the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 electric dog fence to Traditional Mode “B” and adjusting the Boundary Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. Then, test the Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Justin April 10, 2015 at 12:11 am

Hello. I am looking at an in ground / invisible fence system for my two boxers, one male about 70 pounds and on female pup around 20 pounds at current time. Both extremely active and love to run in the outdoors. We live in a rural area, about 10 acres, but I only need to protect the front area of property bordering the roadway, approximately 500 feet both east and west, nothing more, due to a complaining neighbor. I just need to keep the dogs off of roadway and neighbors hay pasture across county roadway. The fence will be running along with a wooden split rail fence and across / under two driveway entries. Also the transmitter would be plugged in on our front porch, about center and 100 feet from fence line where system will run. Any suggestion on system and / or can I just run the fence in two separate directions without making a complete loop of area? Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Justin. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence would work great with your two Boxers. The YardMax has rechargeable collars and run-through prevention. However, the single boundary wire is run in a continuous loop around your property. Have you drawn out your dog fence layout? Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation, and Layout” page to look at more sample layouts.

Christine Greer April 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

We have an invisible fence in place but would like to replace the system not the wire. The actual wire fencing in the ground is only 2 years old. Can we replace the transmitter without replacing the wire in the ground?

ADMIN – Hi Christine. What is the model of your electric dog fence? Yes. The transmitter can be replaced without replacing the boundary wire. Simply, unplug the old transmitter, connect the new transmitter, and test the collar with the Test Light Tool on your new dog fence system.

Katie April 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

About 6 months ago we had a small local business come an install an underground fence for our great Pyrenees puppy. She is about 9 months now and that fence is nothing to her. At first the guy had to redo it. He had recently bought the company and didn’t know how to do just a back yard using our house as a border. It shocked her all the time with nowhere for her to walk through. He had to come back and do a double loop. He has came back to look several other times to see why she is getting out. I’m considering replacing the system. I like the reviews of the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115. Would that contain her? My neighbor recommended the stubborn dog collar. We currently have the innotek 24100 model. Can we use same wiring?

ADMIN – Hi Katie. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. The PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is the best electric dog fence to contain your Great Pyrenees. Yes. You can use the same wiring. Simply, unplug the old transmitter, connect the new transmitter, and test the collar on your new dog fence system.

Ajax April 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

I purchased Yard Max PIG00-11115 and plan to install next week. My neighbor has an invisible fence – don’t know what brand. I would like to overlap with their fence in a limited area so our dog and theirs could still play. Is this a possibility or is it out of the question?

ADMIN – Hi Ajax. We recommend keeping a 5-10 foot distance between neighboring electric dog fence systems. This is to avoid signal interference problems.

Howard March 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Are the PetSafe collars compatible with the Tagg GPS collars? My dog wears a Tagg transmitter so I can find him if he ever strays. I can attach the tag transmitter to the PetSafe collar but I don’t know if it will interfere with the fence signal. I have a 40 pound 1 year old Brittany. Can you advise? Also, My home is wired for an Invisible Fence system that I installed when I got my first Brittany in 2002. It worked fine when I shut it down after she passed about 2 years ago. Can I just hook up the PetSafe transmitter? Is there a discount if I don’t need the wire that comes with it?

ADMIN – Hi Howard. The Tagg devices are from a different company. I read the info on their website and from what I can tell, there should be no issues with the 2 working together. It looks like the Tagg unit works off of a cellular signal so it should not affect the radio signal. We can’t say 100% for sure, but I don’t think it would be an issue. Have you looked at the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence?

Brian March 28, 2015 at 11:02 am

Does the Yardmax allow you to use the hourglass layout providing separate backyard and front yard zones?

ADMIN – Hi Brian. We recommend setting the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence to “B Mode” when using the Hourglass Layout because the boundary wire runs along the sides of the house.

john March 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

We’re thinking of purchasing one of your systems through Pet Smart here in Canada. The pigoo 11115.
Will we still be able to get questions answered through your site even though the system was purchased through someone else?

ADMIN – I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but our sales and support are limited to the United States coverage area. Therefore, we are required to only do business and process shipments within the United States. However, you may want to Google some local pet stores in your area.

Catherine March 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

We have a 2.5 year old German Shepherd, 65 pounds and well trained, is extremely driven but is responsive to correction. We were wanting to use the Yard Max system for her but I keep reading how metal and fence structures can interfere with the fence. We have a small farm with lots of welded pipe fencing, we also have barb wire fencing. Will the Yard Max work properly if it is buried perpendicular under the pipe fencing? We would have to go under the pipe fencing in a few different places to give the dog room to run. Also, if the pipe fence will interfere (even if placed perpendicular) is there a product that can shield the underground fence so it can run under the pipe fencing? One more question, if the Yard Max is ordered can the heavier gauge wire be incorporated into the package/bundle for an additional price or must you order the system with the 20 gauge wire and buy the heavier gauge wire separate? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Catherine. What is the size of your pet containment area? Yes. We recommend crossing the barbed wire perpendicularly 1-3 inches in the ground under the metal pipe fencing. You can help protect your boundary wire by running it through PVC pipe. Yes. You can order the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence with a stronger gauge boundary wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge) to help resist wire breaks.

Melissa March 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Hello! We are considering the Petsafe Yardmax vs. Ultrasmart. I’m unclear why the Yardmax is that much better. It looks like the Ultrasmart also has the run-through prevention. We have a chainlink fence on 1/2 our property that our shepherd can jump but we want to run the electric fence around the entire property so we can be with them in the front yard also and to prevent her from jumping in the back. We definitely want the pawz away devices- for both indoor & outdoor. We have about 1/2 acre in total. Could you clarify the differences and why Yardmax is so much better? What do you think of the plastic vs fabric collars? Could you just replace the fabric collar if they chewed it or it ripped but keep the receiver? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Melissa. I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s chewing habits. A simple solution is to spray the dog collar with a safe and effective “bitter apple” spray. This will deter the dog from chewing on unwanted things. You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1/2 acre perimeter loop. We recommend going with the newer dog fence systems since PetSafe bought out Innotek and it will be very difficult to find replacement dog collars in the future on the older dog fence systems. What is the age and weight of your Shepherd? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence has run-through prevention vs the UltraSmart dog fence, which does not have it. The YardMax is also compatible with indoor and outdoor zones. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from a chain-link fence to avoid amplification problems. We recommend setting the YardMax to Traditional Mode “B” and adjusting the Boundary Control Dial on the Transmitter to the appropriate Boundary Width setting. For example, if you set the Boundary Width Control Dial to 6 you will have 3 feet of signal on each side of the boundary wire. The boundary wire can be installed in front or along the bottom of the wood fence. This prevents the dog from damaging, digging, or jumping over the fence. The boundary flags are set at the 3 feet warning zone inside of the pet area. You can place the flags 10 feet apart around the warning area inside the boundary wire. Then, test the Collar with the Test Light Tool to make sure the collar is beeping and correcting 3 feet inside of the boundary wire.

Becky March 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm


I want to purchase this fence for my Austrian shepherd and have a few questions.

1. We live on a greenhouse farm and have 5 large metal greenhouses on the property. Will that affect the fence in anyway?

2. We also have goats that we have fenced in on the property. How far does the wire have to be from the fence?

3. How cold it too cold for the control box? ( we live on pa )

4. How much wire would I need for 2 acres?

ADMIN – Hi Becky. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your Austrian shepherd? Yes. Metal will amplify the transmitter’s signal. We recommend installing the transmitter inside of a garage, away from metal, and connected to an electrical outlet. We recommend installing the fence transmitter in dry areas that do not fall below freezing 32 degrees Fahrenheit (e.g., garage, basement, shed). You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop. We recommend running the boundary wire 5-10 feet away from metal fencing to avoid amplification problems. You can attach the boundary wire to the ground with Lawn Staples, or dig it 1-3 inches in the ground. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge).

John & Joanna McEwen March 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm

A friend has installed and recommends your system. I have questions. We live on 10 acres about 100 km east of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have 2 dogs, a large chocolate lab, +60 lb, and a miniature poodle, -20 lb. Both love to bark at horses, cattle, or sheep on neighbouring farms and the object is to prevent that. We have pet-proof fencing only along one side of the property, so far, but the high cost is making the rest of the fencing (and a gate) problematic. Question 1. There is a watercourse entering the north end of the property and exiting through a metal culvert on the south end. On our property is a dam, creating a large back-up pond, frequented by a variety of waterfowl. Our north fence line runs through this pond, perhaps 100 yards across at that point, perhaps 10 yards north of the dam. I would want the dogs to be able to run across the dam and even dabble in the water adjacent to the dam. We would use 14 ga. wire but want your opinion about running the wire under the pond vs stringing it from posts we would have to install, so that it could run perhaps 3 ft above the surface of the water.
Question 2. We had planned to put the transmitter in a wooden shed (our house has a metal roof) with a power connection, but the shed is not heated in winter and the temperature can drop as low as -30 degrees Centigrade/Celsius. Will that work in winter? We also have another (insulated) shed but heating it in winter would be expensive and only possible to keep it near the freezing point: (32 degrees F/0 degrees C.)
Question 3. We have a large (C-Can) cargo container we use for storage. It sits perhaps 3 ft from the fence line with the pet-proof fencing and the 14 ga sensor wire will have to run between the cargo container and the pet-proof fencing, a favorite hunting area for the lab as barn cats and skunks often get under the cargo container. I foresee no problem there as the pet proof fencing is in place, but wonder how far the signal interference from the cargo container might extend.?

ADMIN – Hi John and Joanna. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but we only ship to the United States. You may want to check some local pet stores in your area.

Jason March 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Can you use the petsafe stubborn dog collar with the petsafe yardmax system. I have a large aggressive lab that I think needs a stronger correction level, but I like the anti run through feature on the yardmax system.

ADMIN – Hi Jason. Unfortunately, the Petsafe Stubborn Dog Collar is not compatible with the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence. What is the age and weight of your Lab? We have a lot of Lab owners who have used the YardMax underground dog fence system with great success. The key is consistent dog training! Once you purchase the YardMax underground dog fence system you will receive a downloadable copy of the “Expert Installation and Training Guide.” This manual shows you how to safely contain your dog in 2 weeks.

Mary March 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Good Day,
I have read many of the questions on here, and appreciate the time everyone has taken to comment and ask some of the same questions that I have. I have one question that I feel compelled to try and work around. I live in Vermont, where the temperature in the worst of the winter is routinely -20F. I understand this could contribute greatly to wire breakage, is having the wire buried in pac pipe a reasonable way to counter the winter weather and keep the wire from being crushed? I have a 50 lb. pitbull mix who loves everyone, but really loves to chase squirrels and cats. Just loves to see ‘em run! We have a 3 car garage that is sided in aluminum siding. I understand I will have to stay 10 feet away from that building as well. That would leave us roughly 1/2 acre of back yard we’d like to fence for her. Thoughts please? Thank you Mary

ADMIN – Hi Mary. I see you’ve done your homework! You will need 1,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 1/2 acre perimeter loop. Yes. You can run the boundary wire through plastic PAC Pipe to protect it from traffic and cold temperatures. We recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) for the Pit bull breed due to the stronger level of correction provided in the dog collar.

Bonnie March 15, 2015 at 12:34 am

We are considering buying the YardMax and have been reading the comments and answers here. In a couple of the answers, you have said some people have drilled a hole into their crawlspace to run the twisted wire into the house. However, you recommend keeping the wire away from metal. Does that include the twisted wire? We would have to drill through concrete, which contains re-bar, without knowing exactly where the re-bar is. Would this interfere with the fence if we run the twisted wire near a piece of re-bar? We have a 7 month old Rottweiler/Blue Heeler mix, currently about 60 lbs, who has responded well to obedience training and to a remote training collar. She is starting to roam too far from the house now, so we will be fencing about two acres. Thanks for your help.

ADMIN – Hi Bonnie. Yes. The twisted wire works better if you install it 5-10 feet away from metal. We recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) for the Rottweiler breed, which usually requires a stronger level of correction. You will need 1,500 feet of boundary wire to contain your dog in a 2 acre perimeter loop.

Cody March 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hey I am thinking about putting in an invisible fence for a beagle. I haven’t purchased the beagle yet but plan to definetly get a puppy when we do. I read a lot of reviews about beagles and them now reacting to well with electric fences. People were saying that when they catch a sent the shock doesn’t matter to them they’ll take the hit to get to what they want. I don’t want to waste any money purchasing an electric fence when if it proves to be ineffective to the specific bread beagle that we want. Any thoughts?

ADMIN – Hi Cody. The secret to success with any invisible dog fence is consistent Dog Training and Collar fit. Many dogs run-through the boundary wire because the contacts on the dog’s collar were not making correct contact with the dog’s skin. We have Beagle owners who train their dog consistently and follow the advise in our “Expert Installation and Training Guide” and are very happy with the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence.

Denise March 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

We have a 4 year old German Shepherd male. We live on 7 acres that is half pasture half woods. We had a Petsafe Stubborn Dog fence when he was younger. He learned quickly that he could run through it & would be ok. We quit using it and just let him run. Fast forward to today-we now have neighbors. He has been unjustly accused of attacking a neighbor’s dog several times. He is guilty of running over to mess with it. We have several tickets and a report to the county animal control because of it. Needless to say, he can’t be off our property anymore. We just had him trained on a shock collar which seems to be working ok. We are very hesitant to allow him off leash, though. German Shepherds love to run. Do you think any of your fences would be worth the investment to allow him to run on our property?

ADMIN – Hi Denise. I’m sorry to hear about your dog. What is the weight of your German Shepherd? I would recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 electric dog fence or the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) electric dog fence depending on the weight and temperament of your dog. However, 90% of the success of any invisible dog fence system is tied into the consistent training of your dog. What is the size of the pet containment area? The YardMax and Stubborn in-ground dog fence systems can handle a 10 acre yard.

Richard Garry February 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm

We have Moles, can you run wire through PVC pipe to keep the moles from damaging the wire?

ADMIN – Hi Richard. Yes. We recommend running the boundary wire through PVC pipe to protect it from being chewed or damaged by animals.

Richard Garry February 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I have a stick framed house but has a metal roof. Can your system be used under this circumstance?

ADMIN – Hi Richard. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your pet containment area? Yes. A metal roof will interfere with the transmitter sending the weak radio signal through the boundary wire. We recommend staying 10 feet away from the metal objects. We recommend the transmitter be installed in a dry location, with an electrical outlet, and away from metal. You could also install a “Power Pole” with an electric outlet and install the transmitter in a weatherproof box. Then, run your twisted wire (10 foot section) from the transmitter and splice to the perimeter boundary loop. Have you drawn out a layout of your dog fence system and where you want to run the boundary wire? Here is a link to our Installation, Planning, and Layout Dog Fence page. Which of the DogFenceDIY layouts is most similar to your layout design?

Luke February 14, 2015 at 11:44 pm

I have two dogs, a Malamute-Shepherd mix and a German Shepherd. They’re both big dogs, especially the Shepherd because he’s built like tank. The lot I have is 3 and 1/2 acres, in the winter temperatures can easily be -30 Celsius (if not lower), I get huge amounts of snowfall, and around the lot is a barbed wire fence.
I looked at the Pet-smart Yard Max system, and it seems like a good fit. However, if I simply looped wire around the fence would that work? If that’s not okay, could I bury it right beside the fence, or would I have to have some distance? Also, I saw something about galvanized metal being okay?
I also saw that 20 gage wire isn’t recommended, and I have a bunch of 14 gage wire just lying around. Could I use that, or would it not be compatible?

ADMIN – Hi Luke. What is the age, weight, and temperament of your Malamute-Shepherd mix and German Shepherd? Do your dogs have long hair? You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your two dogs in a 4 acre perimeter loop. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 underground dog fence works with temperatures at 32 degrees fahrenheit. We recommend other forms of pet containment when temperatures fall below freezing. Also, snow drifts will interfere with the radio signal in the boundary wire and make it difficult to contain your pet. We recommend installing the boundary wire 1-3 inches in the ground and 5-10 feet away from barbed wire. We do not recommend mixing two different 14 gauge wires in your underground dog fence system.

Lin February 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm


I have a male american akita, 1 year old, 78 lbs, 5 feet if standing on two rear legs. He constantly tries to push over my 6 ft fence to get to neighbour’s dogs. Also, he already chews off the top of fence. Very stubborn, just couldn’t get him to stay away from doing it. The size of backyard is 90 ft x 55 ft.

Can you recommend a system to keep him away from the fence? I live in Australia, and the voltage is 220 – 240. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Lin. I’m sorry but we do not ship outside of the United States.

Ann-Marie February 1, 2015 at 1:42 am

Do you know of any bluetooth/smart phone friendly apps with containment systems.

ADMIN – Hi Ann-Marie. No. Unfortunately, there are not any Bluetooth/Smart phone friendly apps with dog fence containment systems. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your property? Will you be containing your pet in a perimeter loop?

Merle Fischer January 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Hi, My back yard has a fence on 3 sides and the house takes up 3/4 of the open side. what I need is to your fence to complete approx. 50ft. Can I use a tight oblong loop to accomplish this?

ADMIN – Hi Merle. Yes. You can use a Single-sided Boundary Layout. The only stipulation is that the twisted wire section can only be half the length of the looped boundary wire. For example, if your loop is 100 feet in a circle, you can only run 50 feet of twisted wire back. This install is very popular with people who live in a rural setting and they want to protect their dog from running out onto the freeway. You simply run a long length of twisted wire from the wall transmitter out to the road. Create a long, skinny loop of boundary wire, remembering to keep the parallel sections a minimum of 6 feet separated to avoid the wires interfering with each other. The key for success of this installation method is run your loop far enough along the road so that your dog doesn’t run around it.

Kenneth Krell January 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

The Petsafe Yard Max sounds like it will work. We purchaed PetSafe wireless and didn’t work due to our metal roof. Will the transmitter work inside a metal roofed house? If not can I mount it in a detached workshop (no metal roof) but not temperature controlled (though dry)

ADMIN – Hi Kenneth. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your property? Are you going to run your boundary wire in a perimeter loop? We recommend installing the transmitter in a dry location, near an electrical outlet, and away from large metal objects (e.g., metal roofs, metal siding, etc). Does your detached workshop have an electrical outlet?

Tori January 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm

If I purchase the PetSafe Yard Max, can I use the 20 gauge wire on one side of the property and a roll of the 14 gauge wire on the other side of the property?

ADMIN – Hi Tori. No. We recommend using the same gauge boundary wire in your perimeter loop. We also recommend installing the same gauge twisted wire connected at the transmitter.

Daisy January 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Hi. My 19 lb dog is small enough to slip thru my existing aluminum pool fence so thinking the electrric fence makes sense. Currently she wears a magnet around her neck that opens an electronic dog door so she can come in and out of the house to access the fenced in back yard. Do you think this dog door and magnet would interfere with the fence collar?

ADMIN – Hi Daisy. Yes. The magnetic collar would interfere with the underground dog fence system. We recommend removing the magnetic collar while the dog is wearing the dog fence collar. What is the age, breed, and temperament of your dog? What is the size of your property? Are you containing your pet in a perimeter loop? We recommend the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence for dogs 10lbs and up. The YardMax can only handle a 10 acre yard.

Gary Titus January 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

A couple of questions about using any of your fences. We have a horse farm so electric wire fencing runs through out our property. The area we intend for the dogs is appx 3 acres. We run two wire fences with only the top wire hot. The two wires are about 24″ apart. What we’d like to do is attach the dog fence to the lower wire and only bury where needed under gates. This lower wire is appx 12″ off the ground.

Will the dog wire work within 2 feet of the hot wire?
Will the dog fence work if the wire is above ground (surface laid up to 18″ off the ground)?

Thank you,
Gary Titus

ADMIN – Hi Gary. What is the age, breed, weight, and temperament of your dog(s)? We recommend installing the boundary wire 10 feet in front or behind the electric wire fencing. Electric wire creates signal interference in the boundary wire. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire to contain your pets in a 3 acre perimeter loop. The boundary wire can be installed 1-3 inches in the ground using a Wire Laying Trencher to do the hard work. Or, you can install the boundary wire using Lawn Staples. I would recommend upgrading the boundary wire to 16 gauge or 14 gauge if installing it above ground in a high traffic area.

Ann-Marie January 6, 2015 at 3:10 am

I was wondering if you ship to Canada? I have been on your site and have found the information to be above and beyond anywhere else I have looked and I like that it is a family business. Very informative, thank you!

We have a 9 month old dog (lab/shepherd/coonhound). She is lovely, but she is a runner. We have 5 acres that is mostly forested and she loves to explore, but since we don’t have it fenced, she assumes the whole neighbourhood is hers. When she does take off it is to visit the dog next store usual or just to do her hot laps around the neighbourhood. We are hoping the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 would do the trick and keep her in our 5 acres, not the neighbours. Thanks in advance.

ADMIN – Hi Ann-Marie. No, we do not ship to Canada. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. You will need 2,000 feet of boundary wire for your 5 acre property. Will there be a lot of traffic (e.g., mowers, string trimmers, aerators, wildlife, tree debris, gardening) near the boundary wire? You will also want to consider seasonal high and low temperatures that also contribute to wire breaks. If so, we recommend upgrading the 20 gauge wire (that comes bundled with the system) to a stronger gauge wire (e.g., 16 gauge, 14 gauge). The PetSafe YardMax transmitter has two modes. YardMax mode will trigger an audible tone when the dog’s collar is directly above the Boundary Wire. If the dog continues to cross over the Boundary Wire, a correction is received by the dog for up to 15 seconds. If the dog “turns and retreats” back into the pet area, the correction stops as soon as the dog’s collar crosses back over the Boundary Wire into the pet area. The other mode is “Traditional” mode. Traditional mode sets the warning zone to the boundary width as defined by the fence transmitter. The dog receives an audible tone before reaching the Boundary Wire. If the dog continues towards the Boundary Wire the dog receives a correction inside the Boundary Wire.

Clive January 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Hi, I had a couple questions about the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115. For background: I’ve got two dogs, 50 and 85 pounds, who like to take “adventure trips” but are very trainable. My fully-fenced backyard is about a half-acre and abuts four neighboring yards. One neighbor has an Invisible Fence(R) with the wire installed right up at the joint property boundary; the rest of my yard’s boundary is clear of electrical issues. I’m in North Carolina, so winters aren’t harsh, with maybe one big freeze per year.

I’m thinking of installing 14- or 16-gauge wire in the backyard, about 8-10 feet inside my property boundary and in YardMax mode. I’d run it inside old garden hose; my thought is to initially just anchor it to the ground, then bury it later this spring when it’s warmer (and I need to bring out the mower!). Transmitter unit will live inside a finished shed attached to the side of the house.

Sound OK? Do you foresee any issues with this approach? Is there any issue with the inside of the house being “outside the wire”?

ADMIN – Hi Clive. Yes. The PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence can be used with your two dogs (e.g., 50lbs, 85lbs). The YardMax will accommodate your 1/2 acre backyard. Does your fence contain metal? Metal objects can amplify or deaden the signal in the boundary wire. We recommend installing boundary wire 10-15 feet away from neighboring Invisible Dog Fences. It is also a good idea to work with your neighbor in adjusting their boundary width dial to a setting that does not interfere with your dog fence. Since you do not have extreme temperature changes the 14- or 16-gauge boundary wire would work fine in the backyard. YardMax mode will give your dog more room to play inside of the pet area. You can run the boundary wire inside of a garden hose and then bury it in the spring. Does the shed have metal siding or a metal roof? The transmitter unit should not be installed anywhere near large metal object. This will create single interfere at the base station. What kind of layout are you using? Here are some sample layouts to review for your property

David Drlich December 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I moved into a new house in mid-December. There was no fence and I wasn’t sure how to keep my two bully breed dogs in our yard without the hassle of a tie out or the time and expense of fencing. I got the YardMax system promptly, installed it easily, trained the dogs quickly, and am thrilled with the results. The girls took to the training right away. This week, even tempted by dog walkers, squirrels, and a little white cat, both stopped right at the perimeter. There might as well have been a force field there. This with the collars only set to 2 and 3 out of 6, the lowest two levels of correction. This system is fantastic.

ADMIN – Hi David. Thanks for sharing your success story with the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 in-ground dog fence! Please feel free to post a “Customer Testimonial” on the DogFenceDIY Blog page. Here is the link

Lynn December 22, 2014 at 2:21 am

In one of your responses regarding multiple dogs with different weights, it was suggested to put a resistor on dog under 10 lbs using the YardMax system. I did not see anything listed as a resistor in your store. Do I go to a hardware store and ask for one?


ADMIN – Hi Lynn. We recommend using the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 dog fence system without resistors. Installing resistors will void the One Year Non-Transferable Limited Warranty. The YardMax dog fence offers independent correction levels for each dog collar. In other words, you can set the correction levels separately for each dog collar to customize the experience for each of your dogs. This also means that you will no longer have to mix and max collars across a variety of dog fences. The resistor “work around” solution applied to the Innotek IUC-4100 & Innotek IUC-5100 dog fence systems. Those dog fence systems do not provide independent correction levels on the dog collars.

Steve B December 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

When burying the wire, does it have to be one continuous loop or can it be broken? I have a pond in my yard that I would like my dog to have access but I don’t think I can get on the back side of the pond without a lot of work. What can I do in this case?

ADMIN – Hi Steve. Yes. We recommend using a continuous loop in your dog fence layout. No. The layout can not be broken, because this would interrupt the radio signal in the Boundary Wire. However, you can add a small exclusion zone to keep your dog out of a small area within your property. For example you may want your dog to have full access to your yard except a small pond. To do this you loop some boundary wire around the area you want to protect and join the loop to the main loop with some twisted wire. Note: It is important to splice one wire to one wire when splicing boundary wire.

Dustan D December 20, 2014 at 1:53 am

if I laid the wire in a loop and went under my deck which is 12 feet high could the dog go into the house via the deck without getting corrected?

ADMIN – Hi Dustan. Do you have a doorway entrance to your house under the deck? If so, the 12 feet distance from the bottom of the deck to the ground would allow your dog to safely enter a doorway into your house (under your deck). The vertical height over the ground gives your dog enough space to get in and out of the back door without triggering the correction. As always, you want to test with the dog collar at the back door to make sure there is no signal accidentally reaching down where the dog will walk. Also test rooms near the Boundary Wire line to make sure there is no signal spilling into those rooms. If there is unwanted spill, turn down the boundary width setting on the control box until you are getting no spill.

Lance December 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I have a four barbed wire fence around 90 percent of my property. Could I just bury the wire in the in the other 10 percent, and follow the lowest barbed wire the rest of the way ?

ADMIN – Hi Lance. We do not recommend attaching Boundary Wire to non-galvanized metal (e.g., chain link fences, barbed wire). The radio signal could be amplified or deadened by the metal. We recommend burying the Boundary Wire 1-3 inches in the ground and 10 feet in front or 10 feet behind the barbed wire areas.

Terry Smartt December 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Would like to purchase the pet safe yard max PIG00-11115 but would like to change the wire gauge to 16 gauge. Is this a problem. And also am I to understand this will not mess with transmitters or recievers and all still warantty covered.

ADMIN – Hi Terry. The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. Yes, you can upgrade the Boundary Wire to 16 gauge Boundary Wire. The standard 20 gauge Boundary Wire will be removed from the bundled dog fence package. The upgraded Boundary Wire will not interfere with the Transmitter or Receiver Dog Collar. Upgrading the Boundary Wire in a dog fence system will not affect the One Year Non-Transferable Limited Warranty. What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of your pet containment area?

Terry Smartt December 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Can I replace the 20 gauge wire with 14 gauge from your company?

ADMIN – Hi Terry. Have your received your shipment? If so, what is your order number? Is the 20 gauge Boundary Wire in the original packaging? How many 20 gauge Boundary Wire (500 feet spools) do you have? If the spool or spools are in the original packaging, untampered, and resellable we can accept a return of the unused Boundary Wire.

Sarah December 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

We are fencing in about 6 acres and initially will only put the pet fence in to prevent the dogs from going through the gate if it is open and to keep them from around the pool. We are thinking that a rock on either side of the gate area (it is 16 feet wide) will protect the gate, and we wanted to ask your advice about the pool. As for the rest of the property, we are putting in 5 feet of no-climb fence, but if this won’t stop our livestock guardian dogs (as they chase off coyotes and bobcats that they perceive to be a threat to our poultry and goats), we may want to wire the whole area. If we do so, is it necessary to bury the wire, or can we just string it along the bottom of the existing fence posts?

ADMIN – Hi Sarah. The Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378) would work great. It would allow you to create a small zone that prevents your dog from getting too close to the pool. The unit takes four D batteries and can work in both wireless or wired mode. The Pawz Away Pods are compatible with the PetSafe YardMax. In wireless mode, the outdoor zone creates an adjustable circular exclusion zone up to 12 feet in diameter. If the dog enters the exclusion zone, it is first warned with a beep, then given a correction. In wired mode, you can connect up to 150 feet of Boundary Wire to create a wired boundary loop to stop the dog from entering the protected area. Note: the unit cannot work in both wireless and wired modes simultaneous, you have to chose one or the other. Does the 5 foot “no climb” fence contain any metal? If so, it could amplify the radio signal in the Boundary Wire. Do the existing fence posts contain metal? I would recommend burying your Boundary Wire 1-3 inches in the ground to avoid amplifying the radio signal in the Boundary Wire.

Tamara Graham December 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

We have installed the YardMax system in our 1 acre yard. Our 1 yr old English Setter is a runner so we really need this to work! The boundaries in the yard seem to be working well and he is avoiding the flags after just a few days but the area where the wire crosses the concrete driveway seems to give inconsistent correction. I have tested the collar along the driveway and sometimes it warns/corrects and sometimes not. Any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Tamara. I’m sorry to hear about your YardMax dog collar. Are there any metal objects near or buried under the driveway? Metal objects can amplify the radio signal in the Boundary Wire. Where does the Boundary Wire cross the driveway? I would also verify the rechargeable collar is fully charged. What is the setting on your Boundary Width Dial on the Transmitter? You may need to adjust the setting up or down by 1 level. Then, test the Receiver Dog Collar with the Test Light Tool to confirm the Dog Collar is giving a Beep and Correction at the correct Boundary Wire locations on your property.

cam December 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

Is there any reason why it says not to put it in places where it falls below 0 degrees C? I was going to put it in my barn but it would be protected from rain and water just not the cold.

ADMIN – Hi Cam. Does your barn have metal siding or a metal roof? We recommend to place the PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 transmitter in an area at least 10 feet away from metal objects. We also recommend placing the transmitter in a dry location where temperatures do not fall below freezing 32 degrees Fahrenheit (e.g., garage, basement, shed, closet). Some people drill holes through the crawl space to run the Twisted Wire through the house.

Corbin December 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I have a one acre space that I would like the dog to be able to roam freely. I live in NE Ohio where the temperatures are below freezing daily in the winter. Will this affect the functionality of the in-ground fence or would a wireless system be a better fit? It seems to me that a wireless system would be the most convenient and far less work. What are the major features/advantages/benefits of the two in comparison?

ADMIN – Hi Corbin. Place the YardMax Fence Transmitter in an area where temperatures do not fall below freezing 32 degrees Fahrenheit (e.g., garage, basement, shed, closet). Some people drill holes through the crawl space to run the wire through the house. Wireless dog fences do not work as well as wired dog fences. The reason is because wireless dog fences receive radio interference from metal, trees, hills, and buildings. Also, the radio coverage is circular, which does not align with most landscape layouts. Wired dog fence systems carry a more consistent signal from the transmitter, to the Boundary Wire and Receiver Collar.

Meredith November 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

Our dogs are very sweet and loving, but we currently don’t have a fence and one of our neighbors has come to us, because he believes one of them has killed about 20 of his chickens. We live out in the country on a one acre lot. Would this be the best fence to purchase?

ADMIN – Hi Meredith. The PetSafe YardMax Dog Fence (PIG00-11115) might not have a high enough level of correction to capture your dog’s attention. Therefore, I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777). This dog fence is for dogs that require a particularly strong correction. The system is designed for low pain sensitivity dogs, and very large dogs that require a stronger correction than can be provided by a standard collar. Also, this collar is cross-compatible and can be used with dogs of very different sizes or disposition (or intend to get such dogs). Instead of having to use a single type of collar that is a compromise between each dog’s needs, you can provide each dog with a collar that suits them. For smaller dogs under 12 lbs, the PetSafe Little Dog collar can be used, for medium sized dogs or dogs that do not require a strong correction the PetSafe Deluxe collar can be used.

Andrew Vranich November 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm

1. What device do you recommend for 25 acres?
2. How much wire is required for 25 acres?
3. How deep do you recommend burying the wire.
4. Can the transmitter be hooked up to a battery, rather than a wall plug.


A Vranich

ADMIN – Hi Andrew. Here are the answers to your questions.

1.) The SportDog SDF-100A is a dog fence system intended for very large installations up to 100 acres. The SDF-100A is a perennial favorite, with a sturdy well-built collar that comes with a vibration warning and is waterproof.
2.) We recommend 5,000 feet of wire for 25 acres. Does your property have trees? Tree roots and seasonal weather temperatures contribute to wire breaks. Therefore, you may want to consider upgrading your Boundary Wire to 16 gauge. The strongest wire that we sell is 14 gauge Boundary Wire.
3.) We recommend using a garden edger or wire laying trencher to bury the Boundary Wire 1-3 inches down in the ground.
4.) We do not recommend connecting the transmitter to a generator backup battery because of electrical drops in voltage. Are you going to use a generator to provide the main source of power to the transmitter? The transmitter requires a standard 110 volt wall outlet that provides a consistent flow of electricity. This is very important because power failures will leave your dog “uncontained” in your yard.

Jennifer Ross November 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Does this system have a battery back-up in the box for when the power goes out?

Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Jennifer. No. The PetSafe YardMax Dog Fence (PIG00-11115) does not have a battery backup feature on the fence transmitter box. However, the transmitter does have status lights that verify power is on.

Les Frickert November 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

Can the fence kit be returned if it doesn’t contain my dog?

ADMIN – Hi Les. Yes. We provide a 30 day return policy on all our systems. You can return the dog fence system for any reason, for a full refund.

Steve Byers November 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I just received my order from UPS, Shipment # 100024894 for Order # 100026477. I wanted to upgrade my wire to 2000′ 18 gauge wire, will I still be able to get it for the $129.85 upgrade price?



ADMIN – Hi Steve. The cost for four 500 spools of 18 gauge Boundary Wire is $127.80. The sales tax is $12.46. The cost of shipping is $40.80 for UPS Ground. The cost for 3 Day Select is $110.45. The cost for 2nd Day Air is $162.52. The cost for Next Day Air is $230.19. When do you need the wire? Please let me know if you need help placing an order.

Mary November 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Is the collar waterproof (enough to swim)?

ADMIN – Hi Mary. Yes the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11116 collar is waterproof. We have had dogs swim with the collar and it still functioned correctly.

Sabrina November 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I would not be able to install can you recommend someone?

ADMIN – Hi Sabrina. Where do you live? You could hire a local handyman to help you install the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115. Or, you could contact your local veterinarian and ask if they know of any professional dog fence installers in the area you live.

Lou Martin November 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm

i’m interested in purchasing a reliable electronic fence, hopefully under $250, that will contain a 95lb Lab within an RV campground site. I’ve never owned one of these fences before and don’t know one from another. Wired or wireless? Any suggestions?

ADMIN – Hi Lou. The PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 works for dogs over 10 lbs. How big is the RV campground site? This system can handle a 10 acre yard. I would recommend a wired system to avoid possible signal interference from nearby RVs. Please let me know if you have further questions, or need help placing an order.

Aron Richardson November 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

G’day. Is there a model that plugs into Australian sockets?

ADMIN – Hi Aron. PetSafe products are manufactured in the United States and require a 110 volt outlet. Australian outlets require a 240 volt outlet. Therefore, you would need to research and find a compatible power converter (purchased separately) at a local hardware store.

Vance Walser November 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I have a wooden decorative fence that varies for 42 48 inches high. Has served us well for years with previous dogs. However, our new Golden doodle can and will jump fence. I wandered if I a wired top of fence and set distance low would that work when he decides to jump. My area is maybe 100 ft long but the width varies from 15 to 20 some odd ft. I would like for him to get near fence just not over it. Please advise me my options if any. Thanks in advance. Vance

ADMIN – Hi Vance. Which dog fence system are you using? Most systems allow you to run wire across the top of the fence and keep five feet of distance when making a u-turn and coming back down the bottom of the fence. This helps to avoid wire signal interference. Also, you will need to adjust the setting on the Boundary Width Dial located on the Transmitter Box. Then, perform a system test while holding the dog collar and walking toward the boundary wire to confirm the collar is beeping at your new boundary location.

Ann Winfrey November 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I have been confused about how to get the wire from the house to the perimeter – but if I am reading correctly, I should twist the wire between the house and the perimeter to make an area where the dog is not corrected – when I twist like this the rest of the buried wire will still work correctly with the collar – Am I correct?

another question – we4 have a very large mastiff and I am not sure that 28 inches will do for his collar – it appears, looking at the picture that we can easily slip a new larger nylon collar in the receiver? – Am I correct here?

last question – can I use any 14 gauge wire or is there some specific about the wire that comes with the system


ADMIN – Hi Ann. Which dog fence system do you have? Twisted wire is used to join the house transmitter box to the boundary wire. This enables the dog to safely walk over the twisted wire path. The wire should be buried between 1-3 inches deep in order for the system to work correctly with the collar. What is your Mastiff’s neck size? The PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 has an adjustable collar between 6″ – 28″. You can also slip a second non-metallic collar above the receiver. You can use solid or stranded copper wire. The wire must be insulated. We recommend using polyethylene coated wire for maximum durability. We recommend using 45 mil thick insulation or heavier for durability. Most home improvement stores will not carry this. It is a good idea to contact a local electrical supply house to verify the wire can be used with a dog fence. All our fences will work with 14 and 16 gauge wire. Our fences will NOT work with wire bigger than that; meaning 12 gauge and greater. 16 gauge wire fits the best into the unit. 14 gauge wire is a tight fit and sometimes the terminals on the transmitter struggle to hold 14 gauge securely.

jolene October 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm

i noticed pdf said not to leave collar on longer than 12 hours??? due to pressure ulcer issues. Is this really an issue? I can’t see taking them off my bloodhounds every 12 hours and then putting them back on???

ADMIN – Hi Jolene. How many Bloodhounds do you have? Can anyone else in your family help perform daily checks around the stainless steel contacts on the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11116 Receiver Collar? This is a precautionary step that will help keep your pet safe and comfortable. You may find after some time that your pet is very tolerant of the receiver collar. If so, you may relax some of these precautions.

CIannucci October 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I have four dogs. Will this fence work with four collars?

ADMIN – Hi Clannucci, yes you can use an unlimited amount of Yard Max Collars with the PetSafe Yard Max Dog Fence. One collar comes with the fence and you can add in 3 additional Yard Max Collars with your order.

Kristie Harrison October 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm


I have a lab that is about 20 lbs. I am trying to decide if I want to buy the Havart wireless dog fence or the Havart wired fence. Can you help me with the following questions?

– How cold can each product to expected to work? We live in Alaska, it is not uncommon for the temp to drop to -50.
-Can either collect by worn while the dog is in water?

thank you,
Kristie Harrison

ADMIN – Hi Kristie. The Havahart In-Ground Dog Fence system comes with a collar that is not waterproof. On the other hand, the Havahart Wireless Dog Fence system does come with a waterproof collar, but can only withstand freezing temperatures up to -22 degrees below zero. Also, the receiver collar will not work with snow drifts and heavy snow fall. The transmitter will not be able to communicate with the receiver collar in these unique situations. Therefore, I would not recommend using this product in Alaska.

Bill Erwin October 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

How wide of a path is the invisable line? My back yard is only a 12 foot wide area to get to the bigger part of the “did yard”

ADMIN – Hi Bill. The Boundary Width Dial on the Transmitter controls the distance from the wire that the radio signal is emitted to define boundaries. You can adjust this setting between 1 – 10 feet. The Yard Max mode is ideal for small yards as it allows your dog to use up to 30% more of the pet area.

Donald Liles October 19, 2014 at 6:12 am

I’ve got two male Samoyeds in a relatively small, residential yard (approx. 1/4 acre). I already have a small 1m high fence but one of the lads is going over the fence and escaping. Need to stop this.
Do you recommend the yard max for this type of setup? I use a bark collar occasionally and they respond extremely well with this type of correction. How do you train not going past the fence if there is no correction prior?
Also, I am US military living in Germany with a PO Box for shipping. We can only receive USPS mail, not UPS. Is this an option for shipping?
Any military discounts?
Thank you…Don

ADMIN – Hi Donald. Yes. The PetSafe YardMax Dog Fence (PIG00-11115) would give you 30% more room for your dogs to play. When using YardMax mode on the transmitter, simply install the boundary wire 10 feet from the fence. Then adjust the Boundary Width Dial on the transmitter to define boundaries. Unfortunately, we do not offer military discounts. However, I have requested that to be reviewed. In addition, PetSafe products can not be shipped outside of North America.

Ray October 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

1) We live in the North east, will the Yard Max work through several feet of snow? 2) Is the wire 1 or 2 conductors? 3) Can I get larger spools of 14 gauge wire?

ADMIN – Hi Ray, the Yard Max will work good through snow. The system has the ability to expand the signal through the snow. The 14 and 16 gauge dog fence wire we have in stock is solid copper. We have spools of 1,000 feet and 500 feet.

Julie Koch September 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I recently purchased YardMax from you. Can I install YardMax and use it in YardMax mode if I don’t go all the way around my house? My house is set way to one side of the 1/3 acre lot so we intended to install it on one side only. However, when reading the manual, it looks to me like I can only use a double loop layout because I won’t have a Boundary Zone on all sides of my property. And when a double loop is used, you cannot use YardMax, is that correct? Any clarification would be helpful as we plan the layout. Thanks, Julie Koch

ADMIN – Hi Julie, you can run the PetSafe YardMax Dog Fence (PIG00-11115) wire in your gutters to suspend the wire along the side of your house high enough up so that you can use Yard Max mode. This will allow your dog to go underneath out of range of the signal in order to be able to walk into the yard. You will not need to run a double loop.

Robert Beadrd September 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm

We will be doing excavation on our property next spring and are concerned the line may get buried too deep. How deep is it OK to go with the line?

ADMIN – Hi Robert, the deepest you want to bury the line is 8 inches in the ground.

Denny Hellbusch September 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Should a dog be of a certain age before you use a wired fence? My dog is just three months old. I am looking at your Pet Safe Yard Max that does 10 acres because of the number of settings on the collar. I am assuming I can use it on one acre and just use less wire?

ADMIN – Hi Denny, the best age at when to begin dog fence training is when your dog has already been successfully taught to sit, stay, and come. This is usually around the age of 6 months. However, I have seen some dogs learn these basic commands as early as 4 months old. Also, yes you install any size of loop up to 10 acres.

denise September 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

At what age do you recommend to start training your dog with the fence ? We have two puppies ages 11 weeks and 16 weeks.

ADMIN – Hi Denise, we recommending dog fence training for dogs at least 6 months of age. At this point dogs are usually able to learn basic commands like sit, stay, and come. When they are able to learn these commands, they are ready.

Brian J Noah September 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

We are interested in your product. We are picking up 2 Blue Heeler puppies (10wks old) next week.
Please price the following: 2 collars, 3000 feet of 14 gauge wire. How old do the dogs need to be before we can use this? I don’t understand the “Run through prevention” Please explain how it works. If they run through the fence, do they continually get shocked? Thank you, Brian Noah

ADMIN – Hi Brian, the Yard Max fence, one extra collar, 3,000 feet of 14 gauge is $887.65. The best time to begin training is once your heelers learn sit, stay, and come. This is roughly around 6 months old. The Yard Max correction is a timed event. This means that if your dogs leave the boundary, the collar will begin to deliver a correction for up to 15 seconds. With traditional dog fences, the correction is delivered only if the collar remains around the immediate vicinity of the boundary wire and does not venture too far past the wire.

Bridget Ball Shaw September 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Hi – We are new dog owners (parents?) and think that we may need this product. A few questions. We live on a 1+ acre lot and we would like Partner to have full range, so we should plan on enough wire to cover the circumference of the lot? How do we bury the line under the driveway? Partner is 5 months old. At what age should we install the fence? Love that you are independent and family owned. I won’t drive into the parking lot of a WalMart! Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Bridget, thanks for your feedback and support. To cover your acre plus of property you will need around 1,500 feet of dog fence wire to cover the perimeter. With concrete driveways, customers usually do not cut or dig under the driveway. Most customers find a gap to tuck the wire down inside. If you an asphalt driveway, you can run the wire through a drainage pipe or find a natural break or gap to tuck the wire. Otherwise, you’ll need to cut a asphalt driveway. Partner is the perfect age to start dog fence training. We recommend starting around 6 months old.

mike becker September 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

We live on a lake with a long walkway to a large dock. The walk is 3 foot wide and 60 foot long. Centered in the middle of our yard. I wish our dog to have free access to the walkway and dock… But the dock is too large to practically enclose with wire.. And I assume that if wire run down the 3 foot walk on either side or walkway it would trigger the collar. How do I maintain continuity and still allow him access to the walkway and dock while still enclosing the rest of the yard? I could send diagram if required.

ADMIN – Hi Mike, we typically restrict dogs from leaving the yard unless they do so with their owner and on leash. By excluding the dock due to the installation difficulty, it will need to be excluded completely except for those times you allow your dog to walk onto the dock with you.

Greg Hauser September 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

I need a thousand feet of wire for a one acre lot. Is there much difference between 16 & 14 gauge wire ? If I upgrade to 16 or 14 gauge does it come as a continuous 1000 ft roll or two 500 ft rolls?

ADMIN – Hi Greg, both 16 and 14 gauge wire are break proof. My personal preference is always run 14 gauge. Our rolls come in 1,000 foot spools.

michelle davies September 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

We currently have the invisible fence brand dog fence which works well with our dogs. However, the interior shields are constantly failing. Three out of the five do not work. One of which I take responsibility for as the battery died and my dog took notice as well as revenge by peeing on it. For 190.00 a pop it was a hard lesson. I originally paid $250 for the first three. Every time a dog needs an adjustment to his collar I’m charged $125 for a service call. I’m OVER it. My question is…since the yard is already been played with the wire could we disconnect the invisible fence and replace it with yours and replace the dog collars with your receivers? We have a 60lb lab/hound mix, 40lb king Charles/Welsh spaniel mix and a 15lb mini pin. Do all your indoor shields require batteries or are there any rechargeable? Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Michelle, I agree. That is way too expensive for a dog fence and barriers. You can connect the PetSafe Yard Max to your existing dog fence wire layout for sure. The zones we sell are battery powered. The new mini pet barrier is waterproof so that may be an option for the pee avenger. :)

Faye Borcherding September 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

I have two 100 pound + Bouviers and they are runners. Their prey instinct is very high and will chase squirrel, cats, and deer. They need more yard space then traditional fencing. They are a thinking breed and I am concerned if one breaks through both will be gone. Will your fence keep them from running through? Thank you, Faye

ADMIN – Hi Faye, the PetSafe Yard Max is the best dog fence for preventing run through issues. The collar is set to a timed 15 seconds versus a zone of signal. So, the collar will continue to correct even if they venture far beyond the wire.

Jenise September 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Can the wire be put under a gravel area, or area with rock bedding (rocks about 2″ each)? The side of our yard is graveled with these bedding rocks.

ADMIN – Hi Jenise, yes you can bury the wire below gravel and it will still work. We recommend running the dog fence wire through a pvc pipe or garden hose though to prevent the wire from receiving damage from the gravel.

Mary Wilhelm September 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

Is the collar waterproof vs water resistant?

ADMIN – Hi Mary, the collar is fully waterproof.

Mike September 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Hello, We are purchasing a home that has chain link fence on three side and a creek as the remaining boundary. We would obviously like to protect against the dogs getting into the creek. Can we use electric fence in just one straight line? I’m not aware how this works. Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Mike, unfortunately you will not be able to create a straight line. Our work around is creating a long narrow loop along the opening that is connected to the wall transmitter with twisted wire.

Brian September 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

We are moving to a new property that is too large to build a traditional fence, which is what our dogs are used to. We have over 2 acres, but will likely only run the wire around the backyard. We have a 60lb Pit Bull Shepherd mix and a 15lb Min Pin Chihuahua mix, so they obviously require much different correction levels. Both are pretty stubborn, but will definitely roam the neighborhood if not contained. I have read the specs and the reviews and believe the Yard Max is the right product, but am also considering the Stubborn Dog system and adding a small dog collar. We would like the ability to add the indoor barriers to keep them from going upstairs as well. Am I on the right track with the Yard Max or should I stick with the older system?

ADMIN – Hi Brian, the Yard Max is the better option. The collar will fit both your Pit bull mix and your Min Pin mix. You can set each collar correction level separately which will prevent over-correcting one of the dogs. The Yard Max is also the only fence with the indoor zone options and the Yard Max mode offers a superior run through prevention compared to the PetSafe Stubborn.

Julie September 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Why does the dog need to be 6 months old.

ADMIN – Hi Julie, we wait until dogs are 6 months old because few dogs are mature enough to understand training under that age. Once they have learned how to sit, stay, and come, they are old enough for dog fence training.

Jim September 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

I am looking at the yardmax for a four year old beagle that is an escape artist. He digs under our wire fence. Is this the best system for her? We live in upstate NY. What compensations do we need to make for snow and below zero temperatures?

ADMIN – Hi Jim, the Yard Max would be an excellent fit for a Beagle. Combined with your physical fence, the Yard Max should create a impenetrable buffer that will immediately prevent your Beagle from being able to dig under your fence. When it snows, you can simply increase the signal radius to compensate and as long as you install the wall transmitter somewhere that is protected from wind and will stay dry, your fence will run great for many years. You do not need to install your transmitter in a temperature controlled room.

Lena August 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

We have a year old border collie, does it work on hilly properties? Are the collars waterproof our property has a creek she enjoys? We live in Michigan and wonder how does the unit fare in winter under lots of snow? Lastly some customers don’t bury the line, can it be ran along fence lines and buried in other areas? Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Lena, the YardMax does struggle on very steep hills around a grade of 35 degrees and greater. The collar is waterproof which allow your Collie to continue to enjoy the creek. In the event of heavy snow, you can turn up the boundary radius signal to compensate. You can run it along a fence line and bury in other areas. I recommend upgrading to at least 16 gauge to hold up against roots and adverse weather through the seasons.

Bob August 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

My electric and telephone wires run underground. Will this interfere with using the YardMax? Also, I live in New England where we have long, cold winters. Should we take special precautions to protect our wires from the snow, cold, frost heaves, etc? Thank you! Bob

ADMIN – Hi Bob, as long as you cross the dog fence wire in a perpendicular angle that will prevent any interference. If you’re running parallel, make sure to keep a distance of at least 8 feet, maybe more to avoid issues. If you install 14 gauge wire, it will hold up to the New England winter. However, if you like, you can additionally run the wire through plastic conduit for protection.

Artie August 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

We have a 60lb pitbull mix who manages to dig under our 6 ft vinyl fence. I would like to try to install this system to maximize our yard size and only prevent her from digging out (crossing the fence line) but I want her to be able to play fetch etc and return toys even if those items have rolled up against the inside of the fence. Will this work for us?

ADMIN – Hi Artie, Unfortunately, you will not be able to accomplish all those things. It is not recommended to use the YardMax fence in YardMax mode with a fenced yard. The problem is that in order to prevent your Pitbull from digging out, you will need to use a traditional dog fence mode where the fence creates an adjustable signal that keeps the collar back from the wire. If you use the YardMax mode and the collar can reach the fence, then the collar will not activate until the dogs digs out. If that happens, you’re dog will receive 15 seconds of correction and will not be able to return into the yard.

Mike August 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

We have an Australian shepherd puppy. Will your system be good for this breed? I have heard many different opinions on them not staying in a hidden fence system. Some say they are to smart and figure it out and only hurts for a few seconds and some say they will stay in because they are smart enough to stay in their yard even without a fence. Would you recommend this for us?

ADMIN – Hi Mike, I am not sure if you will be able to train your dog to be self contained without a dog fence. It is possible. It is true that some dogs are persistent in trying to run through the traditional dog fences. However, a dog will not be able to run through the PetSafe YardMax because the static correction is not based on a “ring” of signal but instead is based on a 15 second timed correction. Basically, if the collar leaves the boundary, the collar will deliver a static correction for up to 15 seconds unless your dog returns into the yard. An Australian Shepherd can be 100% contained on the YardMax.

Christi August 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Hi, I have an almost 200 lb mastiff who likes to run the fence and scare neighbors, so I’m trying to find a way to keep him a few feet away from the fence. Do you think this collar be strong enough for him?? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Christi, the Yard Max is a good fence that may work, but I would recommend the PetSafe Stubborn fence for your application. The Stubborn dog fence is cheaper, but it has the collar correction strength you need to keep your large Mastiff a few feet off the fence.

Robert August 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

We are looking to purchase a Rottweiler pup which will eventually grow up to be a pretty good size dog. Which fence would you suggest and at what size would you suggest training him?

ADMIN – Hi Robert, for any dog over 10 lbs that you plan to contain with a perimeter loop, I would recommend the PetSafe Yard Max. The boundary is not easy for dogs to figure out because the correction is a timed event instead of based on the radius of signal around the wire. We recommend training dogs on a dog fence starting at 6 months old.

Sal LaCause July 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

I have a 9 month old Great Dane. I am looking for an invisible fence that will stop him. He currently weighs 110lbs and we expect him to get up to at least 150lbs. What do you recommend?

ADMIN – Hi Sal, as long as the collar remains no higher than 4 feet maximum, the PetSafe YardMax is the fence you want to contain your Great Dane with. The sustained correction of YardMax mode is superior to the boundary zone style fences such as the PetSafe Stubborn and SportDog SDF100A.

Daniela July 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Hi There, I have a 9 month old female Akita, who loves chasing squirrels and cats. Will this fence be able to keep her with her boundaries even when she is chasing after a squirrel?

ADMIN – Hi Daniela, yes the PetSafe YardMax has a true run through prevention. The signal no longer simply a boundary zone, instead the collar will first sound a 3 second warning beep followed by 15 seconds of static correction if your dog exits the boundary loop. No matter how fast or far they try to run, your dog will be corrected to retreat and return inside the boundary loop.

chris July 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Are there any systems on the market that have at least a two+ ft beeping/warning zone? No one addresses the issue of where to place the flags. Are they placed in the spot when you first hear the warning beep or at the shock zone? We are having a difficult time hearing the beep and I would think you would want to make sure that the dog enters the warning/beeping zone before pulling them back, which is difficult to figure out when it bounces around so much.

ADMIN – Hi Chris, hearing the beep during the initial training step is not very important. The beep is purposely designed faint because loud beeping can really frighten dogs. In step one, the key is to introduce the dog to the flags. The flags are set at the point the collar will begin. However, in order to make training consistent for you and your dog, we recommend to train your dogs to the flags, NOT the warning beep. Assertively pull your dog back and give the verbal command each time your dog crosses the flags. Step one should only last a day or two. Your dog will learn that they are not to cross the flags. At at point, your dog is ready for the correction to be turned on. It is in step 2 and 3 that your dog will recognize that the beep is a warning before the static correction.

Dave July 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

I’ve been looking into getting a DIY fence for my backyard. I have an 85 pound pitbull. Have you experienced good results with larger breeds on your system? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Dave, absolutely yes. We have been recommending the PetSafe YardMax for larger breeds and stubborn breeds because its sustained static correction is a better solution for containment then simply a strong correction collar.

Federico July 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

my petsafe ultrasmart got damaged by a surge due to a lightning. I would like to switch to a yardmax transmitter. Will I be able to use the ultrasmart collars on the new system or are they not compatible?

ADMIN – Hi Federico, no, the YardMax transmitter will not work on the Ultrasmart collars. You can get a 30% discount through PetSafe to switch from the Ultrasmart over to the YardMax.

Shannon July 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Hi, I just had Invisible Fence company over for an estimate to install the YardMax. They were very insistent that the YardMax would not contain my Bloodhound/Shepard Mix dog in our less than one acre yard with 14 gauge wire. They assured me it would fail and that if they installed it they would require we sign a release of responsibility for failure and/or injury if she should break through ( our dog barks but even when she has approached strangers, she usually just sniffs and occasionally a low growl. NEVER a bite! I know, never say never….) and they want no part of their signage placed (which I don’t want either!) I really believe they were trying to just force us to buy their product. Every review I have read about Yardmax has been pretty positive. Your thoughts? Also, they said we could not run it along the house because it would bring the signal inside… YardMax mode it wouldn’t go inside, correct? Or is it a problem interacting with inside wires? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Shannon, bloodhound’s are very stubborn but it’s possible to contain them. We recently put a bloodhound on the YardMax with good success. We also have a 30 day no hassle return policy. If you’re not happy we’ll provide you a 100% refund. If there is any fence that can contain a bloodhound, it is the YardMax with it’s true run through prevention. Yes, you CAN run the wire along the home and it will not broadcast into your home.

Brad July 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

Hello we have a 1 year old Samoyed that is 50 lbs. Based on your replies this collar will work on all dogs even with a coat of fur as thick as a Samoyed. Here is my question. We are on a corner lot roughly 1/3 of an acre and really don’t have a back yard so this seems like a good solution to maximize our lot. We do however like to take Jaxson for frequent walks so what do recommend we do to cross the barrier without getting in the car? Also I take Jaxson everyday to my Golf Course where he scares the geese for us. I was wondering if you have remote option compatible with the collar? as I am concerned about him diving to deep into wooded areas with Coyotes and need to give him a reminder to return. Thanks in advance for developing a great system. Brad

ADMIN – Hi Brad, we use a special training 6 weeks after the initial dog fence training for exiting and re-entering the dog fence. We call it Safe Gate training and it basically encompasses removing the collar and walking your dog over the boundary on leash. PetSafe discontinued the 5100 fence, the only fence with a remote training combo. Truth is that the remote trainer one the Innotek 5100 was very lacking as an add on feature. I would recommend budgeting for a separate remote trainer. You will get a much better experience and product that way. The Dogtra IQ Plus is a 1/4 mile range remote trainer that would be a great choice.

Ezio July 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

I have two dogs one over 10 pounds and other +/- 8 pounds, would be save to use YardMax for both of them? If not, could I have a YardMax system and only a extra Comfort-Fit Deluxe Little Dog collar? Thanks in advance for the advice!

ADMIN – Hi Ezio, the Little Dog collar is not compatible with YardMax. You can attach a resister to the collar to reduce the correction strength to prevent over-correcting the little guy.

Robby July 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I just bought the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115. If I am going to attach part of the wire to our existing wood fence, should I still put training flags at the fence and train him that that part of the yard is a NO NO even though he would not be able to cross the boundary? Thanks

ADMIN – Hi Robby, I recommend using the traditional mode when attaching the wire to a physical fence. I would set the boundary signal to around 3 feet from the fence then set flags at the point where the collar begins to beep, which should be about 3 feet from the fence.

mac June 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm

We are moving into town and need your system but will it allow me to take the dog outside the fence for a walk in the woods on a leash?

ADMIN – Hi Mac, we train dogs to a specific routine in order to go outside of the dog fence on leash. During training, we recommend removing the collar and driving them over so they are not cognizant of leaving. After training, we introduce the leash routine we call “safe gate.”

Lacy June 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

Hi, I can’t seem to find anyone who can tell me about the energy/power requirements of the Petsafe Yardmax transmitter. I am aware that the transmitter requires 120V for the AC adapter, but, I can not find any one with information pertaining to the watts and or amps the transmitter needs. Can you provide me with any information. Thank you in advance.

ADMIN – Hi Lacy, here is what is printed on the power cord transformer. “PRI: 120V ~ 60Hz 0.15A.” And, “SEC: 24V ~ 400mA.” Hope this is helpful.

Dea June 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

I have 2 dogs that love to swim? Are the collars water proof?

ADMIN – Hi Dea, yes the YardMax collars are fully waterproof and can be submerged.

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