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PetSafe YardMax

  • Small, lightweight reflective collar
  • Lower correction levels
  • Indoor pod compatibility
  • Includes Lightning Protector
  • 10 acre capacity
  • Does not allow for some configurations while in YardMax mode
  • Only works with the YardMax collar
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Retail Price
$329.99
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$319.95

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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.

Small Rechargeable Collar

The PetSafe YardMax brings an improved collar design. It is one of the smaller, sleeker collar designs.

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 2.8 ounces. 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 8 lbs, though PetSafe lists the smallest weight as 5 lbs. Under 8 lbs, we feel 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.    

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 match collars across a variety of fences. Amen!

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.

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.

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.

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.    

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.

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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

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.

PetSafe YardMax Video Review

PetSafe YardMax Manual

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

Specifications

Model Petsafe YardMax PIG00-13619
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 One Year

Reviews

  1. Derek

    We are struggling to train our golden doodle indoors. She is adept at getting items off of the kitchen counter. Is there a remote (or ideally a phone app) where we can use the collar to warn/shock (i.e. training purposes) indoors?

    ADMIN – Hi Derek,

    This is a nice option
    https://www.dogfencediy.com/product/indoor-zone-and-collar-set-znd1200/
    It creates a perimeter that hinders your dog from entering the kitchen.

    Currently I have not seen any solutions where you can correct from an App. It would also be problematic to set it that way because you would need to monitor it constantly.

  2. Dave Giessen

    When installing through the entrance and exit of my coarse gravel driveway can I run my wire through a half inch abs conduit in these areas?

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,
    In addition to the conduit I would cover it with fine gravel or soil then coarse gravel to avoid stressing the conduit with the pressure from vehicles.

  3. Jennie L LeVeque-Walker

    I already have an underground wire for our current fence. Can I just connect this wire to the new transmitter or do I have to start all over again?

    ADMIN – HI Jennie. As long as the current wire is in good shape and is 20,18,16 or 14 gauge, you should be able to just purchase a new transmitter and collar set and use the existing wire.

  4. Joe

    We have an 80lb redbone and 70lb lab, when the hound gets on a trail he tends to just take off with no turning back. Our new house will be next to an active cattle farm so we are worried about them taking off after cattle. What would be the best fencing option for this and does each option come with a collar or are collars purchased separate?

    ADMIN – Hi Joe. I would recommend looking at the SportDog SDF-CT: https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/sportdog-contain-train/
    SportDog SDF-CT Dog Fence is the only system that offers Containment and a Remote Trainer on the same collar. You can have up to 3 dogs on the system and still use the remote feature. This collar is rechargeable and is appropriate for dogs 10 pounds and up but is bulky. This collar is also waterproof to 5 feet. If you do not need the training function on the collar, this system is also cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or standard SportDog collar ($99.95) collars. These collars would work for containment only and WOULD NOT offer the remote function. This system only operates in traditional mode. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. The transmitter will power up to 100 acres of containment boundary wire. This system comes with 1000 feet of 20 gauge wire. To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  5. Mari

    we have a 4 acre property that is fenced with a 5 ft fence that does contain our dogs (Healer and Golden Doodle). Unfortunately, we have car exit gates that they stampede and then are uncatchable until they are ready to come home. Since the gate is only 14 ft wide we do not need a huge system to fence the whole property but one that can handle a large metal gate opening and closing without breaking a signal. What system would you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Mari. As you do not need a total fence system, I would recommend looking at the Pawz Away Rock Outdoor Zone (RFA-378). These zones are meant to create an exclusion barrier. For your gate, you would either need two rocks that you would put at either side of the opening to create two overlapping signals or you would need one rock and up to 150 feet of wire to create a one sided boundary. With a bit of inventiveness, you can create a single sided boundary. 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 in front of your gate so that your dogs do not run around it. You can see a visual example of this single-sided boundary here: https://www.dogfencediy.com/installation/plan/. The picture of the single sided boundary is to give you an idea of how the loop should look. However, when using the Outdoor Rock, you do not need to use twisted wire.

  6. Andrei

    I have your petsafe yardmax and I am very pleased with the results. I am getting a new puppy soon. I have one Westie and I will be getting another one soon. At what age would be appropriate to start training her on collar? She will grow to be about 14 pounds, but my current Westie as no issues However, I didnt have the invisible fence installed until he was 2 yrs old. She will be about 8 weeks old when I get her, but she wont be outside for a little while. Do I go on her size or age or both to determine when the collar would be best to use for her?

    ADMIN – Hi Andrei. We are so glad to hear you are enjoying your YardMax! The recommended age to begin fence training is 6 months and no earlier. The dogs need to be old enough to understand and comprehend what we are trying to teach them – think of trying to potty train a toddler, they need to be old enough to understand.

  7. Brenee H Betts

    We have a livestock guard dog & a metal barn will this system work as a loop around our barnyard with the transmitter in our barn?

    ADMIN – Hi Brenee. The hard thing about having a system in a metal building is that, on order to avoid interference you would need to keep the transmitter and the wire at least 10 feet away from the metal sides of the barn at all times. If you can find a layout that would allow for this space, you could try it by laying out the system and testing the loop with the collar to make sure you are not receiving any interference.

  8. peter malloy

    Hi, does the Yardmax lose power as the wire gets longer? That is, is it as effective as you get close to its 10 acre max? I ask because we have about 7 acres to fence in and I want to be sure this unit will work well in that area.
    Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Peter. We usually do not recommend more than about 9 acres of wire on this system. 7 acres should not be a problem, though we would recommend either a 16 or 14 gauge wire to help the signal travel with as much surface space as possible around your boundary loop.

  9. Jen Howard

    I’m looking at purchasing this product for two large breed dogs. we will be living at the lake. what do you suggest for property lines on the lake side. can the wire go under water if lake levels rise?

    ADMIN – Hi Jen. For large dogs we recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777):
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.
    The wire has a good thick durable coating which means it can be run directly into the water if needed. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to see layout ideas and diagrams, including those that are water front plans.

  10. Wes Schminkey

    My dog now runs through the fence, his collar is turned up to level 6 and the battery is charged, it has worked for the past 6 months but I think he might have figured out it will only shock for 15 seconds. Is there a stronger collar that he will not be able to run through or a way to take off the 15 second limit?

    ADMIN – Hi Wes. I would recommend double checking the fit of the collar to make sure that the probes are maintaining contact with the skin. The collar should be tight enough so that you can only get one finger between the probe and the dog’s neck. If the collar is seated properly and you’re sure that your system is functioning properly, you may have a defect in the collar. You may want to call PetSafe directly as you may still be under warranty. You can reach them at 800-732-2677.

  11. Harry

    I live on an acre of land with a lake on one side. Can you run the wire into the water? We also have docks that the dogs like to run out on to bark at the birds. Can you either arch the wire over the dock or run it through a metal pipe to block the signal?

    ADMIN – Hi Harry. You can run the wire into the water through we would recommend running that section through irrigation tubing or something similar that is NOT metal in order to add protection to your wire. You can run the wire over the dock if you can get it at least 10 feet over the dock walkway. You do not want to run the wire through metal. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, underground utilities, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.

  12. Allison Hosney

    My backyard has a rock wall that is around 4 ft high. Will this system still be effective even with the different terrain levels in the yard?

    ADMIN – Hi Allison. Yes. Because it is a wired system, as long as there is wire where you need a signal, you should have a signal. This is not hampered by sloping or terrain changes.

  13. Lisa

    In regards to the different zone options you mention, would any be good for training dogs to stay off the furniture?

    ADMIN – HI Lisa. Yes, the Indoor zone would be a good option for keeping your dogs off a piece of furniture or even out of a room.

  14. margaret

    Our property has a creek running through it. In looking at the Yardmax system, are we able to place the wire under the water via a conduit so that our dog can access the property across the creek? Also, part of our yard has aluminum fencing will there be signal interference when we run the wire near this fencing?

    ADMIN – Hi Margaret. You can run the wire through plastic conduit. You do not want to run the wire through metal. You will need to keep your dog fence wire at least 5 – 10 feet from the aluminum fence. Aluminum can amplify the signal causing the dog to get corrected in the wrong location.

  15. Stan Schweissing

    It would appear that you can adjust the width of what seems to be called the boundary zone. Does that include both the warning zone and the correction zone? In the end, I’m just trying to figure out how wide the warning zone will be.

    ADMIN – Hi Stan. With the YardMax system in YardMax mode, you will not be able to adjust the warning zone, which is only right at the wire. The correction zone for the YardMax in that mode, will go as far as your dog runs for up to 15 seconds. If you would like more control over your warning zone and correction zone, you will want a Traditional style system. Traditional mode will allow you to control the boundary width on the wire. Using the number 6 as an example: If you set your transmitter to 6, this will give you a 3 foot warning zone on the inside of the wire and a 3 foot correction zone on the outside of the wire. This means that as the dog approaches the wire from the containment area, 3 feet before the wire the collar will start beeping (this is also where you place your flags, not at the wire but where the beeping begins). This is the warning that we train the dogs to understand as where they need to turn around. Once they cross over the wire, that is when the correction begins. The correction is a static correction and is similar to what you may experience when you have on wool socks in the winter and grab a door handle. It’s just enough to get their attention and break their concentration. You will want to begin the correction on level 1 for each dog and only raise it as far as you need to in order to get the dog’s attention.

  16. Justine

    Hi,

    We have a chain link fence in the back yard (at or less than 1/2 acre) and a very athletic rough collie who has shown interest in escaping when she sees people/ dogs passing on the street.
    Will the Yardmax work if we run it on the outside of the chain link fence, or would we have to position it at least a foot within the perimeter of chainlink fence (on the inside of the fence with the dogs) for it to be effective?

    ADMIN – Hi Justine. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or so inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification. This works best with a traditional system or with the YardMax in Traditional mode.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.
    With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.
    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

  17. Dave Zink

    I’m unclear on how much wire I need. My yard’s perimeter is about 900ft total. Do I only need 900ft, or do I need enough for two wires (1800ft)? The description for the YardMax talks about keeping the wires straight so that makes me wonder. Or do you sell 14-2?

    ADMIN – Hi Dave. If you are just running a line around the perimeter of your yard, then you would need to order 1000 feet of wire. You would only need double the wire if you were doing a double loop configuration, which it sounds like you are not.

  18. Laura Rodriguez

    For my 2 German Shepherds and mi English Sheep Dog, is this one better than the Stubborn Dog ?
    One of my German Shepherds has long hair, as well as my English Dog, plus, the german shepherd is really big. So would the collar fit?

    ADMIN – HI Laura. This system does not offer a collar that gives the stubborn level of correction. If you think you MAY need that level of correction, then this may not be the best system for your dogs.

  19. Crissy

    We have a bullmastiff. Is this collar able to contain it to prevent him from going for dogs walking down the street?

    ADMIN – Hi Crissy. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

  20. Kim

    Is the wire stranded or solid wire?

    ADMIN – Hi Kim. These systems are engineered to use solid core wire. IN most cases, stranded wire will cause the transmitter to think there is a wire break.

  21. Tracey

    Our power goes out frequently. Will this be a problem? Will my border collie get shocked when it goes out? He is very sensitive andII am wirried about stressing him.

    ADMIN – Hi Tracey. If your power goes out, your fence will be off. You may want to look into an external battery back up, like a universal power source that one would use for their home computers. This should give you enough time to contain your dog when the power goes out. The collar should not shock your dog if the power goes out. You will want to make sure that, when training your dog, you are using the lowest correction level at first. Only increase the correction level until you notice that it gets your dogs attention. This way, you can make sure he gets the correction he needs without giving too much correction.

  22. Ornella

    Hi Dears,
    I would like to buy Petsafe Yard Max.
    Do you ship to Argentina?
    How much would the shipping cost?

    Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Ornella. Unfortunately, our sales and support are limited to the United States coverage area. Our licensing means that we are permitted do business and process shipments only within the United States. Therefore, DogFenceDIY is restricted from doing business outside of the United States.

  23. Jennifer Veerkamp

    I loved the Petsafe system, thou I havent used it for a number of years because my dogs grew old and died. Now i’d like to get a nother dog. What could you do to help me update or convert my old system? Also, if I am physically unable to install the new systen, canyou do the installation for me on one care and what would the whole thing cost?

    ADMIN – Hi Jennifer. Depending on the system you have currently, you could get replacement collars, if they are still available. Is your wire still sound? If not, you would need to get new wire as well. We are a Do It Yourself site, and, as such, we do not offer installation services. You may need to contact a local handyman, landscaper, or electrician to see if they might offer installation of an electric dog fence in your area.

  24. John Carter

    we have a small miniature dachshund and are considering an invisible fence.
    How do you handle driveway areas if you have to run the wire to include that area?
    Can you set up interior perimeters as well and do you have to run the wire for that?
    How long does it typically take to train the average dog?

    ADMIN – Hi John. We have several suggestions for crossing Driveways and Paths on our Dog Fence DIY Driveways and Paths page. Most systems will have at least one compatible indoor exclusion zone. These are usually wireless and most are battery operated so you can move them around as needed. As to training, dogs are like humans. Each dog learns at its own pace and in its own way. It’s like potty training a toddler; you need patience, consistency and a sense of humor. Please visit our Dog Fence DIY Training Page for more information on training.

  25. mconn

    How does the system provide the directional capability provided by YardMax mode? This is a feature I will need to make installation viable given limited space on one side of yard. Does the wire need to be placed facing a certain way to enable single direction away from yard?

    ADMIN – Hi Mconn. The directionality of the signal is affected by how the wires enter the transmitter not the wire itself. You will need to set up your system and then test the boundary by taking the collar and the included tester tool and walking your perimeter. When you exit the boundary, the correction should begin. When you return into the containment area, the correction should turn off. If it does not, you will want to go to your transmitter and flip the wires where they enter the terminals. Then you will test again. This should now have the correction on the outside of the wire and it should turn off when you return into the containment area.

  26. William willett

    Do you have anyone who I could hire to install the system at my home if I were to purchase one?

    ADMIN- HI William. We are a Do It Yourself site and we do not offer installation or training. However, many of our customers have used a local handyman or electrician or lawn care company to help them with installation. You may want to call companies like these to see if any of them offer installation help. Best of luck!

  27. Michael Manor

    With the run through prevention how do they know which way to go?
    Also, for two dogs do you have to purchase two systems or can you just buy another collar?

    Thanks….

    ADMIN – Hi Michael. Once you have installed your system, you will test the system with the collar and the included tester tool to make sure the wires are in the transmitter correctly. This is described in the included users manual.
    You can have an unlimited number of dogs on the YardMax system.

  28. Ben

    I am looking at installing the Yardmax system for our lab, I live on a corner lot and my driveway is on the side of my property. I was wondering how you would install or incorporate the electrical fence through a concrete driveway which basically splits our property in half?

    ADMIN – Hi Ben. There are several ways to cross concrete. You can see information on this by visiting our Driveways/Paths page.

  29. Aaron Hofmeister

    We currently have a Boundary Plus invisible fence system. We want to put a system at our cabin to enclose the dogs when we travel there. As I’m sure you know, PetSafe owns invisible fence. I noticed the indoor shield and outdoor rock solutions for this system look identical to the ones sold by Invisible Fence. My question is will this fence unit work with their existing IF collars or would we need 2 different collars for our 2 dogs for this system as well

    ADMIN – Hi Aaron. Unfortunately, Invisible Fence brand fences and PetSafe fences operate on different frequencies and will not work together.

  30. Kelly

    We have an extremely athletic 45lb pitbull mix who jumped over a traditional 4ft fence in order to chase deer. She is smart enough to figure out how to dig as well. Would this product work if she is extremely motivated to get out from the fence? Like other commenters, we want her to be able to play fetch and get as close to the boundary as possible. I also don’t want her to be discouraged from returning to the property if she does get out. Are we able to install by attaching to the existing fence or does the wire need to be buried? We have small children so safety is a consideration. Thanks!

    ADMIN – HI Kelly. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or more inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification.

    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

    With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.

    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

    With most dog fence systems, if your dog leaves the containment area, they will receive a correction if they attempt to re-enter with the collar on. If your dog gets out, we recommend removing the collar, walking the dog back into containment and then re-placing the collar.

    Please also have a look at our Training page to see information and videos on the 4 step training process. Training is 80-90% of the success of ANY electric dog fence.

  31. Dennis

    Can I order this with 16 gauge wire instead of 20? if not is there anything special about the wire or can I just buy a roll at the hardware store? How deep do I have to install the wire?

    ADMIN – Hi Dennis. All of our systems offer the option to remove or upgrade the wire as part of the check out process. You can look into sourcing your own wire and we recommend beginning that process by talking to your local electricians supply shop. You will want to ask them for solid copper core wire with a bury rated coating. The coating we use is a high density polyethylene.
    The bury depth for the wire is 1 to 3 inches. Any deeper than 3 inches and you will run the risk of losing the signal communication between the collar and the wire.

  32. Paul

    Can you run the wire in an expansion joint in your concrete driveway?

    How deep does the wire need to me buried?

    How does it work with snow cover? If we get 3-12″ of snow at 1 shot, would the System still work as the snow and ice build up thru the winter with a build up up to 3 feet of snow over time?

    ADMIN – Hi Paul. Yes, you can run the wire in an expansion joint that already exists. You will want to clean it of any debris and then lay the wire, making sure the joint is deep enough. If not, you can use a circular saw with a masonry blade to deepen the joint then lay the wire, covering it with something like a waterproof silicon caulk to protect and keep the wire in place.
    When burying your wire, the recommended depth is 1 to 3 inches, no deeper. In the winter when you have standing feet of snow greater than 1 foot, you may want to turn up the boundary width and/or keep a closer eye on your dogs. The more snow pack you are walking on, the further from the wire the collar is going to be so that they may lose communication with each other allowing the dog to get out. This would only be of concern when the distance between the collar and the wire is a foot or so more than usual.

  33. Nick Bon

    Our yard is fenced in except for a gate opening across our driveway. We would love to be able to leave that gate open instead of locking and unlocking every time we come and go. Can we use the Petsafe Yardmax across that 12 foot opening with some sort of loop? Is there another method/system you would recommend? If so, would the system still be able to use the run through technology? I read something about twisting wire in one of your answers. What does that accomplish? Thanks!

    Admin – Hi Nick. Well, you really have two options:
    The first is to run two Outdoor Zones wirelessly so that they overlap creating a boundary just at your gate but they DO project in a circular fashion so it would extend into your yard a bit, but only around the gate area.
    The second option is to use the Outdoor Zone with wire to cross your driveway right near the gate. You can use up to 150 feet of wire with this option. You would create a long “skinny” loop across your driveway near the gate opening and then loop it back across your driveway, keeping 6 feet between the front and back wire. You do not need to bury the wire. You can leave it on the surface of the driveway, but we would recommend running the wire through and old garden hose or other flexible plastic tubing so that it is protected from being driven over repeatedly.

  34. Mark

    Hi we are buying a house which has a stream (~7ft wide to banks) running through the back, bisecting a half acre on the other side. I want to fence in back of house, against stream AND get fence to ‘cross’ stream to fence the half acre on other side.

    I have a walking bridge bridge over over the stream that is about 4 ft wide, and I see I can secure wire in pc or garden hose. Can I use this fence to fence in back of my house up to the stream and then meet up both sides of wire to cross the stream under or near bridge to then cover the land on the other side? How well does fence container work in this manner?

    ADMIN – Hi Mark. Congrats on the new home! I would consider connecting the two sides with twisted wire that would run along your bridge, unless you are concerned about the dogs jumping off the bridge. In this scenario, you would need to remove the collars when you leave the one containment area and place them back in the dogs when you enter the other containment area but you would be able to have containment in both areas. The other option would be to run the wire across the stream. The wire can be used in water but we would recommend running any section that would be in the water in an old garden hose or other flexible plastic tubing.

  35. Jean LaVertu

    I have approximately 2 acres. How many feet of wire will I need to do the entire 2 acres?

    ADMIN – Hi Jean. You will need to order 1500 feet of wire for 2 acres of containment.

  36. Sam

    What is the cost to upgrade to 14 gauge wire with your best recommended system that would contain two mild mannered Rotties in a 2 acre simple rectangle?

    ADMIN – HI Sam. I would recommend looking at a couple of systems to see what some different options are. Please visit our Dog Fence Reviews page to see the systems we currently have available. To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

  37. SCOTT MOSKOW

    WE ARE LOOKING AT BUYING A PROPERTY THAT IS VERY ROCKY AND STEEPLY GRADED. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BURY THE WIRE ON SUCH A ROCKY TERRAIN. A TRADITIONAL FENCE IT TOTALLY OUT OF THE QUESTION BECAUSE OF THE GROUND. ANY SUGGESTIONS? SHOULD I TRY A WIRELESS SET UP FIRST? WE HAVE 3 HURDING TYPE DOGS, A SHELTIE, A MINI AUSSIE, AND A BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE MIX. I REALLY NEED SOME HELP HERE

    ADMIN – Hi Scott. I would not recommend a wireless system as you have a steeply sloped yard. The wireless systems do not handle sloping yards well. We do not recommend burying your wire in rocky or wooded areas. What we usually recommend is laying the wire on the ground and tacking it down about every 10 feet or so to hold the wire in place. You will have exposed wire but you will also cut your installation time in half and will have an easier time finding the rare wire break. Please check out our Dog Fence DIY Review page to see information on current systems we offer.

  38. Leah

    I am looking for an invisible fence to put up to keep my pitbull/lab from climbing over the fence. He keeps escaping and going into my neighbors yard. He’s very very smart. Would I be better with the yardmax or the stubborn dog fence? We also have another dog who is much more timid. Are both of these system collars waterproof?

    ADMIN – HI Leah. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or more inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.
    With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you want and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.
    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire. PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
    PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This means that you can make sure to have the right collar for each dog. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat (for your feline friends) or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. The collars are waterproof but not submersible. If the dog gets caught in the rain, you should have no issues. However, we would not recommend extended swimming in these collars.

  39. sarah

    I have a 6lb havanese and a very young pit mix pup. I’m putting in an inground fence in about 3 arces of my property, but want it to work with both dogs (once the puppy is old enough). I really like the features of the Yardmax (especially the run-thru protection) but it doesnt look like its compatible with littledog collar. Looking for the most bang for the buck. Will these work together? If not, what is your suggestion for my situation?

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah. The YardMax collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The collar only weighs 2.8 oz and is small enough not to weigh down a smaller dog. However, when you begin training with your smaller dog, I would recommend double checking that the correction level is on level 1 before moving to step 2 of training. We recommend that you start with level 1 on all dogs but it is even more important with the smaller dogs.

  40. Laurie

    Can this wire be attached to an existing barb wire fence?

    ADMIN – Hi Laurie. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. With chain link or barbed wire fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you want and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.

    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

  41. SABRINA KELLY

    We are planning on buying a underground fence for our lab. He is now on a 30ft cable but if off the cable he will take off. We have found him down the road two times. I hate him being on that cable. Do you think this will be a good fit for him and with the Pet Safe Yard Max am I correct that if he crosses the wire that it will continue the correction until he is back in the safe area of our yard? Just so unsure and dont want to lose him if he gets through it.

    ADMIN – Hi Sabrina. The PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 is a good, strong reliable system with a few extras such as the YardMax mode. This mode offers a run-through deterrent that would give a continuous correction for 15 seconds or until your dog returns into the yard once crossing the boundary. This correction WILL turn off after 15 seconds as it has been determined that after this amount of time, the correction becomes less of a teaching/training tool and more of a traumatic experience. The YardMax collar is rechargeable with a lithium ion battery and has 5 correction levels so it can pack a good zap, if needed. The collar also has indicator lights that let you know if it is fitted correctly or if the battery is running low and needs to be charged. This collar is appropriate for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds. The YardMax collar will ONLY work with the YardMax system and vice versa. You can find more about this system here: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-yardmax/

  42. Heidi Feinstein

    I am wondering if this is possible to put in place with the ground frozen? Can we just lay it on top for now? We just moved and our dog is going into the road:(
    Thank you,
    Heidi

    ADMIN – HI Heidi. Yes. You can lay the wire on the top of the ground until the ground thaws enough to bury. However, we recommend tacking the wire down about every 10 feet to keep the wire in place.

  43. Kelsey

    I have 9 acres that are fenced with barbed wire. My dogs are permitted everywhere on the acreage. The problem is, they go under the fence to chase rabbits, coyotes…I ended up losing my lab to a coyote. Can I run the wire on the fence wire and not have to bury it? 9 acres is a lot to have to bury wire. I saw that you could use lawn staples, but I fear the weed eater may become an issue. If I raise the wire and attach it to the fence, I will not have to worry about it. Would that work? And if so, what system do you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Kelsey. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification.

    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

    With chain link/barbed wire/metal fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you want and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.

    Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

  44. Susan

    We have a 9 lb Chihuahua and a great dane puppy who is expected to weigh 150-180 pounds. The smaller one is the stubborn one, but we want to keep both from leaving the yard. Will the Yard Max be appropriate or should we use the Stubborn Dog because of her intended size. Also, do you have any collars that work with both the wired in ground fencing and a remote for bark or behavior correction?

    ADMIN – Hi Susan. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661: http://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-pig0013661/
    PetSafe In-Ground Fence PIG00-13661 is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, appropriate for dogs between 5 pounds and 90 pounds), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds), Cat or SportDog collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. This system only operates in traditional mode and does not offer the run through deterrent. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire. You would then add a Stubborn collar to the system. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed.

  45. Josh

    Does this come with a remote for training purposes??

    ADMIN – Hi Josh. The YardMax does not offer a remote trainer. Currently, there is not a system that we are aware of that will offer both a containment system and a training option in the same collar.

  46. Nathan G

    We currently have an older Innotek ultra smart
    Contain and train system. Our Great Pyrenees has become defiant and breaks the 1.5 acre boundary routinely. It is suspicious as she cross in the same area each time. Not sure if there is such a thing as a weak point. However, I am very intrigued by the anti breakthrough technology of the yardmax. I had an invisible fence two out last week and just learned about that. I thought I could only get it from them. I’m happy that there is another option. One thing we like about our Innotek is the remote correction. Is there an anti breakthrough technology that also has the remote trainer?

    ADMIN – Hi Nathan. We do not currently have a system that also offers a remote trainer. However, the YardMax does have the “run-through deterrent” feature. My concern for the YardMax with your dog is that the collar probes may not be long enough to get through the hair at your dogs neck without it being kept trimmed short.

  47. Mariah Denzik

    I would love to purchase PetSafe YardMax for my home. I have just one question before I purchase. My parents have a different PetSafe unit and I was wondering if the collars provided with YardMax will work with their unit as well.

    Thank You

    ADMIN – Hi Mariah. The YardMax collar will only work with the YardMax system and vice versa.

  48. Fred

    Hi, I see a lot of people wanting to know how the yardmax system works. Feel free to share this with people with a note like, “customer Fred Decker shares this:” . Feel free to edit it for brevity. You may want to know for yourself if you don’t already. Thanks!

    We should start by saying that any wire with a current flowing through it is an inductor by means of the fact that if a current flows through the wire, a magnetic field is “induced” around the wire and if a magnetic field moves across the wire (or visa versa) a current is induced in the wire. To imagine the polarity of the magnetic field around a wire, you can use the “right hand rule”. Wrap your right hand around the wire with your thumb pointing parallel to the wire. If conventional (positive charge) current is flowing in the direction of your thumb, then the magnetic field is polarized in the direction your fingers are curling. The polarity of the magnetic field generated by a current flowing through wire is opposite on each side of the wire. If the wire were laying on the ground, you can think of the magnetic field going “down” on one side and “up” on the other. The patent for how the yardmax polarity detection and system works is described in patent 8,047,151, but is uses the technology of the 5,794,569 patent from another company.

    The collar is very sophisticated. It uses an 3-axis accelerometer to determine the position of the collar and 3 mutually orthagonal antennas connected to a reciever to get a strong signal no matter the orientation of the collar (not for direction finding in this case). In other words, each antenna points to one of the 3 dimensions of space and the accelerometer knows the orientation of the collar with respect to the ground by way of gravity.

    The transmitter sends each first cycle of a carrier signal with a higher current to the wire using an amplitude modulated sine wave signal so that the “wake up” can be detected by the receiver and to provide a reference for the positive part of the signal since the polarity of the magnetic field from the wire (which is an antenna) actually changes back and forth as the current flowing through it changes direction and we need to know when the signal is positive. The first carrier cycle of each part of the signal is always positive, so the receiver in the collar now can tell the polarity of magnetic field from the wire at that point in time. It does this by using the accelerometer to determine “down” and then using the antenna most perpendicular to the ground to receive the signal and know which direction the current is flowing in the antenna. It then compares that to a table in the microprocessor in the collar that knows what polarity should be inside the boundary vs. outside. Now the collar processor can read the following data train of carrier bursts (8 bits worth) to get information sent by the transmitter such as which collar gets which instructions (like how strong a correction), etc. The collar stores whether it is inside or outside the boundary and can handle all the clever tasks it needs to in yardmax mode, like continuing the correction to a point until the pet returns inside the boundary and not correcting when outside the boundary and trying to get back in.

    ADMIN – Hi Fred. Thank you for the comprehensive information.

  49. Stuart

    I would like to install the Yardmax for our house that has stucco siding. I have read posts on reviews for other systems that state it will not work reliably with stucco because of the metal mesh used for the stucco. Is this the case with the Yardmax system? If so, do you have any recommendations for an invisible fence for our situation?

    ADMIN – Hi Stuart. Because the YardMax is a wired system, it does not usually fall prey to the problem with stucco siding. You will want to use twisted wire to connect the transmitter to the boundary loop. To see how twisted wire works and how to use it to connect your boundary loop to your transmitter, please visit our Twisted Wire page.

  50. Shea McQuilkin

    Hello,

    I recently adopted a 4 year old beagle. He was in a traditionally fenced yard before and did great. Would this be a good option for him? He weights 50-60 pounds.

    ADMIN – Hi Shea. Have you done any obedience training with him (sit, stay, down, etc.)? If so, how did he do? Training with the electric fence is about 80-90% of the success of any electric dog fence. I would look at a couple of different systems to get an idea of the options available. Please look over the Electric Dog Fence Review page.

  51. Mike

    I am looking to fence in an area that includes a relatively large hill (say 150 feet down). I read in a comment section that the fence does not work well on a hilly area. I am planning to use a heavy gauge wire as it is going down the hill and into a heavily wooded area (deer hooves etc) and I have to keep it from breaking. The layout of my property is flat at the top and then it goes down hill into the woods — can you advise if the fence can handle the hill? If yes – great. If no, why is this an issue as the current goes through the line. Curious before I start laying the wire and find out I have a situation.

    ADMIN – HI Mike. The only time there is a problem with sloping is with a wireless system. As you are looking at a wired system, you will not have this problem. You are correct that as long as the wire is in good shape and present there should not be an issue with signal dropping out. If you are worried about deer breaking your line, you can give added protection by running your wire through an old garden hose with the metal ends cut off or another type of flexible tubing. Make sure to tack your wire down with something like lawn staples to keep your line in place.

  52. Charlotte

    I have a husky and am concerned with the prongs in the collar not being long enough, are there different options for collars?

    ADMIN – Hi Charlotte. The YardMax collar comes with both the short and long hair prongs. However, once you have your system, if you feel that the prongs are not maintaining contact with the skin, we recommend trimming down the hair in the area on the neck that the collar sits. You can also help the hair in that area to lie down by taking a very tiny bit of something like Vaseline to help the hairs lie down.

  53. Randi Martinsen

    What is the twisted wire used for and when should someone get twisted wire?

    ADMIN – Hi Randi. Twisted wire is simply two regular wires twisted together. Having two wires so close together causes the signals coming out of each wire to cancel each other out and creates a dead-zone where the dog can walk over safely without getting the warning or the correction. But, the twisted wire can only be used in certain situations. The main use for twisted wire is to connect the main boundary loop to the control box. You can also use the twisted wire to connect one loop to another loop. But, you absolutely cannot use the twisted wire as part of the main loop.
    You can see visuals of this on our Dog Fence Planning/Layouts page.

  54. Victoria

    Hi, I am looking for an invisible fence to put all the way around my property (front and back yards). My question is what do I do about the driveway where there is no way to bury a wire underneath it? I feel like this is a great idea but don’t quite understand how that will work. Also, how do you plug it in? does it need to come all the way up to the house? Thank you for answering all of these questions!

    ADMIN – Hi Victoria. There are a few ways to work with the driveway you have. You can use an existing seam in the concrete, you can cut a line through the driveway and run the wire through that (using a waterproof, silicon caulk to seal the opening while holding the wire in place and adding protection) and a few other ideas you can find on our Driveways and Paths page. We recommend installing the transmitter inside a waterproof area that does not drop below freezing connected to an electrical outlet. The transmitter should be away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, circuit breaker box, HVAC equipment, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.

  55. Stephanie

    We would like to run a fence line through our field. We have 2 horses in that field. Will the horses damage the buried wire? What gauge do you suggest?

    ADMIN – HI Stephanie. I would recommend considering running your wire through something like an old garden hose with the ends cut off or some plastic flexible tubing for added protection where it runs through the horse field. I would also bury the wire at its maximum recommended depth of 3 inches or so.
    I would recommend upgrading your wire to a 16 or 14 gauge. This extra thickness will help with strength and durability of the wire.

  56. Malinda

    We are looking at purchasing the Yardmax system for our 3 acre property, can you tell me what happens after the 15 seconds. Im worried our english springer will run through the fence and keep going. The 15 second shock may only make her run farther if she is scared.

    ADMIN – Hi Malinda. The correction will stop after 15 seconds or once your dog crosses back into the yard, which ever happens first. As to the running further away, this is where the training comes in and is SO important. Training is 80-90% of the success of any dog fence. If the dog does not know what you want or need them to do then they will be confused and may run the wrong direction. There is a 4 step training process that is a MUST for the invisible containment systems to work as intended. You can read about the different steps, watch training videos and find more information on our Dog Fence Training Page.

  57. John Annicchiarico

    Does this system or any that you recommend have a remote for correction that can be added? PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115.

    ADMIN – HI John. There is not currently a system that offers a remote trainer.

  58. Connie Helt

    We have barb wire on three sides of the house can we just attach it to the barb wire or do we have to bury it?

    ADMIN – Hi Connie. You do not have to bury the wire.
    The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.
    We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you are receiving interference you can adjust the placement of the wire before you either bury it or tack it down. Once the correct location has been determined, then bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.
    Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  59. Dave

    I already have the 14 gauge wire can I just order the system and not have to receive the wire.

    ADMIN – Hi Dave. Yes, you can order the system without the wire. When you go to checkout, there is an option that says upgrade wire. Select this and the first option should be remove wire.

  60. Drew

    Just installed my new system (PIG00-11115) last week and is working awesome, I love it. I’m sure you may have already answered this question but I’m in a huge hurry. I’m about to get another dog so all I have to do is buy another collar for the new dog, correct? Or is there something else I must do?

    ADMIN – Hi Drew. Yes, all you need to do is buy another collar and train your dog! You can purchase the YardMax add on collar in our store.

  61. Ellen Edmondson

    Hi…We live on outskirts of London,Ont. Can. Who would be our contact? We have an acre of Invisible Fence that was installed many years ago (25yrs)…loved it and used it for a long time with our Husky plus lab. It has not been used now for several years…good stay at home dogs 🙂 we would like to start with a new one . Have heard the Yardmax system is very good. Just comparing. If we install your new fencing does the old wire have to be removed? Will the current jump from one wire to another and stop working if not removed. What are the costs for have the fence installed? Thanks

    ADMIN – Unfortunately, our sales and support are limited to the United States coverage area. We are only permitted do business and process shipments within the United States. Therefore, DogFenceDIY is restricted from doing business outside of the United States. You do not need to remove the old wire and can use it if it is still intact. If you want to use new wire, you can install it next to the old wire as long as there is no signal/current running through the old wire. I would recommend you contact PetSafe Canada for pricing and ordering information.

  62. Vicki

    We have a fully fenced property and our dog hasn’t yet shown any indication of wanting to dig, but we have a motorized vehicle gate and we are wanting something to prevent him from crossing the open gate without his humans.
    Is there a way to turn off the collar (like when we want to take our dog off the property for a walk) or do we just remove the collar in that case? And from a training perspective, how does that work since sometimes he would be allowed to cross the boundary (with a human, on their command) and sometimes not (on his own)?

    ADMIN – Hi Vicki. How wide is the opening of your gate? A fence may not be the best option for you if the only area of coverage you need is your gate opening. A zone defense may be the better option. If your gate is very wide, then you may want to look at one of the basic electric dog fences.

  63. Frank Acevedo

    What could happen if inground wire is to close to neighbors wire? (yard max) minor/major interference.

    ADMIN – Hi Frank. If the wires are too close to each other you can run into one or more of a few issues. You can receive interference that can cause the signal to be intermittent or to drop out altogether. You can also receive amplification to the signal causing unintended corrections to the dog when they are behaving correctly.
    The best thing to do is to lay your wire out where you think you want it, hook your system up and test the boundary with the collar and the testing tool. This way, if you need to move the wire you can do so before you bury it.

  64. Trudy

    Hi,
    We have a 14lb Morris poo. 11″ neck.
    I’d prefer this system as the battery system on the little dog sounds like a pain.
    We have an ‘L’ shaped yard but don’t want to close it all in. Can we make a 2 or 3 sided perimeter? The other sides being our house?
    How far down does the wire have to go?
    Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Trudy. The YardMax system will work for dogs as small as 10 pounds. The YardMax collar strap is weaved around the outside of the collar and fits neck sizes 6” to 28” inches.
    You can do a 2 or 3 sided perimeter by using a double loop system. To see an example of this, please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page.

  65. Gary

    I have an 80 pound Golden Doodle (Keeva) and we just bout an acre and a quarter with 80 feet of lake water front. The property is a long rectange (80x650ish) with the house up close to the lake (40 feed out). We want to keep her out of the water unless we purposely go out there with her. I’m thinking one solution would be to have the dog fense on the back side of the property and not the lake side so she isn’t confused by going out the lake side doors and playing in the water vs. going out the back side for free range play. Or should I just bury the wire close to the water and take the collar off when it’s water time? It’s pretty raining and muddy here and we’re thankful to have a dog shower in the mud room, so I think we’ll need water proof collars. What are my best options here? Thanks for your assistance. Gary – P.S. I really like the no run through idea and since I have no experience with invisible fences it seems like a great idea. Not sure if she’d run through or not. Loves to chase critters and stops listening to all commands when she is on a scent…

    ADMIN – Hi Gary. The PetSafe YardMax is a great system and sound like it may be a good choice for you and your dog. Has your dog had any obedience training (sit, stay, come, etc…)? What is the dog’s temperament? Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design?

  66. Lisa

    I currently have an invisible fence system, but I think the panel is shot. Would your system be compatible with the wires we already have in place?

    Thanks,

    Lisa

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa. You can keep your existing dog fence wire (provided there are no wire breaks in the perimeter loop) and upgrade your transmitter and collar to a new system. Simply, unplug the old transmitter, connect the new transmitter, and test the collar with the Test Light Tool on your new dog fence system. Also, the newer dog fence systems have replacement collars more readily available than the old Innotek dog fence systems.
    What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)?
    What is the size of the pet containment area?
    Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  67. Chris

    I noticed that the PDF mentioned that the transmitter should not be placed in an area where temperatures get below freezing. Does the transmitter not operate in below freezing temps?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris. The Transmitter needs to be in a place that is weatherproof and does not spend any significant time in below freezing temps. Once the transmitter is exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees, the signal MAY become intermittent and your dog would not be secure. We recommend installing the Transmitter inside a weatherproof area connected to an electrical outlet. The transmitter should be away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, circuit breaker box, HVAC equipment, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

  68. Jenna

    I would like to run the wire along my neighbors chain link fence that runs along side part of my yard and my dogs keep going under it and getting out. How close can I go to the chain link and not cause problems?

    ADMIN – Hi Jenna. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground.

  69. zack

    Is running the wire along my barb wire fence with metal t post going to cause any issue? I was reading other things about metal buildings but wasn’t sure if the small metal t post would cause a problem in false readings of the wire. Also can you use any direct burial wire with this system? I have a lot of 12 Guage wire from other projects and it is direct burial solid 12 Guage wire.

    Thank you for your help.
    Zack

    ADMIN – Hi Zack. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. We recommend laying the wire on top of the ground where you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground.

  70. Rusty

    Hello
    I am interested in the pet safe yard max. I was wondering if I hook the main box in my garage would I be able to use it in two separate boundaries the front yard being one boundary and backyard being one boundary, or does it have to be one continued Wire from the back to the front ? I was wondering if I can split it into different boundary . I have a Beagle and a chocolate lab. I would be covering about one and half acres.
    Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Rusty. The dog fence systems run with one boundary loop. There are options for running a continuous loop that will separate the front and back yard. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to see an example of this layout.

  71. nan

    Can the collars for the stay and play be used with this system?

    ADMIN — Hi Nan. No, I’m sorry, the only collar that works with the YardMax system is the PetSafe YardMax collar.

  72. Sue

    Hi,
    We have a large livestock guard dog that is going beyond our property while working.. Our house and yard is on one side of a gravel road and the other side of road is our wooded hilly 8 acre parcel with a small creek at the bottom…Can we contain it all?? Or will the creek pose a problem? Thanks in advance for your help.

    ADMIN- Hi Sue. What is the age, weight and temperament of your dog? What is the size of the total pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog to the best electric dog fence system.

  73. Kepner

    About to purchase and install one of these in ground fences. 60 to 80 pound dogs. Containment area will be about 3 acres. The only practical way to go around one side of the property is to go immediately behind, within a foot, of the back side of two separate metal buildings, both walls and roof are metal. The dogs don’t often come into these buildings as they are my work shop and/or painting areas.

    However, they do visit me from time to time in the sheds that are approximately 40 feet deep from front opening where they would walk into shed to the back wall. The wire would be outside the back wall by a foot or on the outside of building on the back wall.

    Question is: does running the wire “close” to or even “on” the sheds in these difficult areas cause an INCREASE or AMPLIFICATION in correction in the sheds ONLY, or does it cause an increase ANYWHERE in the entire perimeter? For instance does the INCREASED CORRECTION, occur in other places in the loop that are not even near the shed or is it limited to the shed space?

    Thank you.

    ADMIN- Hi Kepner. You will need 2,000 ft of wire to contain your dogs in 3 acres. The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar.

  74. Katie Yeiter

    We recently moved to house on a lake. We have a male English Bulldog who weighs 70 lbs. and female English Bulldog that is 50 lbs. I’m trying to decide between the Petsafe YardMax Dog Fence or the Petsafe Stubborn Fence. Our male dog is relatively calm, but our female tends to be the one who misbehaves when she is off the leash. I don’t want them in the lake and I want something strong enough to correct them if they attempt to go chasing after geese or ducks. What would you recommend?

    ADMIN – Hi Katie. What is the size of the pet containment area? Answering this question will help me match your dogs to the best electric dog fence system. Also, please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to see some options on how to work blocking the lake access into your design.
    Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your desired dog fence design?

  75. SARAH

    HI,
    I have a Rottweiler and a Staffy, I was wondering what the best system would be the get?
    Thank you
    Sarah

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah. What is the size of your pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your electric dog fence design?

  76. David Sposite

    I have an 85lb red nose pit. We live close to a highway and have deer come through the yard all the time. Will this be strong enough to keep him in the yard it will he just run through it?

    ADMIN – Hi David. What is the size of the pet containment area? Have you looked at the PetSafe Stubborn Electric Dog Fence (PIG00-10777)? The Stubborn dog fence can handle a 10 acre yard.

  77. Mike

    We have a metal shed in the corner of our property can the wire be run around the back of the shed? I am trying to maximize the enclosure area. In addition I would like to be able to keep the shed door open in the summer to give the dogs a shaded area.

    ADMIN – Hi Mike. We recommend running the Boundary Wire 10 feet away from a metal shed (and the opened metal shed door) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s Collar. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your dog fence design? What is the age, weight, breed, and temperament of your dog(s)? What is the size of the pet containment area? Answering these questions will help me match your dog(s) to the best electric dog fence system.

  78. Rebecca

    Looking at this system or my 3 year old boxer. How long does the battery last before needing to be recharged?

    ADMIN – Hi Rebecca. The YardMax rechargeable collar will need to be charged once every 2-3 months. Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page. Which of these sample dog fence layouts is similar to your electric dog fence design?

  79. Steve

    Hi, We currently have the old Innotek 4100 system and are looking to upgrade to the yardmax. Can our existing wire be used with the yardmax or would it need to be pulled up and replaced with wire specifically for the yardmax system? thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Steve. How old is your current Boundary Wire? Are there any breaks in the perimeter loop? If not, then you can use the same Boundary Wire. Simply, swap out the old Innotek transmitter and collars with the new YardMax Transmitter and YardMax Collar.

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