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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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.


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.


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.


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).


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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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:
    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.

  4. 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: 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    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.

  8. 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.

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