PetSafe In-Ground Fence
Installed about 900 feet of underground wire in about 2 hours using a "4-inch cable trencher/installer" that I rented from a nationwide rental company. Cost about $75 to rent the machine, which dug the trench, layed the wire in the trench, and covered the trench back up (although the covering-back-up part wasn't the greatest). I was initially concerned about how labor-intensive burying that much wire would be, but using the machine made it about as easy as using a lawnmower.
Followed the instructions about how to gradually introduce the fence to the dog, and what they suggested worked quite well -- except that the dog is a natural jumper, and quickly learned that she could avoid the fence by jumping several feet off the ground when crossing the buried wire. I had to turn up the distance control a bit higher than it would otherwise be so that she couldn't avoid the fence by jumping in the air as she crossed it.
The fence is in now about a month, and she does not cross it.
Saved quite a bit of money by buying it and installing it myself.
Would recommed it to others -- but do rent the trenching machine.
June 10, 2014
So happy my little one has freedom!
I was hesitate to try this unit after we bought it as my Yorkie is only 10 lbs and was afraid that the shock might scare her so she would be afraid to go outside. But since we were going to be gone and she would have a sitter I knew I had to give it a try. So the line had already been put around the yard (1/3 acre) so after testing it I began the training. Her first attempt to go down the driveway she let out a small yelp and I consoled and told her she was a good girl. I was amazed at how fast she learned and I was more nervous than she was. Even the collar which seemed a bit bulky, she didn't even seem to know it was on her. She got zapped maybe 2 more times and she now chases cats right to the fence line, but never past. I can go to neighbors house and she stays in her yard. I am so happy she now has the freedom to go all around the yard while I am out gardening. She sometimes won't even come down to where I am as it is too close to the line. Even mornings she goes out w/o the collar, she still respects her boundary, but I put her collar on for security. After loosing my other little Yorkie after she just turned 2 yrs old I did not want to loose my new little baby. She loves her freedom and so do I. She even comes to me to let me put her collar on!
April 26, 2013
Easy set up & install
This was a great buy. Read the directions thoroughly and laid out wire per directions. Allow enough extra wire to get back into where ever you are putting transmitter. Tested collars before burying cable.
Works great! Have both a big dog (70lbs) and little dog (7lbs) so purchased the little dog collar. They love their freedom of laying out in the yard in the sun.
June 7, 2012
Works most of the time
Dogs respect boundaries most of the time, but have escaped a few times. I've tested the boundaries and fence is working, but dogs seem to be able to challenge it if really motivated. One of them clearly feels the zap, makes a face, and crosses it back and forth, over the driveway, but not on the grass. I've increased the intensity to level 3 but am afraid to increase it more as he had a very bad reaction to the first time he was zapped at level 3 on the grass. Second dog has also escaped and I have also increased to level 3 in the hopes it will be intense enough to keep him in. I'll play more with the width of the boundary instead of just increasing intensity of shock as I'm not keen on shocking them so hard it will make them afraid of going outside as it happened after dog was zapped the first time.
January 20, 2014