PetSafe In-Ground Fence Review | TheGoodyPet

PetSafe In-Ground Fence Review – Is It Worth It?


Some pets can be stubborn and hard to train especially the aggressive ones. A collar may not be enough to protect the flower bed, garbage cans, and kids play area. The PetSafe In-Ground Fence is perfectly suited for these types of pets and homes.

PetSafe In-Ground Fence

The PetSafe In-Ground Fence package includes:

  • Awaterproof receiver collar
  • Transmitter with power adapter
  • 50 boundary flags

Accompanying the items is a guide for training the dog and operating the gadget. It also comes with additional essential parts such as gel-filled capsules, mounting bracket, wire nuts. Specific systems also come with extra parts such as surge protector and a charger.

How Does It Work?

PetSafe In-Ground Fence is a multi-level containment fence. The fence works by a wire that sends a radio signal along the underground wire. The dog wears a receiver collar that will pick up the radio signal. The collar gives a warning beep to the pet when it nears the designated boundary. If it continues, it will receive a static correction.

The collars fit pets with neck size 6 to 28 inches. The in-ground fence has coverage of 1/3 acre but could be scaled up to 25 acres with the purchase of additional wires and flags. Boundary training takes only two weeks and is a fun experience for you and your pet.

Most pets will respect the boundary within a few short training sessions. For homes that have multiple pets, the system allows for the addition of collars. When purchasing additional collars, be sure to check for compatibility.

Unlike other systems, aggressive dogs can well be tamed under this method. Owners who may have a large yard and wish to expand can use copper insulated wire of roughly 14-20 gauges. Battery charge-life depends on the frequency of use but can typically last between 1 to 3 months. In some cases, the battery lasted for a whole 6 months.

Setting & Configuring The Wireless Fence

It is highly recommended plan your layout carefully first.

In your plan, pick out all the areas to be fenced including your whole yard. Dig a shallow trench along your designated perimeter areas then manually lay the cable and bury it. The trench should be no deeper than 2 feet. Remember also, that for every inch you bury the electric fence, you lose an inch of the signal.

Mount the transmitter in the house, on a dry and well-ventilated place. This transmitter should preferably be 0.5-1 meter from the ground up. Switch it on.

Next, place the fully charged receiver collar on the pet's neck and make sure the pressure is just tolerable. The collar should be sluggish but not constricting. Fit the collar while the dog is standing in an upright way.

Turn the collar on and walk the dog to the yard. The collar is removed after 12 hours for the dog to rest. You can use this time to trim the excess fur on the pet's neck.

You are now ready for the training phase.

In this training phase, use the manual that comes provided with the wireless fence. Follow the manual guideline as outlined to achieve a better result and for a faster, stress-free session.

What Did We Like?

The system is almost invisible. In neighborhoods and cities that have fencing laws that specify and prohibit fences altogether (to keep specific aesthetics); the fence can be a welcoming solution. For homes that are near breath-taking views like an ocean or a garden, this option is great as there is no visual obstruction.

Also, the wireless fence system is perfectly safe for your pet. The static correction is just enough to surprise the pet and stop him from further movement. The equipment manual has instructions on how much force is recommended for dogs at various heights. Rest assured your pet is protected from traffic strangers and other dangers outside the system boundary.

The In-Ground Fence Systems deters the pet from specified spots. For example, from digging holes in the fence or pooing on the flower bed. By burying the wire around these spots, the pets are kept away without your intervention.

No pet owner would entertain the thought of his pet having drowned in the pool. The system will not change your yard landscape. The fence offers a custom solution in that it can take any shape no matter the outline of the yard. The underground wire is also excellent for a mildly sloppy terrain.

The In-Ground system does not require as much maintenance compared to the traditional fence which has to be periodically replaced, adding additional cost and time. In this system, only charging or replacing batteries is done regularly.

The collar weighs 1.5 ounces. It is lightweight and allows for pets the size of a Chihuahua or a Yorkie Bao to fit and move comfortably. The collar is a standard device and comes with the package. The prongs which might be longer for small pets can be reduced by winding twice. Your pet can now play freely within the safety of your property.

What We Didn't Like?

Complete installation of the wireless fence system may take a while.

Not all pet owners have the time or energy to install the system - from laying the wire to training your pet. The skills required are light-wire splicing, surface patching and using necessary tools.

However, you don't need to worry. The electronic fences are easy to install compared to their traditional counterparts (physical fences). The installation can be completed in a day. If all else fails, find a friend and the both of you can work together to install the system.


Most verified purchasers of PetSafe In-Ground Fence concur that it is fantastic and gives dog parents the flexibility to contain their pets safely.

Not only is it inexpensive as compared to a traditional fence, but it is also easier to maintain. The PetSafe In-Ground Fence is definitely a worth-it purchase to consider.