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My question - My Neighbor has a pacemaker. I want to know if there is any risk of the wireless fence interfering with the operation of his pacemaker? This is important to us and naturally to his health.
Greg Whitman

Hi Greg. Your wireless fence will have a range of up to 3/4 of an acre, depending on the system you choose. The signal will be contained to your yard.

Does the Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence System have to be installed as a closed loop, or can the buried wire be used in separate multiple straight line locations (e.g., along a fence) with natural boundaries for containment (e.g., a wall or house)at each end of the run?

Hi John. That is a great question! There are a few ways to make something like this possible, but the end result is that you will have a closed loop. There is a way to twist wire to cancel the signal in certain parts of your yard, but it is a bit tricky to explain in writing. Our helpful Customer Care experts would be happy to walk you through how to do something like this, and they can be reached at 1-800-732-2677 M-F 8a-8p or Saturday 9-5, EST. We hope to hear from you soon!

I have the pet safe “stay and play” but my yard is not very level and I seem to have some troubles getting a consistent signal. Is this normal?  Should I try something else?

Hi Mike. Thank you for contacting us. We would love to help you figure out what could be going on, and in order to troubleshoot we would like to speak to you about your system. One of our Customer Care experts can be reached at 1-800-732-2677 M-F 8a-8p or Saturday 9-5, EST. We hope to hear from you soon!

Is a wireless system appropriate for a dog over 100lbs

Hi Sheila,

Our wireless systems actually do not have a weight limit for the collar, but for a large dog you will want to make sure the probes are making contact properly.

I have a ridgeback and huge mutt both aggressive watch dogs, what would you suggest.

I want to keep my cat indoors and would like to keep him from exiting the windows and doors.  (He breaks through screens.)  We have 4 doors and 7 windows.
Thank you,

I am looking for an underground fence system that works with 2 small dogs and a large dog.(Shitzu , Smaller Bulldog and Huskey). I live in the country and have aprox 3 acres to be fenced in. We have water in the back yard also. What would be the best and most reliable.

Hi.  I would like to contain my dog, mostly in the back yard.  We have a lot of wooded area with leaves.  Can the wire for the system just be placed under the leaves as opposed to burying it in the ground?  If I did bury it in the ground will the leaves above it have any affect on receiving signal?

Hi Biz,

Your cat sounds just like mine! My cat once broke through a screen to defend the house from a neighbor cat. We replaced the screens and windows in our house with sturdy, energy efficient ones and she hasn’t escaped since. We also only leave windows open with the screens down when we’re home.

You could also try keeping her away from windows with ScatMat® pet proofing mats or Pawz Away® barriers:

i have a front yard that is ground and a side area that is concrete with a an iron picket fence that my pomeranian can and does frequently jump through. Part of the area could utilize an in ground fence but the side cannot. Dog additionally has a barking problem around unknown people and unknown dogs. Area with ground is probably 50 ft (havent measured and side is probably about the same. do you have a product that would keep me from having to chase the dog several blocks a few times per week?

Hi Mike, depending on a few factors, you might be able to do what is known as a double loop layout with a PetSafe® In-Ground Fence™ System:

If you’d like to give us a call at 1-866-738-4379, we’d be happy to discuss your particular layout needs in depth with you.

For barking, you might be interested in one of our Outdoor Ultrasonic Bark Control units: These. products can be used along with a containment system to help reduce problem barking.

Hi Dustin,

The Basic In-Ground Fence System sounds like it might work for you: We other options here:

The kit comes with 1 collar that should fit your Husky. Just add 2 extra collars for your little dogs: .

With extra boundary wire and flags, it will cover all 3 acres: You even customize it to keep your pets out of your pond.

You can also talk to our Customer Care team to help you pick the right one at 1-866-738-4379.

Hi Tracy,

We don’t recommend you place the wire above ground or under leaves permanently. It’s easier for the wire to break if it’s not buried a couple of inches underground. If the wire breaks, you’ll have to find it and then set up a wire splice to fix it.

You can give us a call at 1-866-738-4379 to discuss your layout options.

What system do you recommend for a yard with multiple levels. 

Hi Chris,

You may want to consider an in-ground fence.

With a wireless fence, a sharply sloping yard or a yard with hills or levels can cause the pet area to appear less or more than expected. You might need to reposition the transmitter to maximize your pet area.

Our Customer Care fencing specialists would be happy to help you pick the right fence for your yard and your dog. Give us a call at 1-866-738-4379.

I would like to buy the wireless PIF-300 but want to be sure it is safe for a person who lives in the home where it will be installed?  I see the post about the neighbor but what about if the device is for a person in the range of the signal?

Hi Cindy,

All of our fences are completely safe for all of the pets and people in and around your home.

The transmitter sends the wireless signal to your pet’s collar. You set the circular boundary area where your pet can go.

If your pet gets near the boundary, the collar warns your pet with a beep. If he continues, it’s followed by a safe, gentle static correction to remind him to stay in your yard.

The transmitter only sends the signal to your pet’s collar. It won’t affect people or other pets in the home not wearing collars.

Give us a call at 1-866-738-4379 if you have any more questions.

I live in a basement apartment.  If the transmitter is plugged up outside on the patio will it transmit all the way around the house?  Also the yard is rolling hills.

Thanks for your question, Kay!

It sounds like you may be asking about one of our Wireless Pet Containment Systems. For this type of system, it’s important the transmitter be 2 to 4 feet above ground level so that the signal can be picked up by the receiver collar.

While slight changes in elevation are usually okay with a Wireless Pet Containment System, large drop offs or steep hills can impact the coverage area.

If you’d like to discuss your containment needs with one of our product experts, you can give us a call at 1-866-738-4379 for additional assistance.

I have a question. I only want the left and right side of the house with the underground fencing. Not the back or front. Is it possible to do that? Would I just need to lay two loop around to the unit?

Hi Antony,

You can create 2 areas for your pets to play in on either side of the house. In-ground fences are flexible to allow for different layouts and custom shapes.

You can give pets access to only part of your yard, or set up fence boundaries on only one side of the yard if you have a physical fence on the other part.

Give our Customer Care team a call at 1-866-738-4379. We’d be happy to help you create the best layout and choose the right fence.

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