Tricks & Training

PetSafe Invisible Fences: In-Ground & Wireless Systems

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By Curtis

dog-wearing-invisible-fence-collar-by-Weatherfish.jpg PetSafe products are but one small portion of a large family of pet containment products made by the Radio Systems Corporation. Other brand names that fall under the same company are:


In general, invisible fences are designed to keep your dog restricted to a designated area without the need for physical fence barriers or other types of mechanical barriers that may be less than pleasing to the eye.

There are 2 different styles of invisible fences, and PetSafe manufactures both types:

  • In-ground invisible fence systems
  • Wireless invisible fence systems




PetSafe In-Ground Invisible Fence

For the in-ground system, a wire will be buried underground around the perimeter of the desired containment area.

The wire acts as a transmitting antenna and is attached to the transmitter.

The dog wears a special collar with a receiver attached. This battery-operated radio receiver will pickup the signal transmitted through the underground wire as the dog approaches his designated boundary.

The first warning will be an audible beeping from the collar at a level the dog can easily hear. If the dog continues closer to the buried wire, he will receive a mild shock through 2 contact points that protrude through the collar and rub against the dog’s neck.

Of course, the receiver on the collar is battery-operated. You can get replacement batteries individually or you can sign up for PetSafe’s 1-year replacement battery plan where they will send you new batteries at the recommended replacement interval.

In short order the dog will learn that proceeding past the audible warning will result in an electrical shock and shortly he will stay within the designated borders without further shocking.


PetSafe Wireless Invisible Fence

With the wireless system, you have no buried wires. Intead, you have a radio transmitter that sends a signal over a small, adjustable range.

The collar operates the same as with the in-ground system, but instead of activating when you approach the buried wire, it will activate as you approach the set distance from the transmitter.

This makes pet containment an instant-on quick and easy operation. Just plug it in and set the maximum distance allowed and you’re done.

PetSafe offers a wide variety of invisible fence accessories and replacement components for both types of their electronic pet containment systems. Extra collars, broken wire break locaters, wire, flag kits, and much more.

With their extensive dealer organization, finding a PetSafe authorized retailer near you is as simple as entering your zip code.

Training Your Dog To Use A PetSafe Invisible Fence

When it comes to invisible fence products, PetSafe is a brand that has been around for many years.

They rely on extensive testing and research to ensure that their products are top of the line.

Your dog will be safely contained within a PetSafe invisible fence. Of course, you will have to spend some time getting your dog used to the invisible fence system and your dog’s new boundaries.

PetSafe experts are available to guide you through it.


Photo credit: Weatherfish