Getting Started With Your First Wireless Dog Fence

Dog owners invest in wireless dog fences for many reasons. They are reliable, safe and easy to install. Plus, by utilizing a wireless dog fence as a training tool you can eventually teach your pooch to become an "off-leash" dog, which is extremely convenient when you want to let your dog roam the outdoors.

For more than 30 years, pet manufacturers have been innovating and improving the designs of modern dog fences. By using in-ground wires to form a boundary, the first electric dog fences were made. Now, thanks to advancements in technology, there is no need for unsightly wires, which have made lawn care a headache for many dog owners. The wireless systems are quickly becoming the easiest solution to let Fido outside.

Testing Out The Most Popular Wireless Dog Fence

PetSafe has been creating pet products for more than 20 years. Their collars and pet boundary systems can be found in 52 countries and six different continents around the world. Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, the company has created some of the most trusted products on the pet market.

"As the largest manufacturer of electronic pet training products in the U.S., we're devoted to the most innovative research and most advanced designs available today," Says a spokesperson for PetSafe. "We're pet owners just like you, so we care about the products we make."

Recently, we took some time to test out the Stay + Play Wireless Fence system. With a wide circular boundary, a waterproof collar and five different levels of correction (plus a tone-only mode), it's no surprise when you learn that this dog fence is one of the most popular models on the market.

According to PetSafe, the Stay + Play Dog Fence can be set up in less than two. However, for optimum performance, you want to do some research and planning before turning it on.

First, you need to find a suitable location to put your transmitter. This is true for any wireless fence. The transmitter should be off the ground and not have anything metal above it to ensure that the signal is not interrupted. The Stay + Play system emits a circular boundary, so the transmitters signal is the center of your "containment zone."

After you have the transmitter hooked up, you want to make sure your collar is properly functioning. The Stay + Play system can quickly charge the collar to 100% in less than two hours (we found that this charge can last for weeks). To turn on the collar, simply hold down the center button for five seconds until the light turns green.

The next and most important step is to set your boundary lines for your dog. This is an easy process if you have someone help out. While you are inside with the transmitter adjusting the strength of your signal, have your partner outside with the collar. We don't recommend having them wear the collar to find out the boundary zone, instead PetSafe includes a test light tool that lights up when it goes outside the boundary zone.

When you have your boundary zone confined to your yard and you have your settings situated on your transmitter, you can place flags (50 are included) in your yard to help train Fido. These flags serve as a visible sign to show your dog the border.

Important Safety Precautions

According to many experts, the stimulation from collars will not leave any permanent damage and will not harm your pooch if used properly. Most high-end wireless dog fences have different stimulation levels, so you can be sure that your dog will not be hurt, only persuaded to stay within the confines of the boundary zone. However, even though the use of wireless fences is popular and safe, there are still things to keep in mind before strapping on the collar:

  • Weight and Age: Many pet owners are under the false presumption that small breeds can't use a wireless fence. That is not true, but they should weigh more than five pounds. Plus, dogs younger than six months won't benefit from the systems because they don't have the cognitive development to stay in the yard, yet.

  • Adjusting The Collar: A properly functioning collar is vital to keep your dog safe and healthy when they are using a wireless fence. The Stay + Play system comes with two different styles of prongs for pet owners. If you have a dog with a furry, long coat – be sure to use the longer prongs. If your dog has a short coat – use the short prongs. When you have the collar on your dog, make sure it's snug and the prongs are touching the neck of your pooch.

  • Maintaining Your Fence: When you compare the maintenance to a physical wooden fence, taking care of your wireless dog fence is a breeze. However, you still want to protect your investment and make sure that your dog is safe in your yard. Pet owners should make sure that they charge the collar only when it is needed to keep battery life optimal. This means only charging when it blinks red. Also, prongs should be cleaned regularly of dirt and oil from your pet's coat.

When we checked out the Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence, we were excited to see how it would hold up against the competition. As you may be aware, there is currently a full market of different systems that all promise an easy-to-use containment fence, but few are as straightforward as the Stay + Play. Plus, it's made by PetSafe, so you know you're getting a quality, American product, which is important when you are trying to protect man's best friend.

If you're looking for a wireless dog fence to purchase, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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