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PetSafe Wireless Fence Review


Pros: No wire to install; protects an unlimited number of pets

Cons: Very limited configuration options; only protects 1/2 acre

There are two wireless fence products currently available: the PetSafe Wireless Instant Fence and the Perimeter Wireless (WiFi) Fence. If you read my reviews of both wireless fences, you'll notice that I give them the same four-star rating. I wish I could recommend one more highly than the other, but the problem is that they each have their own distinct benefits, along with some limitations. Which product you ultimately choose will depend on your specific needs.

The Good

The PetSafe Wireless Instant Fence is the oldest and best-known wireless fence product. The biggest upside to this product is that, unlike the Perimeter WiFi fence, you can use it to contain an unlimited number of pets. Also, the receiver that comes with this fence includes six different training levels, which makes it a good choice to use with the low-stress dog fence training techniques I describe on this site.

The Bad

On the downside, the PetSafe wireless fence limits you to a containment area no larger than 1/2 acre if you have only one transmitter (that's the big grey device you see in the image above). If you are willing to purchase a second transmitter, you can expand the coverage to a little less than an acre. Compare this to the Perimiter WiFi fence, which covers up to 2 acres with one transmitter.

Also, be aware that wireless fences are a good solution for only a small percentage of folks. If you aren't certain that a wireless fence is the right choice for you, read the following article: Will a wireless fence work for me?

Product Features

The PetSafe Wireless Fence is easily portable, which is great if you have more than one property or plan to use the fence when traveling in your RV.

The PetSafe Wireless dog fence does not require any wire — just a reliable power source. This makes it an easy and efficient dog fence option if you don't mind its limited configuration options.


The PetSafe Wireless fence includes an operating guide. Also, Radio Systems Corp. has a toll-free support line that you can call with questions.

PetSafe products include a limited product warranty. Warranty returns are handled by mail.

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