Wireless Dog Fence – PIF 300

Wireless Dog Fence – PIF 300

We’ll discuss here the advantages and disadvantages of using a device like the PIF 300. This is a wireless system in which is primary job is to keep your dog(s) inside a predefined circular area. It can keep dogs inside within a 90 feet circular area as long as they are over 8 pounds. The maximum range of the central transmitter is about 90 feet and the minimum range is about 5 feet. These were calculated in a no obstacle area.

The dog will always be confined in a circular area.

This wireless fence is different from many others because it doesn’t need you to bury any wires or use stakes to plant your markers. You’ll have the fence up and running in less than an hour. Once you install this device at your home, you’ll take a lot less time to install it again when you go on vacations for example.

One of the big advantages of this fence is that you can use it inside your house too due to the minimum range of 5 feet. This electronic fence will allow you to place your boundaries both indoors and outdoors.

In the beginning, and this is also recommended by the manufacturer, use some visual aids for your dog, so he will start learning what the boundaries are. Remove those objects or obstacles you used as soon as you see your dog understands how to behave.

This device is not perfect and neither is your dog, so don’t use this next to very busy roads because it might be dangerous. The PIF 300 is a good electronic fence, but it can fail for some reason, and you should always be aware that all electronic devices some day will eventually fail. So use your own common sense and ask yourself if your dog will be safe in that particular area or not before letting him go. Always keep in mind that this is not perfect. This fence won’t do anything to your dog if the batteries are dead.

You can use almost anything for your dog’s visual aids. Little flags on the ground, wooden stakes or anything that can signal your dog that it’s time to stop.

For your dog’s safety use a long rope (about 30 feet) and let him drag it around. That way if he gets confused and crosses the boundaries, you’ll still have full control over him just by stepping on the rope. Using this technique is very important in the first days your dog starts using the device. You’ll probably never need this, but just in case it’s there for using. Always have safety in mind until you’re absolutely sure your dog won’t cross the boundaries.

How does the PIF 300 “stops” my dog from running away?

Your dog will have to use a shock collar that is directly connected with your central transmitter using wireless transmission. The shock collar will have 2 contact points with your dog’s neck that will be activated whenever your dog gets to the boundary zone.

Don’t worry, your dog won’t get immediate corrections, he will have an audible warning signal before he gets into the no crossing area. Only if he insists he will get a correction.

Are these shocks painful for my dog?

No, if you configure your transmitter and collar correctly there won’t be a problem.

You can configure the central transmitter:A�

Switch for high or low intensity

Transmitter on or off switch

Adjustable range control

Light indicating device state (on/off)

Only the collar is waterproof, be careful when leaving the transmitter outside

Dog collar characteristics:

Is completely waterproof

Small battery for remote operation

Includes interchangeable long and short contact points so it can be useful for different dog sizes

25 second safety shut off in case pet gets trapped in Correction Zone

A screw-off cap covering the correction-level button

Led indicator of low battery

Every dog will be different, and every dog will have different levels of “shock” tolerance. Don’t set the collar to its maximum level if you have a small dog, and don’t set the minimum level to a big dog.

Advantages and disadvantages of the PIF 300

This wireless fence as showned that it can be very useful but also that it has some disadvantages that should be considered.

Analyze the following advantages and disadvantages and decide for yourself if this device will be helpful or not:

Good points:

Configurable transmitter range

Adjustable levels of correction including a beeping sound of warning

You can use it in an outdoor and indoor environment

Very easy to use

Easily portable

Support documentation for configuration and training

Two types of contact points for dogs of different sizes

Visual aids can be removed after the dog learns what to do.

Not necessary to bury anything in your backyard, it’s completely wireless

In case there’s a power outage your dog won’t get corrected

Free from wires

Disadvantages:

Can only be used on dogs over six months

Cannot leave the transmitter unattended when in an outdoor environment

Transmitter runs on power from your house outlet.

The system is not perfect, so it must not be used near very busy roads.

There’s always the risk of power outage unless you connect your transmitter to a UPS

Other dogs and people can cross the boundaries (risk of dog fighting or theft)

Home appliances might interfere with the normal functioning of this device

Before you expect your dog to stay inside the defined boundaries you should train him for at least 2 weeks

Final conclusions:

Now you should have a clear idea whether to buy this device or not. Don’t look at the comercial hype that exists around this device. Do an informed decision and you won’t regret it. I cannot say it’s perfect, but it’s very useful to me personally. I take my pets everywhere I go, and this device is great for pinics, vacations, etc. I always train my dogs everyday, but with this device I can easily let them go freely in an unkown area, knowing they will stay in the boundary zone.

I even bought a car-lighter converter to my transmitter, so my dogs can run away freely on my picnics when I’m sleeping.

Hope this review of the PIF 300 helped you make a good decision and best of luck for you and your pets.