One of my favorite PetSafe products has to be the PetSafe Stay and Play Wireless Fence (also known as the PIF00-12917). I’ve had dogs for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never believed it’s fair to keep them tied up in the yard or leave them stuck inside all day. They have energy to burn and need the exercise! In my old house we decided to put up a fence to keep the dogs from running away while we were at work during the day, but that didn’t stop our bouncy black lab from scaling and leaping over the 6.5 foot fence into the neighbors yard or out on the street. After trying to train her not to do this with no success, we had almost given up hope. However, a friend of mine suggested trying out wireless fences to keep them in the yard and I figured I may as well give it a shot. Since we had a smaller back yard at the time and it was my first experience with them, I opted for a cheaper unit. It actually did the trick after we introduced it to both of our dogs, and we didn’t have many escape attempts after that (though she took advantage of the battery dying often).
In the last year we have moved to a much larger lot. This worried me a bit, but with the decent success of the other wireless fence, I decided to splurge a little on a better quality unit. This is when I bought the PetSafe Stay and Play unit. It actually came with 2 collars which was very convenient, as we have 2 dogs! Another quality that was a pleasant surprise was the distance that it covered. I was worried it might not cover both the front and back yard, but it actually did! It was a bit different for my dogs to get used to, since it makes a bit of a noise when it’s turned on, but I decided to just keep the actual unit in the garage where they never really go. I decided to do a bit of a training session with them to make sure there were no surprises for them.
We walked around with their collars on them and played some fetch in the yard. When they would get near the perimeter of the fence, the collars would emit a beeping noise to let them know not to go much further. One of my dogs decided that was enough for her to turn back towards the house. The other, however, is a little more adventurous (she’s the escape artist). At first she tested the waters and continued after the beeping, resulting the static shock correction (it’s not as strong as others I’ve looked at, after testing it on my arm I was a little under-impressed and worried my dog wouldn’t feel it through her fur). Soon enough though, I learned that she was feeling it enough to leave a bad impression of breaking the rules. Within less than a week, our girl was going no where near the flags we put out to mark the perimeter. I guess she learned pretty quick after all!
We’ve been using this Stay and Play unit for a while now and have had no issues at all with escaping or misbehaving from either dog! Because it’s such a small transmitter, we’ve actually taken it on camping trips with us to make sure the dogs don’t go too far and get hurt or disturb other families. I’d give this unit a solid 4.5/5 gold stars, much like other users I found online!