Rating: 4.3 Reviewed by Debbie
The PetSafe PIG00-13661 In-Ground Fence is PetSafe’s updated entry-level containment system and it’s a solid reliable fence that comes at an affordable price.
For under $200 you get a transmitter that’s powerful enough to cover up to 10 acres, a receiver collar that’s known for its durability and system that’s safe and effective for any dog in the 8-125 lb weight range.
Since 1991 PetSafe has devoted their time and efforts to making the highest quality pet products on the market. Their commitment to superior pet containment systems is second to none and they’ve developed a line of electric dog fences that’s known for its safety and reliability.
PetSafe PIG00-13661 In-Ground Fence
Replacing PetSafe’s PRF-3004W, the PIG00-13661 is a dependable in-ground dog fence that comes at an affordable price.
Here’s what you get with the 13661:
- 4 adjustable levels of static correction plus a beep only training mode
- Run Through Prevention increases the static correction as your dog gets closer to the boundary wire
- Anti Linger function prevents your dog from lingering in the Warning Zone and draining the battery
- Safety Time Out — Automatically stops the static correction after a maximum of 30 seconds
- Low battery warning indicator
- Visual and audible wire break alarms
- Can cover up to 10 acres with additional wire
- Good for dogs in the 8lb-125lb range
- Can handle an unlimited number of dogs
- Multiple compatible collars to match the temperaments and size of all your dogs
- Surge protector included in the fence kit
- Excellent customer service
In addition to that you’ll get a full warranty for the first year and PetSafe’s ‘limited lifetime warranty’ after that.
Any component that needs to be replaced within the first year will be free and after that you’ll get all your replacements parts at about 30% – 50% off the full retail price.
Along with that you get free shipping and a 90 day warranty on the replacement part.
Everything you need to get this underground dog fence installed is included in the kit as follows:
- Transmitter with power adapter and mounting bracket
- Receiver collar with RFA-67 battery
- 50 boundary training flags
- 500 feet of 20-gauge boundary wire
- Wire nuts
- Gel-filled capsules
- Surge protector
- Test light tool
- Operating and training guide
First Impressions Of This PetSafe Underground Fence
The PIG00-13661 is a good fence that comes at a very reasonable price. For under $200 you get quality features like Run Through Prevention, Anti Linger and an audible wire break alarm.
The ability to 10 acres along with 4 levels of static correction plus a beep only training mode sweetens the deal even more.
However, like anything the 13661 isn’t perfect. The one glaring downside is that the collar is non rechargeable and uses a disposable battery, which will add to the ongoing maintenance costs of your fence over time.
But if you can live with that limitation this in-ground fence is definitely one of the best bargain DIY dog fences on the market.
What Dog Lovers Have To Say
The PIG00-13661 hasn’t been around for as long as some of the other underground fences so it doesn’t have as many reviews online. But the reviews it does have are extremely positive no matter where you look.
People are impressed with the 13661’s overall reliability, high quality safety features, detailed instruction manual and customer service.
Add to that the bargain price of under $200 and it’s easy to see why there are so many satisfied customers out there!
What Dog Lovers Especially Liked:
- Completely customizable to any shape and size so will fit your yard perfectly
- Clear well defined boundary
- Run Through Prevention
- Safety time out
- Anti linger
- Can be used with unlimited number of dogs
- Can be used with other PetSafe collars
- Surge protector included in fence kit
- Excellent customer service
What some dog lovers didn’t like:
- No built in battery backup
- Collar is non rechargeable
Overall the PIG00-13661 is a dependable system with an affordable price tag.
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Installation Details For The PIG00-13661
Installing a wired dog fence is no easy task but compared to similar models the 13661 is no more or less difficult.
I’m not going to go into the details here but in this section I do want to tell you about one of the main components: the transmitter.
The RFA-482 transmitter is the heart of this system and it’s small, lightweight and easy to use.
The transmitter has no on/off switch; once you plug it in the power’s on and you’ll see 2 lights that let you know:
- Your fence has power
- There are no issues with your boundary wire loop
Indicator lights are an important feature on an underground dog fence because they tell you, at a glance, that everything is working properly. Simply glancing at this PetSafe transmitter tells you all you need to know before you let your dog out.
Here are the other controls you’ll find on your transmitter:
Boundary Control Switch: Used to adjust the size of your containment area. You set it according to how much dog fence wire you use and there’s a chart in the manual that tells you which setting is appropriate for various lengths of wire.
Boundary Width Control Knob: Used to adjust how far away from the wire your dog’s receiver collar will activate. With the 13661that distance can be anywhere from about 2-13 feet.
How Do You Use This PetSafe Underground Fence Collar?
- It weighs in at about 2.8 oz
- It fits neck sizes of 6″-28″
- The receiver unit measures 2.5″ long X 1.3″ high X 1.3″ wide
Although the manufacturer recommends it for any dog over 8 lbs from what people said in their review of the PIG00-13661, the PUL-275’s static correction levels just aren’t strong enough for very large dogs (ie 125+ lbs), stubborn dogs and breeds with a high tolerance to pain such as Pit Bulls and Mastiffs.
As I’ve already mentioned, the downside to this collar is that it requires a disposable RFA-67 battery. Although the manufacturer recommends using only PetSafe proprietary RFA-67 batteries many people reported good results with Fido’s Fences — a generic brand that’s compatible with this system.
Fido’s Fences batteries cost about half as much as the PetSafe proprietary batteries and you’ll find more information in the accessories section of this review.
Either brand of RFA-67 battery lasts anywhere between 3-4 months and the receiver indicator light on the collar acts as a low battery warning, flashing red to let you know when it’s time to change the battery.
The manufacturer calls the PUL-275 waterproof but I’d say it’s more water resistant because while it does OK when it gets wet, submerging it for any length of time may cause damage.
If the strap material does wear out you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a completely new collar — you can just slip the receiver unit off and transfer it onto any non metallic strap that’s at least 3/4″ wide.
The collar is fitted with two stainless steel contact points that must touch your pet’s skin at all times in order to deliver the static correction when necessary.
Out of the box, the receiver collar is fitted with the short (1/2″) probes but if your dog is of the extra furry variety longer probes (3/4″) are also included in the kit along with a little tool to change out the probes.
In addition to a beep only training mode the PUL-275 has 4 adjustable levels of static correction. As an added safety feature there’s a plastic cover that has to be removed to access the correction level button and this ensures that you can’t accidentally hit the button and inadvertently change the level of static correction your dog is receiving.
3 important safety features of the PetSafe PUL-275 collar:
Safety Time Out:
- Automatically stops the static correction after 30 seconds
- Guarantees that your dog will never receive an electric stimulation for longer than 30 seconds
Run Through Prevention:
- Automatically increases the level of electric stimulation as your dog gets closer to the boundary wire
- Discourages your furry friend from crossing the boundary and escaping the yard
Anti Linger Prevention:
- Automatically delivers a static correction any time your dog lingers in the Warning Zone for longer than 2 seconds
- Discourages your dog from hanging out in the Warning Zone in an attempt to drain the battery
Dog Fence Accessories For The PetSafe PIG00-13661 In-Ground Fence
Dog Fencing Supplies:
PetSafe Wire and flag kit – PIG00-13769:
There’s enough 20 gauge wire and splicing supplies included in your fence kit to cover about 1/3 of an acre. If you have a larger area to cover this PetSafe wire and flag kit will expand your coverage to just under 1 acre.
Tip: Because 20g wire is quite thin and fragile many people chose to upgrade to a heavier 14g or 16g wire right from the get-go. They said that more money upfront saved them headaches in the long run.
If you’re interesting in a wire upgrade, check out pricing details for 16g wire here.
The chart below tells you approximately how much total boundary wire you’ll need. Keep in mind that the amount may vary depending on your layout.
Dog Fence Staples:
These staples are ideal for above ground installations where you want to secure your boundary wire to:
- A pre-existing above ground traditional fence
- The ground
PetSafe Boundary Flags – RFA-2:
Your fence kit comes with 50 boundary flags which will be enough to cover about 3/4 of an acre during the training process. If you need to cover a larger area, this bundle contains 50 flags.
Tip: All the fencing supplies can probably be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store and doing it that way might end up saving you some money. 😉
PetSafe Replacement Collars:
You can have as many dogs as you want on the 13661 but each of them has to have their own collars. PetSafe has a number of compatible collars so you can find one to match the size and temperaments of all your canine companions.
PetSafe Deluxe UltraLight Collar – PUL-275:
- Comes standard with the PIG00-13661 in-ground fence
- Is effective on dogs in the 8-125 lb weight range
PetSafe Elite Little Dog Collar – PIG00-10778:
In addition to being packed with features, the Elite Little Dog collar is the only collar on the market that’s light and small enough to be comfortable on dogs as tiny as 5 lbs.
Weighing only 2.5 oz, it fits neck sizes of 6″ – 16″. Among other things it offers 4 levels of static correction plus a beep only training mode and a low battery warning light.
PetSafe Stubborn Dog Collar – PRF-275:
If one of your dogs is especially stubborn the PetSafe Stubborn Dog collar is the one for them.
Designed for dogs in the 50-200 lb range it’s the largest and strongest collar on the market and it’s meant for breeds who may not respond to regular strength static corrections such as Pit Bulls, Boxers and Hounds.
Tip: If you’re having trouble deciding which collar to get for any additional dogs you want on the PIG00-13661 in-ground fence system PetSafe customer service can answer all your questions and help you make the right choice.
Dog Collar Replacement Batteries:
You have a few options when it comes to purchasing RFA-67 batteries for your pet’s PUL-275 receiver collar:
PetSafe RFA-67 batteries:
- Petsafe’s proprietary batteries
- More expensive than the generic brand
- Available online or at larger pet stores like PetCo
Fido’s Fences RFA-67 compatible batteries
- Cheaper than the Petsafe proprietary batteries
- Very reliable
- Only available online so it’s a good idea to stock up on these when you purchase your fence
PetSafe’s Battery Replacement Plan: The PetSafe website offers a plan that gives you their RFA-67s at a bit of a discount and has the convenience of auto shipping, ensuring you never run out of batteries.
Check out the details for their Battery Replacement Plan here.
Here are some other dog fence accessories to consider:
Petsafe Collar Accessory Kit – RFA-529PetSafe Collar Accessory Pack – RFA-529:
- Contains everything you need to replace anything on the PUL-275 receiver collar.
- Includes 1 pair of short and 1 pair of long probes.
PetSafe Pet Fence Wire Break Locator Kit PetSafe Wire Break Detector – RFA-450:
It might not happen often but when it does, finding a break in your boundary wire can be a real hassle.
The RFA-450 is designed to help you locate a break more easily and most people said it worked well and was a huge time saver.
Electric Fence Dog Training
Training is an essential part of your in-ground fence purchase and without a doubt, the success or failure of your fence will depend on how well you train your four legged friend to their new pet containment system.
It’s such a crucial element that I’ve dedicated an entire article to explaining how to train your dog to an electric dog fence.
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