Rating: 4.2 Reviewed by Debbie
The PetSafe PIG00-14582 Basic In-Ground Pet Fence is a basic fence that costs less than $200 and offers some essential features.
Along with the Run Through Prevention, Anti Linger and a Safety Time Out features you get a system that can cover up to 5 acres and can be used on dogs in the 8-125 lb range.
In 1991 PetSafe introduced their first DIY electronic dog fence and since then they’ve made it their mission to product top of the line fences and pet products.
PetSafe PIG00-14582 Basic In-Ground Pet Fence
The PIG00-14582 is an entry level fence that bears a close resemblance to the 13661 model.
In fact they’re identical except for a couple of things:
- The 13661 gives you double the coverage area
- The 13661 has a visual and audible wire break alarm; the 14582 only has a visual alarm to alert you to a break in your boundary wire
Here’s a table to give you a side-by-side comparison so you can see which of these underground dog fences is better suited to your situation:
|MODEL||Maximum Coverage Area||Audible Wire Break Alarm||Price |
|PIG00-14582 Basic In-Ground Pet Fence||5 Acres||No||Under $150|
|PIG00-13661 In-Ground Fence||10 Acres||Yes||Under $200|
The 13661 costs a bit more but the extra money gets you a couple of extra features. So if you need a fence that covers more than 5 acres or if the idea of an audible wire break alarm appeals to you check out my review of the 13661.
But if you don’t need either of those things, you can save yourself a bit of money by going with the 14582.
Here’s what this PetSafe basic in-ground fence has to offer:
- 4 adjustable levels of static correction plus a beep only mode
- Run Through Prevention ramps up the intensity of the electric stimulation as your dog gets closer to the boundary wire
- Over Stimulation Protection automatically stops the static correction after a maximum of 30 seconds
- Anti Linger Prevention automatically gives your four legged friend a static correction any time they linger in the Warning Zone for longer than 2 seconds
- Low Battery Warning
- Good for dogs in the 8lb-125lb range
- Visual wire break alarm
- Can handle an unlimited number of dogs
- Multiple compatible collars so you can mix and match if you have multiple dogs that are different sizes or temperaments
- Can cover up to 5 acres with additional dog fence wire
- Surge protector is included in the fence kit
- Excellent customer service
Along with that you get PetSafe’s limited lifetime warranty which means that for the first year, any replacement parts will be free. After that you’ll pay a small service charge which translates into a deep discount on any parts you need replaced for the lifetime of your fence.
Everything you need to get the 14582 up and running is included in your fence kit; here’s what you get:
- Transmitter with power adapter
- PUL-275 receiver collar
- One PetSafe RFA-67 battery
- 500 feet of 20-gauge boundary wire
- Surge protector
- 50 boundary training flags
- 2 Wire nuts
- 2 Gel-filled capsules
- Test light tool
- Operating and training guide
First Impressions Of This PetSafe Underground Fence
The 14582 is a reliable pet containment solution that comes at an affordable price.
From what people who wrote a review on this fence said, the collar isn’t strong enough for really willful dogs such as Boxers and German Shepherds nor is it small enough for dogs under 8 lbs.
However if yours is a multiple dog household and you have dogs that are outside the 8-125 lb range, PetSafe has you covered because they offer a number of collars that are compatible with the 14582 so you’ll have no trouble finding one that’s appropriate for all your dogs.
But overall the PIG00-14582 has all the necessary features that you’d want in any underground fence for dogs and offers them at a bargain price.
What Dog Lovers Have To Say
Although the 14582 has very few reviews online the ones I found were overwhelmingly positive.
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
- Over Protection Correction
- Anti linger feature
- Low battery warning light
- Can be used with unlimited number of dogs
- Compatible with other PetSafe collars
- Surge protector comes with the kit
- Excellent customer service
There was a lot to love about this fence so the complaints are few and far between.
What Some Dog Lovers Didn’t Like:
- Not strong enough static corrections for a stubborn dog. Fortunately there’s a compatible PetSafe Stubborn Dog Collar that works very well when it comes to effectively containing all those lovable hardheaded canine buddies.
- There were a few random complaints about how difficult the 14582 was to install but that’s part and parcel for underground pet containment systems.
But all in all, the vast majority of dog lovers who installed this fence say it’s a dependable system. And at less than $150, they feel the 14582 gives you great value for your money.
Installation Details For The PIG00-14582
There’s just no getting around it: Installing this fence is going to take some time and effort so you have to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and break a sweat. But that’s the case with any in-ground dog fence and compared to similar models the 14582 is no more or less difficult.
While details of the installation process are beyond the scope of this review, in this section I want to touch on one of the main components: the transmitter.
The RFA-523 PetSafe transmitter is the heart of this in-ground fence. It’s compact, basic and easy to set up.
Once you plug it in there are 2 indicator lights that will come on to let you know:
- Your system has power
- There’s no break in your boundary wire loop
Indicator lights are a great feature to have on an electric dog fence because they allow you to know, just by peeking at your transmitter, whether or not it’s OK to let your dog out.
From there you only have 1 setting to adjust and that’s the Boundary Width Control.
This dial is used to set how close your dog can get to the boundary wire before their receiver collar activates.
With the 14582 that distance can be adjusted from about a foot to over 12 feet.
What Do You Need To Know About This PetSafe Underground Fence Collar?
The PUL-275 Deluxe In-Ground Ultralight receiver collar comes standard with the 14582 underground fence kit.
Weighing in at about 2.8 oz, the receiver unit on the collar measures 2.5″ long X 1.3″ high X 1.3″ wide and the strap fits neck sizes of 6″- 28″.
Although the manufacturer says the PUL-275 is good for any dog over 8 lbs, most people who wrote a review on the 14582 in-ground fence say the receiver unit is too large for dogs under about 12 lbs and the static corrections aren’t strong enough for dogs over about 125 lbs.
There are 2 main downsides to this PetSafe collar:
- It’s not rechargeable.
- PetSafe recommends you use their RFA-67 proprietary battery.
Although PetSafe recommends their more expensive proprietary battery, many people have had success with a cheaper generic brand called Fido’s Fences. These generic compatible RFA-67 batteries are about half the price of PetSafe’s proprietary battery and you can find more information in the Accessories section of this review.
Whether you go with the proprietary battery or the generic brand, the RFA-67 battery lasts anywhere between 3-4 months, depending on how often your pooch challenges the boundary.
But you don’t have to worry about remembering to change the battery because there’s a low battery indicator light on the collar that flashes to let you know when it’s time for a new battery.
PetSafe says this collar is waterproof but I’d say it’s only water resistant because you can get the collar wet but submerging it for any length of time may damage it.
A nice feature of this collar is that the receiver unit is the ‘pass through’ type. That means that when your nylon strap wears out you won’t need to replace the entire collar; you can simply transfer the receiver unit onto any non metallic collar as long as it’s at least 3/4″ wide.
Out of the box the collar is fitted with 1/2″ stainless steel prongs but your fence kit also includes a set of 3/4″ prongs along with a little tool you can use to change the prongs.
In addition to the beep only training mode this receiver collar also has 4 adjustable levels of static correction.
There’s a plastic cover that has to be removed to access the correction level button and this is a nice little added safety feature. The cover acts as an extra layer of protection and makes it more difficult to inadvertently change the level of static correction your dog is receiving.
Dog Fence Accessories For The PetSafe PIG00-14582 Basic In-Ground Pet Fence
Dog Fencing Supplies:
PetSafe Wire and flag kit – PIG00-13769:
Your fence kit comes with enough supplies to cover about 1/3 of an acre.
If you have a larger area to cover this wire and flag kit will allow you to cover up to about 1 acre.
Tip: A lot of people opt to upgrade from the thin 20 gauge wire that comes in the kit to a thicker 16g or 14g wire to lessen the chance of wire breaks.
The chart below tells you approximately how much total wire you’ll need but, depending on your layout, that amount will vary.
Tip: Chances are you’ll be able to find all the supplies you need to extend your dog’s outdoor playpen at your local home improvement or hardware store. And you might even end up saving yourself some money in the process. 😉
Dog Fence Staples:
If you’re looking for a reliable way to attach your boundary wire to an above ground fence or if you’re wanting to lay your wire on the ground dog fence staples are what you need.
Each package contains 100 staples.
PetSafe Boundary Flags – RFA-2:
50 flags will be enough to cover about 3/4 of an acre. If you’re setting up a larger containment area you’ll need more flags for the training process.
Each package contains 50 flags.
PetSafe Replacement Collars:
The 14582 can have an unlimited number of dogs on it. If yours is a multiple dog household – lucky you – each dog will need their own collar. PetSafe has a number of dog collars that are compatible with this underground dog fence so you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits the size and temperament of all your furry friends.
PetSafe PUL-275 Collar:
- Comes standard with the 14582.
- Most consumer reviews recommend this collar for dogs between 12-125 lbs.
PetSafe Elite Little Dog Collar – PIG00-10778:
If you have any tiny dogs you want on the 14582 this is the collar for them.
Designed for dogs as small as 5 lbs it weighs only 2.5 oz and fits neck sizes of 6″-16″.
The receiver unit measures 2.25″ long X 1.0″ high X 1.0″ wide.
PetSafe Stubborn Dog Collar – PRF-275:
Designed for dogs in the 50-200 lb range the PRF-275-19 is the largest and strongest collar on the market.
It’s meant specifically for breeds who may not respond to regular strength static corrections such as Boxers and German Shepherds.
Tip: If you’re not sure which collar to get for any of your dogs PetSafe customer service can answer all your questions and help you make the right choice.
Dog Collar Replacement Batteries:
When it comes to buying dog collar replacement batteries you have several options:
PetSafe RFA-67 batteries:
These are PetSafe’s proprietary batteries and they’re widely available online or at the larger pet stores like PetCo.
However, keep in mind that they’re also more expensive than the generic brand I’ve listed below.
Fido’s Fences RFA-67 Batteries:
According to consumer reviews these generic batteries are very reliable, last just as long as the proprietary RFA-67 batteries and cost about half the price.
You can only buy these batteries online so it might be a good idea to stock up when you buy your fence.
PetSafe’s Battery Replacement Plan: PetSafe offers a Battery Replacement Plan that gives you the proprietary RFA-67s at a small discount. And to ensure you never run out of batteries they also ship them to you at a regular interval.
You can get more details on their Battery Replacement Plan here.
Other dog fence accessories for this PetSafe in-ground fence:
Petsafe Collar Accessory Kit – RFA-529PetSafe Collar Accessory Pack – RFA-529:
This accessory pack has everything necessary to replace any part on your dog’s receiver collar, including both long and short size prongs.
PetSafe Pet Fence Wire Break Locator Kit PetSafe Pet Fence Wire Break Locator – RFA-450:
Finding a break in your boundary wire can be difficult but PetSafe’s wire break locator can make the process easier. Most consumers said it worked well and was a huge time saver.
Electric Fence Dog Training
Training your dog to their new fence is so important that I’ve written a separate article covering just that. Check out what’s involved in electric dog fence training here.