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PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless Pet Containment System

In this post we’ll talk about the PIF 300 containment system for your dog. This system is capable of keeping dogs over 8 pounds (3.6 Kg) safely contained in a specific area within a maximum radius range of 90 feet (27 meters) from the position of the transmitter. This range is configurable from a minimum of 5 feet (1.5 meters) to a maximum of 90 feet (27 meters).

As we can see in the following image, this range is always considered in a radius perspective, where the dog may be confined to a specific circular area.

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This portable device won’t require any burying of wires or stakes and will typically take you less than one hour of installation. After you get acquainted with this device it will take you a lot less time to make it work in any place you go.

This device has the advantage of being able to be used in both outdoors and indoors. That’s really useful if you want to create a small containment area inside your house.

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. But don’t overdo it, as soon as you feel he got the picture, remove those visual aids and let him run away freely (always with supervision in the first days).

Beware of busy roads, you should not allow your pet to run away freely around busy roads, even with the PIF 300. This device is quite good for most situations, but you should always use common sense, nothing can replace a good wall to keep your pet from running away. Always keep in mind that this is not perfect. The transmitter won’t grab your dog if he really decides to take off at high speed.

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

One other thing you can do, and it’s highly effective, is to use a light rope (see my post about Leash Training a Dog) of about 32 feet (10 meters) and let the dog drag it around the containment area. If he decides to get to the boundary area and the shocks aren’t enough to stop him, or even if he doesn’t understand that the shocks mean that he must turn around, then you can simply step on the rope and he won’t runaway. This will probably be unnecessary, because most dogs will understand very quickly, but just in case, you can always stop him immediately if he doesn’t understand that he must turn around. This is a good technique to use in the first days if you live in a more busy area, with people and dogs passing by. It gives you a lot more security until you’re sure your dog is conditioned to that particular area.

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.

Before he strays into the no-crossing zone he will just get a warning beep so he can return to the safe area. Only if he keeps going into the no-crossing area he will receive a correction with a shock.

Are these shocks painful for my dog?

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

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The PIF 300 transmitter device has a configurable:

  • High/low switch
  • On-off transmitter
  • A dial boundary control – You can adjust your device range
  • Power indicator light
  • Not waterproof – be careful when leaving your transmitter outside

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On the other hand, the collar that your dog will use:

  • Is completely waterproof
  • Uses a 6 volt battery
  • Includes interchangeable long and short contact points – It can be useful for different dog sizes
  • A 25-second safety timeout
  • A screw-off cap covering the correction-level button
  • Low-battery indicator light.

Every dog will be different, and every dog will have different levels of “shock” tolerance. You can’t configure the dog’s collar to the maximum level of strength if you have a very small dog, it won’t be necessary, and it might cause him a trauma.

Advantages and disadvantages of the PIF 300

As we’ve seen until now, this can be a very useful device if you use it correctly, but it also has its own disadvantages.

You should analyze the following topics to assess if it really is useful to you or not:

Advantages:

  • Configurable range from 5 feet (1.5 meters) to a maximum of 90 feet (27 meters)
  • 5 adjustable levels of correction plus tone-only mode
  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors
  • Easy to setup and configure
  • Portable, you can easily take it on your vacations
  • Good manual for setup and training tips
  • Collar with interchangeable long and short contact points
  • No need for visual aids (after the dog learns what to do)
  • No need to bury anything on the ground
  • No need for chains or fences, your dog runs freely within the boundaries
  • Designed not to correct during a power outage
  • Wireless system (from the transmitter to the collar)

Disadvantages:

  • Can only be used on dogs over six months
  • Transmitter is not waterproof (You cannot leave it unattended in an outdoor situation if there’s the risk of raining or very high humidity).
  • The transmitter must be connected to the power outlet (Not completely wireless)
  • Should not be used near very busy roads (There’s always a minimum risk of crossing the boundaries)
  • There’s always the risk of power outage unless you connect your transmitter to a UPS
  • Other dogs and people can cross the boundaries
  • Should be kept at least 3 feet away from the utility box or large appliances due to possible interference
  • It should take 2 weeks before your dog really learns how the system works

PIF 300 manufacturer specifications claim:

Transmitter Specifications

  • Height: 9 inches
  • Width: 9 inches
  • Depth: 8.5 inches
  • Frequency: 18 kHz
  • Fuse Type: 250 volt 1/2 amp (inside transmitter)
  • Rounded front or barrel shaped
  • Light gray coloring
  • On-Off switch on left
  • Boundary control dial on face
  • High-Low switch on face

Receiver Collar Specifications

  • Height: 1 inch
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Weight: 2.5 ounces
  • Translucent smoke-colored case
  • Uses 6-volt (RFA-67) battery
  • Waterproof
  • Low battery indicator (light will flash every 4 to 5 seconds)
  • Interchangeable contact points: long and short
  • Screw off cap covering correction level button
  • Concave interior wall (side facing throat)
  • Curved washers
  • 25 second safety timeout

Conclusions on the PetSafe PIF 300:

After reading this review you should now have a clear idea if this device will be useful to you or not. After removing all the hype that the infomercials fire at us, we are the only ones that can make a rational decision. I cannot say it’s perfect, but it’s very useful to me personally. I live in a rural area, and always bring my pets with me on my vacations. They are very well trained, but this brings me a peace of mind, knowing that when I’m not looking, there’s always this device that never sleeps.

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.