Where Should PetSafe Wireless Fence be Placed? EXPLAINED

The PetSafe wireless fencing system is an excellent, non-invasive, invisible fence option to contain your dog without having to install a traditional fence or bury a wire.

But, where should PetSafe Wireless Fence be placed?

The PetSafe wireless fencing system’s transmitter should be placed near the middle of the desired boundary as it produces a circular boundary at a set distance from your transmitter.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know when placing your PetSafe wireless fence, as well as other important information surrounding the product.

Where Should PetSafe Wireless Fence be Placed?

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The PetSafe Wireless Fence should be placed in the middle of your desired boundary area.

When discussing where the wireless fence should be placed, the true thing to consider is where to place the system’s transmitter.

The placement of the system’s transmitter determines the boundary that will be set for your pet.

The transmitter of the PetSafe wireless fence system should be placed in the middle of the boundary area you have selected for your pet.

Additionally, your transmitter needs to be inside, or at least in an area that will not drop below freezing and is sheltered from the weather.

To work properly, the transmitter needs to be placed at least 2 feet off the ground and kept at least 3 feet away from metal appliances like your washing machine and dryer.

What is the Range of the PetSafe Wireless Fence?

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PetSafe has a few wireless systems available, with boundaries that range from 1/2-acre to 3/4-acre or larger when expanded.

PetSafe has a few different wireless containment systems and each system has a slightly different maximum boundary range. 

The PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System and the PetSafe PIF-300 Wireless 2-Dog Fence offer a ½ acre boundary range.

However, the PetSafe Stay and Play Compact Wireless Fence has a slightly larger ¾-acre boundary.

Of course, the boundary ranges for these systems are somewhat customizable.

The boundaries can be made smaller by changing the boundary level on the transmitter and the boundaries can be increased by invisible fence expanding (using two systems in tandem).

Which PetSafe Wireless Containment System is Best?

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The right PetSafe Wireless Fence system depends on your budget, the area you want to cover, and installation.

This question is difficult to answer, as the system that is best for one person and their pet is not necessarily best for another.

However, after testing, we concluded that the best system of the three is the PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System.

It’s the most affordable, effective, and easiest to install out of the three!

If you would like to see an in-depth comparison of the PetSafe systems, check out the PetSafe Wireless Fence review and guide!

What is the Set-Up Process Like?

Compared to other containment systems for your pet, the PetSafe Wireless system has a relatively simple setup.

Determining Boundaries and Plugging in the Transmitter

The process begins with determining where you want your pet’s boundary to be and how large you want your boundary to be.

Find a room, shed, or garage that is near the center of this area and plug in your transmitter

Keep in mind everything discussed previously!

Your transmitter needs to be:

  • Away from the elements
  • 2-4 feet off the ground
  • Near an outlet
  • Away from any metal, including appliances

With these things in mind, you’ll be able to place your transmitter without any problems.

Read More: Wireless Pet Containment System PetSafe Instructions. Here, we cover what you need to know about the Dog and Cat Containment System, and link to the manual for instructions!

Setting Your Pet’s Correction Level

Before you can begin setting your pet’s correction level, you need to remove the protective cap on the correction level button located on the receiver on the collar.

After you have access to this button, hold the button down until the indicator light flashes.

The number of flashes corresponds to the correction level that the collar is on.

  • Pressing the button once more will increase the correction level until you reach level 6.
  • If the button is pressed once more after level 6, the correction level reverts to level 1

Take a look at this article, How to Adjust Invisible Fence Collar Strength to determine the proper static correction level for your pet.

If you’re a visual learner, here’s a video that walks you through PetSafe collar setup:

How Do I Determine the Boundary Level I Need to Set?

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How do I Determine the Boundary Level I Need to Set?

There are two ways to set a boundary level on your PetSafe wireless invisible pet fence.

One of these methods involves 2 people for the set-up and one method only requires 1 person.

2 Person Method

One person will begin standing outside, at the edge of where the intended boundary is.

  • They will hold the receiver collar at pet height while the other person is inside, at the transmitter. 
  • The person using the transmitter will begin with the boundary level at the maximum setting.
  • They can then slowly decrease the boundary size until the person holding the pet collar hears a warning beep

This beep indicates that the collar is near the boundary, and this is the boundary setting that your transmitter needs to be on.

1 Person Method

Check the range level chart on the back of your manual to estimate the boundary setting you will need for your area.

  • Set your transmitter to this level and then go to the boundary you would like to have for your pet.
  • Next, take the collar out, holding it at pet height.
  • If you hear a warning beep before you get to the boundary you desire, move the setting to a higher level.
  • If you do not hear a warning beep, drop the boundary level lower. 

Continue to repeat this process until you find the boundary setting that you like.

PetSafe Wireless Fence Distance Settings

The PetSafe wireless fence systems do include a chart in the manual that may be helpful in setting up your boundary. 

The chart in the manual linked above provides approximate ranges of distance that are attributed to each dial setting. 

For example, when the system is set to a low range, dial position 4 provides a border of about 20-25 feet.

For the larger range setting, the border is 42-55 feet on the same dial level. 

These are estimates, and you should always double-check your pet’s boundaries once you set a range. 

If you desire a larger range than is available using one system, it is possible to expand your pet’s boundary by using 2 or more transmitters in tandem.

The setup process is explained in this PetSafe manual.

Where Should I Place the Flags?

Once you have set your boundary level, you will need to place dog training flags to help your pet along in learning its new boundaries.

To set them, you will want the test light, which should come with your wireless fence kit.

  • Place the prongs on the test light to the prongs on your receiver collar and enter the yard.
  • Approach the boundary until the light indicates that you have reached it.
  • Place a flag there and back away until the beeping stops.
  • Then, repeat

You should aim to place a flag every 10 feet or so. 

These flags are only used for the training process and can be removed from the yard once your pet understands its new boundary.

How to Add a Second Collar to the System

One of the many benefits of the PetSafe system is that you can add another pet to your PetSafe system with the purchase of a PetSafe additional collar

If this is something you wish to do, the pairing process is fairly simple.

  • All you need to do is turn on a receiver collar within about 5 feet of a compatible transmitter system.
  • After a few moments, the collar should pair automatically.

You will, of course, want to do a boundary test to make sure that everything was properly paired and is working well. 

Then, you can adjust the correction settings as needed for each dog, and you will be ready for multiple pets to enjoy your system!

Things to Watch Out For

One of the major downfalls of a wireless fence is that it is susceptible to signal interruption issues.

These issues can cause boundaries to warp and change, which will mean your pet is corrected at inappropriate times. 

The biggest thing to consider when setting up your boundaries is the presence of metal.

Metal objects, like a metal roof, can cause invisible fence interference and your boundary to change, so ensure you are considering this when you use the system near metal. 

This can be around cars or any other large metal item. Take caution not to park your car on the boundary line.

Read our related article on Invisible Fence Signal Block to learn more about what might interfere with your fence system!


The PetSafe Wireless Fences are great options when it comes to keeping your pets contained and safe.

With a little research and trial and error, you will be able to find the best place to keep your system that gives the best boundaries for you and your pets.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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