PetSafe Yardmax Rechargeable In-Ground Pet Fencing Review

A problem that many people have with in-ground pet fences, is that if your pet runs past the boundary for more than a few feet, the system doesn’t recognize that they’ve escaped and stops imparting correction. PetSafe’s Yardmax Rechargeable In-Ground Pet Fencing System takes this into account, and is able to recognize such an instance and continue to apply correction until your pet returns. This feature makes it fairly unique, and a definite buying point for many people. Read on to find out more about PetSafe’s product.


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Package Contents

PetSafe have done well here, providing everything you need to get started and then some.

  • Fence Transmitter – With the ability to cover an area up to 10 acres.
  • Mounting Hook – Anchors, screws and mounting hook to hang your transmitter.
  • Surge Protector – Protects your transmitter from surges to both the power supply and the boundary wire.
  • Power Adapter – Plugs into surge protector, and powers the transmitter
  • Receiver Collar – Also has a built-in battery. Comes with short contact points mounted, can be switched out for supplied long contact points. Test light tool also supplied for setup.
  • Receiver Charger – Plugs into any outlet and can charge two collars simultaneously.
  • 500ft Boundary Wire – Enough to cover up to a third of an acre. Boundary flags and wire splicing joints also provided.

Now that you know what’s in the box, let’s take a closer look at what those parts provide you.


The transmitter is a round, white plastic unit that is about 6” in diameter and 2” thick. PetSafe make installation easy, providing you with screws and a mounting bracket.

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The transmitter is fairly simple in operation, coming with the following features.

  • Notification Lights – Four notification lights let you know that the power is on, the boundary mode you are operating in, as well as notifying you if there’s a break in your wire somewhere.
  • A power switch is located on one side of the unit, with the boundary wire terminals on the bottom.
  • Boundary Mode Selection Switch – For your boundary mode you have two options.
    • Mode B is a traditional boundary mode. When operating in this mode, the receiver will start to beep when it is within the warning zone of the boundary wire, regardless of which side it is approached from. When it gets too close to the wire it will administer correction, but if it goes past the wire, correction will stop.
    • Mode A is PetSafe’s custom YardMax mode. In this mode, a warning beep is only triggered when the collar comes too close to the wire, and on crossing the wire will start to administer correction. The collar will continue to provide correction until the dog returns to the safe zone.
  • Surge Protector – PetSafe understand the risks that lightning and power surges face to your system, and thus supply a surge protector with your unit. Both your boundary wires and power supply go through the surge protector before connecting to your transmitter.

Boundary Layout

Boundary layouts are pretty standard. When determining your layout, remember that both ends of the boundary wire have to return to the transmitter. Certain layouts may require you to lay your boundary wire all the way back along the same route. If this happens make sure you’re able to lay them more than 5’ away from each other, otherwise it may not be effective.

If you have swimming pools or other areas within your property you want to protect, this can also be incorporated into your design. Depending on how you choose to accomplish this, it may prevent you from using the YardMax boundary mode. Consult the manual for further information.

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The collar provided is a neat black nylon strap, which wraps around the receiver unit, ensuring it doesn’t get knocked around. The strap has a clip for easy on and off, and is suitable for pets with a neck size between 6” and 28”. The system is designed for dogs weighing 5 lbs or more. You can find a fence for small dogs here.

One of the nice things about this collar receiver unit is that it has a built-in battery. On a full charge, it is designed to last up to 3 months, and can charge overnight. PetSafe do warn that you shouldn’t charge it daily though, and to rather wait for the low-battery warning light to come on before charging. A charger is supplied, and is able to charge two units simultaneously.

Two sets of contact points are provided, which can be switched out depending on your pet’s hair length. Each time the collar is turned on it runs a start-up test, checking the battery level and that all circuits are working correctly. If it fails, it will automatically turn off, ensuring your pet is not put at risk.

A button located on the collar lets you turn it on and off, and also set the static correction level. It has six different levels. At level 1 only a tone is made, and then from levels 2 to 6, the amount of static correction is gradually increased. In case something goes wrong, or your pet is trapped in a correction area, the system protects your pet by never administering correction for more than 15 seconds.

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The PetSafe Yardmax is a great system for anyone needing to cover less than 10 acres of ground. It’s a little bit pricier than some of its competitors, but its strew of features, including the unique YardMax boundary mode and its rechargeable collar make it well worth the extra cost.