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PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence (2nd-Gen) – FULL REVIEW

One of the best things that dog owners can do for their dogs is offering them a safe space that ultimately gives their pups the freedom to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities, such as sun bathing, rolling in the grass, running around to spend any accumulated energy and exercise a bit, or even playing a game of fetch. That said, it’s very important for dog owners to provide their pups with a safe outdoors space where they can go outside and enjoy themselves whenever they want. Moreover, providing your dog(s) with a reasonably large space where they can move around freely can also help with their potty training (especially when they’re young puppies), and can even help to stimulate their mental health, which can ultimately help dogs to better deal with anxiety and any excess energy. Nevertheless, installing a traditional wooden yard fence in order to give your dog a safe space to enjoy the outdoors can be complicated and also costly. On that note, if you’re looking for a better solution to give your pup the outdoors freedom they deserve without the hassle of buried wires or the maintenance-costs of an expensive above-ground fence, then the PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence is perfect for that.

The PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence is a wireless fence transmitter system for dogs that works via a battery-powered receiver collar that connects directly to an indoors transmitter, featuring a boundary area that can be adjusted between 22-105 ft. in all directions, as well as Warning Indicators that let you know if there’s any error with the fence.

Unlike most dog fences, this wireless fence system for dogs features a minimal installation time and doesn’t require you to dig up any holes within your yard.

On top of that, the system’s receiver collar also boasts a Tone-Only Mode and 5 Levels of Static Correction that can be adjusted based on your pet’s training response. Best of all, there’s also a safety feature pre-programmed in the system’s receiver collar, for which if your pup ever happens to leave the boundary area, he won’t be corrected when re-entering the system’s pre-configured safe play area.

Now, let’s have a more detailed look at the PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence and see exactly how this wireless fence system for dogs is designed to work.

DESIGN & SPECS

Starting with the system’s receiver collar, know that this is an Adjustable Collar that’s designed to be worn by dogs weighing 5 lbs. and up and who are at least 6 months old or older. In addition, the collar’s size can also be easily adjusted to fit dog neck sizes between 6 inches and 28 inches in diameter, as the collar’s strap also has a stretch section for added safety.

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Receiver Collar

The reason behind the collar’s weight and age requirements are mainly based on your dog’s cognitive development, as younger pups might not be able to consistently respond to basic commands such as “Come” and/or “Sit”, which is basically what will ensure that your dog is ready to start training with any kind of static correction collar.

Alternatively, if dog owners prefer, they can also use the system’s Wireless Receiver on their dog’s current collar strap instead of having their dog’s wearing the kit’s included Adjustable Collar, and that could be with just about any 3/4-inch non-metallic collar strap.

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Receiver – Usable with any 3/4-inch Non-Metallic Collar Strap

It’s also worth noting that the receiver collar from this wireless fence system can also be used for cats, for as long as your cat weighs at least 5 pounds (or more) and the collar comfortably fits them. If you’re looking to use this system with your cat, note that you’ll have to purchase a collar strap for you kitty in case he/she doesn’t meet the necessary requirements for wearing the kit’s included receiver collar. (If that’s the case, we’d recommend you go with PetSafe’s Collar Strap for Cats, which is sold separately at $9.95 each).

Then, when it comes to the collar’s construction, it’s also worth noting that the system’s receiver collar features a fairly durable construction, as it is made of soft fabric, which makes it both comfortable and lightweight for dogs to wear.

Durable construction (made of Soft Fabric) – Comfortable & Lightweight for dogs to wear

On top of that, the system’s Wireless Receiver also features a Waterproof design.

Waterproof Design

That means that if your dog enjoys playing around with your yard’s water-hose or water-sprinklers, or even jumping into puddles water, there’s nothing for you to worry about, as the system’s Wireless Receiver can easily withstand any sort of water-splashes without ever taking any water-damage.

SET-UP / INSTALLATION

The system’s set-up / installation is also fairly easy to perform. As said before, the PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence is designed to provide your pups with a safe playing area without requiring you to dig up any holes within your yard as well as requiring you to bury any wires.

That said, in order to set it up, all you have is to plug in the system’s dedicated Wireless Transmitter indoors to any outlet that’s rated with at least 50 watts of Power Output, which will then allow it to communicate wirelessly with its Wireless Receiver (which can be used with any standard dog collar).

Then, it’s just a matter of setting up the system’s included Training Flags within a wireless circular area of a custom diameter (which can be configured via the Transmitter’s Control Panel). This process should only take you between 1 to 2 hours.

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence
Setting up the PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence

Last but not least, it’s also worth noting that the whole system is designed with portability in mind, as it only comes with a few crucial components in order for it to work, including its Wireless Receiver (and dedicated battery charger) and its Wireless Transmitter (and dedicated power adapter), along with 50 Boundary-Training Flags and a Test Light Tool.

Thanks to that, you can also bring it with you to easily set-up a secure area for your dog(s) to play in wherever you want to go with your pup(s), whether that’s to a camping site, a ranch, a family member’s backyard, etc.

With that said, know that when bringing this wireless fence transmitter system for dogs with you while you’re traveling, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before packing your bags:

Firstly, if you’re powering the system’s Wireless Transmitter directly from a car, make sure that that car’s power-source is rated for at least 50 watts of Power Output.

Moreover, when you arrive at your destination, you’ll also need to mark the system’s new Wireless Circular Boundary for configuring the new-size of your pet’s playing area, so make sure you also pack the system’s Boundary-Training Flags with the rest of the kit, so that you can ensure that your dog has a visual reminder of his new play area.

In addition, remember to also make sure that the system’s Wireless Transmitter is set-up at least 3 feet away from any metal objects. On that note, if you’re either in a building with a metal roof or traveling in a metal RV, note that the maximum size of the system’s Wireless Circular Boundary for your dog(s) playing area may be reduced.

INTERFACE / CONTROL PANEL

Moving on to the system’s interface. At the back of the system’s Wireless Transmitter, we have a built-in Control Panel, which consists of an LCD Display and a set of three (x3) Control Buttons organized in an horizontal Display that can be used for configuring the system’s Wireless Fence / Circular Boundary as a safe / secure playing area for your dog(s).

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Transmitter – Built-In LCD Display and Control Buttons

The Transmitter’s Control Buttons include a Decrease Circular Area Button, an Increase Circular Area Button, and a Foot / Meters Button.

The Wireless Transmitter’s built-in LCD Display conveniently shows dog owners the diameter of their dog’s boundary area, and it will also display Warning Indicators to let dog owners know if there’s any potential error with the system’s Wireless Fence / Wireless Circular Boundary.

CONNECTIVITY

For its connectivity, this wireless fence transmitter system for dogs works by simply connecting its battery-powered Wireless Receiver (which comes equipped onto its receiver collar) wirelessly to the system’s dedicated Wireless Transmitter.

Wireless Circular Boundary can be adjusted between 22-105 ft. in all directions (fits yards up to 3/4-acre in diameter)

As such, know that the Transmitter’s Wireless Fence / Wireless Circular Boundary can be adjusted between 22-105 ft. in all directions, making it possible to fit yards up to 3/4-acre wide / in diameter.

BATTERY & BATTERY LIFE

The system’s wireless receiver (for its included receiver dog collar) is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery that can offer your dog around 3 weeks of battery life on a single charge.

Note that at the top-side of the collar’s wireless receiver there’s also a built-in Low-Battery Indicator that conveniently informs dog owners when the receiver’s internal battery is running low on power.

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Receiver w/ Built-In Low-Battery Indicator

That said, for recharging the receiver collar’s internal battery, all that you have to do is to connect it directly to its proprietary Receiver Charger (which also comes included in the kit) via the charger’s dedicated USB to Micro-USB Charging Cable. Know that recharging the collar’s battery from 0% battery back to 100% battery (full-power) should only take you between 2 to 3 hours of time.

OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES

Wireless Receiver Training Functions

The system’s Wireless Receiver also boasts a Tone-Only Mode (which will trigger it to work only with sound), as well as 5 different Levels of Static Correction that can be adjusted based on your pet’s training response.

Security Enter / Exit Playing-Area Function

Last but not least, the system’s Wireless Receiver also comes pre-configured with a unique safety feature, for which if your pup happens to leave the boundary area, he won’t be corrected when re-entering the safe play area.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside each package, users will find: the system’s Wireless Receiver (with built-in battery) and the receiver’s dedicated Charger, system’s Wireless Transmitter along with its Power Adapter, 50 Boundary-Training Flags, a Test Light Tool, both short and long contact points included (for short or long-haired pets) and a Contact Point Wrench to install those, as well as a Quick Start Guide, and also a Fence Training guide

Box Contents

FINAL THOUGHTS

The PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence is a wireless fence transmitter system for dogs that works via a battery-powered receiver collar that connects directly to an indoors transmitter, featuring a boundary area that can be adjusted between 22-105 ft. in all directions, as well as Warning Indicators that let you know if there’s any error with the fence.

In addition, the system’s receiver collar also boasts a Tone-Only Mode and 5 Levels of Static Correction that can be adjusted based on your pet’s training response.

Best of all, there’s also a safety feature pre-programmed in the system’s receiver collar, for which if your pup ever happens to leave the boundary area, he won’t be corrected when re-entering the system’s pre-configured safe play area.

PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence
PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence

All in all, this wireless fence system for dogs features a minimal installation time that doesn’t require you to dig up any holes within your yard. With it, you can easily provide your dog(s) with a safe area for them to play in.

If you’re interested in buying it, know that each unit is going for just $319.95, and each purchase also comes accompanied by a 1-Year Warranty. You can order yours online right now, directly from Pet Safe’s official shopping page.

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

In case you want need to cover a yard that’s larger than 210 feet in diameter, you’ll have to purchase a second Wireless Transmitter in order to increase the system’s Wireless Circular area and ultimately expand your pet’s safe playing area. When using 2 wireless fence transmitters together for this wireless fence transmitter system for dogs, remember to keep the transmitter’s boundaries overlapping each other by at least 30 feet. You can buy a second transmitter unit for just $259.95 each at PetSafe’s corresponding shopping page.

Lastly, specifically for dog owners that have more than 1 dog at home, know that since this wireless fence transmitter system for dogs only comes with one (x1) single receiver collar, you’ll also be required to purchase one (or more) additional receiver collar(s) for your other dog(s) so that all your pups can safely play in the yard together. On that note, know that each extra Stay & Play Wireless Fence Rechargeable Receiver Collar goes for $159.95, for which you can also get those online, directly from PetSafe’s corresponding shopping page.

João Matos
Soon after getting his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, João Matos joined the GadgetGram team on May 2019. Since then, he has been working as the Content Director, with the main goal of publishing thorough reviews on all sorts of newly released tech-products. In addition, João has also been been working as a proficient News Writer and News Editor at Gadget Gram, as well as the Social Media Manager for the company's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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