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PetSafe instant fence not working, how do I know if it’s receiver or transmittor?

I bought a PetSafe instant fence and it worked so good after just 2 days I no longer needed to use the collar after a week. Two years later he forgot about the fence and is starting to wander off, so when I went to plug it in and put collar on back on it no longer beeped.

I changed the batteries in the receiver but it still doesn’t work. The unit is very expensive. I would hate to replace it and then discover it was only the collar that was the problem.

Does anyone know how I would figure out which it is, and also, if it is the unit, how I would find out what is wrong with it instead of just trashing it?
This is the wireless fence, there are no wires.
The wireless fence was awesome when it was working, it took only 2 days to train him (Lhasa Apso). I didn’t have to bury any wires which would take a long time to do. He would stay far away even from the "beep" area once he got shocked once.

The problem is that it stopped working after 3 years and I’m trying to figure out what went wrong.

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  • I have an invisible fence and there is an electrical box in my garage with a green flashing light that tells me it is working. If you haven’t used it in 2 years, some part of the underground wire may have been sliced and it’s no longer sending a signal. Call the company you bought it from and ask them.

  • You biggest problem is that it is a PetSafe system. They don’t live very long in many cases.

    Check to see if the transmitter is operational by using an AM radio tuned to a freq. that is clear in your area on the low end of the dial. Carry it (if a portable) or drive your car close in to the field. If it is working you should hear the signal. If you do then it will be a problem with the collar. If not, either the transmitter or wire is bad. Either way in the long run it will probably be cheaper to replace the system with a quality one.
    The "Invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

    Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can’t go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn’t work on Huskies. They don’t know what they are talking about. You can’t buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe’s or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. I have had this type of fence for over 10 years now. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than $300.00 with 2 collars. Extra collars are about $80.00. The kit has everything needed. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe’s etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down.

    The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don’t want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn’t work don’t know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ….. just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

    It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence … this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn’t enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through … well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won’t challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence

    ADD: the wireless systems are almost worthless. You have no real control over the areas that your dog can go in and things such as walls, trees and other obstructions can block the signal causing "dead" areas in the containment field which your dog WILL find.

    25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

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