Monday, December 20, 2010
PetSafe Little Dog Review
By Jay StephenThe PetSafe Little Dog is the only system designed specifically for the little dog. It has a smaller collar and a toned down correction making it the best choice for dogs under 12 lbs. The only drawback is the proprietary battery.
Most systems are designed with medium sized dogs in mind. This means that the collars are too big to be really comfortable on your smaller dog. The correction levels are also set with medium sized dogs in mind. The PetSafe small dog addresses those problems. It is also flexible, and can be used with other PetSafe collars to let you use the system with larger dogs too.
The collar is the reason you are buying this system. The collar is much smaller than a regular dog fence collar. The band is also more adjustable, letting you set it to even the smallest neck size. The correction level is also scaled down. You set the correction level on the collar itself, using the button on the side. The system has four correction levels. You set this by using the button on the side of the collar.
The battery is a special PetSafe small dog battery that you change by unscrewing with a coin. It is the only downside of this system. The battery costs around $8 and lasts about two months. A little tip, you can squeeze a third month out of the battery if you switch off the collar when you take it off the dog at night (just turn the battery to the off position).
You can use this collar with the other PetSafe in-ground systems and vice-versa. So you could use this with you Chihuahua, the PetSafe stubborn dog with your great dane, and the PetSafe deluxe collar with your Labrador.
The small dog uses the premium PetSafe base station that is also used by the PetSafe Deluxe. The base station is capable of covering 25 acres (5,000 feet of boundary wire). It has the basic controls. The boundary width dials lets you set how widely the signal transmits out from the wire. You have a power status light and a loop status light to tell you there are no problems with the loop. A side switch to set it up for big, small and medium sized installations. Two toggles connect up the boundary wire loop. There is a third toggle to ground the system in case of lightning strikes, you are going to need a grounding rod nearby to hook this and most people don't. So most people who have a lot of lighting strikes will opt for the optional plug in lighting protection module instead. But the inbuilt ground may help some of you save a bit of money.
The system comes with the standard 500 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire, two splices and 50 flags which is good for about 1/3 of an acre. More kits and wire upgrades are available in the store section of our website.
It is a great little system. The only really drawback is the proprietary battery. For dogs over 12lbs, there are similarly priced options with rechargeable batteries like the Innotek 4100 that we would rather see you choose. But, for small dogs, this is really the one to get.