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eXtreme Dog Fence®

Second Generation Professional Grade Package
The best-selling, highest-quality dog fence on the market today
Comes with 14-gauge dog fence wire. You get to choose the length and number of collars that you need
Not the cheapest on the market

eXtreme Dog Fence®

Second Generation Standard Grade Package
Select number of collars and wire length
Comes with the same collar and transmitter as the Professional kit
Comes with a thin 20-gauge wire

SportDog

Electric Dog Fence
Has a powerful transmitter and collar
Transmitter can contain up to 100 acres of land
Collar is a bit bulky

PetSafe

Stubborn Dog Inground Fence
Great for dogs that are hard to contain 
Collar runs on 9-volt batteries
Collar is a bit bulky

PetSafe

Yardmax Pet Fence
One of the best fences made by Petsafe
Has a run-through prevention feature
The wire that comes in the kit is very thin

How we decided

Every product we review is purchased with our own funds. No freebies are ever accepted from product manufacturers.
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  • 94 Consumers Consulted
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Buying the Best Electric Dog Fence

Last Updated June 2019

You may be wondering, what makes one electric dog fence better than another? That is a good question. There are several different ways to approach this. The fence that works best for one situation might not be the best for another one. Let’s take a look at the considerations you need to make in order to select the right dog fence for your canine.

The Collar

Not all collars are created equal. Some dog fence receiver collars are lightweight, while others are bulky and a bit heavier. Some are made for dogs both big and small, where others are only intended for larger dogs. Some dog fence collars run on proprietary batteries, and others are rechargeable. Think about your precious pup and what type of collar will work best for him or her.

The Transmitter

Some dog fence transmitters are only designed to contain a couple of acres. Others can contain up to 100 acres of land. Read the specifications on how much land that the transmitter is able to contain and compare it to how much land you have.

The Dog Fence Wire

Why is quality of dog fence wire so important? Let’s take a look at that. Think about something that is thick versus something that is thin. Logically, something that is as thin as a piece of see-through fishing line is going to break more easily than something as thick as a piece of copper cable.

Using a thick, 14-gauge dog fence wire is definitely recommended. If you choose an electric dog fence that comes with a thin wire, it is only a matter of time before you are going to be out in your yard searching for a wire break. This can be quite a headache. Although 14-gauge wire costs more, believe me, you get what you pay for.

Reputation

As you know, reputation is everything. The same is true when buying a dog fence. Why take a chance when it comes to your pets? Pay attention to what people are saying in their reviews. Word of mouth can also be very helpful. Going with our number one or number 2 choice is a good idea, since they are both manufactured in the USA.