eXtreme Dog Fence vs PetSafe® vs SportDOG: Comparison


We will keep this guide short because we have already put together individual reviews, and comparison guides on each of these brands and models of dog fences elsewhere on the site.

You can read the comparison guides we’ve already put together here (which also contain links to the individual dog fence system reviews):

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence Comparison Guide

SportDOG vs PetSafe Dog Fence Comparison Guide

In the guide below though, we’ve still provided an opinion of how these brands rate against each other, so it might be worth a read for those interested.

Let’s take a look at this particular comparison guide!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

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eXtreme Dog Fence vs PetSafe® vs SportDOG: Comparison, & Which To Get?

In case you wanted to go straight to checking out some of our top rated dog fence systems we mention below, you can do so here …


Look at these systems first:


Look at these systems second:


Note the above models are in ground systems. If you want a wireless model, read on below.


Which Dog Fence To Get?

Overall, it does depend on variables such as:

– the size and number of dogs you want on the system,

– the area you want to contain your dog/s to,

– and the individual features you want and need with the fence system

So, make sure you check these things before you buy.


But, as a general guide of which dog fence system we would choose according to different ways of categorising and rating them, it would be:


Best Overall Dog Fence Systems

In our opinion, eXtreme has the best range of dog fence systems.

Probably the models that best balances value and performance are the Standard and Professional Grade models.

The Standard grade model is comparable to the SportDOG models in price and features.

The Professional Grade model is one of the best sellers, and it comes with the thick and durable 14 gauge perimeter wire is that is a preference for you.

It can be buried, or even installed above ground.

The Max Grade comes with the 60ML poly coating/jacket on the wire instead of the 45ML poly jacket the Pro Grade offers.


You can view each of these models here:


SportDOG and PetSafe models come second and third:


Dog Fence System With A Rechargeable Battery

If you want a dog fence system with a rechargeable battery, the SDF-100C is probably the best system.

The eXtreme Basics system also has a rechargeable battery as well, but, the SDF-100C is a more extensive system with more features.


Dog Fence System For The Smallest Dogs

This dog fence system is specifically designed for the smallest dogs and dog breed – 5lbs and up.

If you have a tiny dog around this size – this dog fence system may be for you.

A summary of this dog fence model is:


If you want to add to the area of the fence system, you can get the PetSafe Boundary Wire, 500 foot Spool (on Amazon)

If you want to add more dogs to the system, you can get the PetSafe Elite Little Dog Collar (on Amazon)


– Features

An in ground electric dog fence system specifically for small dogs

The collar receiver is small and lightweight – it’s for dogs 5 pounds and up with neck sizes 6-16 inches

The collar receiver has a small reflective strip on the collar which light shines off of at night time

Collar receiver is waterproof

The collar receiver has 4 adjustable levels of static correction when using static as a training mode

There’s also a tone only training mode if you want to use beeps to train your dog

The system as standard covers 1/3 acre with included boundary wire

If you want to expand the system with additional boundary wire, you can do so up to 25 acres

You can add any number of dogs to the system when you purchase additional collars

The system has Run Through Prevention where the correction increases if your dog tries to run through the boundary zone

The collar uses a replaceable PetSafe RFA-188 battery (included)

This system can function with anywhere between 14 (thickest) to 20 gauge (thinnest) wire

PetSafe generally have pretty responsive customer service to any queries or issues

Operating guides and training manuals are included which you should read before using the system


– Potential Drawbacks

No vibration only option

The battery is replaceable and not rechargeable. A recharge battery on the collar receiver would be better

The system comes with standard 20 gauge wire. 14 gauge thicker wire would be better

Like all in ground fences, you will have to spend a couple of days planning where to put the wire and digging and backfilling the wire trenches

Like all dog systems you may experience some issues with the functioning of the system. You’ll have to contact PetSafe to work through your specific situation to make sure you have the system set up correctly

The collar feels like it could be a bit higher quality for durability reasons


– Summary

Overall, if you want a system with a collar made specifically for small dogs, this one is good without being excellent. The drawbacks are drawbacks common to most pet containment systems. Just remember to check the warranty is still fully valid if you buy through a third party seller.


– What’s It Designed For?

This dog fence system is intended to keep dogs larger than 5lbs with a neck size of between 6 to 16 inches inside an area of 1/3 an acre, or up to 25 acres with additional wire.

It’s specifically designed for the smallest dog breeds though.


– How Does It Work?

PetSafe give you a set up and operation/training manual and guide which you should follow. But, as a general guide:

You plan out the boundary and the system and you test everything is working before you bury the wire

You set the boundary by burying wires around the perimeter of your yard. You can also put the training flags in as a visual cue for your dog

Your dog wears a collar that picks up the signal from the transmitter that you can to put next to a power source

As your dog nears the boundary wires, a beep alerts your dog, giving them a chance to stop without any correction. For those that continue, a safe static correction reminds them to stay in the area you’ve established.

Simply adjust the correction level if your dog continues to test the boundaries.

You can also use a tone only mode for training

Progressive Run Through Prevention works by increasing the correction if your pet tries to quickly run through the boundary zone – so is good for overly escape prone dogs


– Who Might It Be For?

Small dogs

Dogs with necks 6-16 inches

Dogs more than 5lbs

Properties up to 1/3 an acre, or 25 acrs with additional wire

People looking for a system that can support several dogs/pets – as long as you buy the additional add on collar receivers

People looking for an in ground dog fence system

People looking to train with static, and tone only modes


– Who Might It NOT Be For?

Dogs under 5 lbs

Dogs with necks outside of 6 to 16 inches

Areas over 1/3 an acre, or 25 acres with additional wire

People who want a wireless dog fence system

People who want to train with vibration only


– What’s In The Kit?

Transmitter with power adapter

Receiver collar with RFA-188 battery

Test light tool

Operating and training guide

50 boundary training flags

500 feet of wire

Surge protector

Wire nuts

Gel-filled capsules

Mounting bracket


Wireless Dog Fence System

Some people prefer a wireless dog fence system as opposed to the above in ground systems.

These dog fences use a circular signal from the transmitter to the collar/s, without the need for wires.

They are also portable.

The options might include:


Electric Dog Fence FAQ Questions

You can read an FAQ Guide here about commonly asked questions by potential buyers and owners of electric dog fences.

We outline things such as:

Types of electric dog fences

All factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence

Most important factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence

How much an electric dog fence costs

How to install and set up an electric dog fence

How an electric dog fence works

How to train a dog to use an electric dog fence, and how long it takes

Type of wire used for an electric dog fence

How much wire is required for an electric dog fence

Which electric dog fence wire is best

How to bury the wire for an electric dog fence system

How deep to bury the wire

Are dog fences safe, and are they effective


Best In Ground, Above Ground & Wireless Dog Fences On The Market

These guides outline some of the best dog fence models on the market at the moment:

Best Above Ground & In Ground Electric Dog Fences

Best Wireless Electric Dog Fences

Above Ground vs Underground vs Wireless Dog Fences: Comparison



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