In today’s review, we will be comparing two electronic dog containment systems by Extreme Dog Fence: Extreme Dog Fence Standard vs Pro.
No one needs reminding that dogs are naturally curious beings. And so, it is no surprise when you find them trying so hard to get past their boundaries.
Traditional dog fences have been known to not keep in the most curious of these escape artists.
Plus, they are really expensive and cost more to install, hence, the increasing acceptance of electronic dog fences. The latter cost less and are far easier to install.
This review is quite lengthy, and so, if you need the information to make a really quick decision, we recommend the next three sections.
However, we encourage you to read this review to the very end, as we assure you that it will be worth the time spent.
The last two sections cover the thoughts of users of these products and our take on the two products.
Comparison Overview – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
To help you better grasp this summary, this section is divided into 4 major subsections. Without further ado, let’s dig in.
Where Do They Both Get It Right – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
First off, they both have a multiple frequency selection transmitter that helps to prevent interferences with nearby radio systems.
Both dog fences can allow an unlimited number of dogs to be added to the system. Plus, the collar receivers of the Extreme Dog Fence Standard and Pro systems are waterproof and submersible.
Another thing Extreme Dog Fence got right with both these dog containment systems is the long-lasting battery the collar receivers run on.
The 6-volt receiver battery powers each collar receiver for about 4 months before a replacement is needed.
Also, both the Standard and Pro kits each come with 50 training flags to ensure a smooth transition for your critter.
Finally, the two grades provide you with the option of selecting from a range of 500 to 2500 feet of the boundary wire. These come at different prices, of course.
Where Do They Both Get It Wrong – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
Neither of the collar receivers in the two systems under review comes with a rechargeable battery.
This means that if you are unable to get spare batteries just in time, your dog’s collar receiver will be nonfunctional for that period.
Another thing is that the two dog containment systems under review cannot be used for dogs of all sizes. The collar receivers are designed to accommodate dogs with a weight of at least 8 ounces.
How Do They Differ From Each Other – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
While the fence wire of the Standard grade system has insulation of 15 mils, that of the Pro grade system has insulation of 45 mils.
Another difference lies in the fact that the Extreme Dog Fence Pro comes with 50 feet of 16 gauge twisted wire. Whereas, the Extreme Dog Fence Standard does not have twisted wire included in its kit.
Also, the Extreme Dog Fence Pro comes with a 10-year warranty, while the Standard system offers a 5-year warranty.
What’s The Price/Value Like – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
Which Fence Is More Cost Effective: Extreme Dog Fence Standard Kit Or Extreme Dog Fence Pro Kit?
Compared to competing products in the market, the two dog containment systems under review are affordable. For us, the prices are justified for the value the dog fences offer.
However, we believe that you will be getting a better price/value ratio with the Extreme Dog Fence Pro. Even with the extra bucks, it costs.
Brand Strength – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
As its name implies, the Extreme Dog Fence is a brand that produces just dog fences. This specialization has made the brand a major player in the market for reliable and durable dog containment systems.
Having been in the manufacturing of these dog fences for 25 years, you can surely rely on this brand’s fences.
Who doesn’t love to go with a brand they can trust to be available when needed?
Comparison Table – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
Extreme Dog Fence Standard
Extreme Dog Fence Pro
|Warranty||5 years||10 years|
|Land coverage||6 acres||10 acres|
|Fence wire insulation||15 mil||45 mil|
|Twisted wire||None||50 feet of 16 gauge wire|
|Boundary wire||20 gauge||14 gauge|
Which Situation Is Each Best Suited For – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
Extreme Dog Fence Standard
Extreme Dog Fence Pro
|The Extreme Dog Fence Standard is best suited for properties that have a land coverage of not more than 6 acres.||With its thickly insulated wire jacket, the Extreme Dog Fence Pro is best suited for areas with extreme temperatures. |
The system will be perfect for an area with a land coverage of up to 10 acres.
What Do They Have In Common – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
The following are common features between the Extreme Dog Fence Standard and the Extreme Dog Fence Pro:
- Multiple Frequency Selection Transmitter
- Waterproof Collar Receiver
- Short and Long Contact Probes
- 500 to 2500 Feet Range Of Boundary Wire
- Long-Lasting 6-Volt Receiver Battery
- 50 Training Flags
Let’s see exactly what they are:
Multiple Frequency Selection Transmitter
The digital transmitter is the core of the containment system, as radio signals are sent from it to your dog’s collar.
Extreme Dog Fence fitted both the Standard grade and Pro grade systems with transmitters that enable multiple frequency selection. This comes in handy when there are other radio systems close.
Maybe your neighbor also has an invisible dog fence. There is no point disrupting each other’s fence signals when the transmitter allows you to change the radio frequencies.
If you have more than one dog collar linked, the transmitters of either containment systems will come in handy because of this feature.
Waterproof Collar Receiver
Containment systems are meant to keep your dogs from harm’s way. However, the two we are reviewing today also ensure that your pets can have fun while still staying safe.
One of the features that enable this is the waterproof and submersible collar receiver. This means that no damage will come to the receiver if your critter decides to go for a splash in the pool.
Both the Standard and Pro dog fences come with collars that are submersible to a depth of 10 feet without having any adverse impact on the performance of the receivers.
Short And Long Contact Probes
To ensure your critter’s comfort, the Extreme Dog Fence Standard vs Pro each come with one set of short (five-eighths inch) contact probes and one set of long (seven-eighths inch) contact probes.
Knowing that you are particular about your pet’s comfort, as you should, these provisions are commendable.
On one hand, the set of short contact probes will be better suited for dogs with short hair. While on the other hand, the set of long contact probes will take care of dogs with long hair.
The collar in each of the kits also come with a set of metal-infused runner comfort covers that ensure that your dog finds the contact probes around its neck comfortable.
Plus, you do not have to worry about irritations around the neck due to prolonged use of the collar.
500 to 2500 Feet Range Of Boundary Wire
With the Extreme Dog Fence, you have the luxury of choosing from a range of 500 to 2500 feet of the boundary wire.
Both the Standard grade and Pro grade systems offer this luxury. We should also state here that these variants come at different prices, as expected.
Long-Lasting 6-Volt Receiver Battery
Both the Standard grade and Pro grade fences come with a 6-volt collar receiver battery. This battery is not rechargeable. But then, you really will not have to worry about replacing the batteries every few days.
This is because the battery included in the two kits under comparison can power the collar for about 4 months. So, no worries about your dog’s safety for that long.
Worried about how you’ll know when it is time to replace the battery before it goes dead?
Quite conveniently, the collar starts to blink about one week before the battery dies, giving you ample time to replace the battery and be sure that the fence is protecting your dog.
It is therefore advisable to have a spare battery at home every few months.
50 Training Flags
People appreciate it when boundaries are respected in human relationships. And because you want a relationship to succeed, you learn to respect the other person’s boundary.
You get the idea of a containment system, but your dog doesn’t. Your pet doesn’t intuitively understand that it is not supposed to go beyond a certain point in the yard for its good.
Somehow, you have to communicate to your dog that this is essential for their safety. Training your critter to respect the boundaries of this containment system becomes necessary.
Extreme Dog Fence provides both the Standard grade and Pro grade kits with 50 training flags each.
Wondering what they are for? Your dog will probably wonder as much when she sees them in the yard, so you’ll need to let her know that they are her cue that she is about to leave the “safe zone”.
At first, the tone she hears when she approaches any of the flags might just be music to her ears. With regular practice, however, she will understand it for the warning tone that it truly is.
Leading her to these flags and then taking her away from them will prevent her from the static shock that is sure to follow if she ventures to go beyond the flags.
An Extreme Dog Fence Standard Demonstration Video – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
How Different Are They From Each Other – Extreme Dog Fence Standard vs Pro?
The following are areas where the Extreme Dog Fence Standard and Extreme Dog Fence Pro Differ:
- Availabilty of Twisted Wire
- Warranty Periods
- Fence Wire Insulation
- Ground Installation Preferences
Now, let’s explain these:
During the installation of your dog’s containment system, you will need twisted wire to connect your boundary loop to your transmitter.
Of the two kits, only the Pro grade kit comes with twisted wire. That is, 50 feet of 16 gauge twisted wire, for that matter. What this means is that purchasing the Extreme Dog Fence Standard will entail you twisting the wire yourself.
Although both fences under review include a one-year warranty, once registered the extension differs.
On one hand, registering your Extreme Dog Fence Standard grade causes your warranty to extend to five years. On the other hand, registering your Extreme Dog Fence Pro system extends your warranty to ten years.
This means the Pro grade system offers 100 percent more in warranty than the Standard grade system.
Fence Wire Insulation
Another noticeable difference between the two systems is the wire insulation. While the fence wire in the Standard system is 15 mils thick, that of the Pro system is 45 mils thick. This difference may not seem so significant to everyone.
However, in environments with extreme temperatures, the extra 30 mils can make all the difference. This is because thicker insulation will protect the cable from the effects of harsh weather.
In order words, wire with thicker insulation will be better preserved in such conditions.
Ground Installation Preferences
The two systems we are comparing provide different options when it comes to ground installation.
With the Standard system, you can only bury the wire from 1 foot to 3 feet deep. But the Pro system provides more options.
First, you can bury the wire from 1 foot to 18 feet deep. Second, unlike the Standard system, you can have an above-ground installation with the Pro system.
All you need to do is fasten your wire to the ground using 6-inch landscape staples at every 5 feet of the wire.
Finally, attaching to an existing fence is not recommended with the Standard system’s 20 gauge wire. On the other hand, the 16 gauge wire of the Pro system makes it possible to attach it to an existing traditional fence.
An Extreme Dog Fence Pro Demonstration Video – Extreme Dog Fence Standard vs Pro
What Are The Unique Pros Of Each Product? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard vs Pro
What Are The Unique Pros Of The Extreme Dog Fence Standard?– Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
The following is a pro of the Extreme Dog Fence Standard Kit:
The provided 20 gauge copper core wire is easy to work with due to its lightweight.
What Are The Unique Pros Of The Extreme Dog Fence Pro? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
The following are pros of the Extreme Dog Fence Pro Kit:
The Pro kit comes with 50 feet of 16-gauge twisted wire to connect the boundary loop to the transmitter.
This system’s thicker wire insulation protects the cables in harsh weather.
The provided wire will last for more than 20 years, which is more than the Standard system’s 2 to 5 years range.
With this system, you can get a free surge protector.
An Extreme Dog Fence Demonstration Video – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
What Are The Unique Cons Of Each Product? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
What Are The Unique Cons Of The Extreme Dog Fence Standard? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
The following are cons of the Extreme DOg Fence Standard Kit:
This system’s 20-gauge wire is not suitable for above-ground fencing.
The Extreme Dog Fence Standard’s 20-gauge boundary wire does not support it being attached to an existing fence.
You will have to twist the wire included in this kit yourself, as no twisted wire is included.
This system does not come with a surge protector.
Check out these other articles:
- Extreme Dog Fence Standard Grade Fence Kit — Detailed Review
- Extreme Dog Fence Professional Grade Fence Kit — Detailed Review
- Extreme Dog Fence Max Grade Fence Kit — Detailed Review
- Extreme Dog Fence Basics Fence Kit — Detailed Review
- PetSafe Dog Fence Wire Break Detector — Detailed Review
- PetSafe Stay And Play Wireless Dog Fence — Detailed Review
What Pros Are Common To Both Products? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
Extreme Dog Fence Standard
Extreme Dog Fence Pro
|Multiple Frequency Selection Transmitter||The 4.5 inches high, 5.5 inches wide and 1-inch deep transmitter allows you to change the radio frequency your system operates on.||Same with Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
|Waterproof Collar Receiver||The performance of the 1-inch high, 2 inches wide and 1-inch deep receiver of the Standard system is unaffected by water.||The Extreme Dog Fence Pro kit comes with a collar receiver that is submersible up to 10 feet.|
|Long And Short Contact Probes||Your dog’s hair has been considered with the inclusion of long and short contact probes in this kit. The set of long contact probes will provide comfort for dogs with long neck hair. And dogs with short neck hair will be at ease with the set of short contact probes.||Same with Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
|Training Flags||The 50 training flags included in this kit ensure that you are equipped to train your dog on how best to stay safe.||Same with Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
|Long-Lasting Collar Receiver Battery||The 6 volts battery of this system’s collar receiver will last for about 4 months before needing a replacement.||Same with the Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
What Cons Are Common To Both Products? – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro
|Extreme Dog Fence Standard||Extreme Dog Fence Pro|
|Non-Rechargeable Receiver Battery||This system’s receiver battery is non-rechargeable. This implies that you will always need to have a spare at home to keep your pet protected.||Same with the Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
|No Transmitter Battery Backup||This transmitter runs only on electricity and has no battery backup. So, once the power goes out, the system goes down.||Same with the Extreme Dog Fence Standard.|
|8-Ounce Dog Weight Criteria||Only dogs with a weight of at least 8 ounces can use this containment system.||Just like the Standard grade system, this one is designed for dogs with a weight of at least 8 ounces. So, you will need to look for other options if your dog is smaller in size.|
What Do People Think About Both Products – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
Extreme Dog Fence Standard
Extreme Dog Fence Pro
| Users found the radio signal strength to be uniform at every area of the wire. They were glad that no weak spots or interferences were noticed. |
The ease of installation was agreed by a lot of users to be great. It took them about 4 hours to wire and install the components.
The general opinion is that this dog containment system works just as advertised by the manufacturer. Also, users agreed it costs a whole lot less than competing options.
| Users agreed that this containment system worked effectively for their stubborn pets. |
Even a “jumper” that usually hopped over a 6-feet traditional fence effortlessly was able to be kept safe from harm with the Extreme Dog Fence Pro.
Users also found this system super easy to install. The general opinion is that the Pro system is worth the extra financial cost.
|Users with dogs that are “jumpers” complained that the Extreme Dog Fence Standard could not contain their stubborn pets. |
One dog was said to have jumped over the fence and was reluctant to return home for fear of getting zapped.
There was a complaint of the collar receiver’s battery running down too soon.
It was discovered that the system consumes more power during training, and so, it must be strictly monitored.
What’s Our Take On Them – Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro?
Extreme Dog Fence Standard
Extreme Dog Fence Pro
|This system is the more affordable one and is indeed a worthy choice. |
Considering your dog’s needs is paramount before you make a choice that concerns your canine warrior. If this system can keep your pet safe and it fits your budget, then go for it.
|From the feature sets of the two systems, one might be quick to conclude that the Pro system is a better choice. |
However, we will advise that you go with what fits your needs and budget.
If purchasing this system will not cause a major dent in your pocket, you can go ahead to invest.
Extreme Dog Fence Standard Vs Pro — FAQs
Why Is My Extreme Dog Fence Beeping?
If your Extreme Dog Fence is beeping, it could be because the wires are not properly connected. So, here are a few things you could do:
- Check that the wire is properly connected to the transmitter.
- Check that the wire is properly connected to the surge protector. If that doesn’t work, you could try removing it from the surge protector completely.
- Check for breaks in your wire.
- Check to make sure that those spots where you spliced your wires have two wires spliced and not three.
Do I Have To Mount My Transmitter In A Temperature-Controlled Environment?
You do not have to mount the Extreme Dog Fence transmitters in a temperature-controlled environment. They have been designed to not only withstand but also properly function in whatever temperature.
You’d do well to keep it away from particular wet surfaces, though. Just to make sure.
Can A Dog Run Through An Invisible Fence?
A dog can run through an invisible fence. However, the motivation has to be intense enough, say something they are really scared of and want to run away from or even a particularly enticing dog in heat
That said, typically, with appropriate training, a dog should learn that they are not allowed outside certain areas and the invisble fence should be able to keep them in.
How Long Do You Leave Invisible Fence Flags Up?
Of course, it is a given that you’ll have to leave the flags on for the duration of the training. But did you know you’ll have to leave it for even longer?
Extreme recommends that you leave all the flags on for up to four(4) weeks after you’re done with the training. From the fifth week, you want to start removing every other flag.
Monitor your dog and see if he has gotten used to things even after removing those flags. If he has, go ahead and remove all the flags.
How Many Acres Will 1000 Feet Of Wire Cover?
1000 feet of wire will cover about one(1) acre of space. This could be ground or wall or water (depending on the kind of wire you have.
Can This Kit Accomodate More Than One Dog?
Both the kits in this comparison can accomodate more than one dog. In fact, Extreme says they can accomodate an infinite number of dogs.
However, when you get the kit, you only get one collar. So, you’ll have to get extra collars seperately if you need all your dogs to be on one system.