eXtreme Dog Fence® Basics System

How a Dog Fence Works

So you are thinking of getting an electric dog fence? An underground dog fence is an excellent choice for containing your dog. Let’s take a moment to talk about how an invisible dog fence works and why it is such a great solution for keeping your dog at home with you, where he or she belongs.

First, let’s establish that an underground fence, versus a wireless electric dog fence is a much better choice. Although wireless is effortless to install, there are many variables that can cause a wireless fence to fail. If you want the most dependable, customizable, best invisible dog fence available, read on to learn about how our American-manufactured eXtreme Dog Fence® works.

Components of an Inground Dog Fence

There are 3 crucial components of a pet containment system. These include dog fence wire, a dog fence transmitter, and a special receiver collar that your dog wears. The transmitter, located inside of your home, is the brains of the operation. It transmits a radio signal throughout your dog fence wire. Along with our manual our extreme videos help you learn how to program your transmitter with ease.

Your dog fence wire, which is buried around your property, creates a border that you have designed yourself. Although your border is customizable, you must always establish a complete loop back to your transmitter in order for the fence to work.

Your dog wears an invisible fence collar, which triggers when he approaches a predetermined distance in front of your dog fence wire. Your dog’s receiver collar is powered by Perimeter 6-volt Extreme invisible fence batteries.

Dog Fence Correction

The concept of static correction is the same as is used in dog behavior training. Here is what it feels like to your dog. Run across the carpet in your socks and then touch a doorknob. That is a static shock, which is similar to what the dog feels when he receives a static correction. With the eXtreme Dog Fence® there are 7 different levels of correction to choose from, in addition to a beep-only mode used for training.

A Word About Dog Fence Wire

There are many different gauges of wire available for your pet fence. You will find 20 gauge wire, 18 gauge, 16 gauge wire, and 14 gauge. With so many options, how does one know which wire to choose? Here is some advice from the experts.

Though 20 and 18 gauge wire is inexpensive, it is not an ideal choice. This is because it is thin and very vulnerable to breakage or wearing down over time. A cheap dog fence comes with this type of thin dog fence wire. Logically, you may be focused on finding a fence for sale at a low price point, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for.

16 gauge wire is a step in the right direction, but still not the best selection.

The best electric dog fence comes with 14 gauge dog fence wire. If you want your dog fence wire to last a long time, 14 gauge wire is the way to go, without a doubt. Our 14 gauge wire is designed to last a lifetime. It will not degrade, or break unless a blade is taken to it. In addition to this, the performance of your electric dog fence will be enhanced by its superior signal conductivity.

In fact, our 14 gauge dog fence wire is so durable that you don’t even need to bury it if you don’t want to. You can simply use fence staples to tack it to the top of the ground.


American made products are synonymous with quality. Now that you know how our electric fence kit works, why not give it a try with your family dog? Do you still have questions about how our eXtreme Dog Fence® works? Our US-based customer service agents are here to help you with any questions you may have, 7 days a week. You can reach us at 800-305-6116.

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Wire is shipped in a single, continuous spool, unless other arrangements are requested.

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Ground staples are used to tack the wire to the top of the ground, should you decide to not bury it. One staple every 5 feet is recommended.

Add Surge Protector

Surge Protector offers lightning protection for the perimeter wiring and two outlets.

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Product Description


Simple to Set Up: No special programming is required to get your fence up and running. Simply make your connections, test the collar and set your boundary width.

Affordability: A great value, the Basics system is very affordable. Installing our DIY system will save you big bucks over having a professional company come out and install their overpriced components.

No Batteries Necessary: We listen to the needs of our customers! Our eXtreme Basics system has a rechargeable collar. This means you will never have to replace a battery in the collar when the battery is running low.

Size Accommodation: Designed for dogs weighing 15 pounds and up. Its adjustable collar strap fits necks from 10” to 26”.

Warranty: Every component of our eXtreme Basics System is covered by a full 5-year manufacturer warranty.

eXtreme Dog Fence Basics System: Contain Your Dog on ½ Acre of Land

Our eXtreme Basics system gives you just that: the basics. A new addition to the eXtreme Dog Fence family, it is designed to accommodate any number of dogs that are 15 pounds and up. Economical and reliable, the eXtreme Basics System is the little brother of our best-selling, top-rated eXtreme Dog Fence.

Note: It should be mentioned that the wire that comes in the eXtreme Basics Kit is a satisfactory, 20 gauge wire. It does not match the quality of the wire that comes in our eXtreme ProGrade and Max Grade kits. In addition to this, you should note that our Basics kit does not offer different levels of correction on the dog’s receiver collar that you can choose from. The basics system also does not offer different frequency levels.

  • No collar correction levels to set
  • No frequencies to calibrate
  • No special programming needed at all

Here is all you need to do to get your Basics eXtreme Dog Fence up and running:

  1. Call 811 and have your underground utility lines marked before your new Basics electric fence for dogs arrives.
  2. Layout your wire in one of the many configurations the Basics fence accommodates (Be sure to keep the wire at least 7-10 feet from any other parallel wire or underground utility line)
  3. Connect both ends of wire to your transmitter, power up the transmitter, and set the desired distance from the wire that you want the collar(s) to activate.
  4. Charge the collar receiver and test for consistency around your wire perimeter (listening for beep and using the included test light tool)
  5. Bury your wire 1″ to 5″ deep and begin training your dog(s). 

The eXtreme Basics Dog Containment system includes:

  • 1 digital fence transmitter w/ mounting hardware
  • 2 waterproof collar receivers
  • Long and short sets of collar contact probes
  • USB collar charger
  • 650 feet of 20 gauge boundary wire
  • 50 training flags
  • Wrench tool for contact probes
  • Collar test light tool

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