As a dog owner today, most of us are encountering new challenges with our dogs – that is – keeping them in our own yards – especially with ever restrictive leash laws. We know that you want to not only keep your dog safe, but you also want to make sure that he’s got plenty of room to run and get his exercise. You should try a dog fence.
You can find all the answers to your fencing needs online, or at your local pet or feed store. Don’t be overwhelmed by the selection. There are basically only three kinds of dog containment systems.
The Traditional Dog Fence
When pet owners think of containment, they usually think of traditional fencing. This includes chain link and wood fences. It is usually the fence of choice for urban pet owners. Not only does it effectively confine your pet, it keeps other dogs and cats out of your yard. Using a wood fence also offers you a great deal of privacy.
However, you should keep in mind that some dogs, like terriers, will be able to dig under wood fences and escape the confines, while other dogs may be able to climb up chain fences to get to the other side. You can remedy this problem by properly training your dog and providing him with toys and activities so that he does not become bored.
Traditional fencing can be expensive to install. And some neighborhood associations don’t allow homeowners to fence their yards. In such cases, pet owners can turn to invisible fencing.
The Invisible Dog Fence
The next option is an electric dog fence. The invisible fence is installed by digging about 3 inches below the ground and running an electric wire throughout your property. Pet owners can decide what areas they want to confine the dog to and make an outline. Then, the pet owner will place a receiver around the dog’s neck which is wirelessly connected to a central box. It looks and feels like a collar, except that there are a black box and two metal nodes on the collar.
When your dog approaches the boundary area, the receiver gives a series of warning beeps. If your dog continues to approach the boundary line, they receive a mild static electric shock. Most in-ground fencing systems allow you to set the level of the shock. These systems come with a set of flags. The flags are a visual aid to help your dog know when he’s reached the boundary line. You’ll need to do some training, initially. So that your dog understands that he needs to retreat to when he is shocked.
Some companies now produce a wireless dog fence. The wireless system allows you to set the radius that your dog can roam before he receives a warning with a beep and subsequently a shock much like the in-ground system uses.
Most invisible fences are more affordable than traditional fencing and they’re also easy enough for you to install yourself. Unfortunately, since there is no real barrier (other than the shock) to your dog leaving your yard – and if they do leave the yard, the collar stops receiving a signal and therefore becomes ineffective.
An escaped dog is more than just an embarrassing frustration. Your dog could hurt himself or someone else. Dogs that would never bite can snap at strangers out of fear. Your dog could get hit by a car, or cause damage to other people’s property, for which you would be liable.
Usually, dogs who escape are looking to mate, so having your dog spayed or neutered will certainly reduce the chance of having a runaway dog. By remaining proactive and training your dog, you can avoid your dog running away and maintain better control of your dog.
As communities continue to grow, it becomes more and more important to properly contain our pets. Choose the best type of fencing for you and your dog. It will give you peace of mind and keep your dog safe and happy.