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One of the worst things a dog owner can experience is the realization that their dog is missing. Every year, thousands of dog owners go into crisis mode as they try to locate their lost pet, and unfortunately, not all experience the euphoria of finding their dogs again. To ensure the safety of your pet, you must do as much as you can to prevent them from getting lost. The most important way to do this is making sure your dog can’t leave your property. And since dogs love to run and explore, keeping them leashed in the yard isn’t a good or safe solution. In fact, keeping a dog tied outdoors can be borderline cruel particularly in areas with extreme weather.
A fence is the best method for keeping your dog contained in your yard, but what type of fence? Traditional fences or electronic dog fences are two different options. Most people prefer a traditional fence, but an electronic dog fence is sometimes the better choice. Let’s explore some of the things you should consider when trying to make your choice.
Some dogs simply can’t quell their desire to explore the world beyond their yard, and some dogs resort to digging underneath fencing to satisfy their curiosity. Certain breeds, like beagles and terriers, have the natural desire to dig, and it can be a big challenge to stop digging
behaviors. The cycle of having to locate a dog escapee and then filling in the hole they created under the fence can be never-ending. However, an underground dog fence will stop your dog from getting close enough to the perimeter of the yard, and they’ll be unable to escape by digging.
Other dogs who are so determined to escape that they do things such as squeeze through fence slats, jump over the fence, or chew on gate latches, will also be stopped from doing so with the implementation of an electronic containment system. Best of all, the battle to maintain the appearance and effectiveness of your fence will end. One of the great things about an electronic fence system is that it notifies you immediately if there is a break in the wire, which is a rare occurrence. This way, you’ll know if your dog is at risk of escaping without having to regularly inspect the fence for holes or other damage.
Many traditional fences look great and can enhance the appearance of your property. There are so many different styles of fence, but the best looking fences do tend to be very expensive. Sometimes, on the other hand, a standard fence can drastically take away from the appearance of your home and yard. For example, you might not want to block your lakefront view, or your view of a golf course or mountain range. If you can’t bear the thought of obstructing your view, an electric dog fence is the solution for preserving it and keeping your dog safely on your property. A wired dog fence can work with any type of existing landscaping, so it can be very accommodating to your visual preferences.
Sometimes homeowners’ associations don’t allow fences on properties, in which case an electric dog fence can be the best functional alternative. If you are allowed to place a fence, but you don’t choose or can’t afford one that matches the aesthetics of your house, it can even reduce the value of your property and home. With an underground dog fence, your property can maintain an open look without also opening up the world to your dog.
If you are raising your dogs on a ranch, farm, hunting lease, or other agricultural setting, you may have a great deal of acreage to enclose. Creating “safe zones” for your dogs doesn’t have to be a difficult task, however. Dog fence wire can be laid anywhere you need it to go, and it’s much easier to place and move than a traditional above-ground fence. An underground dog fence or a wireless dog fence will be effective for containing your dogs, without requiring you to purchase the thousands of dollars worth of fence sections that would be required for many acres of land. Many dog fences can accommodate up to 100 acres of land at a time, which is excellent if you want to allow your dog the maximum space possible for roaming.
DIY Cost and Effort
Something else to consider – which is often one of the most important things to determine – is your fencing budget. Traditional fences can be extremely expensive, often costing thousands of dollars to purchase and install. An invisible dog fence is generally around 80 percent less expensive than a traditional fence, especially when you opt to install it yourself. You can install your own invisible dog fence as a weekend project, and your total cost will be just a few hundred dollars. With a DIY electric fence, you’ll also learn how to maintain and repair the fence on your own, eliminating the potential to spend thousands of dollars on “expert” advice and assistance throughout your years of using your containment system.
Another thing to remember when considering an electronic dog fence is that it does require training. You must train your dog on their new boundaries, as well as the consequences of ignoring them. Your dog will learn how their e-collar works, so they will understand that the warning tone means they should turn and retreat, which will allow them to avoid the mild corrective shock that will occur if they continue past the allowed perimeter. With careful diligence and adherence to the training protocols, your dog will happily adjust to the new system. You should typically expect to spend about 30 minutes per day for two weeks on training. If you cannot commit to this training, then a DIY electric dog fence isn’t right for your situation.
You should carefully explore all of your fencing options prior to making a decision, because not all fences are practical solutions. An electric dog fence offers additional choices to those situations in which a traditional fence just isn’t good enough. As your dog’s owner, only you can make the correct decision regarding containment and safety.
What is your experience with dog containment system?