2/10/2016

that dog life//electronic fences...?


It kind of hurts to be writing this but I'm going to persevere and move forth -- I think about electronic dog fences all the time since we lost Minnie. If we had one could her death have been prevented? My anxiety since losing Minnie has only increased and I worry about what could happen to the other furry friends in our life. I wonder if we could be more proactive, more organised? Just leap? On one hand electric dog fences sound overwhelming and scarily expensive and it just seems too damn hard doesn't it? On the other, if our ridiculously weird furry family mean anything to us their safety should be paramount shouldn't it? Luckily, with all the confusion and refusal to adult I have the lovely folks from Dog Fence DIY here today to give us all the information we need to keep our furry randoms safe --

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Should You Get an Electronic Dog Fence for Your Yard?


Maybe you’ve just moved to a new home, or you’re thinking about getting that puppy your kids are always asking for? Maybe you simply want more peace of mind than continuing to trust your dog not to stray too far from home? Whatever the case, as with any safety concern, choosing a fence isn’t a decision to take lightly. If you’re thinking beyond the standard fence option and considering an invisible dog fence, how do you know if it’s the right solution? Here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide on this major purchase.


Do You Have Several Acres of Land?

If you have a large yard consisting of several - even up to 100 - acres of land, an electronic dog fence might be a smart solution for you. One of the main problems with fencing in so much land is the cost. Standard fence sections simply cost much more than extra wire for an electronic dog fence. When you have that much of a perimeter, it also makes it extremely difficult to check for damage, especially if you’re in a storm-prone area. An electronic dog fence system will notify you as soon as there’s a break in the wire that could allow your dog to get out.


Is Your Dog Determined to Escape?

For dogs that are determined to escape, an invisible dog fence is generally a more reliable option than a standard fence. Some dogs, for example, simply love to dig, and they will burrow underneath any standard fence. With an electric dog fence, your dog will be unable to dig underneath the boundary or cross it in any other crafty way. The warning tones emitted by their e-collar, if ignored, are followed by a mild static shock. Most owners of canine escape artists have found that an invisible dog fence is a great solution to the problem of disappearing dogs.


Do You Have Off-Limits Areas in Your Yard?

One of the best uses for an electric dog fence is to create exclusion areas within the yard. Most dog owners would like their dogs to have the ability to freely roam the yard, but are unable to allow them to do so because of various obstacles. For example, digging dogs can wreak havoc on backyard gardens or flower beds, and backyard chickens can be terrorized by dogs. Ponds, lakes, farming machinery, or fertilizer storage could be present dangers. Keeping your dog away from these things isn’t always an easy task, especially when you don’t want to obstruct your own view or access with a large standard fence in the middle of the yard.


If any of these scenarios apply to you, you might benefit from an electric dog fence. There are many different configurations an electric dog fence can take, so it’s easy to create boundaries anywhere they’re needed. If an electronic dog fence encloses your entire yard, you can create exclusion zones within it. If you already have an adequate standard fence, you can still create off-limits areas by installing and training your dog on an invisible dog fence.


Is Your Dog Aggressive?

Some dogs are aggressive and simply don’t respond to e-collars when their prey drive is heightened or their sense of security is threatened. If your dog is known to bite or be aggressive, they could be a liability to you and a danger to the community if they escape your yard. In this case, do not rely solely on an invisible dog fence to keep your dog contained. Even if your aggressive dog responds well to e-collar training, invisible dog fences do not prevent children, animals, or strangers from entering your yard. The safest solution is actually to use a double barrier of both an electronic dog fence and a tall standard fence.


Do You Have a Modest Budget?

Many standard fences are cost prohibitive, especially if you have a large yard. A lack of funds, however, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the safety of your dog. A DIY electric fence can be installed in one weekend, even if you’re inexperienced with completing home improvement projects on your own. Installing an invisible dog fence by yourself will save you at least $1200 on professional installation costs. You’ll only have to purchase the electric dog fence system, which can be as low as $300 for a top-of-the-line system.


Can You Commit to Training Your Dog?

The most important thing about considering an electronic dog fence is to be honest about your level of commitment. Simply put, invisible dog fences do not work if your dog is not properly trained. Training can take about 30 minutes per day for two weeks, and you must follow the training procedure exactly. If you aren’t sure you’ll have the time or dedication to training, do not purchase an electronic dog fence. Dogs who are properly trained will not experience the corrective shock at all during normal use. Dogs who are inadequately trained will often experience the correction, which can lead to stress, misbehavior, and even refusal to go outside.


If you decide that an electronic dog fence is the way to go, be sure to compare and contrast the many makes and models of dog fences before you purchase one. There are many different features to consider; such as adjustable correction levels, battery backup, maximum range, and remote training; and you want to be sure to choose the type that’s best for your dog and your yard. There is also the option of a wireless dog fence, which is easiest to install and is portable. No matter what containment method you decide, the important thing is that you have your dog’s best interests at heart and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.


If you think an electronic dog fence might be a good choice for your yard, or you want to learn more, visit Dog Fence DIY - our partner in dog containment education.

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*I was contacted by Dog Fence DIY and was paid for this post, however, I made sure that my voice was heard and was under no obligation to post something I didn't like or agree with. As, always, all opinions are my own.


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