Dog Fences

In the US, most states have laws and statutes requiring owners to either leash or contain their dogs. An owner who does not comply with these laws runs the risk of a citation from the dog. He may also be held liable for damages caused to other people by the dog during one of its excursions.

Keeping your dog leashed or contained should not be too difficult. But, it gets pretty tiring having to walk your dog every time he needs to relieve himself. As a result, many owners just tie their pets in the backyard.

This solves the problem, but causes another problem to arise. While this keeps your dog at home, it leaves him vulnerable to teasings from children and other dogs. This, in turn, could cause aggressive behavior, not to mention excessive barking. Moreover, keeping them leashed all the time increases the risk of strangulation from the rope or injury from fighting with other dogs.

This is where dog fences come in.

Dog Fence 101
In Europe, the most common type of containment barrier is a wall. Europeans weren’t big on fences as this left them too vulnerable to enemies from outside. However, when the Europeans came to America to settle, they did not have enough resources or manpower to create high walls reminiscent of the castles medieval Europe. As a result, they had to resort to something small-scale, and thus fences were born.

Later on, Americans became so used to the unobstructed view of the vast plains surrounding them that they developed the fabric fence, which minimized interference with the wide and open spaces.

Most systems for dog fences are expensive. However, you can cut off costs by choosing to fence only a small area of your backyard. The most important consideration is the length of the fenced area. It should be long enough to enable your dog to run up and down during exercise or play.

Fencing Concerns
One concern that owners have about dog fences is whether the dog would be able to jump over it or dig under it. While this is a reason for concern, don’t worry too much about it. A dog, especially a puppy, can be trained to respect the fence. And if you have a problem with dogs digging along the fence, you can solve it by filling a trench along the perimeter of the fence with concrete.

Fence Types
There are many factors that affect the type of dog fences to use. These include the size of your dog, its breed, aesthetic appearance of the fence, and your own personal taste. But most important of all, you want functionality in your dog fences.

Think about why you decided to get a fence in the first place. If your purpose was to prevent the dog from getting out, then you want a good and sturdy fence that is high enough to discourage jumping over. You may also want to consider a fence that stops your dog from digging under it in order to escape.

A fencing system, such as wireless dog fences, can offer you some help with that. This type of dog fences is composed of two basic units: the fencing system and a collar for your dog. The collar comes with a sensor so that when your dog comes too close to the fence, the fencing system will emit a low-frequency sound that your dog will find unpleasant and cause it to run away from the fence.

Another type of dog fences is an invisible dog fence. Like a wireless dog fence, it operates with a collar for your dog and sensors, only the fence itself is hidden or buried under the ground. If your dog gets too close to the fence, the system will either cause an unpleasant smell to emit from the dog collar or send out a mild electric shock.

All these methods are not meant to hurt your dog. As a matter of fact, your dog would end up more surprised than hurt and learn very quickly that he’s not supposed to approach the fence.

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