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Pet Containment Safety Considerations

Safety considerations of physical (traditional) pet containment:

If your dog is tall make sure that the pet gate or fence you install is sufficiently high enough so he won’t be able to jump or crawl over it.

If your dog is an aggressive chewer you should choose a pet gate or fence that is made from material that he won’t be able to destroy. You should also check that it is not possible for your dog (or small child) to get his head stuck between the openings.

Always make sure that the gate is firmly attached so that your dog won’t be able to push it over or open it by leaning on it. If you are installing a pet gate on a staircase you should not get a pressure mounted pet gate. For a staircase your safest bet is to go with a hardware mounted gate so it is not possible under any circumstances for your pet to knock it over.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of ways to confine a pet. Each type has pluses and minuses. None are perfect solutions and you as a pet owner will need to evaluate each possibility based on your needs, your lifestyle, your budget, and your pet. But do choose one. With choices ranging from traditional fences to modern electronic pet containment systems, there is no reason to take chances by letting your pet roam loose. Containing your pet will keep him safer; he will lead a healthier, happier life; your neighbors will thank you; and you will be glad to have the convenience and freedom from worry.

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