pet ownership starts with keeping your pet safe and protecting him
from dangers both inside and outside your house. In addition, pet
containment can be used for training and keep him protected while
term “pet containment” refers to a variety of ways that people contain
or confine their pets. It covers all sorts of products – fences
(traditional wood, metal, or cement wall), crates and cages, electronic
fences, gates, kennels, runs, doors, dog runs, pens, and dog houses
– all will restrain your pet from straying away from your yard.
you have ever found yourself driving around your neighborhood, calling
out the window for the family dog, you’ve probably thought about
is also important to think about your reasons for containing your
pet – whether to keep your pet secure at night or while you are
away, to provide a safe outdoor space in your yard, for training,
or travel. Several choices for outdoor and indoor pet containment
are available. This article will help you find the type of pet containment
appropriate for your pet while taking into account his personality,
and the type of containment specific to your needs.
kennels are available in crate or cage form. These are used to housebreak
puppies, to secure your pets when you are away, and to help your
pet learn to calm down at night.
inside a vehicle includes barriers or seat belts that protect your
pet from danger while riding in the car.
and travel carriers can be used on airplanes, car trips, or even
as a temporary indoor kennel. Be sure that the carrier is large
enough for your pet to turn around comfortably. During travel, provide
access to water and let pets out as often as possible.
containment generally denotes a method or means of containing your
pet in a larger area such as the yard, or a room in the house, preventing
him from leaving the area, while allowing him freedom of movement
within it. There are many reasons why you as a pet owner might want
and need to do this – including:
By confining your pet to a specific area, you are actually granting
him more freedom than if he were crated, or tied to a chain. You
are also giving yourself freedom from having your pet underfoot
where and when you don’t want him to be.
– Safe haven. Knowing his boundaries will give your pet a sense
of security in knowing where his place is, a place where he can
go to feel safe.
– Preventing damage. Some pets can cause mischief or even harm to
your home, especially when left alone. If this is a problem for
you, you can select and define the area your pet has access to,
thus limiting any potential mischief he may cause.
– Segregation. You may need to keep your pet away from other pets,
from children, the mailman, your houseguests, or any other people
you don’t want him to be near, and having a pet containment system
in place will help you to do that easily.
– Protection. Your pet also needs protection from dangers indoors
and out, such as wandering off and getting lost, possibly consuming
poisons, getting hit by a car or fighting with the neighbor’s pets.
It’s also the neighborly thing to do!
By using a containment system outside, you are giving your pet a
place where he can move more freely and get the exercise he needs.
– Law. Many localities have laws against allowing pets to roam free,
and you will need to devise a way to contain your pet in order to
comply with these laws and avoid being served a citation and/or
having to bail your four-legged friend out of pet jail.
you’ve decided you’re going to get a pet containment system, you’ll
need to make a decision as to what type, or combination of types
will best suit your and your pets’ needs. There are several from
which to choose, with enough variety that you will likely be able
to find something that will meet your specific requirements.
barriers can be made of plastic, wood, fabric or a combination of
all these. They may bar a hallway, the doorway to a room, or even
fence off a portion of a room. Outdoor containment means a fence
or wall, and can be made of anything you’d ordinarily make any fence
out of, such as boards, post and wire, chain link, masonry, pickets,
or slats. It can include your whole yard, or just a run or smaller
area. Things to keep in mind with any fencing material – indoor
or outside – are your pet’s size; habits such as chewing, jumping,
digging; your convenience; and your budget. A fence can be a significant
investment, so if you’re concerned about cost, and don’t need a
physical barrier or fence for other reasons, you might want to consider
one of the other alternatives for pet containment.
Electronic pet containment systems are of two types:
or “hidden fences” consist of a wire buried underground around
the perimeter of your yard, or any area you wish, such as a garden
or swimming pool. Flags are placed in strategic locations to give
you and your pet a visual reference to the location of the perimeter.
The wire is combined with an electronic “containment collar,” which
has a receiver that detects when your pet is getting close to the
wire, and delivers an audible warning sound. If your pet keeps going
toward the wire, the collar then delivers a mild electric shock,
enough to get your pet’s attention, but not painful – similar to
the feeling of static electricity. If he continues, the intensity
of the stimulation will increase until he stops and goes back. Pets
quickly learn to stay within the boundaries of the wire.
containment systems consist of a transmitter (or several) together
with a collar receiver. In operation they’re similar to the wired
systems, but easier to install. The main advantage of a wireless
system is its ease of installation and flexibility in that you can
move the transmitter wherever you like, including in the house or
outside, and even taking it with you when you travel. Another good
point is that some systems can protect an area as small as one piece
of furniture, a room, an area, or your entire yard. However, a drawback
is that the area covered is usually smaller, and in a pre-defined
shape, i.e. a circular radius around the transmitter. This makes
it hard to include all the corners of your yard, put the edge at
a particular place, or accommodate oddly shaped areas.
addition to the basics, there are a number of accessories or extra
features available for electronic pet containment systems, most
of which are designed to protect the system from various types of
failures. Both wired and wireless systems are electronic, meaning
they operate by electricity. There are several potential problems
that can interfere with electrically powered devices, and that includes
your pet containment system. Consider that if the system fails,
your pet will be free to wander outside the perimeter. Without the
reminder of his collar, this can happen even if he is well-trained
and accustomed to his area.
– A surge protector can protect your system from power surges in
your home’s AC current, caused by your power company or some other
– Lightning protection will guard against lightning, and also the
static buildup in the atmosphere during an electrical storm, which
can play havoc with electrical systems.
– A battery backup or UPS (uninterruptible power supply) can give
you piece of mind by ensuring that if the power fails altogether
your system will remain operational.
– An audible line break warning system is for wired systems. This
type of system is a closed loop of wire. Therefore, if the wire
breaks, the system fails. An audible warning can alert you to this
problem. Once you know there’s a problem, then you can use an
RF choke device available at most electronic stores, to locate and
repair the problem by using the device with an AM radio. You can,
of course, install an electronic pet containment system without
these devices, but just keep in mind that then you will need to
continuously monitor the transmitter yourself to ensure it’s working
are several different ways and means of installing and/or using
electronic pet containment systems for different needs and preferences.
First, just lay out the wire around the area you want, but leave
it out and above ground until you’ve tested it to make sure it’s
working. Then, just take a shovel or an edger to cut a very thin,
shallow (one – two inch) cut in the ground, put the wire in it and
then pat the edges of the earth back down over the wire. Remember,
the wire has to be a closed loop, so if you encounter obstacles
like a driveway or sidewalk, you can either run the wire through
or under existing cracks or drainage pipes.
ways to install a wired system include:
installation including front yard and back yard, around the entire
perimeter of your lot. This will give your pet access to the house
and the greatest possible area.
– Back yard only. This will restrict the size of the area to which
your pet has access. But remember, since the wire must be a loop,
it also has the drawback of denying him access to the house.
– Double loop installations, or using two or more separate loops
of wire, can cost a little more, but have the advantage of flexibility
in allowing you to more precisely define an area. For example, you
could enclose the house and back yard, while restricting access
to a pool, patio, or flower garden.
– You could also combine an electronic fence with a physical one
for extra protection. Just be sure not to install a wire too close
to a chain link or other metal fence.
– A gate blocking setup allows you to just restrict access to a
small area, such as a gate or opening in an existing fence.
a wireless pet containment system is as easy as putting the transmitter
in a room and turning it on, then putting the receiver collar on
your pet. Though a wireless system is not as flexible as a wired
one in terms of shape or selection of confinement area, there are
a couple of different ways to install these systems to maximize
what flexibility they do have.
ways to install a wireless system include:
transmitter. These setups create one circular containment area.
For instance, if your home is fairly centered on a square lot, then
you could put the transmitter inside your home, with the containment
area being approximately your whole yard. The size of the area will
vary with the strength of the transmitter, so you’ll need to check
the specifications for any specific model you’re considering to
make sure the size is appropriate for your needs. Some models are
adjustable, allowing you to customize the area depending on the
– Double or multiple transmitter installations allow you to define
two or more areas, either conjoined or completely separate. With
overlapping systems, your pet can pass from one zone to another
without receiving a correction. Installed separately, you can put
him in one place or another without have to re-set up each time.
For example, you might have one system set up in the garage so your
dog can be with you there, and another in the back yard, turning
off whichever one is not in use. For indoor use, you can put one
or more transmitters in different areas to keep your pet off furniture,
away from doorways, or just confined to a certain room.
the system will include periodic monitoring to ensure it’s working
properly, as well as physically checking the wire for signs of wear.
Make sure any backup systems are charged regularly, and be sure
to replace or recharge the batteries in the receiver collar on a