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Dog fence

Getting a dog fence

Dog owners need to consider how having a dog may affect the neighbors, or how the dog will react to outside influences if he should escape from their property.

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Dogs that are prone to jumping over garden walls and roaming free are a liability and a nuisance and may even cause accidents if they are not controlled properly. Dogs are also in danger of being teased by people passing by if they are accessible and this can cause them great distress.

Fences, both seen and unseen, keep dogs where they belong. There are many dog fencing systems available to satisfy personal needs, zoning, and aesthetic requirements. When beginning your search for the ideal fencing method, it is important to look for the most practical fence to suit your situation. Base your decision on the type of dog that you have or are planning to acquire, as this will then determine the height that you need as well as the most practical material. Be sure to check your community regulations to see if there are any restrictions on height or materials used. Generally a height of about 6 ft is sufficient for most big dogs.

Traditional Dog Fencing

The choice of traditional seen fences includes:

  • Masonry walls are expensive but are the ideal way to fence a large dog in. Although masonry walls can be made to look quite attractive, they may not be a good choice if you wish to maintain the maximum view from your yard. They can be made out of cement blocks or bricks.
  • Picket fences are ideal if you want a strong dog retainer but don’t wish to obscure your view completely. These fences consist of narrow slats of wood nailed upright on a solid wood frame. Installed at the proper height for your breed, they are a very strong dog containment system. They can span the gaps in a solid wall or stockade fence. They offer the strength of wood yet don’t totally block the view. Picket fences are rather expensive, though not as costly as a wall or privacy fence. They are fairly good looking, do not prevent people from poking things at the dog, but may be prohibited by some zoning laws.
  • Split-rail fences are a good mid-price fence that provides a much more open view. They usually consist of wooden brace posts joined by two or more wooden cross rails. This fence looks nice and is often incorporated into professional landscape designs. Split rail fences provide a very strong base, but fabric must be added inside the fence to confine the dog. Otherwise, he will scoot under or through the rails. (Make sure the fabric is added inside the fence or the dog may be able to climb to rails and ooze over the top.) The fabric becomes almost invisible, particularly if shrubbery is planted along the fence line. Cost is midway between expensive solid fences and cheaper fabric fences. It combines well with other fencing and can be used to dress up the more visible portions of a fenced yard.
  • Chain link fences are fairly expensive but very long lasting. It is a strong deterrent for dogs trying to get out and intruders trying to get in!
  • Snow fences are a cheaper option but also very effective. They are not as long lasting as some of the other choices. It is composed of low-gauge wire fabric of two-inch by four-inch rectangles. It is available in various heights and is installed on a series of brace posts and t-posts. The fabric must be stretched when it is installed to ensure added strength. The nice thing about snow fences is they hardly obstruct your view, and the openings are small enough that even small dogs can’t poke a head, paw, or other body parts through the fence. Be aware that the lower gauge wire of this fence can rust through, so periodic checking for holes is necessary.
  • Farm fence or sheep fence is the cheapest fence and fabric that will restrain a dog. The fabric is loosely woven, narrow-gauge wire with larger rectangles at the top and smaller ones at the bottom. It comes in various heights and is installed over brace posts and t-posts. It must be stretched for strength as it is installed.This is the cheapest fence that will confine large breeds and, while not beautiful, it barely obstructs the view. The bad points of this fence are that the narrow-gauge wire corrodes, so it must be checked and repaired; a medium-sized dog can stick her head through the holes at head height, and, if so inclined, could nip a passerby; a small dog can walk through the bottom holes; and many urban communities prohibit this type of fence.

Types of Electronic Dog Fences

Unseen Border Fences for Dogs

In addition to conventional options such as wooden, rail, or chain link fences, one of the newer and increasingly popular alternatives is an underground wired or wireless pet fence, better known as a pet containment system. A pet containment system creates an invisible barrier that your dog learns not to pass, and is a safe and humane way to accustom your dog to his boundaries. However, it won’t work without training from the owner.

Underground dog fences – Wired Underground Pet Containment Fencing Systems:

Wireless dog fences – Wireless Pet Containment Systems

Dog Fence and training – Fencing and training system in one.

Electronic dog fence tips and advice

Electric dog fences – Training Your Dog to Learn the Containment System’s Corrective Field:
Pros and cons of electronic dog fences
Things to keep in mind
The bottom line

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