If you live in a house that has a yard, a plausible option would be to have a dog fence to keep your dog enclosed. Dogs, even when well trained, will have that curiosity to explore the outside world. When they leave your property without your supervision, there are many risks that can affect the safety and health of your dog.
Dog fences also keep strangers and other animals from approaching your dog.
Important points to explore before considering a dog fence:
- Zoning regulations – The first thing you must check out is the local zoning violations. Certain communities will only allow certain kinds of fence installations. It would be costly to buy and install expensive dog fencing only to take it down after receiving a notice about zoning violations, in your mail.
- What kind of a dog do you have? – The second step that you should pay attention to when choosing dog fences is to look at the breed of dog you have. Can your dog jump high? How big is he and can he crawl through holes that will be found in certain types of dog fencing? These are factors you will have to remember when buying fencing for your dog.
- What is your budget? – Though you would like to buy the best fencing for your dog, your budget might only allow you to purchase a fence of lower quality. In some cases, when your budget is really low, it might be a good idea to explore the possibility of scaling down the size of your yard to a more manageable area. This will of course limit your dog’s freedom, although it will allow you to protect your dog with whatever budget you have disposable.
- Lastly, you also want to make sure that the fencing you install is pleasing to the eye. Though the primary function of the dog fence will be to protect your dog, it won’t be ideal if your fence particularly is an eyesore.
Different Types of Dog Fences
This is usually the most commonly used type of dog fencing. It is not very expensive and is very effective as well, if installed properly. This type of fencing will first require the installation of fence posts along the perimeter of your yard. Once the fence posts are in place, a mesh is stapled to each one of these posts, without any slack, to create a fool proof fence.
Poor installations of a mesh fence will allow your dog to find weak spots it can gnaw away at and attempt to escape through. If you are buying a mesh fence, it is recommended you allow professionals to install it.
-Invisible electric fences
As the name suggests, an electric fence is a type of fence that uses a sort of a force field to keep the dog in. There are no physical barriers, although your dog will get a small, harmless jolt of electricity when it approaches the imaginary fence. Since your dog won’t like the jolt, he won’t go near the invisible boundary and thus stay inside.
Though these kinds of fences are legal, a lot of people pass on them as they think it is cruelty to pass electric shock, even in small doses, to their dogs. This type of fence is also a little inconvenient in the sense that the dog will always have to wear a certain collar that comes with the electric fence, or otherwise the fence would be ineffective.
-Chain link fence
This is probably your best bet if you are looking for something that is fairly affordable, fool proof, and also aesthetic. Chain link fences now come in a wide variety of colors and are fairly easy to install and maintain as well. They are sturdy and cannot be easily broken or damaged. It is a little more expensive than mesh type fences, although chain links will last longer than mesh type fences.