As dog owners I think we can all agree that we want our dogs to be happy, healthy, and safe, above all else. Our dogs are family members, and we do whatever it takes to ensure they’re taken care of and loved well. We know that the mental and physical health of our dogs are equally important, which means they need plenty of time and space to exercise and explore.
In order to encourage our dogs to run and roam, we need to give them adequate time outside off of their leashes. If you’re fortunate enough to have a yard for your dog to use, you know how important it is to keep them inside of its bounds. A traditional fence or an electric dog fence are two options you have for enclosing your property. Many people are reluctant to use wired fences and e-collars with their dogs, but there are certain advantages to an electronic dog fence that may not be immediately apparent. Here are some of those instances in which an electric, or “invisible,” fence may actually be a smart choice for your dog and yard.
They Reliably Contain the Most “Difficult” Dogs
Certain breeds of dogs are more motivated to escape from your yard, simply because of their history of being bred as working dogs. Hunting dogs, for example, are naturally inclined to chase the other animals they see outside their yard. Other dogs, such as terriers, love to dig. A traditional fence may not be enough to contain dogs that are insistent upon chasing or digging. An electric dog fence, however, will deter those types of dogs from even reaching the boundaries of your yard. They cannot dig under or jump over an invisible dog fence. Dogs that are particularly aggressive may also find ways to infiltrate a traditional fence, and therefore the most aggressive dogs are usually best contained with both a traditional and an electric fence.
Any dog that is over six months old, in good health, and not pregnant, can be taught to understand a wired fence. In under two weeks, with just 15-30 minutes of training per day, a dog will learn their boundaries. If they get too close, a beeping sound will deter them. They will not even feel the mild static shock of their e-collar after training unless they willfully cross their boundaries. Even dogs that are difficult to train will respond to this training procedure when it’s followed correctly and consistently.
They’re Versatile Enough for Large or Unique Properties
If you have a very large property, farm, or ranch, it is often impractical and expensive to enclose it with traditional fencing. You may also need to level out your grounds or clear difficult terrain to make a suitable base for a traditional fence. A wireless dog fence is versatile enough to make enclosing a large property much easier. It’s also better for properties that have odd shapes.
Sometimes a traditional fence will negatively impact the value and appeal of your property. Tall fences can obscure scenic views or reduce the aesthetics of your landscaping. An underground dog fence can be installed to keep your dog safe without changing the look of your yard.
They Can Save You Money on Installation and Maintenance
Traditional fencing can be very expensive, and a bigger yard will cost even more money to enclose. An invisible dog fence can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars throughout the lifetime of your dog. If you want to save even more, it’s easy to install an electric dog fence by yourself. Reading the instructions and installing the fence will take only one or two days to complete. Not only will you save initially, you’ll also save on maintenance in the future because you’ll understand your fence and be able to fix it yourself. Underground dog fences are less prone to damage, too, because they won’t be knocked over by falling trees, chewed on by animals, or affected by the weather.
The PetSafe YardMax invisible fence, for example, costs less than $300 to purchase and install on your own. If you prefer, you can hire a professional installer for a few hundred dollars more. This type of fence can enclose up to 10 acres of land. A traditional fence for a property that size will easily cost thousands of dollars just to purchase, and even more to install.
While e-collars and electronic fences may not be the preferred choice for everyone, there are clear instances in which it can be advantageous to use them. Before you make a decision, weigh the pros and cons, and do your research. In the end, you’ll choose whatever fencing solution is best for you, your yard, and most importantly, your dog.
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