The Pluses And Minuses Of The Various Dog Fencing Solutions

Dog fencing can take a few different forms. The conventional method is to put up a wood or chain link fence around your backyard. A higher tech version is to install a fenceless boundary where the dog receives a small shock when they attempt to exit the yard. There are pluses and minuses to consider for both of these methods.

This article on Angie’s List provides some food for thought on how you should keep your dog on your property. If you go for a wooden fence they can look very nice. The problems are that you need to maintain the fence and a dedicated dog can dig under it in order to escape. They could even possibly swallow splinters if they chew the wood which can result in a big veterinary bill.
Chain link fences can’t be chewed through by a dog. However, the fence needs to be high enough that the dog can’t leap over it. They are also not that aesthetically pleasing to look at, especially if they start to rust due to exposure to rain. Mesh fencing is another option, highly resistant to chewing, but again it’s not that great to look at.

An electronic dog fence can be a good option with some caveats. You install the fence system in the ground wherever you don’t want the dog to pass through. This is a set of cables that are attached to a power source. There are flags you can put above ground that let the dog know where they can’t pass. The dog wears a receiver collar that zaps them with a mild shock when they try to cross the plane of the underground fence.

If the zap isn’t strong enough to deter the dog there are several stronger zaps that will eventually get through to the dog where they cannot pass. The collars can be easily recharged. The zap does not cause pain to your dog but instead gives it an uncomfortable stimulation that they want to avoid.

Nowadays there are also wireless electronic dog fencing systems. You don’t have to bury any wires but rather plug some transmitters into your outdoor electrical outlets. You are able to move these around and can set up different fences where you need them to be placed. Along with the flags, the dog will learn where they are not supposed to go.

When it comes to dog fencing aspen co, one thing to think about with a fenceless system is that although your dog won’t want to leave the yard it doesn’t stop other animals and people coming in. This means neighborhood dogs can still attack your dog, something that a wooden or chain link fence can prevent. Wild animals can also enter as can children. If your dog biting someone is a concern a wireless fence probably isn’t the best option.

More about dog fencing can be read about in this Wikipedia entry. There’s a lot to consider what will work best in your situation. A lot of this will depend on the dog itself and what solution provides the best way of containing the dog where it belongs.