Are you in the market for a fence for dogs?Â If you own a dog, chances are you are having to find some means of containing your dog.Â The old traditional method of safe and humane containment is the conventional wire or wooden fence.Â Is this still the best way to keep your dogs at home, safe in your yard?Â I will let you decide.
First of all, what is a traditional fence for dogs?Â A traditional fence could be a wooden/pvc privacy fence, a wooden/pvc split rail (has to have wire to keep your dogs in), a chain link fence, or even a brick or wrought iron fence.Â A traditional fence for dogs of this nature can start at a couple of thousands of dollars and go much, much higher … if you have one installed correctly.Â Correctly means installing a fence that minimizes the chance for a dog to dig under it or jump over it.Â That means you have to build your fence so that it goes underground enough to discourage dogs from digging under it.Â It also means you have to make it high enough so that your dog doesnâ€™t jump over it or climb out of it.
Even after you build a dog fence to these standards, there is still no guarantee it will keep your dog in the yard.Â Dogs can be pretty smart when there is something on the other side of the fence worth getting to.Â And, this can very frustrating for you, the dog owner.Â I’ve been in that exactÂ situation many, many years ago.
Let’s say that you build a fence for dogs that accomplishes the above.Â The next thing to consider is a gate to get in and out of the fence.Â You have to make sure your gate canâ€™t be dug under or jumped over as this becomes the weakest link in your fence system.
Do you have children?Â Are you forgetful?Â Have you got a dog proof latch?Â Even if the fence for dogs does what it is supposed to do, there is no defense for leaving the gate open or not latched securely.Â I can promise you that your dog will be at that gate a great deal of the time because they see you going in and out of the gate and realize that is the portal to all things outside.
When looking for a fence, there are many reasons to have a conventional fence; but, there are just as many reasons not to have a conventional fence when the sole purpose is containing your dog.
Personally, I solved my fence for dogs problem many years ago with electronic underground dog fencing.Â It is safe, humane and cost effective if you choose the right company.Â The right company is one offered and trained by real pet professionals and offers a full one year dog containment guarantee.
Call 1-800-777-3647 to learn why Contain-A-Pet offers the best value in electronic fencing today for your containment needs.
Feb 06, 2011 | | Dog and Cat Fencing
Is your dog jumping fence?Â There are literally thousands of canine escape artists out there.Â Every day some poor owner is having to take off of work, apologize to the neighbors or spend half the day (or night) looking for their dog again.Â All because the fence they spent hundreds or thousands of dollars to keep their dog safely contained is not working.
Are you one of these dog owners?
It doesn’t have to be that way.Â An underground dog fenceÂ may be the answer to stopping your dog from jumping the fence … if you do your homework.
Why does an electric dog fence seem to be an answer?
You have to understand how the fence works. Typically, you lay the fence wire around your yard, in a complete loop.Â You hook the wire to the fence transmitter which in turn sends a radio signal around the property.Â You dog or cat would wear an electronic collar.Â As your pet gets close to the system, your collar wakes up and will beep/correct him if he gets too close to the fence (within 2-4 feet).
With the “proper conditioning“, your pet will know he has gone to far and return to the safety of his yard.
Did you see the “proper conditioning” term above?Â You just don’t go out and shock the heck out of your pet.Â You teach and condition him where the boundary is.
Once properly trained, your pet will not get close to the fence.Â If you do this part right and maintain the pet containment system, you will solve the dog jumping fence problem.
The hard part is finding the right electric pet fence.
There is a whole series of dog articles written by a certified professional master dog trainer that will help you find the company that fits your situation best.Â Go to Dog Fence Reviews to read more.
Mar 01, 2009 | | Dog and Cat Fencing
Does the Electric Dog Fence work in the snow? The answer is yes … and no. Read on to find out more:
The electric dog fence does actually work in the snow as long as power is to the unit. There are a couple of things that dog and cat owners need to be aware of. They are listed below:
What is the signal field of the electric dog fence transmitter set to? If the signal field is set at 3-4 feet and you have snow drifts of a couple of feet of snow or more, the field range is less than half of the distance it normally is. This can cause a dog to run through a field if he tests the system on a regular basis.
This is why Contain-A-Pet (www.containapet.com) believes that in most instances a dog should be trained not to test the dog fence on a regular basis. If he tests the system and it does not beep or correct him, he very well may be run out of his yard.
Will a dog run through the electric dog fence when snow is on the ground? It is possible. As a dog trainer, I tell my clients that dogs learn in environments and scenarios. When an environment changes, a dog reverts back to his base nature or instinct. Thus running through the dog fence is possible.
In addition, dogs learn their boundaries by sense of smell. The initial electric dog fence training helps them to lay their scent track, thus establishing a boundary. Adding inches of snow over the boundary can result in their scent being lost or covered up.
The best thing we can do is to take the time to show our dog his dog fence boundaries with snow on the ground a few times. That should be adequate with most dogs.
This is just another reason why we feel having certified dog training professionals selling, servicing and training dogs on the electric dog fence is so important. Contain-A-Pet is the only electric fence company in the world that makes its new dealers become a certified dog trainer.
If you have another question regarding snow and the electric dog fence, just make a comment.Â We will be happy to try to answer it.
Jan 23, 2009 | | Dog and Cat Fencing, General Pet Info