May 16, 2012

There are a number of considerations when looking for a fence to contain your dog. Whether it is the type of dog you have, what your property is like, or your budget, factors contribute to which fence is the best option for your situation. Let’s take a look at the options available to you and what you should keep in mind when purchasing a fence to contain your pet.

A structural fence is a physical boundary used to contain your animal. Structural fencing comes in a variety of forms: pressure treated lumber, vinyl, and wrought iron or chain link to name a few. The temperament of the dog should be factored in when deciding on a fence structure. A physical fence can provide peace of mind when containing a pet; however, there can be restrictions from neighborhood associations as to what type of fence can be used. Visual appeal of the fence can be top priority in some neighborhoods. A homeowner should consider time and materials needed, and the cost of those materials, when building a structural fence.

An in-ground fence consists of a buried electrical wire that connects to a transmitter located in the home or garage. The system has a signal field that should be set for the temperament of your dog. This signal field is the area outside the roaming zone where the dog will be corrected either through a tone or static correction by way of the receiver collar the dog is wearing. One of the biggest considerations with using a system like this is the time invested in training your dog. Proper training is crucial to the success, and using a professional dog trainer can help alleviate some of the anxieties of this. You can learn tricks of the trade by using our Keys to Success guide.

Additionally, wireless fence systems are an option. These fences can be found in two forms – one forming a radial boundary or one forming a customized boundary. A wireless fence works by transmitting a radio signal to the desired fence boundary’s trigger zone, which corrects the dog by way of the collar. This correction takes place when the dog crosses into the trigger zone with a tone or static correction based on the setting that has been established. This correction encourages the dog to move back into the roaming area or safe area.

It is important to know that wireless dog fences have limitations in certain environments. For example, wireless fences do not work with metal buildings or aluminum siding. Other obstacles affecting its performance include extensive landscaping or densely wooded lots. In these cases a wired electric fence might be the best option.

For a quick reference check out our chart covering the considerations made when choosing a fence or visit our dog fencing options page!

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