For dog owners, a fenced in yard can be a dream come true. Having a fence around your property means that your dogs can be let outside without being tied up or put on a leash. You can let them out to take care of their business without having to accompany them on a walk. They can get the exercise they need running around the yard without your having to be out there with them. A fenced in yard is a great way to give your dogs the things they need.
But fences are not perfect, and it’s possible for a dog to escape even a fenced in yard. Jailbreaks of this nature could lead to incidents such as the terrorizing of a neighbor or fellow dog or the loss of your beloved pet. So if you’re considering putting in a fence to contain your dog, first, read up on what kind of fence design will keep them in best.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fencing is a popular choice when it comes to containing your dog because it is a less expensive type of fencing. For many dogs, this type of fencing will prove insurmountable. Dog owners should take care, though, because smart or large dogs have been known to find their way around chain link fences by climbing or burrowing. Keep an eye on your dog after the fence is installed and see if he is taking his new confines in stride or if he seems to be looking for the way out.
Invisible fences are increasingly popular among dog owners as a way of containing their dogs without affecting the way their property looks. An invisible fence works by administering a small shock to the dog when it reaches the boundary line. The shock system conditions dogs to stay within their confinement area. By and large, this is a good way to contain a dog.
However, it does have its flaws. The biggest flaw is that the shock system is linked to a collar the dog wears, which means there’s nothing to stop anyone else from crossing the barrier—including curious humans and other dogs. If your dog is prone to aggression, this could be a very bad choice, because small children who haven’t learned to be cautious around strange dogs could come running onto your property to play.
Wood or Vinyl Fencing
The top choice for dog confinement seems to be wood or vinyl fencing, and with good reason. These two materials are sturdy enough to contain virtually all dogs, and Ozark Fence in Missouri gives this choice their seal of approval. In addition to being a strong containment option, wood and vinyl fences provide privacy. This goes both ways—if your dog is a barker, he’s less likely to catch sight of the neighbors and raise a ruckus. The neighbors are also spared having to watch him take care of his doggie business.
No fencing option is perfect. Finding the right one is a matter of assessing your budget and understanding your dog and his needs. A fencing professional will be able to discuss your options with you in more detail and help you make the right choice for yourself and your best friend.