All dogs need their playtime. Giving our fur-babies their time outside to run around is crucial for their health and happiness! Do you work away from home and need to keep your doggie up all day? Then installing a fence is an excellent idea to give them space to run, but which fence is best? There are new products out there, such as invisible fences some pet owners are turning to it, but if you’re new to the fence game, then we’ve got you covered. Here is everything you need to know about invisible fences for your fur-child.
Why do you need a fence?
If you live in a neighborhood then you may have seen that one dog whose owners never seem to keep him contained. He runs freely and this can be a safety concern if a situation were to take place.
The good thing about owning a fence is that it offers your dog room to run and play while keeping them close by at the same time! If the fence is installed properly, you also do not have to worry about the possibility of them breaking free.
Most pet parents install a fence around their backyard to give their dogs a place to run and exercise without having to take them to a dog park. This can be a saving grace when your schedule gets out of hand.
Fences also keep your doggie contained in an area close so you don’t have to worry about them running up to neighbors or other dogs in your neighborhood, or out into the road where they run the possibility of getting hit by a car.
Overall, owning a pet fence for your doggie poses a lot of positives!
Types of fences out there
When you go shopping for a fence, you will notice that there are different types of pet fences, and you may be wondering which one is best for your doggie. Here are the most popular types of pet fences:
- Invisible/Underground (Also known as electric fences)
It is not possible to say which one is best because it all depends on your situation and the type of fence that best suits your home and pup energy.
Wooden and chain link fences are most common and you have probably seen these in your neighborhood from time to time. Underground fences are newer fences that are becoming a popular option for pet owners for multiple reasons.
What are invisible fences like?
You may not have noticed someone has an invisible fence because as the name suggests, you can’t see them like you can the other, traditional fences.
Invisible fences are also known as electric fences because they use shocking technology to warn the dog when they are getting close to the fence’s line. Invisible fences pose a lot of pros and cons to their uses that you should consider before purchasing one.
If you are someone who does not want to install a traditional fence for the aesthetic of not having a fence, then you may like invisible fences. These products are installed underground and they can be placed in almost any kind of yard, even one with hills and water.
Invisible fences also protect your dog from the possibility of digging under or jumping over traditional fences since your dog is not able to see them, and you have flexibility with these fences as well. Traditional fences can be costly to install and when you move, you can’t take traditional fences with you like you can an invisible fence. Going on a camping vacation soon? You might be able to bring your invisible fence with you!
One of the cons to invisible fences, however, is that they require training on your part to teach your doggie how to stay in the confined area of the fence. Most invisible fence products will come with a collar your doggie wears that partners with the fence so they are shocked when they get too close to the boundaries, but some also contain a “beep” warning before the shock to warn your doggie when they are getting close.
These fences also do not keep outside animals out of the fence like they keep your doggie in the fence. So if you live in a wooded area, you should be mindful of forest critters.
You also have to keep in mind the power supply when you use an electric fence since they use power and technology instead of being simply installed.
Finding your fence
Determining which fence is right for your dog and yard is a considerable process. Before deciding on an invisible fence, you should consider the pros and cons of installing one. After all, the health and safety of your fur-child is a must!