If you want your dog to be able to roam freely on your yard, then you need to install a fence to prevent your dog from going out into the streets. Aside from preventing your dog from going out, the fence can also help to keep intruders away. If you live near the woods, there are probably some wild animals that are lurking in the area waiting to attack your pooch. Indeed, having a dog fence is one way to keep your dog safe and protected at all times.
When installing a fence for your dog, you need to plan the type of fence that you should install.
So here are the different types of fences for dogs along with their pros and cons.
Invisible dog fences are electric powered fences that are installed under the ground. Thus, it remains invisible since there won’t be any physical barrier that will be installed in your yard. If your dog will attempt to go near the boundary, it will transmit a signal to its collar and will trigger a beep. This will result in a mild electric shock that will prevent your dog from crossing the boundary.
For this fence, there will be a receiver collar that your dog should wear. This is quite expensive, which is why some intruders steal it. Also, there are some dogs that ignore the mild shock that the collar produces. Dogs are curious creatures and will do their best to get close to something that will catch their attention.
Picket fences are more attractive than a traditional wooden fence. It can serve as an excellent barrier in your yard to prevent your dog from going out. The fence is usually made of wood but will not block the view entirely, which is why it’s a much better choice. But there’s a possibility that your pooch could squeeze through the opening and wild animals might be able to get through it as well, so it’s not completely safe.
The wireless fence is just like the invisible fence but it will not require you to install any wire under the ground. For this device, there will be a transmitter that will emit a signal in a certain area. Once the dog comes near the area, the transmitter will send a signal to the collar and will trigger a beep and a mild electric shock.
The split-rail fence is another great alternative to wooden fencing. This fence consists of several rows of wooden posts that are attached to each other with wooden bars. However, this fence is not an effective deterrent for dogs that are good at tunneling their way below the wooden bars or in between. But you can address this issue by attaching a wire mesh fabric in between the bars.
Traditional wooden fences are the most expensive option and take some time for the installation. Nevertheless, they can serve as a useful barrier in your yard, preventing intruders from getting in while discouraging your pooch from jumping out. A 6-feet fence should be enough to confine large sized dogs.
The biggest disadvantage aside from being expensive is that wooden fences require maintenance so they don’t rot over time. Also, these fences could completely block the view from your yard, which may not be a good option.
Snow fences are wire mesh fabric that is attached to posts. This is a much cheaper option than the wooden fence and picket fence, yet it’s effective in keeping small intruders away. But this option is not hard wearing and is not guaranteed to last for a long time.
Chain Link Fences
Chain link fences are those fences that have heavy chain links attached to rows of posts. The chain links are made of metal wire, which is durable and long lasting. Thus, it can withstand the harsh weather conditions outdoors and daily wear and tear. The biggest disadvantage is that this fence is costly.