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Most people love their pets just like members of the family, and would do anything to keep them safe from harm. If you own a dog, you know that they’re the most loving, loyal creatures. However, they’re also blissfully ignorant of the dangers in the outside world. You want your dog to be free to run and explore, but you also need to keep them on your property. If you’re considering what type of fencing to get for your yard, you have two main choices: traditional or electric. While there are benefits to both types, here are some of the reasons you might install an electric dog fence.
Keep Even the Most Stubborn Dogs Safe
When your primary motivation for installing a fence is to keep your dog safe, an electronic dog fence is a reliable choice. Unless your dog is younger than six-months-old, pregnant, or very sick, they can be trained to use an electric dog fence. Despite what some people think, electric fences will not encourage aggression or bad behavior. For the most difficult dogs, electric fences are often the best way to contain them.
Dogs that love to dig, like terriers, and dogs that love to hunt, like hounds, are particularly inclined to do well on electric fences. These types of dogs can be stubborn, and their determination can lead them to jump over, break through, and burrow under a traditional fence. Wired fences, on the other hand, will stop them from getting close enough to the perimeter of your yard to escape.
Aggressive dogs may also require an electric dog fence. For the most aggressive dogs, it’s best to combine an electric fence with a traditional fence. The extra layer of protection will stop your dog from escaping your yard when their adrenaline is pumping. For dogs that simply do not want to be contained, electric fences can be the solution you need.
Enclose Large or Uniquely Shaped Yards
For farms and ranches with lots of acreage, an underground dog fence is a practical choice. Traditional fences take a lot of preparation, time, and money to install around large yards; the earth must be evened and cleared, and you don’t save money by purchasing more fence sections. An underground dog fence is comparatively easy to install and inexpensive, because any amount of wire can be added to any containment system at little extra cost.
If your yard has a unique shape, it’s also easier to bend your wire than it is to create custom fence sections. A wireless dog fence can also be used to enclose circular perimeters. If you want to fence an oddly shaped perimeter, a wired fence offers much more flexibility than a traditional fence. It’s also much easier to change the shape or dimensions of an electric fence.
Save Money on Installation and Maintenance
Traditional fences can cost thousands of dollars. In contrast, a DIY electric dog fence can cost less than $300 total. If your budget is modest, an electric dog fence is the best choice. Usually, for such important purchases, you don’t want to go “cheap,” but a self-installed electric fence is very effective. In fact, it can be more reliable than a traditional fence, which is prone to damage.
An invisible fence is protected from the elements, severe weather, and accidental damage. In the long run, you’ll save even more money by not having to repair or replace any sections of the fence due to unforeseen circumstances. The only long-term costs associated with an electric fence are replacing e-collar batteries every year at most, and they aren’t expensive either.
Maintain Your Yard’s View and Accessibility
Finally, an electric dog fence won’t alter the architecture or landscaping of your property. If you have a great view from your yard that you don’t want to obscure, a wired dog fence will do the trick while still keeping your dog safe and contained. The aesthetics of your property won’t change. Sometimes, housing authorities prohibit fences, in which case a wired fence is a must.
If you want to be able to easily access other parts of your property, an electric dog fence won’t interfere with your movements, either. For example, if you want to restrict your dog to a certain area of your yard, you can do so without having to open (and remember to close) a gate in order for you to cross the boundary. An electric fence gives you great accessibility.
If you’re considering installing an electric dog fence on your property, be sure to explore all your options before choosing a system. The PetSafe YardMax is a great choice, for example, but other system may be necessary for specific situations, such as if you have more acres. No matter what you choose, your dog will be happy to have an open space to roam.
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