Dog Gates And Fences
Info all about dog fence options and how to keep your dog
secured within a fence
how to stop dog fence jumping
and dog separation anxiety
on what type of dog fence to get isnít difficult, but there are many
different types of dog gates and fences and each has its advantages
Read on to find
the criteria you should use to select dog fencing and learn about dog fences so you can decide
whatís best for you and your dog.
Dog Fencing: All About Dog Fences and Gates
The size and type
of dog you have will ultimately determine the type of dog fence
you'll need. If you have a smaller dog (like a Pomeranian) and you
donít anticipate ever getting a larger one, the height of your dog fence
doesnít have to be as high as it would be if your dog was a bigger
breed (like a Golden Retriever.)
You will also want
to consider the look of the dog gate or fence and what is most visually
appealing to you. Before you look into material types, check to see
if any types of dog fencing are not permitted in your area due to zoning
or deed restrictions. And of course for most people, cost is a
consideration as well.
Electronic Dog Fences
you donít like the idea of a fence blocking your view, you may want
an electric dog fence (also known as an invisible dog fence.) These
fences arenít really fences at all, they work by training your dog
to stay within the boundaries of your yard by making it
uncomfortable for him to try to leave it.
The technical way
that invisible dog fences work is called static simulation
training. Boundaries determined by you are established by a wire or
wireless technology. The wire is underground and can conform to any
boundaries; the wireless technology operates only with a circular
After the wire or
wireless boundary is installed, youíll place a special collar on
your dog that delivers a tone and a small static ďshockĒ to your dog
when he attempts to leave the boundaries. The small ďshockĒ is
around the same strength of a shock that youíd get from static
electricity when you rub your socks on the carpet and then touch
You may have
feelings about exposing your dog to static "shocks" in order to keep
him in your yard. Although the stimulation is humane and not very
strong, it still involves training your dog by using punishment.
Your dog learns to stay in the yard because he gets an uncomfortable
sensation when he ventures to leave the yard.
With this type of
training in place, you may find it difficult to get your dog to
leave the yard even when you've removed his "shock" collar. Another
issue with invisible dog fencing is that it can be costly to install
and if your dog ignores the static "shocks" on any occasion, there
is the possibility that he could escape your yard without any real
Metal Dog Gates and Fences
Metal dog fences
are very common and come in two main forms - chain link fences and
wrought iron fences. Wrought iron fences are some of the most
attractive dog fences available. They add a rustic look to your yard
and can be very effective in keeping your dog enclosed.
The real question
is how wide are the spaces between the iron uprights? If your dog
can get through the spaces, wrought iron is obviously not a good
choice for you. Another possible drawback of iron dog fences is
that they typically donít reach all the way to the ground so youíll
need to be sure that your dog wonít slip under the fence and that he
canít dig his way out. An additional consideration is whether your
dog will be exposed to lots of people in your yard. If he is, a
wrought iron fence may leave enough space for people to stick their
hands or other objects into the fence to tease your dog.
The second kind of
metal dog fence is chain link fencing. Chain link dog fences can be
the easiest to put up and donít cost as much as wrought iron
fences. This type of material is very strong and can be used for
nearly any kind of dog. Chain link fences can reach to the ground
and do not have large spaces so there is less chance that your dog
can escape. Again with chain link fences there will be some space
where people could poke their hands in at your dog, so consider a
different type of fencing if your yard is in a high traffic area.
Wooden Dog Fences
fence made from wood is an attractive way to keep your dog safe.
Wood fences donít have any spaces between the fence posts where your
dog can slip out or where people can stick things into the fence.
Wood dog fences do allow your dog to dig underneath them and dogs
with a high propensity for chewing or separation anxiety can chew
through wood. Also depending on the design you choose, this type of
fence can be expensive.
Additional Measures to Secure Your Dog Fence
If your dog is
prone to jumping over fences or digging, you may want to put extra
security in place to make sure your dog fence does the job. Many
fences can be built with a foundation beneath the ground to create a
barrier from your dog digging his way out. You can also bury a
chain link barrier under the boundaries of your fence to prevent
To keep your dog from being able to jump your fence, first
know what your dog is capable of. Does your dog jump high? Is he
high energy? If so, you will want to build your dog fence at least
6 feet tall and perhaps taller depending on the size of your dog.