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Keeping Your Dog Home And Safe

Jan 2, 2008
Doesn't matter how big of a backyard you give your puppy they will still try to get out. You can stop this though by making sure that the fence is secure enough. This is important that the pup has to stay in the fence because most all public places have leash laws. That keeps them from roaming the street alone or getting hurt by a car or another dog.

Available Fence Choices

There are several different kinds of fences that you can choose from. The quality of the fence depends on a few things: What does the budget look like? How big and strong will the dog get to be? Does the area you live in have any restrictions in installation of the fence or are there any issues you need to think of such as gas or phone lines?

The fences that attract the most eyes when people pass are those made of wrought iron, masonry, and wood stockade. These usually cost more than other options. The fences that are popular with those who are wanting to keep the cost down are chain link fences. Others that are really expensive are out of the question for most people due to budget constraints.

An electric fence is also an option to contain your puppy. The electronic fence has a buried wire that goes around the area you want the pup to stay in and a collar that the dog wears. When the dog passes the wire he is given a shock. This will cause the pup to back up and quickly learn stay away from that area. This works well in areas that do not allow you to put a fence around the property.

There are warnings with this fence though, if the pup sees a cat or a car that they may chase it. They will be able to run through the area with a quick shock and when the chase is over they will not want to come back into the yard because they won't want to be shocked. This effectively shuts them out of their area.

The other little problem with an electronic fence is with the space being left open the fence doesn't keep the pup away from strangers or other animals. While the dog cannot leave the area there is nothing stopping others from getting to your pup. If your pup is a little territorial what ever enters could get hurt.

Other Fencing Details To Keep In Mind

If your puppy is real small right now they will be able to pass through some types of chain link fences. So you need to make sure that you get a fence that has smaller chain link. So they won't be able to pass through.

You also need to think about your dogs climbing skills dogs like Pit bulls can climb the fence and be out. Some dogs like huskies can tear the fence so you need to think about that as well. Other dogs that are really tall like Great Danes will be able to jump some fences. I have seen a Dane pup jump a six foot fence from a stand still.

A stockade fence or masonry wall may be the best choice because your dog cannot see or been seen from the other side of the fence. With a stockade fence territorial problems between your dog and other dogs in the neighborhood are a thing of the past.
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Joann Henry operates "Doggie Health Care" http://www.DoggieHealthCare.com, a blog all about our pooches health. Sign up to receive her newsletter, & not only will you get some free tips to keep your dog healthier, but FOR A LIMITED TIME, she'll give you a FREE ebook. http://www.DoggieHealthCare.com
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