Six Reasons You Might Need an Electronic Dog Fence & Two Why a Dog Fence May Not Be The Right Move For You

Having two dogs can be a bit of a handful at times, especially this time of year. We are outdoors way more and they tend to run off when they see another animal. I personally feel they boost one-another’s confidence and encourage the other to run off. Usually since our yard is not fenced, we have them on a rope or long chain so they can run without getting away. Way too many times my days have been spent searching for them when they decided to venture off. After the last time, last summer we started looking into different fencing options.

You keep your dog safe by feeding them healthy food, taking them to the vet, walking them regularly, and giving them lots of close attention and care. You do whatever it takes to keep them away from danger, even if it means restricting them a little more than they’d like, such as by keeping them on a leash. Since you want to make your dog happy, too, you look into options that will allow them the greatest freedom and safety at the same time. With a fence around your yard, you dog is able to run, roam, and explore at their leisure, and you don’t have to worry.

Two different types of fencing can achieve those goals of freedom and safety: a standard fence and an electronic dog fence. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misunderstandings out there about electronic dog fences, and many people don’t realize how they can be great alternatives to standard fences in many instances. Not only will an e-collar not hurt your dog, it can actually be to their benefit, such as in the situations we’ll explore below.

Your Dog Can Be “Stubborn”

An electronic dog fence can be used with almost any type of dog. Some types of dogs even require electronic dog fences for reliable containment, such as “stubborn” dogs that are difficult to contain with a standard fence. Dogs that love digging, such as terriers, and dogs that love chasing, such as hunting breeds, do better with an electric dog fence. Determined dogs can break-through, dig under, or jump over a traditional fence, but they cannot do the same with an electric dog fence. Their e-collar will warn them (with annoying beeps followed by a mild corrective shock if the beeps are ignored) when they’re getting too close to the perimeter.

If your dog is not only stubborn but aggressive, too, an electronic dog fence can help protect you from any potential liability if your dog were to escape and cause damages or injuries. With aggressive dogs that can be dangerous in certain circumstances, the best thing to do is pair a standard fence with a wired dog fence. Having both barriers is more effective – the electronic dog fence’s e-collar will keep your aggressive dog inside, and the standard fence will prevent anyone else from accidentally coming into your dog’s territory and startling them.

You Have a Modest Budget

It is expensive to maintain a home and a yard, so it’s always nice when you can save money doing so. Of course, when it comes to dog safety, you don’t want to cut corners just to save a buck or two. Fortunately, a DIY electric dog fence can allow you to save money and keep your dog reliably safe at the same time. Even if you don’t have prior DIY experience, you can install an electronic dog containment system in your yard as a weekend project, and it can cost just a few hundred dollars – compared to thousands of dollars to hire professionals or purchase a standard fence. Also, underground dog fences require very little maintenance throughout the years and only cost a couple dollars in electricity each month to run.

You Own Acreage

If you have a farm, ranch, homestead, hunting lease, or simply have a very large yard, an electric dog fence is an excellent option to explore. Many models of electronic dog fences can contain more than 25 acres at once, and some can even contain up to 100 acres. The cost to enclose that much land with a traditional fence would be extremely high. In additional, leveling and clearing the perimeter for a standard fence would be incredibly time-consuming and labor intensive. Alternatively, running wire around the perimeter would be easier (especially with the help of a rented trencher) and less expensive by far.

You Enjoy Your View

A standard fence will also significantly alter the appearance of your property, and purchasing the best-looking fence adds much more expense. If you want to preserve the aesthetics of your property, an invisible dog fence is an excellent choice. For example, an invisible dog fence won’t block your view if your land borders a lake, mountain range, creek, golf course, or wildlife preserve. A wired or a wireless dog fence will allow your landscape to remain unaltered without requiring you to take any chances with the safety of your dog.

Your Yard is Uniquely Shaped

An electronic dog fence is also preferable for yards that are oddly shaped, because wire can be maneuvered to conform to any perimeter shape. With a traditional fence, you are much more limited by right angles and straight lines. A wireless dog fence is even easier to use for uniquely shaped yards. If you need to adjust or move the perimeter boundaries, you can do so with ease as well; standard fences are much more difficult to move once they’ve been placed. Electronic dog fences can be laid out in so many different ways – they can even accommodate driveways, bodies of water, gardens, and other “exclusion zones” within your property, all at once.

Gates Would Inconvenience You

Standard fences require gates to enable people to get past them, but this can be a major inconvenience for you depending on the setup of your yard. As mentioned, there are many different layouts for invisible dog fences, so you can limit your dog’s movement without restricting your own. If you will be crossing zones frequently, it can be very annoying to have to open, shut, and lock the gate each time, especially if you’re carrying gardening equipment or other items. With an electronic dog fence, you don’t need to worry about whether the gate has been secured or not – your dog will be safely contained no matter what.

Reasons You Might Need an Electronic Dog Fence

But are there any circumstances where using a wired electric dog fence does not make sense?

Absolutely. Dog fences are not for every dog or every household. We can take of many reasons why a dog fence may not be the right solution for you but for the sake of brevity we will highlight two:

Your Dog Is Struggling With Basic Training

Responding to a collar and fence is an advanced skill. If your dog refuses to answer when you call, does not grasp the basics of obedience or is way too young to begin learning work on the basics first.

You Want to Protect Both a Flower Bed and a Perimeter

If you have a small yard it is impossible in terms of layout to create two functional perimeters and effectively teach your dog how to remain within both boundaries while still allowing for enough space for mobility. Use an electric dog fence to protect one area and seek an alternate solution for the second perimeter.

If you think an electronic dog fence might be right for you, the next step is to research containment systems to find one that has the features and specifications you need. Different dogs may require different e-collar sizes, for example, or if you have a large yard, you’ll need a system that fits. Fortunately, there are electronic dog fences for all situations, including different types of underground dog fence and wireless dog fence.

What kind of fencing do you use to keep your dogs safe an din your yard?


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