A dog fence fulfils many requirements for dog owners. It restrains the dog in a safe place without the use of a leash, keeps other animals and passersby out of the reach of the dog and keeps them from exploring the neighborhood unattended. Depending on the qualities you are looking for and the size of your dog, there are several varieties of dog fences to choose from.
1 – Wooden Fences
These fences are typically one of the most expensive options. They act as good deterrents for intruders and dogs trying to jump. A height of about 6 feet will easily keep in larger dogs. However, a major disadvantage of wooden fences is that they require some maintenance to prevent rot. Another disadvantage is that they block the view completely, so many people do not consider this a suitable option.
2 – Chain Link Fences
Chain link fences consist of several posts attached by heavy chain links made of metal wire. These fences are very long-lasting and durable. They can withstand wear and tear from the largest dogs, and keep intruders out. However, they can get expensive.
3 – Picket Fences
These fences look very attractive, and act as good restraints for your dog. Made of wood, picket fences do not block the view completely, while at the same time providing a solid boundary for the dog. However, intruders can put things across the openings, and small animals can not be kept out.
4 – Split-Rail Fences
A split-rail fence is another attractive wooden fencing option. It usually consists of rows of wooden posts, the adjacent ones joined by a couple of wooden bars. This type of fence is not a good deterrent for dogs who can tunnel their way out under the bars, or in between them. Adding a wire mesh fabric between the bars can solve this problem.
5 – Snow Fences
Snow fences consist of pieces of wire mesh fabric attached to a row of posts. It is a cheaper option, and can be quite effective in keeping the smallest intruders away. However, it is not as long-lasting as the other options.
6 – Invisible Fences
An electric wire installed underground and a receiver collar on the dog’s neck make up an invisible fence. The perimeter along which the wire is installed defines the boundary for the dog. If he gets too close to this boundary, the receiver on his collar will get a signal, causing it to beep. The dog will also receive a mild electric shock. The receiver collars can be quite expensive, and can be stolen by intruders who are unaffected by the boundary. The dog may also ignore the mild shock if he sees something that strongly grabs his attention. In such cases, the barrier is ineffective, and the memory of the shock may discourage the dog from returning.
7 – Wireless Fences
Similar to invisible fences, wireless fences do not require the installation of a wire underground. A transmitter emits a signal within a given area, and when the dog gets close to the boundary, the collar begins beeping and causes a mild shock. Invisible and wireless fences are also somewhat harmful to the dog.