Fences for dogs come in many different types and styles. Depending on what sort of fence you want, taking into consideration things like landscaping, security, safety and budget, the choice can seem a little daunting. The goal of this site is to present all the different types of fences for dogs that are available so you can make in informed choice should you decide to buy online.
If you are looking for fencing for dogs then you are likely looking at one of two broad types of solution. These are physical containment fences for dogs and invisible fences for dogs.
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In-ground fences are made up of a wire that is buried underground to form the boundary that the dog is allowed within. The other part of the system is a special dog collar that picks up a signal from the buried wire. When the dog crosses the wire, a mild electric shock is administered to the dog. This is completely harmless, but it is extremely effective in training the dog where it can and cannot go. After a week or so the dog should have worked out where the boundaries are and stay within them. You may even find that over time you can remove the collar as the dog will remember where the boundaries lie.
Wireless fences for dogs work in the opposite way to the buried wire fences. A central unit inside your house transmits a wireless circular containment area outside. There is also a special collar involved but this is where the difference lies with the buried wire fences. In this case if the collar loses the signal with the home station, ie the dog leaves the circular containment field, an electric shock is administered. Most models have built-in features that prevent the dog getting lots of shocks if the home unit power is lost etc. These fences, while very easy to set up are a bit harder to live with. If your property is very hilly you may find dead spots in the signal field. You also have less control over the defined area that you do with the buried cable where you can just define exactly the contours of the containment area.
These types of electric fences for dogs mean your property does not have to have unsightly fencing but they are not 100% secure like some of the physical fencing options discussed below.
Containment fences for dogs include all the physical barriers you can erect to keep your dog confined to a particular area. These include wooden fences, cyclone fences, plastic fences, mesh fences, wrought iron fences, and stone walls.
If budget is a concern then cyclone fencing can be a good option as it is relatively inexpensive. It is not the most pleasing to the eye however but it can be painted to allow it to blend in more. With this fencing you need to ensure your dog cannot climb over the fence. You must also bury the base of the fence at least a foot below ground so your dog cannot make a bid for freedom by tunneling under the fence. Given that your dog will be able to see through the fence you need to make sure that they will not be constantly barking at everything and everyone that passes by.
A wrought iron fence will certainly be better looking than a cyclone fence but if you dog has a tendency to dig then it may not be the best choice as these fences are usually installed with a gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground to prevent rust.
Wood is the most common material because of its strength, diversity and inherent beauty. You just need to be careful that you dog cannot chew through the fence and you will also have to install it below ground to prevent digging.
Plastic fencing may not be as attractive as wood but it is less likely to be chewed and will not burn. You will still need to bury the base to prevent digging. Plastic fencing will also not need constant maintenance to protect it from the elements.
If money is no object and you like the look, brick walls make an excellent fence for dogs. They cannot be chewed or tunneled under and are difficult to climb. Brick is extremely durable so after the initial outlay the cost is minimal.
Hopefully this has given you a useful overview of the different types of fences for dogs that are available. Feel free to browse the rest of the site where there are examples of specific products for the different fence types.