Take A Look At Underground Dog Fences
Do you ever feel the need to protect your dog? Is your beloved dog a menace to its surrounding area or a hazard to itself? If this is the case, it is often recommended that an owner will protect their pesky pet by giving them a garden boundary. There are many methods; wooden fencing, pens and cages, but one of the more controversial and frowned upon methods is electric fencing.
Electric fencing is quite simply a method of containing your dog in a specific and predetermined area by giving them a shock which is intended to surprise them, rather than hurt them. It is set by the owner and is invariably used to hold the dog in its boundaries. There are several methods of doing so.
One of the most popular methods is an electric wire fence. A conductor is used to earth the wire and give it a current, this will give your mischievous dog the small, sharp shock it may need to remain within its allotted area and behave itself. The wire can be easily placed to suit the dog’s needs and can convince even the most Houdini of hounds to rethink their bid for freedom. However, if your dog is a thinker, then it may discover a method around its confines. It can discover that by jumping, it doesn’t get a shock if the wires it touches are live and he’s not on the ground. To solve this, another strand of conductor is run along the fence at the nose-height of the animal and is attached to the earth stake only and not to any of the other lines. When the dog jumps through, even though it is completely off the ground, it will earth out the current by touching the earth wire and a live wire and will therefore receive a shock.
Another method is by getting an electric net fence. It provides a wall around the dog to stop its willful escape attempts, and is not only a stimulus deterrent, but a visual one as well. However, one of the main concerns with this method is how easily the current can seep from the net and into the surrounding area, predominantly attacking nearby vegetation. If this occurs, the main concern is the lack of current running through the net which will invariably result in a much less ‘shocking’ affect on the dog. Due to this it is quite common for the dogs to bolster enough courage to burst through the net or dig under it. The result can end with your cheeky canine gallivanting around the near vicinity and endangering themselves and others.
To truly treat your pet with the respect and love it deserves, boundaries and strict training needs to occur to ensure they lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. While restrictions are always a sensible idea, it is not requisite to cage in your pet. By using efficient training methods and firm yet gentle guidance, your dog can be trained to respect its masters wants and guidance and will allow man and beast to live to the age old adage of being ‘best friends’.
For any further recommendations on safe and efficient methods of restricting your dogs access to unwanted areas, it would be best to seek advice from your veterinary surgeon as the best methods for your dog.