A pet containment system should to protect your pet from other animals, it should also keep you pet securely inside a territory you designate. If you can create a territory that is attached to you house, this will make the space a place your dog or pet will consider part of its out door territory.
There are many ways to create a pet containment system. Electric dog fence is very often used because it is inexpensive. It is not an effective system for several reasons
Electric dog fence fails to Keep your pet safe from other dogs and wildlife
Up to 50% of dogs escape an electric fence at some point for several reasons.
- following natural instincts
- being chased by another dog
- food or hunting scent
- a female in heat
- batteries fail or power goes out
Other types of pet containment systems each have a weakness and often fail.
Wood fence can easily be dug under and even climbed over. It is not easy to install and needs a post set in concrete every 8′ . It is also difficult to maintain and repair a wood fence.
Chain Link as a pet containment system is the most commonly used type of fence. It also fails very often to keep dogs enclose because it can easily be dug under and the top rail is what dogs use to climb over. They typically can get their paws on the top rail and then push over. There are many videos on YouTube that show how easy it is for some dogs to climb chain link fence.
chain link fence is also costly to install, requires a hole and concreted in post every 8 feet apart. This is not a system most people will try to install by themselves. The problem is if you need to put a post in a specific spot and there is a large enough rock in the way, you may need to get a special drill, there is no way around that. If one post is less secure the whole system can be weak.
Also note that typical rust warranties on chain link fence are only ten years, when rusted they look even worse.
Vinyl fence as a pet containment system, it the most costly. It can easily be dug under and if it is not tall enough it can be climbed over. It requires a post set in concrete every 8 feet apart and does require some maintenance. In some cases dogs that cannot see what is on the other side of t privacy fence will bark at everything. It is a solution for privacy but should be installed with a antil dig guard.
Hybrid dog fence is the only type of pet containment system that is specifically designed for dogs. It protects them from other animals and is affordable enough to enclose any type of space securely. Hybrid dog fence also addresses the fact that dogs will often try to dig under a fence by flaring the bottom 6″ of the material into the property and then staking it to the ground.
Hybrid dog fence is also the only pet containment system that has anti climb protection built in. Hybrid fences use a cabled or mono filament tension system, in place of the traditional rails that most fences use to span from post to post. Due to the lighter weight of hybrid fence the post spacing can be up to 30 feet between posts. Without the top rails, dogs don’t have a place to put their paws on and pull themselves over the top of the fence. Hybrid fences are also flexible and therefore not easily climbed. They tend to swing and move around creating what feels like a net.
If you are deciding on which type of dog containment system will work best for you dog, budget and property type, it is often a combination of fences that might work. In some places you may need more privacy so a wood or vinyl fence may be necessary. This is often done on the front facing sides of the house.
Very often a property can be enclosed with a hybrid fence using very few posts. Hybrid fences can use trees posts as far as 30′ apart and your house, the shed or any other existing fence can also be used as posts. This can make it possible to enclose a much larger space for you dog and you can even install it yourself.
If you have not decided on a pet containment system, make sure you use one that is designed for your dog and property type. If you are not sure it is an option to do a Hybrid dog fence system and then move, enlarge or modify it at any time in the furture. If you can only secure a small space for your dog, try to make it long and narrow so that they can run and get up to speed.
Any size pet containment system is a good start because exercise is the key to a healthy, happy and well behaved dog.
Dogs need to run free!!