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Have You Ever Considered An Electric Fence For Your Dog? Learn The Advantages Of Having One, And How It Benefits Your Dog - Dog Fence DIY

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The internet is full of stories about the pros and cons of having an electric fence for your dog. But do you know the benefits of having an electric fence? An electric fence is good for your dog's physical and mental health. It allows them the opportunity to exercise and explore in the safety of your yard.

Most electric fence systems cost less than $300 total when you self-install. Traditional fences often cost more than $2,000 - the difference in price is staggering. If you have a modest budget, electric is clearly the way to go.

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Five Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing an Electric Dog Fence for Your Yard

Our pets are members of the family, and so we do whatever it takes to keep them safe from harm. Dogs in particular need to be kept on a leash when out in public, and they also need to be contained within the boundaries of your property. Of course, the opportunity to exercise and explore are necessary for your dog’s physical and mental health, so keeping them on a leash while in your yard isn’t ideal or safe.

Traditional fences and electric fences are both great options for enclosing your yard. Sometimes electric fences make more sense for your yard, such as when you have terrain that makes placing a fence difficult or when your housing authority prohibits certain types of fencing. If you have a great view that you don’t want to obstruct, an electric fence also makes more sense. Before you choose an electric fence for your yard, however, there are several questions that you should ask yourself.

How Big is Your Yard?
The size of your yard is an important concern when choosing an electric dog fence. Electronic fences are excellent choices for big yards, farms, or ranches with lots of acres. All systems, however, are meant for different sized yards. The PetSafe YardMax, for example, has a maximum capacity of 10 acres. The SportDog SDF-100A, on the other hand, has a capacity of 100 acres. There are also wireless dog fence systems; some can enclose .5 acres and some can enclose up to 25 acres. The system you choose will be greatly dependent on the size of your yard. If you have a small or average sized yard, you will have more system options.

What is Your Budget?
Money is always a concern when doing home improvements. Enclosing your yard, however, doesn’t have to be a costly undertaking. An electric dog fence is very inexpensive when compared to a traditional fence over the same size area. Most electric fence systems cost less than $300 total when you self-install. Traditional fences often cost more than $2,000 - the difference in price is staggering. If you have a modest budget, electric is clearly the way to go.

You should also consider how much you want to spend on your fence over time. Traditional fences usually have higher maintenance costs, too. Because they’re exposed, they can be damaged by weather, your dog, other animals, and accidents. Even small repairs can be expensive, not to mention the fact that your dog may not be adequately contained until the damage is fixed. Underground or wireless electric fences have very little maintenance costs associated with them, because the wires are not exposed. They’re much less prone to damage, and they typically only require new batteries every few years or so. If you don’t want to spend a lot on maintenance or risk damage allowing your dog to escape, consider an electric fence.

Can You Do-It-Yourself?
As noted above, electric fences cost much less than traditional fences, especially when you install them yourself. You can save a few hundred dollars on installation by taking on the project and not hiring an installation company. Some people worry that a DIY electric fence will be too complicated for them to do, but that’s usually not the case. As long as you’re willing to spend a couple hours reading and understanding the manual, you’re capable of installing your own electric fence. With reading the instructions and installing the system, you will probably spend several hours over the course of one weekend. If you’re up for a weekend project, you can do it.

If you’re not willing to take on the challenge, you can hire a company to install your electric fence for a few hundred dollars in addition to the price of the system itself. It’s still less expensive to go this route than to get a traditional fence. Any able-bodied person should be able to install an electric fence, however, so it’s a good idea to try before hiring a company. When you install your own electric fence, you’ll have firsthand knowledge of how your system works. This will enable you to utilize your fence to its full potential and allow you to personally fix any potential problems.

What Type of Dog(s) Do You Have?
If your dog is pregnant, very sick, or under six months old, an electronic fence is not recommended for them. All other dogs can be trained on an electric fence. There are different types of systems and e-collars for different types of dogs, though, so it’s a good idea to read over lots of invisible fence reviews before you choose a system.

For example, there are specific collars for small dogs, such as the PetSafe Little Dog that is for dogs that are 5-12 pounds. The PetSafe Stubborn is meant for dogs that are over 100 pounds or dogs over 20 pounds that have a particularly high tolerance for the corrective shock. These collars are compatible with several different PetSafe systems. If you have a few dogs of varying sizes and personalities, you only need one system and can purchase different e-collars for each dog and their individual needs.

Do You Have Time to Devote to Training?
Training is the most important aspect of implementing an electric fence for dogs. Most dogs will require 15 minutes of training 1-2 times per day for a total of two weeks. Some dogs can be fully trained in less time, especially if they have experience with e-collars. It’s essential that you follow the training directions for your invisible fence to the letter. If you don’t follow the directions exactly and consistently, your dog will get confused and may not properly understand their boundaries. Make sure you have the time and dedication to devote to training your dog(s) before you purchase an electronic dog fence system.

Choosing a containment system for your yard is a big and very important decision. Make sure you answer these questions before you purchase one, and do some thorough research into your options. There are lots of electric dog fence systems out there, but not all will work for you, your dog, or your yard. When you pick a great electric fence, you’ll have peace of mind that your beloved dog is safe and sound at home.

Dog Containment Systems and Pet Containment Systems

Take a look at some of Dog Fence DIY's reviews below:

In Ground Dog Fence

PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 Review

To learn more about this fence, click here: PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 Review

Summary: Best Overall Dog Fence
The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. Launched in September 2013, this is the first fence to earn our 5-star rating. It does all the fundamentals well, and adds a few unique features such as run-through prevention and YardMax.

PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619

To learn more about this fence, click here: PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619

Summary: Excellent Value for Money
The PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619 (formerly Innotek IUC-4100) has enjoyed nearly a decade as our top-dog fence. But, it is starting to show it’s age and has been surpassed by the new PetSafe YardMax which does more at a lower price. It is still an excellent and reliable system at a good price.

Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100

To learn more about this fence, click here: Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100

Summary: Dog Fence + Remote Trainer
The Innotek IUC-5100 combines both a dog containment and a remote training system in a single collar. The Innotek IUC-5100 is $40 more than it’s sibling system, the PetSafe Ultrasmart, and gets you the remote trainer functionality plus 100 feet of the twisted wire.

PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG00-10773

To learn more about this fence, click here: PetSafe Elite Little Dog PIG00-10773

Summary: Smallest and Lightest Collar.
The Petsafe Little Dog (PIG00-10773) is a system designed specifically for small dogs. Accordingly it has a smaller collar and milder corrections than regular systems.

SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence

To learn more about this fence, click here: SportDog SDF-100A Dog Fence

Summary: Good Long Range System
The SportDog SDF-100A is a system intended for very large installations up to 100 acres. The SDF-100A is a perennial favorite, with a sturdy well-built collar with a vibration warning and best of class waterproofing.

Wireless Dog Fence Reviews
Wireless Dog Fences create a circular boundary around a central base station using radio waves. They are quick to set up, but are not yet anywhere near as good as in-ground (wired) dog fences. The units have a lot of trouble going through obstacles, particularly a metal roof, siding, trees, and some walls. They are also imprecise, with even the best system, the boundary will move 3-5 feet second-to-second. The units can also be slow to respond, meaning the dog can get the correction too late and can keep getting the correction for a few seconds after they return.

Havahart Wireless Radial Select

To learn more about this fence, click here: Havahart Wireless Radial Select

Summary: Best of Breed Wireless Fence
The Havahart Wireless Radial Select is the best wireless dog fence. First released in 2010, the Havahart wireless systems dramatically improved the reliability of wireless systems with more accurate boundaries, faster response times, and bigger coverage areas.

PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence

To learn more about this fence, click here: PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Dog Fence

Summary: Basic Wireless System
The Petsafe Stay + Play is the update on the decade old PetSafe Wireless PIF-300. It features significant improvements to the range and accuracy of the system, as well as adding rechargeable collars.

Havahart Custom Shape Wireless Fence

To learn more about this fence, click here: Havahart Custom Shape Wireless Fence

The Havahart Custom shape wireless is the first wireless fence that lets you have a customizable boundary. This is the first wireless fence to offer this option! In the past, all wireless fences only let you have a circular boundary. The Havahart Custom lets you have pretty much any shape boundary you want and you can even have exclusion zones within the containment area.

PetSafe Wireless Fence System PIF-300

To learn more about this fence, click here: PetSafe Wireless Fence System PIF-300

The Petsafe Wireless Fence (PIF-300) is one of only two systems that does not require you to bury a boundary wire. The system transmits a circular boundary wirelessly. You just plug it in, adjust it to the desired radius and you are ready to train your dog. The great thing about this system is that it is just so easy. Instead of spending the weekend burying boundary wire, you can have it installed in about five minutes. The lack of boundary wire also means there is no maintenance required as there is no boundary wire to break. Because of the quick set up many of our customers use this product for vacation homes or when they are taking their dog on camping trips.

Perimeter WiFi Dog Fence

To learn more about this fence, click here: Perimeter WiFi Dog Fence

The Perimeter Technologies introduced a wifi wireless dog fence to compete with Petsafe’s wireless dog fence in June 2009. Perimeter Technologies uses WiFi technologies and boasts a range of useful features never before seen in a dog fence. We see the WiFi fence as a real innovation in dog fencing because it actually alerts you as to where your dogs are and if they are challenging the fence. We have had the unit for a couple of months now. See the following link for an an initial wifi fence review. It has a lot of good features, but unfortunately it is not ready for primetime.

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