Dog Training Fences: Choose The Right Dog Fence To Keep Your Dog Safe

Dog Training Fences Keep Your Dog Safe

Dog training fences keep your dog safe, so it is important that you get the right dog training fence for you.  When you decide to get your dog, one the first things that you need to think about is how to train your dog. One of the ways of keeping your dog safe is to make sure that you have some way on containing them so that they are not able to run out on the street or go wandering into other people’s yards. Dog training fences are a very important aspect to training your dog and are another example of  dog training tools. What we will be covering here are the various types of dog fences that are available today, the benefits of each type and the suitability of each fencing system that is right for you and your dog.

Initially when you think about a fence for your dog, you might picture a high wood fence that is quite elaborate and very expensive, as shown in the video above. If your home already comes with a fenced in area then you may be all set with your dog pen area. In one of the places that I lived with my two golden retrievers, I did have a fully fenced in back yard, but I hadn’t trained my dogs to do their business in one particular spot and also one of them liked to dig out a hole for him to lay in when he slept. So before I sectioned off a piece of my yard that was just for them, I had dead grass marks, and dug up holes all over my yard. That just wasn’t working for me. I did not want my dogs having access to my whole back yard when I was not outside with them.


Dog Training Fences Can Be Made From A Variety Of Material

Dog training fences can be made from a variety of material. Some of those include:

  • wood or plastic wood
  • wire mesh with metal or wood poles
  • chain link with metal poles
  • wireless fences
  • combinations of some or all of the above, etc.

In my case, I was able to use part of the wood fence and use a section of my brick house and put in a chain link fence with metal poles, to section off an area at the side of my yard where my dogs could do whatever they wanted in their pen, but the rest of the yard was landscaped and there was no more holes. The dogs were safe in their pen, they couldn’t escape or dig out, they had lots of room to move around and they could come in to the rest of the yard when I was outside with them.

The Main Advantages Of  Physical Dog Training Fences Are:

  • prevents other animals from entering your yard
  • keeps a female in heat from getting pregnant
  • keeps intruders out of your yard
  • can increase the value of your property
  • is safe for children to play in as well as other visiting dogs
  • if it is high enough and in good shape, your dog should not be able to escape
  • your dog can see the boundary

There are many people that do not have any type of dog fence on their yard and have to take a variety of things into consideration in order to determine what type of dog fence would be suitable for their situation. Wood fences, although they look very attractive, are very expensive, particularly if you have a large yard and take some time to put up. You also may live in an area that does not allow any kind of dog training fences at all. So if that is the case, then even chain link fencing or wire mesh fencing, which is more affordable, although not as attractive, may not be allowed either.

Electronic Dog Training Fences Have Become Popular

A very popular method of dog fences has come to light in the form of electronic dog training fences that are much more reasonable in cost and also takes a lot less time to install.  These dog fences are often referred to as dog training fences, as they assist in the training of your dog to stay on your property and not have to be tied up. These systems should not be used for puppies under the age of 6 months, for small dogs or for pregnant dogs, as the shock may be too much for them. There are 2 different kinds of electronic dog fences, the wireless fence and the underground fence.

wireless dog fencesWireless dog training fences are portable and are pretty cool. You simply plug in the transmitter, set up the boundary flags around the boundary area that is determined by where you place the transmitter and it is ready to go once you have done the training with your dog. If you go away, you can take it with you. They are sometimes referred to as “Instant Fences”. You need an open area in your yard as the transmitter’s signal will not go through trees or structures. The boundary area is oval in shape and is not flexible. The way that this system works, is that the transmitter sends a signal to the dog collar that will be activated if the dog goes close to or over the boundary area.


Wireless Dog Training Fences

underground dog training fencesWith underground dog training fences, you can actually customize the area that you want to contain your dog. You need to plan out where you want to go and then you must dig down a few inches and bury the wire. Instead of burying the wire, some people choose to staple the wire to boards that are on top of the ground or zip tie the wire to an existing fence. This system is more labor intensive and certainly is not portable. This system is probably better though if you have a large property and want the whole property for your dog as the ones that are portable would probably get into a mess with the amount of wire that you would have to have with a large property.

All of the electronic dog training fences basically have 3 components:

  • the collar
  • the receiver
  • the flags that are used as markers

The electronic collar receives a signal from the transmitter if your dog goes too close to the wire or the boundary which is marked by the flags. There would be a beeping noise or a vibration made by the collar. If they go even closer to the boundary there will be a mild static shock to train them not to go any closer. The actual beeping sounds or tones and the corrections given off by the collar vary with the type of system and by the manufacturer of the electronic fencing system. 

It is recommended that you do three 15 minute dog training sessions with your dog each day and it should take approximately 3 weeks for your dog to be fully trained. You will need to follow the exercises that come with the system, that will teach your dog to stay within the new boundaries that you have established and the consequences that will happen if they don’t stay in those boundaries. The dog will only need a few zaps from the collar before they realize where not to go. It is important that the collar is waterproof and rust proof. Some systems have the ability to support more than one dog and some can only have one dog. So that is something to think about if you have more than one dog or are thinking about getting another dog.

Training Your Dog To Use The Electric Dog Fence

The wire would vary by what gauge that you got and the thicker the gauge the more expensive, but also the better the system. If you buy the wire yourself, it is recommended that you buy solid core copper wire that is between 16 and 20 gauge. If you are using a system that will be running under water, the wire should be put into a garden hose or into PVC pipe so that it is protected.

There are some animal activists that are against these types of dog fences as they think the electric shock that the dog gets if they go too close to the wire is cruel. Also, electric dog training fences use negative reinforcement in order to keep your dog on your property. The actual shock that your dog receives isn’t powerful enough to cause a significant amount of pain, but there are many dog owner’s that would rather not use this type of dog training fence. It is important to check out the strength of the shock that is emitted by the collar that you are considering and that you feel that it will be safe for your dog. Also, you have to make sure that you are prepared to put in the time required to do the training in order to make these dog fences effective for you. You have to judge for yourself whether an electronic fence system is right for you. All I know, is that my two dogs, only got a very few actual shocks and they were on low current, so they learned when the vibrations started, that they were too close and needed to stay back.

Some big advantages of electronic dog training fences are:

  • your dog won’t be digging his way out of your yard
  • your dog won’t chew through your fence
  • your dog won’t be jumping over the fence and injuring himself or escaping
  • your landscape remains intact
  • far less costly
  • if you have an old fence or antique fence, an electronic fence can be added to keep you dog secure
  • if your existing wood fence is not very tall, an electronic fence installed will keep you dog in
  • can be installed in water
  • won’t spoil your view

I used to have an island property and had two dogs there. I put in a system that was underground as I didn't want to be moving it around. I also wanted to keep the dogs out of the water when I was not around so I was able to put it around the front of the property and put the wire before the lake so the dogs didn't go in the water. I had the training flags put in for the initial training which were really helpful as it helped them to figure out where the boundaries were. Neither of them liked the high tones or vibrations they got when they were getting close to the wire, so it didn't take them long to get the training down pat. So the system worked really well for my two Golden’s. But they were good dogs and well trained so it wasn't hard to teach them much of anything.

You may be wondering where you can purchase electronic dog training fences for your dog. On this site I will be reviewing the various types of electronic dog training fences that are available and making recommendations about which systems might be appropriate for you and your dog depending on your situation and where to purchase dog fences for the best price.

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