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Once a fence is installed, spend some time teaching your dog to respect his new boundaries.View larger image
Containing your dog in the yard is one of themost important safeguards you can provide foryour pet to keep him safe. When your pet hasthe protection of a fenced yard or area, youreduce the number of hazards and accidentssignificantly. When dogs roam, the possibility forinjury and illness increases. Dogs are often hit byvehicles, are attacked by other animals orunfriendly neighbors, consume toxic and foreignmaterial or just get lost.

And let’s not forget that it may be your dog that is the neighborhoodtroublemaker, eliminating in your neighbors yard, getting into trash, frightening people who don’t know your dog. A fenced dog is safer     

                             and protected within the confines of your property.

Several different types of fencing options are available. Choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.

Kennels

A dog kennel is a smaller version of a fenced yard for people who have limited space or want to devote only a portion of their yard to containing their pet. Kennels can be constructed to any size or height and can be built with almost any type of foundation from resting directly on the ground to having a concrete pad. If you keep your pet kenneled, be sure to give him plenty of time and attention for his physical and mental well being. All kennels should have a shelter, food and water available.

Electronic Containment

Many people prefer the look of an open yard without the restrictions and maintenance of fencing. Now widely used, electronic buried hidden methods are available to contain your pet within your yard. A buried cable defines a specific area, which can be large or small and in an irregular shape. The fencing system works by creating an electrical barrier that your dog learns to recognize with a combination of visual and auditory cues. When the fence is installed, a series of flags is placed to outline the new yard boundaries. Your dog wears a special collar that gives a series of beeps as he approaches the fence line. If he gets too close to the fence, he feels a mild electrical impulse. Most pets only need a few reminders before they come to learn their new boundaries. The flags are removed a few at a time until your dog has completely learned the yard. This system also works well for people who may want to keep their pets within a specific area of the yard, out of flower or vegetable garden, ponds or plays areas.

Now that you’ve fenced your yard you may decide to let your dog stay outside while you’re gone. No matter what system you choose, food, water and shelter are essential for your pet’s well being if he stays outside. Make sure your pet is not exposed to heat and cold extremes for long periods of time. A collar and ID tags should be worn at all times.

By Michelle Liew

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