Pros and Cons of Chain Link Fencing For Dogs

Pros and Cons of Chain Link Fencing For Dogs

Chain link fencing has long been considered the gold standard of fencing in the United States. Invented in 1844 in Britain by Charles Barnard, it’s become commonplace around the world in nearly all types of fencing applications from tall security fencing for corporations to residential front and backyards.

Most fencing that is used to contain dogs today is of the chain link variety and for good reasons:

  • Cheap
  • Common, so it’s easy to find
  • Easy to install
  • Easily removed
  • Require little to no maintenance
  • Impervious to pests like termites

Should You Use Chain Link Fencing For Dogs?

Because of the above reasons, chain link fencing may be a great solution to your dog containment problems. Cost is typically the most important factor when someone chooses to buy this type of fencing, however; better options are available for the following reasons.

Dogs Can Climb Chain Link Fence Easily

If you have a large dog or if your dog is a climber, chain link fence may not be the best solution. The weave design of this fencing makes it easy for even small breed dogs to climb over. I should know, my pomeranians used to climb ours when I was younger. With this type of fencing, dogs don’t need anything to climb on top of in order to scale it, like trash cans or chairs. They can climb it from any point along the perimeter and jump over it.

Dogs Can Dig Under Chain Link Fences Easily

Because this fencing doesn’t penetrate the ground in any way, it’s easy for dogs to dig under. Unless you’re vigilant and do regular checks around the perimeter of your fence, it’s likely your dog will be able to escape at some point. It doesn’t take long, especially for a large dog, to dig a hole out, even if there are no pre-existing weaknesses in the fence.

Final Thoughts

While chain link fencing is generally cheap, easy to install, and requires almost no maintenance, it fails in two key aspects when being used to contain animals. If you’re interested in fencing that is cheaper than chain link and solves both of these problems, checkout this post.

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Do Electric Dog Fences Really Work?

Do Electric Dog Fences Really Work?

When you’re considering the type of fencing that you want to use to keep your dog in your yard, there are always going to be pros and cons of each type. One may work for you splendidly, while another may fall flat on its face in terms of features or flexibility.

One of the most popular types of fencing today is invisible fencing. There are a couple of reasons for this: first, it’s more affordable than just about any type of traditional fencing material. Second, it’s easier and faster to install.

Even though those two things are definitely true, this leaves one question unanswered:

Does invisible dog fencing really work?

The truth is…

Well, Yes And No

As with most things like this, the answer is “it depends on what you mean by ‘work'”.

If you’re looking for a cheap, easy to install solution that’s probably going to keep your dog in the yard, then an invisible fence will probably do alright.

If you’re looking for something that’s nearly guaranteed to keep even the most stubborn, Houdini-like dog in the yard, then it’s very possible that the answer is “no”. The best solution for that problem is found here.

Pros of an Electric Dog Fence

The biggest thing about these fences is that they’re affordable. They’re much cheaper than traditional fencing material, so they definitely won’t break the bank in comparison.

The next thing is that they’re not an eyesore (unless you use the boundary flags long term). They won’t interfere with the view of your home or take away from the aesthetics of the property.

Another great benefit of invisible fencing is that some fencing systems can be designed to cover up to 25 acres of land. That’s a ton of roaming area for your pooch!

Now, Let’s Talk About The Cons of Electric Dog Fences

Cheap, easy to install, can be used over an area of many acres… what more could you want, right?

One advantage that a traditional type of fencing has over its invisible cousin is that traditional fencing makes it harder for predators to get into your yard. Your pet is protected somewhat by traditional fencing; invisible fencing may stop them from getting out, but it doesn’t stop other things from getting in. And if your pet somehow manages to get outside the boundary, it will likely be difficult for them to get back inside it without that negative shock/tone/vibration warning.

The other problem with invisible fencing is that it uses a negative form of ‘punishment’. Even though it’s getting close to the boundary that causes the warning shock/tone/vibration, unless you’re very careful, your dog may learn to associate the warning with him going to greet you when you get home or going to greet another dog or even a child. Those negative associations can be dangerous long term as they are repeated for long periods of time.

Invisible fencing also doesn’t guarantee that your dog won’t be able to get out at all. If they’re motivated enough to go beyond the barrier, they can still go beyond it. And his motivation to get back into his yard may not be as high as it was to get out of it, so if he/she gets out, you may have inadvertently locked him out of his own “house”, so to speak.

The last big thing with these fences is that the electric shock needs to be fairly painful for it to work correctly and deter the dog from exiting the enclosure.

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How Does An Electronic Dog Fence Work?

How Does An Electronic Dog Fence Work?

Keeping your dog in your yard can be a pain no matter what kind of fencing you use, so if you want to use an invisible fence to keep Spot from getting into trouble, you’ll want to understand how exactly the system works. And of course, the answer to the question “do they really work” is “yes”.

The good thing is that most of these systems, no matter who sells them, are basically the same product with maybe a few extra features here and there.

How the components of these systems work is pretty basic. Let’s take a look at what parts make up an electronic dog fence.

The Collars

The collars are different depending on the system that you buy, but serve the same basic functionality. They almost always require batteries. Some collars are capable of only delivering an electric shock correction to your dog, while others can deliver warning sounds or simple vibrations. What type of correction you have available depends on what the system you choose supports. Collars from one system will not be compatible with any other.

The Wire

When installing your system, you want to use a heavy gauge wire where possible. Fortunately, there are wires that are universally compatible with all invisible dog fence systems. The best wire to use is about 14 gauge and the jacket is made of polyethylene material instead of PVC. Polyethylene is waterproof and can withstand a much wider range of temperatures than PVC.

Waterproof Splices

Waterproof splices are used when you need to repair a broken section of wire in your fence, whether it’s due to corrosion or the wire is simply broken. Nobody wants to have to replace all of the wire in the system due to a break in one location!

The Staples

If you don’t want to do any digging to install your fencing wire, lawn staples can be used to hold the wire in place exactly where you want it. This makes installing your fence simple and involves a lot less back breaking labor.

The Transmitters

The transmitter will be different for any given system and you’ll often have transmitters that cover different amounts of distance. They can also sometimes have different options for the type of correction that they support.

Boundary Flags

Boundary flags are pretty standard and serve only to show the boundary of the system. You can use these or not; it’s up to you because they don’t serve any function within the system itself. They’re solely a visual aid for your convenience.

How It All Works Together

When a dog approaches the boundary where the wire has been placed, it may give a warning vibration, tone, or shock to deter the dog from crossing the boundary. Because the signal is transmitted through the wiring of the system, you can use the system with as many dogs as you have compatible collars for. This also means that if one dog is on one side of the yard and another dog is on the other side of the yard, the system will correct either one for attempting to cross the boundary, even if they do it at the same time.

If you want to block off certain areas of your yard, such as a garden or a pool area, this is simple to do. Surround the desired area that you want to block off with the fencing wire and make sure that the whole area is connected back to the main loop with a section of twisted wire. In this case, your yard would be your primary enclosure, while something like your pool would be a secondary enclosure.

The secondary enclosure is still connected to the main system with the twisted wire that cancels the signal out so that while your dog can cross the section of wire that is twisted, they cannot cross the single strands of wire that enclose the desired area (again, such as a pool or garden). Without this twisted section of wire, you can’t have a secondary closed off area within your main closed off area (your yard).

In Closing

Electronic dog fences aren’t that complicated to set up and they do their job fairly well, especially if you don’t want to deal with the eye sore of having physical barriers around your property to keep your dogs where they should be. They’re far from the greatest dog fencing system you can get, though. You can see that over here.

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