Before becoming a pet owner, it's a good idea to look at the details to see if you can be a responsible pet owner. Pets are wonderful and can bring much comfort, entertainment and companionship to your life, but they have their expenses. You'll need to factor in things like vet expenses and invisible fence costs to determine whether or not you can manage your pet's needs in a responsible way.
Vet expenses: You can cut down on some of these expenses by doing much of the work yourself, provided you are knowledgeable in this area. At least one trip to the vet is necessary for a rabies shot and to learn about other vaccinations and health concerns. However, you can buy other vaccinations at farm stores and do them yourself once a year, along with heartworm and other worm medications. There are even vets who offer low cost neuter and spay services to help cut down on the domestic animal population.
Containment: The in-ground fence systems cost can vary, depending on the type of dog you have, in terms of weight and height, as well as overall stubbornness. Prices range from $129.95 for the most basic set up to $339.95 for the most detailed set up. Although this may seem like a high cost for pet containment, standard fencing and the labor involved is much more expensive and not nearly as effective.
Food: You have to consider the ongoing cost of food for your pet, but you can also reduce this cost by making some of your own treats.
As you can see, there are expenses to consider if you are going to be a responsible pet owner. It's up to you how you manage your pet, but responsible pet owners live guilt-free, and their pets tend to enjoy long healthy lives.
As far as dog behavioral problems go, chasing can be one of the most dangerous. Your dog could end up chasing something into the street. Your dog may end up getting into trouble, or even lost, by chasing something you don't want him or her to, or by getting out of your range. Many methods work, from remote training to leashes, but the specific one you use will depend on the breed as well as your efforts.
Dogs chase as a natural part of their genetic makeup. To curb this behavior, you have to give your dog a reason to stop. In the case of hunting dogs, you also need to teach them when it is okay to chase and when it isn't. Remote training usually works best in such situations.
Sometimes you just need to distract your dog from whatever it is he or she wants to chase. You can do this by making a noise with a clicker, using a training collar, or by being active with your dog in some other way. When in public, it is always best to keep your dog on a leash for safety as well as legal liabilities.
When training your dog without a leash, first distract your dog and then offer him or her positive reinforcement when behaving well and not giving chase. It really is that simple. Remember that your dog is a pack animal and you are the pack. Your dog looks to you for affection and protection. His or her sole purpose is to take care of the pack and retain his or her place in it. This is why positive reinforcement is so effective.
You want a fence to keep your dog in a contained area so you can keep him or her safe. You see it as a means by which to give your dog freedom to run while still being a responsible pet owner. Your dog however, probably sees the fence differently than you do, which is why underground pet fencing might be your best option.
~Tigger: “Oooh look! He put up a higher obstacle for me to jump! Does it still count as a jump when I pull myself up by those openings?”
~Chewy: “Wood?! I love chewing wood! My owner loves me so much that she surrounded the whole place with these tall wooden things for me to chew on. Tonight I shall reward her by sitting on her lap when she tries to eat those things she pulled out of the garden.”
~Houdini: “Wait for it...wait for it....just a few more steps and the gate will open. This is my favorite part of the day...when my human plays hide and seek with me before going off to work.”
~Dinker: “The cat thinks my owner must love her more than me. It isn't enough that the cat has her own indoor bathroom; now she gets to taunt me from outside this metal thing as well? Maybe if I make that room with all the comfortable furniture my new indoor toilet the cat will see who really is the favorite.”
It's all about perspective. What you see as safety features your dog sees as a challenge, a new toy, or something to chew on. Underground dog fencing won't just eliminate the challenge; it will keep your dog's focus off of the perimeter of your property in general.
Some people worry about using an underground dog fence because they fear that it isn't fair to the dog since he or she can't see the fence to know their limits. The goal here is to use positive reinforcement to train the dog to stay inside the boundaries. Below is an example of how this can be done.
There are orange cones or flags that come with the kit for the underground fence. Set the cones along the inside of the boundary of the yard. Find a safe area to start training your dog. This should not be near a roadway, but maybe near the edge of the side of the yard. Walk your dog over to the edge near a cone. Encourage your dog to stop at the cone. Reward him or her when he or she stops before the cone. Do this several times. This is the beginning of your dog understanding the boundaries of the yard.
When you invest in your underground dog fence, you and your dog will get custom training that fits the needs of your pet. This will give your pet a chance to become familiar with the boundaries through various senses so that the fence itself is the last stop for the pet and more of a precautionary measure. Our goal is to help you keep your pet safe while still keeping your pet happy. Once the fence is installed, and your dog understands the boundaries, you will find that you both have more freedom than you previously did.
There are a couple of different myths about the electric dog fence. Most of these concepts are born from a lack of knowledge about these types of fences, so we thought it best to shed some light on the situation.
Electric fences hurt dogs: False. In fact, we sell a variety of options for the electric dog fence because all dogs are different. What you need for a larger, stubborn breed is not going to be what you need for a small, timid breed. We work with you to give you exactly what your pet needs.
These fences can hurt children: False. The fence is buried, so children never come into contact with it. The collar that receives the signal should be on the pet at all times, so the child never comes into contact with it, either.
The fences break easily: False. The wire is buried underground, so, in order to break it, you would have to dig through it or allow someone else to dig through it. Since you know where it is, this should never be an issue.
An above ground fence is more effective: False. Your dog can climb over or under an above ground fence. In some cases they go through the fence. Using our training methods, the underground fence is the last border for your dog -- one they cannot climb over or under.
You have your dog's safety and happiness in mind, so be sure to get the facts before you make a decision that can have an impact on you and your dog.
As warm weather approaches, many homeowners will be sodding and seeding—and chemically treating—their lawns. While having a beautiful lawn helps to make the neighborhood look great, many of these chemical treatments can pose serious health risks for dogs. This is why dog fences are particularly important this time of year. If you don't already have a fence in your yard, now may be the time to consider one.
While many people look at pet fencing as a way to keep the neighborhood safe from stray dogs, it is also a way to keep pets safe from things that humans do. Pesticides and lawn treatments can be absorbed through the skin or breathed in by your pets. If your dog happens to graze on grass or flowers that have been treated, the chemicals can attack the gastrointestinal tract.
Some symptoms of poisoning from lawn treatments include difficulty breathing, shaking, abnormal behavior, vomiting, muscle weakness, and dilated pupils. All these symptoms are important to look for, and require a veterinarian's treatment. Of course, you can avoid this if you use proper dog fences in your yard.
Using a fence can keep your dog within a perimeter that you know is safe. Since you are likely to only use treatments that are safe for your pet, you can rest easy knowing that your dog won't become ill because he or she wandered into a neighbor's yard. You'll avoid costly vet bills, and you can ensure that Fido has a long and healthy life in the safety of your yard.
As a pet owner, your number one goal is to keep your pet safe, but nervous dogs can make that goal hard to meet, even if you don't realize it. Some pets are naturally nervous, but can still be helped by a few adjustments to their environment. If you can't find ways to calm your pet, he or she can be dangerous to themselves or others.
One solution is an underground pet fence. Pets who are nervous may become even more nervous with a fence they can see. It can make them feel caged in and stressed. An underground fence will keep your pet safe from oncoming traffic, but won't promote that sense of being trapped -- something that can make any animal edgy.
Another convenient option is a pet door. When your pet has the option to come in and go out as they please, they start to develop a sense of independence and confidence. Not only do you have a calmer pet, you have fewer “accidents,” because your pet can go out when they need to, and their reduced nervousness leads to better bladder control. It's also a convenience for you because you don't have to stop what you are doing to let your pet in or out.
Sometimes pets are nervous because of past experiences, but more often than not their nervousness can be reduced with a few adjustments to their environment. Nervous pets are also more prone to biting or attacking, so making a few adjustments means your pet is happier and safe for others to be around.