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Outdoor Versus Indoor Fences

Because you love your dog so much, you want to make sure he is safe, healthy and happy. One way to ensure your pet gets all three will involve finding a great dog fence. Selecting the best outdoor or indoor fence will likely happen at some point during your dog ownership tenure. There are so many options, and so many opinions, about which style, type, system, etc. that you are left conflicted and confused as to what is best for your fur baby.  Our quick rundown of your outdoor and indoor dog fence options is sure to help clarify the right purchase for your pooch. Let’s get started.

Outdoor Dog Fences

The good, the not-so-good, and the downright ugly.

If good fences make good neighbors, then it should follow that good dog fences make good dogs, right? Finding a great puppy fence for your particular pooch means giving your pup a space where he can roam free, feel connected to his pack (that is, your family) and do his “job” of guarding his pack and territory. We will look at a few different outdoor dog fence types, then go inside and examine the best pens, gates and systems (maybe even a few crates) for a happy indoor dog. Underground outdoor and indoor dog fence systems, both wired and wireless, will be discussed.

1) Split-Rail Fences

These fences are a popular choice due to their lovely rustic look, and the ability to provide your dog with a view of what is beyond the fence. In order to keep in some more curious dogs, you may need to provide a layer of mesh or chicken wire as an extra layer of protection. Split-rail fences are good if your pup is unlikely to jump. Most animal behaviorists suggest a fence height of a minimum six feet when installing a dog fence, but take stock of your dog’s temperament and consider if he is a flight risk.

2) Picket Fences

Found in most suburban neighborhoods, picket fences, with their secure, snug slat construction and customizable tops can be a very secure boundary for your pet. Something to consider with these and other fences is this: if your dog is a dedicated digger, and many of them are, your fence needs to extend its underground reach at least six inches. Remember that number when you are measuring for this fence.

3) Aluminum Fences

Found in urban as well as suburban yards, the aluminum fence can offer a secure perimeter for your pup. Aluminum is rated for corrosion, strength, and end use, so consider the size and strength of your pooch, as well as weather conditions, when you choose your aluminum fence.

Popular modifications to the aluminum fence include “puppy pickets,” small, decorative rods attached to the bottom of the fence. Located between the larger posts, these smaller, inconspicuous pickets help curtail puppy and small dog “squeeze-through” escapes while enhancing the overall look of the fence.

4) Vinyl Fencing

You may not realize it, but your neighborhood is full of vinyl fencing. New techniques are creating a great, heavy-duty fence that is easy to clean and maintain.

The not-so-good and the downright ugly

Over the past few years, more and more people are abandoning their chain-link fences-especially dog owners. Frequently, dogs of all sizes will find ways to squeeze under a loose patch of fence, and they end up terribly scratched, injured, and worst of all, gone. Many HOAs forbid their use in their tracts, due to their unattractive appearance. If your chain link fence is currently your only barrier for your dog, consider adding mesh or other materials to create a more dog-proof and dog-friendly fence. It’s not worth the risk to your pet’s health and safety.

Making the underground visibly effective: underground fences

Since these types of fences are also hugely popular as indoor fences, please scroll down to read about it in our next section.

Indoor Dog Fences: The Future is Now

Indoor fences are becoming more and more innovative, and the options for your dog are many.  First, we will look at traditional options for indoor containment.

1) Indoor Gates

One of the easiest barriers to put up in your home is a gate. Made from wood, vinyl, metal or plastic, these are a great option if you wish to confine your pet to (or keep him safely out of) a particular room. Some indoor gates even feature a small pet door, to allow smaller pets, such as cats, into a space off-limits to a messier or bigger family pet.

2) Indoor Freestanding Pens

Perfect for smaller dogs, but customizable to larger areas, these pens can be located in any room in the house, providing an approved area for playtime, while still letting your dog feel part of his “pack.” These also come in a variety of materials, similar to pet gates.

3) Wireless and Wired Dog Fences

These dog fence systems are exploding in popularity, and for good reason. They are effective, elusive, and easy to set up.  Wireless indoor fences have two components: a signal transmitter and a receiver collar. Wired fences have a third part-the wire. These fences emit a barrier that, when breached, either emits a small alarm or tickles the pet via the receiver collar. This tickle is barely perceptible to your pet, and is a faint reminder of where he can and cannot go in the house.

The wires in the wired system can be bundled with other household cords, to blend in seamlessly with the look of the home.

Signal transmitters vary in size and signal strength, with some as small as a coaster and others the size of a smoke detector. This allows for greater flexibility in placement, either in the home or outside, and the transmitters are weather- and lightning-proof.

Both wireless and wired underground dog fences have their pros and cons. While the wireless fence uses an invisible Wi-Fi signal to create a boundary, it is usually not as large as the boundary from a wired system, so there are some considerations to make prior to making a final decision.

All in all, it is a great time to be a dog owner, and an even better time to be a dog. So many great, humane barrier systems exist, making life easier on everyone in the pack. Good luck and happy shopping!

The Key Differences Between Regular and Wireless Pet Fences

Every dog owner has the desire to keep their pet safe and contained within an area they’re familiar with. For you pup, it’s natural to want to follow the nearest scent and be led by their natural instincts. Finding the balance between letting your dog roam without a leash (after they’ve gone through proper training) and setting up wired or wireless fences around the perimeter of your home or designated area should be a priority to ensure the safety of your dog.

In this article we’ll do a comparison between wired and wireless pet fences and touch on all the major points you’ll want to consider before making a buying decision. Both wired and wireless pet fences have their pros and cons, so ultimately, it comes down to what your goals are with a pet fence to make the best choice.

Here are a few factors you’ll want to consider and identify as you get ready to choose a wired or wireless fence system.

  • Is this for your home or do you want to use this while traveling?
  • Do you live in an averaged size house or do you have a lot of land or property your dog can roam free?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you want something quick, easy and portable or are you looking for a more permanent solution?
  • Are you concerned about the static shock your dog will receive?

So let’s dive in and compare:

#1 – Cost of Wireless Pet Fences

The first factor we’ll touch on is cost. When it comes to deciding between the two, cost probably isn’t going to be the factor that makes or breaks it. They’re both priced about the same in the $100 – $500 range depending on the quality of brand you buy. If you’re looking for a top tier wireless fence, the one we carry at Pet Stop is without a doubt going to be your best choice.

#2 – Installation

This is a big one. You have to consider the uses for your wired or wireless pet fence. Are you planning on using this for when you’re out on a camping trip or on a vacation with your pet to ensure they don’t stray too far away? Or are you looking for something more permanent to have in your backyard?

When it comes to ease of installation, the wireless fence takes home the gold. To setup and install a wireless fence all you really need to do is either plug it into an electric outlet or install some batteries and you’re up and running.

A wired fence is going to provide more customization in terms of the area or boundary you want your fido to stay in, but it’s also going to take lot more work. A wired fence project typically takes about a weekend for the average DIY’er and you can incur additional cost if you choose to hire a professional to actually come in and bury the wires beneath the ground.

In any case, if you’re looking for the ultimate long term solution, you probably want to have both a wired fence (for your home) and a wireless dog fence you can take with you on-the-go for camping or other trips.

#3 – Containment Area

Containment area is another very important factor you want to consider as it’s the main reason you’re getting a fence in the first place! Most wireless fences can usually contain a dog up to about 250ft diameter of the main transmitters location.

A wired pet fence can go up to 30 acres and be customized in terms of its shape. If you’ve got a huge yard or own land and want to allow your dog to roam and explore the property, then a wired pet fence is definitely going to be a better choice.

#4 Signal Reliability

Most modern pet fences in 2017 are built well enough to minimize wobble and interference in their signal so whether you decide to go with a wired or wireless pet fence, you shouldn’t experience more than a 1-2% margin of error in terms of reliability.

#5 – Maintenance

If you’re looking for minimal maintenance, wireless pet fences are the way to go. Because the unit is small, portable and doesn’t have any major cabling or installation hassles, maintenance can be resolved quickly by taking it in for repair or contacting the manufacturer.

Running hundreds of meters of wired pet fence can be a huge hassle when it comes to maintenance considering the vast amount of cabling and wires that has to be deinstalled or reinstalled around your property.

#6 – Collar

One of the benefits of having a wireless fence is that you can adjust the shock level of the collar. This is great for those who don’t want the static shocks to hurt their dogs or scare them in any way and is different from those other types of collars you mind find on the market. You can just adjust the static shock level to the lowest level to alarm but not hurt your small dog. The collar can also be turned up higher for dogs with really thick or long fur to ensure that they’re able to effectively feel the shock if they do go out of the destined boundary.

Wired fence collars on the other hand deliver the same static shock regardless of the size or breed of the dog. Of course, there are also custom collars available that can be used to accommodate specific types of dog breeds and sizes. Static shocks should also be customized on these collars as well.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for speed, versatility and portability then a wireless pet fence is going to be your best option. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for your home then you may want to consider a wired dog fence. In addition, if you have a lot of land, or a unique or custom shape that you need your dogs to stay within bounds of then a wired fence may be right for you.

Let us know if the comments below what kind of fence you chose for your dog and why. Also, if we happen to miss anything about our wired and wireless fence comparison, let us know and we’ll update the article to include it.