Anyone with a big dog knows how strong and energetic their furry best friend is. No matter how gentle or tough your dog is, you don't want them to constantly leave and find trouble. With a big dog, discipline and training are key. This is why you need to invest in dog fencing. First, it provides your dog with a place to run around freely for play and exercise, which keeps their limbs healthy. Second, a fence will keep dogs from running across streets and fields, which is safer for them and the respectful thing to do within a community. Are you thinking of getting a dog fence? Continue reading for 5 things you should consider when getting a fence for your big dog.
Big Dogs Are Great Jumpers
If dogs could laugh, your big dog would laugh at your one-meter fence. For smaller dogs, this may not be much of an issue. For big dogs, however, the fence may be too easy to scale or jump. Invest in a fence that goes as high as two meters or higher. Also, if your dog is a digger, you need to ensure there are no opportunities for them to dig under the fence.
Even big dogs like Labradors, a breed that is not known for jumping, require a two-meter fence.
Some Privacy Would Be Great
Why do dogs jump? They do so to get to something or someone. If your dog sees some squirrels, smaller dogs, bigger dogs, or a passerby who interests them, they will want to jump the fence. The last thing you need is coming into your yard to a missing dog. Using a material like vinyl or wood that blocks the view of the outside of the fence may play a big role in keeping your dog in its space. Remember that dogs are very curious animals.
The More Difficult to Climb, the Better
Dogs are incredibly intelligent, and most times, they figure things out. For example, if a dog watches you open the latch on the gate, sooner than you think, they'll be able to open the latch and walk right out. Ensure that the fence is not only high but difficult to climb. If it has ledges, the dog may use them as a foothold when scaling the fence. Ensure the fence is both high and difficult to climb.
Consider a Wireless Fence
This strategy has both supporters and opposers. As a behavioural conditioning tool, the fence shocks the dog through an electric collar with enough voltage to keep them from crossing it but not enough to physically harm them. While the issue has remained a bit controversial among dog owners, it has worked well for many. For others, however, it has worsened their dog's behaviour. Consider it and decide if you'd like to use it.
A Happy Dog Doesn't Run
If you have a happy dog, the chances are that they'll want to stay home. How do you keep your dog happy? Dogs like to play and have some toys to chew on when you're not around. Keeping your dog entertained is the easiest way of keeping them from climbing the fence and jumping out. However, a playful dog loves adventure. This doesn't at all negate the need for a fence.
Are you looking to add a dog fence for your big dog? Consider all these factors and then contact an experienced fencing contractor.