Tips for Including an Electric Dog Fence in Your Garden Design
I’ve had a number of dog breeds as pets over the course of my life. I, also as you know, love gardening; sometimes the two loves don’t work well together. I remember as a young girl our Beagles running round our back yard digging up Dad’s garden. As an adult, our ‘family’ dog was a wonderful Labrador, who was a good garden buddy, but found some of my plants as a good bed for him to rest upon. We have considered various types of fencing over the years ending up in frustration. My children have pets, one does have an electric dog fence, which has been wonderful for them. This post is a sponsored post on electric fences that I feel can benefit my garden and pet loving readers.
If your dog is fond of digging in your garden, you may be tired of filling in the holes and giving all the extra baths. Some dog breeds, like terriers or huskies, are naturally prone to digging, and other dogs develop the habit out of curiosity or boredom. Without some type of fence, you can’t allow your dog to roam freely near your garden without risking damage to your plants.
Traditional fences may not be effective if your little digger is determined enough to burrow underneath. A fence would also have to be tall enough to stop a jumping dog from crossing over, and a tall fence will block the view of your garden. If your flower beds are meant to be seen, a tall fence won’t be the best solution. An electric dog fence is the alternative that won’t produce any of these problems. It’s a reliable and versatile way to keep your dog’s paws off your garden.
We do have some tips for incorporating an electric dog fence into your existing garden design. If you are able to move your flower beds or have not started your garden yet, you have even more options for designing a garden that includes an electric fence. Just about anyone can install a DIY electric fence and doing so will save you hundreds of dollars. Here are some considerations.
Choose the Right Fence
There are several different manufacturers of electric dog fences, and there are also different types of e-collars. Doing some thorough research into the pros and cons of each system will help ensure you choose an electric fence that works best for you, your dog, and your garden. The PetSafe YardMax is usually considered the most reliable option, and it can enclose up to 10 acres of land. If your garden (or farm) is bigger, there are systems for up to 100 acres.
You’ll also need to consider the features you want, as well as the size of your dog. For example, some systems have rechargeable e-collars and others require replacement batteries. Some systems have different levels of correction, and the biggest dogs may need the PetSafe Stubborn Dog e-collar. If your dog is between 5 and 10 pounds, you’ll need the PetSafe Little Dog e-collar. If your budget is also a factor, there are systems that are less than $200 total.
Consider Fence Placement
No matter where your garden is located on your property, there is a way to enclose it with an underground dog fence. The first thing you’ll need to consider is your power source. The transmitter box should be located somewhere near an electrical outlet and preferably out of the elements, like in a garage. There is also the option of purchasing a solar panel that can power your electric fence. A solar panel costs about $100 and can be very convenient.
There are many ways to enclose your garden. Sample electric dog fence layouts online show some examples of placement. It is possible for the wired dog fence to enclose your entire yard at the same time as excluding your garden from your dog’s zone. You can also enclose just your garden. An electric dog fence can be used in tandem with most traditional fences, too. An invisible fence also works great if you prefer to have a decorative fence around your garden. A decorative fence can look good, and an electric fence can do the work of keeping your dog out.
Explore Wireless Options
There are also several wireless dog fence options. For a quicker and easier solution, wireless dog fences can do the trick. While many wireless systems are good, a wired dog fence is a more reliable and permanent choice. If you’d like a more temporary or portable option, you can get a decent wireless system for less than $300. There are even wireless systems that are disguised as rocks, which can fit in nicely with your garden decor and don’t require an obvious transmitter box. Depending on your needs, wireless may or may not be right for your garden.
An electronic dog fence is a viable option for gardens. As a hands-on gardener, installing your own fence shouldn’t be too big of a challenge. Just about anyone can accomplish installation as a weekend project. Training your dog to understand their new boundaries will take 15-30 minutes per day for two weeks, and consistent training is the most important part of the system. With a little extra effort and patience, you can keep your dog out of your garden for good.
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