You are the proud new owner of a pooch. Yet, you really want to put your pup outside during the day so that he/she does not have any accidents while you are away. Okay, but that usually means you need a fence contractor for dog fencing. There are some very special considerations required when you want and need to put in a dog fence.
Dogs dig a lot! The more bored they are with being outside in the yard without you to play with them, the more they dig. Dogs that are not fixed are even worse, as they would go through a brick wall to get to a female dog in heat. That said, a dog fence has to go at least twice as deep as a normal fence when it is installed.
Two to four feet is recommended, depending on the size of your dog. Little dogs do not dig as fast or as deep, so you can go with the two or three feet depth. Big dogs can dig very fast and unearth the fence very quickly. Ergo, four or more feet deep for big dogs is recommended. Your fencing contractor has special equipment with which to dig much deeper trenches to install a dig-proof dog fence.
The Bigger the Dog, the Higher the Jump
If you have a Great Dane puppy, he or she is currently only the size of a full-sized Golden Retriever. However, that Great Dane is going to grow up to be the size of a large pony. The bigger the dog, the more likely it will try to jump the fence, and successfully clear it! That said, consider installing a fence that can contain your future full-sized dog. Any dog bigger than a Golden needs a much taller fence. Add two feet to the top of the fence to make sure a really big dog cannot jump over it.
Invisible Dog Fences for Backup
You could install an invisible fence too. Many dog owners like you have done so. There is just one issue with these types of fences; some dogs resist the light shock they get when they cross the invisible fence line. Since you do not know what kind of dog you have in regards to their stubbornness, start with the fence ideas above. Then incorporate the invisible fence as a backup. If your dog resists the training required to recognize the "do not cross" line or ignores the "zap" his/her corresponding collar gives, at least you have the perimeter fence.
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