Did you surprise the family with a new puppy for Christmas? We all know that a Christmas puppy can fill a family home with happiness and excitement, but there are things to consider before taking such a step. As you shopped for your new dog, you likely heard all the cautious advice. The pet experts advised you to think carefully about what breed of dog you choose. Others ask whether you have the time and funds to properly care for a new dog; and of course, they caution to be sure no one in the household has allergies to pet dander. Once you had all these bases covered, then there was just one more obstacle: to prepare for your pet’s outdoor safety.
Ask 10 people to list the top 5 dog breeds most likely to run or wander from home and you’ll get 10 different lists. If you’re a pet lover (and you wouldn’t be reading this is you weren’t), then you’ll love this video .
How will you contain your dog and keep him safe outdoors?
After all, on that first warm Spring day, if you send your Christmas pup, Rover, into a back yard with no fence, then it’s clear that he will wander away into the neighborhood and beyond. Maybe he’ll chase the first squirrel that comes his way or follow a passing group of children. Who can blame him? That’s what dogs do. But chances are, you’ll be listing Rover as a “lost Dog” online and stapling his wanted poster on every post and tree in the community before sundown.
Christmas Puppies Make for Springtime Fences
To be sure that you’ve protected your puppy from the dangers that might await outdoors, a fence will be your primary consideration. One option, of course, is the shock-based “invisible fence”; but many pet owners advise against it. This containment option demands a lot of training to let the dog know where the invisible barrier is located. Moreover, if your dog becomes agitated enough, he might run past the shock barrier.
Some dog owners opt for the dog kennel or dog run – a choice, of course, depending upon your pet and your circumstances.
However, a physical fence around your property will likely be your option of choice; but remember, dogs are escape artists. The type of fence you choose depends upon the size – and talent – of your dog.
Is he a climber or large enough to make his way over the fence?
A tall fence is in order. For large, athletic breeds, even a 6-foot privacy fence might be the choice.
Is he a smaller breed, more likely to dig under the fence to make his escape?
If so, then the fence should be constructed so that a portion of it is actually underground as a barrier.
Is he the cerebral, patient type...
who will learn how to open the gate or just wait for his distracted humans to leave the gate ajar for him? This, of course, is a bit more challenging but not impossible to solve.
Who Knows Everything About Fences?
Here at Security Fence in Red Lion, PA, our fencing consultants have helped many pet owners to choose a fence that will not only contain their dogs but will also offer the family home security, privacy, and increased home value as well. We are ready to help you make the right fencing decision to meet the needs of your family and your pets. So why not contact us with your questions? We look forward to speaking with you.
If you prefer, you can visit our showroom in Red Lion, PA for a more hands-on look at our many fencing options.