Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me. All of the opinions below are my own, formed from my previous experience using an electric dog fence.
When we first moved to Virginia from Texas, we brought with us our beloved two dogs. One was a rescue basenji/whippet mix named Cameron, and the other was a golden retriever named Monty. They were used to being in a traditional fenced backyard when we lived in Houston, but where we moved did not have a fence, and the house was right next to a road, which left us concerned about our dogs’ safety. While we had heard about electric dog fences, we never knew anyone who had one because we were coming from a city neighborhood.
It didn’t take long for our dogs to find their way to trouble. Monty, with his retrieving instincts, began spending his days doing his civic duty by wandering the road and bringing back any trash he found. Every day we would come home from work to find our yard littered with debris. It looked like the local dump. Meanwhile, Cameron committed more serious offenses, by killing our closest neighbor’s chickens. After replacing the chickens, we set out to find a fencing option.
Because we were renting, it did not make a lot of sense to invest money in a traditional fence. An electric fence can cost as little as $300 if you install it on your own. We decided to go ahead and put in an electric fence. Using an electric fence allowed us to fence in a large area of land. The cost of fencing in that much land with a traditional fence would have been staggering. We also wanted to protect our dogs from getting hurt (from the sparse vehicle traffic or from hunters) and protect our neighbors from the dogs acting like nuisances.
One nice thing about the dog fence was its invisibility. It didn’t block our view of the mountains and the land in any way. You could walk right over it and not even know it was there. We were able to curve it however we wanted around the odd shape of our yard, and work around the gorgeous flower beds that our landlord had painstakingly put in.
There was also an added security with an electric fence in that we didn’t have to worry about gates – how many times have you heard stories of someone who lost their dog because someone left the gate open? Electric fences don’t have a gate to worry about. If you need to take the dog out, you just remove their collar.
In the end, Monty and Cameron adjusted very well to the electric fence. We put up flags initially, so that they could see where the fence ran through the yard. But after they became used to the barrier, we were able to remove the flags, and they knew not to cross the line, even though it could not be seen. They wore their special collars every day, and we knew they were safe on the property when we weren’t at home.
Our current dog, Bo, who loves to run.
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