When you feel dog tired, the last thing you want to do is take your four legged friend for a stroll. But it is possible to throw open the back door and let your pet walk them self.
Greg Smith is the proud owner of six Chihuahuas. Smith and his dogs can now all enjoy their backyard, thanks to an underground fence.
"It was working with either that one or a regular fence and it seemed more convenient for us to still see the nature," Greg Smith says. "Still see the wildlife in the back if we used an underground fence."
An underground or wireless pet fence can be a great option for pet owners who don't want a physical fence between them and their neighbors. You can tailor the layout of the fence to restrict virtually any area you want, so you can run it around the entire yard, flower beds, the swimming pool, or the kid's play area.
"When they go out and get near the line the collar reads the radio signal and the dog will get a tone and that's it's warning that you need to get back," Bob Swarm, a Fence Contractor, says.
But, it's not just a sound. The collars will also deliver a gentle shock.
"A lot of times I'll insist a homeowner feel it," Swarm says. "I'll say I want you to know what your dog is experiencing. It eases their mind a lot to know that their dog is not getting zapped to a point where it's making them fearful."
The collars contain batteries that typically need to be replaced every three to four months, which can cost between $15 and $20, but the fence itself typically costs less than a traditional fence.
Though underground and wireless fences can help keep pets in certain boundaries, it's important to remember that these systems cannot keep other animals out of your yard. Also, before you install any type of fencing, check with your local municipality to see if a permit is required and verify any homeowner's association requirements regarding fencing.
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