Let’s face it: Not all fences are created equally; and while installing any type of fence in the backyard for pets is better than not having a fence at all, there are many factors to consider before purchasing including cost, material, and intrusive wildlife. For now, let’s discuss why it’s best to stay clear of chain-link fences and in-ground wireless fences for pet playtime.
Chain Link Fences
Chain-Link Fences are one of the most commonly used fence types to secure dogs in yards. While cost may be a contributing factor for why homeowners choose chain-link fences, there are major turn-offs that will make pet owners think twice about using them. For starters, chain-link fences are a pain to install without the help from professional installers (adding to the cost of the fence). They are heavy and hardly pliable. To make matters worse, chain-link fences are ugly; and they cheapen the look of houses. For homeowners that have placed houses on the market for sell, the elegance of the fence could be a deterrent for perspective home buyers.
Chain-link fences will eventually corrode because they are strictly made from a galvanized steel that will become brittle from years in the sun, rain, and other environmental elements; and for pet owners with dogs that like to chew, they will find themselves with a mouth full of rust.
Electronic fences can be great training tools for puppies to teach them where they can and cannot go around homes; but overall, this type of fence is the most inhumane type of fence. Wireless fences use underground transmitters to deliver a harsh noise or shock to dogs to teach them a lesson. When pet owners use this type of fence, what they are really teaching animals is to be scared to walk the perimeter of the yard. Wireless fences are psychologically and physically damaging and should not be used on any dog breeds. The health of animals is far more important than the exterior look of a property.
There are pet fences on the market that are both aesthetically pleasing and harm-free for animals. For pet owners looking for alternatives to chain-link fences and in-ground dog fences, they should consider trying a polypropylene or PVC-coated steel fence.
There are many reasons why these fences are better for both homeowners and pets. For one, many homeowners’ associations frown on fences that obtrude neighbor’s views of landscapes. However, these fences are black in color and will blend into landscapes. They are also lightweight and easier to work with than chain-link fences. Most importantly, they will not hurt domestic and non-domestic animals including feral cats and wildlife. The type of fence, including height, will depend on the attributes of the dog.
Poly Dog Fences
Plastic dog fences are an excellent choice for small and low energy dogs. Poly dog fences are lightweight and easy to assemble for the general homeowner. Additionally, they are UV-stabilized and will stand up to severe weather conditions. While this material is not chew-proof, it does have a certified breaking strength between 650 pounds – 1400 pounds and will last 10-20 years outdoors.
PVC-Coated Metal Dog Fences
For pet owners with large and rambunctious dogs that jump, chew and dig, it’s best to stay clear of plastic dog fences. Instead, a metal dog fence with PVC-coating is better suited to secure these types of dogs. Like poly dog fences, these fences are easy, DIY projects. While chain-link fences are stronger than plastic fences, they are not coated in PVC; and thus, do not offer added material protection. PVC prevents chew marks from reaching metal fence mesh while working to protect steel from sun and rain exposure. Metal dog fences are decorative around landscapes and will last up to 30 years.
Dogs require at least 30 minutes of daily activity to stay fit; and fences are a convenient way to allow dogs to play with other animals; bond with pet owners; and get fresh air. Pet owners want what’s best for their animals; and that is why it’s best to choose a safe pet fence that will keep them satisfied for many years.
Article courtesy of Jennifer Smith, EasyPetFence.com
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