In honor of our recent new move (more on that coming soon!) we’ll be sharing lots of posts this month on ways to DIY up your home. This post was written in partnership with www.dogfencediy.com. Leave a comment and your experiences with dog containment systems or share the post to qualify for a drawing of a $50 Amazon gift card!
I think that dogs and farm life pretty much go hand in hand, but if you’ve ever had a dog that digs (like mine) or one that will roll around in your vegetable patch (like mine) or ones that will eat your chickens (you see where I’m going with this, right?) then you see the benefits of protecting your garden from your favorite canine friends.
No matter how much you love your dogs, you don’t love when they dig up your gardens or eat your plants and vegetables. Not to mention, bathing them constantly to wash off all that dirt isn’t fun either. You can chase them out, but they’re sure to return as soon as you’re not looking. In order to keep your dogs out of your garden or flower beds, you’re going to need fencing. Traditional fencing is one option, but electric dog fencing is another possibility that tends to work very well for garden protection in particular.
Our dogs very quickly learned to respect the perimeters of their fences and it’s been a lifesaving investment for us. Enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card and read on to see how dog fences can help you, too!
Customize the Perimeter
One of the great things about an electric dog fence is how versatile it is. The wire can be manipulated and placed in just about any shape or angle. This allows you to create custom perimeters for your garden and maximizes the space your dog can use outside of it. Traditional fence sections are more difficult to place and generally cannot go any way but in a straight line. You can also easily move an electric dog fence if you need to. You’ll have the flexibility to change the position and size of your fence as you expand your gardening area. When you need more fence, it’s easy to just add more wire to the line.
Maintain Access and Aesthetics
An electric underground self installed dog fence is a great alternative as far as affordability when compared with the costs of an invisible dog fence . If you’re concerned about the curbside appeal of your garden, you won’t have very many options with traditional fencing. Small, decorative fences will look good, but they will not stop your dog from entering the garden. An invisible fence maintains the appearance and visibility of your garden. It’s also a great choice if you’re concerned about the accessibility of your garden. A traditional fence will require you to open, close, and lock a gate every time you enter or exit your garden. If you go in and out of your garden frequently, the gate would become a nuisance. A wired dog fence allows you to move freely in your yard, without worrying about a gate or if your dog is following too closely behind you.
Enclose Large Gardens
Electronic dog fences can enclose gardens of any size. You can even enclose entire farms and ranches worth of crops if necessary. The largest capacity that a single wired system can handle is 100 acres. Your garden may not be that big, but even gardens that are slightly larger than average can benefit from an electric fence. Traditional fence sections are costly, but wire is relatively inexpensive. It can be easier and most cost efficient to enclose a large garden with an electric dog fence. Be sure to read online reviews before you choose the right system for you.
Reinforce Traditional Fencing
If you already have a traditional fence protecting your garden, you could still benefit from the use of an electric dog fence. Wired fences can be used in conjunction with a traditional fence for even more reliable protection. If you have a stubborn dog or an escape artist, they can often find their way under or over a traditional fence. An electric fence will prevent them from entering your garden, because they’ll be unable to cross it without being corrected by a mild shock. Using both a traditional fence and an electronic dog fence will offer the most protection for your garden.
Place a Wireless Unit
Wired dog fences aren’t your only option for your garden. There are also great wireless containment systems that are even easier to use but still offer the same reliability. A wireless dog fence is excellent for a small garden, but some have the capacity to protect up to 25 acres of land. Using a wireless dog fence is as easy as placing the base inside your garden and putting the e-collar on your dog. Some smaller range wireless units are even disguised as rocks, so they’ll fit in perfectly with the look of your garden. Other wireless systems aren’t as easily hidden, but the quick, easy installation may be worth it. They also offer radial protection, so they’re particularly useful when you want a circular perimeter for your garden.
Save Money with DIY
A DIY electric fence will save you the most money on containment for your garden. The entire system can cost less than $300, which is incredibly low for fencing. A traditional fence may cost you more than a thousand dollars for even a small garden. If you hire someone to install your invisible fence, you’ll pay for the system plus hundreds more for labor. However, just about anyone can install their own electric dog fence, especially if they have experience gardening. It can take less than a few hours over the weekend to install the fence, depending on the size of your garden. Understanding the installation of your system will also allow you to save money on any future repairs or reinstallations, although damage to underground dog fences is rare.
Teach Your Dog the Boundaries
The most important component of an electric dog fence is teaching your dog the system. People who complain about the use of electronic dog fences don’t fully understand the process or haven’t devoted the time necessary to train their dogs. It takes about 15 minutes twice per day for two weeks to train your dog to obey their new boundaries. Their e-collars will warn them with beeping, followed by a mild shock, if they get too close to the wire. Once the training period is over, and they know their boundaries, they won’t get close enough to feel the shock anymore. You must carefully read the training instructions, follow them to the letter, and be consistent in order to properly teach your dog on an electric containment system.
Once you’ve installed an electric dog fence, it’s very low maintenance. Simply recharge or replace the batteries in the e-collar as necessary, which can be as infrequently as once per year, and you’re all set. Your dog will be free to roam, and your garden will be off limits for good.