Fencing Me In
Fences are a part of many an urban and rural environment. They serve many purposes. Fences keep undesirables out and desirables in. Fences are frequently put up when an individual gets a dog. The reasons for this are many. The results are varied.
Why a Fence
People put up a fence for their dog for a number of reasons.
1. Substitute for walking. Some owners are too lazy to walk the dog. This is the least desirable reason for picking a fence. Unfortunately, it is far too common. A fenced-in yard becomes an excuse not to walk the family pet.
2. House training. It helps with house training. It is easier to send the dog outside to eliminate if the yard is safely enclosed. It makes it a quick exit for the anxious puppy and dog. This way, everyone wins. The puppy learns quickly to go outside. The person does not have to get dressed up in the middle of the night faster than the puppy can pee or poo.
3. Freedom. It grants them both freedom. On days when the person is too busy or caught up in a family drama, the dog can be let outside to relieve him or herself. It can also act as an emergency area for short play activities between work deadlines.
4. Flexibility. In the same way as it grants freedom to both parties, it allows flexibility. Owner and dog can work within a tight schedule where deadlines make it difficult to meet canine obligations.
5. Safety. A fenced yard is a safe place to throw a stick, play catch and chase a dog.
6. Pre-walk warm-up. A fenced yard is a good place to have a pre-walk warm-up or training session.
There are many reasons to have a fence. There are also different types of fencing from which to choose.
1. Board Fences: Common, urban vertical structures, these are aesthetically pleasing. Your dog cannot see out very well. People cannot see in easily. Unfortunately, some dogs can climb over board fences. Snow build-ups often help in this endeavor. They are also more expensive than other types. Board fences are also high maintenance.
2. Chain Link Fence: These are common for boarding kennels. They are secure, strong and long-lasting. They come in various heights. Unfortunately, they are not pleasing to look at. Moreover, a dog can see out and a person can see in.
3. Welded Wire Fence: These are found in the country. They are cheaper than other types. They are easier to install than chain link fences. They come in various heights and are not easy to jump. The fences are also not nice to look at. They are purely functional. They are also not as strong as chain-link fences.
4. Electric Fencing: This is, personally, my least favorite type of fencing. Not only is it expensive, it is costly for your dog. This is particularly true if your canine has not been properly conditioned. It is not successful with all dogs. It cannot keep dogs or other animals from coming in. It only is partially successful at keeping many dogs from leaving. Moreover, once a dog has gotten out, he or she does not want to return.
Fencing can be an excellent aid in keeping your dog safe and happy. It is not, however, meant as a substitute for actual physical exercise. You need to walk and play and enjoy your dog. This means going beyond the fenced environment.