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Evaluating Pet Containment Options for Dogs

We all want the best for our pets, right? That’s why it’s important that we make sure they can get plenty of time outdoors so that can get exercise, fresh air, and the feeling of freedom from inside the house. We’re also all pretty busy though, right? Of course we are. That’s why we’re going to break down the options you have for giving your pet the freedom to run around your yard without a worry.

Choosing the right pet containment system for your dog and your home is very straight forward once you get a handle on the different choices you have. Let’s start with the best options you can have in an ideal situation, and work backwards until you land on the right fit.

In-Ground Invisible Fencing

Without a doubt, the best balance of security, reliability, affordability, and liberation for your dog is going to be an in-ground invisible fence system. Let’s start with the latter-most comment.

With an in-ground invisible fence system, your dog won’t need a leash at all. They’ll also have the feeling that they can roam in an unconfined area, with their view of the land unhampered by the walls of a physical fence. It will take some time training getting your dog used to the invisible fencing system, but in the long run it will be quite worth it. Take a look at The Pampered Pup’s recommendations to see some of the best products out there in this category.

Probably the largest drawback with the in-ground fencing is that it can be time consuming and labor intensive to install them. Plus, if you don’t have much grass on your property and instead you have a lot of stone, it might be downright difficult to impossible to install them. There are other options though, never fear.

Wireless Dog Containment Systems

A close sibling to in-ground fencings systems is the wireless containment system. They are basically the exact same premise, with the exception being that rather than installing the barrier in the ground it is created wirelessly. You simply install the base station in a central location, and your pet can be free to run around within the radius of the wireless signal’s reach.

These systems are incredibly easy to set up when compared to the in-ground systems. However, they do have some drawbacks. The biggest deficiency is that they can experience interference from large solid objects, which can in theory result in gaps in the boundaries you set. You’re also stuck with a circular radius for a boundary. While you can make the boundary larger or smaller, you can’t make it a rectangle or something even more irregular. That said, they are still a great fit for many situations.

Physical Fencing

Another option you have is to fence in an area for your dog to run around. Physical fences are great because they are actual boundaries that your dog won’t be able to escape. They are however incredibly expensive when compared to the two previous options, especially if you want to enclose a large amount of land for your dog. They also don’t allow your dog to see endlessly across the horizon, so while your pup will get plenty of exercise and fresh air, they may not feel as free as they could with the other options. Still, the extra security with a physical fence is something that makes them worthwhile.

When All Else Fails

A good, old-fashioned leash will work just fine if you can’t make any of the other options work. You can even attach the leash to a runner if you want to give your dog a bit of a larger area to run around. These are of course more unsightly than the other options we’ve discussed here, but they are by and large the most affordable. Obviously there are potential issues with the leash getting tangled, and this probably offers your dog the least freedom of all options, but it still covers the bases. It’s better than not letting your dog out in the nice weather at all.

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