DOG FENCE OPTIONS: INTRODUCTION
Dog Fence Options: Introduction
Basic Dog Fence Types
Kinds of Traditional Dog Fences
Electric Dog Fences
Shock Collar Fences to Discourage Digging
Fence Posts and Post Spacing
Braces and Digging Barriers
Post Tools and Footings
Zip-ties and U-nails
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Dog Fence Options: Introduction
This "Options" section helps you make choices. It follows up on or "facts" pages that provide general background information on dogs and fences. We think this section is important because it sets forth many choices; and before you engage in planning you should know what your choices are.
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- Dog Fence Types: The three basic dog fence types are traditional (physical barrier) fences, shock collar ("invisible," "electronic," or "wireless") fence, and electric fences. This section briefly weighs the pros and cons of each type.
- Kinds of Traditional Dog Fences: Common types of traditional (barrier) dog fences include wooden (stockade) fences, chain link fences, welded wire fences, metal hexagrid fences, and plastic (polypropylene) fences. All have advantages and disadvantages, the type we have come to prefer being the metal hexagrid fence.
- Electric Dog Fences: One can use a harmless low-key electric fence to stop a dog from clambering over a barrier fence, and one can likewise use such an electric fence to discourage digging under the fence.
- Shock Collar Fences to Discourage Digging: Like electric fences, shock collar fences are psychological barriers and make poor stand-alone fences. However, like its electric counterpart, a shock collar fence can be placed right along the fence line of a barrier fence to discourage digging.
- Fence Posts for Dog Fences: One can use various sorts of wooden or metal posts for dog fencing. The wooden ones work all right but tend to be cumbersome and highly visible. Round metal posts produce a nice finished look but are more expensive. Steel T-posts or U-posts can also be used if one doesn't mind a rustic look.
- Post Braces and Digging Barriers: Post braces should be used sparingly to protect fences (especially tall ones) against heavy snow buildups and falling tree branches. Digging barriers, if they do not come with your fence materials, should be installed to contain any dog inclined to dig under the fence in cases where an electric or shock collar fence is not preferred for this purpose.
- Post Tools and Cement Footings: Useful tools include a manual post driver for driving in metal posts, a digging bar for preparing the post path, and a drive cap if one is installing drive sleeves. Use cement footings anywhere that a post brace is being installed.
- Top Support Lines: Traditional dog fences made with metal hexagrid or polypropylene fencing typically use a top support wire at the fence's upper edge. This is best applied in short runs and fastened to the fencing with zip-ties or circular staples.
- Zip-ties and U-nails: U-nails are used to attach metal or polypropylene fencing or digging barriers to wooden posts and boards, while strong black zip-lock ties are employed to attach such fencing to metal posts, top support lines, and other runs of mesh fencing.
- Ground Stakes for Dog Fences: Foot-long galvanized ground stakes are hard to find locally but are not expensive. They constitute a vital dog fence tool used to secure the bottom of the fencing to the ground and also to stake down any supplemental barrier added at the bottom of the fence to prevent digging.
- Dog Fence Gates: The world knows a great variety of wooden and metal dog fence gates. However, the self-made wooden ones tend to look ramshackle, while the professionally made ones tend to be expensive. The ones offered on this site are good-looking and affordable. Designed to go with our metal hexagrid and polypropylene fences, they come in heights of 3.5 to 6 feet and widths of 3 to 7 feet.