Dogs are happiest whenever they have the freedom to go indoors and outdoors as they please, however it can be dangerous to give your pet unfettered access to the outdoors. Your pet can escape, become lost, be hit by a car, or suffer injury. Read on to find out about the advantages of having a pet door and underground dog fence installed in your home.
Letting your pet in and out of the house can be a never-ending chore. A pet door enables your animal to enter and exit the house without any help from you. A pet door is especially ideal if you cannot be home to take your animal out as often as he needs to go. Pet doors can be installed in any kind of door, from glass to wood.
Before you buy a door, make sure it is the right size for your animal. Most pet doors list the sizes and weights of animals that can fit through each size of door. Pay more attention to the width of the door than the height. A dog can crouch down to get through a door that is too short, but a door that is too narrow will not work. If you get a pet door when your dog is a puppy, be sure and get a door large enough for the largest size your puppy will be.
It is best to install the dog door in a door leading into a room where your animal can’t cause too much damage when left unattended.
Fencing is the best way to keep your animal safe while still allowing him to exercise freely outdoors. Of all of fencing options available, invisible fencing is generally the least expensive. This type of fence consists of a buried wire around the yard’s perimeter and an electronic collar worn by the dog. When the dog approaches the wire, there is a warning beep or tingling that alerts the dog that he is getting too close to the fence. If he ignores the warning, he receives an electric zap.
Invisible fencing is the perfect option for dog owners who do not like the look of barrier fencing or live in an where barrier fencing isn’t allowed. Another benefit of an underground fence is that you can easily form a boundary around almost any part of your yard, such as your garden or swimming pool.
When you have finished installing the invisible fence, you should take a day or two to teach your dog that there will be a consequence when he crosses the boundary before turning him loose in the yard. The installation kit will include information on how to do this.