About a year ago I was thinking how sad it was to have my dogs on tethers in the back yard. They could only go about 25 feet and then they would stop. The poor girls could not play together for fear of getting them tangled together, and something bad happening.
I took my options into consideration, and since I rent my home, nothing could be permanent. So I thought about getting a pen that was already put together. I found that they don’t provide shade. I needed something so my dogs would not dig in the yard, and could find shade. The next option was the in-ground pet fences here at Valley Vet Supply. I really liked the concept of them being able to roam the whole back yard. The dogs are free to find shade, less chance of them knocking over there water, and could finally play together. This was also portable so if I move it goes with me.
The fence I decided to purchase was Stubborn Dog In Ground Fence. This was fairly easy to install. All I had to do was take a sidewalk edger, and run it along the perimeter of my yard. The best part about this was I got to choose where the fence went and where my dogs could not go. After the perimeter was lined out you just lay the fence wire in the 1/2" hole the edger made, and cover it. How easy is that? All there was left is to connect the wires to the box in the house and plug it in.
The next step was to introduce the dogs to their boundaries. I walked one at a time around the perimeter letting them hear the beeping from the collars, letting them associate the beeping as a warning they were too close to the boundary. My Bassets really picked the concept up fast. Every dog is different so read the directions for installation so your dog will be accepting to this wonderful change.
I love this fence and my dogs appreciate it too. My three year old loves that he can go play with the dogs and they won't wrap there tethers around his legs and trip him. I love it in the summer and winter so they can get out of the elements. I look at this as an investment for 2011-2012. They are a little pricey, but there is no maintenance other than replacing the batteries every 6 months or so. The electricity it uses is next to nothing, I didn’t even see a change in my next month’s bill. Not to mention my landlord is happy with my yard looking healthier and no holes from digging. Rachael