We all love our dogs, and we want to do the best that we can for them. They are our forever loyal companions. Nothing beats the feeling of coming home from a long, stressful day at work and being greeted by a wagging tale and an adorable face full of excitement.
Dogs are naturally outdoor creatures. They love to be outside and running around. They really need it to get the exercise so that they can stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. As dog owners it is our responsibility to make sure that they have access to the outdoors in one way or another. Here are a couple of ways we can make that happen for our favorite furry friend:
Leashes and Runners
The simplest and most straight forward way to get your dog outside and exercising is obviously to use a leash. They aren’t necessarily ideal though, because either you’ll have to constantly be walking with the dog or they’ll have rather limited mobility.
If you want to increase their mobility a bit you can use a runner, which basically is a line that the leash will then slide across, increasing your dog’s area of play substantially. There are a few drawbacks to using a runner though. First of all they are rather unsightly. Even if you can blend them into your yard well there will always be a cable running through the air. Secondly, your dog will always be confined by a leash which will inevitably get tangled or caught, and could even hurt your dog in the wrong circumstances.
The next best thing you can do is to install a fence in your yard such that it contains the dog completely. If you are fortunate enough to already have this option then you’re all set! If so, you probably wouldn’t have even started reading this article though.
The downside of fencing is that it’s rather expensive. It’s probably going to cost you thousands of dollars, and to get something that really looks nice the cost is obviously going to be a lot more. The other problem is that you simply may not want a fence. It works in certain residential neighborhoods, but some yards just aren’t calling for it. They are the best solution however, so if you want something that is certain to keep your dog contained and safe then a fence is the way to go. For those seeking a cheaper and flexible option, there is one more way out.
Wireless Dog Containment
Another option that works really well in the right circumstance is a wireless dog containment system. Essentially how it works is you put a collar on your dog that communicates with the wireless base station. As your dog gets closer and closer to the boundaries, the collar will emit tones and ultimately a correction. It may sound a little cruel but if this option is right for your dog it actually isn’t. They are quick learners and will know where they can or can’t go within a few weeks of using the system. You even help them learn the boundaries visually by setting up marker flags throughout your yard. There are plenty of websites out there that go into these systems in detail, so if you want to learn more about specific models just visit one of the many helpful articles.
The reason it really isn’t cruel is that you’re actually giving your dog the freedom to roam without any leash. As long as they stay within the boundaries, they are unconstrained entirely. The problem with wireless systems is that they don’t work so well for every yard. If you have tiered yard are lots of large objects there can be interference that leads to holes in the boundaries, meaning your dog could escape. In such cases you might be better with an in ground system, which works similarly except you have to bury a wire to create the boundary rather than us the wireless system.