Pet containment products from online and DIY retailers today range from the indulgent to the inhumane—with surprisingly little in between. If you’re embarking on the fencing quest for the first time, don’t go it alone. This little consumer’s guide will help you find the best option for your pet’s security without holding him (or your bank account) hostage.
 
Wood if I could: The traditional fence

Whether made of stone, brick, wood, aluminum, chain-link or composite, a well-installed property-line fence is a classic of home beautification and security that’s as durable and iconic as Tom and Huck. It’s also conspicuous, expensive and a frequent source of HOA contention and neighborhood gossip. For many of us, it’s a “wood if I could” prospect.

Benefits

  • aesthetic appeal
  • protection from nearby roads
  • protection from unwanted guests
  • stable, secure play area
  • maximum mobility for pets

Things to keep in mind

  • expensive installation
  • high repair costs
  • increases lawn maintenance time
  • involves property permissions
  • obstructs view
  • reduces usable yard space
  • ineffective for “escape artist” dogs
The IKEA cure: DIY dog runs & pretty little penthouses

Dog runs (exterior kennels) and dog houses have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, thanks to craft-oriented “barkitecture” fads circa 2009 and more recent start-up boutiques selling mid-modern chic to well-to-do pet parents. If space and cash are no issue, in-yard pet enclosures can make for great long-term solutions—especially when used in conjunction with other fencing, and especially in mild climates. 

Benefits

  • aesthetic opportunity
  • modular options
  • personalizable to your pet
  • establishes a stable, secure play area
  • moderate mobility

Things to keep in mind

  • high cost-convenience trade offs
  • maintenance and cleaning responsibilities
  • reduces usable yard space
  • may require supplemental fencing
  • ineffective for “escape artist” dogs
All a-bored: The overhead trolley

One of the more inventive contraptions to roll into the pet aisle in recent years is the cable run or overhead trolley. As handy as it is conspicuous, the cable run allows you to hook leash and collar to a trolley that moves along a heavy duty clothesline. This gives your dog some mobility while also sidestepping anti-tether laws effective in many areas.

Benefits

  • minimal installation costs
  • hands-free training
  • gentler than tie out containment 
  • more mobility than tie out containment

Things to keep in mind

  • requires large, undecorated space
  • leash tangle and obstruction risk
  • lawn damage
  • delimits range of motion
Knot the best: The tie out option

With a little attention to proper installation and some significant elbow grease, the tie out is easily the containment-category leader for convenience, cost-savings and out-and-out dog restraint. From a pet’s eye point of view, though, this conservative solution can make for some long and lazy days.

Benefits

  • affordable and convenient
  • highly effective restraint solution
  • minimal material and installation costs
  • alternative to traditional fencing

Things to keep in mind

  • increases wear and tear on the lawn
  • limits exercise for pets
  • leash-tangle risk for multiple pets
  • prohibited by tether laws in certain states
The Invisible® way: The full-service e-fence

In 1973, Richard Peck patented an odd little mix of dog collar and hard drive that would become the seed of a whole new category for pet containment consumers. Today, the Invisible Fence® Brand Pet Fence represents more than a clever alternative to the traditional fence, it’s a full-blown method for pet protection and empowerment using behaviorist-approved training and sophisticated electronics. And for those who’ve been lucky enough to try it—it’s a whole new way to live with your pets.

Benefits

  • highly effective restraint solution
  • maximum mobility for pets
  • true alternative to traditional fencing
  • conserves yard space
  • minimal wear and tear on the lawn
  • retains view of home, yard and neighborhood
  • customizable solution for multiple pets
  • compatible with indoor and pet door technologies
  • full-service installation and maintenance included
  • humane, behaviorist-approved training included

Things to keep in mind

  • higher price point than DIY containment (pays for itself in days!)
  • battery costs (plans available!)
  • not designed to restrict outsiders from entering the yard










With trolleys overhead, tie-out stakes underfoot and property owners in your face, it can be hard to make your way through the pet containment maze. But if you’re like us—or the 3 million-some families who rely on Invisible Fence® Brand today—you never really considered boxing-in or tying-up your best friend anyway. 

Another solution awaits. Round up your questions and contact the good people at your local Invisible Fence® Brand dealer today—they’re there to help.
 


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