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Rescue Dogs, Fence for Safety
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I have noticed that almost every rescue and shelter that has dogs up for adoption will require that the new owner have a fenced in yard. Article by Best Friend Fence

DOGS, to the people who love them this word can bring an instant smile. I know it’s trite and I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but dog spelled backwards is god. I don’t think that’s an accident. When you think of all the wonderful dogs that fill people’s lives with joy and companionship, it makes sense that their very name conjures up a positive force in the world.

From my own experience with the three wonderful four legged friends that I have had, to hearing the stories that people tell me every day, I know that they fill a need in our lives and homes that is unique to them. Who doesn’t smile at the end of a long, hard day when Rover or Fifi comes bounding over at the sound of your car or the door opening at your arrival home?

exercise your dogs.Who doesn’t enjoy the doggie kisses and the loving looks that we get just for being us? Lately, I have been watching some new, animal related programs on TV, and what I came away with was how important it is for dogs to have something to do, a job, if you will. One expert actually puts a backpack on some of the dogs he’s training and fills the pack back with filled water bottles to add weight. Using this when he walks the dog gives the dog a sense of purpose and keeps him mentally focused, and of course the added weight also tires him out faster so he will be more likely to want to rest when he gets back home, instead of maybe getting into mischief.

The three things this trainer stresses are 1. Exercise, 2. Training 3. Affection
And it really makes sense because once the dog is tired out from the exercise, he will be more likely to respond to his owners training. The affection part is also part of the reward he gets by doing what he’s told to do.
Much negative behavior is caused by the excess energy that builds up and is not released, exercise helps greatly with this.

Of course, some behavior problems need special attention to be eliminated and that is why we then call on a professional. Sometimes it is something as simple as removing the pet from the room until he learns that his negative behavior won’t be tolerated. Repetition is very important and consistency is a must.

I have noticed that almost every rescue and shelter that has dogs up for adoption will require that the new owner have a fenced in yard.  And for some people this means a costly and involved installation of a fence or the use of an electronic fence around the perimeter of their yard that might keep your dog inside the enclosure but will not keep out other dogs or critters.
 Many of the dogs that come from shelters and rescues have behaviors that have resulted from the experiences they have had before. Some have been abused or neglected and this has resulted in them being fearful or timid. In my own experience with my Romeo, a beautiful Brittany Spaniel, who we adopted at age two from the Humane Society, seven years ago. He was fearful and would cower with his head down when we would go for a walk. People would approach me and say, “Oh, he’s been abused hasn’t he? “ He was also afraid to walk on our kitchen tile floor; perhaps this was a throwback to a place where he had some bad memories.  He was very shy with strangers and would not even bark when other dogs or people would walk by.

Seven years later, he is what I call the goodwill ambassador, he loves attention and affection and will go right up to strangers as if to say look how cute I am, why don’t you pet me? He has become protective and will bark when anyone approaches the house, in both greeting and warning of the approach. He no longer cowers and walks with his head up, in a kind of little swagger. My husband and I are very happy to have him around and he is one happy little guy.

I would highly recommend adopting a shelter or a rescue dog. In some cases the dogs have been living with foster parents who can tell you what the dog is like and what his habits are. Weather or not he’s housebroken, if he gets along with other dogs and cats and children, and how he behaves around the house when left alone. 

I work for a fencing company called Best Friend Fence and we sell a polypropylene fence that has been used for 15 years as deer fencing. It is a heavy duty plastic, black material that can be attached to trees or to posts by the dog owner himself. It is appropriate for most breeds, except for some that would challenge the fence or try to rip it or chew it. It is a great way of letting the dog outside to get some much needed exercise, or for a place for him to go when he has to do his “business”.

Very easy to install, and aesthetically pleasing because it almost disappears after it is installed.  People love the appearance of this fence because it does not obscure their view, yet it does a good job in keeping dogs safe and happy outdoors. We sell this fence in rolls and have had people enclose small yards to large estates with it, both to keep out deer and to keep in their dogs. The other thing which is really unique about our fencing system is the posts. These posts come with sleeves which go into the ground 30”, they are pounded into the ground with a driving cap, which is a round tool which is placed in the sleeve and then hit with a sledgehammer. This drives the sleeve into the ground 30” and then the post slides inside the sleeve.

 The fence is then attached with our zip ties or nailed to trees. We flare the bottom of the fence 4 to 6” and at the crease; we then attach it to the ground with ground stakes every 5 feet.  Sometimes, for certain dogs, it is necessary to put in the chew guard, which is a 2’ or a 3’ wire fence coated Best Friend Fencewith black vinyl. This chew guard will prevent a chewer or a digger from chewing the fence or digging out and it also will prevent outside critters, like rabbits from chewing the plastic fence, making holes through which the dog could escape. If you are interested in putting up an attractive, efficient fencing system for your dog, please give us a call at 800-753-4880.

Contact: Our Friendly Staff
1100 Schell Lane
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
Phone: 1-800-753-4880
Email: info@bestfriendfence.com
Website: www.bestfriendfence.com/

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