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Choosing A Fence For Your Bichon Frise
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Choosing A Fence for Your Bichon Frise

Do you need a fence for your Bichon Frise

If you are the owner of a Bichon Frise, and you live in a single family home or condo with a yard, you need to think about fencing. Unless you will put your pet on their leash and go outside with them every single time they are in the yard, a fence is the only way to keep your Bichon safe. No matter how well you believe you're Bichon is trained to stay in the yard, he could run into the street and be struck by a car, or get disoriented and be unable to find the way back home. Even the best trained dog can become distracted by another dog, passing child or ball rolling into the street. The life of your pet is priceless, the cost of a fence is a small price to pay in comparison.

Types of fencing

There are a variety of different fence options available on the market. I'm focusing here on two broad categories. Underground electronic fencing, and the type of fence that is made from wood or chain link and encloses a portion or all of the yard. You will need to check into zoning ordinances, neighborhood and condo association guidelines and regulations regarding permits as a first step in determining what your choices are. In many planned developments like subdivisions and condominium communities, there are strict rules in place that will narrow your options. You will typically be investing a thousand dollars or more, so you do not want to find out after the fact that your new fence must be taken down.

Underground Electronic Fencing

This type of fence is often referred to as an invisible fence. Invisible Fence is a brand name, one of several companies that manufactures and installs this type of fence. There are pros and cons to each one, and if you choose to go with an underground electronic fence, be sure you do some research on the different companies.

The main benefit of an electronic fence is there is no physical structure visible on the property. Wires are placed a short distance below the ground and a small control unit is mounted somewhere in the house, typically in the garage. Your Bichon Frise wears a collar with a small battery operated transmitter attached. If he crosses over one of the wires marking the acceptable boundaries of the yard, a small electrical current emits from the transmitter on his collar, and he receive an unpleasant feeling like a small shock.

If you go with this type of fence, be sure to frequently check the batteries in the collar, and also be sure the control box is powered on and working correctly. Do not get lulled into the belief that if the collar is on the dog is guaranteed to be safe. Some systems will automatically increase the level of shock if the dog challenges the fence, in other cases you must be on the alert for this and have the company come out and increase the charge level. This type of fence is especially popular in subdivisions and other neighborhoods that do not allow visible fencing.

Chain link and wooden fences

If you live in a location that allows this type of fencing, it is a safe and secure choice for keeping your Bichon Frise inside the yard and away from danger. The materials and design of your fence are only limited by your imagination and your budget. From simple chain link fencing to ornate custom designed fencing with beautiful decorative touches, there is a fence for everyone.

Whatever type of structural components you choose for your Bichon Frise's fence, make sure the fence is set into the ground at a level substantial enough that your dog can not easily dig underneath it. Digging under the fence is the most common way dogs in fenced yards are able to escape.

Keep Your Bichon Frise Safe

A fence is a worthwhile investment and could save your Bichon Frise's life. If you do not have a fence, please never allow your precious pet to be outside off of their leash. As tempting as it may be to let them run free for a bit, it is too much of a risk. Your Bichon depends on you to keep him safe.


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