Having one or more dogs in the household has a great many benefits for children and adults alike, but it is important for dog owners to take the steps necessary to keep their pooch safe, secure and at home. Dogs that are allowed to roam free are subject to any number of dangers, and dog owners who allow their pets to run loose in the neighborhood may face large fines and even legal action in the event of a bite or other problem. Keeping a dog contained and secure is easier said than done, however, and it is important for those planning to bring a dog or puppy home to consider what methods will be used. The various methods of canine containment run the gamut, from simple and inexpensive to elaborate and quite pricey. The right system will depend on such factors as where you live, the size of the dog, the size of the yard and of course your budget. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to keep the dog safe at home is to simply install a fence in the backyard. Adding a fence to the backyard can be a great way to keep the dog safe from other dogs, and to keep him from escaping and exploring the neighborhood on his own. When adding a fence, however, it is important that the fence be high enough so that the dog cannot jump over it. Even small dogs can leap remarkably high when properly motivated, so be sure to install a fence that is safe, secure and high. When determining fence height, be sure to consider the adult size of the dog when dealing with a puppy. For those homeowners who do not like the appearance of a traditional fence, an underground, or â€œinvisibleâ€ fence offers an interesting alternative. These containment systems work by way of wires placed under the ground, and a transmitter which is worn around the animalâ€™s neck. When the dog approaches the barrier, a warning is sounded, and if the dog proceeds, a mild electric shock is administered. How quickly the dog learns the system will depend on the individual dog. Some dogs understand the concept right away and never wander outside the perimeter; others may require weeks of careful training and close supervision. But of course no fence in the world is a substitute for proper training. In order to be a good citizen of the home and citizen of the neighborhood, the dog must be taught to respect and obey the humans in his pack. It is important to train the dog or puppy from the day it first enters the home, and to maintain that training throughout the dogâ€™s life. Having a well trained and obedient dog who is a member of the family is the best security system of all.
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