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Is an Electric Dog Fence Right for You? Great information + a giveaway!

If you have dogs, you know it is hard to keep up with every move, especially with multiple pets. There is always an unexpected circumstance…. a squirrel that is in an unexpected place, a handyman who forgets to close the gate. Personally, a combination of efforts is the best method to ensure that your pet is safe.

Every dog owner’s worst nightmare is losing their beloved pet. Thousands of dogs go missing every year, and too many of them never make it back home. In order to ensure the safety of your dog, you must take preventative measures whenever possible. One of the most important things to do is to make sure your dog can’t leave your property on his own. Because dogs enjoy roaming and running, keeping them on a leash at all times in your yard isn’t the best solution.

Fencing is the preferred method for keeping dogs contained in yards. The next question, however, is what type of fencing? You could choose a traditional fence or an electric dog fence. Many people opt for traditional fences, but electric dog fences can sometimes be the better choice. There are many reasons why you might choose one instead of a wood, chain link, or PVC fence, so let’s examine some of the different factors you should consider.

Maintaining Your Fence

If you have a smaller yard, your dog will have an even bigger desire to see what’s beyond it. With traditional fencing, a big concern is digging underneath. Certain dogs, like terriers and beagles, have a natural desire to dig, and stopping that behavior will be a challenge for even the most experienced home owners. An electronic dog fence like the Petsafe Yardmax can stop your dog from getting to the perimeter of your yard. An alternative is a wireless radial fence such Havahart Radial. With traditional fences, maintaining its look and structure over time can be costly. Dogs squeezing through the fence, jumping over it, and chewing latches, are all concerns. Wired dog fences, on the other hand, are versatile and easy-to-install, and they won’t require nearly as much maintenance to continue working (or looking) their best.

Preserving Your View

Sometimes traditional fences can enhance the look of your property, but other times, they can be detrimental and obstructive. If you have a home on the waterfront or with a gorgeous view of a golf course, for example, you don’t want a large fence blocking the way. When you don’t want to change the look of your property, electronic dog fences are the answer. A better option than invisible fence due to cost, wired dog fences that you install yourself are great choices. Your dog must wear a collar anyway, so wearing an e-collar instead isn’t out of place. A big fence, however, can be unsightly and inconvenient. If it doesn’t match your architecture and landscaping, it can even reduce the value of your home and property. Some homeowners’ associations don’t allow fencing, and an electric dog fence may be the only solution. ’

Enclosing Large Areas

Dog owners with sheep herding dogs, hunting dogs, or other working dogs and other animals often have hunting leases, ranches, farms, and other agricultural settings to enclose. Creating safe zones for your dog doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Rather than install a fence over a large area, you can simply lay the wire for an electric dog fence. First, read the reviews of dog fences for acreage and large properties to see what type will work best for your situation. Whether your enclosing your entire property or a small area within it, large areas can be more easily secured with an electric dog fence than with a traditional fence. If you need to change your boundaries, it’s also easier to do with a wired fence than with a large, above-ground fence.

Cost and Effort

Traditional fences are expensive and can take a long time to install correctly. Electric dog fences, however, can be installed by just about anyone in just a couple days or less. You’ll save hundreds of dollars, because normal dog fences are often as high as $2,000+, and a high-quality wired dog fence will cost less than $600 total. When you install the electronic dog fence on your own, you also gain valuable insight into the capabilities of your dog fence system. You’ll be able to maintain and repair your fence on your own without needing a repair technician to come out.



Training your dog to obey the electric dog fence and e-collar is the most important part of installation. Your dog must learn the consequences and rewards to certain behaviors, and he must be properly trained during a short adjustment period. With careful guidance and diligence in handling your dog, you can minimize his stress as he learns to recognize his new boundaries. Providing proper dog fence training will ensure the success of your fence and the safety of your canine companion. All breeds of dogs can be trained with an e-collar and wired dog fence.


Before you choose a fencing solution, make sure you carefully explore all your options. While traditional fences can be nice, they’re oftentimes not the most practical solution for your individual situation. An electric fence can be a versatile way to ensure the safety of your dog but it is not the only solution. Many dog owners prefer to offer supervised on-leash outings only or opt for a large dog run on premises.


Published in partnership with We encourage you to share your experiences with a variety of dog containment systems. What has worked for you? What has not worked for you? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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New Products! Jewelry, Crate Tags and more!

Check it out! Big Paw Designs has launched some new products and we just love them!

Crate and Luggage tags in 9 delicious colors.

Door hangers for cats, dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs.
New Collar charms including the long anticipated Wiggle Butt!

Pet Lover Jewelry for People.
A New Paw Magnet.

And Angel Dog and Cat collection.

Visit and check it out! Wholesale is also available to stores, pet rescue groups and more!

Happy Howloween! Save 20% today only

Happy Howloween! Save 20% on anything from today only. Enter coupon code HOWL09 at checkout for discount to apply.

About Big Paw Designs:
Since 2002 we have made dogs hip, cats cool and pet lovers pleased. We invite you to shop online for our unique selection of collar charms, pet jewelry, dog jewelry, dog charms, dog gifts, cat gifts, pet lover gifts, earrings, key chains, magnets, bumper stickers, pet picture frames and more that are designed and made in the USA.

Dog Gift Baskets

All of the paws at Big Paw Designs love doggie gifts! And there are some cute gift baskets just for Dogs at
They have everything from gift baskets for dogs, to dog lovers, get well and birthday dog baskets too!
There is even one with a doggie vitamin case. They have thought of everything.

They also have a good blog to refer to for doggie advice. They recently celebrated National Dog Day in August. I am sure lots of doggies got some yummy treats and baskets for that pawtacular event.

How to Find the Perfect Pet Gift

Once upon a time, the perfect pet gift idea amounted to no more than a dog bone or a ball stuffed with catnip. Today, with more than six out of every ten households owning a pet (approximately 64.2 million), pet owners feed a booming industry that treats pets as humans and no longer “settles” for standard pet gifts.

With pets becoming more and more woven into the fabric of families, their owners are looking for new and innovative ways to show their love for their furry friends. Today’s pets celebrate major holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries right along with the rest of their human relatives. For these special family members, stale dog treats and fake rubber mice just don’t cut it anymore. Their owners won’t allow it.

Modern pampered pets are more likely to receive:

* Charms to hang from collars * Collars made of precious gems or unique materials * Pet cologne * Christmas stockings * Clothes or specialty bandanas * Toys

Just how do people decide what pet gift idea works best for their pets? Believe it or not, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a gift for the family pet.

* First, begin by evaluating your pet’s pastimes. Does the cat like to chase balls? Perhaps a cat toy would be in order. Does the family dog celebrate Christmas with the rest of the family? Consider buying a stocking so that he has a place for his own presents.

* Second, consider your pet’s temperament. For example, if you own a cat that tends to bite or chew at her collars, buying one made of precious materials may not be wise. However, a unique leather collar with a cute charm may be just what the vet ordered. A pet gift idea that suits a pet’s temperament guarantees that your pet will be happy with his new present.

* Third, take inventory of what your pet already has. Does Fido already have three blue bandanas? Maybe something with a floral print is in order. Does Morris already have three toy mice? Chances are he’d get bored with another.

* Finally, consider the personality of the pet. If you have a pet that really enjoys eating, perhaps food treats would make the best gift. Likewise, make sure to consider your pet’s personality when choosing any collars and charms. Is he a “Rub my Tummy” buddy or a “Squirrel Patrol” machine.

It’s no question, pets have nuzzled their way into the hearts—and wallets—of pet lovers all over the world. As they become more humanized in society, the accessibility to a growing market of pet gifts will become easier than ever. Understanding how to come up with the perfect pet gift idea is one way to make sure you and your pet are happy with your purchase. Need more ideas? Visit for more information and a variety of unique gifts specially designed for the pet in your life.

June Wholesale Special for Rescue Groups

Big Paw Designs is having a wholesale special for rescues in June! Order Big Paw products at wholesale rates for your summer fund raising, no matter what your budget. So whether you need 10 charms or stickers or 200…now is the time to order! Email us ( for the log in to the wholesale site or fill out our wholesale application.

– No wholesale Minimum Order in June OR wholesale Orders over $200 receive an extra 10% off in June. Simply put a note in the comments that you are a rescue group.

So order your rescue charms, magnets and pet lover gifts soon! Offer good for orders placed in June only.