Furry Family Friday - Fencing & Collars

Real Estate Agent
When buying a new home, we like to consider our pets and future pets.   A home to keep them safe, that they'll enjoy and maybe make our lives a little more convenient.  Today we'll look at ways to keep our playful pups contained in the yard.  
If you live in a condo to townhouse, you may not have your own yard to just let your pup outside.  Potty trips and playtime may be outdoor excursions and multiple walks daily.  I feel for you in the cold weather...  If you do have your own yard, the ultimate home feature is a fully fenced yard.  Just open the door and let your pup run and do their business.
Be sure to check the fence completely at your new home.  Look for holes, loose areas your dog could squeeze through, peeling paint and especially the height of the fence.  A four-foot chain link fence may not be ideal for your greyhound.  It pays to know your dog.   
Example in knowing your dog: My dog respects the 2 foot baby gate we place across doorways but we know he can scale it if he wants.  If we really need him to stay out of a room the door has to be closed.  
A 6 foot fence can be quite an expense that you may not be able to afford right after closing.  My solution?  Keep the 4 foot chain link fence and add a lead system for your dog.  An extra step to let them out, putting the lead on, but could save you a broken heart if they leap over and take off.
We use a thirty foot lead at my house.  It's secured to a post in the middle of the backyard, gives our dog access to just about the whole yard (including a small part of the neighbors unfortunately) and the hook up is right outside the back door.  It's convenient, effective and inexpensive.  There are also leads that you can secure to two points in your yard (think house and tree) and your dog can run the length of the lead.
One thing to consider in conjunction with fences is your dog's collar.  If you do have a jumper, or your pup is new and you're not sure, think about investing in a collar with flat identification tags.  Should your pup attempt to jump over the fence there will be less risk of their tags becoming snagged on the fence.  You can also look into quick-release/breakaway collars.  When enough force is placed on the collar the safety buckle will release.  Great feature should your pup become entangled in something or with another dog.
As always, consult with your local veterinarian regarding your dogs habits, proper collar fittings and any health related issues.
Are you and your pup looking for a new home?  I'd love to help you find your fully fenced dream home!

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