No matter how loving and careful people are with their pets, accidents can happen. That is why they are called accidents.
One of the scariest of these accidents occurred at a breeder’s house in Elgin, Illinois. This breeder was very in touch with Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers; had bred and showed the dogs for most of her life. She believed in her theories and recommended specifics for the dogs that were originally in her care.
One of the recommendations happened to be to get a chain-linked fence. She totally believed in this product – feeling that other products were not reliable or practical. Unfortunately the issue that developed with the fence was most unfortunate!
Being the breeder of more than one female at a time, at the time of the accident, several births had occurred and so she was loaded with puppies in her back yard. It was difficult to watch the comings and goings of all of the puppies. When she allowed the litters into her back yard and went back into her home for a few minutes, one of her very valuable female pups got her collar caught on that chain-linked fence and hung herself. It was awful to hear about – especially since it was Quantum Leap’s breeder – and his sister!
It was really good to know that the fence we had chosen was of a safer variety. The molded plastic fence that was installed in the back yard has no links to catch collars on; no harm can come to the dog. The breeder was very unhappy that her recommendation was not followed, but soon calmed down after Q’s sister lost her life on the recommended type of fence.
Many dog owners have issues with electronic fences. These products are not created to harm a dog. They are created as a means of control and containment. They were developed with the concept in mind that they will protect your investment in your family pet.
It is best to be careful with your pet and chose what you feel is best for your specific pet. Also make certain to investigate your backyard for holes so that the dog cannot get injured. The other thing that you must be cautious of is that the fence does not develop holes or that your yard does not erode so that the dog can crawl under.
Dog fences come in many varieties. It is best to have a fence to make certain that your dog is safer than you being sorry for not having the fence. It is wise, however, to look at all of the varieties of fences available and to choose the fence that you feel is best for you and your family. Keeping your dog safe is the main reason for the fence – do not let the fence be the reason for an accident that could be prevented though!