I’ve been compensated for this post by Dog Fence DIY, but all opinions, words and crazy dog lady photos are my own.
|The Cost-oma in Action|
|"Hello from the end table!"|
Napoleon is my best friend, and a pretty chill dog. He wasn’t always that way. He really only slowed down in the last year or so. I used to have to put a sweater on him anytime people came over to induce what I called a cost-oma: a costume-created coma. Now he’s better, but there are plenty of times I wished for an electric dog fence/force field to keep him comfortably out of the way during parties.
Since I live in a very cozy townhouse, I’ve never looked into containment options for Napoleon (other than his sweet doggy house/end table) and was pretty surprised that electronic fences for the furface can run $2,000. I love him and readily spend more on his vet visits than my own Minute Clinic jaunts, but that’s a lot of money. That’s a very nice all-inclusive vacation. For a wireless dog fence.
Yeah, love has its limits.
|An unease truce has been negotiated|
So when I was contacted to write this little piece about a DIY electric fence option, I was intrigued. Instead of paying the equivalent of roughly 30 full-body massages, this scenario costs more like $300 (way fewer massages). The setup reminds me of a Pinterest project or the LED under cabinet lights that completed my kitchen renovation last year. Not particularly difficult, just a matter of YouTubing and following the directions.
Even in my current set up, there are quite a few uses for an electronic dog fence that I hadn’t considered. You can actually use them indoors to cordon off your pets from company or each other. When my sister’s dog (Marvel, tree killer and destroyer of baseboards) stays over, I usually have to babygate him into a bathroom, then turn on a radio to keep him calm. With this set up, you could safely keep your dogs in another room sans gate, which I trip over roughly 482 times a day when the pets are in tow. Ever have one of those cheap, clunky ones fall over onto your feet? If so, you’ll understand the value of such an alternative.
|Marvel, aka, "Bathroom dog"|
It’s also safer for the pets – parties at my house include a lot of food dogs shouldn’t eat potentially getting dropped, along with strangers and things getting dropped. I try to train Napoleon to stay out of the kitchen when people are cooking, because I once dropped a can of biscuits on him when he was too curious about my cooking, but he gets really excited when there’s company.
The generous folks at Dog Fence DIY wanted to ensure as many folks saw my cute dog photos as possible (not quite but sort of), so I get to select one lucky reader to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. To win, let me know the funniest habit your pet has. Add an additional comment if you share this via social media for extra chances to win. I’ll pick a random winner on Jan. 14.
Napoleon’s? He sleeps on a stack of pillows next to my bed, and during the day, only sleeps on my pillow. I’d like to think it’s because he loves me and seeks out my scent, but it’s probably his way of trying to abscond my position as alpha.