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The Importance of Fencing

The importance of fencing to your pet’s safety cannot be underestimated. There is a good reason that most shelters, rescue organizations and responsible breeders require that you have fencing in place before adopting an animal out to you. A fully fenced yard keeps your pet off the road and away from the risk of being hit by a car, stolen by a stranger, or picked up by animal control. 

Small breeds are unlikely to jump a fence that is four feet or more tall but athletic, medium to large sized dogs and cats can easily jump four feet and are better off with a fence that is six feet. Jumping is not the only escape risk though. Many dogs are avid diggers and can easily dig under a fence.

So what fence is right for you?

Invisible Fencing. While invisible fencing will keep some dogs and cats in, a truly determined pet will run through the shock which is brief and then keep on going. This is most likely to occur if your pet is chasing something or being chased by something. Below, you can see just one Twitter post, but this is a common problem and happens all the time. It also has no effect on other animals or people, which means that they can come on to your property and attack your pet (like coyotes sometimes do). So, it does not protect your pet from outside predators – both two and four footed. 

Chain Link Fences. Chain link fences are popular because they are cheaper than wood, vinyl, and aluminum fencing but they are not as effective as a Pet Playgrounds Dog Fence. Dogs can use the rigid chain link fence like a ladder, and simply climb right over your fence! Your dog doesn’t even have to be a large or tall dog as you can see in the video below.

Wood Fences. Many people think a premium cedar wood fence will be enough to contain their dog, but unfortunately wood fences simply don’t work. In addition to climbing a fence, dogs tend to dig under a fence as you can see in the video below. Traditional wood fences can be incredibly expensive, and they still won’t prevent your dogs from escaping under your fence.

So, what is the best option? 

A Pet Playgrounds fence is the best dog fencing system that you can install for your dog. To prevent dogs from climbing over the fence we use a 1000 pound break strength polypropylene mesh which is incredibly strong, yet very flexible. This means that dogs can’t get a grip and climb over the fence like they can with chain link fences. It essentially feels like a net to dogs and other animals. This material is also incredibly strong. If you take a look at the video below, you’ll notice that a tree fell on one of our fences after a hurricane. We simply cut the tree to push it off the fence, and connected back the material with a hog ringer (a simple hand tool that we provide in our kits). The whole process took about 10 minutes. If this had been a wood or chain link fence you would have no other option but to remove the broken section and replace it entirely.

Secondly, we use a commercial grade metal hex netting material that doesn’t stop when your fence stops. In fact it continues (towards you) about 6 inches. Although it is not the only component that creates your dig guard to prevent your dogs from digging under, it is one of the most critical components to keep your dog secure and on your property. We then use special kinked ground stakes to keep the metal hex netting material bonded to the ground.

Together, our system is comprised of 11 components that can easily be installed by the average homeowner, or a professional installer can come out to your property and install it for you. Whatever you decide, we think you’ll be amazed of just how incredible our fence works at keeping your dog safe, and keeping other critters out.

 

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

Pet Playgrounds makes the safest and most reliable REAL dog fencing system in the world™

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What dog owners need to know about the dog flu outbreak.

A canine flu outbreak (H3N2) has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other pets to stop it from spreading further. Both viruses can cause persistent cough, runny nose and fever in dogs. Experts say a small percentage will develop more severe symptoms. The H3N2 infection has been associated with some deaths. Positive tests for H3N2 have also been reported in Alabama, California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Iowa and Indiana, according to the most recent report by Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center. And a new case was confirmed Wednesday in the metro Atlanta area of Georgia. 

What are the symptoms?
While most dogs will show typical symptoms of kennel cough, a small percentage of dogs will develop a more severe illness. Symptoms of canine influenza virus include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Variable fever
  • Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
  • Rapid/difficult breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

How serious is it?

It’s estimated that several thousand dogs have been affected by the virus, but not more than 10,000 at this point. The mortality rate is about 2-3%.

How can I prevent my dog from getting it?
Dog owners need to have increased vigilance to avoid dogs that appear sick and to not take their dogs to public places if they are sick. Avoid taking your dog to dog parks or to doggy day care facilities if you are in the affected areas. Dogs are most infectious before symptoms are apparent, and can continue shedding the virus for around 10 days. This means that by the time symptoms are seen, other dogs may have already been exposed. Luckily, Pet Playgrounds offers dog fence kits that can act as your personal dog park right in your own backyard.

 

Pet Playgrounds makes the safest and most reliable REAL dog fencing system in the world™

Just how strong is our dog fence?

Just how strong is a Pet Playgrounds dog fencing system? This video should clear a few things up.

 

Pit bulls (in particular) should have a large, well fenced yard for daily exercise. A fence that is able to contain your large and energetic pit bull is absolutely necessary to protect your dog, the breed, and the neighborhood. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to contain a dog and yet so many people fail to, resulting in “incidents” which harm the breed. There is NO excuse for allowing a bulldog to run loose in the neighborhood. We recommend a 6 foot tall fence with at least 200 feet of room for any large dog. This will give you about a 2,500 sq. foot personal dog park. Our unique fencing materials makes it very uncomfortable for a dog to spend too much time against the fence. This increases the level of protection our fence provides. Every Pet Playgrounds dog fence comes with REAL chew, climb, and dig protection.

Pet Playgrounds makes the safest and most reliable REAL dog fencing system in the world™


Our hybrid dog fence is strong and flexible. It’s so strong it can even stand up to a tree falling on it during a hurricane. Its flexibility is what makes climbing our fence virtually impossible from either side. The fence feels like a net that dogs and other animals simply can’t climb. 
Our hybrid fences do not have a top rail, instead there is a 12 gauge black vinyl coated, UV protected, braided STEEL cable that keeps the fence tight and straight.  

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Pet Playgrounds is THE best way to let your dog run free, and we recently added a Cat Conversion Kit so you can now keep your cats and your dogs on your property. We are the most affordable and effective dog fencing solution. Still have questions? Call us at 1-800-985-9202 anytime and one of our Pet Fence Experts will help you choose the best kit to contain your dog or cat.

 7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

 

Why most trainers and rescue organizations advise against using invisible fencing systems

For people with yards that are difficult to fence — such as a yard that is bordered by a stream, full of rocks, or on uneven land – a wireless electrical invisible fence is an option that many dog owners consider. So how do these systems work? A wire is installed underground for the entire enclosure. This wire has a radio signal and the dog wears a shock collar. If the dog gets too close to the wire or attempts to cross the boundary, the dog receives a shock. This “shock treatment” trains the animal to stay within its appointed area. 

Dog trainer Pamela Dennison says this about the shock that your dog has to receive in order to understand that they are not supposed to cross an imaginary line.

How many times do you have to be stung by a wasp to be terrified of wasps? I doubt more than once, but then, how do you then feel about wasps? Are you terrified? Do you run around frantically, screaming in a panic, trying to get away from it? Does your heart rate go through the roof? Is this pleasant for you? Your dog may start to become neurotic about weird things or become timid, fearful or aggressive. He may start to become aggressive toward the other dogs you have. He may now be fearful about leaving the property at all – even in “safe” areas. He may also become fearful of new places – especially if you use one of the “dummy” collars and leave it on all of the time. Think about it: He has a real or dummy collar on and you take him to a new location – maybe even a training class. He is now freaked because he doesn’t know where the boundaries are and is terrified of being shocked. He moves around slowly and cautiously because he doesn’t know where the “safe” places are.”

Now, not everyone agrees that shocking your dog is inhumane, but this is not the only issue.

Unless you’re going to put collars on every critter that exists in your neighborhood, an invisible fence does nothing about keeping other dogs, coyotes, and other predators OUT of your yard. Strays and/or feral animals can come in and do whatever damage they wish to your dog and he is pretty much helpless to get away. 

Another issue is that dog owners that purchase this type of system rarely provide their dog with the special training necessarily to get used to the invisible fence system. This means that a dog is not just shocked once or twice, but is continually shocked which can cause all sorts of physical and neurotic problems. Dogs may associate the pain from the shock with the environment or with objects in the environment (including humans, dogs, or cats), rather than with their escaping the property line. This may lead to anxiety or negative associations with those objects, which can ultimately result in aggression. Some dogs that have been conditioned in this manner, may not want to set foot in the yard, for worry of pain. They may also start to attack humans and other animals, that wander too close to the fence perimeter.

One of the biggest issues however, is that shock collars simply don’t work on 30% of dogs. That means for every 10 wireless electric fence installations 3 dogs simply run right through. Now, you might think to yourself that the dog may just need a more powerful shock, however some dogs get habituated to the shocks and learn that if they can tolerate the pain close to the fence-line, they can escape. Once they escape, they are rewarded with no more shocks. In this way, the dog learns that escaping is a good thing, whereas staying in the backyard is not. This is where the training is supposed to help, but when people see the $700 – $1000 price tag that is typically associated with shock collar training they opt out of training their dog which only makes the situation worse.

The issue of using shock collars may be polarizing to some, however formal studies have shown that electronic shock collars can increase stress in dogs and reduce their quality of life. The results from Schalke’s study indicate that electronic collars are extremely risky to use even for the short term. Stress levels of the dogs were high after just 7 days, and were elevated as soon as they returned to the shock treatment environment. This is consistent with Polsky’s study, which show that dogs may associate the shock and stress they receive, with the environment itself indefinitely.

So given all this information, what is the best way to contain your dog on your property? Traditional fences are a thousand times better than underground invisible electrical fences, however they are not designed to keep dogs from digging, chewing or climbing out of their enclosure. Not only are they ineffective, but they are incredibly expensive. Our most popular product, a DIY 5 foot tall 200 linear foot fencing kit, sells for $1,299 but the materials for a traditional wood fence would cost you well over $6,500. (Note both prices include materials only). A chain link fence is less expensive. The materials to put up a chain link fence over the same property would run you roughly $2,250. Additionally, chain link fences are like ladders to dogs and other predators. Most dogs can easily climb a traditional chain link fence. Our hybrid dog fence is strong and flexible. This flexibility is part of what makes climbing our fence virtually impossible from either side. The fence also feels like a net that dogs and other animals can’t climb it.

Giving your dog an area where he can exercise in critically important for the health, happiness and behavior of your dogs. Owners that purchase shock collars think they are providing their dog with a safe area to play in – however, as we have shown, many dogs are actually harmed by this inhumane product. A Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence is a physical fence that is affordable, easy to assemble, and is the best way to keep your dog contained on your property. Don’t make the mistake of buying an invisible fencing system only to see your dog get out and then turn to other solutions. With Pet Playgrounds you can contain your dog affordably the first time.

Still have questions? Call us at 1-800-985-9202 or chat with us online.

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

Pet Playgrounds is the ONLY dog fencing system that has been field tested and approved by PETA

Use coupon code PETA to 5% on your oder. We’ll donate another 5% to PETA so they can continue to help animals in need.

Trying to decide whether a Pet Playgrounds dog fence is the best solution for you?

Here’s why a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence is the best way to let your dog run free safely, humanely, and affordably.

1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.

Our hybrid dog fence is strong and flexible. It’s so strong it can even stand up to a tree falling on it during a hurricane. Its flexibility is what makes climbing our fence virtually impossible from either side. The fence feels like a net that dogs and other animals simply can’t climb. Our hybrid fences do not have a top rail, instead there is a 12 gauge black vinyl coated, UV protected, braided STEEL cable that keeps the fence tight and straight.  

The bottom of our fence is flared in 6 inches flat onto the ground and secured with a uniquely shaped kinked stake. This makes it incredibly difficult for any dog to dig under our unique fencing system.

2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.

View our gallery and check out how our fencing system looks from different angles, close up, and from far away. You can see just how easy our fencing system is installed even when installed in the most challenging of properties.

3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect and contain your dog.

The average cost of our unique dog fencing system including installation is typically $9 per linear foot. Chain link fences can cost you $14 per linear foot (installed) because of the many landscape changes most people have to make and the incredible amount of posts that you need to purchase with traditional fencing systems. Even the cheapest wood fence would cost you $23 per linear foot. Check out our fencing calculator or better yet try our Easy Dog Fence Selector to find out the total cost of your Pet Playgrounds kit including the cost of installation instantly online.

4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.

Our non-electric dog fence can be installed on uneven or challenging grounds such as hills, streams, wooded or rocky areas due to the flexibility of the materials and its ability to use trees when possible. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.

5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.

6. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too! 

We shipped PETA a 5 foot dog fence kit with a gate. PETA found a family that had two dogs that were living on a leash. Like PETA, Pet Playgrounds believes all dogs deserve to run free so we were ecstatic that our dog fencing system was going to be used to improve the life of two wonderful dogs. 

7. It’s the easiest way to let your dog run free and do his business without having to layer up and freeze every time your dog needs to go out!

With our unique fencing system that attaches to your house you simply have to open your door. It’s sure getting cold out there, so don’t wait until it’s too late! With a mild winter in most of the United States (and even Canada) we have folks installing our DIY kits nationwide or benefiting from our professional installation services even in the midst of winter.

 

Pet Playgrounds was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing people with an affordable option to contain their dog in a safe enclosure, and protect them from deer and coyotes. Today, Pet Playgrounds continues to push the envelope with our unique materials, and assembly methods to create the perfect enclosure for your dog. We work with many rescue organizations and help them with their fundraising efforts. We have had our fence tested by PETA, and we are member of the ASPCA. Our love for dogs is what makes us wake up every morning. 

 

 

How to contain a pit bull

Recently a customer called us because their current fence was not working. They had a pit bull and when they let it out in their yard it would climb their fence. This customer had BOTH a wooden fence and a chain link fence, but these traditional fencing systems could not contain their large dog. This is because wooden and chain link fences actually act like a ladder and assist dogs in climbing over a fence.

BEFORE

Even though our fence is incredibly strong, it is also incredibly flexible. We utilize 11 different components to assemble our fence, but our 1000 pound break strength polypropylene mesh is what helps dogs like this pit bull stay on their property. The material is strong enough to bounce right back up after a hurricane, but flexible enough so that dogs are not able to climb it. The material feels more like a net than a ladder to a dog. Additionally, our dig guard which is assembled from our commercial grade 18 gauge metal hex wire which has been UV protected and vinyl coated prevents this large dog from digging under as well. All our of kits come with REAL climb, dig, and chew protection and our kits also have the added benefit of keeping coyotes, deer, and other dogs out as well.

AFTER

Having problems containing your dog? Contact one of our Pet Fence Experts now by dialing 1-800-985-9202, or chat with us online.  

Watch Lucy run free for the first time!

Sandy, a volunteer foster parent at Companion Pet Rescue & Transport in Connecticut (www.cprdogs.com), took a video of Lucy to show us just how happy she was to run free her fist time off a leash. The dog park was installed by Pet Playgrounds in Sandy’s backyard. Pet Playgrounds offers the most affordable and most effective way to contain your dog or dogs. Here’s what Sandy had to say about Lucy’s experience:

We have a great dane/hound mix that just came into our rescue, named Lucy. We brought her to an adoption event Sunday but she was not settled down ’cause she just needed to get some energy out and to just run. It was suggested to bring her down the street to the dog park to let her run a little. Having personally just met Lucy the day before, I was a little leery of how she was going to behave with other dogs, and how they would behave with her, and not wanting to be responsible for something not going well, I took her five minutes further away, to my dog park! So, this is the video of her going off leash for the first time under our watch. She also met my pups for the first time… in a nice safe environment.

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Intersted in assembling your very own personal dog park in your backyard? We have DIY kits and professional installation services that are perfect for every breed and for every property type. Once you have purchased your Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence check out our full line of practice and competition quality dog agility products. Don’t forget to use code CPR5 to save 5%. We’ll go ahead and donate an additional 5% right back to Companion Pet Rescue as well

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How to build an affordable community dog park


With cities becoming more and more crowded and leash laws becoming more restrictive, many concerned dog owners are looking to the creation of dog parks as a solution to their need for a place to spend quality time with their pets. If you have a backyard on your property (whether you are a homeowner or a renter) the best solution would be to assemble one of our Do-it-Yourself dog fence kits. They are affordable, effective, humane, and have been tested by PETA. But that is not always possible, especially in urban areas, in gated communities, or with restrictive HOAs. 

Dogs need to run free, so without a fenced in backyard, or a dog park how can you accomplish this? By now you have no doubt recognized the need for a dog park in your area, and you’re eager to see one established.

But how do you get started? 

Start with a small group of committed dog park activists. Talk with a half dozen other individuals who are concerned about the lack of off-leash spaces. These may be people you already know, or you may want to put a notice in the local paper. This group may form a park association and will be responsible for meeting with public officials, making presentations, maintaining the park and defusing any problems that arise.

Choose a site. The ideal area will be a safe, accessible location that takes into account the needs of park users as well as the effect the park will have on neighbors and the environment.

dog fenceCreate a budget. Determine how much it will cost to construct and maintain the park. This is where Pet Playgrounds can help you tremendously. Our fencing kits are incredibly affordable, and can be installed virtually anywhere, by just about anyone. For a relatively small dog park of 500 linear feet (or 15,625 square feet) a traditional 4 foot chain link fence can cost you more than $10,000 for materials and installation. However, a Pet Playgrounds 4 foot dog fencing kit would cost under $6,000 to enclose the same area. Unlike other dog fencing companies we can install the product for you or you can have anyone install this dog fence. This means that you can ask for volunteers to help assemble your community dog park and save literally thousands, making the dog park even more affordable. Pet Playgrounds also offers a wide variety of competition quality agility equipment. Besides creating a fenced in area, and equipment for dogs to play with you will also need to calculate the costs of garbage removal, lawn maintenance, drinking water, field drainage, lighting, benches, and a pooper-scooper station – but those are fairly moderate compared to the cost of constructing a traditional dog park.

Spread the word. Enlist the support of local veterinarians, groomers, dog walkers, and others who have a real interest in seeing a community filled with healthy, well-socialized dogs. Involve them in gathering petitions, writing letters to the editor of local papers and generally spreading the word.

What about maintenance? Maintenance will be another important consideration. In some areas, park associations work in conjunction with local kennel clubs and parks department officials to organize volunteer “park cleanup” days. Kennel clubs and other dog organizations may also be willing to donate funds for future supplies of scoopers, trash bags, and cans.

What would an ideal dog park look like?

  • An ideal dog park would be occupy one acre or more of land surrounded by a four-to six-foot dog-specific fence. The fence should be equipped with a double-gated entry to keep dogs from escaping and to facilitate wheelchair access.
  • Cleaning supplies, including covered garbage cans, waste bags, and pooper- scooper stations.
  • If space allows, it is preferable to provide separate areas for small and large dogs. This will enable large dog owners to allow their pets to run more freely, while protecting smaller dogs who may not be suited to the enthusiastic play of larger breeds. This is incredibly easy with a Pet Playgrounds fence because of the components that are utilized. 

If you are truly interested then please download the this PDF from the American Kennel Club and learn everything you need to know to get your very own community dog park installed!