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Electric Fencing for Pets
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Rutland provides several different options for electric fencing to contain dogs and other domestic pets. This includes adapting existing fences, semi-permanent fences and temporary fencing. The best choice will depend on your dog's personality, height, weight, fur length, and the tendency of the breed to dig or jump.

Electrifying Existing Fences
Are you tired of your dog escaping from your fenced yard or garden? For existing wood, vinyl or chain link fences, an electrified wire at the bottom will prevent digging, and/or an electrified wire at the top will prevent climbing and jumping.

Rutland insulators are available in a variety of styles to match your current fence. Add some poly wire or poly tape along with an energiser and earth system to provide a simple, low cost way to "dog-proof" an existing fence. (Note: you cannot directly electrify a chain link or woven wire fence, as it will simply earth the fence and destroy the shock effect).

Semi-Permanent Pet Fence
You can create your own fence using wooden or plastic posts and poly wire or tape. Fence posts should be spaced 2 – 5 metres (6 – 16 feet) apart, depending on the shape and terrain of your garden. Wires should start close to the ground and then be spaced 100-150 mm (4-6 inches) apart. Use three to 10 wires, depending on the size, personality and jumping ability of the dog.

Because the wires are close to the ground, they should be kept free of vegetation.
Frequently Asked Questions

Is electric fence safe for my pets?

The short, sharp shock your pet receives from an electric fence will get their attention, but not harm the animal. This will teach it to avoid the fence in the future and stay within the boundary.


Why would I use an electric fence instead of a traditional fence?
Electric fences are portable and far less costly then a barrier type fence. Additionally they can be unobtrusive - you do not block the view. Using electric wires on the top or bottom of a chain link or wood fence can prevent digging under or jumping over the fence.


Can I electrify an existing wood, vinyl or chain link fence?

You can easily add to an existing chain link or wood fence. Rutland insulators are available in a variety of styles that give the flexibility of putting a double (wired live / earth) electrified fence at the outside top of the fence (to keep dogs, cats, and other animals from climbing or jumping over) or at the outside bottom to prevent dogs from digging underneath. This is a simple, low cost way to "dog-proof" an existing fence. (Note: you cannot directly electrify a chain link or woven wire fence, as they are not insulated).