How to Choose an Invisible Fence System for Your Farm

When you have pet dogs, invisible fences are excellent options for their protection on your farm. Whether you need to keep your dogs on your property, out of your garden, away from your chickens, or simply in their own special “zone,” an invisible dog fence is a versatile way to do it. Choosing an invisible fence is very different than selecting a traditional fence, so let’s take a look at some of the things you need to consider and some of the advantages of invisible fencing.

Benefits of an Invisible Fence

There are many reasons why you might select a DIY invisible fence for fencing needs on your farm. An invisible fence is a great alternative to a traditional fence because it is extremely reliable. The underground wire rarely breaks, and if it does, your system will notify you. Your dogs will be unable to dig under, jump over, or break through the invisible fence boundaries like they could with a traditional fence. Invisible fences are also great because they do not obstruct your view, and they do not stop you or create the inconvenience of fiddling with a gate everytime you must pass your dogs’ boundaries. They can be used inside or out, and they allow you to fully customize your dogs’ boundaries, helping you maximize the space available on your farm.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Fence

-Size of Farm: The size of your farm matters when choosing an electronic dog fence, because each system has a different capacity. Some dog fence systems can contain up to 100 acres, so it’s possible to give your dogs the entire run of your farm up to that size. In order to maximize your dogs’ zone, you may need to buy additional wire, because each basic system does not come with enough wire to use the entire capacity.

-Number of Dogs: Most underground dog fence systems can be used with an unlimited number of dogs. If you are considering a wireless dog fence, you may be limited to only 2-3 dogs. Each dog fence system will come with one e-collar, and additional e-collars can be purchased. If you are considering getting more dogs, you may not want to limit yourself by choosing a system with a finite number of e-collars that it can support.

-Size of Dogs: Basic e-collars are generally meant for medium-sized dogs. If your dogs are small, such as under 15 pounds, you may need to purchase specialized e-collars that are meant for use with smaller dogs. Not all systems support these e-collars, so you’ll have to choose a system that has a range of e-collars available for use with it. Bigger dogs may also require special e-collars, especially if they are more stubborn and need a stronger correction.

-Battery Backup: If you want your underground dog fence system to work in the event of a power outage, you’ll need to purchase a system that has battery backup. Many systems have battery backup, but not all do, so you’ll have to decide how important this feature is to you before selecting an electronic dog fence.

-E-Collar Batteries: All e-collars run on batteries. Some e-collars, however, have rechargeable batteries, and some have replaceable batteries. Replaceable batteries are nice because they last longer at one time, but they must be replaced 2-4 times per year. Rechargeable batteries will need to be charged more often, but you do not need to purchase new batteries.

-Exclusion Zones: Exclusion zones are zones that you can create within your property that your dogs are unable to access. For example, if your underground dog fence is around your ranch’s entire perimeter and your dogs have the run of it, you can create an exclusion zone to prevent them from getting into your flower beds, machinery storage, or pond. Not all systems are compatible with exclusion zones, but they’re excellent to have for additional safety measures.

Cost of an Invisible Fence

Another excellent benefit of a DIY invisible fence is that it’s significantly less expensive than a traditional fence, especially over lots of acres. The average, basic invisible fence system costs about $300, and wireless dog fence systems can cost up to $800. Most systems come with one e-collar and 500-feet of boundary wire. Additional e-collars may cost $60-$100, and every extra 500-feet of wire may cost $22-$100. E-collar batteries cost about $7-$10. The cost of running an electric dog fence is about $2 per month in electricity. All-in-all, these costs add up to be thousands less than traditional fences. If you install your own electric dog fence, you’ll save more than $1200 in installation fees.

Comparing Electric Dog Fences

In order to compare invisible fences, there are many great tools available online. Invisible fence reviews can help you see the pros and cons of each system. Online customer reviews can give you insight into people’s personal experiences with each system. Manufacturer instructions can also help you learn about what goes into installing and running an electronic dog fence. Electric dog fence comparison tables can also help you compare and contrast systems in order to select the one that has the features you need for your particular farm and dogs.

Choosing an electric dog fence can be a daunting task, but it’s worth it in the end. The peace of mind that your dogs will be safe on your farm is invaluable. Giving your dogs the freedom to run and explore will also help promote their physical and mental health. Most dogs do very well on invisible fence systems, and only dogs who are pregnant, less than six months old, or very infirm are restricted from using the system. With consistent training that takes about 30 minutes per day for two weeks, all dogs can learn their new boundaries and expectations.

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Getting Fit with Dairy

Growing up, I was active and busy with daily chores on the farm, 4-H, FFA, wrestling managing, Dane County Junior Holstein Association and more. I constantly went from school to activities to chores to meetings.

I didn’t have awesome eating habits, but I ate when I was hungry. I was young enough to have a high metabolism and was busy enough that I never gained much weight. Capture2

This changed when I got to college.

I didn’t gain weight right away, or even notice it right away. It slowly crept up on me. Though I walked to classes and went to the gym about five times a week, the activity was much less than my daily chores on the farm.

When my jeans became too snug and my sweaters pulled a bit too tight, I realized that something needed to change. It was then that I really started to learn about health, nutrition and fitness. I started buying books and checking out informational DVDs from the library. I began following new health-related pages on Facebook and subscribing to health and fitness newsletters. I dove headfirst into a world of science, research and facts.

One of the things that ALL the books, programs and websites said was: “Cut the dairy products.”

As a dairy enthusiast, I was bound and determined to find a successful weight loss story about someone who consumed dairy products. Much to my surprise, I didn’t find many.

I was disappointed after not finding any success stories that involved dairy products, so I decided to try cutting dairy out of my life for awhile. I stopped eating cheese, said goodbye to my beloved ice cream and even tried to drink almond milk.Capture

And you know what? I didn’t see a single difference in my body, even after several weeks of cutting dairy products.

So, I started eating my beloved dairy products again. And I’m here to tell you that I lost weight, got fit and toned-up with dairy in my daily diet.

Yes, that’s right. I consume dairy on a daily basis and was still able to lose weight.

I eat cheese and cottage cheese, drink milk and even have an occasional bowl of ice cream.

According to MyPlate, milk products consumed in their low-fat or fat-free forms provide little or no solid fat.

Therefore, these products are great to add to your daily choices! I consume many dairy products on a daily basis. I do my best to select low-fat cheese or Greek yogurt varieties.

Here are some facts about the nutritional benefits of dairy products:

  • Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and in maintaining bone mass. Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in American diets. Diets that provide 3 cups or the equivalent of dairy products per day can improve bone mass.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Vitamin D functions in the body to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorous, thereby helping to build and maintain bones. Milk that is fortified with vitamin D is a good source of this nutrient. Other sources include vitamin D-fortified yogurt and vitamin D-fortified ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.
  • Intake of dairy products is linked to improved bone health, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • The intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
  • Intake of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and with lower blood pressure in adults.

My journey to getting fit, living a healthy life and fueling my body with foods to help it thrive, didn’t happen overnight. This is an ongoing process. If you would like to follow my journey to better health and fitness and interact via Instagram, you can find me at @MacyyMichellee.

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Sources:

“The Dairy Download.” Midwest Dairy Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
“Dairy Product Health Benefits: Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, and More.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
“Health Benefits and Nutrients.” Health and Nutrition Benefits of Dairy. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.