How Do I Keep Protective Dogs In A Fenceless Community?

Say you and your family have just moved to a new community, where every neighbor can cheerfully wave to anyone over the yards. Privacy fences, or any fences at all, are prohibited. It is the sort of community that belongs in the movies, with every lawn mowed and cheerful smiles all around. There is only one problem with this picture.

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First, 4 to 5 houses are robbed every minute–about one every 15 seconds or so. This happens with or without privacy or security fences. In fact, privacy fences provide another hazard for you, not for the burglar. Once the burglar is over the privacy fence, if he can slip your neighbors’ eyes, he can act freely without the chance of the police being called.

Why Keep Your Protective Dogs Even In A Fenceless Community?

The best reason to have protective dogs even after moving to a fenceless community is that burglaries are not legally prosecutable unless the burglary (or attempted burglary) falls under one of these 4 categories:

Completed Burglary

The burglar is able to enter the residence, shed, or garage successfully. He does not have to have taken anything. The moment he steps foot inside one of the structures without permission, he has committed burglary.

Unlawful Entry Without Force

This usually happens when the household members forget to lock their house doors and windows, or even the shed or garage doors and windows. The burglar can simply walk in. However, since he has entered structures not his, it is considered a completed burglary.

Forcible Entry

In this case, the burglar was able to enter the house, garage, or shed using force, and he was not scared away by any alarm or inhabitant. Since he already entered the property, this is considered a completed burglary.

Attempted Forcible Entry

In this case, the household members did remember to lock up, but the burglar tried to get in anyway. He uses force to break a window or pry open a lock, but is scared away by an alarm, a passerby, or any other reason.

Notice that the laws for burglary do not apply when the burglar is on the property, only when the burglar has already attempted entering the house, garage, or shed. However, 28% of burglaries are carried out when the residents are still in the house.

It could be at night while the household is asleep, or even in the day when there are less people around. Because of this, 33% of assaults that occur on residential properties are due to household members running into the burglars in the act of the crime.

What we really want is for the burglars to not even get close enough to the house to attempt the burglary. We want the potential burglars to glance at your house and check it off their burglary lists. But how will you manage that in a fenceless community? With protective dogs and an in-ground fence, of course.

Keeping Protective Dogs: Wireless vs In-ground Dog Fences

When it comes to keeping your protective dogs in a fenceless community, going with the in-ground fence is the best bet. In general, it provides the best option for containing your dog and also limiting his possible random aggression.


Unlike the wireless fences, which can fluctuate anywhere from one-and-a-half feet to twenty, the in-ground dog fence will never have a boundary blur wider than half-a-foot. This is important for your protective dog’s peace of mind.

If he hears the warning beep at one point at one moment and another point the next, he may either rush intruders indiscriminately, or fear to rush them at all. Protective dogs should be able to predict the warning tones and adjust for the static correction.

In that way, you protect your household from any random-attack liabilities, and your dog can also rest easy until the moment someone actually crosses the line into his marked territory. This is the best thing for your home security in a fenceless community.

Which In-Ground Dog Fence Should I Choose For My Protective Dogs?

Quality Dog Fence offers three options. For protective dogs with even temperaments and normal responses to static correction, we would recommend the Innotek® Basic In-ground Pet Fencing System SD-2000. It has a warning beep, and one basic static correction setting. The static correction is progressive, increasing the closer your dog gets to the boundary. Tougher dogs would require the PetSafe® Stubborn Dog In-ground Fence. If you get a smaller protective dog, you will want the Elite Little Dog In-ground Fence.

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