How to Choose an Invisible Dog Fence

How To Choose an Invisible Dog Fence I recently was asked if I would share a bit about the benefits of having an electric dog fence with my readers in partnership with and found myself thrilled with the opportunity.  I have used an electric dog fence at Pure Grace Farms in the past with our dog Einstein who tended to be a bit of an escape artist. I found it to be the perfect answer to keep him reined in without the costly addition of a traditional fence. The do-it-yourself setup was a breeze and took no time at all to put into action. Einstein quickly learned his boundaries and we could rest easy knowing that he was safe and secure. 

How to Choose an Invisible Dog Fence for Your Farm 

When you’re raising animals on your farm, you know how important proper fencing is. For pet dogs, fencing is particularly important, and you require a more impenetrable fence than you do for livestock. If you have a traditional fence in place already, an electric dog fence can be used to reinforce it against doggy escape attempts. You can also use an invisible fence to keep your dogs contained without erecting a barrier that also becomes an obstacle for you. There are many different types of invisible dog fences, so here are some tips to help you choose the right system for your farm, ranch, or property.

What are Your Containment Needs?

How to choose an Invisible Dog Fence There are many different ways an invisible dog fence can be used. It can be used at the perimeter of your property to enclose your entire farm. You can also use it more specifically, such as to create a “dog zone,” stop dogs from entering your garden, keep dogs away from chickens or other livestock, or keep dogs safe from a pond or well, among many other uses.

 The size of the area you want to enclose is important to know. For a large area with specific boundaries, an underground dog fence will be needed. Some dog fences have capacities of 10 acres, while others can enclose up to 100 acres. For a less customized dog zone, a wireless dog fence is easy to set up, and it’ll contain your dogs up until a certain radius, usually less than 2 acres. Some wired dog fences also support exclusion zones – smaller areas within the dog’s zone that are off-limits. You’ll want to get a dog fence that supports exclusion zones if you want to give your dog essentially the run of the farm except for certain areas, like a chicken coop.


How Many Dogs Do You Have?

How to choose an Invisible Dog Fence Each dog that you own will need to wear an e-collar that works with your dog fence. Most wired dog fences can support an unlimited number of e-collars, although a few do have limits. Most wireless dog fences can support only two e-collars at a time. If you have more than two dogs, you will most likely need to use an underground dog fence rather than a wireless.


How Big are Your Dogs?

big dog Standard e-collars are not always appropriate for all dogs. Invisible dog fences usually include one standard e-collar, and separate e-collars can be purchased. If your dog is smaller than 10 pounds, you may need an e-collar designed for small dogs, which has a less intense corrective shock, like the PetSafe Little Dog. If your dog is very large or very stubborn, you may need an e-collar that’s designed to give off a more intense corrective shock, like the PetSafe Stubborn. The PetSafe YardMax invisible fence will work with both of these special e-collars. Not all dog fences support them, however, and others may or may not have their own e-collar variations. 


Do You Want a Remote Trainer?

Some e-collars also have built-in remote training capabilities. Remote training is used to deter bad behavior in dogs, such as incessant barking. Remote training e-collars come with separate controls that allow you to administer a corrective shock whenever your dog is exhibiting the behavior you want to deter. It helps teach them that the behavior is unacceptable. Not all e-collars support remote training.


What’s Your Budget?

The great thing about invisible dog fences is that they can be purchased for less than $300 total, making them affordable on just about any budget. Installation costs can be high, however, so going to the DIY electric fence route can save you more than $1200. Anyone can install their own dog fence as a weekend project. If you want a wireless system, or if you need to buy extra wire to enclose a large farm, the total cost will be slightly higher. One way to save money is by choosing a system with rechargeable e-collars, because otherwise you’ll need to purchase new e-collar batteries 2-4 times per year at about $10 each.


Invisible fence reviews and comparison charts can help you compare the features and limitations of the different fences you are considering for your farm. All invisible dog fences are not created equal, but when you choose a good system for your needs and dogs, you should be satisfied with the safety, versatility, and peace of mind it offers.


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Spotlight Thursday: Create Common Good

Care for life and physical health, with due regard for the needs of others and the common good, is concomitant with respect for human dignity. – Salvatore J. Cordileone

I’ve had the good fortune over the years to have known a few noteworthy people that made a tremendous difference in my life; wonderful individuals who truly cared and valued my worth, contributing to my sense of self dignity. It was expressed in various forms by their actions, inspiring me to reach higher and become more than I ever thought I could be.

Tom Cruz (no, not the actor) was a fresh faced kid, just barely out of college and I had the happy chance of being one of the thirty or so students he inherited during his first year of teaching. I was in 6th grade, an awkward time for any young girl, and this wonderful man showed nothing but innovation, kindness and caring for all his students. He inspired me to be better than I was. 

Elaine Beneke was a hardworking, determined woman all of her life. She didn’t put up with any nonsense, was extremely loyal, and loved with a fierceness that couldn’t be quenched. She was my Mother-in-law and though there were times that I’m sure I gave her reasons to give up on me, she never showed any sign of it. She showed me my innate value, and I was blessed immeasurably because of it.

Today’s spotlight falls on a wonderful organization that does what all the great mentors in life do so well. They come alongside those in need, give a word of encouragement, believe in the intrinsic value of a human being and thereby Create Common Good in the world around them.

What is Create Common Good About?

Create Common Good CCG provides job-training and employment to refugees and others in need at our farms and in our kitchen. Food related training programs all prepare at-risk, under-served populations to find, perform, and retain work with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency in our community.

Create Common Good

Intensive culinary and food service training courses prepare individuals to thrive in food service and hospitality. Graduates are placed into jobs in corporate cafeterias, hotel restaurants, grocery retail partners, assisted living centers, and other janitorial and food service locations.

Create Common Good

Agricultural and farm training programs help individuals gain valuable language and job skills, and also build confidence interacting with the broader community. 

Create Common Good

CCG provides broader access to fresh, healthy foods in a variety of ways. All natural, pesticide-free produce feeds the communities through a community supported agriculture program (CSA), through retail sales, and through wholesale partners. CCG also donates a wide variety of produce to those in need in the community.

Create Common Good’s impact is tremendous. 

  • Since early 2009, CCG’s job-training effort has impacted the lives of 1500 refugee family members. CCG has built an alternative education system for those who have had little or no educational opportunities throughout their traumatic lifetimes.
  • Create Common Good places more than 95% of our job training participants and graduates into jobs.
  • CCG has fed tens of thousands of people over the past four years through our farms, value-added food products, catering, and production food services.

For more information on CCG and to learn ways you can get involved with this program go to

Disclosure: The information and pictures regarding Create Common Good was gleaned from CCG’s website. Permission was given to me for use of such materials by CCG. This is not a paid sponsorship, but created as a part of Pure Grace Farms philosophy of giving back to the community at home and at large.  

Everyone has something to give.

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today my mind lingers on thoughts of generosity…”what does it mean? and “how does it look?” In search of an answer, I headed over to the Dictionary  to see what old Webster had to say. His definition; “the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish: the quality of being generous; especially: willingness to give money and other valuable things to others.” Webster’s basic definition is sound, but in my opinion it doesn’t go far enough.

Everyone has something to give. “Money and other valuables” are tangible things and certainly an important part of being generous, but what if one has no money or valuables to spare… what then? This is where, I believe, the intangibles comes in; something not made with a physical substance. It may  be a friendly smile to someone in passing or a word of encouragement at an opportune time. Perhaps it is pitching in and lending a hand when a need is presented or holding your tongue when angry words might otherwise fly. It’s the intangible things, in my opinion, that tend to have the greatest impact. Everyone has something to give, so what will your gift be today?

Spotlight Thursday

Origins Hobby Farm Today, I would like to place the spotlight on Origins Hobby Farm. I first met Kathy, one of the owners, via email. She contacted me to ask if I would be interested in doing a guest piece for her website. Being new to Blog World, I was a little bit hesitant. I had no idea if I could do it or how to proceed if I did. Kathy showed great patience and kindness, and helped walk this newbie through unfamiliar territory. My first guest post, Plan ahead – Enjoy seasonal foods all year long was published. I was grateful for the opportunity and experience and now have the chance to pay it forward!

Origins Hobby Farm is a small farm located on 10 acres in Middleville, Michigan, set on “an odyssey of small scale sustainability.” Here they grow an ever increasing amount of their own produce, manage livestock, forage for wild edibles and hunt wild game. They are continually learning new ways to implement food preservation, and try different techniques on extending their productive season well into the cold Michigan winters. 

Origins Hobby Farm Honeybees are alive and thriving at Origins Hobby Farm. Find information on how to filter beeswax, a recipe for cold remedies, hand salve and lip balm right on their website.

Origins Hobby Farm I learned something new about rabbits from one of Origins Hobby Farms latest blog post, The Dirty Truth about Hobby Farming this week too! I read there that rabbit pooh was a cold fertilizer known as “Black Gold,” and is perfect for using immediately in the garden without composting. This might be the perfect reason for me to raise a few of these furry little creatures.

I could go on and on about Origins Hobby Farm, but even better, go see for yourself! It is my hope that you will beome friends with Kathy and those at the farm, learn new things and appreciate her as much as I do.

If you’re looking for a personal relationship with someone who produces your food, looking for plantsanimals or other supplies to add to your own hobby farm or homestead, or  just a few recipes and ideas to make your life simpler, then pop on over to Origins Hobby Farm and take a gander. I believe Kathy would love to hear from you, so feel free to shoot her an email. I think you will be happy you did.



Saturday Reflection at Pure Grace Farms

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.’ –  Margaret J. Wheatley

Saturdays on the farm are always my favorite. There is no need to set an alarm as I am usually up before the dawn anyway. The house is blissfully quiet as I tiptoe to the coffee pot, pour a cup of coffee and ease into my favorite chair to watch the sun rise over the mountains. As the sky evolves in color from grey to pink, orange to red, finally settling on its shade of blue, I have time to reflect on the week that has past and the week to come. 

Sliced Tomatoes for Sun Drying:How to Sun Dry Tomatoes - So Sweet , taste better than candy.

Today my reflection is on the cold weather that is certainly coming and the need to harvest warm weather crops before the frost sets in. I have left my peppers on the vine as long as I dare, as this past week I have had to cover them twice to keep the frost at bay. Today will be spent harvesting, roasting, drying, chopping and freezing peppers. Tomatoes are still going crazy, so these will have to be attended to as well. Fortunately, last week was spent sun drying tomatoes so I am able to check this task off my list.

Home made drying frames:How to Sun Dry Tomatoes - So Sweet , taste better than candy.

Sun drying tomatoes is surprisingly simple to do. The biggest hassle is in keeping the insects away. I use cheesecloth to cover the tomatoes and cover the frames with an additional light garden cloth. Works like a charm. If you need something to dry tomatoes on, check out the homemade drying frames here. Once the tomatoes are dried, put a few in olive oil for a great addition to pasta or salad dishes, I like to eat them straight out of the jar, they are so sweet and better than candy. 

How to Sun Dry Tomatoes - So Sweet , taste better than candy. Saturday would not be complete without a special nod to one of my favorite blog sites. This weeks nod goes to Earthward. Valeries recipes for pure food are always delicious with beautiful photography. While Earthward does post about local happenings, her tips on seasonal foods like Seasonal eats: 10 reasons to stock up on fresh local tomatoes are informative and worth taking a closer look at.

Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil:How to Sun Dry Tomatoes - So Sweet , taste better than candy. Enjoy your Saturday and don’t forget to take a few moments for reflecting. I would love to hear what weekend plans you come up with so drop me a line and lets have a nice little chat.

How to Sun Dry Tomatoes

How to make a drying frame

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