If you have a furry family member and your yard is not already fenced, the right dog fence is one of the best investments you can make. A dog fence allows your pet to play and exercise safely within the perimeters of your own yard. At the same time, it helps keep intruders, animals and small children from coming into your yard to bother your pet. On top of that, the freedom of allowing your pet outside to “tend to business” on a cold winter morning is a win-win for both of you!
When it comes to choosing the right dog fence, there are several factors to consider that will help create a safe, fun environment for your pet:
What kind of dog do you have? Your pet’s breed will help determine what kind of fence you need. For instance, since terriers love to dig, a sturdy, strong fence is a must. Border collies who love to jump may need a high fence. Since golden retrievers love water, a separate pool fence may be required to keep that particular breed from sneaking in a dive on a hot day.
The following fence suggestions take your pet’s nature and size into consideration:
Dogs that Jump
If your dog is an acrobat, you may need to consider an extra high fence for the right dog fence. Although most breeds will be fine with a fence five to six feet tall, breeds especially fond of jumping may require an 8-foot fence. (Keep in mind that some homeowner associations have ordinances against fences with extra height.) If extra height is not an option, you can try planting a row of low shrubs in front of your fence. That way your dog will have to back up before making a jump, cutting down on his chances of clearing the fence.
Dogs that Climb
Some dogs are on a mission to be rock climbers. If that’s your dog, you’ll need a solid panel fence made of wood or vinyl to make sure your pet can’t get a pawhold in the fence. (A chain link fence is a poor choice for climbers since it offers plenty of pawholds.)
Dogs that Dig
If your pet is going to try to dig its way to China no matter how hard you try to stop it, you may need to take extra measures. You can install vinyl fencing that goes below ground level. Or, if you prefer a wooden fence, you can install rolled chicken wire below-ground alongside the fence. Hardscaping with gravel or stones along the fence row is another way to deter digging. As an extreme measure you can dig a trench along the fence row and pour concrete in the trench.
Big dogs need big fences. A vinyl or high quality wooden fence between 5-6 feet is normally adequate, but some extra large breeds may require an eight-foot fence. (You may need to check city or HOA ordinances to make sure an extra-high fence is acceptable.)
A solid fence is also a good choice for large or high-strung dogs who may become overly excited at the sight of passing cars, joggers or neighbors. It also offers protection from small children or trespassers who could bother or entice your dog.
A picket fence installed at the proper height may work to contain a small dog, but it still may not be the best choice. Your dog will be able to see right through a picket fence, so he may become frustrated by the people, cars or bikes he can see but can’t get to. Also, if your dog is extra small, you may need to secure wire safety mesh to a picket fence to make sure your dog can’t squeeze between the slats.
With the combination of a quality dog fence and a little backyard design, your pet is sure to be happy for a long time. At Accent Fence we have plenty of experience helping pet owners select the right dog fence to keep their pets safe and secure. Call or email and ask us which dog fence is best for your furry friend!