If you have a dog as a furry family member, chances are you either have a dog fence or you need one. The right dog fence is one of the best investments you can make.
The right dog fence :
- allows your pet to play and exercise safely within the boundaries of your own yard
- helps keep intruders, animals and small children out of your yard so they can’t bother your pet
To choose the right dog fence, it’s important to consider the needs of your individual pet.
The following fence suggestions take your pet’s nature and size into consideration:
Dogs that Jump
Is your dog an acrobat? Consider an extra high dog fence. Most breeds are fine with a fence five to six feet tall. But breeds especially fond of jumping may require an 8-foot fence. (Keep in mind some homeowner associations have ordinances against extra high fences.)
If extra height is not an option, try planting a row of low shrubs in front of your fence. That way your dog will have to back up to make a jump. And that cuts down his chances of clearing the fence.
Dogs that Climb
Some dogs seem to be on a mission to be rock climbers. If that’s your dog, you’ll need a solid panel fence. Made of wood or vinyl, it’ll prevent your pet from getting a pawhold in the fence. (A chain link fence is a poor choice for climbers since it offers plenty of opportunities for pawholds.)
Dogs that Dig
For a pet who tries to dig its way to China no matter how hard you try to stop it, extra measures may be needed. 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 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 pet.
A picket fence installed at the proper height may work to contain a small dog, but it may not be the best choice. Since your pet can see right through a picket fence, 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 pet can’t squeeze between the slats.
The right dog fence
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 Duval Fence Contractor we have plenty of experience helping pet owners select the right dog fence to keep their pets safe and secure. Contact us and we’ll help design the best fence for your furry friend!