Your yard is a second home for your dog and it should feel like home. For those pups who like to roam, a fence is required to keep them safe in that home. A fence doesn’t have to upset your dog’s space though. If you take some time picking a fence, you’ll end up with an option that satisfies your need for security and your dog’s need for comfort.
Get a sturdy fence (that your dog can’t escape from)
While it might be tempting to go with the cost-efficient chain link option, few things can be worse for larger dogs. Chain link is a solid option for smaller breeds, but if your dog is big enough, they can break most chain link installations with enough rough-housing.
Dogs that enjoy digging can also make it difficult for chain link or wood fence options. It’s best to go with a vinyl or ornamental fence, but if you have your heart set on one of the other types, be sure to install it on solid ground.
Cover all possible escape routes
Dogs are crafty; if they want to escape from your fence, chances are they will. That’s why it’s important to check your fence for openings before introducing your dog to his or her new home. Try these few things and end up with fewer holes in your fence:
- Double check the fence corners
- Match your fence endings with strong, physical barriers (like walls or trees)
- Invest in a professional installation (they’ll do the hard work for you)
Covering all your fence’s escape points helps, but you are not done yet.
Determine the needed height of your fence
Dogs aren’t usually known for their jumping abilities, but it’s a good idea to account for the size of your dog before investing in a fenced-in area. Larger breeds might require a higher fence, and taller fencing also has the added benefit of keeping wildlife away from your dog’s sanctuary.
There are a few more things we didn’t cover like incorporating a kennel into your fence area. Before you settle on a fence, go through a similar process to the one detailed in this post and you’ll find that your final purchase is ideal for both you and your favorite pup.