How to Choose a Fence for Your Dog

Once you welcome a new dog into the family, you have another family member needing attention and care. An area often overlooked by dog owners is ensuring their dog is safely contained within their yard. Dogs can easily escape your property not only putting them at risk but also putting neighbours and their property at risk. The best way to keep your dog safe is to provide dog fencing. Here’s how to choose a fence for your dog.

Basic Dog Fence Considerations

Dog fences aren’t really much different than any other type of temporary fence. However, you do have different considerations when choosing the right fence for your needs including:

  • Ensuring your dog can’t get free
  • Providing a view for your dog so they don’t get bored
  • The right size fence for your dog’s size and strength
  • The right type of fence to suit your dog’s temperament

Your dog’s activity level also comes into play. For example, a small hyper dog might be able to jump over a fence, while a larger less active dog might not even attempt it.

Chain Link versus Wire Mesh

In most cases, you’ll want to find a cost-effective option that serves the purpose without breaking the bank. Two popular options are chain-link or wire mesh fencing. They work well for dogs as they:

  • Are easy to install
  • Provide ample security
  • Provide a view of the yard
  • Are aesthetically pleasing

If you are budget-minded, these are your best options. However, you might prefer something more permanent and substantial for larger dogs.

Vinyl and Wood Slat

If you need a more substantial dog fence, wood-slat or vinyl are popular choices. People who prefer more privacy, such as those with dogs that tend to bark at every person or car they see might prefer these types of fences. More discerning homeowners who want something more charming might consider a wood or vinyl picket fence design. Of course, these fences aren’t suited to larger dog breed. Keep in mind wood tends to be the highest maintenance material for your dog fence, and also one of the more expensive choices.

Metal Fences

If your dog is large, aggressive, or rambunctious, you might need something even more substantial than wood or vinyl. Metal fences such as iron, aluminum or steel are the most durable and can be designed to suit a number of styles. However, these also tend to be more expensive and are difficult to install.

Dog Run Fences

Dog runs are designated areas where you can keep your dog safe while they get some exercise. They take up as much space as you’d like to provide, and are an excellent option for dog owners with mobility issues. Dogs can still get lots of exercise without the need for daily walks.

Dog fences keep your dog safe allowing you to let your dog out if you don’t always have time to walk them. Just be sure to check with your town or city to see if a permit is required to build your dog fence.


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