Your dog offers you unconditional love and unwavering devotion. The best way to repay your best friend is to offer him freedom and security.
The right dog fence gives your pup a chance to run and play outside to his heart’s content – instead of always waiting for you to grab his leash. Even more important, it prevents him from running away and defends him against animals on the other side.
Choosing the right fence for your dog depends on some factors, including your dog’s size and breed as well as your personal taste and property requirements. But with help from Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions, you can find a fence that makes you both happy!
Factors to keep in mind when selecting a fence for your dog
- Close the gaps – Classic picket and picket-thru-rail fences are popular but too easy for smaller dogs to sneak through. Instead, choose a semi-privacy vinyl fence, which still offers a view of the neighborhood, but prevents your dog from exploring it. Or, eliminate the worry all together with a full-privacy vinyl or simulated stone fence option.
- Watch the jumpers – Breeds like Labradors, golden retrievers, and Vizslas are known escape artists, and can quickly leap over a four or five-foot fence in a single bound. If your HOA allows it, choose a fence that’s at least six feet high.
- Beware of climbers – Even small dogs can become expert mountaineers when confronted with a chain link fence. A flat, solid panel vinyl fence offers zero footholds, so even the most agile dog has nothing he can use as a boost.
- Challenge his chewing – The soft and splintered areas of a wood fence make it irresistible to dogs to who love to chew, especially puppies and younger dogs. In just minutes, your pup can destroy entire sections of your fence. An aluminum fence or ornamental steel fence offers zero temptation and is strong enough to handle possible bites.
- Calm his barking – If you live in a neighborhood, your dog’s incessant barking can quickly become a nuisance. A privacy fence, especially a simulated stone option, blocks the outside distractions that rile up your pet, and with its enhanced soundproofing, lowers the volume on his barking for your neighbors.
- Discourage the digging – Dogs have a natural instinct to dig, and the softer ground around a new fence is prime digging territory. If your dog is a smaller breed and digs long enough, he can even tunnel his way under. Try burying chicken wire at the base of your face to deter him or place large rocks around those areas that are most susceptible to digging.
- Zap the electric fence – Invisible fences are great for keeping your dog in, but horrible at keeping strays and feral animals out. They’re especially worrisome for small dogs in rural areas where coyotes are a problem. Unless your HOA forbids a traditional fence, an electric fence for your dog should be your last option.
Make the right choice for your pet
According to the American Humane Association, one in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. As both fence experts and pet lovers, the team at Maintenance-Free is here to help reduce that risk for your pet. Tell us about your dog when shopping for a fence in our showroom or let us meet him when we come to your house for your on-site estimate, and we’ll provide you with the best options for your yard. For more information or to get a free quote, contact Maintenance-Free today.