Five Great Pet-Friendly Fences to Protect Your Dog
Anyone who is a pet-lover knows that most dogs have an innate desire to wander and explore beyond the confines of any fence that marks their territory. Dogs will try to go through, over, under or around a fence. That’s just their nature. The task of the dog owner is to make that fence as secure, safe and protective as possible.
Dog fencing should be made to offer freedom and flexibility for you, the homeowner, while providing safety and protection for your pet. There are a number of fencing options available to the homeowner. They vary in the fencing material, type of installation and cost.
Chain link– Chain-link fences are fairly easy to install and provide a safe enclosure although not necessarily the most attractive fencing solution available. Choose a style that has smooth links without burrs or sharp edges that can cut an animal. A six foot-high fence is the most recommended height to prevent your dog from jumping over it. This height not only contains your dog inside but also prevents unwanted visitors from coming over it from the outside. If the fence borders a public walkway or street, inserting slats in the links to form a visual barrier will provide the privacy you and your dog need.
Plastic fencing- Modern plastic or composite fencing material comes in a “wood-like “ appearance. The advantages of using plastic fencing over wood includes less upkeep, less deterioration to the natural elements, usually fire proof, and isn’t as attractive to chewing as wood is. The downsize is the added cost of plastic over wood.
Electronic /underground fence systems– Modern technology has stepped into the dog-containment business over the past decade with the introduction of electronic devices.The most common is involves burying a transmitting wire in the ground around the perimeter of the desired containment area. The dog wears a shock collar that is activated if it crosses over the wire. After a few shocking experiences, the dog learns to stay within the hidden fence line. The downside to this system is that it depends on the battery in the collar always being charged it order to work, and it doesn’t prevent stray dogs from coming across the line into your dog’s territory.
Wood fencing – Probably the most popular fencing material, wood fences are relatively easy to install. They can also can enhance the look of your overall property depending on the style and details you choose. Wood, however, is chewable to a dog. If the slats are placed too far apart and the dog is able to get a grip on them with their teeth, a determined dog can chew its way to freedom in a matter of hours. Again, a wood fence should be a minimum of six feet high to prevent your pet from climbing up and over the top.
Metal fences- Wrought iron and steel fences are attractive, sturdy and escape proof if installed correctly. Their downside is the added expense and the lack of privacy they provide for your yard and contained dog. Unless the metal is painted with a powder coating, plan on re-painting the metal at regular intervals to prevent rusting.