Are you looking for ways to contain your dog? A good fence should help you safely contain them without compromising the style of your landscape. Here are five considerations to help you choose the best fence to keep your dog from escaping your house.
1. Fence’s Maintenance Demands
Does your dog have destructive tendencies? The dog might keep ripping off pickets from a wood fence. Such a pet needs a fence system that’s less destructible and maintenance-free. A vinyl or aluminum fence would be an ideal choice.
2. The Size of Your Dog
Do you have a small dog? Fence posts with large gaps might allow the dog to escape. A bigger pet may try to escape through the gaps but get stuck or even injured.
Big dogs with doggy dreams need big fences they can’t jump over and out. Choose a tall, climb-proof fence if you have a large-breed dog.
3. Your Dog’s Level of Skills
How smart is your pet? If your dog can open doors, be careful about your fence’s gates. Choose a fence with locking mechanisms that will make it hard for the dog to escape the yard. And don’t forget your dog’s jumping and digging capabilities.
4. Your Existing Fence
How well do existing fenced areas contain your dog? Choose a fence system that’s different from the one that your pet is familiar with. Also, limit your dog’s area of visibility to decrease distractions that encourage any unwanted behavior.
5. Local Laws
Does a homeowner’s association govern your neighborhood? Check with the HOA about the local laws on standards for fence materials and height.
A fence for your dog should be high enough, low enough, strong enough, and hole-proof. Your dog won’t jump over, dig under or escape or attack through such a fence. Also, consider the fence’s maintenance demands and your neighborhood fencing restrictions.