Choosing the right fence for your home is an important decision, especially if you have dogs. Not all pet owners will need a fence, and there are options such as invisible fences that some people prefer, but there are definite cons to invisible fences. Privacy fences, whether wood or vinyl, are often a good choice for dogs, but there are other considerations as well.
If your dog is an escape artist, you may consider an especially tall fence (if s/he jumps) and/or a fence that goes deep into the ground (if s/he digs). For dogs that jump, a fence at least 6 feet tall is recommended. If your dog is smaller, best to choose a fence type with not a lot of space between the bars so that it’s not possible for him/her to slip between the bars and roam freely.
A privacy fence has the added benefit of blocking your dog’s view of what’s going on outside the fence, reducing the desire to escape and stopping other animals from seeing your dog and potentially provoking him/her. For older privacy fences, especially wooden fences, it’s a good idea to periodically check the strength of the fence to make sure that boards can’t easily be pushed out by your dog or other animals.
If you don’t want to enclose your entire yard with a fence or want a double fence barrier, you may also consider a dog run. A dog run is a long, narrower enclosed space that is fenced off inside your yard. A dog run can be a good option for a pet that is especially difficult to contain or spends a lot of time outside. A sturdy roof can protect your dog from the elements while providing a safe space to exercise and be outdoors.
For more information about fences that will help protect your pet and add beauty to your home, contact Fence Central for a free quote.