Whether you are keeping your dogs in, or keeping them out, dog fencing can be an attractive and functional option. There are many different kinds of dog fencing: wire, wood, plastic, even hidden buried electronic fencing. Only you can decide which type of dog fencing is right for your pet. Features to Consider in a Dog Fence Materials
Style (Functional vs. Decorative)
Ease of Installing
Function (keeping dog in vs. out)
Desirable Features in a Dog Fence
Easy to clean
When you're considering dog fencing for your pets, consider function, appearance, upkeep, durability, and safety.
The function of your dog fencing depends on the capabilities of your pet. If you're containing a dachshund, three-foot dog fencing will do. But, a three-foot dog fencing system for a Jack Russell? Forget it. Knowing your pet's habits and abilities will enable you to choose dog fencing appropriate for the application.
Appearance is a matter of personal taste. Some people prefer wire mesh dog fencing, while others insist on wood. Still others like the low-maintenance aspects of plastic or composite dog fencing. Just remember that, once erected, dog fencing can be difficult, and expensive, to take down, or in the case of electronic dog fencing, to pull up. Choose dog fencing that blends with your environment, and satisfies your own sense of style.
When it comes to upkeep, wire mesh, plastic, or composite dog fencing is durable, and typically requires no painting, staining or other treatment. Wood dog fencing, while offering a more classic ‘look,' also requires more care. Wood dog fencing is often painted, or treated with a water-resistant chemical, to enhance its appearance and/or durability.
And speaking of durability, when properly cared for, wood, wire, composite or plastic dog fencing can all last for decades, so whatever dog fencing you choose, know that you'll be looking at it for a long time to come. And remember that a dog fencing system that easily contains your current St. Bernard might not be practical if you're planning for your next pet to be a Chihuahua.
There are numerous safety features to consider when it comes to dog fencing. Wire mesh could trap a pet's head or paw. Low dog fencing with sharp points could tempt a pet to jump, with dangerous results. Dog fencing that doesn't quite reach the ground tempts pets to burrow under, and wooden or plastic pickets can trap pets in between.
All of these safety concerns can be dealt with simply by choosing the right dog fencing for your particular pet.
The Ideal Dog Fencing System
The ideal dog fencing system is attractive, durable and low maintenance. Your new dog fencing system should be high enough to keep pets from jumping over, but not so high that it blocks your view, or makes you feel ‘walled in.' Make sure the top of the dog fencing system is flat, or rounded, to prevent injuries from sharp points. Slats or pickets should be narrow enough that pets can't slip through, or get caught. Dog fencing should go all the way to the ground to discourage little heads and feet from poking underneath.
The Right Dog Fencing… Serves You, and Your Pet
There's no rule that says dog fencing has to be unattractive. Choose wisely, and you'll have a dog fencing system—and a pet—that you can be proud of for many years to come.