What are some things to consider when choosing a dog fence?

If you are getting a fence in your yard specifically to keep your dog safe and protected, you have a few different options to choose from. Some fences keep your dog completely hidden, while others have a bit of space between the slats or rails. Here are some different things to consider when you are choosing a fence for your dog.

How high can your dog jump?

An important thing to keep in mind is that your dog may be able to jump over some fence heights. Some fences are lower to the ground, meaning if your dog was insistent on getting out, it might be able to. Consider the size of your dog and approximately how high it can jump in an emergency situation. Typically, smaller dogs can’t jump as high because they are short and their legs don’t have the jumping capacity that larger dogs do. If you have a chihuahua, you can get away with a shorter fence than if you have a boxer or pit bull. Often, fences come in any height that you can imagine. Determine the necessary height for your fence and select an option that meets your needs.

Are you concerned about critters getting into your yard?

Another thing to think about when deciding what type of fence is best is whether or not you are concerned with other animals and critters getting into your yard. Wild animals can get into your yard if you choose a fence that is open between metal bars or wooden slats, such as a wood picket fence, rail fence or standard metal or steel fence. Animals like skunks, coyotes, raccoons and possums can be potentially dangerous when they are close to your dog, so it is best to keep them outside the fence. If you live in the country and want all critters and wild animals outside your home’s property, choose a fence that is more solid, such as a wood fence or an aluminum fence.

Will your dog be unsupervised while outside?

Also consider how often your dog will be left outside and whether or not it is going to be supervised. An unsupervised dog not only might try to get out over or through the fence, depending on what type you choose, but it might also cause damage to the fence. For example, if you choose a wooden fence, it might get scratched up or even start leaning if you have a large dog constantly standing against it and pushing due to hearing noises on the other side. This is something that isn’t as much of an issue if you are outside with the dog and can give it commands to stop. If a dog is outside for long stretches of time alone, choose a sturdier fencing material like aluminum or metal.

Once you have answered all of these questions, you will have a better idea of what fencing supplies you might need to keep your dog safely in your own yard.

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