Fencing for Your Dog, Big or Small
Because our customers are good people who love their pets and want to keep them safe, we often get questions about what kind of fencing is best for animals. We’ve covered a few topics of interest in to pet owners in past posts, including how to dogproof your fence, adding a dog run, and why invisible fences are not all they’re cracked up to be. This week we’ll look at eight ideas for enhancing your dog’s backyard space, from Chihuahua to Great Dane.
1. Temp Fence
A temporary dog fence is a good solution for renters who need to fence Fido in, or for homeowners who plan to move before long. They also work if your puppy can get between your fence pickets, but once he grows bigger your fence will contain him. Temporary fences typically require no cement pouring or digging, and are easy to install almost anywhere. You might not even need a permit. You can also use a temporary fence until you build something permanent.
A kickboard is a board that’s installed across the bottom of a fence. It’s often used to prevent rot by elevating the pickets. Some people also like them for aesthetic reasons. But if you have a small dog who likes to squeeze under your fence and rampage through the neighborhood, a kickboard could contain Killer.
3. Puppy pickets
The pickets of aluminum fences are often widely spaced. Many people find this aesthetically pleasing. Manufacturers love it because it saves on materials. But small dog owners bemoan the fact that their pups can wiggle right through. Puppy pickets (also called dog fence rolls, puppy bars or puppy panels) are panels that go inside the bottom of your fence with stakes that are close together. No escape today, doggo!
4. Dog window
Everybody likes a view. A dog window is a plastic bubble that sticks out from your fence so your dog can see what’s going on. Make sure you buy one that’s the right size for your dog’s face and install it at a comfortable height.
5. Dog run with gate
A dog run is a nice compromise between letting your dog run amok in your yard, and denying him unsupervised outside access. The run is a secured area, usually made of metal or wood, that contains Queenie while giving her room to move. For a mid-sized dog, allow at least three feet wide by ten feet long, and six feet high. Dogs that weigh more than 100 pounds need a run that’s four feet wide, minimum. Queenie needs space to comfortably stand, walk, lie down and turn around.
6. Custom-build iron
If you’re in the market for something new, we can custom-build a beautiful iron fence with your dog in mind. Depending on the breed and size of your canine, you might be able to use dog fence kits with standard picket spacing. But if your dog is on the ultra-petite side—such as a Yorkie or a Papillion—you may need pickets installed closer together. To determine picket spacing, measure your dog at the widest part of their body, and plan to put the pickets a little closer together than that to prevent Houdini from wiggling through.
7. Double-sided fence
A double-sided fence makes your yard extra-private, and can even muffle sound. If your dog barks every time she sees a human, squirrel or other dog pass by or enter the yard, a double-sided fence might decrease barking and make her a tad calmer.
8. No-climb wire
No-climb wire increases your yard’s security, keeping out everybody short of Spiderman. This strong wire doesn’t give when pushed or leaned on. And it keeps that fence-climbing canine athlete inside. However, we can’t be held responsible if he takes up pole vaulting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Buzz Custom Fence offers various fencing options suitable for pets, ensuring their safety and containment.
Yes, temporary dog fences are available and are ideal for renters or homeowners planning to move soon. They require no cement pouring or digging and can be easily installed.
A kickboard is a board installed across the bottom of a fence. It prevents rot by elevating the pickets and can also help contain small dogs that might try to chew or squeeze their way under the fence.
Consider adding puppy pickets (also known as puppy bars or puppy panels). These are two steel panels with closely spaced stakes that prevent small dogs from escaping.
A dog window is a plastic bubble that protrudes from your fence, allowing your dog to see outside. It provides your pet with a view of the outdoor surroundings.
A dog run is a secured area, typically made of metal or wood, that provides a contained space for your dog to exercise and move around. It’s a compromise between letting your dog roam freely in the yard and restricting outside access.
Yes, Buzz Custom Fence offers custom-built iron fences designed with your dog’s breed and size in mind. Picket spacing can be adjusted based on your dog’s size.
A double-sided dog fence that offers extra privacy and can muffle sound. It’s ideal for dogs that bark at every passerby, helping reduce barking and keep them calm.
Consider adding no-climb wire to your fence. This strong wire doesn’t give when pushed or leaned on, preventing dogs from climbing over the barrier.
Contact Buzz Custom Fence for more details and a free estimate.