A whole 75% of Americans feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards. If dogs could take surveys, they would probably express the same sentiment.
Having a place for your dog to run and play is so important for his or her health and happiness. But you also need to think about your furry friend’s safety, which is why installing a fence can be so advantageous. If you’re planning on installing a pet fence for your dog, keep the following three things in mind.
- A big dog requires a big fence. If your best friend is a fun-loving gentle giant, it probably won’t take much effort for him to get over a four-foot high fence to catch that squirrel he’s got his eye on. You’re going to need a taller fence. For most breeds, six feet should be enough. Of course, if he’s a big dog, he’s probably also pretty strong. Make sure you choose a fencing company that offers durable fencing materials like high-quality wood.
- Watch out for climbers. Even without opposable thumbs, dogs can be pretty crafty climbers. A clever dog will try to find a way over a fence regardless of the height. When preparing for a residential fence installation, choose a design that is impossible to climb. For instance, a chain link fence is a bad idea, as they provide perfect little footholds for your dog’s paws. A solid panel fence has a flat surface, which is ideal for keeping your pup on the ground.
- Minimize temptation. A solid panel fence is also a great option because it keeps your dog from seeing what’s on the other side. If he can’t actually see the squirrels, the birds, the dogs, the people, the cars, and the myriad of other things dogs love to chase and bark at (which is pretty much everything), he’ll stay a whole lot calmer. As it turns out, between 80 and 90% of people looking to put up fences are interested in privacy fences. This is exactly what you need. Your dog may not care much about maintaining his privacy, but ultimately it will help keep your pet safe and secure.
Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours in their yard per week. It is likely that their dogs spend even more time there.
So before you invest in a new fence for your pet, make sure you work with a fencing company that understands your needs as well as the needs of your furry friend.