Fencing Solutions for Homeowners to Keep Dogs Contained
Taking home a dog can certainly brighten your life, but caring for an animal is a huge responsibility and not to be taken lightly. You are the sole provider of food, water, and shelter for your pet, not to mention entertainment and love. When your furry pal is hurt, you take him to the vet. You make sure that he is comfortable and that all of his needs are met. His health and happiness depend on you. And of course, you’re responsible for ensuring that he doesn’t run amok in your neighborhood, destroying property, fighting with other animals, and causing accidents – hurting himself or others – by running wild in the streets. So once you’ve got the feeding, grooming, and play time under control, it’s time to think about how you’re going to keep him from getting out. And there are several potential fencing solutions to consider.
The first thing to think about is creating a dog run, or a small, fenced, outdoor area designed exclusively for use by your pet. This inexpensive solution can be used to contain your dog if you don’t have a fence around your yard and you simply don’t have the money to install one. It’s also a good idea if you have a fence in place around your property already, but it is insufficient for the job of keeping your animal in. If your dog has learned to jump the fence, dig under it, or otherwise escape the confines of your yard, putting in a dog run is an easier and less costly solution that replacing the entire fence.
On the other hand, you may have an animal that needs more outdoor space to run in. If this is the case you might have no choice but to install a new fence or at least beef up your existing perimeter. Say you have a tall fence in place but your dog has found a way to scale it. You might want to install rolling bars at the top so that he can’t gain purchase when he leaps to the top. Or if your dog likes to dig holes under the fence and get out that way, you could dig down along the fence line and sink L-shaped mesh or metal facing in towards the yard to stop him. If he squeezes out between boards, posts, or rungs, you’ll need to add some kind of mesh to keep him from slipping out.
Of course, you need not invest a huge amount of money in fencing – you might also use an electric dog fence, along with a shock collar to contain him. But this option isn’t foolproof. If he makes it beyond the perimeter and out of range, he’ll be gone. And most pet parents don’t like the idea of using electric shocks to deter their furry friends anyway. So if you’re looking to save some dough, opt instead for a yard dog fence that will limit your pet to one area of your yard, or simply find a way to dog-proof the fencing you’ve already got. And if you’ve got the cash on hand, build a dog fence around your entire yard. It will cost a bit more, but you’ll add value to your home in the process and keep your dog safely contained in the meantime.