If you are a dog owner, you may want to consider having a wooden fence installed around your backyard. A wooden fence is a great idea that can make life more fun for your dog, as they can then play outdoors off-leash in your yard.
This fence can also make life more convenient for you — instead of having to bundle up on those cold winter mornings to take your dog for a quick walk before heading to work, you can simply let them out into your secured backyard as you get ready for the day.
A wooden privacy fence is a great option when you own a dog, as some dogs can climb chain-link fences. This can lead to the dog breaking free from the yard and roaming the neighborhood or even falling and injuring themselves while attempting to climb the fence.
In addition, if you install a wooden privacy fence with no gaps between fence slats, not only will this prevent your small dog from attempting to squeeze between the slats, but it will also block their view of anything other than the inside of your yard. When they don't see what is outside the perimeter of the fence, they will be much less tempted to get out of your yard and explore their surroundings or bark at people or animals passing by.
However, it is important to choose your fence design wisely to avoid fence mishaps that can occur whether your dog is large or small. Read on to learn three tips for designing your wooden fence with dog security in mind.
1. Choose the Best Fence Height for Your Dog Breed
If you have a small dog, then you can choose from a variety of wooden fence heights. A 4-foot wooden picket fence can keep a small dog contained, as long as he is not a jumper. However, if you have a large dog, then stick with the typical wooden privacy fence height of 6 to 8 feet.
If you have a large dog breed that is known to jump really high, such as a German Shepherd (these dogs have been known to jump over 6-foot fences), then be cautious and choose a fence that is at least 8 feet high.
2. Have Fence Supports Placed on the Outside of Your Fence
While your fence posts and pickets will lie perpendicular to the ground, fence supports are placed horizontally along most wooden fences to add additional sturdiness to the fence. While these supports are traditionally placed along the inside of the fence, you can request that your fence contractor place them along the outer perimeter of your fence instead.
Some dogs, especially large ones, are better climbers than many people realize. Determined dogs can use fence supports placed on the interior of the fence to help them climb the fence, resulting in them breaking free from the yard or injuring themselves by falling.
3. Secure the Bottom of the Fence to Prevent Digging
Dogs like to dig along the inner perimeters of fences for many reasons. While many are simply trying to dig their way out of the yard, others, such as Pyrenees, dig these holes to use as beds. Of course, you need to take steps to prevent this digging to ensure your dog remains safe and sound in your yard.
To prevent digging under your fence, ensure the entire fence is installed at least 6 inches underground. An additional option which will deter even the most determined diggers is to install L-footers around the bottom of your new wooden fence.
An L-footer is installed by taking wire fencing (the smaller the mesh size, the better), bending it at a 90-degree angle, and lying it along the inner perimeter of your fence. Half of the wire fencing will project up onto your fence, while half will lie on the ground in front of your fence. The half that lies against the ground can then be buried with soil and grass to disguise its appearance.
If you need a dog-proof fence installed around your yard, then speak to the fencing professionals at Allied Fence & Security to discuss your fence options and arrange for expert installation.