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Choosing A Fence For Your Dog? Avoid These Common Oversights

One of the most common reasons why people put up fences is to keep their dogs in their yard. However, if you’re not careful, the fence you put up might not serve this purpose as well as you intended. When choosing and constructing a dog fence, be sure to avoid making these common oversights.

Forgetting that dogs can dig under fences.

Most people build fences tall enough to keep dogs from jumping over them, but there’s another way your dog can break free – by digging under the fence. Luckily, there are two ways to prevent his. You can choose a fence that extends a foot or so below ground so that when your dog starts digging, he just runs into more fence.  Make sure you choose a strong material if you go with this option so that it does not break down under the soil. Pressure-treated lumber and vinyl are good choices.

Another option is to have a trench dug where your fence will be, and then fill that trench with concrete. Once the concrete is dry, you can cover it with dirt. When your dog digs, he’ll run into the concrete. This tends to be the better option when you have a non-solid fence, such as a picket or chain link fence, since burying a fence of this type is tougher than burying a solid one and is likely look conspicuous.

Forgetting that dogs can chew on fences.

Especially when they’re young and bored, dogs love to chew. Thus, some types of fences are not safe choices. Most wood is not usually a good choice since it will need to be treated with water repellents and insecticides that are not good for your dog to digest. However, cedar is a safe bet, since it is naturally water resistant and repels pests without insecticides. Vinyl and metal chain link fencing are also good choices.

You also want to keep this in mind when choosing a fence style. A solid, paneled fence is a better choice than a picket or post-and-rail fence since it will have fewer surfaces that your dog can get his mouth around.

If you choose a fence that will be safe if your dog chews it (or unappealing to chew in the first place) and are make sure that you guard against your dog being able to dig under it, you should have an easier time keeping your dog safe within your yard.