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If you have a dog and recently purchased a home without a fenced-in backyard, then you may be eager to fence in your yard to give your dog a place to run and play outdoors safely. Having a fenced-in yard also makes dog bathroom time easier by allowing you to avoid taking long walks in cold winter weather while you wait for your dog to relieve itself.

Before you choose your new fence design, consider all of your fence options first to ensure your new fence keeps your dog as safe and secure as possible. Read on to learn four tips for a dog-friendly fence design.

1. Choose Your Fence Material Wisely

Dog-friendly fences can be made of many materials. Three popular fence materials include wood, metal, and vinyl. The right fence material for your dog depends on your dog’s unique personality and habits.

A wooden or vinyl privacy fence is a good option if your dog tends to bark at other dogs and/or people. While your dog that likes to bark may still react to noises in their environment when in a backyard with a privacy fence, they are unlikely to bark at quiet people and dogs when your dog cannot see them.

A strong metal fence, such as a steel fence, is a good option if you have a dog, especially a large breed dog, that likes to chew. Large breed dogs can sometimes chew through wood and vinyl fences. Steel is extremely strong and, if your dog attempts to chew it, they are unlikely to damage it.

2. Pick the Right Fence Height

When selecting your fence height, ensure you choose a fence tall enough that your dog will not be able to jump over it easily. Most fences are between four and six feet high, although fences exist that are shorter and taller than this.

If you have a medium- or large-breed dog, then choose a fence that is six feet in height to limit the chance that your dog will jump over it. You can contain most small dogs safely with fences that are four or five feet tall. However, a small dog that can jump very high should ideally be in a yard surrounded by a six-foot fence.

Just a few of the small dog breeds known to jump high include Papillons, Jack Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, and Shetland Sheepdogs.

3. Prevent Digging Under Your Fence

Most dogs enjoy digging, and a determined dog can dig a hole in the ground under a fence and then leave the yard through this hole. Thankfully, you have several ways that you can keep your dog from leaving your yard after burrowing under your fence or prevent this burrowing altogether.

One option is to bury several feet of chicken wire along the fence line before your new fence is installed. Alternatively, dig a narrow trench along the fence line and fill it with concrete.

While chicken wire can stop a small dog from tunneling under the fence and leaving the yard, concrete can keep a strong, large breed dog that could chew through chicken wire from burrowing under the fence.

4. Choose a Design That Will Prevent Fence Climbing 

Many dogs will attempt to leave a fenced-in yard by climbing the fence. Even if it doesn’t escape, your dog can injure itself if it falls to the ground in the midst of climbing your fence.

To prevent climbing, skip chain-link fence. Chain-link fences are often the easiest fences for determined dogs to climb. Also, avoid a fence design with many horizontal rails. Ideally, choose a fence with just a top and bottom rail.

Finally, ask your fence professional about special metal rollers. You can install these on top of your fence to keep your dog from making it across the top of the fence if they do climb to the top.

Follow these tips to choose a fence design that keeps your dog happy, safe, and secure. Contact the fence experts at Harco Exteriors, LLC, to schedule your fence installation today.

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