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The Fence Post

Fencing Your Dog: Some Recommendations

August 9, 2019 | by Joe Morrell

Two dogs staring through fence

Protecting Your Pup


There is no use in putting off the construction of a fence if you're a dog owner. Most obviously, keeping your dog safely away from the street is paramount. A fenced-in yard allows a dog to run, jump, and play, offering life-enhancing exercise. A fence allows a dog to safely do what a dog must do: employ their senses--smelling, chasing rodents, and guarding the house from passersby (without incident), to name just a few. This activity is an essential aspect of a dog's life and health, and a fence offers a measure of freedom. A well-surrounded backyard doesn't preclude the need for the joy of fido's joys--being walked--that roam around the neighborhood to broadcast his essential message: I'm here and it matters. 

Very helpfully, a fence...

  • lessens the number of times a day a dog must be walked.
  • is a good substitute for a trip to the dog park (particularly if your dog is aggressive with other dogs.)

What type of fence?

  • Chain-link or large openings

Efficient for some things, but sadly often climbable--a medium or large size dog can easily gain a foothold and get over a fence. Chain-link also won't win you any points with neighbors aesthetics-wise either. Gaining a foothold is possible with other styles of fence, too--call Louis Page for advice.

  • Electric

An invisible fence might solve the boundary and aesthetic issues, but for a dog, the shock can be received as a punishment, when delivered it can be misconstrued with whatever the dog is perceiving at the time of the shock so fears can result. And it can in some cases be breached if the incentive is great enough. 

  • Apron Fence

A great option for medium and some large dogs, especially if your dog is a digger. This line wire, running the length of the roll, acts as a guide for the bending or folding the bottom 12 inches of the roll to create an apron. When folded at a 90-degree angle, this part of the fence lays on the ground. Grass or vegetation will grow up through the apron, securing the hexagonal mesh to the ground. This eliminates the need for the digging of a trench and burying wire in the ground--nice chores to avoid. When your dog comes up the edge of the vertical fence and starts to dig, the wire mesh stops them. To keep your dog within the enclosed area, place the apron to the inside and the apron will prevent digging under the fence. 

For an existing fence

Here's a solution from Down Under:

  • Other Options

Call Louis Page and talk with us about your dog and the particulars of your property and we will advise you as to the best style and grade of fence for your situation. We will take the guesswork out of creating the right enclosure for your four-legged best friend. 

Enjoying the Security

dog sitting behind wooden fence

And once behind the fence, alleviating boredom with your presence is the greatest reward for a dog who desires your leadership. Activities behind the fence may include training exercises or teaching tricks, throwing a ball or playing Frisbee, using toys and then swapping out the toys to maintain interest, with breaks from being fenced in. Hiding a favorite treat or toy to discover in the backyard can give an opportunity for distraction. If a grooming session is something that your dog enjoys, do it in the yard so positive associations are made.

  • Remember that herding or sporting breeds need more distraction.
  • Walk around the yard and make sure there's nothing that would help a dog escape, like stacks of debris or wood.

Remember: even your dog can be unpredictable and this fence...

  • protects others
  • guards against injury or awkward mishaps and unfortunate encounters
  • keeps you from liability issues
  • wards off intruders, accompanied by your dog's bark, of course
     

tan and white dog behind fence

Height is important--if you have a big dog, a 4-foot fence will not suffice. Anywhere from 5 to 7 feet is required depending on the size and agility of your breed. For smaller breeds, four feet should do the trick unless you have a dog who is Captain Marvel and should be wearing a cape.

And lastly, there are some common but questionable choices out there:

 

Dog looking over fence

Wire Mesh and Fence for Dogs

 

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Topics: apron fence, wire fence and mesh for dogs

Fencing Materials for Children, Gardens, and Pets

May 18, 2011 | by Frank Langone

A little peace of mind goes a long way.

Have you made some alterations to your daily life that are going to require some physical changes to your property?

Perhaps there are now some children to think about and some barriers will be needed to keep them safe. Or it could be that beloved pet of yours may be better handled behind a fence.

A veggie garden also demands some protection as the value of your crop depends on certain invaders to be excluded.

For either sanity or safety's sake, it might be time to consider a simple fence to simplify your days...and nights. Read on for some ideas on making changes.


 vinyl coated fence with dog and gate

Do you need to:

  • protect children as they play securely in your yard?
  • keep pets from running all over the neighborhood?
  • prevent "critters" from entering your garden to eat your plants?
  • define your property or boundary line?
  • keep deer and other wildlife away from your trees?
  • prevent gophers from destroying your lawn and plantings?                                                                                                                    

Then there's quite a range of possibilities--

Are you looking for the right kind of fencing that will do the job?  Many varieties and styles of fence are available for your consideration and needs: galvanized, vinyl coated, woven, welded. 

A Guide to the Right Coating and Wire                                                                                                                                                                                              
You might want to think about black or green vinyl coated wire as an excellent barrier to go on your post and rail fence. If you wish the wire to blend in with the background and not stand out, black is the way to go.                                                                       
Welded wire fencing materials are available in a variety of mesh opening sizes such as 2" x 4", 2" x 3", 1.5" x 4", 1" x 2" and 1" x 1". Wire gauges range from lightweight 20
gauge to heavyweight 10.5 gauge.

Woven wire fence products come in a wide range of styles, from 1" hexagonal chicken wire up to 10' tall heavy deer fence with large openings

Be thinking about these questions when you call us--

  • Do you need a large or a smaller mesh?
  • Are you trying to keep something in or out?
  • How many feet will you need to do the job right?
  • What height is required?
  • Is your land flat or does the terrain vary?
  • Do you want to install the fencing materials yourself?
  • Would it be better to have it installed by a reputable fence company?

Many possibilities are out there. The choices are yours.

What has been most difficult for you when trying to decide which type of fencing material to use?

Are you aware of all the possibilities that are available that you will never find at your local retail store? We will be happy to have a discussion with you about the differences between the various products that may be most suitable for your project.

vinyl coated fence

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Topics: fencing materials, galvanized after, black vinyl coated, wire fence and mesh for dogs

Fence and Mesh Needs--Your Checklist

January 3, 2011 | by Duncan Page

Do your plans for this year include wire or plastic fence or mesh?

What do you need to keep out?deer fence or mesh

  • deer
  • rabbits
  • coyotes 
  • gophers
  • sparrows
  • predatory birds
  • nuisance wildlife

Or keep in?

    • deer
    • dogs
    • goats
    • sheep
dog fence or mesh

Let's protect your

  • lawn
  • house
  • garden
  • poultry
  • game birds
  • swimming pool
  • trees and shrubs

Do you want to do the job right the first time?

  • Research - be sure the fence or mesh product you
    choose is right for your project
  • Ask an expert for advice
  • Note: fences and meshes are not created equal
  • Cheaper is not always better - you usually get what you
    pay forchicken fence or mesh
  • A more expensive, higher quality product can save you money in the long run
  • The best solution may not be available from your local retailer or big box store

We will talk to you about your current fence and mesh needs.

We're here to help with some fairly involved decision-making.

 All the best, 

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Topics: wire mesh, wire fence, wire fence and mesh for dogs

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