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What to Look for When Choosing a Dog Fence?

A fence is essential for your dog’s safety and well-being. This overview will show you the various types of dog fences and what to look out for when choosing dog fencing.

A fence for Fido

You have a yard, a dog, or two or three! A dog fence is a must-have for any yard with a dog. You can allow your pet to run and play without fear. You can also open your back door to let your pet go about its business without having to take it out for walks or early mornings.

Local ordinances may require that you keep your pet leashed, or fenced in. A dog fence protects you from code violations and angry neighbours.

There are pros and cons to getting a dog fence

We think that a dog fence is an important addition to your pet’s safety. Here are some pros and cons.


Safety for pets: Your dog will be safe in your yard. You can’t let him run, fight with other animals, or get hit by cars.

Lower risk: You can’t let your dog run around in the neighbourhood, knock down an elderly person or scare a child, or bite another animal.

Pet health: A fenced-in yard is a safe place for your dog’s to run, play, lie in the sun, and do other dog things.

It will add curb appeal. A dog fence is available in many styles and materials.

Privacy: A dog fence can be double-duty to protect your backyard privacy and keep neighbours out.


Cost: You will need to purchase fence materials, even if you do it yourself. Fences that are professionally installed can be expensive.

Space: It may feel like you are reducing space if you have a small yard.

Permits: To build a fence you may need to obtain a permit from the city or county. Many homeowners associations have specific guidelines about what fences are allowed.

Maintenance: It doesn’t matter what kind of fence you have, it will need some maintenance.

Different types of dog fences

You can use almost any type of property fence as a dog fence depending on your dog’s size.

Wire mesh or chain-link is an affordable option that’s not as visually appealing. Privacy can be provided by vinyl or wood-slat fences. Fences made of metal (iron, steel or aluminium) offer the best durability and can be customized in a variety of ways. Although wooden picket fences are charming, they may not be suitable for large dogs. Invisible fencing is another option. However, these fences do not offer privacy and will not prevent other animals from entering your yard.

Costs of a Dog Fence and Other Considerations

Check the local zoning regulations before you start installing a fence. You will need to check if you require a permit or if there are rules regarding what type of fences you can build. There may be additional requirements regarding height, material, and easements if you live in a neighbourhood with a homeowner’s association.

The size of your dog’s fenced-in area will play a major role in the price of your fence. For a more secure set-up, you will need to spend more than $100 for invisible fencing. The cheapest options for dog fencing are chain-link, wire mesh and picket fence. These are easy weekend DIY projects.

Privacy fences made of wood can be installed by anyone without professional assistance. Vinyl panels, however, are more expensive than wood. Metal fences are usually installed by professionals, but can be customized to your liking and most resistant to the elements. They are also the most costly option.

Durability and price tend to go hand in hand. You will see greater durability and a longer life span for your fence if you spend more. It is also up to you to decide whether to hire a contractor or install the fence yourself. While a contractor may be more expensive, the fence must last. It might be best to hire a professional if you are unsure about your ability to build fences.

Dog Fence Maintenance and Repair

Your dog fence can be damaged by strong winds or fallen tree branches. You can repair chain-link and wooden fences without hiring a professional. Vinyl fencing can be repaired by skilled DIYers, provided they are able to find matching vinyl panels. Metal fences are very durable, but they can be damaged and will need professional repair.

Wood fences are the most difficult to maintain. They must be re-stained and re-sealed or painted regularly to prevent wood rot. Vinyl fences can be cleaned regularly. You’ll need to clean up any rust or scratches on mental fences.

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