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Dog-Proofing Your Residential Fences

Dog-Proofing Your Residential Fences

Here are some ideas for dog-proofing your residential fences.

Your dogs are smart. They are probably clever enough to find some way to escape your fenced-in yard. After all, as much as they love living with you, they probably want to see what’s out there in the great big world. Here are some ideas for dog-proofing your residential fences.

Calm Down Climbers

Certain larger breeds are smarter and braver than others and willing to climb up a fence to see what’s on the other side. Chain link residential fences aren’t great for holding dogs in since they provide footholds. It’s probably a good idea to invest in a solid privacy fence – it has the bonus of keeping your dog from barking at everything if they are a particularly noisy pup.

Defeat Diggers

Some dogs, especially smaller breeds, tend to dig. Maybe they are bred to dig for rats and stop, or they simply aren’t big enough or nimble enough to try and make it over the top.  In any case, you should do your best to prevent diggers from getting out. For this to work, the base of the fence needs to be set several inches underground as well. Adding a skirt of mesh fence netting is also a good idea for stopping any doggies who like to dig.

Find Those Pesky Flaws

Inspect your fence. Soil erosion can weaken the structural integirty of the fence. If it leans or falls down, it might be easier for your dog (and sometimes, your cat) to escape. That’s why it’s so important to figure out where the flaws could be in your fence, and patch them up as soon as you can.

Stop the Smarties

You’ve also got to do what you can to stop other dogs who think they can outsmart you. It might not always seem obvious, but some types of dogs are smarter than their human pack – you might have noticed from observing herding behavior or reminders to follow a particular routine!

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Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you’re excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter,  LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.

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