Having a fenced in yard is something most pet owners dream about – being able to let your furry friend run around unsupervised is excellent for both you and them. However, not all fences are created with your pooch in mind. Before you purchase a fence for your yard or let your dog out on their own in a new home, make sure to consider these four aspects of a dog proof fence.
Keep Climbers On Solid Ground
Some dogs are more intrepid than others and will be willing and able to climb an open format fence. In general, chain link and fences with horizontal slats are not great options as they can make for easy footholds. A horizontal slat fence can be altered with plastic mesh fencing on the interior if it is installed taut and close to the ground. In general, a solid privacy style fence is the best option. Additionally, consider that anything solid left next to the side of the fence may be used as stairs to escape. Make sure that climbable objects are kept away from fence sides.
Prevent Under Fence Escapes
Catching a glimpse of a passing squirrel or a waft of interesting scent might be all it takes for your dog to want to escape under your fence. Make sure that there are no gaps under your fence as they present an easy weakness. If your dog is a digger, you may want to ensure that the base of your fence is planted a few inches undergrounds. Additionally, you might try adding a skirt of mesh fence netting to prevent digging near the base.
Keep An Eye Out For Weaknesses
Loose and rotting boards, unsteady posts, and missing sections can all be prime areas for escape. Keep an eye out for signs of damage and decay so that you can stay one step ahead. Additionally, be careful to monitor your fence as loose nails and boards can also lead to serious injury.
Stay Ahead of Clever Pooches
Some dogs are too smart for their own good. If your pup is a borderline genius, you may need to take additional precautions. Keep an eye on how they interact with the yard and fence. Some adventurous dogs are known to drag items to fences to create steps to get out. Others can learn to operate simple latches and doors. Likewise, if a door or latch is faulty, it can lead to your dog taking advantage of the weakness.
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