How To Choose A Fence For Your Dog

When you need to keep your dog contained, you have a quite a few fencing choices to consider. As you look at different fencing, keep in mind your dog’s personality and activity level. For example, herding dogs or may need a fenced area away from the street, with limited views of pedestrians and cars. You must also choose fencing that your dog cannot escape, either by climbing, jumping, or digging. Here you’ll learn about your options for dog fencing.

Wooden rail

Wooden rail fences are an option for you to keep your dog contained and safe, but only if you add wire backing to close all of the openings between the wooden rails. Keep in mind that the wooden rail fencing is lower to the ground than some of the other options, and some dogs may be able to climb the wiring used to fill in the spaces. If neither of these is an issue for your dog, a wooden rail fence is an attractive choice that can complement your landscape while serving a practical purpose.


Picket fences are a traditional option for fencing yards. You can choose between wooden pickets and vinyl pickets. Vinyl costs more at the time of installation, but requires much less maintenance than wooden pickets. Wooden picket fencing will require either staining or painting periodically if it is untreated wood. Also, you will need to inspect a wooden fence more often for rotting wood or other damage.


Chain-link fences are by far the lowest maintenance and sturdiest type of fencing you can use to contain your dog. However, some dogs can and will climb a chain-link fence, so rule this option out if you have an agile climber on your hands. Additionally, chain-link fences are not the most attractive option if you are concerned about the aesthetics of your fence.


Another popular option is the electronic fence that involves wiring buried underground around the portion of the yard you want to use for your dog. After installing the invisible fencing, your dog wear a collar that is wirelessly connected to the fence system. Your dog must be trained appropriately to ensure that the fence works correctly. This option only keeps your dog contained. Other animals can come in and out of the yard easily. If your dog is not spayed or neutered, you may not want to allow other dogs to freely enter your dog’s area.

Additional considerations for dog fencing

If there’s a chance that your dog could climb the fence you are installing, you might consider adding a 45-degree overhang that faces inward at the top of the fence. Burying chicken wire a foot deep under the fencing will keep your dog safe inside the fence if he or she digs under the fence. Again, keep in mind your dog’s personality when choosing the spacing of the fence materials, in case cars and/or pedestrians trigger anxiety or instinctive behaviors that cause barking in your dog.

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