If you are making upgrades to your backyard and have a dog that will be spending time outdoors, keeping your pet and your fence safe are both important. There are some specific safeguards that you can work into your fence design with your contractor to keep your dog from escaping. Here are three ways pet-proofing your backyard fencing with your dog’s safety in mind.
1. Start Fencing Below Ground
Some breeds of dogs are more prone to digging than others, and if your fence starts at ground level, this can be an easy escape route for your dog. Work with your fence contractor to dig down a few inches and have your fencing actually start below ground. This way your dog will have less of a chance to dig underneath your fencing and have a chance to get loose.
2. Adding Height to Your Fence
The height of your fence should also be a factor when it comes to pets. Making sure your fence is high enough to keep your dog enclosed is important, especially if they are extremely active and could possibly jump over their enclosure. If you are starting with a new fence, be sure to note this need with your fencing contractor. If you would like to add height to your current fence, this can be done with accent wood or lattice.
3. Sturdy Materials are a Must
Depending on the size and energy level of your dog, you might be surprised by how much damage a dog can do to a fence that isn’t designed to keep them contained. Using sturdy materials such as chicken wire lining can help, but strong woods can keep dogs in as long as you periodically check for damage from chewing or scratching at corners or around gates.
Having a fence and backyard you love are both important, but keeping your dog safe should be incorporated into your landscaping this as well. If you’re thinking about installing or upgrading your current fence, contact us for ideas and to get started.