Home Fencing 101: 3 Tips For Creating A Dog-Safe Fence For Your Yard

Many people consider their dog part of the family. If you fall under this category, you probably want to keep your beloved four-legged friend as safe as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by building a fence around your yard—especially if you live in a busy area. Unfortunately, building a fence with your dog in mind isn't always easy. Dogs are often determined animals, and with enough time, they can learn to escape.

So if you have a furry four-legged friend in your family and you want to keep them safe, use these three tips to help you build an effective fence:

1. Opt For Thick Wood or Vinyl

Dogs have a way of getting through fences. This usually happens because owners opt for a thin wooden fence, such as a picket fence. While pretty, these fences are not very dog-safe. Dogs can chew through the wood, dig under it, or jump over it altogether. If you are trying to build a fence that will keep your dog safely inside it, consider using a thick wood or vinyl to build your fence. These materials are affordable, durable, and can be built at any height—so Fido cannot chew, dig, or jump out.

2. Know Temperament

If you are trying to build a fence with your dog in mind, it's important to know their temperament. If your dog is extremely determined to get out of the fence, he or she might. So observe your dog and watch their behavior. If your dog typically jumps out, determine how high your dog can jump; and then build your fence higher. If your dog likes to chew, build your fence with a material that can withstand chewing. If your dog is a digger, make sure your fence runs deep in the ground.

3. Appearance

Finally, just because you are building a fence to keep your pup contained, doesn't mean you need to sacrifice beauty. Talk with a fencing contractor, because there are many options that are both beautiful and functional. For example, a vinyl fence with slots might be nice. It provides privacy, allows sunlight in, and will keep your dog safe.

Building a fence with your dog in mind might seem like a difficult task, but it's easier than you would think. With the right knowledge, and the help of a professional fencing contractor like Hahn-AA Fencing, you are well on your way to having the beautiful fence you desire that will help keep your pooch safe.