Having a fenced in area for dogs to play and exercise is an ideal solution for pets and their people. When selecting a fencing option, much will depend on the canine’s proclivity to digging, jumping, chewing, and their response to outside stimulus. Dogs typically try to escape when they’re left alone too long and get lonely or bored. Never punish them for escaping.
Many dog breeds are small in stature, but they’re excellent jumpers and very athletic. They encompass Rat terriers, Jack Russell terriers, Pinschers, Pomeranians, Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Chihuahuas. They’re highly intelligent and their skill sets can be extensive – including opening gates.
A chain link fence is an obvious choice, but it can be climbed. Plastic slats can be inserted in the chain link to make it more attractive and block out things that stimulate the dog to escape. A fence at least 4 ft. tall will discourage most canines, but not all. Don’t leave objects near fences that they can use to give them a boost. Metal fencing is especially beneficial for dogs that chew.
Some canines are especially susceptible to outside stimulus. They’ll bark and try to escape. That’s when a stockade fence can help. It blocks the dog’s view of what’s happening on the outside of the fence. Stockade fencing is a good solution, but not for canines that chew.
No matter what type of fencing that’s installed, there are some preventative measures that can be employed. It’s also a good idea to equip the dog’s collar with a GPS tracker. Individuals can easily track their dog if they do escape.
Devices known as coyote rollers can be installed at the top of fences to help keep climbers in check. Extensions can be added at the top that form an inward angle, preventing canines from going up and over.
Underground safety cables can be installed to discourage diggers or a concrete footer can be poured under the fence’s perimeter. Gate latches that automatically lock are a good precaution, as are double gates to keep canines from escaping. Make sure the locking mechanism is out of the dog’s reach.
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