We love our dogs.
As well as looking after us, our dogs also bring plenty of joy and happiness to the home.
You want to keep your dog safe in the yard while giving it room to roam too. A good fence is the best solution.
Building the fence brings another big problem. How do you make the fence dog-friendly? How can we keep our dogs safe, but also give them a bit of freedom?
Our experts put their heads together and came up with a few answers to this age-old question.
The top five tips to come out of their think-in are:
- Using puppy panels
- Give shade with a privacy fence
- Build a run alongside the fence
- Restrict their view
- Prevent tunneling
Let’s take a close look at making your fence dog-friendly.
Using puppy panels
Puppy panels are an excellent way to keep the young dog in the yard and fit easily onto an existing metal fence.
The panels will also stop the neighbor’s dogs from sliding under or through your fence.
Puppy panels are an ideal way to keep the family pet safe and to teach them about staying on the right side of the fence.
The panels do a good job, and they won’t take away from the look of your fine iron or aluminum fence.
Give shade with a privacy fence
This is one tip which really does take the dog’s side when making the fence friendly for them.
Your dog will love being out in the yard, chasing birds and squirrels and making a home for themselves.
During the hot sunny days of summer, they will also need a place to lie and get out of the heat.
A few panels of privacy fence can provide all the shade your dog will need on a hot day.
The dog will appreciate lying in the cool, plus they will not be distracted by what is happening on the other side of the fence.
Build a run alongside the fence
People often forget to put a little bit of the yard aside for the dog.
Dogs like nothing better than having a place of their own. A spot where they can do their thing and get a bit of peace.
If you have some fencing material left from the installation work, then a pen is a great way to make use of it.
Build the enclosure, using the fence as the back wall and the surplus material to block the run from the garden area.
This is ideal for teaching the dog how to behave in the yard.
Don’t forget to include a source of water and a bit of shade for them too.
Restrict their view
If your dog is forever escaping, or trying to escape, then this tip may be a big help.
Usually, the escapee is chasing after another dog or maybe following the kids to school or the park.
Restricting the dog’s view will take away the temptation to jump the fence.
Use privacy fencing around where the dog plays, and they can’t see what’s happening outside.
The privacy fence will let the family play in peace too, away from the prying eyes of neighbors.
Some dogs just love to dig their way to freedom.
No matter how many times you fill in that hole, they will still find their way out.
A good tip here is to set a depth of concrete along the base of the fence.
Go down about a foot in the soil and maybe a foot either side, to stop the tunneling dog.
After a few attempts, they will soon learn to love their side of the fence.