As pet owners, we are primarily concerned with the well-being of our pets.
When you are considering buying fencing for pets, the fence needs to be fit for purpose.
The main purpose of pet fencing is to provide safety and security for your pets. The suggestions here are primarily aimed at dog owners but are relevant for most pet fencing.
Points you need to consider:
- The Size Of Your Pet
- Local Or Municipal Guidelines
- Are You Adding To Existing Fencing
- The Type Of Fencing
- The Size Of The Area To Be Fenced
The Size Of Your Pet
When we think about buying a fence to match the size of our pet, most people think large dogs.
If you have a large dog, you need to ensure that the height of the fence stops the dog from jumping over it.
For smaller dogs, you also need to take into account their size. Small dogs are adept at finding gaps in fences to squeeze through.
If a dog squeezes through a fence and escapes, it is not ideal. If a dog gets stuck in a fence, the consequences can be even worse.
Local or Municipal Guidelines
Most localities will have animal control laws.
Emotionally you might not want our pets to feel like prisoners. In reality, you need to ensure that your fencing meets regulations for the benefits of your pets.
These restrictions can cover the height of the fence, the strength of the fence and other aspects.
Are You Adding to Existing Fencing
You may have recently purchased a pet or your pet has now become an escape artist. In either situation, you may be adding pet fencing to an existing fence.
If you already have a stylish iron or aluminum fence you don’t want to ruin its look with chicken wire. Some haphazard backing or cheap modification is a false economy.
There are puppy panels and other ready-made products that you can install. These options provide the functionality for your pets and retain the look of the fencing.
The Type of Fencing
There are various options for the type of fence that you can use for pet fencing.
Dogs can become agitated by things that they see outside, so blocking their view can be beneficial.
A solid panel fence is a good solution when choosing to limit the dog’s view. There are two main alternatives for this panel fencing:
- Wooden fencing is an option that will normally last for the lifespan of a dog. This is not always the best option for larger dogs who can chew the wood. Some large dogs can push or wear fence components.
- Vinyl fencing is durable and if you install solid panels it can block your dog’s view. Although more durable, vinyl can seem a more costly option (in the short term).
The Size Of The Area To Be Fenced
Unless you intend to fence off the whole of your property, the size of the fenced area is important.
The previous considerations such as the size of pet and type of fencing will have some impact here.
If your pet is left unattended for long periods it may need more exercise area.
If you want your pet to roam the whole property, wireless fences may be a more economical alternative.
Wireless fences have their own considerations:
- Some owners see electric shocks to their pets as cruel.
- Wireless fences do no limit the dogs view.
- Wireless fences do not limit other people or animals approaching your dog.
Your Pet Your Decision
Before you start to part with money for your pet fencing, you need to consider the information above.
Although the final decision on the pet fencing is yours it can seem confusing.
With so many considerations and options, you would benefit from some professional advice. Contact us now for a free quote.
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