When we bought out first house last year, we hired some pros to install a fence. We now have a couple acres, but could only fence in part of the lawn. We chosen six foot, solid wood fencing for the part of our lawn that faces the road. A large proportion of our fence is the Invisible Fence For Dogs. This enabled us to conserve a lot of cash, but also provides unobstructed views of the rest of our property. This actually is a good choice if abutting dogs/properties arent an issue.
No matter which type of fence you select (or what you already have, thanks for your landlord or the person who lived there before you), youll probably have difficulties with it. Thats the way life rolls.
Perhaps your dogs are fence fighting with the neighbors dogs or kids are putting their hands through the fence and youve been locating miniature fingers in your lawn clippings. Perhaps your dog screams at passing skateboarders or the ice cream truck.
Luckily, there are some methods to prevent these common dog-associated fence difficulties (escaping, responding, being tormented):
1. Bamboo/Reed Rolls, Garden Fencing, and Slats: If you've got a chain-link fence and you discover the dog is responding to stuff he sees on another side of the fence, attempt zip-tying rolls of reed fencing onto the inside of your chain link fence. It appears good, its efficient, and itll supply you with a lot more seclusion (note: its not 100% opaque). The reed fencing comes in 4 or 6 foot high panels and can be cut easily. Bamboo looks finer/is substantially more durable, but is also higher priced.
2. Landscaping: If you have got a dog that is a jumper or enjoys to patrol the fence line, contemplate using landscaping as a means to keep your dogs from the fence. And if you've got a patroller, the landscaping will make the buffer zone between the fence and your dog a few feet wider, which can help your dog take the day off from guard duty. Keep in mind to check between the shrubs on the conventional to be sure the dogs havent created a secret tunnel to Naughtyville.
Or, you can feed plastic slats through your chain link fence. Fashion. Either option will also prevent others from putting their hands/snouts through the fence.
If design isnt your thing, but function is, you will have the ability to try a black plastic building fence as a visual block.
And if you've got a fence your dog can put their head through, but you dont care about seclusion, try adding rolls of garden fencing to your own fence to block em in!
3. L-Footer: If you've got a digger, consider an L-Footer. You know, like an L. You can bury this fencing subterranean, but it doesnt have to be entombed to work. Many people just lay it in addition to the grass and maybe add some rocks and garden gnomes to hold down the fort. This site describes it nicely (and has lots of other excellent ideas). Additionally see Awful Raps rebar point.
4. Concrete Footer: If you've got a serious digger, contemplate pouring concrete along the perimeter of the fence line and sinking the underparts of the the fence into the concrete before it dries. Itll take some work, but this is super powerful.
5. Coyote Rollers: If you have got a jumper or climber, you should try these rollers, designed to make it impossible for coyotes to get a clasp on the top of the fence (the bar spins). Think rolling pins on top of your fence. You can DIY this with PVC conduit, if youre convenient.
6. Thin-Ins: Another choice would be to build lean-ins using farm fencing, so your top of your fence is angled in a bit horizontal to the earth. Its like adding a little awning of security. Its like a cat fence, just hardier.
If your dog is a champion jumper, and none of this is enough, you may have to consider an enlarged exercise area that is totally enclosed with a ceiling. Or a Bio Dome (sans Pauly Shore, since you truly love your dog).
7. Redundant fences: Redundant fences are the jam. So what's a redundant fence exactly?
It's possible for you to put up a secondary, internal fence on only one side of your lawn wherever the difficulties are occurring or all four sides. Most people I know have it on only one side of their lawn where they share an ordinary fence with a troublesome neighbor, with a hectic commercial building or road, or with a damaged or ineffective fence that cant be changed for some reason (like when you lease or your neighbor owns the fence).
The view would be to handle the situation with a secondary internal fence, set back from the common fence line, thus preventing your dog from making poor choices, rehearsing behaviors like fence fighting, or escaping readily.
The redundant fence doesnt should be high-priced. We also used a plastic, staked-in-the-earth, corner bit at one point. Sure. But putting up the economic redundant fence was simple, affordable, quickly, consistently successful, and did I mention easy?
Based on what difficulty youre trying to prevent and your dogs private kung-fu abilities, the redundant fence may need to be as strong as the outer fence.
Yet another thing about redundant fences: do it. I believe people feel funny about a fence inside a fence. It seems ridiculous to have two fences, particularly when you only paid to put up the first one! But the families I know that went for it are valuing their lives again. So if you believe it could give you some peace at home, only get it done.