Have you ever stepped into your backyard expecting to be greeted by your dog, only to find that they have escaped through the fence for an impromptu playdate with the neighbor’s dog? It happens… After those initial thoughts of thankfulness that it wasn’t worse and that your dog didn’t get loose into local traffic, you might ask yourself, how did this happen and how do I keep it from happening again? The answer— Having the right fence for your dog’s specific needs. This is the best way to keep your furry friend safe while they’re enjoying their time outdoors.
What’s the Best Fence for My Breed?
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 70% of US households own a pet, but how do you know what style of fence to purchase? When deciding on the best fence for your breed, there are several property-specific factors to consider including closures, grade, level, pitch, post holes, and post distance. In choosing a fence, keep in mind that some models are better than others for different dog breeds.
Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of the most popular styles of fences for families with pets:
1. Aluminum Fence – An aluminum fence could be a great option because they are made out of more durable material, meaning they can better withstand inclement weather and they don’t rust easily. If your dog is not the size or breed that’s able to squeeze through small spaces, this would be a great and aesthetically pleasing option.
2. Vinyl Fence – Vinyl fences can imitate the appearance of traditional wooden fences, but they are actually more durable. A vinyl fence is a good option for more active breeds, as the close posting blocks their view of the outside world, keeping them from being easily distracted or taunted by other animals.
3. Wooden Fence – Depending on your pet, a traditional wooden fence may be a good choice. However, for certain breeds and temperaments, a wooden fence may not be the best as they allow some pets to easily chew through them or even grip them to climb over.
Fences for Small, Medium, Large, and Hunting Breeds
As hinted above, the size, strength, and/or temperament of your dog will be a major deciding factor in the type of fence you will need to invest in. Here’s what to consider when choosing:
1. Small-Sized – Breeds like Chihuahuas can escape easily with little space, however, they are unable to climb over high walls. So when choosing a fence for a small dog, consider small spacing between the fence panels and more height.
2. Medium-Sized – Breeds like Boxers are usually very good at remaining within a confined area once they notice it is impossible to leave. If you choose a fence tall enough, there is a good chance they would not be able to leap over the fence, no matter the material.
3. Large-Sized – Large breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors are usually very strong and require both a higher and stronger fence. Be sure to keep fence panel spacing in mind as well, as they are liable to wiggle through the panels.
4. Hunting Breeds – Hunting breeds, like Hounds or Beagles, have certain instinctual behaviors and they will often attempt to dig beneath the fence, so it is essential to have a strong and well-made fence and to keep a close watch on them while they are loose in the backyard.
Deciding on the best fence for your pet is an important and worthwhile investment, one that benefits both you and your furry companion. Do you have questions? Do you need help to decide on the best fence style for your dog? Our experts would love to help make your fence buying experience the best it can be! Call us at (770) 985-3700 or fill out our contact form on our website.