If you own a pet, you do not want him straying, exposing himself to danger, or posing a threat or a nuisance to neighbors. What kind of fence do you opt for?
There a wide variety of outdoor dog fence options to choose from, depending on your needs and your pet.
A chain link fence is not only strong and durable, it's also affordable. However, it offers little privacy and is said to be aesthetically unappealing.
If you choose to go for a chain link fence, choose a stronger gauge, which will last longer and offer more resistance to rust.
Watch out for the height. Make sure the fence is at least six feet high to stop animals from jumping over.
Vinyl fences are popular and durable and cost almost as much as wood. However, low quality vinyl is vulnerable to UV rays and extreme weather conditions. Also be careful to select the right height to keep your pet in.
Vinyl fences tend to be buried not so deep. If your pet is a digger, he may be able to dig his way under the fence.
Wooden fences are sturdy and affordable. However, they are vulnerable to rotting and pest attacks. They will therefore need a proper maintenance regime to serve you for longer. Big heavy pets can also cause them to weaken as well as jump over them. Wooden fences are therefore better suited for small pets.
The advantage of wrought iron fences is that they are strong and durable. On the downside, they tend to have spaces in between that can let out small and thin animals.
Split rail fences are made of vertical and horizontal rails. The large gaps between the rails can allow small animals through. To counter this, you may consider complementing a split rail fence with chicken wire.
Here, an electronic fence is buried beneath the ground. A collar is then attached to your pet. If he strays towards the fence, he gets a mild shock. This type of fence is good for you if you do not want above ground fences and can be purchased through companies like the Invisible Fence Brand by Coyner Associates.
There are a wide variety of fences to choose from. Your choice will depend on the type of pet you have. It will also depend on the strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal of the fence.