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3 Types of Fences to Consider for Keeping Your Dog Safe and Contained

We all love our dogs and want them to be safe at all times. However, sometimes they get scared and may run away. Loud noises, people walking on the sidewalk, and other animals nearby are enough for them to feel threatened. For that reason, it’s necessary to have a good fence that prevents pets from escaping if they become agitated. There are many types of fences, and they all have their advantages and drawbacks. Take a look at the following fences and decide which one is better for your dog.

3 Types of Fences to Consider for Keeping Your Dog Safe and Contained

Solid Fences

No fence gives you more privacy than a solid fence. It can be over 6 feet with slats directly in contact with each other.

Solid fences are hard to climb for most dogs, and the absence of gaps between the slats prevents them from getting out or excited with other pets or people on the other side.

They are typically made of wood, but it isn’t rare to find them made from vinyl or PVC.

Vinyl and PVC fences are more elegant, and durable, and require less maintenance than wooden ones, but they are also more expensive.

Chain-link Fences

If you are on a budget, chain-link fences might be what you need.

They are quite popular as they can blend well with their surroundings.

As they are made of galvanized steel wire attached to steel poles, chain-link fences like the ones installed by Northland Fence are strong and resilient.

They can be as tall as you need them to be (preferably over 6 feet) to discourage your dog from jumping or climbing.

Enjoying the view of your surroundings is another benefit you receive by building this type of fence; however, if you are a more private individual, a solid fence might be a better alternative.

Wide-gap Metal Fences

Metal fences are excellent to keep your dog happy and safe.

They consist of a series of vertical poles connected to a couple of horizontal rods made of metal at the top and the bottom.

Their height varies from 3 to 6 feet, so you won’t have to worry about your dog jumping the fence if you pick the tallest alternative unless it’s a world-class jumper.

The poles are often made of iron or aluminum. Iron is stronger than aluminum, but it’s more expensive and will rust after some time.

On the other hand, aluminum isn’t as resilient as iron, but it’s much lighter and won’t rust.

One detail you have to pay attention to is the gaps between the poles.

Most of them are between 3 and 4 inches, but it’s possible to find fences with smaller gaps that will prevent your dog from slipping through and escaping.

There is no better way to keep your dog happy and safe than with a sturdy fence.

It may be the difference between feeling reassured or worried. Still, you have to determine which type of fence is a good match for your dog.

Depending on its size and individual characteristics, you may have to choose between a solid, chain-link, and wide-gap metal fence.

Study the types of fences carefully and provide your beloved pet the safety it deserves.

Francis C. Johnson

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

Miss Molly thank you for this wonderful suggestion and I'm very happy you didn't include Invisible dog fences which I completely condemn.

Grace W. Torres

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

Molly, I'm choosing between the galvanized or vinyl coated wire chain-link fences concerning longevity and maintenance. Any suggestion?

Elizabeth Noonan

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

Molly, good point except for the solid fence, I think it's not a good idea for dogs they need to see the world around them to avoid getting stress what do you think?

Jeanna Massman

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Thanks for the information! Keeping dogs safe and happy is so important.

Sandy Klocinski

Tuesday 13th of August 2019

Awesome info about the different fence types. My daughter has a fence but her huskies are always finding a way out. When she had the two females, an invisible fence worked to keep one in but not the other. One of her females died and she got a male husky. Not sure if he gets out or not but he is a bundle of energy so I wouldn't be surprised. I have a Chihuahua and I have a wood fence with wire between the rails and at the bottom. There are few places I had to put stones in front of because I wasn't sure my boy couldn't squeeze out.

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