What Type of Dog Fence Should I Choose?

It doesn’t take much to keep a dog happy and healthy. Provide your pooch with food, love and daily exercise, and chances are good that its tail will wag. When it comes to encouraging activity, there’s no better playground for a pooch than a fenced yard.

A black and white dog plays near a chain link dog fence.
A chain link fence with a physical barrier at the base keeps dogs from digging below the fence.

What kind of dog fence is right for your pet? That depends on the dog, your preferences and your budget. It’s important to make a good match between a fence and a dog’s proclivities.

Escape Artists

Some dogs like to dig, or jump or even climb. A chain link fence will contain a dog that’s determined to escape. Chain link is strong and economical. Build the fence high enough to discourage jumping and climbing. You may need an extension. The extension doesn’t need to be high, but it should slant inwards to prevent climbing.

A physical barrier at the base of a fence keeps tunnelers inside. Shrubs along the fence line, buried chicken wire, large rocks or chain link placed on the ground near the base of the fence can keep even expert diggers from escaping.

Cool Characters

Some dogs are calm and obedient. They may show little interest in roaming. Even a dog that seemingly understands property lines can use the protection of a fence. A classic picket fence made from wood or vinyl will contain some dogs. More substantial wood fences, ones that allow for a view, can be great for a calm dog that doesn’t get agitated by seeing passersby. Western Red Cedar is the best choice for wood fences in the Pacific Northwest. Cedar resists rotting, which is important for the wet weather in Washington and Oregon.

High Strung

A collie puppy sits in front of a wood dog fence.
A solid fence keeps excitable dogs calmer by limiting the view of the street and passersby.

Some dogs are easily excited by visual stimuli. A solid dog fence, either of wood or vinyl, prevents these animals from seeing out. You may be able to diminish a dog’s tendencies to bark and show aggression by obscuring its view of whatever’s on the other side of the fence, whether it’s people, animals or cars. For a dog that gets worked up and pounces on a fence, vinyl can be a better choice than wood. Vinyl is strong and slightly elastic. A vinyl fence will give a little under the force of a large dog. In addition, vinyl is easy to clean.

A Dog Fence Keeps Pets Safe and Healthy

A fenced yard enriches a dog’s environment and enhances its well-being. Along with training and lots of attention, letting your dog play in the yard is a great way to ensure it is healthy and gets plenty of exercise. If your dog needs training, The Humane Society for the United States has resources to help you understand and modify a dog’s behavior.

Ready for Your New Fence?

Cascade Fence and Deck is experienced in working with requests to make your backyard more pet friendly. We will work with you to design a dog fence that’s right for your yard and dog. Contact us for more information on our services.