Furry canine companions are more than just pets, they are family. The most important responsibility as an owner is to keep them safe, and to do your best to help protect others as well. Dog proofing the yard will not only keep dogs safe, but also prevent major incidents such as being hit by a car, attacked by other animals or even just getting lost. There are many easy and aesthetically pleasing options to ensure furry friends and family members are safe, while also maintaining privacy around the perimeter of a residence. Building a reliable dog fence in Bothell is a good way to start, and below are some of the best ways to dog-proof the yard of your property.
Consider the intention of the fence, do you want it to keep your dog in, or do you want to keep the dog out of a specific area? Start by deciding if fencing the entire yard or containing them to just one area such as the front or back yard, works best. There are many different personalities when it comes to dogs so in some cases multiple solutions are needed.
Countless dogs have figured out how to dig under, climb over, chew, or otherwise defeat home fencing so its important to consider the specific dog, budget, as well as the intention of the fence. For larger or more athletic breeds, the bigger their space, the happier they will be. Once the decision for how big the fence if going to be has been made, it comes down to the fence type and available budget. Here are a few select choices.
Aluminum or Iron
Iron or Aluminum
Invisible (Only suitable with larger, extremely obedient dogs)
Wood has largely been a preferred method for fencing around the perimeter of the home. The possibilities are limitless and homeowners can choose the height, the type of wood used, as well as the overall design from open to solid. Depending on the design used, it is possible for the dog to slip through the fence, dig underneath, or climb over to the other side easily. Dogs can also chew through wood making it the less then ideal option for those motivated to not stay within the confines of a property.
Another popular option for fencing is wrought iron. Not the most cost effective option out there, but can add significant beautify and curb appeal to any home. The downside to wrought iron is that depending on the size of your dog, they may be able to slip between the uprights or under the space between the bottom of the fence and the ground.
After carefully choosing the material for the fence and building a main structure, some dogs simply will not be contained. For the “Houdini” escape artist dogs out there such as many Husky breeds, a fence will require some modifications to make it truly dog proof. Review the guide below to find the solution for any absconding pooch.
Adding a ‘lean-in” to the top of the fence can help dogs from getting in or out, in case there are neighboring animals nearby that might want to attack. A “lean-in” add on simply attaches to the top of the fence at a slanted angle outwards. If a lean-in still doesn’t work, opting for a fully enclosed structure may be the best option in order to keep them safe. For dogs that are compelled to climb fencing, any fence installed should be no less than 8ft tall which can be a viable option as well.
The quickest solution for the digger is to cement the entire ground or around the perimeter. The better choice is to lay chicken wire around the base of the dog fence allowing the material to cover two feet of ground from the base of the fence and extend up at least a foot on the surface. To secure the wire, attach it to the fence with zip ties on the top. While not the most attractive materials available, this option quickly serves its purpose.
Ensure that the material is flush against the surface of the fence and ground, creating a right angle where the fence meets the ground. To complete the project, bury the chicken wire with dirt to allow grass to grow over it. Alternatively, use gravel, rocks, mulch or other similar materials.
The Clever One
Dogs can be very smart and clever, using nature’s own elements to escape, such as snow or fallen leaves, or even moving a dog house towards the fence walls in order to climb out. Anchor down dog houses away from the perimeter of any fence edges, while also making sure there is nothing the dog could potentially pile up to make a jump for it.
The results of the new dog fence will create peace of mind and safety for not only the dog, but family members and even the surrounding neighbors as well. Finding the proper dog fence in Bothell for your dog type may be frustrating at times, but can ensure the safety of your furry family member at all times. Contact the fencing specialists at Puget Services at (888) 435-1212 for a free consultation for your dog fence requirements.