Your New Dog: Is Your Fencing up to the Task of Keeping It Safe?


When you make the decision to adopt a dog, you're also going to need to get all the other things that a dog needs to be happy and healthy. Some of these things might seem perfectly obvious, such as food, bedding, and a leash. But what about the exterior of your property? Even dogs who spend the majority of their time inside your home will need to be left outside and unsupervised from time to time. Is your fencing up to the task? There are a number of things you need to know about making sure your fencing is ready for your new pet.

The Jump

Dogs can jump. This is hardly surprising. But it can be surprising just how high they can jump. A rescued kelpie named Riley jumped to a height of 2.91 metres at a competitive dog jumping event (yes, such things exist). It can be difficult to know just how high your fences will need to be unless you adopt an adult dog whose agility is already known. It's often a case of wait and see when you adopt a puppy, particularly a mixed breed animal. If you need to add height to your fences, it's generally not so expensive to do so by simply adding trellises. This will keep your dog safe while still being aesthetically pleasing.

The Stuck Head

If your pooch is unlikely to be able to jump over your fences, you need to look at other methods of escape or at least attempted escape. A curious dog of the right size can easily trap their head between the slats of a picket fence in an attempt to escape your yard (or even merely to explore the border of their territory). For smaller dogs with fencing that might have some gaps, it can be wise to simply attach mesh (chicken wire) to the fencing in question. This does not sacrifice the slatted look of the fence, but it will prevent your pooch from sticking its head somewhere it shouldn't.

The Side Fence

If your front yard is unfenced, then the cost of entirely new fencing might be prohibitive. You need to consider other options. Depending on the layout of your property, it might be feasible to just install a small section of fencing along the side of your house, enclosing your backyard. This doesn't need to be expensive, and even pool-style fencing will suffice. You can also add a lockable gate, giving your home more security.

Getting a new dog doesn't necessarily mean that you will need entirely new fences to keep the newest member of your family safe.


22 November 2016

How to Choose Security Fencing

If you want a security fence, you probably want to keep something safely inside the fence and/or something (or someone!) outside of it. That’s the easy bit. Choosing the right security fencing for your needs can be a bit more difficult. For example, before you can buy the right fencing, you need to think about all kinds of stuff from the size of the fence to the material it’s made of. In some cases, you may also want to add security extras like anti-climb features. I created this blog to cover the ins and outs of security fencing in more detail. Hopefully, it’ll help you learn more about how to choose the right fencing for your security problem.