Best fence installation options for dog owners

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Keeping your dog safe at home is of primary concern for dog owners. It's difficult to do...

Keeping your dog safe at home is of primary concern for dog owners. It's difficult to do so, however, unless you either fence in your yard or keep your dog on a chain. The type of fence you select should depend on the age, size and breed of your dog, your budget and the look you want to achieve for your home.

Privacy fences

Most privacy fence installations are made from wood or vinyl and are the first choice for homeowners. If you want to keep your dog in the yard and improve both the beauty and the resale value of your home at the same time, these fences are an ideal choice. Vinyl fence installation typically costs more to install than wood, but the maintenance costs over the fence's lifetime are usually lower. The main disadvantage of wooden fencing is that your dog may not be able to see through, which could lead to boredom and destructive behavior.

Picket fencing

The range of picket fences you can choose from includes arched picket fencing, French Gothic fencing and the classic "dog-eared" fence style. This is the preferred choice for a homeowner who wants something beautiful that offers partial privacy, but from the dog owner's view point it's good only for small to medium-sized dogs. If your dog is an elderly Chihuahua, a 2-foot-high picket fence is probably all you need to keep her in, but it may not protect her sufficiently from bigger dogs outside the yard.

Chain-link fencing

This type of fence doesn't offer any privacy but your dog will love being able to everything that's going on outside your yard. You can make the fence as high as you like so there's little risk of any dog jumping over it. Small dogs like Jack Russell Terriers may be able to climb the fence, but there are few breeds adventurous enough to do so. This is typically the cheapest form of fencing to install, if you're on a tight budget.

Ornamental fencing

A range of ornamental fencing styles are available in aluminum, steel or wrought-iron, which are often powder-coated in a variety of colors to protect the metal from the elements. These fences are priced from mid range to top of the range, but maintenance is minimal and they come with warranties for up to 20 years. Most ornamental fencing styles are open so they don't deliver privacy. These fences are practical for homes with big dogs, but tiny dogs may be able to squeeze through between the bars at the base.

Consult with a professional contractor to help you select the right type of fence installation for your needs.

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