Over 38% of Americans have at least one dog and all of them are looking for ways to make the backyard a safe space for their dog to play.
Creating that safe space doesn’t just protect your dog. It can also protect the elements of your yard that you don’t want Fido messing with!
Creating a DIY dog fence isn’t as hard as it may seem. All you need are the right tools, the know-how, and a plan.
Read on to learn the 5 steps you’ll need to take in order to build your very own dog fence.
1. Select an Area for Your DIY Dog Fence
Decide on a spot in your yard that is best for the dog. Make sure that this area gets some shade for hot summer days. You should also make sure that the space is size-appropriate and that your dog will have plenty of room to run and get out some energy!
This is a great opportunity to protect your garden, shed, or other features you want to keep the dog away from.
2. Factor in Height
A dog fence won’t do much good if your dog can get over it! Take into consideration your dog’s height as well as strength and energy levels when deciding on the height of your dog fence.
The fence should at least come to your dog’s chest when they are standing on their hind legs. If your dog is prone to jumping, you may want to add an additional two to three feet to prevent them from escaping over the top.
3. Factor in Tunneling
It’s not just jumping over the fence you’ll need to worry about. It’s getting under it that raises concerns, too.
In order to keep your dog from digging their way out from under the fence, you can add a concrete base to the fence that extends at least one foot underground and one foot to the left and right of the fencing. This will make it much more difficult for them to create a large enough hole to get out.
4. Select Your Materials
You have a lot of options when it comes to the materials and tools to use when you build your own dog fence. The fence, itself, can be made of metal hexagrid, welded wire, and more. You can connect your pieces using zip ties or U-nails.
Deciding on the materials you want to use will determine your next steps.
5. Get Building
Finally, it’s time to start building! Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when working with your fencing materials. You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy it is to complete this project!
Create a Safe Outdoor Area for Your Dog
If your dog doesn’t have an ideal outdoor area, it’s up to you to create one! Building a DIY dog fence is easier than you might expect, especially if you follow our five steps.
Want to know more about how you can become the best dog owner on the block? Take a look at more of our content for tips and tricks related to pet ownership.