How to Build a Dog Fence

Posted by Janice Mullins on 10/29/2019 to Dog Fence

You consider your dog to be a furry, four-legged family member. Just as you would do anything to protect your partner and your kids, you want to protect your pup so that he can live a fun, carefree life. That may mean that you have to build a dog fence.

Sometimes, for his own safety, it's best to keep your dog behind a fence. A few dog owners may not like the idea of fencing in their property. They think that it will look unattractive or spoil the view. Plus, they have concerns over the cost and maintenance of a traditional fence.

All of these are valid concerns. Nonetheless, there are still excellent reasons for adding a dog fence.

Why You May Need to Build a Dog Fence


A fence may be needed in cases where dogs are aggressive and territorial. If your pet tends to growl, lunge and bite when confronted with unfamiliar people, then a fence may be the best type of protection for both your pup and your visitors.

You also may want to build a dog fence to help contain a pup that wanders. The truth is that sometimes your best friend just likes to roam. He catches the scent of a rabbit or a deer. Before you know it, he's off and running, and who knows when you'll see him again. This can be dangerous for many reasons, whether you live in a heavily populated area or a rural one.

Hyperactive pups similarly may need at least a partial fenced area in the yard. These dogs may go charging off in any direction virtually without warning. It goes without saying that this is hazardous with the possibility of running into a busy road.

Even dogs that don't display these characteristics may benefit from having at least a portion of their yard fenced. This gives them the freedom to explore within reasonable boundaries. As the pet parent, you don't have to constantly keep an eye on your dog when they are in their enclosure because you know they are safe and sound.

What Type of Dog Fence Should You Buy?


In recent years, "invisible" dog fences have gained popularity. Rather than including a physical, tangible barrier, these fences consist of sensors that are placed around the property to form a perimeter. These systems further include a shock collar that your dog wears. When he gets too close to the perimeter, he receives a shock that drives him back from the edge.

Granted, these electrical shocks are supposed to be mild, but it hardly seems humane to subject an animal that you love to repeated shocks. This makes an invisible fence a bad idea.

Alternatively, you could go with traditional fencing material such as wood, metal, vinyl or composite. These fences not only are sturdy but also do a fantastic job of keeping your dog in and other animals out.

However, it's important to be aware that these fences can be costly. That's especially true when you factor in the cost of cleaning, painting, staining and otherwise maintaining that fence over the long term. Some people may be reluctant to install such a fence because it would spoil their view or the overall aesthetics of the property.

That leaves us with a dog fence that's made from deer netting. If you've never heard of this, then you're about to be amazed.

Why Deer Netting Makes an Ideal Dog Fence


Deer netting gives you plenty of advantages. It provides your property with long-term protection because these strong and resilient polypropylene mesh grid dog fences can last more than a decade. Throughout its lifetime, you won't have to wash, paint, stain or otherwise maintain this material.

It's designed to resist the assault of harmful UV rays, so you can trust that it has excellent durability. Moreover, these mesh fences virtually disappear into the background, so your view won't be spoiled.

Mesh dog fencing also has the advantage of not needing any kind of wiring or electricity. That means no electrical shocks being delivered to your best friend.

Best of all, a dog fence that's made from deer netting successfully keeps your pup inside and other creatures out. Not only will your dog no longer be troubled by intruders but also you won't have to worry about deer eating your garden.

Fencing from Best Friend Fence


There are many reasons to use deer netting when you want to build a fence for your dog. In addition to its durability, longevity and attractiveness, this fencing is incredibly easy to install.

In fact, chances are good that you can install this fence by yourself, which may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars when compared with the cost of having a traditional fence professionally installed.

All you have to do is purchase the necessary fence rolls, access gates, posts and accessories. The whole process is made straightforward and easy thanks to various pre-packaged dog-fencing kits that take all of the guesswork out of the project.

All you have to do is choose the height of the fence. These range from four feet up to seven-and-a-half feet. Any fence over seven feet tall will even keep the deer out of your yard without any problem.

Similarly, this material is available in a vast array of lengths. You can buy a little or a lot according to your unique needs.

If you've got a big, strong dog and you're concerned that a net fence won't hold him, then you have options. You can choose the heavy-duty version of the fence and add the special Chew Guard accessory. Chew Guard is a one-inch steel mesh that's coated with black vinyl. It simply gets attached over the polypropylene net along the bottom two to three inches of the fence. Most dogs have no interest in chewing on Chew Guard!

There's even a strong nylon tension cable that can be strung across the top of the fence to reinforce its ability to withstand the assault of even the most determined canine.

A Valuable DIY Project


This deer netting fence is so easy to install that most people make it a DIY project. All you have to do is gather the parts including the fence mesh, line posts, post caps, self-locking ties, ground sleeves, drive cap and a hog ringer with hog rings.

Each post is placed at 15- to 20-foot intervals. Once the posts are installed, it's time to feed the rolled-up netting along the posts. The netting is attached to the posts using five or six self-locking ties at each post. Use the hog rings for extra stability, and drive in the ground stakes. It really is as easy as that.

For the Health and Safety of Your Pet


Whether you use deer netting to make a perimeter around your entire yard or simply to define a portion of the property that's reserved exclusively for your four-legged friend, this project directly improves your dog's health and safety.

A fence keeps him from running into the street or running away and getting lost. At the same time, it can protect your delicate plantings from your pets and other wild animals.

If you purchase netting that's tall enough, it successfully keeps marauding deer outside of the boundary. This means that you don't have to worry about a wildlife invasion anymore.

When you build a dog fence for your best friend, and he'll thank you for a lifetime.