pet-fences-300x200

Which Fence Styles Are Best for Families with Pets?

Your pet is an important member of your family, so it’s important to keep them safe. Read on to learn which fence styles are best for keeping your furry friend in your yard. According to the American Pet Products Association, 68% of all U.S. households own a pet. That totals about 85 million families. That is a lot of animals! Some of these families are in very rural areas where their animals are allowed and even encouraged to roam free around large properties. Many of them live on much smaller properties though. Pets that live in more populated areas often require a pet fence to keep them safe and to keep others safe from them.

Pet fence panels

One choice to make in designing your fence is the style of your fence panels. These panels come in 14 different styles and help serve your functionally as well as aesthetically. For homes with small pets or businesses like veterinary clinics, it is essential to have fenced-in areas that keep pets from running away. Standard fencing may not be secure enough to keep small puppies or kittens from escaping between or climbing over the posts. There are puppy fences created just for this purpose that will not only look beautiful, but they will also keep your beloved pets safe from the outside. Dog fence panels are similar to puppy fence panels in that they prevent the dog from getting between the panels and escaping. However, dog fence panels also need to be tall enough that your pet is not able to leap over them. They also need to be strong enough so your ambitious pet cannot chew through them or push out the bottom rungs with enough force.

Dog Breed and Escape Tactics

These panels are essential to look over closely because different breeds of dogs will have different abilities and desires to escape from your fenced in property. Boxers, for instance, are usually very good at staying within their designated area once they have seen that it is not possible for them to leave. If they have a fence tall enough that they cannot leap over it as a puppy, chances are good that they will not attempt to escape it as an adult. Chihuahuas may continually try to escape, but they lack the stature to get over large walls. The biggest problem often comes from medium-size dog breeds that are either bred as guard dogs or hunting dogs. Guard dogs may attempt to chase people near your property, and hunting dogs will chase after all those birds, squirrels, and rabbits that come through or near your yard. These hunting dogs especially may try to dig under the fence, so it is essential to keep a close eye on them. These behaviors are often instinctual and will not be changed by merely putting up a small fence around them. For those struggling to train their pet to stay inside the perimeter, an additional line of defense may be required, such as a remote training collar that can be set to sound, vibration, or low shock. If these measures seem cruel, remember that these measures are for your pet’s safety as well. Many pets have been seriously injured or killed, both in urban and rural areas, by running into a busy road outside their property. Puppies, especially, have a lot of energy, but not a lot of wisdom when it comes to navigating the world outside their home.
See also: How to choose the best aluminum fence for your dog

Pet-Proof Gates

While you are shopping for your dog fence or puppy fence, be sure to get a gate and a latch that is lockable. Sometimes simple gravity latches are not enough because smart dogs can figure out how to open them. Some magnetic latches that do not fully lock may not be enough either for bigger dogs that may force their way through them. A good general rule is that if a 5-year-old child can figure out how to open the latch, it may not be secure or safe enough for your dog.

Fence Styles for Pets

Having a pet does not mean you are limited to a certain standard or style of fence. In addition to aluminum bar-type fences, there are vinyl fences which mimic the appearance of traditional wooden picket fences without the constant maintenance of dealing with real wood. These are also stronger than most types of wood so your pets will not have an easy time getting a grip on or chewing away at them. Like the aluminum fences, they will not rust, which will also keep your pet from the dangers of tetanus, and at worse, they may dent or bend slightly if your large dog bites and pulls on them. If you catch your dog doing this, you should not allow them to continue because aluminum is a light-weight metal and will eventually bend. Whether you want to give the impression of security, elegance, tradition, simplicity, or all of the above, there are fence panel options that will meet your needs. You can rest assured that you can give this great impression while keeping your pets safe and secure on your property by investing in a proper pet fence today.