5 Types of Fencing for Dog Owners

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by

If you own a dog and plan to leave it in your front yard while you are at work, you’re going to need a fence. Believe it or not, the materials you choose are important, and you can actually learn a great deal about these materials from experts in flooring services. Carrollton dog owners should consider one of these 5 fencing materials.

1. Vinyl

If your dog is a powerful chewer that likes to practice its escape artist tactics, some vinyl choices can offer a tempting challenge. However, solid vinyl fencing panels installed low to the ground can actually be a top-notch fencing option for dog owners. Choosing panels with no open spaces between slats protects your dog from being seen, and it also keeps your dog from seeing things. This can greatly cut down on barking from dogs that like to vocalize at everything that moves, and your dog is protected from contact from other animals roaming free outside the fence.

2. Chain Link

This is probably the most common fencing material chosen by homeowners who want to corral their dogs in a protected area. Dogs can demonstrate amazing agility at jumping, so a 4-foot high chain link fence should be considered for most dogs, with 5 feet being a better option for bigger and more athletic breeds. It is also wise to add a top rail and to choose a heavier gauge fencing fabric for all but the smallest breeds. A bottom reinforcing wire can prevent dogs from pushing out underneath the fence.

3. Wood

The old-fashioned stockade style of wood fencing is inexpensive compared to many other types of materials. The panels are simply attached to 4×4 treated posts that are secured in post holes using concrete. Most budget stockade fencing panels are not extremely sturdy, and they need regular painting or sealing to prevent rot. There are many other wooden fence styles, but it is best to stick to ones that are fully enclosed or have very narrow spaces between wood pieces because it discourages chewing.

4. Masonry

If you have a dog that is a world-class digger, masonry is your best option for secure containment. Masonry fences can be constructed of precast concrete panels designed to look like stone or other decorative masonry surfaces, or they can be built from blocks, bricks, or poured concrete. Masonry requires a footer to bear the weight of the fence on top, which prevents digging out from underneath the fence. Though this is the most expensive option for a dog fence, it is the best looking and longest lasting. You can also choose to build a low masonry wall fence with a metal section attached to the top.

5. Iron or Aluminum

Wrought iron fence is very expensive, but there are premade aluminum panels that can be purchased in many different design styles and colors. The anodized surfaces do not require painting, and they do not rust. You should choose a fence design with uprights that are as close together as possible. Fences must meet code requirements for the spaces between uprights so they will not cause a child’s head to become trapped. However, small dogs can also get caught between the spaces, and uprights can hook a collar and cause accidental strangulation.

Even if you have the perfect fence, you should still supervise your dog when it is outdoors. You should also consider switching your dog’s collar to a breakaway design to prevent the possibility of strangulation if it should ever get caught on any fencing components.

Flooring is another important consideration for dog owners. Get in touch with CMA Flooring to see what your options are. We carry a wide range of materials, including carpet, tile, laminate, and bamboo flooring. Carrollton homeowners choose our products because we are a flooring store they can trust and rely on. Call 972-418-6606 today or stop by our showroom for a free quote.