A major benefit of a backyard fence for dog owners is being able to let your pet explore the yard without worrying they will escape. However, not all fences offer enough protection for dogs, and your four-legged friend may be able to climb over or dig under the barrier and run away. Continue reading for four fence security risks to be aware of being leaving your dog in the backyard unsupervised!
If your fence is open and has footholds, such as a chain link fence, a big dog will be able to climb up and jump over the barrier. It’s crucial to find the right material if you opt for an open fence over a privacy fence. Solid wood or vinyl are the best materials for deterring your pet from being able to hop the fence into your neighbor’s yard or the street.
Steps Near The Fence
You also want to be sure that there are no items close to the fence that can be used as steps. If you have furniture, boxes, or even bushes too close to your fence, an adventurous dog may use them as leverage to hop the fence. Keep landscaping near your fence low, such as flowers and ground-covering plants, and leave the large shrubs and trees for a different area of your property.
Space Under The Fence
Most dogs will dig in the backyard, and if they decide to dig near the fence, they may find a way to escape. Widely spaced picket fences may have just enough space for a smaller dog to squeeze through and explore the land outside of your property. Look out for these issues before letting your dog roam on its own, and use landscaping or hardscaping to block the gaps and keep your pet safe and secure.
If your backyard fence has a gate, it’s crucial to regularly check that it is secure. A defective latch is not only the perfect opportunity for a curious dog to run away, but it also allows intruders easy access to your property! If your latch opens easily and is not secure, be sure to deal with it as soon as possible and avoid allowing your dog in the backyard alone until it is fixed.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
Hercules Fence DC has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their home safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.