What’s the Best Fence for My Dog Run?

Pet Near Chain Link Fence

If you’ve just bought a dog or just moved into a new house with a pet and you’re wondering what’s the best way to proof your home for your dog to play in, this article is for you!

A common issue for new dog owners or homeowners is they don’t know what they need to do to “proof” the dog’s ‘area’ (often the backyard) so the dog is safe and comfortable. What you need is typically called a dog-run fence – in other words, just a pet fence that blocks off your property from the rest of the world. It can also easily be installed to section off parts of your lawn if you desire to keep your pet away from a particular area. You can also install it to protect a small space, such as a flower bed.

Wood Dog Run Fences

We’ll start with the one that comes to mind most often – a wooden fence. We’ll mention two types – the privacy fence and the picket fence. The privacy fence has the slats pushed together, while a picket separates the slats. As you can imagine, the privacy fence offers more privacy because it’s nearly impossible to see through. And because the slats are right up against each other, it is stronger than the picket fence.

First, wooden fences (of either type) are usually quite sturdy, so they can handle bigger dogs jumping at them. Second, wooden fences (privacy type) typically scale in at five feet at the least and often reach seven feet – perfect for a dog that likes to jump or is an escape artist. The reason for this is the height (which is a natural deterrent) and the smoothness. There’s no way for a dog to get a foothold, so even the most experienced escape artists dogs have trouble getting out. In addition, the wooden slats (privacy type) tend to block out almost everything and offer privacy for the homeowner and a quieter environment for the dog. Also, wooden fences (privacy type) are ideal if your dog likes to bark at passersby or is afraid of other dogs or people.

They also tend to last for a long time. For example, wooden fences tend to last about fifteen years if they aren’t broken or destroyed by a natural disaster. However, if you take proper care of it, it can easily last twenty years or more.

Not to mention the beauty of an excellent wooden fence. You can get a lovely, picket, white-painted fence, and it raises your property value purely off the aesthetic. However, we know that a picket fence (with the slats separated) isn’t for everyone – it’s mostly there for aesthetic or keeping small dogs in. If you are looking for a good privacy fence option, woods like Cedar start a beautiful yellow and fade to a nice, soft gray over the years, giving your home an elegant look.

Chain Link Dog Run Fences

If you’re looking for a cost-effective option or have a large property, the chain link fence is for you.

Benefits? It’s much sturdier than a wooden fence and can last a long time. It’s more resistant to damage from natural disasters, storms, intense weather (snow, ice, etc.), and pests. And, if you have a bigger or more aggressive dog, the chain link fence is perfect! It keeps your dog in and keeps strangers out, which is a win-win situation.
Metal chain link fences last between twenty-five to thirty years, and vinyl link fences can last even longer: about forty years. For metal chain link fences, repairs are easy and very inexpensive. However, it takes significantly more time and money for vinyl link fences.

Conversely, chain link fences aren’t very secure – they can be relatively easy to climb over, and dogs that are escape artists can scale them. Chain link fences are typically only four or five feet tall, and, as mentioned before, the chains make it easy to climb over. That’s not even bringing privacy into the picture. A chain-link fence offers pretty much no privacy whatsoever. You can add bits of decorative plastic or slats, weaving them through the chain, but it won’t cover all of it, and there will be chinks that people can see through. These types of fences also don’t increase property value – if done poorly, they can decrease the property value.

Wire Fence Dog Run Fences

Welded wire fence is better than a chain link and more secure. It’s a bit more expensive but much more durable. If taken care of, a welded wire fence can last fifty years!
An added benefit? Wire fence is much more sturdy than chain link and is harder to climb. So you get more bang for your buck!

You may be wondering – what’s the difference between the chain-link fence and a welded wire fence? They sound the same, and they’re made of the same materials! The answer? Yes, and no. They are both often made of metal, but the similarity ends there. In a welded wire fence, sections of the wire are… well… welded! This makes the entire fence stronger and makes it much more difficult to destroy. You can cut the wires with a pair of wire cutters with a chain link, and the fence immediately loses stability. On the other hand, you can cut some wires with a welded wire fence, and it does absolutely nothing.
Another benefit to welded wire fences is that you can have the thickness of the fence customized and the height!

This is the more secure option for those who can’t afford a wooden fence but want more security than the chain link.

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We also sell vinyl fences, which last for a long time and are easy to clean. It can also easily be adjusted to be the color, length, and height you want!

Give us a call, and we can give you an estimate or help you repair or replace your current fence! We’re happy to help!