From privacy and home value to appeal and security, a fence can be a great addition to your home. However, if you have a pet, a fence can be even more of a smart investment. Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to choose a fence not suited to the size or personality of their pet. If you have a big dog, such as a German shepherd, mastiff, or even golden retriever, making sure you install the right type of fence is imperative. Here are a few factors to consider when installing a fence for your big dog.
When you first bring a puppy home, you may not believe the height of your fence is important. It is important to remember that your puppy will grow quickly, so choosing a fence design that is based around their adult height is smart.
Large dogs are not only taller, but they also have the capability of jumping. While they may be shorter than a tall fence, your large dog may be tall enough to jump over a short fence. Therefore, opting for a taller fence for your larger dog is key.
A privacy fence is a great option to consider because it offers the height and security you and your dog need while giving your family some privacy. In most cases, privacy fences range in heights between 6 and 8 feet, which is a perfect height for preventing even the largest dog breeds from seeing or jumping over the fence.
The type of material you choose for your fence, whether you opt for a privacy fence or not, is also important. Some materials are easy enough to work with that you can build a fence yourself, but others may require a pet fence installation professional to be installed properly.
Even if the fence is too tall for your dog to jump over, certain materials will allow them to climb over the fence.
For example, a chain link fence is not a good option for dogs who are tall, active, and eager to climb. Your dog can quickly and easily place their paws into the chain link openings, climbing up and over your chain link fence with ease.
Depending on the actual design, your dog may also be able to climb over a picket-style vinyl or wood fence, too. Consider using solid wood or vinyl panels without any openings to keep your dog safe.
Even though they may be larger and stronger, larger dogs need to be kept safe and secure, too. This guide will help you choose the right fence for your large dog breed.