How To Pick The Perfect Dog Fence For Your Property

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If you have a dog and want to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep them healthy and happy, then you will need to let your canine outside several times a day. Most dogs will need to go outside about three times a day to urinate and defecate, and you should be letting your dog go outside at least once in an eight hour period. Dogs also need between thirty minutes and two hours of activity a day. If you are lucky enough to have a large yard, then you can add a dog fence to your property so your dog can potty and exercise in a specific area. If you think this is a good idea, then read on to learn about some things you should consider when installing a dog fence.

The Right Size 

Pottying

Many dog fences can be constructed in a variety of sizes, and the size of your fenced area will depend on what you want to use the space for. If you want the space to serve as an area where your dog can potty, then a relatively small space can be created. A space that is four feet by six feet or six feet by ten feet is a good space for an outdoor potty area. Keep your dog's potty behaviors in mind when setting up the space though. While a small area is often ideal for a dog, your canine may feel anxious about urinating and defecating in a space where they do not typically go. Dogs will typically potty on the same type of surface that they are used to.

For example, your dog may be used to going to the bathroom on an area of your property with relatively short and soft grass. If the dog fence is installed along an area where there are weeds, tall grass, or coarse grass, then your canine may feel anxious about going to the bathroom in the space. While the type of grass or covering along the area is important, so is a structure where your dog may feel comfortable leaving their scent behind. Dogs will often poop where they want to leave their scent as a way to mark territory. Marking structures, like a tree, is one way that a dog will let others know that the space is theirs. This means that you should think about an area where a tree or bush is present.

Exercise

If you want your dog to exercise in the space, then an area that is a bit bigger is best. Think about adding a fenced dog space that is about twice the size of a designated potty area. This means that a twelve by twenty foot area is a good space so your dog can exercise. However, dogs will need a reason to run around the area. While canines will run around the perimeter of the fence to make sure their territory is secure from intruders, most dogs will lounge in a fenced space for the majority of the day if they are allowed to. Using the space to play fetch or to set up an obstacle course will help to ensure that your dog is getting the exercise they need.

The Best Material

Size is not the only thing that is important when constructing a fenced-in dog space. You will also need to make sure that you use the right material to create the fence. While chain link fences are often chosen due to their durability and strength, some dogs, especially puppies, will chew on a metal fence. Boredom, teething, and the need to escape the space are all reasons why a dog will chew on the fencing. Unfortunately, metal fences can cause serious dental issues that include large abrasions along the dentin and enamel and tooth fractures. Expensive treatments, like the placement of crowns, may be required to treat this issue. Also, your dog may get their nose stuck in the holes of the metal fence.

Polypropylene fencing with smaller holes can help to reduce chewing behaviors, because your dog will be unable to get their jaw around the fence openings. The material also creates a mesh fence that is more difficult to see. This means it will be less visible to you and your neighbors. 

For more information on your dog fencing options, contact a company like Four Corners Fencing.

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