Best Dog Fencing?
There are many types of dog fence on the market; but not all are considered good for dogs. Take barbed wire fencing, for example. Most pet owners would never place a bard wire fence around properties that can harm their dogs. Some pet owners feel this way about electric fence for dogs, too. While these fences should be crossed off lists, there are other dog fences that can used for dog breeds.
Small dog breeds will not need a chain-link fence. Chain-link fence is best used for some of the largest dog breeds, including mastiffs, Great Danes and St. Bernards. Small dog breeds can get away with plastic fencing whereas medium to large dogs may need another type of metal fence such as welded wire. The steel fences perform best when they are engulfed in PVC-coating to protect the steel core from chew marks and scratches.
Do the research to see which fence is best for certain dog breeds; and know before you buy!
Fence Post Install Tips
Installing fence posts is the second step in the fence installation process [after driving in ground sleeves]. Read these fence install tips for heavy duty line posts:
1. Heavy duty line posts are traditionally used with dog fence and cat fence systems. These line posts are galvanized steel; black in color; and match the fence mesh. Dog fence posts will be 1 5/8" in diameter whereas cat fence posts will be 1 3/8" in diameter.
2. Fence posts will require 15-20 feet spacing. Fence posts can be as close as 10 feet apart; however, the fence mesh may sag between posts - this can be fixed by adding a string of monofilament wire at the top to make the fence nice and taut.
3. Angle steel posts can be used instead of heavy duty line posts for areas that are rocky or unusually hard. These posts can easily drive into the ground using a post driver.
Fence posts are easy to install. Click here to see how to install HD line posts.
Poly Dog Fence Install
Fence installers that have never constructed a plastic dog fence may be wondering "Is this difficult to install than chain-link fence or electric fence for dogs?" Most homeowners have found that poly dog fencing is actually easier to install because it is lightweight.
See the below video of a plastic dog fence installation and hear the pros and cons of building one:
Video Tour: Cat Fence
The Kitty Corral Cat Fence is one of the most popular fence for cats to buy on the market; and it's no wonder why: It is easy to install at home; long-lasting and can secure multiple cats inside a perimeter without getting out and potentially attacked by wildlife.
In the below video, Texas Litter Control takes viewers on a video tour of the cat fence system. It stands tall even years after installation!
New: Cat Fitness Tracker!
Fit-bit like devices are taking over retail shops as more individuals try to shed pounds for the New Year; but how about pets?
The PurrSong Pendant for cats has not hit shelves quit yet; but will help cats lose weight and stay fit. Like other fitness activity trackers, the PurrSong Pendant uses Bluetooth to send updates and track activities. The cat fitness tracker does not have a price; but is hoping to release on the market for about $100.
The cat fitness tracker can be used outside when cats are running, jumping and playing in the fenced-in backyard. Like dogs, cats require at least 30 minutes of daily activity to stay lean. By fencing in cats, pet owners can play with their feline friends while bonding with their pets.
Why Fence In Yards?
Dogs and cats need at least 30 minutes of daily activity, increasing to an hour each day as the companion animal ages. Fencing is great to have at home for several reasons outside of exercise and entertainment. Here are a few important reasons why homeowners should consider installing pet fencing:
- Having fencing is convenient for homeowners to play with their pets. It requires just a few steps out the door to create a bonding opportunity to teach them to learn new tricks and play in a familiar atmosphere.
- Fencing keeps pets protected from external predators including strangers that may try to kidnap pets and wildlife that can potentially harm them. Deer rarely hurt pets; but coyotes, wolves and bear attacks on pets are much more frequent than we'd like to hear.
- Too busy to take pets to local dog parks? Fencing in yards is convenient for doggie play dates.
Pet enclosures are easy to install and will be appreciated in the spring and summer months when all family members want to be outside.