If you’ve got a big dog, you know how hard it is to contain all that energy and joy. Unfortunately for him, that’s what you have to do if you don’t want him chasing cars, barking at passerby, or running off. Here are some things to consider when you’re choosing a fence to protect your furry pal.
Big dog owners often underestimate how high their dog can jump. Surprisingly, breeds like huskies, labs, golden retrievers, and German shepherds can easily reach a height of five or six feet. For that reason, you’ll want to choose a fence that’s at least six feet high.
Usually, the cheaper a fence is, the thinner it is—which is bad news when it comes to keeping a dog enclosed. Even though a cheap fence might save you a little money, odds are it won’t be able to stop a strong dog from charging through it in pursuit of a squirrel or evil UPS guy. Make sure to choose high quality wood or vinyl fencing for your dog.
Chain-link fences are a bad idea for dogs because they provide convenient footholds which some dogs learn to climb. A solid panel fence, on the other hand, has a flat, climb-proof surface that will force your dog to keep his paws on the ground.
If your dog is the friendly, quiet type, this might not be necessary. But if your dog sounds the alarm every time he spots a potential threat, you can keep him calm—and enjoy some peace and quiet—by blocking out the outside world with a privacy fence. This will also reduce the chance that he’ll try to escape, because he can’t see what he’s missing.
Invisible fences can worsen behavioral problems in dogs, and some people consider them to be cruel. Think about how you would feel if you got shocked every time you crossed an invisible line! Plus, an invisible fence isn’t escape-proof—if the dog wants something badly enough, he can jump the line and take the shock. A wooden, vinyl or acrylic fence can provide much more security and peace of mind without hurting your pup.
If you’re looking for a fence installation, repair or replacement in Charlotte, the experts at James Fence & Gate can help. With over 20 years of industry experience, we offer the best custom fencing in Charlotte. Call us here and be sure to check out our residential fence options.