4 Best Fences for Dog Owners

August 11, 2022

When building your custom home, you are most likely thinking about what is best for your family’s needs. And, if your family unit includes a dog, it’s important to keep them in mind as well! Most dogs love being outside and if you have the yard for it, a fence is a great way to let them safely run and play outside. Here are a few of the best fences for dog owners:

1. Picket Fences

Picket fences are one of the most classic choices for fencing in your yard. This type of fence will give your yard a classic All-American look if that’s what you desire. They also will work with a variety of classic home design styles as well.

You can build a standard wooden picket fence, or try alternative materials like vinyl. However, picket fences tend to be somewhat short and have gaps between posts. Picket fences are best suited for smaller dogs that have a lower energy level.

Bigger and more energetic dogs might be able to jump the fence or want to chew through the panels. This would be a great fence if you plan on being in your yard a lot with your smaller, lower-energy level pup!

2. Chain-Link Fences

While maybe not the most aesthetically pleasing fence, chain-link fences are durable and work well for dogs who are known to be escape artists. These fences can be up to 12 feet in height, which is a great choice if your dog is a jumper.

Chain-link fences are affordable and fairly easy to install, which makes them a good pick if you have a large property and want to fence most of it in.

3. Privacy or Solid Fences

A privacy fence is one of the most straightforward ways to add privacy to your backyard and it’s one of the best fences for dog owners too. Privacy fences are typically wooden fences that have slots that sit next to each other and leave no gap.

These are good fences if you have dogs who like to climb or try to escape as these tend to be pretty good at keeping dogs contained. They are a great choice if you have a pup that tends to be pretty reactive because they will not be able to see what’s going on beyond the fence.

While these fences are typically made with wood, you can use other materials if you’re looking for less upkeep. PVC, vinyl, and other materials are popular choices and you can try to match them to your custom home design if you’d like.

4. Wide-Gap Metal Fences

This type of fence has a series of vertical metal rods connected with horizontal metal rods at the top and bottom of the fence. Made with wrought iron, these fences are durable and last a long time, but they will rust over time.

They tend to be expensive, but there are aluminum options available, and aluminum will not rust. These fences are also a great addition to your garden, add an elegant look to any home, and work well with many styles.

They can be up to 6 feet in height so they are a good option for medium-sized dogs, or larger dogs that tend not to jump. Make sure the gaps aren’t too wide, otherwise your dog might take it as an invitation to escape!

Adding a fence to your backyard is one of the most pet-friendly custom home design ideas and these are just a few of the best fences for dog owners. It may be tempting to jump right in, but there are some considerations before you build a fence. Your builder can help you work through the details. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!