Some of the most popular types of dog fences used to protect dogs from escape include picket fences, chain link fences, split rail fences and invisible fencing. The type of dog fence an owner ultimately chooses depends on the type and size of the dog, the owner’s budget and any community rules stipulating the type of fencing a homeowner can install. Dog fences exist in an array of different styles and materials, but each should only be erected with the dog’s safety as well as the community’s safety in mind.
A picket fence is one built out of wooden planks nailed together to form a solid fence. Planks can also be positioned in such a way as to allow gaps between the planks so that visibility is not completely obstructed. Dog fences made out of picket fencing are popular among homeowners, as they are attractive, practical and sturdy.
Chain link dog fences are perhaps the most popular kind of fencing. Such is made from heavy, durable wire woven together to form a series of diamond-shaped designs linked together. When completed, the weaving presents a heavy wall of wire fencing that is then installed between metal posts for sturdy upright support. Chain link dog fences provide an open view of a yard, as well as allow dogs a view of the world beyond the fencing.
Split rail dog fences are also an attractive option. Such fences are made from a series of two or more horizontal wooden railings that are secured at junctures in the fence by sturdy wooden posts. After split rail fences are erected, a strong durable fabric is sometimes added to the fencing to keep the dog from escaping. Many homeowners go a step further in camouflaging split rail fences by planting flowers and other shrubbery around the perimeter of the fencing.
Invisible dog fences are also effective in protecting animals from escaping. In this type of fencing, electric wires are installed underground beneath the borders where an owner does not want a dog to pass. The dog also wears a special collar programmed to provide a warning when the dog gets too close to the fence or a minor electrical shock if the dog tries to pass the fence’s boundary. Invisible dog fences do not keep animals and other intruders out of a yard, but do tend to be effective in keeping an animal within a set boundary.