Dogs, especially puppies, are adventurous and energetic by nature and require plenty of yard space to help them develop into a healthy adult dog. Homeowners all over Ottawa, Ontario are investing in security fences to ensure their children and pets are safeguarded while enjoying the beautiful Summer weather. If you’re thinking about investing in a new fence specifically designed to keep your dog safe and secure, here are a few things to

keep in mind:

The Height of Your Fence:

Possibly the most straightforward point on our list is to build a fence that your dog won’t be able to jump over. Smaller dogs aren’t as much of a liability, because they aren’t able to jump over standard fences. Bigger dogs such as golden retrievers, German shepherds, and boxers, will have an effortless time scaling a fence that is either 5-6 feet high, so you must consider that. Building a fence that is 6 ½ – 7 ½ feet high will prevent your dog from scaling your fence

Choosing Your Fencing Material

If you own a big dog, your dog will grow to be bulky and strong. This means that choosing a fencing material that can withstand the weight of your dog is important. This is not to say that we expect your dog to be throwing itself at your fence, but if they ever decided to try to jump it, owning a fence that is composed of high-quality lumber or vinyl would do a better job at preventing your dog from exiting your yard than a chain-link or decorative picket fence would.

Restrict Your Dog’s View

One major reason that dogs hop over fences is that they can see something occurring on the other side that excites them. Whether it be a neighbouring dog, a squirrel, or a baby on the other side, your dog could get excited and look for a way over the fence. A straightforward solution to prevent this from happening is by building a privacy fence. Solid panel privacy fences, for example, are extremely popular with homeowners because dogs have absolutely no way of seeing what is going on past the fence. A privacy fence will also prevent your dog from barking and growling at people passing by your house.

Make the Backyard Your Dog’s Safe Haven

Your fence is a critical component in preventing your dog from leaving your property, but did you know that your dog will be less likely to hop your fence if you make your backyard an enjoyable place for them? Ensure that there is an area in your backyard for them to play, relax and rest. Ensure there are grassy areas, shady areas (especially locations where they can go when the sun is beaming down), and toys scattered all over the yard (soccer balls, tennis balls, squeaky toys, rope, etc.)

Your dog is a part of your family and keeping them safe, and sound should be a number one priority. Priority two should be protecting your fence and ensuring that it lasts for years to come. Take special consideration about the height of your fence, the material you choose to build your fence, the spacing in between your fence when building a pet-friendly barrier.