If you are looking for a durable and budget-friendly fencing option to keep your dog safe in your yard, look no further than chain link fencing. Some homeowners are concerned that chain link isn't suitable for keeping their pup safe and serene in the yard, but with some careful planning and the correct installation, it can be. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Prevent digging
Digging can be a major concern since it will render the fence useless when it comes to keeping your pup contained. Digging can be an issue with any type of fencing, but there is one benefit with chain link -- although a dog can dig under, they can't chew through the bottom rails to widen the hole, as they can with wood fencing. One way to prevent digging is to install curbing beneath the bottom rail of the fence. Pavers or concrete poured along the fence line makes it impossible to dig. Another option is to install a fence with a buried bottom, so there is an underground barrier to any digging. Yet a third option is also available. You could simply plant shrubs against the fence, so your dog can't get close enough to dig.
Tip #2: Ensure it's jump-proof
Other than digging, jumping is the way most dogs will attempt to get out of a yard. For dogs with a short jump height, simply installing a 6 or 8-foot tall chain link fence may be sufficient. If your dog can jump higher and then pull themselves over the fence, roll bars are the answer. Roll bars, sometimes called coyote bars, are installed above the top rail of a chain link fence. To all appearances, they just look like part of the fence railing. Yet, if your dog tries to pull themselves over, the bars roll so they can't get purchase to complete the maneuver.
Tip #3: Install some privacy
For some dogs, being able to see through chain link fencing can be stressful. This is especially true if you live in a busy neighborhood where the pup can be agitated by all the foot traffic in the area. Fortunately, there are ways to add screening and privacy to chain link. The simplest is with chain link slatting. These slats come in a variety of colors and textures, and they can be installed in new or existing fences. Mesh privacy screens, which are clipped to the fences, are another option. Choose the one that fits your budget and your aesthetic preferences.
For more help, contact a fencing company like Diamond Fence & Concrete Inc today.