If you have a dog, you want a good fence that works for your yard and keeps your dog from wandering at large. Dogs are a frequent consideration when it comes to fence installation in Carlsbad, NM. It can be very dangerous for dogs to get loose, as they can get picked up by animal control or sustain injuries. If you have a dog or are contemplating the adoption of one, here is an overview of factors to consider for your new dog-safe fencing:
- Temperament: Dogs vary in personality as much as people. Particular breeds developed for guarding will behave differently from pure companion breeds. A dog that is territorial might need a privacy fence in order to control aggressive tendencies aroused by seeing the outside world. Mellow dogs are often more willing to roll with developments and feel less threatened by their view. You will also need more security with defensive dogs, as they can be dangerous if they escape.
- Digger or jumper: If your dog has a tendency to stick around your yard without drama, congratulations—your job of choosing a fence just became easier. However, some dogs are escape artists. Diggers attempt to dig under the fence and squeeze out the other side, while jumpers go over the fence. Depending on your dog’s individual habits, you may have to build a higher fence or design one that descends at least five inches below the ground and produces an anti-digging perimeter. Laying paving slabs can also contain the digging dog.
- Chewing habits: Dogs are not beyond chewing through fences, either. If they are nervous, they will even attempt to get through plastic fences and injure themselves. For chewing escape artists, nothing but the heaviest metal will suffice. A plastic-coated metal chain link can also work for chewers and be buried underground to control the diggers.
- Dog size: There is one caveat with this: small breeds, like poodles, can jump very high. So while you will also want to consider your dog’s individual ability, dog size will also indicate the best height of your fence. For most breeds, you are looking at a height of at least five feet, although you may want to consider going up to seven feet for larger, more aggressive breeds.
- Age: If you are building a fence for a new puppy, do not build to her current size, but her expected size when fully grown. People often make the mistake of building a lower fence, only to discover their former puppy is now big enough to jump right over it. Aside from puppies, even older dogs can become over-stimulated and make an escape attempt. Always err on the side of more: more security, more height and more durable materials. Even if your dog is mellow most of the time, it is better to plan for the worst while expecting the best in order to keep her safe.
If the adoption of a new family member means you need fence installation in Carlsbad, NM, contact Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC. We can help you determine the best fence to keep your canine companion confined and safe.