Do you need to install a fence to contain your pet, contemplate a few factors. Consider the materials used for fencing along with the height of the fence. You might choose a picket fence with secured latch, while a railed fence might not be suitable. Here are a few questions to mull over when buying your new pet-friendly fence.

1. How High Should the Fence Be?

Fencing your dog in your yard safely requires a bit of thought. If your dog is rather large and a good jumper, consider the height of the fence. Think about what your primary needs and wants might be. To secure your dog safely, choose a fence that stands tall enough so that Fido can’t leap over it.

Some breeds of dogs are excellent jumpers and can leap over a small picket fence easily, while other breeds with short legs can’t jump very far, so the height might not matter as much. A fence standing at least 6 feet tall also offers privacy, which is an added bonus. If privacy is not a concern, and you own a small dog that cannot jump very high, a 4-foot high fence might be fine.

2. Which Fence Materials Will Be Most Suitable?

It doesn’t need to be daunting to choose your fence material. Vinyl fences are popular choice, as they do not fade over time. Vinyl fencing is quite durable as well, and it will not warp. You’ll find vinyl fencing is a good choice for dog owners, as it is low maintenance, and you may only need to hose it down on occasion.

A wooden picket fence is another option, especially for containing small breeds of dogs. However, if your pup chews everything in sight, wood might not be the best option. Chewing a fence might present the opportunity for your pet to escape.

Chain link fences are popular choices for pet owners. Chain link fences are relatively inexpensive and readily available. If you are concerned about pests, chain link is a good choice. For dogs that are small or medium sized, you would do well with this option.

However, if your dog is a good jumper, a chain link fence might not be ideal. Does your dog like to dig? If so, digging beneath a chain link fence could be an issue, and good climbers might find a way out as well. Ornamental iron fences are a good option if you prefer something a bit more decorative, such as scrolls and curves.

Carefully consider the pros and cons when you choose the right material for your new fence.

3. What About Laws, Regulations, and the Neighbors?

Before you have any type of fence installed, be sure to learn your township regulations. Follow any fencing laws and consider the impact on your neighbors. Your township may have restrictions on fence heights, so if you are considering an especially tall fence for your Great Dane, you might want to think this over. Contact your town hall before you install your fence and inquire about regulations.

Also, don’t forget to consider your boundaries and your neighbors. Property lines may dictate where your fence is installed. Do you remember the old adage, “Good fences make good neighbors”? When you plan your new project, keep that saying in mind.

As you build your fence, consider laws and regulations along with your neighbors’ property. Your dog and your neighbors will thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration.

If you have further concerns or questions, regarding fence options or the law, work it all out before you make your final decision. When you’ve decided on your fence choice, contact your fencing contractor and finalize your plans.