Dog Fencing – Canine Can-Do’s

A crafty terrier on the scent of a rabbit or mouse will become incredibly determined to utilise any weak spots or gaps in a fence. However there are numerous options available for containing your pooch.

Simple, quality-made fencing can save your dog's life, should it escape the house and attempt to run into traffic. It safeguards neighbours and passers-by, and saves you time and money by keeping your dog from damaging gardens and other properties.

Picket Fencing

A common fence style for keeping dogs is a picket fence. The pales are spaced closely enough to stop a small terrier trying to squeeze through the gaps, but the pales still allow visibility through the fence.

The bonus of picket fencing is there are garden gates available to match, so you can create a seamless and attractive border to your home. If your dog is a digger, dig galvanised mesh under the fence and in to the ground to stop them being able to dig their way out. This will also stop foxes and rabbits from getting in.

Electric Fencing

A good electric dog fence can easily help you keep your dog in the yard. Reliable, cost-effective electrical fencing can prevent dogs from digging under enclosures, if they try to escape that way. It can also defy stronger, larger canines that attempt to jump fencing.

Despite what many people think, the shock an animal receives from an electric dog fence does not harm the pet. It is a mild jolt intended to get the dog’s attention and keep it away from the fencing.

Electric systems can be added to existing fencing, or permanent fences can be built. You can create semi-permanent and temporary electric dog fences, as well. Adding an electrified wire at the bottom of an already standing fence will keep a dog from trying to dig under a fence. Putting an electrified wire along the top serves to quickly train dogs (and even cats) to avoid climbing over a fence. See-through fences like palisade or post and rail fencing can easily combine with electric components.

What are the options?

  • Electro Tape is an effective tool to create or adapt an existing fence into an electric dog fence. AVS Fencing Supplies - fencing experts for years to all of England and beyond - have Electro Tape in several widths and lengths to suit your needs. AVS also have Poly Wire, a nylon string with interwoven stainless steel conductor wires. For any system, you must constantly check for loose connections, and trim any foliage that might short out the system.

  • Conductors and insulators keep any electric dog fence from “earthing out” by contact with the ground and plants, and losing power needed to gently shock the dog. Electric fences like chain link can’t simply be electrified, as they’ll earth out the system, voiding it. However, using insulators and conductors properly avoids this issue, as do electrified tapes and wires alongside metal fencing.

  • Wooden fences and fence panel systems can be easily adapted, but in any case, you’ll need conductors; insulators; fence posts; at least one earthing stake (more for sandy soil); energiser(s); maybe a battery, and warning signs. Type of power depends on the fence’s proximity to power mains; distant temporary systems will no doubt use battery power. Temporary systems using Poly Wire require storage reels to wind the wire and hold it tight. You can use nylon poly fence posts, set at roughly 10m distance, and metal posts are needed at the corners and ends, to resist bending under the wire’s strained pull.
  • Other Options

    Many people choose traditional wooden fencing, which can provide more permanent perimeter fencing for your whole yard. Or, you can use it to create a smaller area, and still enjoy the aesthetics of the lovely timber. It is sturdy, long lasting dog fencing with great visual appeal.

    Galvanised weld mesh is also a very adaptable product. Buy Galvanised Hard Line Wire (or "tensile wire") to hold it up onto Angle Iron Fence Posts driven into the ground. Some canine keepers deter pets from digging under such dog fencing by burying some attached Galvanised Wire Netting.

    Popular galvanised chain link fencing allows see thorough, but with limited privacy. The wire spacing keeps kids from reaching through, so you'll avoid costly injuries and legal issues. Don't rule out cost-saving polywire and polytape electric systems. They harmlessly train your pet to back away from newly built or existing fencing.

    Alternatively, post and rail fences can be used in conjunction with a galvanised wire mesh, more commonly know as rabbit or chicken wire, to secure your garden. Post and rail, particularly cleft chestnut, has a rustic farm like appearance that looks great round rural and town homes alike.

    Pre-made closeboard fence panels, and make ideal dog fencing you can easily install. Slotted concrete fence posts need to be cemented into the ground with a ballast and cement mixture or Post Mix. Panels readily slip into the posts' pre-drilled slots.

    9th Apr 2019