If you have a pet and a yard, it’s only logical to want to put up a fence. A fenced yard is a wonderful place for pets, especially dogs, to enjoy nature and have the freedom to run and play. Before you go to the expense of having a fence installed, though, you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for your pet.
- Cats and fences are a tricky thing. Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: cats are not easily contained by a fence. They’re expert jumpers and love to be higher than the people, so the fence height you’d have to achieve in order to keep them from scaling it is probably not within your zoning code. The solution? There are fences on the market that curve inward at the top, using a flexible material that causes cats to bounce off, rather than being able to climb. You can also choose an invisible fence that causes a mild shock if your cat wanders outside its parameters. Your best bet, though, may be a cat run, fully enclosed to allow your pet to experience the outdoors without being free to roam the neighborhood.
- Dogs are a different story. Dogs are fairly easy to fence in, as long as you consider their abilities and choose a fence they can’t conquer.
- If your dog is a jumper, figure out how high he or she can jump and then choose a fence a few inches higher than that.
- If your dog can climb, get a fence with a smooth surface and rollers at the top.
- Do you have a digger? This is trickier but not insurmountable. Install a fence that extends a foot or two below the ground, and your dog won’t be able to tunnel out.
- Some dogs just break the fence. They might do this by body-slamming it or chewing through it, but if you choose durable materials like wrought iron or brick, it won’t be a problem.
- Can your dog open gates? Install a padlock.
- Aesthetics are a factor, too. Your fence has a major impact on the look of your property, so even if you’re putting in a fence because of your pets, make sure it’s appealing to humans as well. Take care not to allow the fence to obstruct your view or prevent your plants from getting the right amount of sunlight, and make sure the fence fits with the overall look of your property.
- Who should you be excluding? Fences don’t just keep your pet in, they also keep other animals out. Consider the type of wildlife in your area and plan your fence accordingly.
If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.
A common reason that many people start to consider getting a fence is because they get a dog. Letting your dog run around in the confines of your enclosed yard is fun for your pet and relieves you of the worry of your dog running free. However, not all fences are created equal, so it’s important to choose a dog-proof fence that actually keeps your pet safely confined. Here are some of the things you should consider before your fence installation.
How high can your dog jump?
Although dogs can’t jump as high as cats, many breeds can leap surprisingly high. Your fence should not only be high enough to keep your dog from climbing over it but also high enough so that your dog can’t jump over it. For most breeds, a fence that is six feet high is sufficient, but some dogs are able to jump higher or will learn to jump higher just to get out. If you’re worried your dog can clear six feet, build your fence higher from the start rather than trying to update it later.
Does your dog like to climb?
If your dog is a capable climber, then a chain-link fence is an invitation to escape. For climbers, choose a fence that has smooth sides, like a wooden fence, that doesn’t have places your dog can use as footholds. If you choose a solid wooden fence, an added benefit is that your dog won’t have a view of all of the other dogs, people, and squirrels going by, which will make him or her less likely to bark.
Is your yard dog-friendly?
Your dog will be less likely to try and climb your fence if your yard is a fun place to be. Keep some toys out for your pup to play with, and make sure it is safe for him or her. Don’t give your dog access to a pool that he or she can get into without supervision.
Paramount Fence can help you select the best dog-proof fence in Chicagoland for your pup and then handle the fence installation for you. You can learn more about all our fencing services by calling (630) 406-8410.
Your pet gives you unconditional love, and he or she deserves the very best in life. Keep your faithful companion happy and healthy by creating a backyard sanctuary. Start by installing a dog-proof, wooden fence , and then add special touches your dog or cat will love, like a water feature and pet-friendly plants.
A fence installation specialist can give you the rundown of your options. Privacy fences are a great choice for puppy parents. You could fence in your entire backyard and give your pet lots of space, or you could create a special dog run. If you do fence in the entire yard and you also have a vegetable garden there, consider installing a chain link or picket fence around your garden to keep your dog out.
Every pet needs a large bowl of fresh water whether they are inside or outdoors. But your furry friend might also appreciate a water feature. Digging a small, artificial koi pond will attract small wildlife your pet will enjoy watching. Plus, many dogs enjoy taking a dip now and then.
Never keep your pet outside for a long time when it’s too hot or too cold. But even in ideal temperatures, your pet will appreciate having a place to rest his or her paws. Consider building a simple, DIY dog house, or hire a carpenter to do it for you.
Consult your veterinarian to find out about the plants that are poisonous to your dog or cat. Keep these plants out of your furry friend’s backyard sanctuary. Windmill palms are safe for dogs , and they grow in cold regions. Creeping rosemary, pineapple sage, fennel, and snapdragons are other examples of puppy-safe plants. If you have a cat, you can’t go wrong with catnip (although you may find yourself replanting it a few times if your cat really likes it).
Turn your dreams for your pet into reality with a little help from Paramount Fence! Our fence installation experts in Chicagoland can design the perfect dog-proof fence to keep your furry friend safe and happy. You can speak with a friendly staff member by calling (630) 406-8410.