If you're getting your first dog, you'll want to talk with a local fence installation contractor about setting up a perimeter fence around your backyard. This will help keep your new pup contained and also protect against outside threats, including neighborhood kids and other issues. Unfortunately, the fence alone may not be enough to combat all of the problems. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your fence and protect your dog.
Ground Jumpers With a Landscape Barrier
If you get a dog that could give a show jumping horse a run for their money, your backyard fence alone may not be enough to keep it contained. Luckily, you can create a deterrent by planting thick shrubs along the inside of the fence line. The shrubs will create a boundary that will keep your dog far enough away from the fence that it'll be difficult to clear the top.
This kind of landscaping addition will also help to calm over-anxious patrol pooches. If your pup walks the fence line like he's guarding a fortress, the visual barrier of the landscaping will calm things down. When the pup can't see through the fence, there's no reason to pace the boundary lines.
Stop Diggers By Installing L-Barriers
Diggers can be a particular nuisance, especially if your pup is persistently trying to dig under the fence. If you find yourself filling in hole after hole under the fence line, it's time to think about barriers to keep the pooch in and the ground intact. L-barriers are metal sheets bent in the shape of an L that affix to the fence and cover the ground immediately below. You secure it with rivets or clips to keep it in place, and the lower portion of the barrier keeps your dog from getting to the ground along the fence line. This won't do much for mid-yard digging, but it will at least stop the under-fence escape attempts.
As you can see, there are a few quick and easy tips for keeping your pup inside and your fence intact. Before you bring that pup home, talk with a local fence company about not only installing a fence to secure your backyard but also about your options to deal with jumping and digging if it should become necessary. Sometimes, the installation company can assess the condition of your yard and help you spot the areas where there is more risk of puppy problems than others. This may tell you where you should target your efforts.