Best Fences for Large Dogs

by  Lauren Lockett-Summers
Published: May 13, 2019
Best Fences for Large Dogs

People are consistently discussing the best fencing options to keep their small dogs protected and secure, but large dogs need to be protected and contained as well. Large dogs are frequently left out of the fencing conversation because they’re not considered as vulnerable as small pets, but they do face the same risks. When selecting a fence for a large dog, you have to take into account different considerations than you would with a small animal. We will dive into the traits of large dogs that will impact your backyard fencing choice below!

Fence Height Is Essential

Unlike small dogs who can slip between fence planks or dig themselves a hole under the fence to escape, large dogs can simply jump over a fence and escape the backyard if the fence isn’t high enough. Most people with large dogs opt for a fence of at least six feet in height so that the dog cannot jump over. We recommend replacing your fence if it’s shorter than six feet, as opposed to adding wood at the top of the fence. This way your backyard will still look cohesive and the fence will maintain its strength and integrity.

The Smoother the Surface, the Better

Chain link fences can be cost effective, but if your dog is a climber, they can be more of a hassle than anything else. When selecting a fence for your large dog, you will want to choose one that uses flat materials, like a wood privacy fence or vinyl fence. Unlike chain link fences, these fence types are impossible for your dog to climb, just make sure you don’t have anything near the fence like a fountain or furniture that your dog can use as a step to climb over the fence.

Durability is Key

Although you’ve installed a tall fence with flat materials, your pet might still try to climb or jump over the fence. That’s why it’s so important that you choose fencing materials that are strong and sturdy enough to face the repeated attempts of your dog trying to get over the fence. We often recommend a wood privacy fence (manufactured with high-quality materials) or a vinyl fence as they are known for their durability. The stronger your fence is, the more likely it is to hold up over time after repeated hits from your dog.

Privacy Fences are for Both You and Your Dog

Unless you have acreage for a backyard, chances are your large dog could get bored and cause backyard destruction. That’s why it’s important to have a fence where your dog cannot see and get distracted by the outside world. If you live on a busy street, or your house is surrounded by wildlife, a fence can make or break your dog’s behavior. A privacy fence will ensure that your dog will not try to go after those distractions like pedestrians or squirrels. Just make sure they have plenty to do within your backyard to keep them entertained.

You love your four-legged friend, so make sure they’re safe and secure in your backyard. Give us a call today to set up a consultation for the perfect fence for your large dog.