Garden fence etiquette – who gets the “good” side?
Date: 5th Jan 2022
We're often called for fencing quotes to help customers create a dog-friendly garden. If you’re considering installing a dog-proof fence in your garden, you might be wondering:
If so, we suggest you take these considerations into account when making your plans.
There are various factors to consider here.
Keeping your dog safe is just as important as keeping them in the garden, so barbed wire is obviously not a suitable type of fencing for dogs. Fences with sharp or pointed palings could also cause serious injury. Unless your dog is quite small, picket fencing could fall into this category.
The height of a dog-proof fence should be determined by the breed and size of your dog. Some breeds, such as Collies, Retrievers and German Shepherds are natural jumpers, and have been known to jump up to six feet over a fence; others can only jump a few inches off the ground. Young dogs and dogs with longer legs are also likely escapee candidates.
As a general rule of thumb, a six-foot fence should be adequate to deter most dog breeds, but a lower fence may be perfectly adequate if your dog can’t jump very high.
While dogs can’t “climb” in the true sense, most dogs can scrabble over obstacles to some extent. Even smaller dogs are quite capable of finding a way over a fence if you give them options!
Your canine Houdini can use bins, garden furniture and piles of firewood, low-hanging branches or other convenient props as stepping stones, so make sure you move anything that could aid an escape further away from the fence.
If your dog’s preferred method is to tunnel under rather than leaping over a fence, consider putting chicken wire along the fence-line below ground (with the sharp edges facing away). You could also place large rocks along the base of the fence or lay chain-link fencing on the ground to deter them from digging.
The grass is always greener on the other side…at least, that’s how your dog might see it. Fences that allow your pet to see what’s happening on the other side could provide the incentive they need to get out and investigate.
If you want to restrict your dog’s view, close board fencing and larch lap panels are completely closed, which might dampen their wanderlust. Louvre panels and slatted fence panels will also allow very limited visibility.
Dogs can be nifty opportunists. If your dog likes to make a break for freedom as soon as you open the garden gate, consider installing a second gate a few feet inside the first. This gives you a chance to catch a would-be absconder before they get too far. View our Gates page for style inspiration.
Dog-proofing your garden is the responsible course of action for any owner; a loose dog can result in tragic consequences, not least of which can include road traffic accidents or fights with other dogs. Dog owners can also be held accountable for damaged property or injuries caused to the public, so plan ahead to keep your hound safely at home.
Get in touch with Trentwood Fencing for helpful, no obligation advice about creating a dog-friendly garden.
Released On 2nd Apr 2019