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Best Fencing for Dogs: What Type of Fence To Use For Dog Runs?

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Are you a homeowner with a new pet dog?

Homeowners are often faced with the issue of providing a space for their pup that’s both safe and comfortable.

One of the most effective solutions to this problem is to install a fenced-in dog run.

A dog run is an enclosed space in which your dog can be placed to prevent them from wandering off or destroying your grass.

If you’re wondering what type of fence you need to install to create a safe and comfortable space for your furry friend, you’re in the right place!

In this article, we’ll discuss the best fencing for dogs so you know what type of fencing to use for your dog run.

So whether you’ve just bought your first dog or are simply looking to update your home security measures, read on for some helpful tips.

Wood Dog Run Fences

Wood Dog Run Fences

Any discussion of the best fencing for dogs will include the first type of dog-run fence we’ll discuss, which is wooden fences.

There are two types that can be used in a dog run: privacy fence and picket fence.

  • Wooden Privacy Fence: This consists of wooden slats that are pushed together.
  • Wooden Picket Fence: This consists of wooden slats that are evenly spaced.

In general, wooden fences are very sturdy and are capable of handling larger dogs jumping on them.

For smaller dogs a wooden picket fence should suffice to contain your pup.

Larger dogs on the other hand will need to be secured with a wooden privacy fence, as they are taller, typically scaling in at five feet at the least and often reach seven feet – perfect for a dog that likes to jump or is an escape artist. 

The height of a wooden privacy fence acts as a deterrent along with the smoothness of the wood.

Your dog won’t be able to get a foothold, so even the most experienced escape artist dogs have trouble getting out. 

An added benefit of a wooden privacy fence is that the slats do just what the name implies and block the view of your dog, which can help keep them more calm and quiet.

This type of dog run fence is ideal for dogs that like to bark at passersby or is afraid of other dogs and people.

One of the best reasons for choosing a wooden privacy fence is its longevity.

For example, wooden fences tend to last about fifteen years if they aren’t broken or destroyed by a natural disaster.

When properly maintained and cared for, it can easily last twenty years or more.

The final benefit of a wooden privacy fence is the aesthetic beauty they offer.

While a white picket fence will raise your property value, we understand that picket fences aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re trying to contain a medium to large-sized dog.

If you’re considering using a wood fence to contain your pup and would like the added benefit of privacy, a cedar wood fence is your best option.

Woods like Cedar start a beautiful yellow and fade to a nice, soft gray over the years, giving your home an elegant look.

Chain-Link Dog Run Fences

Chain Link Dog Run Fences

Chain link fences are a popular choice for homeowners seeking a fence for their dog run or to surround a large property.

They are cost-effective and durable, making them a good option for properties of all sizes.

Chain link fences are also resistant to damage from natural disasters and pests, making them a good choice for homeowners with active pets.

And, if you have a bigger or more aggressive dog, the chain link fence is perfect!

It keeps your dog in and keeps strangers out, which is a win-win situation.

When it comes to choosing the best fencing for your dog, chain link fences are a popular option.

They are affordable and easy to maintain, and they can last for 25 – 30 years.

However, they are not very secure, and escape artists can easily climb them.

Typically standing between 4 – 5 ft., chain link fences offer no privacy at all.

You do have the option of adding decorative plastic slats by weaving them through the chain, but they won’t offer complete privacy. 

These types of fences also don’t increase property value – if done poorly, they can decrease the property value.

If you are looking for a more secure and private fence option, consider investing in a vinyl link fence instead.

A great balance between cost, durability, and longevity puts chail-link fencing right near the top of our list of the best fencing for dogs.

Wire Dog Run Fences

Wire Dog Run Fences

If you are looking for the best fencing for dogs, a welded wire fence is a great option.

It is more secure and durable than a chain link fence, so you can be sure that your dog will be safe and secure in his or her run.

It’s a bit more expensive but much more durable.

If taken care of, a welded wire fence can last fifty years!

An added benefit?

Wire fence is much more sturdy than chain link and is harder to climb.

So you get more bang for your buck!

If you’re wondering what the difference between a chain-link fence and a welded wire fence is, we’ll explain.

While they’re both often made of the same material, metal, the similarities end there.

In a welded wire fence, sections of the wire are welded, making the entire fence stronger and much more difficult to destroy. 

On a chain link fence, the tension between the interlocking sections of wire are what give the fence stability and strength.

If you cut a wire on a chain link fence with a pair of wire cutters, the fence instantly loses stability.

On the other hand, you could cut several wires on a welded wire fence, and it won’t negatively impact the strength or stability of the fence.

Another benefit to welded wire fences is that you can have the thickness and height of the fence customized!

This is the more secure option for those who can’t afford a wooden fence but want more security than the chain link.

Wrapping Up Our Guide To The Best Fencing For Dogs

Wrapping Up Our Guide to the Best Fencing for Dogs

In our opinion the best fencing for dogs that offers a balance between security, quality, durability, and cost is offered by the welded wire fence.

That said, it depends largely on your budget, needs, dog size and desire for security, privacy, or both.

For help in making this decision, feel free to contact us or give us a call: (509) 213-2700 to discuss your decking needs.

Spokane Valley Fence Installers is one of Easter Washington’s leading installers of fences and decks and we’re happy to answer any questions that you have.