For many dog owners, a chain link fence is an excellent solution for keeping a dog from escaping the yard without having to spend a lot of money in the process. Compared to many other forms of fencing, chain link fencing is quite affordable. Still, if you're a dog owner, there are some special considerations you'll need to keep in mind when it comes to your chain link fence.
Make Sure Your Dog Can't Dig Under the Fence
One of the biggest concerns you should have as a dog owner with a chain link fence is whether or not there is the potential for your dog to dig a hole underneath the fence. If your dog is a digger, this could pose an escape hazard, but it can also be a choking hazard if your dog's head gets stuck under the fence as it tries to escape.
To reduce the likelihood of your dog digging a hole underneath your chain link fence, make sure it's installed by a professional and take the time to supervise your dog for the first few days to ensure it's not trying to dig.
Consider Adding Privacy Panels to Reduce Barking
One potential drawback of using a chain link fence to keep your dog in your yard is the fact that, due to the design of a chain link fence, your dog will still easily be able to see dogs in adjacent yards, cars driving by, and other possible distractions. If your dog is a barker, you might want to consider putting up some privacy panels along your chain link fence--especially along sections of the fence that are adjacent to a yard with another dog. This will help keep things more peaceful and quiet around your neighborhood while giving you the benefit of added privacy as well.
Don't Allow Your Dog to Roam Free in the Yard
Finally, know your dog's temperament. A chain link fence is a great solution for keeping a dog in your yard, provided that your dog doesn't already have a tendency or predisposition to scale fences or try chewing through the chain link itself. Specifically, if you own a dog that's known for its jumping (such as a basenji), you may still want to keep your dog supervised while outside, install a covered dog run, or even keep your dog on a cable tie when left outside for longer periods of time.
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