Having a new fence built

We are demolishing our older house and building a new modern house. Our old fence won't look that good with a modern house, so we are searching for a sleek, modern fence to complement the new house. It's quite fun to shop for the new house and see how the different fence styles might look with the new house. This blog has some inspiration for other home owners looking to get a new fence installed. We have a range of materials, styles and fencing techniques on display on this blog. I hope you will find it useful when looking for a new fence.

What You Ought To Know About Dog Proofing Your Fence


Being a dog owner is great for both companionship as well as security. However, giving your dog the freedom to run free on your property can result in expensive fence repairs for you. Depending on the quality of your fence, you might end up with a lost dog. As such, it is prudent for dog owners to ensure that their fence is appropriately dog proofed according to their needs. So what are some of the things that you ought to know about dog proofing your fencing?

Establish the weak points of your fencing

Before you can engage in dog proofing your fencing, you would first have to determine the weak areas that your dog can take advantage of. To do this, you need to make an assessment of the current suitability as well as quality of your fence.

One of the things to look out for would be any gaps in the fencing materials. If your dog is to find these gaps, they can use them to escape your property and this could put them in harm's way. The second thing you need to assess is the scalability of your fencing. Fences that have chain links or cross railings can be easy to scale for adept climbers. Lastly, look for signs of sagging or paw marks underneath your fencing. This would indicate that your dog has tried to burrow beneath your current fencing.

Establish solutions to suit your current fencing

Once you know the deficiencies of your current fencing, you can then start determining what solutions would be best to pursue with your fencing contractors. Some of the solutions that you could consider include:

  • Increasing the height of your fencing: This solution would be ideal for dogs that are prone to jumping over the fence. As you increase the height of your current fence, you may also want to consider angling the top of the fencing inward. This will greatly reduce the chances of your dog escaping via the top of the fence.
  • Decrease the chances of escape through burrowing: Dogs have an innate need to dig. If your fence is buried shallow in the ground, your dog can easily make its way out without your knowledge. To remedy this, consider having the fencing contractors install chicken wire beneath the fence. This way, even when the dog burrows beneath the fence, there will be a barrier that will keep them from escaping.


13 September 2016