Asked on Oct 8, 2017

What is an easy inexpensive creative way to build a dog safe fence

27524803Nancy TurnerNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I have almost a half acre back yard and we would like to adopt a dog but the specifications are to have a fenced yard first.

4 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Hazel Stakes and Chain link Fence with Mixed hedging against it .
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 8, 2017

    You need to know what kind of dog and the mature size of the dog. A large dog will be able to flatfoot jump a four foot fence if it sees a critter over the fence. Some dogs like to chew on wood, there are many variables to size and what it is made out of. The safest would be chain link, but you could also use pallet wood. See if the dog has shown signs of being a digger when at the shelter, so you can take steps and know to watch for it when you get it home.
    • Nancy Turner
      on Oct 8, 2017

      You should be able to get by with a four foot fence. You could have chain link or wood. With medium size, if you went with wood, it wouldn't have to be next to each other, there could be space between the boards, but much less than the mature size of the dogs head. Hope you get your rescue soon, We have one we have had for almost twelve years, and are fixing to get an ankle biter pup once it is weaned. Mom rejected the pups and wouldn't feed the guys, so the owner is hand feeding. I believe he is 1/2 shitzu, 1/2 Pomeranian. See them in paper for up to $450 and I am getting him free just so he gets a good home with animal lovers.
  • 27524803
    on Oct 8, 2017

    We are in the process of fencing part of our 5 acres (and our new neighbor just fenced her whole 2+ for her 2 pit bulls). Once we saw her fence and found out that the materials only cost her around $1600 we are copy-her choices. T-posts and field wire fencing and corral gates from Tractor Supply (Lowe's carries the same brand but is about $25 more per roll and the posts they carry are shorter) The T-posts (plan on one t-post every 10 feet) are 6 1/2 feet tall and cost about $6 the fencing is 48 inches tall and is about $164 for 330 feet and once the posts are pounded in they extend about 10-12 inches above the wire (we intend to put 1 or maybe 2 strands of barbed wire here to keep the dog from trying to climb over) The wire we are using has openings that are about 9 inches square (our neighbors pit bulls can stick their heads thru so if you get a smaller dog... spend extra and get a wire fence with smaller openings such as horse fence which is about $278 for 48 inch X 200 feet. You will need to cement in corner posts and gate posts ( 2in to 2 5/8 in round fence poles.. about $15 each at Lowe's) The tubing style corral gates ($90 for a 12foot gate) can be hung with "chain link" gate hinges (Lowe's) and then use extra wire to keep the dog from going thru the rails.. They look good and come in several colors depending on size and brand.
    My husband and I were able to install this fence ourselves (we are both over 65) we have a tractor with a auger to dig the holes for corners... but a 2 person, portable one can be rented.
    The nice thing about the wire fencing is that other than the posts... it is almost invisible and won't block your view
    If you are not concerned with the view... I have seen several versions of fencing made from wood pallets (check Pintrest or Google search : fencing from wood pallets. You would still need the corners and one every 3-2 pallets (to keep it from falling over) and for the gates... and a large dog (even some small ones) might be able to jump it)
    Good Luck
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