Welcome to part two of this two-part series titled “Getting a fence for your dog? Consider these tips.” In part one, we highlighted the fact that we are a local fencing contractor that performs fence installations and repairs for any and all residential and commercial fencing needs. Folks in New Braunfels, Seguin, and really all of Guadalupe and Comal Counties have trusted TNS Fence to be their fencing company of choice for over 25 years now. While it isn’t the topic of today’s post and we don’t want to toot our own proverbial horn by any means, we want to inform our readers along with our prospective customers about the virtues of our New Braunfels fence company.

Now that we’ve established that fact, we can move on to building a fence with your dog in mind. In part one we highlighted some reasons that dogs might want to escape. They all pointed to the same principle that dogs who escape might be experiencing some form of social isolation or loneliness. We aren’t going back on that theory, but we’d like to add the qualifier that dogs are animals. As such, they still have wild instincts which will take them away from their family, or pack, as they might consider it. So even if you are the world’s best dog owner — you walk them twice per day, take them to the dog park twice per week, feed them home-cooked meals, shake paws with them for ten minutes every day, give them massages, brush their teeth once per week, watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey every month with them, etc. — there’s a strong chance your pup will feel the need to jump ship every now and then. It just comes with the territory we are afraid.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you need to know prior to building a fence.

Create A Dog-Friendly Yard

Before you build your fence, an easy measure you can take toward making your dog less likely to escape is to make it more dog-friendly. This doesn’t have to be a complicated solution, even if you wouldn’t call your own yard the most spacious on the block. Rotate your toys in and out somewhat frequently. Add a water feature so your dog can take a dip if it gets hot (and it will get hot here in New Braunfels, if you are new to the area…). However, add a water feature at your own risk, since they might feel inclined to traipse through the house once they’ve cooled off but have yet to sufficiently dry.  

Get A Big Fence If You Have A Big Dog

If you are an owner of a larger breed of dog — think Labs, Huskies, Golden Retriever, Great Danes, St. Bernards, etc., a simple, yet important tip we can provide is to make sure your fence is at least five feet in height. Six feet isn’t a ridiculous figure either. If you have a fence that is around four feet in height and you think you can supplement your fence with an addition, we’ve found that dogs will usually jump that extra foot. Your best bet is to go with a new fence installation in our humble opinion.

Weigh The Pros And Cons Of Invisible Fences

If you aren’t legally allowed to build a fence that is high enough, you might think that an invisible fence is the best secondary option. That might very well be, but many dog owners fail to realize that installing one can exacerbate pre-existing behavioral issues. If your dog is a bit feistier than the average canine, they might not take too kindly to being shocked every time they feel an urge to adventure.

That’s all the time we have today folks. Thanks for reading and make sure you give us a call at TNS Fence for any and all of your local fence repair and installation needs!