Enjoying the great outdoors together is one of the biggest benefits of having a canine companion. Sometimes, however, they can cause chaos amongst the flowerbeds, pee where they’re not supposed to, or even attempt to escape your yard when left unsupervised just for a second.
The following fences are an assortment of ways you can section off a specific area of your outside spaces for Fido to enjoy as he pleases, whilst also protecting any precious plants and keeping your beloved pet safe in the process.
Recycled Pallet Fence
Want to build yourself a secure dog area for practically nothing with minimal effort? Consider seeking out some wooden pallets – as long as they can be safely reused and haven’t been painted with anything harmful, like chemicals, you’ll be able to recycle them into a dream fence that actually looks rustic and charming, especially after a few coats of paint.
As this is such a common project, a quick google will bring up hundreds of guides to follow, but this one from TAFishing looks especially thorough and helpful.
PVC Deer Block Netting Fence
If cost-effectiveness is your aim, going for this option is definitely your best idea, especially if you only need the fence for a temporary solution.
Using the so-called Deer Block style means that even though this is a simplistic, DIY method of fencing, you’ll still be able to maintain a stylish and attractive garden without compromising on aesthetics in the name of safety.
This is a video that suggests nine ways in which this magical netting can be utilized to make secure fences, so there’s bound to be a method that suits your DIY abilities and budget. Not only is it easy to do, but it’s also incredibly weather-resistant, so it should last for years to come.
Corrugated Iron Fence
Setting up a solid, sturdy fence for an affordable price is no easy feat, but this handy Youtube tutorial from Freedom Kongvold shows you exactly how to do just that. Though it’s a unique take on fencing aesthetics, it’s cheap and cheerful, and also blocks out views of nosy neighbors.
This is especially useful if you have a dog who is prone to barking or jumping, as they won’t be able to see any of the activity from the other side, and sound should also be diminished as well, leading to quieter garden time for everybody.
For a more attractive take on the DIY fence that still won’t break the bank, try this guide for building your own lattice fence with picture frame posts, from Bailey Builds over on YouTube.
Not only does it look prettier than some of the other see-through alternatives, but it’s also more stable without the need for added support beams that make an eyesore of your garden.
Be aware this is more of an extended project, requiring a little bit of effort to achieve, but once everything is in place, it should last you for years to come.
Want a modern, farm-style fence for your yard that will keep your dog where they’re supposed to be without being an ugly inconvenience?
Check out this cool, unique cable fence which utilizes metal posts to hold everything in place. DIY Pete explains everything you’ll need for the project, as well as estimating how much it will cost and a step by step instruction for each bit of the guide.
You might expect that the gaps in this fence would be easily escaped through, but provided you don’t leave too much space between each line of cable, everything should stay nice and taut – though barkers will definitely be able to yell through them!
Chain Link Fence
Another cheap yet clever way to divide up areas of your yard is by taking advantage of how easily available chain link is – you could probably get some for free if you kept your eyes peeled on social media or Craigslist for long enough!
This allows you to keep an eye on your furry friend during playtime, whilst knowing they are safe and secure at all times.
Here is an easy to follow, step by step guide from Home Depot which tells you exactly what you need to do for a successful project, including a full list of materials.
A dog’s natural instinct to dig can be difficult to suppress, and this is especially frustrating when you spend hours cultivating a beautiful garden, only to have it destroyed in just a few seconds.
This guide from the experts over at the American Kennel Club, an authority on all things canine, takes you through exactly how to keep your dog safe outside, with a specific section on using chicken wire or chain link to prevent digging.
Post Cap Fence
Adding integrity and stability to any fence, post caps are important for keeping your DIY project stable and secure for years to come. It is especially important to consider post caps where dogs are concerned, as they have a tendency to jump up when they feel threatened.
This simple guide shows you how to add posts to just about any fence, preventing damage to the security of the fence when they do get jumpy, as well as ensuring it should last for a longer period of time. Plus, you can get really creative and really add some decorative flair to your yard!
Arch Gate Fence
Want a secure fence that can also make an area accessible with an adorable, open and close arch gate? This is the DIY project for you!
If you’re looking to make a particular part of the garden secure, almost like a specific paddock for your canine companion to run around in, a gate means you can let them in and out whenever you feel like it, as well as join them in there yourself, without having to climb over anything and potentially hurt yourself.
Plus, because it’s arched, any pups who fancy themselves escape artists will have a lot more trouble trying to make a break for it!
If your yard is fully secure, but you’re going to visit somebody or take a vacation where the outdoor space is not dog-friendly, a temporary fence can be a fantastic stop-gap solution.
This ensures your pup can have all the exercise they need, even when you’re not there to keep an eye on them all of the time, but there’s no chance of them being able to get into mischief or attempt to escape.
Being as this is something you’ll be transporting from A to B, you should probably go ahead and buy your portable fencing, rather than try and make your own, as you might end up with a broken project and no solutions when you arrive if things get rough in transit.
As you can see, there are many different ways to create a secure and safe exercise space for your dog or multiple furry friends, even when you’re working with little money and not much experience in DIY. It doesn’t take hundreds of dollars or specialist equipment to get the job done!
So long as you follow the guides and use the right equipment and tools for the job, you’ll have a fortress fit for the finest hound in no time. Adding weather-proofing extras like sealant and concrete weights will guarantee longevity for your projects, so if you feel things look a little flimsy, consider adding some extra security.
After all, the only way to guarantee total success is to pay a professional, or follow a professional’s guide to the letter! Good luck – may your plants thrive unblemished by paw prints, your lawn grow green and free of pee stains and your mind rest easy that your pooch, and your garden, are safe.