Dog Proof – Attractive Fencing Options

Your backyard is put to best use as a place for your dog to get his daily dose of exercise and sunshine. The backyard is also one place where your dog is more likely to get access to the outside, especially if the fence is not high enough or the backyard gate is left open. Fortunately, with the right fencing options, you can keep your dog secure so that you can make maximum use of your outdoor space. Read on to know which of these options are the ideal backyard solutions for you and your pets.

Dog Proof Your Yard With These Attractive Fencing Options

Commercial Coyote Rollers

You can buy commercial rollers from any hardware store or fencing company. These rollers work the same way as your DIY rollers with the added advantage of internal grade materials and better durability. These rollers are also useful for preventing foxes from entering your yard, adding another security layer for that outdoor space.

DIY rollers

DIY rollers are a cheaper alternative and something you can make if you have leftover PVC pipes around the house. Insert a smaller pipe inside a larger pipe and install your DIY roller on top of the fence by running the pipes through a metal cable that runs the length of the fence. The pipes should be able to roll freely but should be installed so that your dog won’t be able to slip between the pipes and the fence.

Plastic slats

Some dogs get excited by sights and sound coming from the outside, which is often why they attempt to get out. Limit the stimuli available to your pet by reducing visibility to the outside. While you can do this with a solid fence, you can modify an existing fence by running plastic slats through the beams to limit visibility. Plastic slats are flexible and cheap and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Bamboo hedge, vines, and shrubs

If you don’t like plastic’s look on your fence, you can introduce a more organic and natural option with bamboo hedges. Tall bamboo or any tall shrub on planters can be used to obstruct the view of the outside. Place them against the fence to create one more layer of obstruction between your dog and the fence. This is often enough to deter your dog from attempting that climb. You can also plant vines on the fence. However, these vines will take time to grow and, when big enough, may also serve as footholds for any pets that try to climb up the fence. You can remedy this by using shrubs on planters and placing the planters a few inches away from the fence. Not only is this an effective way to prevent your dogs from jumping over the fence, but natural containment systems will also seamlessly blend in with the landscaping.

Concrete footers

Designed for dogs who like to dig to get out, you can pour concrete along the bottom of your fence. Bury the bottom of the fence in the concrete for more robust and stable support. For something less expensive and easier to install, you can fashion chicken wire into a long horizontal barrier and bury this under the fence. Secure to the ground using ground anchors so they won’t easily be dislodged.


This is ideal if you have dogs who like to dash out the gate when someone is coming in or going out through the gate. An airlock is an extra layer of space around your existing fence with its gate. You enter the first gate, close it, and enter the inner gate the opens out into your backyard. If your dog happens to dash out of the inner gate, he or she ends up in the airlock with nowhere else to go but back in. This is an effective way to keep big dogs in check, especially when paired with effective fencing for the rest of the yard.

The right type of fencing and steel gates is essential for your pets’ safety and your peace of mind. According to Australian gate manufacture, Shield Guard it’s best to purchase quality security fencing rather than cheap in price. Check out these options to see which is the best choice for you, depending on the kind of yard you have and the pets you keep at home. With the right fencing accessory, you can transform your backyard into the haven your pets deserve.

Electronic dog fences

Choosing The Right Electronic Dog Fence
Many electronic dog fences are designed according to the size and temperament of the dog that needs to be contained. Pay attention and make sure to select a configuration that is designed to suit your dog’s individual characteristics. Some dog containment systems are particularly suited to stubborn dogs or dogs that are extremely motivated to escape. Owners of small escaping dogs should select systems that are designed for that purpose. The output capabilities of the transmitter will determine how large an area the containment system will be able to work. Figure out how long the wire you’ll use will need to be, in order to select a suitable model. It is recommended to choose a dog fence model that has a waterproof collar receiver.

How Does An Electronic Dog Fence Work?

If you’re thinking about installing a wireless dog fence in your yard, it’s important to understand the way in which it works.

Basically, after running the provided wire around the area in which you want to make a boundary, you must plug both ends into the transmitter. This creates a closed circuit for the radio signal to travel on around the barrier.

A lightweight receiver is attached to your dog’s collar, which picks up on this radio signal when your dog is nearing the boundary line. That way, your dog is warned when he is nearing the no go zone through a noise emitted from his receiver.

If your pooch ignores these signals and continues towards your electronic dog fence, he will receive a static correction, which startles him without causing him harm. This is enough to send him back into the area you wish for him to stay in.

Are electric dog fences safe?

As dog owners we are forever concerned for the safety of our pets. Are they secure, away from dangers and able to live in comfort? Unfortunately, some houses don’t properly cater for these needs, which is where electric dog fences come to the fore. Electronic dog fences are completely safe for dogs as they are made to startle, not harm.

There’s a wide range of electric dog fences that have been tested and approved for your dog’s safety. Dog fences are designed not to punish your animal, but to train them so that they can eventually remain inside your yard and away from certain areas without the need for an electric fence.

By installing an electric dog fence in your backyard you are teaching your dog good obedience and habits for the future. Manufacturers offer a satisfaction guarantee on all products, ensuring that your dog’s safety is always a number one priority.

Not only for perimeter fencing

When people think of electric dog fences, they often assume they are only used on big properties where there is limited or minimal fencing around the outskirts. Whilst this is a common use, an electric dog fence is just as handy for keeping pets out of sections of your backyard that you want to remain pristine. Pet Barriers or ‘Zones’ allow you to protect a section of your garden, for example, a prized rose or flower bed. The Indoor Zones Barrier allows you to keep your pets away from kitchen areas, rubbish bins, lounge suits or beds – you choose which areas of the house you wish to remain ‘pet free’.

Even if you have large walls that will keep your pet on site, areas like vegetable patches and pools can still be open to pet invasion. Electric dog fences or Pet Barriers negate this possibility, providing a safe, invisible shield around that area to keep your dog out.

Can I install an electric dog fence myself?

Yes! Generally, it’s very easy to set up a containment system. There is no need to hire an electrician or other trades person. Remember, the wire is not electrified – it is merely outputting a radio signal to be detected by the collar. Many dog fence systems come with a DVD and/or detailed instructions. There are also many YouTube videos you can watch to find out the best method for setting up your electronic perimeter fencing.

Training your dog with an electronic dog fence

For almost 40 years, the concept and design of electric fences for dogs has been researched and developed to the current high standard they hold. During this time, the amount installed in the homes of concerned pet owners has rapidly grown. There are numerous reasons why an owner may want to section off their yard or parts of their home, and all lead to benefits for both their pet and other’s safety.

After selecting from a broad range of electronic fence options, the ‘training period’ in which your dog is taught to understand his or her new barrier is key. If done correctly, this process can be quick and easy, and the full benefits of your new electric fence will be realised almost immediately.

For the first week, it is beneficial to introduce your dog to the boundary line. You may want to spend time in the yard with a lead fitted to your dog, playing within the safe zone and controlling the limited times your dog goes towards the electronic fence.

After a short while, your dog will start to learn about the new boundary line. It is very important to spend time with your pooch playing inside the area he or she is allowed to be in, to encourage them that the yard is still a fun place, just now only inside the electric fence.
Electronic Dog Fences really work

An electric fence for dogs is ideal for properties that are not securely enclosed, large estates like farms, for homes that are in close proximity to busy roads, or if your dog is an escape artist – the Harry Houdini of the dog world!

Investing in an electric fence and be confident that your furry friend is safe at all times. Guaranteed not harm your pets, an electronic dog fence provides a safe yet secure option at all times.

Cost effective way to ensure yours dog’s safety
If you’re concerned about you dog’s safety and the safety of all your pets and want to provide the best possible protection without breaking the bank, you need to consider the options. For safety, a large reinforced fence may do the trick, but the costs and the time involved in setting it up will be enormous.

A professionally built dog fence will drive costs even higher, and will impose restrictions on your property you may not be happy with. How can you ensure the safety of your dog without effecting the appearance of your home and without driving costs through the roof? Consider installing an electric dog fence. An electronic dog fence provides the safety of a regular fence at a lower cost and without the hassle of extensive labour, extended construction time or the unsightly appearance.

Installing an electric dog fence will be the best thing you do for your pet, as you will find that the dog learns its boundaries quickly and will become easier to train and deal with, making you happier and your pet safer. And unlike regular fences, an electric fence is mutable and movable, allowing for changes in your property or alteration of your pet’s boundaries.