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Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Home & Garden | 0 comments

5 Tips for Pet Proof Fencing

Providing a safe home environment for your pet is important when moving to a new home. Pets may not only be confused while moving but can become stressed or anxious when arriving at a new space. So, even if you live in or are moving to one of the top places with dog lovers and dogs alike, securing your pet in a safe outdoor area at your home is one of the best things that you can do. Here are some tips on pet proof fencing for your new home.

1. Create A Boundary

Choose a solid boundary area in your new backyard for your pet to have access to. This could be the entire backyard or possible a portion of the space so that the pet doesn’t get into other areas like gardens or pools. Make sure that your pet understands where the boundaries are and what is off limits by spending a lot of time with the pet outdoors at first. Don’t confuse a pet by periodically allowing them into areas of the yard that you don’t want them in all the time. Set clear boundaries and don’t deviate from them during this transitional process.

2. Use What They Know

If you had a pet fencing system that was in-ground at your old home consider doing the same in the new home. If they had a certain kind of fencing that they were comfortable with, like a solid wood or open metal fence, those options should be considered in the new space as well. Some pets enjoy having a visual view of neighbors and need that kind of interaction while others do not. If the fencing in your old home was effective, and both owner and pet were happy with it, consider choosing the same in the new home to create a sense of familiarity for the animal.

3. Consider Low and High Areas

One of the first things that a pet of any size will focus on when in a new backyard is the bottom of the fence. Make sure that small pets can’t get under parts of the fence that are not low enough to the ground. Consider filling in spots underneath the fence that are lower than other areas to make sure that small pets can’t sneak underneath. If your pet likes to dig, adding fencing below the soil line can help keep them safe as well.

Larger pets will also try to look or jump over a fence that isn’t quite high enough. Make sure that you know your pet and what their personality is like when left alone in the backyard. If your pet has a habit of jumping or climbing a fence, make sure to add deterrents to the top of the fence in order to keep them safe. Roller bars can be installed to the top of fencing to keep cats from escaping as well.

4. Clear the Fence Area

You may be surprised at what a stressed dog can use in order to help them escape a new area. Make sure to clear away anything that could even possibly help a pet escape over a fence. Things like tables, garden fixtures, trellis’, or retaining walls could all be just the right amount of height that a worried pet needs to fly the coop. Pay attention to items that may not be right on the fence line but are near enough that a simple jump would get a pet to the fence.

5. Know the Area Wildlife

If you moved to an entirely new town or perhaps moved from the city to the country or vice versa, make sure to think about the different species of wildlife that may affect your pet’s behavior. Squirrels and birds that are new animals to your pet may cause issues with chasing or entice pets to get around a fence. If your pet is small, be aware of large predators in the area like hawks or coyotes that could easily mistake your pet as a meal. Consider adding a bell or tags to your pet’s breakaway collar in order to make sure that they don’t sneak up on any wildlife as well.

There are many things to consider when establishing a new area for your pet. Make sure that you provide them with the most peaceful transition to a new home by establishing a boundary and using a fencing system that they are comfortable with. Also, make sure that the new fence is low and high enough depending on your dog’s habits and capabilities. Clearing the area around the fence as well as learning about the local wildlife will help make your new home safer for your pet. Consider these tips for pet proof fencing in your new home.

Mike Fitzgerald is an outdoor living expert and explorer with his sidekick dog, Champion. When he’s not traveling to nature’s most well-known beauty spots, he tends to the greenery surrounding his home.