6 Fence Tips for Big Dogs

Anyone with a large dog knows that they’re a force of nature, and keeping them fenced in is not always easy. Some dogs jump, some dogs climb, some dogs chew through the fence and some dogs are large enough to just break through it if they’re motivated enough. This means you need to be very deliberate with your fencing choices.  The good news is you have many different options to make sure our fence fits both your practical and stylistic needs.

Large black dog jumping vertically to see over a very tall wood fence1. Stop dogs from jumping your fence

As you can imagine, having a bigger dog means you’ll need a bigger fence. When your dog is just as tall as you are or even taller on his hind legs, a 4-foot fence is not going to keep him in if he wants out. Instead, you should look into fencing that is 5 or even 6 feet tall. You also want your fence made of sturdy material like vinyl or wood because big dogs are also strong dogs.

2. Eliminate nuisances with privacy fence

How often do squirrels and rabbits (or even neighbor dogs and children) sit on the outside of your fence and drive your dog wild? Your dog probably wants to act on instinct and get over or through your fence to get to those on the other side. With a solid vinyl or solid wood fence, your dog will not be able to see anything past your fence line, helping to keep him calmer and give him less of a reason to try and escape your yard.

3. Dogs who climb love chain link

Not only does chain link provide plenty of visibility to drive your dog wild whenever anyone or anything gets near, but it also has nifty little foot holds that your dog can use to climb up and over your fence. Not all dogs have an affinity for climbing, so if your dog doesn’t try to scale your fence, chain link may still work just fine. If your dog is clever and has figured out how to climb your fence, you may want to look into a solid wood or vinyl privacy fence. Privacy fencing is flat and smooth, offering your dog no footholds. Wood and vinyl are also more sturdy materials that will help prevent chewing or ramming.

It’s also a good idea to keep any tables, chairs benches, crates or other features several feet from your fence so your dog can’t use those to boost himself over either.

A husky inside of a residential backyard behind a locked ornamental iron gate

4. Secure your gates

Some dogs can escape through your fence. With smaller dogs you may have to worry about the gap between your gate and the ground as well as the gap between your gate and the fence post, but luckily for large dogs this is not a problem. Large dogs can still manage to get out through an unsecured gate, so it’s a good idea to use a padlock or a more secure latch to make sure your dog can’t get out.

5. Get to the root of the problem

Big dogs require a lot of exercise and stimulation. A big reason many dogs escape from their yards is due to boredom and lack of stimulation. It’s a good idea to take your dog on frequent walks to keep them calmer. If you think putting up a tall fence is the easy fix for a hyper active dog, then you really need to consider what other steps you need to take to fix this issue.

A light brown dog running and jumping in a residential back yard in front of a solid wood privacy fence

Providing your dog with a yard that is large enough and offers plenty of stimulation for your dog is another way to keep them in. If they are satisfied with playing in and

exploring their own yard, they aren’t going to be spending their time trying to hop your fence. A stimulating yard with daily long walks and plenty of exercise are just the place to start for keeping your dog happy and content in your own yard.

6. Invisible fences are not for everyone

You may think that the easy answer for keeping your dog in without the hassle of putting up and maintaining a wood or vinyl fence is to get an invisible fence. Invisible fences are fenceless boundaries that use an electric collar to deliver a mild shock if a dog ties to go over the defined boundary. If you are dealing with behavioral issues with your dog, shocking them may only make these problems worse. The best way to deal with behavioral issues is to deal with the root of the problem or, in extreme scenarios, see a professional.

Leave a reply