Even though you wanted and got a smart dog, sometimes their intelligence can be a bit frustrating. One example is when it seems as if you spend half your time reinforcing or rebuilding a fence that keeps your animal safe and your dog spends a big chunk of its life finding a way to get around your work. If you are tired of looking at the same fence with the same issues, it is time to ask a fencing contractor what other options are available to keep your dog contained.
#1-Securing The New Fence To The Ground With Deep Footers Provides Extra Stability
It is a good idea to note that for many larger, stronger breeds, simply attaching posts a foot or two into the ground will not help. Instead, your contractor will plan to dig the holes at least three feet deep and to use concrete footers. As you may know, footers provide extra security to the posts and when they are three feet deep, even the strongest dog is unlikely to be able to move healthy, intact wood.
However, simply pouring concrete into the hole is not an effective long-term plan. Instead, make sure that the diameter of the hole is not too wide. Many fencing contractors prefer to use holes that have about two inches of space on all sides. In addition, your contractor will often dig a hole that is about a third of the total length of the fence post.
One mistake that many dog-loving homeowners make is using the wrong amount of gravel in the hole or not using gravel at all. Unfortunately, if water gets into the hole where the post will be and does not drain away, the fence is likely to rot faster. Therefore, it will not be unusual to need about two inches of packed, even gravel as the bottom layer in the hole for adequate drainage.
#2-A Fence That Is Properly Built, Reinforced And Supported Will Not Rot Quickly
Another reason that your dog gets through the fence may be weakened or rotting wood. Even before rot becomes obvious to the naked eye, it can diminish the strength of the wood, making it easier for it to be moved by a particularly stubborn dog. Although eventually all wood will rot, it is a good idea to discuss with your fencing contractor what the best type of wood will be for your area and the needs of your dog.
For example, wood that has been soaked in a preservative may add to the cost of the wood, but the fence is likely to last longer. In addition, if the wooden posts touch the concrete and not the soil, it is less likely to rot. That is because concrete does not absorb water like soil does. If you get high winds or a lot of precipitation in your area, thicker wood may be needed and extra coatings for water resistance are often helpful.
If your dog is tall or can jump fairly high, you may want to speak with your contractor about using boards that are extra tall. Big, athletic dogs are a common reason for homeowners to build fences that are eight feet tall or more.
In conclusion, if there is a way to tunnel under, push through or jump over a fence, many dogs will spend a lot of time doing so. If you are ready for a fence that does not need constant repairs and maintenance, speak with a fencing contractor such as All Counties Fence and Supply today about keeping your dog safe.