Dog-Proof Fence Ideas and Options

Some dogs are amazing escape artists — able to squeeze under or jump over fencing that appeared to be secure. If you have such a dog, you might have to go the extra mile to provide fencing that will keep your pooch contained and safe. Here are some options for you to consider.

Coyote Roller for the top of a fence

This device consists of roller bars that you install at the top of existing fencing. The Coyote Roller can be installed on different types of fencing, such as chain-link and wooden fences. The rollers prevent the dog from gaining purchase when he tries to climb over the fence. For more information, go to www.coyoteroller.com.
Coyote Roller for the top of a fence

Wire-mesh fencing

If you need extra tall fencing, chain-link is not a good choice. Instead, buy coated wire-mesh fencing, which is stronger than chain-link. One company that sells this type of wire mesh is Riverdale Mills (www.riverdale.com).
Wire-mesh fencing

Flat-top extension for fencing

For extra insurance against escape, top off your wire-mesh fencing with a foot of fencing that extends perpendicular into the enclosure. Even if the dog manages to climb to the top of the fence, he won’t be able to lean back far enough to get up and over the flat-top.
Flat-top extension for fencing

Top-angled extension for fencing

Here’s a slightly different approach to the flat-top: Angle the fence extension so that it’s aimed upward.
Top-angled extension for fencing

Full cover for a fence

For dogs who’ve managed to climb over every fence, and for dogs who’ve been in trouble for escaping, cover the fencing completely on top.
Full cover for a fence

Free-standing fence

This type of fencing pops apart, so it can be easily taken apart and positioned in a different spot. It’s a good solution for aggressive dogs who must be kept away from the outside fence line of a yard. Priefert Ranch Equipment (www.priefert.com) is a good supplier of this type of fencing.
Free-standing fence

If you want to know more about why your dog feels the need to escape his yard and get some additional ideas for preventing escape, see Dog Escapes: How to Keep Dogs from Getting Away.