Choosing the Right Fence For Your Pet

Our pets are family. They deserve to be kept safe while they enjoy time outdoors. Dogs, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and other animals have unique needs. Some are predator animals while others are prey. In order to decide which fence is right for your pet, it is a good idea to consider their position on the food chain.

For example, rabbits and small dogs don’t simply need containment, they need protection from outside predators. Types of predators in the area also affect the type of fence for your pet. In this article, we will look at several fences to determine the one that is right for your pet.

Types of fences:

  • Wood
  • Chain Link
  • Picket and Iron Rail
  • Invisible
  • Wireless

Each of these fences has its pros and cons. We will take a look of each of the types of fences mentioned above and discuss some of their strengths and weaknesses in more detail.

Wood Fences

Wood fences, sometimes called privacy fences provide excellent protection from escapes and predators. These fences can be as high as eight feet and provide both privacy and protection.

Wood fences are more expensive than other options and require regular maintenance and occasional replacement of boards. Animals can dig beneath the fence, so it is important to inspect your fence regularly.

Chain Link

Chain link doesn’t close off your view like a privacy fence and provides adequate protection for most pets. This fencing is expensive, but requires minimal maintenance and is durable. These fences range from four to twelve feet high.

Dogs, pigs, and other animals that like to dig, can escape beneath these fences. Dogs have also been known to climb these fences too. A way to prevent these issues is to install an L-footer at the base of the fence and a lean-in at the top of the fence.

Picket and Iron Rail Fences

Picket and iron rail fences are attractive and adequate to keep most pets from escaping the yard. These fences are lower, so active pets may be able to escape and agile predators may be able to jump over these fences.

Invisible Fences

These fences are installed beneath the ground to establish a perimeter for dogs and larger animals. A collar is worn by the pet and delivers a high-pitched sound, vibration, and mild electric current to deter escape.

These fences are reasonably priced, but additional collars can be expensive. The collars also have to be charged or the batteries changed. Check the voltage regularly to prevent escapes. Another downside is that any animal without a collar has access to your yard.


This system involves installing a box that creates a boundary by establishing a set distance from the box. Like invisible fences, these use collars and mild electrical current to keep your pets in your yard. They do not provide protection from predators.

Fencing is a great way to protect your pet. Consider these options to determine the one that’s right for your pet.