Fencing for Dog Parks

Curious About Dog Park Fencing?

Does your city, county, or community need fencing for dog parks? Are you a dog owner just curious about whether the fencing in your local dog park is safe for your dog? If so, LC Fence has your answers!

Dog parks are normally run by a municipal Department of Parks and Recreation, but some communities build private dog parks as well. If you’re curious about the specifications listed for fencing for dog parks in your area, contact your local Department of Parks and Recreation, Homeowner’s Association (HOA), or community member in charge of your community’s dog park.

Dog Park Fencing, Safety First

When choosing fencing for dog parks, safety must be your number one priority!

Ensure that your dog park fencing is not made of materials on which a dog could chew, choke, or be poisoned. Fencing for dog parks also needs to be secure and intact, again, to prevent dogs from chewing on the fence and to prevent them from being poked by fence parts. Vinyl-coated or chain linked fencing for dog parks are the ideal materials.

To prevent smaller dogs from being stampeded or otherwise injured during play, your dog park should include an adjoining, but separate, fenced area for smaller dogs. Some larger dogs do not interact well with small dogs, and many small dogs are afraid of or more aggressive with larger dogs.

Other things you’ll want to look for in dog park fencing include a fenced, sheltered area for protection from the Eastern Tennessee humidity, heat and inclement weather and a fenced area where water is provided.

Escape-Proof Dog Park Fencing

After evaluating the safety of the dog park fencing, ensure that your dog park fencing is escape-proof. This really goes hand in hand with safety.

Fencing for dog parks must be high enough so that the average large dog won’t be able to jump over the fence. LC Fence’s recommended height is 5 feet.

Fencing for dog parks also needs to be planted deep enough in the ground so that dogs cannot dig underneath the fence. We recommend securing the fencing for dog parks in the ground with cement at a depth of at least 3 feet and that no gaps exist between any part of the fence and the ground.

Entry Corral Dog Park Fencing

Ideally, a separate (but attached) double-gated, fenced corral area will exist for dog park entry, a sort of “foyer” area, before entering the main area of the dog park. This area, ideally 8 feet by 8 feet, would allow dogs to acclimate to being at the park before entry and allow owners a place to release dogs from leashes. This area also usually contains covered trash and dog waste bins.

Gates for Dog Parks

Fencing for dog parks also includes the gates used to enter the fenced area of the dog park. Dog park fences should be double-gated and securely latched to help prevent escape, further enhance safety for dogs and their owners, and to provide wheelchair access to the dog park. The double-gated dog park gates should be made of the same materials you choose for your dog park fence.

Durability and Maintenance

Fencing for dog parks should also be strong, durable, and very low-maintenance. East Tennessee dog park fencing needs to be able to weather each of the four distinct seasons of Eastern Tennessee, while enduring dogs (and humans) jumping and leaning on the dog park fencing. All LC Fence dog park fencing is made specifically to weather the East Tennessee seasons and is strong and durable to keep your maintenance costs low!


LC Fence is the expert on fencing for dog parks! If you can’t find your answers about fencing for dog parks, call LC Fence today!


Sources of Information:

(1) “American Kennel Club, Ready for a Dog” http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/future-dog-owner/ready-for-dog/

(2) “American Kennel Club, Establishing a Dog Park” https://images.akc.org/pdf/canine_legislation/establishing_dog_park.pdf

(3) “City of Norfolk Dog Park Criteria” https://www.norfolk.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1531

(4) “Recommendations and Guidelines for Dog Park Site Selection, Design, Operations and Maintenance” https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Documents/Recommendations%20and%20Guidelines%20for%20Dog%20Park%20Site%20Selection%20updated%204-10-15.pdf