Nationwide there was a surge in pet adoptions during the on-slaught of COVID-19. One report from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region showed that Colorado Springs was no exception, as many residents seek comfort from four-legged friends during the crisis.
As many people are returning to their normal schedules, however, they are faced with decisions about how to best care for their new pets while they are away from home. How do you know what is the best fence for your pet? We have compiled a list of 7 points to consider:
First, Consider The Size Of Your Pet
The size of your pet is one of the most important things to think about when deciding the type of fence you’ll pick for your animal. If you have large animals like horses or cattle, it’s OK for the fence to have openings, but for smaller animals like dogs or cats, the fence must be completely secure to prevent the animal from leaving the yard or area. You also must consider the space the animal will be housed in as well - the larger the animal, the more space you’ll have to fence, and the more money installing the fence will cost.
Second, What Is Your Pet’s Temperament?
The temperament of the pet can play a huge factor in picking fencing. If the animal is well-behaved and doesn’t wander, an invisible fence might be a great option. If your dog sees open space and runs as quickly as he can away from you, an area with a full, completely closed area may be better. The pet’s temperament will also determine the height and strength of the fence. If the animal is large and extremely strong and playful, you’ll want a strong, tall fence that can withstand some bustling against it. If the animal is calm or unable to jump over the fence, a smaller fence likely will work out well. The purpose of the fence is to prevent escape, so be sure it truly does that.
Next, Will The Pet Grow, Or Do You Plan To Get Another Pet?
Determining how much space you can afford to fence is important, and keeping the future in mind is a good idea because when you build a fenced area, you won’t want to have to rebuild it if the space becomes too small. If your animal will outgrow your current fence, or you plan on purchasing another animal in the future, remember to build your space to fit two pets rather than just one! A Colorado Springs fencing contractor can help you to determine how much more (or less) space will be needed for multiple pets.
Fourth, Consider What Fences Are Within Your Budget
The cost of a new fence is based on materials, style, how much fencing is needed, and if technology is involved (invisible fences, etc.). Determining a set budget and looking with a Colorado Springs fencing contractor at options within that budget is the best idea. Balancing the desire for a beautiful fence and the fence’s ability to contain the pet is essential. If the budget is too tight for a fence that fits your style, it’s probably a better idea to sacrifice style to buy a fence that will keep your pet from running away.
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Fifth, Do You Want A Fully Fenced Yard Or A Fenced Containment System Within The Area?
Depending on the size of the property, building a containment system, or a “dog run,” rather than fencing your entire property may be a viable option for you and your pet. Of course, this depends on the type of pet and the size and purpose of the containment. Is the containment meant to keep the animals from running away completely, or is it more of a dog run for when you want to leave the animal outside for a few hours at a time? Determining what will give your animal enough room to run around is an important factor in deciding on the best fence for your pet.
Sixth, Do Your Neighbors Or HOA Have A Say In Choosing The Best Fence For Your Pet?
While your initial answer might be a resounding “no,” considering your neighbors is a helpful way to avoid future conflict. If the best fence for your pet is on a property line, is an eyesore, or if you build a fence that doesn’t contain your pets and they keep getting out, your neighbor will likely come to you to get the issue resolved. Your neighbors’ opinions should play a role in picking a fence - a small role - but a role nonetheless.
If you live in a neighborhood or community with a homeowner’s association, that may mean that your plans for building a fence could be altered or halted! You’ll need to look over the HOA bylaws and talk to the committee to be sure whatever you’re building is acceptable.
Lastly, Don’t Forget About Safety
The best fence for your pet should not only keep the pet from running away, your new pet fence should also keep both the pet and surrounding neighbors safe as well. An animal running in the road can get itself killed or could cause a car accident. Your pet can also get bit by larger animals or contract diseases. Make sure that the gates of the new pet fence secure well. Also, some dog breeds love to dig so you may need to install a fence that is designed so that dogs, specifically the burrowing breeds like terriers, Huskies, and Dachshunds, have a minimal chance of digging their way out of the area.
Someone once said, “there are no bad days when you come home to a dog’s love.” Keeping your pet secure in a well-built fence or dog-run is the best way to keep those bad days from happening. Remember that to pick a fence that will work for both your family and your pet, you will want to consult with a Colorado Springs pet fence contractor.