If you've just adopted a new puppy and are thinking of fencing in your yard, you have a lot of different fencing choices to consider. Chain link fencing is cheap, wood looks natural and lovely, and metal creates a very stately look -- but the best fencing choice for your furry friend is really none of these. It's vinyl. Read on to discover why solid vinyl fencing is the safest and most durable choice when you have a dog.
It's easy to have the fence extended below ground.
Many dogs like to dig, so even if you have a solid fence that extends to the ground, they can find their way out if given enough time. The solution to this is to extend the fence a couple of feet below ground, so that when your dog digs, he is just met with more fence. While this can be done with a wooden or metal fence, it does not work very well. The wood tends to rot prematurely when constantly exposed to the moisture in the soil, and the metal tends to rust for the same reasons.
Vinyl won't succumb to the elements if a portion of it extends below ground. That part of the fence will stay as strong as the above-ground portion, so your puppy can't dig himself out.
You don't have to treat the fence with anything.
A wooden fence will need to be treated with weatherproofing products and maybe even insect repellents. Metal fences have to be treated with rust-prevention agents. These chemicals can cause harm to your puppy if he chooses to chew on the fence (and many puppies do). Not to mention, wooden splinters and rust can present hazards to your puppy's health if ingested.
A vinyl fence does not need to be treated with anything. Even when it gets dirty, you can clean it with a simple mixture of dish soap and water. Dish soap may taste yucky to your puppy, but it's quite safe.
There are no holes or cracks for your puppy to get stuck in.
Many fencing types, including chain link, metal bars, and wooden pickets, are solid enough to keep your puppy in -- but they have holes in them that your puppy could get his head or a paw stuck in. Solid vinyl fences, however, don't have any space between the panels, so you don't have to worry about coming outside to a puppy with its head stuck between bars or its paw stuck between chain links.
Vinyl won't attract insects and other pests.
Wooden fences are beautiful, yes, but they often attract ants, bees, and other insects that hope to build nests in the fence. These insects can present a hazard to your curious puppy, stinging or biting him. A vinyl fence is not appealing to these insects, so your puppy will have a lower risk of bite and stings.
If you love the look of wood, you don't necessarily have to give that up for your puppy. There are many vinyl fences that are made to look like wood -- you can't tell the difference until you're right up close to the fence.
If you're looking for a fence that will keep your puppy safe and secure in your backyard, vinyl really is the best choice. In addition to offering the benefits above for your puppy, solid vinyl fences come in many styles, so you can find one to suit your home's exterior style, and they last for years with little maintenance. The only required care is to wash the fence with a hose and scrub brush whenever it starts looking dirty.