Chainlink fences look nice and they perform well—rarely requiring any type of maintenance or upkeep. They can also be very cost-effective to install, making them an excellent choice if you have a large yard to fence in. There are some challenges for dog owners that are unique to chainlink fencing, though. The following tips can help you overcome these issues.
Tip #1: Add a bottom rail
The bottom of a chainlink fence can be its weakest point from a dog's point of view. Your dog may try to dig under it and then lift the fencing up from the bottom to squeeze through. Your fencing installer can install a bottom rail along the bottom of the chainlink. This is a thin metal rod or thick metal cable that runs through the bottom set of chainlink and connects to the fence posts. Once installed it is almost impossible for your dog to force the bottom of the fence upward.
Tip #2: Create a barrier against digging
If you have a digger, a rail alone won't discourage your dog. In this case, you will need to place a barrier at the bottom of the fence. There are a couple of methods that work. You can try planting a dense hedge against the bottom of the fence so your dog can't dig in the area. A gravel-filled trench at the base of the fence also discourages digging, with the added benefit of stopping weed growth at the base of the fence.
Tip #3: Consider privacy slats for climbers
Not all dogs are jumpers, but some are able to get over chainlink because they can effectively climb it. Privacy slats, which slip into the chain, can help prevent this. As an added bonus, the slats can also stop a dog from barking if they tend to bark each time they see someone walk by on the other side of the fence.
Tip #4: Add a roll bar to the top
You can only add so much height to a fence to prevent a dog from jumping over. Fortunately, there are roll bars that will stop jumpers without the need for additional height. These bars are placed just inside the fence at the top, which makes the top of the fence angle inward. This angling inward means your dog won't be able to clear the fence easily by just jumping; they will need to try and pull themselves over the top. The roll bar will roll freely, though, once they try to pull themselves over. This dumps them back in the yard.
Contact a fencing company in your area, such as B & B Fence, for more help with designing the perfect system to contain your dog.