Build Your Own Fence Using McGregor Fence Guidance, Supplies and Videos
How to Build Your Own Dog Fence with Our Help
Installing any of our DIY dog fences is really easy. (To confirm this see our installation videos.) You can build it yourself or get a landscaper or handyman to do it. But you do want to be sure you’ve got the right fence. So it’s wise to start by reviewing certain basic facts about dogs and fences. Then, as one should in building anything from a beaver dam to a castle in the sky, review your options (see “Dog Fence Options” below) and do some planning. You’re likely to find that one our kits meets your needs; but if not we can provide you with a free quote listing everything you need. That makes it easy to purchase the parts separately or to call us to put your order through.
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Facts about Dogs and Fences
For those inclined toward a DIY dog fence, we present useful information in six short sections. If you’d like an even briefer view, glance over the passages below. Then, to get more details on any particular subject, click on your chosen heading to reach that section.
- Barrier versus Shock Collar Fences: Long barrier dog fences tend to be more expensive than shock collar fences, though professional installation of the latter tends to raise their cost considerably. Barrier fences are also more visible, though certain ones can fade into near-invisibility. On the other hand, shock collar fences demand dog training and tend to be unreliable.
- Dog Size and Jumping: To effectively contain a dog with a DIY dog fence, that dog’s size, energy, and jumping ability need to be considered.
- Digging and Chewing: In erecting a barrier fence, the degree to which your pet is inclined to dig or chew says a lot about the kind of fence you should install and whether a digging barrier should be included.
- Dog Temperament and Motivation: Don’t send a boy to do a man’s job, and don’t install a flimsy or unreliable DIY dog fence to contain an energetic dog motivated to escape.
- Dog Training: Dogs can be trained to stay within just about any boundary; but dog owners aren’t professional trainers, and most are not prepared to provide the degree of training needed to ensure that the shock collar system works. That being said, modest training, especially when reinforced with a judicious application of dog repellent, can often reduce a dog’s inclination to dig under an existing fence.
- Number of Dogs and Changing Dog Residents: The more dogs to be contained, and the more this dog population changes, the taller and more dependable the DIY dog fence should be
Dog Fence Options
These options pages provide the data needed to find a dog fence kit suited to your needs or, alternatively, to create a custom fence. Topics covered include the following:
- Dog fence types–including metal hexagrid, welded wire, and polypropylene fences.
- Posts and post spacing.
- Post installation tools and cement footings.
- Gear for the top of the fence: Top rails and top support wires.
- Attachers: Zip-lock ties and U-nails.
- Securing the fence bottom with ground stakes.
So if you’re in any doubt about how to plan your DIY dog fence, browse these options pages. They’re longer than the others but also more worthwhile, and in most cases they will provide much or all of the information that you need.