Looking at fencing options to prevent escapes by small dogs and puppies

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Getting a new puppy or planning for a small dog can change the style or layout of an existing fence or fence plans.

Smaller dogs like a chihuahua or a dachshund can be hard to keep enclosed in a fenced yard. Despite frustrations, there are options for securing a dog that don’t involve replacing an entire fence or keeping pets indoors.

Whether closing on a home and shopping for a new aluminum fence or looking for a quick fix to an existing fence, here are a few options that can give peace of mind while small pets enjoy the outdoors:

Puppy Pickets or Double Pickets
The “puppy picket” style has 1 5/8” spacing, which goes up about 16-20 inches from the ground and then transitions to standard spacing the for the remainder of the fence.

The “double picket” has 1 5/8” spacing from top to bottom. Some customers might find this style more appealing for its consistency.

Puppy pickets and double pickets will add around $7 extra per foot to a new fence.

Any reputable fencing company will offer these two styles for a new aluminum fence.

Wire Mesh
This is a simple and fairly foolproof way to prevent your pup from sneaking out. It comes in a black or galvanized metal or even in a plastic chicken wire, which is much easier to handle compared to the metal offerings with sharp edges.

If a fence is pre-existing, a much better and less expensive alternative to a whole new fence is to add wire. Standing 24 inches high, this fairly transparent addition will only add about $3 per foot to the price of a new or existing fence.

Keeping small pets secure is a high priority and installing a puppy picket aluminum fence or wire mesh can provide peace of mind. Need help deciding which option is the best fit? Contact Carolina Fence and Screen today.

Carolina Fence and Screen can install wood, vinyl, and aluminum fences in Concord, Charlotte and the greater North Carolina area.


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