Having a dog is loving, but it comes with some particular hassles. Dog owners, even if they are very passionate about their pets, sometimes face severe inconvenience to address those hassles. Most of the time, they simply do not like but can’t ignore those things.
Containing a dog inside a fence is a perfect example. Dog owners, even the dogs, do never welcome it, but it is mandatory for the dogs’ safety. Keeping a dog safe inside a fence is not the only objective of a fence, it also ensures that other people and vulnerable animals outside, such as rabbits, are safe from danger and nuisance created by a dog.
You can get your yard fenced in two ways – either by purchasing and installing a top-notch model or by building up one being a DIY or with the help of an expert. Buying is pretty much easy as you’ll get things ready, but creating a new one is a bit time consuming, of course, and requires some expertise too. In our ongoing writeup, we would try to explain the easiest possible way for building up a dog fence at a cheaper expense.
Use of Chicken Wire – Cheapest and Easiest Way to Build a Dog Fence
We researched several possible ways on how to build a dog fence cheaply. Most of those are expensive and way too complicated. How to build a dog fence with wood was also in our concern, but it’s a bit pricey, and sometimes dogs escape through chewing the wood. There were only a few cheap models, but not all of those seemed reliable to us. In the end, we just have finalized the use of chicken or aviary wire to build the most affordable yet secure dog fence.
Chicken wire is an 18 to 20 gauge thin and flexible wire woven sophisticatedly into a hexagonal form. People often think the chicken wire is used only as poultry mesh. Still, it has a wide variety of applications, including, but not limited to, crafting, reinforced meshing, pet fencing, and creating rock-fall barriers.
Why Chicken Wire for Dog Fencing?
You can use a fence with no wire, though you can’t make that but buy. The use of chicken or aviary wire to make a dog fence is an excellent decision for some worth-mentioning reasons
- First, installation is affordable and easy for every dog owner.
- Second, the wire is thin but quite sturdy and can offer a long term service. That means even your stubborn dog will stay protected inside.
- Third, you can create your own design for the flexibility of wire and ease of installation.
- Fourth, the fence is mostly anti-climbing. The wire has tiny holes, where your dog can’t slip its feet into and is unable to climb up! Unless the hole is large enough, you can expect it to be climb-proof. However, no fence is 100% escape-proof.
- Fifth, you can increase the height of your wire fence if necessary, and it doesn’t cost a lot. By doing so, you can stop your dog from jumping over it.
- Last but not least, chicken wire can stop dogs from digging under the fence. You can bury the wire around 6-inch down the surface and bend it into an L-pattern attached to the surface-top. If your dog digs, it will find the wire and stop trying to go deep.
Items You’ll Require
We have made a checklist that includes all items required for building up a chicken-wire dog fence. Remember, you are not going to build a high-tech & industry-model fence, so you’ll find all of those at local home improvement shops. If you’re planning to make a fence, collect the items as follows:
- Heavy duty chicken wire roll,
- Fence posts (4×4),
- Boards (1x 4 or 2×4),
- Wood staples or nails,
- Auger or digger for creating post hole,
- Electric screwdriver or hammer,
- Cutting saw,
- Premade gate (not mandatory),
- Quickset concrete (not mandatory).
But do not buy the items unless you’ve got your plan. Know the approximate size and other requirements, so that you can buy the amount and number of items that you exactly need. Usually, the posts are placed with a space between 6 to 8 feet apart from each other. Consider the maximum required fence length and buy an accurate number of posts. Do every other thing similarly.
How to Build a Dog Fence Using Chicken Wire?
Let’s focus on the key point of this writeup. Being a DIY project, it is entirely customizable, and you can prefer anything such as screwing instead of nailing the boards. You may even avoid sawing if you get pre-cut lumber. When you have a concrete plan and all the necessary items in your hand, follow the steps stated below:
- As you’ve already measured the length, it’s time to mark the ground with a line or stakes to keep it the measurement accurate. Also mark every six to eight feet where you would put the posts.
- Cut 4×4 posts to your desired height. Be very careful, or you’ll face jumping escape of your dog in the future. Also, consider the fact of how deep will you bury the post, and keep at least two feet for burying under the surface. The boards should be cut in two by four or one by four ratios. Make sure boards will be well-fit in between the posts.
- Dig post holes at where you marked earlier with the digger or shovel. Put the posts and install them properly. Fit tightly using dirt, or quickset concrete for a sturdy foundation.
- Unroll and stretch the entire wire along the fence post exterior. Attach it with nails or wood staples to the bottom, middle, and top of the posts. Hammer the nails or staples and bend horizontally over the wire. You can bury the wire around 6-inch down the surface and bend it into an L-pattern attached to the surface-top.
- Keep the boards horizontally on the wire and screw or nail along the fence width. And, it’s done.
- If you want, take the premade gate and attach it to a place where you planned earlier through which the dog will come in and go out.
You can make fences for your dog in many ways. But we tried to find the easiest and cheapest possible way and figured out what we’ve just explained above. Such a fence will help you to minimize the use of any other pet supply that you might need to use if you use advanced-category fencing. Anybody can make such a fence if he can follow the guidelines and perform carefully. Hope it will help you resolve your fencing problems.