How to Animal Proof Plastic Fencing
Any pet owner knows how important it is to keep their beloved pets safe and secure, not only to keep dogs and cats safe within their own yard, but to also keep neighbor’s pets out. It is important when considering building a fence, the types of materials which will be used and the fence must be strong, reinforced and provide pet safety. Nothing is worse than when a pet escapes the yard and becomes lost or is the victim of a horrific traffic accident, and proper fencing can prevent both from happening.
Dogs can find a way to go under, over and through a fence and some can climb a fence or unlock the gate if a latch is not tightly installed. Cats are adept at climbing and can contort through very small spaces which means the animal can make it through very small spaces within a fence. There are certain things a pet owner can do to keep their animals safely confined in their own yard.
A homeowner should check plastic fencing regularly in order to make sure the integrity and safety is maintained in a proper manner. If when checking, a hole or gap is found, repairing it immediately will combat any larger problems from developing down the road. If it is suspected that a pet might be unlatching the gate, replace the lock with a stronger one and add an additional locking system for extra security.
To stop the pet from digging, it is a good idea to put cement blocks within a few inches of the parameter of the fence. If the cement blocks do not work to prevent digging, a homeowner might consider further reinforcing the plastic fencing with some chicken wire around the bottom and burying it a few feet under the ground. Also providing the pet with an area especially for digging can alleviate the pet from trying to tunnel under the fence to escape.
Placing a “keep gate closed” sign outside and inside the fence will also help serve as a reminder to others to keep the gate closed. If there are any objects near the fence such as a table or chair, remove it because the pet might use it as a springboard to jump the fence. In the winter, clear away any drifting snow in order to keep the pet securely within the fence as well.
Pets will be less likely to try and dig or jump the fence if they feel contented within the yard. Take your dog for a daily walk and spend time play games of fetch to wear the animal out and in order to prevent stress digging. Leaving small cracks in the fence will allow the pet to see what is happening on the outside. Always make sure to provide plenty of exercise and secure fencing and your pet will stay safe and not become injured due to escaping.