4 Types of Dog Fences for Keeping Your Pup Safe

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Updated May 18, 2022
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Keep Fido from fleeing with these pet-friendly fences

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When you have a dog, you’ll probably need to have a fence. A fenced-in yard lets your pup run around, play, and sniff all the smells, all while keeping him safe. But which fence you need depends on your yard, your dog, and your preferences. 

With the cost to install dog fence between $1,500 and $8,000, it’s important to do your homework before writing a check. Here are some of the best Fido-friendly fence options to choose from. 

1. Vinyl Panel Fencing

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A busy homeowner's dream, vinyl panel fencing is easy to maintain. Vinyl panels offer dense, solid protection around your yard that keeps out views and disturbances from the street. Its density means it’s durable—perfect for keeping your dog from sprinting after neighbhorhood squirrels.

Vinyl is often much less expensive to purchase and install than an option like wood fencing (the typical cost to install a vinyl fence is $10 to $35 per linear foot. You don’t have to worry about painting or sealing, either—a good power washing once a year should be all the upkeep you need to keep your vinyl fence sparkling.

2. Wood Fencing

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Wood is a pricey fencing option (installing a wood fence can run you $11 to $45 per linear foot), but it also adds classic charm to your yard—and gives your pup a safe space to play safely. 

When the wooden boards are placed solidly side-by-side, you won’t have to worry about your dog wiggling between the posts in pursuit of a smell. This will also keep other animals, like a passing bunny or neighborhood cat, from wandering into your yard. Wooden privacy fencing is also a great choice if your dog is a jumper (some active breeds can jump 6 feet high!).

3. Metal or Wrought Iron Fencing

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Metal fencing has traditionally been used as pool, driveway, and landscaping fencing. However, this option has caught on as a choice for dog fencing in recent years due to its attractive, sleek look. Metal fencing can allow you to fence your entire yard without blocking views or creating a "closed off" look. Though, it does come at a price—the cost to install wrought iron fencing is $25 to $35 per linear foot.

So, will a metal fence work for your doggo? It all depends on his needs. If your pup has a high prey drive, which is a built-in instinct to chase prey like a rabbit or squirrel, he might be a little too excitable for a wrought iron fence to keep him happy. These fences are also not ideal for small dogs who can wiggle (or, in the case of teeny-tiny pups like Chihuahuas) just walk out between the bars. 

So, unless you have a moderately sized, calm, lazy woofer, a wrought iron fence might not be the best fit.

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A chain-link fence costs $10 to $20 per linear foot. Sure, it might not do much in the way of curb appeal, but it’s easy to maintain, affordable, and could be a decent option for your dog.

But there are some drawbacks to consider. For one, any broken pieces of the fence can be a safety hazard that can cut or poke your pup. If your dog is a digger, he could also tunnel underneath the fence with relative ease. If you choose a chain-link fence, inspeact the perimeter of your yard regularly so your dog doesn’t get hurt or make an escape.

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