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Best Dog Fence Ideas for Your Garden

Do you have a mischievous dog who runs away at every opportunity? Or one who won't leave your veggie garden alone? A dog fence can be useful. There are many fence concepts available, including outdoor or interior dog fences, large or tiny dog fences, permanent or temporary dog fences.

This guide will go through the main purpose, types, advantages, costs, tips and advice for dog fence. As a result, you'll be able to choose the perfect solution for you and your pet.


What’s The Main Purpose of Dog Fence?

Best Dog Fence Ideas for Your Garden

It's a perfect idea to figure out why you need a dog fence before purchasing one. What exactly is the task that must be completed?

It could be to: 

  • Keep your dog in place when you're busy elsewhere 
  • Create a dog run, aka a designated play or exercise area just for your dog or new puppy
  • Stop your dog from munching on your flowers or otherwise "creatively" destroying the garden 
  • Keep your dog in place when you're busy elsewhere

It's easier to decide which style of dog fence will work best for you once you know why you need one.

6 Best Dog Fence Ideas and Designs

Some fences require expert installation, while others may be installed by the homeowner. But have no fear: there's a fence out there to suit every dog and every homeowner's preference. 

Here are top six dog fence ideas to consider, whether you want privacy, curb appeal, or the appearance of no fence at all.

1. Wood fence

Wooden fencing protects your dog from stray and wild animals

If you don't like metal or wire dog fences, wood dog fence ideas may be of interest to you. Wooden fencing protects your dog from stray and wild animals, as well as preventing crazy runs into oncoming vehicles. 

It's ideal for keeping your dog out of the garden without sacrificing the aesthetics of your yard, and depending on the size of your yard, you can make it as open or constricted as you choose.

A wooden fence is a classic choice for your dog run, particularly if your puppy barks or growls at passers-by. As long as the wooden fence is sturdy (not slatted), it will keep your dog from seeing the street or neighbor's yard and (hopefully) reduce his barking. 

This is the ideal dog fence – for those exceptionally exuberant pups who require a robust dog run fence that is shielded from passers-by. Furthermore, wood fences can be rather tall, preventing your dog from exploring the area by hopping over the fence.

If you need to remove unwanted plants taking up the space for a fence, consider hiring a professional tree trimming service.

2. Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is the greatest all-around dog fence choice for its durability and attractiveness

Vinyl fencing is the greatest all-around choice for its durability and attractiveness, keeping your animal harmless while allowing them to look outside the fence.

Vinyl fencing can last for decades (far longer than wood fencing), making it ideal for homeowners who expect to stay in their house for the long haul. 

A properly installed vinyl fence might cost more than $8,000 depending on the size of your space and the height of the fence you pick. Fortunately, there are also do-it-yourself choices.

3. Fence with Double-duty Privacy

A wooden privacy fence can serve two purposes: it can keep your pet safe and secure while also providing a private space in your garden.

The one disadvantage for pets is that they cannot see beyond the fence, but this may be overcome with a clever dome fence window developed just for dogs. If you know how to build a privacy fence yourself, you'll save a lot of money on installation.

Also consider these backyard ideas for more privacy to your garden. 

4. Fence with Split Rails

Another natural dog fencing option is split rail fencing

Another fantastic simple and natural wood fencing option is split-rail fencing. It's also known as a zigzag fence, log fence, snake fence or worm fence. It's common in the United States, where it's generally made of logs. 

Split-rail fencing should be reinforced with wire or another material to ensure that it is completely dog-proof due to the big gaps between the logs.

5. Picket Fence

A picket fence communicates "home" like nothing else. Dog fences might detract from your home's overall aesthetic, but this solution blends nicely in without sacrificing security!

Visitors may not even be aware of your dog fence until they hear or see your dog.

6. Fencing Made of Wire

One of the cheapest dog fence options is chicken wire

You may keep your dog penned in with a more basic wire dog fence, which is quick, inexpensive, but less durable. It also doesn't have to be unsightly in your backyard if you choose the proper style of wire fence. 

One of the cheapest dog fence options is chicken wire, but other possibilities include hardware cloth or hog wire. Wire fencing is ideal for tiny dog fences or DIY backyard projects.

There are also wired electric underground dog fences that don't create a visual or physical boundary in your yard.

Temporary Dog Fence Ideas

Investing in folding, portable dog fences is a fantastic idea if you live in an apartment or a temporary rental home with your pets. It can be a modest or large temporary fence that you can set up in the yard or in the living room to keep the dogs contained when guests are there.

You may even invite doggie pals over for a playdate with the pets. You might also choose a self-supporting wood panel fence to act as a barrier between doors and gates. 

It is built of wood and has a central gate through which the dogs can be let out for snacks. It's only for inside use, but it's strong enough to keep the dogs contained.

Invisible Dog Fence

With an in-ground wired system or a wireless system that allows for variable perimeters, an invisible pet fence keeps your dog inside the limitations you select.

Your pet is fitted with an electronic collar that gives them a moderate shock if they attempt to cross the electric current line. Advanced systems are highly regarded and provide coverage over a vast region. 

Keep in mind, though, that a dog desperate to escape will risk the shock by leaping right through the imaginary barrier. In addition, an invisible fence will not keep other animals out of your yard.

Dog Fence for Indoors

Dog Fence for Indoors

Many dogs prefer to live indoors and don't require a fence to be content or get the necessary amount of exercise. A dog fence may or may not be essential depending on the size of your home, the size of your yard (if you have one), and your capacity to take your dog on active adventures.

Not every dog requires a fenced-in yard! In fact, there are a number of dogs who would be better off in a household where they are solely walked or hiked for exercise. Some dogs will not use a yard at all if their owner is not around. 

Many dogs have never seen a fenced-in yard and instead prefer to go long walks with their owners. If you give your dog enough time, they will adjust to change very well.

Even the most energetic, active dog will be content without a fenced-in yard provided their owner ensures that they get enough exercise each day.

Factors Impacting the Cost of Dog Fence

When choosing a dog fence, keep these criteria in mind.


The size of the yard is an important consideration when deciding which dog fence to buy. Smaller homeowners can install a physical fence around the perimeter of their property for less money, while those with larger yards can save a lot of money by adopting a non-physical fence option like electric or GPS driven. 

Physical fences are best for small patio areas or quarter-acre properties, whereas wireless fences are ideal for land larger than an acre.

Geographical location

Digging a trench to install an underground electric fence in stony topography in the northwest or rainy, murky ground in the northeast is a discomfort. 

For these places, a GPS-enabled virtual fence that functions over swamps, lakes, and other bodies of water is ideal. A typical physical fence is probably your best bet for the cost in more urban regions where extremely small patios or micro lawns are common.


The cost of various full barrier fence materials such as wrought iron, wood, wire, stain, paint, vinyl, and others can have a significant impact on the ultimate cost of your dog fence.

Professional help or DIY

You can hire best contractors for the job or you can do it yourself. Labor is often the most expensive part of a professional dog fence installation. For the typical sized yard, building one yourself is usually more cost effective.

Just make sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of DIY dog fences before making a decision. While you are figuring out what to do, be sure to check our guide on dogscaping your backyard and what plants you dogs can eat to keep your furry friend safe and sound. 

Final Dog Fence Building Tips

If you prefer to build your own dog fence, we've given instructions for including ornamental and useful dog fence windows to protect your pet from becoming bored without a view.

It's critical to consider problems like digging and jumping while constructing a dog fence. If your dog is the digging kind, keep him from digging under the fence. Here are top 10 tips we have gathered to stop a dog from digging

And if your dog is the high-flying type, to lengthen existing fences and gates to keep him from jumping over them. You'll need a tall fence to keep your dog inside if it's almost as tall as a child on its hind legs.

The recommended height is 5-7 inches, but having something that makes it almost climb-proof is what actually works. We care about our pets and want to keep them safe, but we also want to protect our hard work and the environment. With the help of these dog fence ideas, you will be able to do that! 

About the Author Lane Perry

Lane shares her knowledge and creative ideas with our audience at Sumo Gardener as an exterior decorator. She has previously worked as an exterior decorator on home renovation projects across the west coast USA, adapting to different environments for both large and small homes. When it comes to transforming your outdoor entertainment space or coming up with creative ways to enjoy your garden, Lane is our expert.

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