As a pet-owner, you obviously need to know that your dog will always be secure in your yard anytime he or she is outside. Unfortunately, many dogs see the fence as a minor inconvenience that temporarily blocks them from accessing the neighbor's cat or cars that drive down the street. Therefore, it is important to reinforce that fence so it becomes resistant to being dug under and chewed down.

#1-Identify The Primary Safety Issues Of The Fence

It is first necessary to consider how the dog is able to easily escape from the fence. For instance, issues often include weak boards that are easy for your dog to push through. Many fences benefit from being placed into a concrete base, which makes it harder for dogs to move the fencing. Cedar is a popular material, but you should choose the highest quality of wood that you can, as mentioned later.  

Frequently recommended to prevent fence rot, the use of concrete is equally appropriate for securing the fence. The trick is to first place soil into the hole where the new fence post will be, so that you can allow water to drain away later. Then, making sure to use wood that has been preserved and dried, place the new fence into the concrete. 

The concrete should fill the remaining hole and spill over slightly, so that you can see it above-ground. Finally, use a caulk that has been recommended for concrete to secure the wood completely to the concrete. Even the most stubborn or freedom seeking dog would find it challenging to break through that reinforcement.   

#2-When Replacing The Wood, Use Slats That Are Closer Together

It is important to note that replacing weak, soft or damaged boards and using concrete to secure fence posts may not be enough to completely remedy the situation.  If your dog can still squeeze between the posts, escape is still probable. 

In that instance, you may also need to make the pieces of the fence closer together, particularly if you have a big, strong or stubborn dog. Instead of allowing six or eight inches between the posts, remove the gap entirely.

#3-Consider Upgrading The Type of Wood Currently In Your Fence 

Another option is to use a better type of wood whenever possible. You can choose wood that resemble the existing fencing materials, so you will maintain the aesthetic appeal and consistent look of your yard. 

Since clear and premium grade woods are considered to be the best and most durable type of wood to use in your fence, it can prevent or reduce the need for additional fence repairs because of your dog's love of the open road.

In conclusion, providing a safe and secure place for your dog to spend their times is essential. Fortunately, once you know how to repair and maintain your fence with appropriate and safe materials, you can provide your pooch with both of those for many more years. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from A & R Rent-A-Fence.