A simple fence may keep most dogs in the yard, but it can still allow determined dogs to make a nuisance of themselves by bothering the neighbors and occasionally escaping confinement. If you want your fence to discourage barking and keep your dogs securely in your yard, you may need to take some additional steps.
Barking At Neighbors And Passersby
This problem is common to chain-link fences. When your dog sees people or other animals on the other side of the fence, it may bark to get attention or warn them from entering its territory. Since your dog can do nothing to affect people outside of the fence but bark, it's liable to put all of its efforts into producing the loudest barks imaginable. This can get old very quickly, especially if it's 5 AM and your dog has already caught sight of the neighbor's pup.
Depending on the size of your yard, your budget, and the type of fence you already have, you can limit your dog's visibility of the outside world in two ways: with landscaping and with roll-on fence slats.
For the landscaping option, you can block off your dog's line of sight by planting thick bushes right up against the inside of your fence. This will prevent neighboring dogs from barking at one another through a shared fence, and should also keep your dog from seeing and barking at any passersby. Bushes can also make it difficult for dogs to patrol the fence perimeter, which discourages them from constantly being on guard.
On the other hand, fence slats can allow you to conserve your yard space if you don't have room for bushes. You can get sheets of bamboo, reed, plastic, vinyl, and even metal slats to cover up a chain-link fence and provide a visual barrier. As an added bonus, slats come in a variety of patterns and colors to help beautify your fence and accent your home.
Digging Or Squeezing Under The Fence
Some dogs figure out the secret to warping chain-link fences in order to squeeze underneath them, and others have learned that they can very quickly dig their way to freedom. With either type of dog, you'll have to shore up your fence's base to keep your pet in the yard.
One way to do this is with stakes and concrete blocks. First, you have to hook the stakes to the bottom of your fence, and then drive them deep into the ground. Next, concrete is poured around them and sunk into the earth to provide a barrier that your dog can't dig through. This can be expensive to install, but the barrier will last for decades.
If you want a less expensive and less permanent option, you can choose to add L-footers to your fence instead of concrete. L-footers are, as their name implies, L-shaped piece of fencing that keep dogs from being able to dig under the fence or take advantage of the gap between the fence and the ground. L-footers can be bent over time by determined dogs or bad weather, but they should still last at least several years.
Climbing And Jumping Over Fences
Traditional 4-foot-tall chain-link fences are both climbable by smart dogs and short enough to be jumped by all but the smallest and stockiest of canines. If you want to keep your pet contained, you'll need a taller, slipperier fence.
Increasing fence height is simple: all you need is a roll of extension fence that can be affixed to the top of your existing fence with wire. You can use PVC pipes to extend the support rods, or spring for sturdier metal extenders if your dog is very strong.
To keep dogs from easily climbing the fence, you can use vertical reed or bamboo slats to stop its paws from getting purchase on the fence. You can also try anti-climbing wire made specifically for dogs, or you can once again go the landscaping route and plant bushes where they will block off climbing attempts.
When it comes to keeping your dogs quiet and contained, chain-link fences come close. If you want a visible barrier and you need stronger security, however, you may need to install additional protection. Don't let your dog drive you and the neighbors nuts. With a little elbow grease and potentially some help from your local fencing experts, you should be able to keep your dog quiet, content, and where it belongs.