People buy fences for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is to keep their dogs in the backyard. If you are about to have a fence installed for this purpose, then it is wise to spend some time thinking about which material you would like that fence to be made from. While there are a few decent choices—wood and chain link among them—one material really stands out above the rest. That material is vinyl. It offers a whole range of benefits for dogs and their owners.
Vinyl does not splinter.
Even dogs who do not typically chew on things can sometimes start chewing at a fence when they are left outside alone for a while. If your dog starts chewing a wood or composite fence, the material can start to splinter, and those splinters can get caught in your dog's mouth and throat. This is not a problem with vinyl, since vinyl does not splinter. Your dog probably won't be interested in chewing it because it doesn't come apart very well, and even if they do chew it, splinters won't be created.
Vinyl doesn't need to be sprayed or painted.
Wooden fences need to be stained, sealed, or painted if they have any hope of lasting more than a few years. Even metal fences need to be painted now and then to prevent corrosion. Unfortunately, the substances painted on some fences are not always good for your dog to be chewing. Vinyl fences do not need to be painted or sealed, as vinyl repels water naturally. You don't have to worry about your dog ingesting toxic stain or sealer if they decide to lick the fence.
Vinyl fences are tough to climb.
Assuming you opt for a solid privacy-style fence, you don't have to worry about your dog climbing up and over the fence. The vinyl fence will be flat and slippery. The dog won't be able to get a foothold like they could on a wood or chain link fence. Of course, you want to make sure the fence is tall enough to keep your dog from jumping over. A shorter fence can be tall enough for small dogs, but for large dogs, you will want a tall fence.
If you're in the market for a dog-friendly fence, pay close attention to vinyl. In addition to the above benefits, it is long-lasting, widely available, maintenance-free, and lightweight. Contact a fence contractor for more information about animal-friendly fence systems.