The nice thing about having a big yard is that the dogs can really run and play and stretch their legs. This would be the case except when the yard is completely covered in ivy and low, thick, prickly brush, and there is no fence surrounding it. So even with all this space, there was none that our dogs could really get out and take advantage of. So we decided to fix that with some machete skills and a quick trip to Home Depot.
The main motivator for the new fence was that our newest dog Harvey learned how to jump the short chain link fence that surrounds the concrete dog run in the back yard.
We would have been fine with that fence for awhile until we had the time and resources to build a real, nice wooden fence that matches the style of the house. But things change and in a pinch you get resourceful. Some times a few u-poles and a couple of rolls of 6 ft welded mesh fencing are good enough.
We put in the poles first which took about an hour. Spacing them roughly 6 feet apart with extras in places where there was a dip or hill, we just covered the entire length of yard we had cleared with 30.
Then we hooked the mesh along the top hooks of the poles.
Then we folded the bottom of the mesh on the ground inward with a few inches laying on the ground. This is to help keep the boys from digging underneath.
The idea with hanging the mesh all along the top first is that we could get it tight and adjusted properly on each pole, then go back and clip it in to the rest of the tabs on each one, making adjustments at the pole anywhere along the way.
It took about 2 hours to hang the mesh fencing along the tops of the u-poles, but after that we were able to let the boys out. They immediately went crazy with excitement. They probably ran a few miles worth of loops before slowing down to really inspect their new yard. Luckily, nobody found any weak or low points in the fence. But they didn’t even really seem that concerned with the fence. I think they were happy enough with all the new space. They can finally get their paws in some dirt and wrestle and run and do the things dogs are meant to do outside.
They are happier and we are happy that they are happy. It cost less than $250 and took only a few hours to set up. It’s only temporary, as long as Harvey isn’t jumping it. So far, so good.