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05-12-2014 09:59 AM
Originally Posted by middleofnowhere View Post
I wouldn't do it. I'd do regular chain link. That's what I used in Arkansas coupled with privacy fencing. I did not leave my dogs out when I was not home if that matters.
This is exactly my set up and I live in Arkansas... ....with the exception of a large secured penned area within the fenced yard when we are not home. All fencing is 6ft.
05-12-2014 12:09 AM
selzer This is what I did for tension, 2x4's top and bottom, etc.:

If you are in a place where snow is likely, you don't want those gates all the way down to the ground. The doc-bob kennel gates are better, and I am slowly replacing mine with those.

This picture isn't the greatest. But it shows the cheap privacy fencing I use for part of the yard. This would never hold in a GSD, but I only let them in the yard when I am right there, and they never molest my fences when their Susie is there as she is more interesting than a fence. The rest of the fencing in the back yard is just horse fence that comes in rolls and is square, about 11 or 13 gage, and 5' height, hung on T-posts. It is a physical barrier, that and the dogs keep the wildlife out, and it keeps mine in when I am out there with them. When I am not home, they are all securely kenneled within that back yard, and the secondary fencing provides and extra layer of protection, as no one can tease my dogs through my fence, they would have to actually go in there to tease the dogs.

05-11-2014 09:53 AM
jafo220 Yes, the tension wire along the bottom is a must for any form of chain link fencing. I found out when I built my own kennel out of it. Molly my female GSD actually pulled the bottom of the fence up so she would fit under it and ruined a section. The tension wire would help but nothing is 100%. These dogs are strong and smart. Remember that when installing. My next fence will be chain link instead of privacy pickets. Just like the chain better.

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05-11-2014 09:36 AM
HOBY [QUOTE=wolfy dog;5501833]Very good point. How do you deal with the pee and poo?

My deck is on 2 levels with 3 gates. 2 gates exit out to my property. Overall deck dimension is about 60' X 17'. One gate at each end of the deck. I have a middle gate between the upper and lower deck which is at ground level. The lower deck is smaller than the upper deck. Upper deck has a sliding glass door. My lower deck is abutted to a back door and is about 50% exposed ground. The middle gate stayed closed till my pup learned to take care of business on the ground. He learned fast. His reward was a treat and an open middle gate. Everyday he always does his business in the woods in a designated area. On the days I can't take him with me it works out great. If he was a dive bomber he would have sunk the fleet a long time ago.
05-10-2014 11:28 PM
SunCzarina The top rail is barbs up. It's not legal here to install it unless the tops are rolled - like Liesje's picture shows.

Tension wire at the bottom.

And definitively make sure it's galvanized. I'm spending $1300 this month on replacing my neighbors rusty barbs up fence that runs between our property. It's just too dangerous - and it looks horrible.
05-10-2014 11:25 PM
wolfy dog
Originally Posted by HOBY View Post
The best thing I ever did was to enclose my deck which runs the length of my home. Not one of my dogs ever tried to escape from my deck including my diggers and climbers. The closer they are to you the more content they are.
Very good point. How do you deal with the pee and poo?
05-10-2014 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by selzer View Post
Mine can demolish 13 gage chain link that dog pens are often made of. The 9 gage chain link has held up with no problems.
Agree. The old chain link section we had was a DIY installation, like what you buy from Lowe's. Coke could go over, under, or just peel it apart and go through in 30 seconds. Since we replaced it (see above), he has never got out, doesn't even try.
05-10-2014 10:41 PM
Originally Posted by Patrolman424 View Post
I am installing a six foot tall chain link fence in my backyard for my large German Shepherds. I have an installer that is going to give me a good deal on some industrial strength fence with twisted top and bottom. It is much thicker and sturdier that regular chain link. I was thinking that the twisted end on the bottom would prevent the dogs from trying to get under the fence to escape. I would also have it installed so the bottom is basically touching the ground, which would help it not move. Has anyone ever had a twisted bottom chain link fence for their dogs and how did it work for you? My only concern would be the dog getting his foot cut on the bottom if he was trying to dig out. I guess he would probably only try it once though. Any thoughts?
I had a pro do my chain link section and driveway gate. We already had 6' wood fence but I wanted the fence to extend in front of the side door so I can let my dogs in/out. He used the strongest gauge he had and installed a top *and* bottom rail. The bottom rails prevent my dogs from digging out (which Coke used to do on a regular basis). He also used rails and poles that are thicker than normal. The outside diameter is the same, but being that the rails and poles are hollow, the ones on my fence have less hollow space thus are thicker/stronger, if that makes sense. Whatever we got is not sharp on the top. It sticks up a little as you can see, but doesn't look sharp like in your picture. I could climb/slide over it if I ever locked myself out of my yard.

We dug alongside the driveway so he could install the bottom rail as low as possible, below the normal level of the grass (to help prevent the digging). It is being filled in soon with 1"-3" river rock.
05-10-2014 10:18 PM
selzer Mine can demolish 13 gage chain link that dog pens are often made of. The 9 gage chain link has held up with no problems.
05-10-2014 07:57 AM
NancyJ Grim was always a very compliant soul........But I let a friend watch him for me while I was gone and Cyra was with him. The owner put Grim in the 6' high chain link dog pen first then went back to her truck to get Crya. By the time she got to her truck Grim has destroyed her pen, jumped two four foot fences and was at the truck next to Cyra's crate. Chain link. He simply demolished it. Blew me away. He never jumped a fence in my yard, never tried to get out. Once he was with Cyra he was cool for the rest of the week.
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