5 Tips for Dogowners Choosing a Wrought Iron Fence

Posted on: 3 January 2017

Wrought iron fences can be beautiful, but if you want to use one of these fences to keep your dog inside your yard, you need to choose the design carefully. There are several elements to keep in mind. Take a look at these ideas:

1. Get a higher fence for jumping dogs.

If your dog jumps, he needs a high fence to keep him in. Small terriers or miniature dogs that don't jump much are likely to be fine with a short knee or waist-high wrought iron fence, but larger dogs with natural jumping abilities need a higher fence. As long as your fence is at least 68 inches high, no dogs will be able to jump over it and escape.

However, in addition to thinking about height, you also have to think about safety. In particular, you don't want sharp spires or points on your fence. Dogs can get stabbed by these points if they try to jump the fence and don't make it. Instead, opt for a flat border around the top of your wrought iron fence.

2. Prevent tunneling with bricks.

Some dogs tend to prefer digging to jumping, and if that's the type of escape artist your dog is, it's time to prevent your dog from reaching the ground. To thwart your dog's escape stylishly, consider framing the base of your wrought iron fence with a brick wall. Ideally, the mortar should extend slightly into the ground so that your dog doesn't attempt to dig through.

You can do a knee-height brick wall with wrought iron fencing built on top of it, or you can opt for a more subtle effect with a row of bricks that sits along the ground at the base of your fence.

3. Create privacy with wood.

Just as you can add brick accents to an iron fence, you can also add wood accents. A fence installer can add wood panels to your existing wrought iron fence, or you can design wood elements in your new fence. This lends more privacy to your yard, and it's particularly useful for dogs who tend to get overly excited by other dogs or people passing by.

4. Shrink openings for small dogs.

If you have a small dog, you have to think about the openings in the fence. In most cases, builders cannot leave gaps larger than 10 inches in diameter on anything that they build. This safety measure makes it impossible for children and babies to fall through railings or get their heads stuck in one of these openings. However, small dogs need even smaller openings.

For example, a full grown chihuahua stands between 6 and 10 inches tall and weighs between four and six pounds. That's smaller than the average newborn human baby, and to ensure your little dog doesn't slip out of the fence, you may want to have the designer make the openings smaller. You can achieve this by adding metal work or putting in extra balustrades. Alternatively, if you are just trying to prevent a puppy from escaping, you may want to add a tight metal grate to the base of your fence, until the dog gets bigger.

5. Opt for damage-resistant coating.

Also, keep your dog in mind when choosing the coating for your ornamental iron fence. If your dog is prone to chewing or scratching on the fence, you want the most wear resistant coating you can find. That keeps your fence looking good, and it also means you don't have to worry about coating flaking into your dog's mouth.

To learn more about your options, contact local fence contractors.