If you want to build a dog kennel or enclosed play area, cyclone fencing can be a great option. However, to make the most of your kennel, there are a few tips you should keep in mind. Here's what to consider as you plan, install and maintain your dog kennel.
It can be tempting to install cyclone fencing on your own. It looks relatively easy — you simply pop the posts into the ground, and unroll the cyclone fencing so that it stretches between the posts. However, if you don't have a lot of experience with fencing, this can be hard to get correct.
You may want to hire a professional to ensure that the fence is installed correctly around your dog kennel. In particular, these professionals have the tools to pull the cyclone fencing tautly so it doesn't sag and allow your dog to escape.
Underground and Overhead Protection
If your dog is a bit of an escape artist, you should keep that in mind as you design your kennel. To discourage your dog from digging out underneath the fence, ask the installer to bury a few centimetres of the fence beneath the ground. In most cases, when the dog starts digging next to the fence, they will feel the metal, and they will be put off from the task. Most dogs won't try to keep digging to find the bottom of the fencing.
Similarly, if your dog can jump really high, you may want to add a cover to the kennel. This is not possible if you are putting cyclone fencing around your entire yard, but it can work fine to make a completely enclosed kennel in a relatively small space.
If your dog is easily distracted or bothered by other dogs or people passing by, you may want to add privacy strips to your cyclone fencing. You can add these when you install the fence, or you can wait and add them if needed at a later date. To install them, you simple weave these weather-resistant vinyl strips through the holes in the cyclone fencing.
Finally, once the dog kennel is completed, you should make sure to repair it if anything happens to it. In most cases, cyclone fencing is maintenance free, and repairs aren't usually needed that often. However, if someone cuts a hole in the fence, if it's damaged in a wind storm or if anything else happens to it, you should repair it as soon as possible. That prevents the damage from getting worse.