What is the best fence for my dog?

Since “a tired dog is a happy dog” a key factor to your dog’s mental and physical health is exercise. The best fence for your dog would be an actual physical fence that is strong and secure. A physical fence is an actual fence that is installed in the ground securely. There are many factors in determining the best material by which to construct your fence.
At Pro Max Fence Systems, we like to help our customers by assessing their needs and in the case of a dog fence there are several things to consider.

  • What is your breed and what traits do they possess? Dog breeds are developed out of need whether a working dog, guard dog or a dog that’s just plain cute you should pay attention as that will help you know what to expect from your dog’s activity level and drive.
  • How large is your dog or how large could your new puppy grow?
  • Do you intend to let your dog off leash for play and exercise in the fenced yard?
  • Is your dog a rescue? If so, why was the dog surrendered? Two of the top 10 reasons that digs are surrendered to shelters are 1. Inadequate facilities and 2. Having no time for pet according to a recent study National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP). These both lend to physical exercise and enrichment.


  • If you have a large dog like a German Shepherd, you will need a strong and high fence. We may recommend a chain link, vinyl, or wood fence at 6’ in height.
  • If you have a medium size dog, like a terrier, you may not need a fence that is not quite as tall. An aluminum ornamental, split rail or picket fence (vinyl or wood) may do the trick.
  • Small and miniature dogs would need a fence that has smaller openings between pickets or links. However, age and activity level could mean something altogether different. In this case you may be looking for something more decorative vs strong and lower in height.
  • Budget is also a factor. We can work with you to determine the best solutions for your situation and luckily, we have sales consultants that can help you evaluate your needs.
  • Behavior is a HUGE factor. There are fences for dogs that jump, dogs that climb, dogs that dig, dogs that are excitable and dogs that capitalize on their size.


Existing fence that is not working for your dog?

We may be able to help there too. Oftentimes we purchase a house that has an existing fence and it is less than secure. Or perhaps you once had a smaller dog and now you’ve decided to “go BIG” with a larger dog. Maybe your new neighbor has a dog that doesn’t exactly get along with your dog. So, now what?
Please see our blog article about modifying existing fences.

Invisible or Electric Fences

While we do not offer invisible or electric fences, you may have an interest in this type of fence. If you are unsure if your dog is a good candidate for an invisible fence you may find an article excerpt by Pat Miller, Professional Dog Trainer helpful.

No Fence at All

We’re all guilty of taking Rover off leash probably at least once because “he’s never run before” but the reality is that action can turn to tragedy very quickly. I volunteer with a local rescue, even worked there for a time, and the organization strongly recommends a physical fence.
No fence at all (or an electronic containment system) does little to safeguard your dog for reasons as obvious as running away and perhaps not so obvious as no protection against animals or people coming into your yard.
In conclusion, a fence is a great way to protect your family, pets and property. It should be installed by a professional offering a labor warranty and a material warranty as applicable for your protection. Pro Max Fence Systems can help you decide on the best way to do that.