How to Build a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Dog Fence!
And It's Movable and Reusable, Too!
We've been on what we call our "Adventure Experiment" for the past two years, finding great places to live where we can experience new adventures in our life!
Not too long ago, we moved to a cabin in the mountains of North Georgia. It's doggie heaven here with lots of great hiking opportunities and is still close to dog agility competition on the weekends!
Being the herding breed I am, I need lots of exercise! And we also like to practice dog agility in the open area around our cabin, safely and securely. So Mum decided to build us a great inexpensive dog fence for Gracie and I to get our zoomies on, practice our favorite pastimes, and wrestle to our hearts' content, all while keeping safe and secure.
Since we are renting during our adventure experiment, Mum wanted a fence that was easy, quick, inexpensive, movable, and reusable. So she researched and researched, and came up with a pawsome solution. We had this same fence up at our last cabin. All we did was take down the netting, pull up the stakes and move it to our next cabin to put right back up. Easy!
Read on to learn how we built our reusable dog fence!
Our dog fence is nearly 200 feet long and wraps almost completely around our cabin. That's me and Gracie checking out the netting. You can barely see as it blends into the natural landscape very well, don't you think?
Here's a list of all the supplies Mum purchased for our fence and their approximate costs. The total cost was under $300.00, and the nice part was that when we moved to our new cabin and set the fence up for a second time, it didn't cost us a thing!:
- Studded T-Post, 5 ft., 1.25 lb. per foot: Tractor Supply Co.
Approximate Cost: $150
Mum wanted our fence to be easily removed since we're renting our cool cabin during our adventure experiment , so she purchased metal t-posts that she could pound into the ground herself. She bought 40 of them for our 200-foot-long fence.
- Speeco Farmex S16110100-PP161101 Post Driver: Home Improvement
Approximate Cost: $30
To pound the stakes into the ground, Mum purchased a post driver. It's a heavy driver, so when you place it over the top of the t-posts, the weight of the driver helps pound them in easily.
Approximate Cost: $60 Tenax Fence, 4 by 50-Feet, Black Outdoor Fence: Patio, Lawn & Garden
Since the terrain around our cabin is very uneven, Mum wanted a fencing material that would be very flexible. So she tested different types of fencing and settled on garden/deer netting. It's super strong and even our dog nails won't rip it.
- Plastic Cable Zip Ties 100-Pack (Black): Home Improvement
Approximate Cost: $10
To secure the netting to the t-posts, Mum purchased several packages of cable ties.
- Dalen GS20C Garden Clip Strip Staple
Approximate Cost: $20
To prevent Gracie and me from digging our way out underneath the perimeter, Mum purchased landscaping anchor pins to secure the fencing into the ground.
Here is a step-by-step guide outling how Mum built our uber cool dog fence! Click the photos to enlarge:
- Planning: The first step to any successful DIY project is planning. So Mum visually planned out where she would put the fence, then began laying out where she would place the stakes, positioning a stake every five feet along the new fence line.
- Raking: Since we live in the mountains, some areas of where we wanted our fence were densely covered with leaves and debris. Mum raked until all of the leaves, sticks, and smaller rocks were out of the fence area to keep down ticks, chiggers, and other little critters that may bug us.
- Staking: Once the area was free of debris, Mum started pounding in the t-posts with the post driver. Unless she came upon some very solid rock, she could secure one of those stakes in the ground with about five or six pounds, making sure that the butterfly stake portion of the t-post was completely underground to keep our toes safe.
- Netting: Once all the stakes were in, Mum began rolling out the netting and attaching it to the t-posts with the cable/zip ties. She first made sure that she left about 5-6 inches of netting lying on the ground toward the inside of the fence area, straightened the top of the netting and then secured the top cable/zip tie first.
- Anchoring: Once she had the top of the netting secured, she could easily straighten out the netting from the bottom of the fence line and anchor the netting into the ground with the anchor pins (about three pins spaced evenly between the five-foot area between the t-posts). Then, once the netting was taught and straight, she used the cable ties to secure the middle and bottom of the netting to the t-posts.
- Working it! Mum would move on to the next post and the next, securing the cable ties and anchor pins until the fence was complete.
Zip Ties - Top
Here's a close up of how the zip ties were used at the top of the fence.
Zip Ties - Bottom
Here's a close up of how the zip ties were used at the bottom of the fence.
Here's a close up of how the landscaping pins were used to secure the fence to the ground at the bottom.
Here's a close up of how we secured a fence gate utilizing a lighter weight fence post with a bungee cord to the tree.
An easy, inexpensive fence you can build in a day!
The End Result!
Here's what a portion of our fence looks like all completed! It ended up taking Mum about 10 hours total over three days to complete every step, from planning to raking (that took three hours), pounding the stakes, and securing the netting.
Have to say I'm pretty proud of my Mum! Thanks, Mum, for a pawsome fenced-in yard!