One of the big challenges of owning a pet is keeping it on your property. This is true for many animals, but is extremely important for dogs. Not only is a roaming dog in danger, but there is always the potential that you could incur serious legal liabilities if it causes harm or property damage. Even while your pet is on your property, you may still want to keep it from entering certain areas; your dog may have a tendency to dig in your flowerbed, for example. One important area that you may want to keep your pet from entering is your pool area as even good swimmers may panic if they fall into the water. A DIY pet fence is a good solution to this problem. There are a few factors you may want to keep in mind when choosing one.
Durability of the Materials
Dogs can display a high degree of tenacity when faced with an obstacle. Any fence that you install should be able to withstand the inevitable clawing your dog will inflict on it. Mesh fencing is often used due to it being lightweight and durable, which is also why it is popular for use as temporary pool fencing. Mesh fencing material that is not designed specifically to stand up to an animal’s claws is likely to tear quickly when faced with a determined dog; therefore, you will need to ensure that the materials are tough enough to handle even the roughest treatment.
Durability of the Structure
This is important, especially when dealing with larger dogs. Remember, a larger dog will have considerably more weight to push against a fence if they decide that they want to be on the other side. The structure that holds the fence up must be able to withstand this kind of pressure. A DIY pet fence system that is made with marine aluminum and stainless steel should be rugged enough to stand up to the rough treatment your dog will throw at it.
This is important if you do not want to permanently enclose or obstruct areas on your property. You can choose a pet fence that is temporary and removable. In this case, you will want to look at how easy it is to set up as well as the level of difficulty involved in dismantling and moving it.
Every pool owner should have a pool cover to keep your water clean during the winter. Not all pool covers are the same, and there are several designed to be strong enough to withhold the strength of a dog or child. If your dog is particularly adventurous, having both a fence and cover will prevent dogs from falling into water and drowning. Covers must be secured tightly and correctly to keep pets safe.
Most pool covers are designed to protect your pool from litter and debris that may blow into the water and contaminate it. When your pool is covered for extended periods, such as in the winter time, rain water can accumulate and make the pool cover sag. Animals and children can drown in this water, and the cover can tear and prevent them from being rescued. Make sure your cover is quite sturdy and secured correctly.
With these two features in place, your pool will remain safe. But no amount of safety precautions are as important as keeping an eye on your pets to ensure their safety.