Adding A Siberian Husky To Your Family? What Are Your Best Fencing Options?
If you've recently made the decision to adopt your family's first Siberian Husky puppy, you may already be researching the care and containment requirements for this unique and popular breed. Huskies are high-energy, hardworking dogs that can keep you on your toes and provide the emotional fulfillment of unconditional love. However, due to their incredible strength, constantly-working brain, and superior jumping and climbing abilities, containing Huskies within a fenced yard can pose a particular dilemma for owners who wish for their pet to spend most of his or her time outdoors. Read on to learn more about the best fencing options for your new Siberian Husky.
What aspects of a Husky's size and personality can make containment a challenge?
The hallmarks of the Siberian Husky breed include a friendly and mischievous nature, incredible physical endurance that can allow them to pull a loaded sled for hundreds of miles, and high intelligence. These combined physiological and personality factors often mean that the key to keeping your Husky contained -- and happy -- is to ensure you've provided enough toys and activities to ensure both physical and mental stimulation for your pup. A happily exhausted and intellectually challenged Husky is much less likely to attempt a fence break than a bored dog who isn't getting enough exercise.
To make sure your Husky has enough physical and mental exercise during the times you're not at home, you may want to purchase a few puzzle toys (such as those that require the dog to extract treats from a rubberized ball) or even install a homemade agility course using hula hoops, expandable tunnels, ramps, and other components designed to keep your dog moving. Be sure to run your Husky through this agility course a few times each day so that he or she is more likely to utilize it in the absence of a human trainer.
What are the best fencing materials and designs for your Husky?
Even a physically and mentally stimulated Husky will need a tall and sturdy fence to prevent escape. Huskies are notoriously powerful diggers, with paws designed to effortlessly scoop snow and debris out of the way, and are also capable of jumping incredible heights. As a result, you'll need a fence that extends underground enough to keep your Husky from easily tunneling beneath it, as well as one that is high enough to avoid being cleared in a single jump and can't be unlatched or even knocked down by this intelligent breed.
In general, your best option will be a solid privacy-style fence built with wood or composite lumber. Your fence should extend at least 6 feet high and perhaps even higher if your dog's parents were both on the large side. It's best to have any support beams installed on the outside of your wooden fence, as your Husky may take advantage of any protruding beams to gain a foothold, helping him or her self-propel over the remaining fence height.
In addition to this sturdy above-ground fence, you'll also want to install some chicken wire or chain link fence extending from the wooden fence's base to several feet underground. This should prevent your Husky from tunneling beneath your fence and can allow you to quickly fill in any holes he or she may create.
Chain-link fences aren't a good choice for this dog breed, as they tend to be flimsier than wooden fences and may even be partially knocked down by a determined Husky bent on escape. For many of the same reasons, you'll want to avoid PVC or stockade-style fences that aren't firmly mounted in the ground. Click here to learn more about fencing.