Temporary Fencing Options for Small Dogs
November 18, 2011 7:28 AM   Subscribe

We recently purchased a home with a large backyard and a pool. The yard is fenced. I need a temporary fence for my dogs until it warms up and we can fix any spots the littlest dog can slip through. What should I get for a temporary fence?

Our yard is fenced, but the pool is only within the fenced yard. It doesn't have it's own fence. I want to keep the dogs away from the pool in the winter as I am terrified they will walk on the cover and get trapped. I have a privacy fence around the entire yard but I have a 5 pound dog that is like a rat. He can squeeze through tiny spots. It's too cold to do a lot of work outside to shore up the fence. I would like to make the dogs an area where they can run a little but they would not be able to get near the pool. The fencing doesn't have to be tall - these are chihuahuas. What are some good options for temporary fencing for my dogs? It's only until it's warm enough to work outside.
posted by bodgy to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
Assuming you have grass surrounding the paved pool area, I'd look at t-posts and welded wire. Overlap seams in the fencing, then use wire twists to secure it. I use these materials to keep bunnies out of my vegetable garden, so they should keep a 5-pound dog out of your pool cover. Most farm and garden stores will have this stuff.
posted by workerant at 7:49 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

Workerant's idea is exactly what we did for our two small dogs before I built our fence. It worked out great!
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:30 AM on November 18, 2011

You might be able to get away with orange safety fencing like they use on construction sites for keeping out chihauhuas. The problem with this stuff is they can burrow under it pretty easy. Oh and you will need the t post with either the orange safety fence or the welded wire panels (also called hog panels btw). The orange stuff is cheaper and easier to dispose of when you are done if it will work.
posted by bartonlong at 3:33 PM on November 18, 2011

I'd use the plastic fencing (also comes in green and black) and staple the bottom of the fencing to a 2x4 before attaching it to the t-posts. Way cheaper than metal fencing.
posted by Mitheral at 8:48 AM on November 19, 2011

Oh and by staple I mean fencing staples not staple gun staples.
posted by Mitheral at 8:50 AM on November 19, 2011

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