How to Build a Dog Fence

What You'll Need
Pressure treated 2X4 lumber
Fence posts
Galvanized screws
Tape measure
Post digger
Wooden stakes

Building a dog fence allows you to have a space for your four-legged friend to go to in the morning when they need to take care of business without you having to leave the warmth or comfort of your own bed. There are several steps involved in building a dog fence but this is a good weekend project for the average do-it-yourselfer. You will need to acquire certain materials in order to build the dog fence and possess certain tools but only basic skills are required to complete the fence.

Step 1: Purchase Materials

At your local home improvement center or hardware store, purchase the wood, galvanized screws and cement needed for the project. If you are in need of a good drill and tape measure, you should purchase them as well while at the store. The wood should be pressure treated wood for outdoor use. This will ensure that your dog fence will stand up to the different weather conditions such as rain, ice or snow.

Step 2: Measure the Area for Your Dog Fence

Use the tape measure to determine the dimensions of your dog fence. Use wood stakes to mark off these dimensions in order to have a nice visual as to how long and wide the dog fence will be.

Step 3: Dig Post Holes

At the ends of the fence, use the post digger to dig holes deep enough to put the fence posts in. The posts should be spaced in accordance with the length of the 2X4 wood that will be used to join them. Use the cement to fill the holes, adding water to set the posts in place. The cement will need 12 to 16 hours to dry before you can proceed with the next step.

Step 4: Build the Fences

After the cement has hardened, take the 2X4 wood and fasten it in between the fence posts. This will be done at the top, middle and bottom of the fence posts. Use the drill to set holes in the fence posts and use the outdoor screws to attach the 2X4 wood.

Step 5: Attach the Pickets to the Dog Fence

Once the 2X4 wood has been attached to the fence posts, attach the pickets to the 2X4 wood. Use the drill again to make hole in each of the 2X4s, in the top, middle and bottom sections for each picket that you attach. The pickets should be spaced about 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches apart. This should provide an element of privacy for your yard and also prevent your dog from getting out of the yard.