When I first bought this house, there was no fence in our back yard. I had two small dogs at the time, and this was my first house, and I was not going to have my dogs on a chain outside. I wanted them to be able to roam free. This was their home too, after all!
I contacted some fencing companies and was astounded at the prices I was quoted to fence in my back yard, which isn’t all that big. I was quoted $4,000 and up. My boss at the time told me she fenced in her yard with chicken-wire type fencing and posts. I looked into that, but (1) I didn’t like the looks of it, and (2) I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to make it sturdy enough to keep the dogs from getting out.
I was looking online at Lowe’s and was checking out their kennels. I read that you could connect two of them together, to make one really large kennel. Hmm. I still didn’t like the idea of locking them in a kennel. I was having doggie doors installed in the house and wanted them to be able to run in and out when they wanted (during the day only, of course).
So I went to Lowes and checked out their kennels in person. When I was standing there looking at them, I had an epiphany. How about getting them to go around the whole back yard? While I was there, I noticed there were a few that had bent tops or bottoms and asked for a manager. I told him how many I wanted and asked if I could get a discount on the ones with bent tops or bottoms, and he was happy to give me a discount on them. I ended up having them delivered to my home.
I was able to put these up myself, because they are free standing. They were very easy to put up, and I can even move them around if I wanted to, but I haven’t moved them in over 8 years. My dad did come over and put in some stakes only because my back yard is on a slight incline, and it kept the fence from wobbling. But I did “fence in” my entire back yard with kennel pannels. They are 6′ high, so my dogs would never be able to jump over them. 2 of the panels have gates/doors in them, too. So I have one door on each side of the yard. And they actually don’t look bad, either. In all, I think I spent around $1500 to fence in my entire back yard. And the best part? If I ever want to sell my house, I can take them down and move them with me to the next house if I so choose! If I was to have the fence professionally installed, living here in NY, I would have needed permits, inspections, and all that other happy crap. Since these are free standing, no permits and no inspections are needed! Take that, NY! 😀
$1500 using kennel panels for a fencing ~vs~ $4,000 or more for professional 4′ fencing. I’ll take the kennels anyday!
And I have to add, that we now have 5 dogs. They are able to come and go through their doggie doors to the outside and play and come in any time they like. And I have peace of mind, knowing they are secure in our back yard!
NOTE: Keep in mind that you do not need to fence in your entire yard like I did. You can use kennel panels to fence in whatever area you want to be fenced in. My panels go right up to the house on both sides.