Our new dog, Buddy, is a jumper. It's like he has "slinky" legs and can jump high in the air and on a couple of occasions he has almost jumped over our picket fence. It is only a matter of time before it happens so we have been pondering what to do.
We have come up with a solution to two problems. I have always wanted to do some really nice flower gardening but since we have owned a dog, it has been pretty much impossible to do so in our backyard. Our solution is to build a second fence about 3 to 3 1/2 feet in from the original picket fence that surrounds our backyard. In this way Buddy will not be able to jump over two fences and I will be able to garden inbetween the two fences. I know it sounds really weird, but I am excited about it. It means that I can now grow vining plants that drape over the outer fence, that these flowers and bushes will not get trampled on by the dogs and there will finally be colorful flowers in our backyard!
I took these pictures in the fall of 2010 when I was painting the fence. These are the two sides that will have the double fence so I can garden.
We are not going to surround the entire back yard with this "interior" fence but will just do this along the side of the driveway and the side that faces the sidewalk. We also have plans to fence off two other sections of the yard so that I can grow some other plants and things that I have not been able to grow. The end result will be that the yard will be plenty big for both dogs to run and play, they won't be able to run the picket fence that is so close to the sidewalk and we won't have to worry about Buddy jumping the fence.
We will be building the fence ourself and I have priced the pickets @ $1.69 each. I anticipate that this project will cost in the neighborhood of around $300 to $350. It will be so worth it to finally have the colorful yard that I have always wanted to have along with being able to corral the dogs.