When I first bought this house, there was no fence in our back yard.Â 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.Â 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 isnâ€™t all that big.Â I was quoted $4,000 and up.Â My boss at the time told me she fenced in her yard with chicken-wire type fencing and posts.Â I looked into that, but (1) I didnâ€™t like the looks of it, and (2) I was afraid I wouldnâ€™t be able to make it sturdy enough to keep the dogs from getting out.
I was looking online at Loweâ€™s and was checking out their kennels.Â I read that you could connect two of them together, to make one really large kennel.Â Hmm.Â I still didnâ€™t like the idea of locking them in a kennel.Â 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. :)Â How about getting them to go around the whole back yard?Â While I was there, I noticed there were a few that had bent tops or bottoms and asked for a manager.Â 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.Â Â I ended up having them delivered to my home.
I was able to put these up myself, because they are free standing.Â They were very easy to put up, and I can even move them around if I wanted to, but I havenâ€™t moved them in over 8 years.Â 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.Â But I did â€œfence inâ€ my entire back yard with kennel pannels.Â They are 6â€² high, so my dogs would never be able to jump over them.Â 2 of the panels have gates/doors in them, too.Â So I have one door on each side of the yard. Â And they actually donâ€™t look bad, either.Â In all, I think I spent around $1500 to fence in my entire back yard.Â And the best part?Â 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!Â 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.Â Since these are free standing, no permits and no inspections are needed!Â Take that, NY!Â
$1500 using kennel panels for a fencingÂ ~vs~Â $4,000 or more for professional 4â€² fencing.Â Iâ€™ll take the kennels anyday!
And I have to add, that we now have 5 dogs.Â They are able to come and go through their doggie doors to the outside and play and come in any time they like.Â And I have peace of mind, knowing they are secure in our back yard!
NOTE:Â Keep in mind that you do not need to fence in your entire yard like I did.Â You can use kennel panels to fence in whatever area you want to be fenced in.Â Â My panels go right up to the house on both sides.