7 Simple Steps to Use Chicken Wire for Building A Dog Fence

Are you tired of your dog constantly slipping away from your yard and running off to bug the neighbors or get in trouble? Traditional fences aren’t always up to the task of keeping a determined dog at home.

A chicken wire fence can be the perfect solution to this problem, so keep reading to learn all about creating a chicken wire fence for your dog!

7 Steps to Use Chicken Wire to Build a Dog Fence

Youtuber Timothy DC shows how to build a dog fence out of wire in just a few easy steps. Here’s a quick overview of the standard method for making a dog fence with some chicken wire and lumber.

  1. Plan your fence. Decide where you want the fence to go, measuring the desired length and marking the ground with a line or small stakes to keep it straight.
  2. Cut your posts and boards. Cut four by four posts to the desired height. Remember to add at least two feet to the posts to take into account how deep you will be burying them. Cut either two by four or one by four boards to lengths that will fit between each post.
  3. Dig your fence post holes. Use a post hole digger or shovel to dig holes.
  4. Install your fence posts. Put the posts into the holes and fill in around the post with dirt or concrete. (Concrete will make your fence sturdier).
  5. Attach your wire. Unroll the wire and stretch it along the exterior of the fence posts. Attach it to the top, bottom, and middle of the post with either wood staples or nails partially placed in the wood and then hammered horizontally to bend over the wire.
  6. Add top and bottom boards. Place boards over the chicken wire and nail or screw into place horizontally along each fence width.
  7. Hang your gate. If desired, attach a fence gate in the preplanned space to let your dogs in and out.

Items You’ll Need

Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to properly build a fence for your dog. You can find everything you need at your basic home improvement store.

  • Rolls of heavy duty chicken wire
  • 4 x 4 fence posts
  • 2 x 4 or 1 x 4 boards
  • Nails or wood staples
  • Nails or screws
  • Post hole digger or auger
  • A hammer or electric screwdriver
  • Saw (optional)
  • Quickset concrete (optional)
  • Premade gate (optional)

Plan your fence before buying your items, so you know exactly how much you need. Generally, fence posts should be spaced between six to eight feet apart, so consider the length of your desired fence to pick up the right amount of posts.

This DIY project is very customizable, so you can choose between options like screwing or nailing in your boards. If desired, you can buy precut lumber and skip sawing it yourself.


Still have questions about how a chicken wire fence works? Here’s some answers to common questions people have about using chicken wire to keep their dog in the yard.

Can you use chicken wire for a dog fence?

Chicken wire can be a great option for a DIY dog fence. It is easy to work with, and the holes are small enough that your dog cannot slip through them.

However, it is important to remember that your chicken wire fence will only be as strong as your supports. You need to attach it to poles strong enough to support your dog’s weight if it tries to push its way through.

Can dogs climb chicken wire?

Animal behaviorists from the Dumb Friends League explain that climbing is a major concern because most dogs climb out of yards instead of jumping out. Whether or not your dog can climb chicken wire will depend on the size of holes in your wire and the size of your dog’s feet.

It is rare for dogs to be able to climb chicken wire unless the gaps are big enough for them to slip their feet into. Most chicken wire fences have small enough holes that dogs cannot get a purchase to scramble up the side like they could with chain link fence.

However, keep in mind that no fence is 100 percent dogproof! If you have a particularly smart and strong dog that is determined to get out, even chicken wire might not hold them in.

Does chicken wire stop dogs from digging?

Yes, chicken wire can be a great way to keep your dog from digging.

In fact, it is so effective that the Humane Society recommends it as one of their methods for stopping pets from digging.

It is easy to alter any existing fence to keep dogs from digging. You can attach the wire about six inches up the fence and either bury it or bend it into an L shape attached to the grass.

Just make sure you roll the edges downwards and away from the yard, so your dog does not get cut if they do try to dig.

Can deer fencing be used for dogs?

Deer fences can be fairly similar to chicken wire, since both materials can be installed in the same way and both have small gaps.

However, deer fence is made to stand up to deer and other herbivores, so it is not always durable enough to survive the hard teeth and claws of a carnivorous animal.

As the American Kennel Club explains, dogs can easily chew through plastic, and it can be quite damaging for their digestive system. Therefore you need to avoid using plastic mesh style deer fencing.

Unless you get wire or steel deer fence, your dog may be able to easily break through any structure you erect.

Chicken Wire for Dog Fence