How to Create a Simple Backyard Space for a Little Dog - under $100

Daisy gets so much more exercise now that we're in the country. She gets a nice long walk every evening after supper (and multiple walks on the weekend), with lots of sniffing and investigating on our property. While I diligently keep her on a long retractable leash so that she has lots of room to walk and jog around me, we still missed having an enclosed space for her to roam freely off leash. So, hubby is amazing as usual and put together a great fenced space for under $100...and it only took him about an hour. In the future we can make the space bigger and prettier, but it's a great start!

The materials used are:

- Chicken wire
- 5 posts that the chicken wire attaches to
- 2 pieces of wood
- a few screws. 

You can get different heights for the chicken wire, and this one is 3 feet high. We got 3 rolls that are each 25 feet long (to create 3 walls) and used the sunroom as the 4th wall. After putting the posts in the ground, he attached the wire to them.

The stakes are made to go with the chicken wire.

The stakes are made to go with the chicken wire.

He then attached wood to the sunroom to create the 4th wall and secure the fencing. This isn't permanent, but it works great for now. One nice thing with a not-so-perfect house, is not fretting about things not looking perfect!

He then put stakes along the bottom of the fence to secure it to the ground. Where there's cement, I found some bigger heavy rocks to keep it snug to the ground. She'll still remain supervised in there, but it made me feel better having something there... you can never be too careful!

Heavier rocks on the cement, and stakes in the grass. She's still supervised at all times, but so far she's not interested in being near the perimeter of the fence.

Heavier rocks on the cement, and stakes in the grass. She's still supervised at all times, but so far she's not interested in being near the perimeter of the fence.

My favourite part is that I can just open the back door and let her out right through the sun room.

So there you have it! We love it and she loves it! Great for bathroom breaks, playing some fetch, and she can have some zoomies too!

...how I love this little dog...!!