This is a question we are asked almost every day. For most breeds we recommend a 5 foot tall fence and a minimum of 200 linear feet of fencing. While we offer kits as small as 100 linear feet, these were designed primarily to be used as expansion kits for existing customers and for smaller dogs (like a shih tzu). 

A small 100 foot dog fence kit does not provide enough area for most dogs to run and play, and therefore your dog will constantly try to dig, climb and chew his or her way out of the small enclosure.

How much space does a dog need?

The space a dog needs depends on its size, breed, energy level, and individual temperament. Generally:

  1. Small breeds like Chihuahuas or Dachshunds can thrive in smaller spaces like apartments, as long as they get regular exercise outside.
  2. Medium breeds like Beagles or Bulldogs require more space and benefit from having access to a yard or frequent walks.
  3. Large breeds like German Shepherds or Labradors need ample space to move and play, ideally with access to a large yard.

Regardless of size, all dogs need daily exercise, mental stimulation, and a safe, comfortable area to rest. Regular walks, playtime, and interaction are crucial for their well-being, even if living in a spacious environment.

How much space does a dog need indoor?

The space required for a dog to live comfortably indoors varies based on its breed, size, and activity level. Generally, a dog’s indoor environment should provide:

  • Sufficient room in its sleeping area to stand, turn around, and recline with ease.
  • A specific sleeping spot that is distinct from areas used for living and eating.
  • Continuous availability of fresh water and food.
  • Opportunities for play and exercise within the living space, or access to an outdoor area for physical activities.

How much space does a dog need outdoor?

The outdoor space a dog needs varies depending on its breed, size, and energy level. Generally:

  1. Small breeds: They can do well with smaller yards or even balcony spaces for quick outdoor breaks, as long as they get regular walks and exercise.
  2. Medium breeds: These dogs benefit from a moderately-sized yard where they can run and play. Regular walks and play sessions in larger open spaces are also beneficial.
  3. Large and high-energy breeds: They need more space to roam and exercise. A large, securely fenced yard where they can run freely is ideal. These breeds often require more vigorous exercise and space to satisfy their physical and mental stimulation needs.

A 200 foot kit gives your dog 4x more room as a 100 foot kit.

This concept is difficult to understand, but here is a diagram to help you visualize the exponential difference in space you can give your dog when you purchase 200 linear feet instead of a 100 linear foot kit.

As you can see with the diagram, you can give your dog up to 2,500 square feet of play area vs. 625 square feet when you purchase a 200 linear foot kit. While you might think you are only doubling the amount of space by increasing your kit to 200 linear feet, you are in fact quadrupling the size of your play area.


Why do dogs try to escape in the first place?

Dogs don’t like being restricted – whether it’s a physical or invisible barrier, so we’ve designed our kit to prevent your dog from climbing, digging and chewing their way out of their Pet Playgrounds dog fence. However, no enclosure is 100% dog proof, and if any manufacturer tells you their product is – they are lying. We have succeeded in the dog fencing industry for 10 years, by being honest, 100% transparent with our pricing, and by providing small, medium and large dog parents the most affordable and REAL physical dog fencing system in the world.

Boredom is a major reason. Your dog’s breed or individual behavior may require a lot of exercise. Walking your dog twice a day or even going to the dog park once a week is not enough activity for many breeds. Dogs need to be off-leash to run and play naturally. While our 100 foot kit will most likely prevent your dog from escaping, your dog won’t be very happy. If you own a large breeding, working, or herding dog they require much more space than a 100 foot kit can provide.

We understand that not everyone has a spacious yard or the ability to provide a large dog with ample exercise, but choosing enough space is important to keep your dog safe, secure and happy.

How do I measure and order?

Walk the perimeter of your proposed enclosure and count your steps, then multiply your steps by 2.5 – it’s that easy. You do not need to wait for an installer to come to your house and measure – that’s partly how we keep our fencing system so affordable.

Still have questions? Take a look at our frequently asked question section or call us at 1-800-985-9202.