Most dogs are quite active and need daily exercise and play. However, just letting them out into your open backyard runs risks for your pup’s safety and breaking local regulations. 

Keeping your dog contained in your yard is a necessity but can sometimes be a challenge. You don’t want them running around the neighborhood tipping over garbage cans, digging holes, and scaring other pets and small children. Your dog needs to be somewhere safe where you can monitor their behavior.

Temporary dog run fences are a great solution for pet owners looking to keep their animals safe but give them the freedom they crave. Flexible and convenient, temporary dog fences can be set up and removed quickly, making them a smart solution for pet owners who don’t want to commit to a permanent or electric fence. 

What Is a Temporary Dog Run Fence?

A temporary dog run fence is either a private or public fenced-off area in which a dog can be kept safe and still get exercise. Designed for easy assembly, this flexible enclosure can keep your dog safe from potential hazards such as poisonous plants, chemicals, or the street. 

Your dog run may be located on one side of your house or yard or at the back of the yard. A portable run can keep an animal out of trouble while in training.

People with relatively small dogs, except most terriers, may only need a small run. Some larger dogs are not known exercisers either. Working dogs, especially herding dogs, usually require a larger space—they can feel confined in a too-small run. 

Unless the owner plans to offer the dog other forms of exercise daily, a longer run will be needed for dogs with lots of energy, since keeping them active often helps keep undesirable behaviors in check.

What Is a Temporary Dog Fence Made From?

Most dog runs are constructed of chain link fencing material and a square or rectangular shape. If your dog is a jumper, you may also want to have a roof on your dog run, which would also be made of chain link fencing material. Some dog runs are part of a kennel and include a doghouse.

Benefits of a Temporary Dog Fence

Here are some benefits of adding a temporary dog run to your yard:

  • Creates a safe space for dogs to play, sleep, and relax outdoors
  • Gives dogs the ability to run freely without supervision
  • Separates dogs from areas like gardens, pools, and other backyard features
  • Keeps your natural grass from browning due to dog urine
  • Easy to install
  • Flexible and versatile for a range of living situations including rental homes and those with limited space

Is a Temporary Dog Fence Right for Your Pet?

Temporary dog fencing is incredibly versatile and can cater to many dog breeds and behaviours. At FenceLine Rentals Ltd., we offer chain-link fence panels, custom gates, and accessories to secure the panels together and to the ground. This type of fencing is ideal for:

  • Renters who may move homes in the future
  • Homeowners with limited outdoor space
  • Temporary situations where your pet’s needs may change
  • Specific training purposes
  • During short stays away from home
  • Homeowners who want an affordable, easy-to-install option
Dog run around residential home

How to Build an Outdoor Dog Fence Fast

If temporary dog fencing is right for you and your dog, now is the time to buy it and install it. FenceLine Rentals Ltd. rents and sells a range of new and used chainlink fencing heights and thicknesses to meet the needs of all dogs and homeowners.

The even better news? Setup is included in our delivery fee, so you won’t have to bother with self-installation. However, if you’d prefer to pick up your dog fence and install it yourself, following these tips will ensure you do it right.

How to Measure For Your Dog Run

Before we get started, you’ll need to order the fence. This means figuring out how many fence panels you need. 

To do this, measure the length of your largest dog from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. To convert it to square feet, take that number of inches and multiply it by itself. Then divide this by 144. This will give you the minimum square footage your run needs to be.

Large dogs will need more space while smaller dogs will not. Be sure you have enough space to accommodate dog kennel panels.

How to Install a Temporary Dog Run

  1. Choose the location. This should be a flat and shaded area in your yard without obstacles.
  2. Measure the space. Determine the size of the dog run you need. 
  3. Select the fencing and pick up your order.  
  4. Prepare the ground. Clear the area of debris, rocks, and plants that could harm your dog. Consider adding a layer of mulch, sand, or grass to make it more comfortable.
  5. Set up the fence. Arrange your fence panels and lock them in place with the interlocking systems. 
  6. Secure the fence. If needed, use stakes or anchors to secure the panels to the ground. 
  7. Add a gate. Make sure there’s an entry and exit point that’s easy to open and close. 
  8. Install shade and water. Hang a canopy or shade cloth over the area if it isn’t naturally. Set up a designated place for water. 
  9. Add comfort items like a bed or mat.
  10. Supervise the first use to see how they use the dog run to make sure they’re safe.
Dog run different sizes

Find Quality Dog Run Fencing at FenceLine!

Whether you are looking to create a dog run for your dog, or you need temporary fencing while renovations are completed, FenceLine Rentals Ltd. can provide a selection of fencing and gate options at an affordable price.


How do you choose the right size and type of fence for different dog breeds?

To find the right size and type of temporary dog fence for your dog’s specific breed, consider their:

  • Size and length
  • Jumping or climbing ability
  • Behavior and temperament
  • Space and area layout
  • Visibility and social needs

How do you ensure the safety of the dog fence?

To ensure your dog fence is safe, it needs to be properly installed. Check for gaps and weak points and cover sharp edges with smooth protective materials, but make sure these materials are non-toxic for animals. Make sure the fence can hold up in local weather conditions like strong winds and snow, and check the fence for wear and tear regularly.