I searched online and found a variety of options for dogs who dig under or leap over fences, suggestions for dogs who squeeze through railings (such as Puppy Bumpers), options for climbers, and finally this article from WolfDogProject.com that gave tons of great ideas with photos.
My dog, Katie, is only 9.5 pounds and stands about 12 inches tall. I knew I just needed something about her chest height to keep her from wiggling through - I knew she wouldn't be able to make it through mid-jump, so if I could keep her from squeezing with her feet on the ground that would be enough.
I even thought about using those border edging decorative fence pieces all the way around, but that would be very expensive even in my tiny yard.
I ended up buying a roll of black vinyl-coated welded wire fencing, 4 feet tall by 50 feet long, with 2 inch x 3 inch rectangles. I have about 130 linear feet of fence, so I figured I wouldn't need to go 4 feet tall all the way around, and one roll should do it at about 9 inches tall all the way around.
|Final product - 16 gauge black vinyl coated welded wire fence pieces, 9 inches tall, attached with black zip ties.|
|All the fencing I need for under $100. 16 gauge 4 feet x 50 feet with 2"x3" boxes black vinyl coated welded wire|
|Paranoid about getting my fingers caught in the fencing...|
|The 50 feet of welded wire did NOT want to stay unrolled.|
|I put rocks on the fence to keep it from rolling up again, and went along and bent the fence every few feet in the other direction to train it flat. Watch your eyes with those wire pieces rolling up on you!|
|I tried kitchen scissors and garden sheers, but wire cutters worked much better.|
|Now Katie is safe and I can let her out to pee in the middle of the night without a leash! Finally!|