Is There Cheap Temporary Dog Fencing? Yes!

Have you moved to a new home? Perhaps you just got a new dog. Maybe you want to visit someone with your dog, but they have an unfenced yard. What can you do to keep your dog in a new yard and safe? Today, let’s dig into this issue and discover some cheap temporary dog fencing solutions. 

Hint: these can work for renters, campers, and even visitors. 

*Updated: April 4, 2024

cute yorkie enjoys cheap temporary dog fencing
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Budget tip:
It may be overwhelming to look at a big backyard or one that isn't yours yet. And discover it's not safe for your dog. How do you rectify this quickly? Or can you make a backyard safe for your newly adopted dog? 

Yes! There are a few tricks you can do that will cost less than dinner out. Such as a trolley line or a vibrate collar. That's just the beginning. The bottom line is that if your dog is safe then you decrease the chance of disaster striking and an emergency vet visit, stress, and most importantly your dog being injured or lost. That's a win-win in my book!

Dog yard safety first

Always make sure wherever you’re at your dog will be safe. This means if you’re visiting someone, walk the yard with your dog to discover any escape routes or items that could harm your dog. 

Dreaming of a beautiful dog-friendly backyard on a kibble budget? Here’s how to do it. 

If you just brought your dog home or have a new home, you’ll want to also walk the yard with your dog. Sometimes the best way to do this is by getting down on your dog’s level. I know it seems silly, but it could prevent your dog from escaping or a serious injury. This allows you to look at the surroundings from your dog’s perspective. 

Is your dog a digger? Here’s what to do for your digging pup. 

What to look for in your dog’s yard area? 

Next, you’ll want to look for and eliminate or remove to a different location, (where your dog can’t have access) items such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Paint and paint buckets
  • Loose tools
  • Sharp items like low-hanging or lose barbwire, plant wire, loose fencing (especially chicken wire and barbwire), and dislodged nails and screws

Additionally, you’ll want to remove items close to your fence line that can be jumped on or used as leverage for escaping. This could include:

  • Chairs
  • Pallets
  • Tables
  • Dog houses

Not sure how to make a yard secure for your pup? Here’s an article on dog yard safety. 

What kind of temporary dog fencing is available quickly?

This can be very necessary if you just arrived at a vacation house rental and it’s not set up as advertised or you just adopted a new dog. You will need a quick, cheap, and possibly portable dog fence. Here are a few quick dog fence ideas or containment suggestions:

Dog leash

A dog leash is quick and easy. However, be with your dog and supervise him/her. However, never just tie your dog up and walk away.


The old method for more roaming space is to use a rope. Again though, always make sure your dog is supervised and never leave your dog tied up and walk away. 

Dog playpen

These fence ideas can work really well for small dogs or even large dogs with supervision. You can find dog playpens on sale at different pet stores, in yard sales, and even on Facebook Marketplace.

Are you moving and don’t think you can take your pup? Here are a few tricks to negotiate with your landlord if there’s a no-pet policy. 

Is there a cheap temporary dog fence for renters?

First, make sure you’ve talked with your landlord about your dog prior to renting or bringing your dog home. 

Second, have a conversation with your landlord about your concerns regarding the fence or yard. Sometimes if you do improvements to the property, the landlord will reduce the rent or compensate you in other ways. This is especially true if the improvements will be more of a permanent nature. 

Finally, if your landlord doesn’t want to help you or doesn’t want a fence, then simply think of temporary solutions. You’ll want to consider options such as:

1. Vibrate collars 

I actually use this for my dog, Henry on our 2 acres and it works very well. Although, please note that I ALWAYS keep the shock part set to “0” just in case it should accidentally get bumped to that mode. In fact, Henry’s vibrate collar has helped me train Henry to the boundary lines very successfully. For a low-cost collar, I’ve been impressed.

This is a vibrating collar that is even better than Henry’s. When it’s time to replace his current collar, I’ll replace it with this one. You can get yours here. Oh, and it’s very affordable too. What could be better, right

2. Outdoor kennels

This can work for larger dogs. It will depend on your dog.

This is an awesome outdoor kennel with a cover. Plus, it’s budget-friendly, especially when compared to a traditional fence.

3. Dog playpens 

You can even find portable camping dog fences, which look like dog playpens. But if you camp or travel a lot this could be a great option. While a dog playpen works well for small dogs, it can work for larger dogs too. In fact, I’ve seen large dogs do very well in these playpens with supervision. Again, it will depend on your dog. However, remember with any fencing option supervision is key.

This is a great dog playpen that is rated to contain a dog as large as a Labrador Retriever. And it’s very affordable!

4. Rent a dog fence

Yep, you can rent a fence. The national average for five 6’x12’ locked sections of fence panels (which may be chain link fence) for a month is about $225. This could be a super option depending on your dog and your needs.

5. Temporary DIY dog fence

I love this temporary dog fence, which amazingly enough is also a portable dog fence, by Mother Daughter Projects DIY. It’s simple, easy, and cheap. Basically, it’s nearly a perfect fit for Tail Wag Wisdom. Although, if your dog is super active it may not be the best option.

6. Trolley lines

These cable lines can be a great option for dogs lacking fencing. They are quick, easy, and cheap. Plus, they allow your dog to roam. But remember to not put your dog on a trolley line and leave him/her for hours. Also, remember to always provide your dog with shade and water. If you’re interested in this type of temporary fencing for your dog this is a terrific DIY on setting up dog trolley lines by the Fresno Humane Society.  

7. Rent a yard 

Who knew you could rent a dog yard, right? Well, you can and I think it’s a super cool idea! The rent is relatively cheap, your dog can roam off-leash safely, and you can be stress-free. You can find a yard to rent on this website

8. Doggie daycare

This can be great for your dog and relatively cheap. At least it is in my area. Henry loves playing and running with other pups at doggie daycare. I always equate it to Disneyland for him.

Not sure how to find a great doggie daycare? Here’s what you need to know and what to look for in this article.

9. Boundary training 

This is where you teach your dog the boundaries where he/she is allowed. I’ve taught Henry about his property boundary lines, which works very well.

Does your dog need to be trained? Do you can do it on your time and for cheap? Check out this article. 

10. Supervision

I always think this is important regardless of the option because just like with kids, it only takes a second for disaster to strike.  

11. Friend’s yard

Go to a friend’s house with a yard and let your dog play. Of course, you’ll want to inspect the yard before you let your dog loose and you’ll still want to supervise your dog.

Want to take your dog on an overnight visit but not sure about the proper protocol? Here’s everything you need to know to get invited back. 

12. Dog park

Taking advantage of a nearby dog park is always a great idea. Henry always loves the park!

Tired of struggling with trying to open your dog’s poop bags? Here’s a simple and free hack that will solve the issue within a few minutes. I use it daily.

Henry thinks, “I thought I saw a bunny!” with his vibrate collar and the bunny safely out of chase range.

What kind of cheap temporary dog fencing is good for jumping dogs?

First, you’ll want to find out why your dog is jumping out of your yard. There will be a reason, such as being bored, chasing prey, or some other reason. Also, try to eliminate any possible escape routes. That might be tricky if this is a new home or a home you’re visiting. But try your best. 

Then you’ll want to always supervise your dog. If this is a temporary home or location, then you may want to try a trolley line and supervision or a vibrate collar and supervision

The key point is to never turn your back on an escape artist, especially in an unsure yard. Honestly, there are no really great options for a temporary fence for these types of dogs. But your dog can still have fun in the yard. He or she just needs supervision. 

Got a more permanent home and want to secure your yard for your jumping dog? These tricks are easy and cheap to implement. Check out this article for all the details.  

What about an invisible fence or virtual fence as cheap temporary dog fencing?

When you’re looking for a cheap fence idea for your dog a virtual fence might seem like an easy option. Heck, a lot of people contain their dogs with an invisible fence or a virtual fence. These fence ideas can be relatively inexpensive yet allow your dog to roam. However, I’m not a fan of them. Here’s why:

  1. They don’t keep dogs, wildlife, and people out of your yard. In other words, your dog is still vulnerable.
  2. If your dog should chase or be chased past the shock line, the probability of him/her crossing back over that shock barrier is very low. Then your dog is loose and vulnerable to wildlife, other loose dogs, cars, and people.

Here’s always my Northstar to tell me if something is worth using or consider using – would I do it to myself? Could I be shocked and still be happy? Would I be willing to cross that shock line to come home? Basically, I put myself in my dog, Henry’s place. If I wouldn’t do it to myself, then no way will I do it to him. That seems fair to me. And there’s no way I’d enjoy being shocked. So, there’s no way I’ll take the chance of Henry being shocked. 

Still on the fence with a shock collar and invisible fence? 

There is actually a pretty easy way to solve the issue. Simply go to the store and put a shock collar on or around your arm and shock yourself. Is it enjoyable? Of course, not. It will take your dog a while to learn the boundaries of your yard. So, he or she may be shocked 100 times or more while learning the boundary line depending on the size of your yard. Hopefully, this helps with the invisible fence dilemma.   

What if I don’t put up any cheap temporary dog fencing?

You may only be at this home or location for a few days and think you can let your dog explore the yard unattended. Keep in mind that it only takes a few seconds for disaster to happen. Within a few seconds, your dog can see a bunny across the street and bolt. Or someone can come into the yard and pick up your friendly pup. Even worse, your dog could try to play with the big furry thing that enters the yard, not knowing it’s a bear. Any one of these scenarios is scary but completely plausible and totally avoidable. 

Moreover, you could end up with a huge vet bill if your dog is injured from getting hit by a car or tangling with wildlife. Consider this example for a second:

Vibrate collar $30
Outdoor dog kennel$200-250
Dog playpen$40-160
Rent-A-fence (dog fence rental)$225 (month)
100’ mesh temporary fence also is a portable fence$120
Trolley line$30
Rent a yard nearby$10/hour
Doggie daycare$25 (full day)
Boundary trainingFREE
Friend’s yardFREE
Nearby dog parkFREE
Emergency vet bill if injured by car or wildlife $250-10,000+

The prices in your area may be different. But this gives you a good idea of how a simple act can prevent and save you a lot. Not only that but a cheap dog fence or a portable fence is infinitely better than the discomfort your dog could suffer and the anxiety you would likely experience if your dog is injured or lost.

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Summary of cheap temporary dog fencing

When you get a new dog, move, or even go on vacation it can be overwhelming to get your yard secured quickly. But with just a few easy steps such as walking the yard, you can determine what you’ll need for your pup. Supervision is always key.

Specifically, a trolley line is a cheap and great option for allowing your dog to roam a bit yet still be secured as long as he/she is supervised and not left on the line for hours. I personally, use a vibrate collar with Henry. He roams our two acres and rarely needs to be vibrated. However, he’s always within my sight line. And if you’re curious, I have tried his vibration collar. It seems to tickle me. But the level is low for him. That’s all he needs for a little attention. If you have a big or strong dog, you may need a stronger level of vibration. 

a cute husky and friend enjoys cheap temporary dog fencing

Have you set up a cheap temporary fencing system for your dog? What was it?  

About Terri Rodefer

Terri Rodefer is the founder of Tail Wag Wisdom, a blog focused on affordable pet care. She likes to say helping pet parents afford and love their animals even more, makes her tail wag. As a lifelong lover of all animals with a background in economics, biology, and marketing, allows Terri to bring a unique spin to pet care. 

6 thoughts on “Is There Cheap Temporary Dog Fencing? Yes!”

    • Thank you! Yes, it’s definitely important to keep your dog safe and sometimes that means doing it quickly if you’re visiting someone or just adopted a new dog. I greatly appreciate your kind words and continued support.

  1. There are some fantastic options here and every budget is covered. I mght not have thought about renting if you had not written about it, just worried about taking a dog out for walk afert walk, after walk when I breath of air might be what they need.

    I have seen the smaller puppy pens they are a good size and we got one for our foster kittens.

    • Awe, yes! The goal was to provide an option for every dog or pet owner in any situation. I’m happy to see even the kittens love the puppy pen idea. I used the puppy pen for my bunny many years ago. It’s amazing how so many ideas cross over different areas. Yes, that fence rental is a bit surprising, but definitely a great option for some pet parents. It totally depends on the situation. Thank you for your continued support. I really appreciate it!

  2. You know I love your posts and the amazing info you share! This is such an important article. Having Huskies, fences were always of the utmost importance at our house. We were dubbed the Husky Fortress as we had 6′ privacy fencing all around a portion of a our yard, with it being inserted into railroad ties cemented into the ground, then shale stone dropped all around the base! They could zoomie and play to their hearts’ content all seasons! Our yard also had dig-as-much-sandy-dirt as you like (a Husky’s dream yard), and a maple tree that they loved to suck on the roots (after digging a giant ditch so all five could huddle in the cool dirt). I always said it was their version of Pixie Stix! Then we had a roof put up on our deck with pools for them for when they went outside (from the a/c)! They had that for puppyhood to their golden senior days. Three passed, two right at home in our arms in their favorite outdoor place in the yard. Then, GAH, we moved! Two remaining seniors came with us…To open property! So until we could have the 6′ privacy fence installed, we did exactly as you wrote about – used leashes and dog (baby) pens! Our deck was first, so we had a locking gate installed and they were leash-walked (on a horse lunge line for extra footage!). I LOVE all your tips…and am sharing this with all my doggy-loving followers! xo

    • WOW!!! Your FiveSibes had a paradise yard for certain! I always love reading about your memories you share with each comment. A “Husky Fortress”. I’d say more like a “Husky Dreamland”. The horse lunge line is a great one! I have that as well. We horse folks have great tack, don’t we? I also have a long 15′ training leash for Henry that’s handy at times. So, if I’m working in the yard I can tie him to a post or tree and not worry if he’ll wander off while I’m trimming flowers. Yet, he’s still within my sightline. I bet it was extremely stressful to move with the last two pups and not be able to take your yard. I always think it would be so nice to be able to blink or twitch my nose like Samantha from Bewitched (just aged myself) and not worry so much. Then you could’ve blinked your yard into place. Always nice to dream, right? Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and for your continued support and encouragement. I greatly appreciate it!


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