How to Install an Easy No-Dig Fenced Dog Run in One Day

How We Built an Easy Fenced Dog Run to keep our dogs' "business" in one area.

How to build a small dog run.

How to build an easy fenced dog run in one afternoon. Keep the dog poop out of the main part of your yard for easier cleanup. 

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You may have read that we have a new-ish puppy. Rocky is about 10 months old now and he really loves to eat things when he goes outside. He gets logs, mulch, rocks, plastic toys, and the worst? Our compost. He likes to grab an old banana peel and drag it back inside to snack on. Ewwww. So gross. He also loves to eat my garden- and he managed to bust through the cheap wire fencing I put up a long time ago.

We have a big fenced yard, but it's gotten to a point where I just don't want him roaming free out there. Plus, it's hard for me to clean up after the dogs' "business" when it's like an Easter Egg hunt every time we go out there. Somebody *always* steps in something. I wanted to contain the pups to one area for when they need to potty, although I do plan to play with them in the main area of the yard still.

I know you can train dogs to use a particular area, but it didn't solve *all* of my problems and I've got a puppy and a really old man dog so I didn't torture myself.

And so, our fenced dog run was born. I had some pretty crazy ideas for this, but I was really excited to find there were some easier DIY's for this that involved less supplies, less store runs, and less time putting it altogether. Phew. We still need to add our pathway pavers, but I'm so relieved to have the dog run finished! I'm also going to add some landscaping around the fence. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on seeing the end results!

"Before" pictures from our no-dig fenced dog run install.
The area prior to our additions: I had to move the swing and the playhouse. Obviously we need to fix the grass this year.

Supplies listed below may include affiliate links to the products. I'm going to list how much I needed, but you'll need more or less depending on the space.

  • Shovel and other gardening items.
  • Tiller (this is the one we have)
  • Mallet of some sort: Ours got really beat up from this project. I'm not sure how to avoid this but a regular hammer would bend the metal. 
  • Grand Empire Fence Panel: No Dig Decorative Fence x 10 panels (Item #254097)
  • Empire Grand Post/Stakes x 12 (Item #254102)
  • Grand Empire XL Gate x 1 (this item wasn't listed on their site for some reason, but we bought it in the store, Item #758832) 
Total Cost for the fencing: $479.70 with tax

Pro tip for cutting costs on big projects: Go and use/signup for Ebates. Once you get your account setup, find eBay and click on it. You can buy a Lowes coupon on here- make sure you choose the right coupon (some are online only, some are store only). Once you receive your coupon code, go back to Ebates and click on Lowes. Pick out your items and add them to your cart. Use the coupon code. Not only will you get the Ebates cash from buying the eBay coupon and the Lowes products, but you'll also get the coupon discount. Woot woot! I didn't do it this time... I need to make better choices. But I have done it for larger scale projects like our built-ins. Oh- and you can usually choose pickup or delivery. I do pickup and they gather all of the items for me at the pickup desk. It's pretty quick when the store is well run (one of our local stores is terrible and the other is great).


    I used my tiller to mark out the place where I wanted my fence to go. This loosened the earth around where the posts would go. I mostly wanted to ensure that I had space between my fence and the grass... I'm hoping to put some planters there.
    Preparing the area before fence install.

    We laid out the fences and posts to make sure we had the right measurements. We ended up moving our fence in a bit so I needed to till again in that area. I also found that I needed to do extra work on areas where there was an incline so I could even the ground out. The posts/stakes do NOT go in easy if the ground is hilly.

    Once you've done that, you really just take the post/stake screw off and put the stake into the ground. We hammered it in with the mallet.

    Then you hold up your fence and put the post through the circles of the fence and into the stake circle. Push in.

    Continue this all the way around. Two fences with connect at one stake/post of course.

    Installing the no-dig fence.

    The gates connect the same way- we did our gates at the beginning.

    I had to laugh because the SECOND I went to take a photo and left the gate open, the dog walked out of the dog run to pee.

    Keep your lawn doo-doo free with this easy to install no-dig dog run!

    How to Build an Easy No-Dig Fenced Dog Run in One Day.

    We are installing a walkway, fixing up the grass, adding planters around the fence, and potentially putting in a patio too (that may have to wait until next year if it's super expensive to do). Keep an eye out for all of these posts!

    UPDATE: We also built deck skirting under the deck to help block the dogs from just running under the deck to get out. 

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