For the Dogs: How to Add a Peekaboo Window in a Fence

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but dogs can be pretty darn nosy too. Let your pup see the world beyond your backyard by cutting a small window in your wood fence.
By: Brian Patrick Flynn
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Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

It May Curb Excessive Barking

Does your four-footed friend often run back and forth alongside the fence in hopes of catching a glimpse of what’s on the other side? Consider adding a peek-through window to your fence. It can help stop excessive barking since the dog will be able to see what they smell or hear just outside the fence. It will also encourage dogs to stay within one area of the yard. Lastly, it’s a great way for neighboring dogs to familiarize themselves with one another without full-fledged physical interaction.

Tools and Materials

To make a doggie porthole window, you’ll need: 1x2 pressure-treated pine trim; a sheet of precut weatherproof acrylic; a circular saw; painter’s tape; a miter saw; silicone; a caulk gun; wood filler; galvanized nails; a hammer or nail gun; exterior paint; a paintbrush; tape measure; and carpenter’s glue.

Determine Placement

Purchase a precut sheet of weatherproof acrylic from a home improvement store. To ensure proper placement of the window, place painter’s tape on the surface of the fence in the same shape and size as the sheet of acrylic. Stand back and examine the taped-off area in relation to how it will work for your dog’s height and lines of view.

Measure for Frame

In order to create the window’s frame, measure the acrylic sheet with a tape measure and then jot dimensions down on notepad.

Cut Frame and Assemble Frame

Miter-cut the pressure-treated pine trim to size using a circular saw or miter box. Attach the four pieces of the frame to one another using carpenter’s glue and trim nails.

Attach Acrylic and Frame

Make sure the edge of the acrylic is flush with the outside edges of the frame so it will not go beyond the frame when it is installed on the fence. Attach the frame to acrylic by adding a bead of silicone around edge of acrylic, then firmly press the frame to it.

Re-Trace the Fence

Trace the inside edge of the frame directly to the fence using pencil. The hole that will be cut into the fence will be the same dimensions as the inside edges of the frame. This will allow the actual frame to be attached to the fence with nails.

Cut the Hole

Use a circular saw and follow the traced line as a guide to cut the hole in the fence.

Attach Window and Frame

Place the framed window along fence to ensure a proper fit. Attach the frame to fence with galvanized nails using a hammer or nail gun.

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