Just a warning to all those out there with small dogs and a "fenced in yard". When we got our first dog we were lucky enough to buy a house with a fully fenced in front yard. Fenced in with 4 feet high chain-link fence. Yesterday afternoon 5 minutes after letting my dogs out for a bathroom break in the yard I was startled to hear my youngest ( a Yorkie x Maltese) screaming outside. I raced to the door and found her desperate to get in with her face covered in blood. It was quite apparent she had been bit in the face by something. The only thing I could think of was a raccoon or skunk had nested under the deck and she must have got into a scrape with it. What else could it be? It's a fenced in yard? Needless to say it was quite apparent she needed emergency treatment. A few minutes after I left a young man appeared at the door very upset. He told my husband that he was walking his dog along our fence line and the "little one" stuck her nose through the links. When she did that his dog lunged at her grabbed her muzzle and bit her. Now I have to give this young guy kudos for coming back to tell us what happened. He also stated he was on welfare and couldn't afford to help with the vet bills. Fair enough at least he came back to tell us what happened. Luckily although I have questioned the need for it in the past, I do have pet insurance on all three of my dogs. Pipi ended up with many stitches mostly to the inside of her mouth where the dog had detached her upper lip from her gumline. Several stitches to the outside of her face as well and a lost tooth. I have always considered myself a responsible dog owner by keeping my dogs safe in a fenced in yard. Never had I considered the possiblity of a small dog being able to be bitten through a fence. Pipi is on antibiotics, we are attaching lattice to the inside of the fence to prevent this from ever happening again. I know periodically there is discussions on here about Pet Insurance and is it worth it. Well for the first time yesterday I needed it and had it. Basically what the insurance portion will pay is her premiums for the past year and a half.
Most chain link fence has a 2-1/2" mesh and that is typicaly what most yards are fenced in with. If you have a dog small enough to get their head through the mesh I would have it changed to 1-1/2" mesh. The post and pipe work can remain they only have to change the mesh it's self.
You won't typically find 1-1/2" mesh in home depot you will more than likley have to get it from a fence company. This is used primarly in schools so kids can't get their feet in it to clime and it is also used on bridge overpasses so people can't climb over and jump but I should work for what you want.
We have a Maltese puppy, 8 months old, and she's about 4.5 pounds, and I never let her outside in our fenced yard without being with her! Day or night, rain, snow sleet, etc. There was a lady in our town that let her two 8 week old Pekinese out, went back in to get her jacket and when she came back out they were both gone! I'm sorry, but my dog means too much to me to take any chances on her getting hurt or disappearing from our yard! I used to think that our first Maltese, who was significantly larger that Cali, was safe in the yard too, until she got sprayed by a skunk through the chain link fence! Obviously a fence yard does not mean that your pets are totally safe and secure. Sorry to see that you baby was injured, especially in its own yard and hope that she's ok!!
They also sells rolls of 'slats' for lack of proper term. They are inserted in a weaving pattern through the chain link. They are a plastic and can be bought in colors to match your home if thats a concern. It creates a solid wall out of chain link, making it impossible for them to stcik head and noses through, also breaks the vision for those that like to bark at everything, lol. It isnt cheap to do, but even if you ran it 2-3 foot up from the ground it would do the trick.