5 DIY Fence Dog-Proofing Tips

Whether you have wooden slats, chain link, wrought iron, or some other type of fencing in your yard, you probably paid a pretty penny for this home improvement intended to provide privacy, protection, and even an easy-to-see line of demarcation around the perimeter of your property. So you don’t want to face the hassle and expense associated with repairing or reinstalling it because it was inadequate to keep your dog housed inside (or to keep other dogs out). Luckily, there are tons of inexpensive, DIY methods of dog-proofing your fence to ensure the safety of people and animals, both inside the yard and out. Here are a few to consider.

  1. Dig deep. Some dogs are diggers, and they will find their way under standard fencing faster than you might expect. If your dog is the digger, this could mean he’s getting out into the neighborhood or digging his way into neighboring yards. But you might also have trouble with a neighbor’s dog digging his way in to get at your pooch. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to consider adding some kind of footer to stop the flow of traffic. By digging down a little way you can install an L-shaped footer that makes in nearly impossible for a dog to dig his way under the fence line (at least if he’s digging into the corner of the L). Or you could pour a concrete footer. Both are fairly effect at stopping dogs that like to dig, although you might also want to consider the level of activity your dog gets – if he’s a compulsive digger he may need more time on walks or at the dog park to tire him out and curb his urge to dig.
  2. Consider dimensions. Not all dogs are diggers. Some like to go over the top of the fence and this can be both dangerous and hard to control. If your fence simply isn’t tall enough to keep your dog in, or you’re having trouble with coyotes coming in to stalk your cats or steal your chickens, there are a couple of add-ons that could help. Lean-ins are sections of fencing that are added to the top of your existing fence and angled inward, making it very difficult for your dog to breach. But you might also want to consider coyote rollers if you have a problem with these pests getting in. They’re basically moveable bars on the top of your fence that spin when touched, giving no purchase to jumping animals. And you can make them yourself with little more than wooden dowels and PVC pipe.
  3. Add foliage. Dogs can get bored sitting in your backyard, alone all day. And so they may prowl the fence line looking for action and barking at passersby. Maybe your dog doesn’t jump the fence unless he sees something worth chasing. You can kill two birds with one stone here by adding dense foliage like bushes around the interior of the fence. This will not only screen the view (and offer the added bonus of privacy), but it will also make it a much more formidable barrier to leap.
  4. Fill in the blanks. Whether you have chain link fencing, your wooden slats have gaps, or the wrought iron rails aren’t very close together, you may have problems connected to your dog looking out and spotting things he wants to chase, or even squeezing through gaps to get out (or worse, getting himself stuck). In this case you could fill in the open spaces with reed fencing or other products designed to provide extra coverage and protection.
  5. Electronic fencing options. Most pet parents have the same goal with fencing:keep dog from escaping! And yet, even a yard dog fence designed specifically for problem pooches may not do the trick. In this case you should think about a redundant system. This could mean adding a second row of fencing, but you might also consider a fenceless fence that hooks up to a wireless shock collar. When Fido gets to close he’ll get a shocking reminder to stay away from the fence line. This should be used only as a last resort, but when you’re not there to keep an eye on your dog, it’s better than having him get out and run into traffic, fight with other dogs, attack people, or get into other kinds of mischief.

Related posts:

  1. 5 Helpful Tips for Tearing Down an Old Wooden Fence
  2. 5 Wood Fence Care and Maintenance Tips
  3. Swimming Pool Excavation Tips for Newbies
  4. 5 Backyard Plant Pest and Insect Prevention Tips
  5. 5 Tips for Planning a Large Addition to Your Home
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.