Having a fence is a wonderful way to contain your family dog in your backyard, either to play, get exercise, or use the bathroom. However, there may be a problem with your dog finding a way to escape from your yard, even with the fence in place. Here are some tips that can help keep your dog contained in your yard.
Install an Invisible Fence
It may seem redundant to install an invisible fence along with an actual fence, but it could be the cheapest and most effective solution to your problem. An invisible fence works by burying a special wire underground, which would be placed a couple feet inward from your physical fence. The dog wears an electronic collar which will deter them from getting close to the fence. It makes an audible alarm as they approach the fence, and delivers a shock to the dog when they cross the line.
This can be enough to keep a dog away from the fence and prevent them from jumping over it or digging underneath it.
Install Concrete Near the Bottom of the Fence
If the dog is digging underneath the fence, it could be due to the ground being soft and a small tunnel being easy to make in a few minutes. You can prevent this from happening by installing a thin slab of concrete across the perimeter of the fence. The dog won't be able to dig through it, and it will instantly stop the digging from happening.
Another option is to place a border of large rocks around the perimeter of your fence. It works in the same way, but it can be more decorative than installing a thin slab of concrete.
Install a Fence Extension
A option that will prevent a dog from jumping over a fence is fence extenders. They are essentially another panel of fence that stick up or tilt into your backyard, and can add just enough height to prevent your dog from jumping over the fence. Fence extenders are not ugly either, since they can look like a natural extension by adding a lattice fence top that is a decorative addition, rather than straight up extending the material.
However, make sure you know what the laws are in your area for extending a fence. You may not be able to install a fence that goes beyond a certain height, and if caught with the tall fence by a city inspector, you may be forced to take it down and rethink your plans.
Don't go at this alone, however. Contact a fence company for help today.
I have loved cats ever since I was a child. My parents let our cat roam around the yard without a fence when I was a child, but when I adopted my first cat as an adult, I was much too afraid that she would run off to let her outside. After keeping her as an "indoor cat" for a few years, I decided to look into backyard fencing options that she might not be able to climb or jump over. I put a lot of research into those options, so I decided to start sharing what I learned on a blog to help other cat owners and anyone else who is looking for a fence for a specific need. I have been very lucky and my cat hasn't jumped over my fence at all and she now loves her fenced in back yard!