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This is a guide about keeping dogs from jumping your fence. Some dogs just love to jump over the fence, as soon as you turn your back, and head off on an adventure.
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I have a 10 month old yellow Lab who is quite large. I love her to death, but unfortunately the neighbors are not so fond of her. I can't put her on a chain, because there is too much in our yard for her to get tangled up on (basketball goal, five cars, steps, trees, etc). I have an electric fence which works pretty good except for when she gets really excited and runs through it, at which point she won't come back through it.
She's driving my neighbors crazy, because she will steal pillows off of their porch. I just bought her three new toys and I got a new puppy for her to play with in hopes that she would stay home. However just this morning she escaped. Any suggestions short of giving her up and or moving to Alaska?
By heartsoundslikekisses from NC
Those electric fences cause more problems than they are worth (except to a dog trainer like myself who can then charge you a good sum to retrain your dog to be willing to go into your yard and your vet for when a roaming dog attacks your unprotected dog). You should put up a real fence or get a dog run. Do not chain your dog, that can be deadly and will encourage aggressive behavior. Don't keep your dog in the yard, she is a companion breed and needs a lot of time with you. Take her for lots of walks and play, obedience train her, and if not done already, spay her. Especially if you don't have a real fence, there is nothing to keep her from getting pregnant from any boy who happens along.
If you cannot afford to fence your yard in (or rent), consider getting a kennel for your dog. Ours is 6x12 feet--we paid extra for a panel for the top. It is really heavy duty chain link and extremely sturdy. While you shouldn't keep a dog in one constantly because they need to be walked daily, they are great for allowing a dog to be outside without you for periods of time. We have it ours on a covered porch for our cat. He has a dog house in it, a litter box, food bowls, and ramps to climb and lie on. He is totally safe from predators. These are much cheaper than fencing in the entire yard, can be taken apart and moved if you get a new place, and re-sold if no longer needed, so they are pretty cost-efficient. They come in several sizes, and different companies make them in differing weights. We can buy additional panels to make ours bigger, but ours is fine for our cat.
Did you consider putting a fence up? If you have a huge yard like I do, you don't have to fence the whole thing all at once. We are doing ours a section at a time as we can afford it.
Either build a real fence, shorten her chain (regular collar and not choke chain, of course) or keep her indoors with you.
Contact the fence company because the frequency is not high enough. I wouldn't keep her on a chain. that can choke her too. I would build a hard fence and make sure it is sturdy enough for her to handle. Also, dog training helps in lots of ways. Look up Ceasar Milan's website to see what you can do too. Good Luck. I am so glad you love her. OH another think, I hope she is microchipped if she runs off too.
I agree with fencing a portion of the yard for when your dog goes outside. Never use a chain. Take her for long walks or to a dog park if possible and she will get her exercise. I love dogs and have two, but I don't take them outside unless they are on a leash. Training also helps. Jennifer Northern Virginia
Please, please don't keep her in the yard when you aren't around to supervise. That is like keeping a toddler outside all day with no supervision. You can easily crate train her (unless you are gone for 6+ hrs a day - then it is cruel) or train her to be non-destructive and keep her inside where she can be safe. Dogs don't want to be left outside without their people. They are pack animals who want to be with their "packs" you! If she was important enough to you to so that you wanted to share your home with her, then invest a little time and training and really make her a member of the family. If not, contact a lab rescue, make a donation to them and ask them to find a forever home for her. To do anything else is just wrong.
We have one for our boxer/lab mix. She is 1 1/2 yrs old. She is tearing it up from the bottom of the fence and getting out. We've re-enforced it several times with more metal ties, but she chews up another spot. Any ideas? This is our 3rd trip to Lowe's.
We recently adopted an approximately 2 year old neutered male miniature Australian Shepherd. I am about at my wit's end with him! After coming home to find chewed things and poo a couple of times, we decided to let him out into our fenced back yard while we were away from the house.
He has consistently managed to get out of the back yard every time we've been away. We've plugged up every hole in the fence we could find. There is another dog out there with him (an older, much larger dog that he has known pretty much all his life). We make sure he has food and water before we leave.
As long as someone is out there watching, he's a perfect little angel, but the minute we have our backs turned, he escapes somehow. I don't want to chain him up, as there are days we're gone 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. I can't leave him inside or he chews everything up and leaves messes on the carpet. I can't let him outside because he escapes. I don't know what to do!
By Camilla N
Glad that you care because this can be resolved in time. For now, sounds like he really needs to be with you at all times. He has been uprooted from everything he knows. He is afraid and trying for familiar things. It will take time for him to adjust. Do not tie him as this often results in hanging death.
For less than 30 dollars you may wish to buy an electric fence. Little more for wire and stakes. Normally avoided method but if he is unsafe out there, he must stay home. If only he could stay at your side all the time, that would fix the problem.
Another thing he desperately needs is exercise. He is a herder by nature and high activity animal. Jogger in the family? Play ball. swimming. Any physical activity would help, especially if he is with family. You get to wear him out then love him to pieces. He will then be very happy to relax at home, safe and warm.
Ah, you have a Houdini. So do I, so you have my sympathies. How is your dog getting out? Over or under the fence? Either way, I suggest running an electric wire at the top of the fence, and the bottom. That should catch the dog however he tries to get out. The top wire you might want to put a bit above the fence, not right at the boards.
Also, does he have toys to play with in the yard? Shade and water, perhaps a dog house for upcoming cold weather? What about hiring a pet sitter to come play with him for an hour or so during the day? Good luck, I know where you are coming from with this. <--signed, the owner of a very aggravating, sneaky Houdini.
With no dis-respect but whatever are you thinking to have dogs left to their own devices for all these hours every day. And do you really think any animal can wait all this time for you to arrive home and let them out? Research the dogs breed before you decide to own one. This poor creature is lonely and frustrated little wonder he would like to escape and find his 'forever" home.
I am looking for some advice. At the moment I own a lovable black Lab. We have two parks in either direction not far from my home where we walk and she has a fair sized back yard to play in. We attach her to a chain only long enough for her to go outside and do what she has to do and comes back in.
I'm considering adopting her a companion in the future, but unsure as to how I can manage both outside. There are busy streets surrounding our house where it would be too easy to wander off without a chain, if I attach another chair to our doorstep it would be impossible for either not to become tangled amongst each other.
I'd hate to put them in an outdoor cage, that would be cutting off less space for them, any advice on how I can manage two dogs outside on some sort of chains? I would like to let them roam as freely as possible without causing any danger to their well being, a large fenced in area is a possibility, but would would be somewhat expensive I imagine, but still a possibility.
Is there a tree or a pole of some kind that you could attach a wire run to? Or could you install a pole? With the dogs' chains attached to the wire, it is more difficult for them to get tangled, and they could have some freedom to move around safely. With the swivel type attachment on the wire, and a regular leash type catch on the other end to attach to the collars, it should work. Hope this helps.
My 6 month old Lab puppy jumps over a 4 feet concrete planter barrier to visit my neighbor's back yard. How do I stop this? I need some advise.
Here are some great tips I found from the reddit dog training site:
For now, use a long leash or rope connected to a harness to prevent him from running off.
Ditch the food bowl and feed him every piece of kibble by hand. Take the food outside with you when he goes out. Every few seconds, call him back and give him a piece of food. He'll learn to stick close to you and check in with you automatically.
If you trick him by promising food and then not delivering, he will only be fooled a couple of times and then will trust you and obey you even less. Do the opposite--don't promise him anything, just make food appear by surprise.
After you get good at keeping his attention, so he never runs off and never hits the end of the rope, you can think about taking him outside off-leash again. But as long as he's reaching the end of the rope and being physically restrained, you need to keep using it to keep him safe on your property.
How do I prevent my Rott from breaking his leash? I live in a trailer park and he has broken his leash. I put him on a chain and now he is breaking my shed. I don't know what to do to fix this problem. He gets excited when he sees people and is pulling on his leash.
I don't mean to sound like I am scolding you but what is your dog doing on a chain in the yard when you aren't out there with him ? If he is too active for your home and doesn't listen, your next call should be to find a local training class. Big dogs can cause serious property damage if left to their own devices and generally bigger lawsuits will follow if you don't take steps to correct his behavior immediately. Rottweilers are on the aggressive dog list, don't become a statistic to it.
Rottweilers cannot simply be chained outside your trailer. They are strong, active dogs. You can tire him out, but not by walking him. You'd have to bike or rollerblade while running him.
Are you allowed to put up anything like a strong, wood fence? You need that more than you need a shed right now.
Lois Lane is a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel and she has been with me since she was a puppy. I have had several grandchildren since she came to me and because she sheds I have recently been keeping her in the backyard which she resents tremendously. If she is not on a leash she crawls under the gate. If she is on a leash she barks all day. Can you suggest an inexpensive fix to keep her in the yard and my sanity?
You might want to try a Puppy Bumper to keep your dog from going under the fence. Puppy Bumpers are stuffed collars that keep dogs from squeezing through small spaces.
By Jackie S from Northern Alberta
I just moved outside city limits and have no fence. I have two dogs and have them on a dog run, there are a lot of dogs that run loose. I don't want my dogs getting pregnant from these dogs. Does anybody know if there is something I can do before I get them fenced, are these dogs supposed to be neutered/spayed?
By Melissa S.
Other people's pets can be a nuisance to others and it's an unsafe practice to allow pets to roam freely to wander off too far and get lost, picked up, hit by vehicles, fight with other dogs or bite someone else, get shot at or poisoned and/or contact an illness from another sick animal and bring it home to other household pets.
Go to the animal shelter and inquire about too many animals running freely and are disturbing your area. Take photos of all the animals that are running around on your property when you see them and take the pics with you. The proper chain of command in order to get running animals back on their own premise must be enforced and you need help from those who are in command. Start here and if you must, then climb higher steps to accomplish your goal of having no animals running loose.
Write an article about too many dogs running loose in the neighborhood and present it to the editor for publishing in your local paper. This alerts inconsiderate neighbors of a real problem that occurs to real people and others pets when a dog is allowed to roam freely. If you write it anger free, you can touch more people with sound reasoning and more might respond to the problem in a positive manner.
Post bulletins around town with permission from officials about roaming dog problem in the area. Take pictures of the dog and put it on the bulletin. People will recognize their pet or a neighbor's dog and maybe feel embarrassed enough to do something about keeping their dog at home.
This has got to stir people into action and the problem isn't going away by neglecting it. You might turn some neighbors into enemies, but you have the law to back you up and the animal shelter. If there's no license on the dog's collar, then it's considered a stray. Anyone who wants their dog back must buy a license for it before they get it back and also are warned about allowing their dog to roam; it must be on a leash.
I own three dogs and we had the problem of a neighbor's dog running freely and always crossed over our place on it's rounds. The dog started bringing home other dogs with it and they would stop by our dog who was tied to a long running line and eat his food and one time he was bitten and the bite got infected. Our dog couldn't defend itself well and run away from harm as it was an older dog, but it remained on it's own side of the fence and never bothered anybody.
I decided enough was enough and took action to stop all the loose dogs running around all over the place. I was concerned for our dogs too that a stray dog might bring a contagious disease home to ours and we take very good care of our dogs and they stay on our place only. Other people's dogs don't belong on our place to cause a problem for us. The animal shelter set up an animal trap and several dogs were caught in them and turned over to the shelter. Upon contacting the owner was made to understand he could not let his dog run freely.
I didn't bring the problem about, it was caused from neighborhood people who didn't show consideration for other people's pets or premise. If it was directly addressed to me by a neighborhood resident, I'd recite that to them. Now our neighborhood and county has a law that dogs cannot roam and when caught they are taken to the shelter and wait until claimed and pay a fine. This is a law that is now enforced and most every Spring an article is placed in our local paper about keeping your dogs leashed and not running loose as a reminder. I am happy to say that it has worked and I did make a few people upset at the persistence, but hey, everyone I would like to think is far happier and pets are made much safer in their environment from it. Hang in there!
My family and I have a German Shepherd that keeps on running to the neighbors. We live on a dairy farm, so we can't put a fence up and she already ran out on the highway.
Please help us. We don't want to give her away.
By Rebecca M
First off I don't understand why you think you can't put up a fence. If it is landlord based then ask if you can use an electric fence. They are temporary and work well with dogs of all sizes. And once trained to the boundary then you only need a refresher course every so often.
We have a 6 year old yellow Lab that is used to being a farm dog, but recently we moved to town and we can't keep him in our yard. He is too big to be in the house so we have a wire kennel in the back yard, but he manages to get out of it either by ripping the door off or digging a huge hole. We had him on a cable so he could move about the yard and that worked for a while, but now he is slipping out of his collar. We thought the solution to this was to get a harness, but this morning he was gone again. My boyfriend has had it and says we should get rid of him, but I know he doesn't really want that. Please help!
Sounds like the move hasn't been a good one for your dog. I thought of a couple things that might help. Do you walk your dog? They require at least 45 minutes a day, preferably twice that. The lack of exercise sounds like what is driving the escape behavior. Chaining a dog is cruel, especially a dog that has had the run of the farm.
Could you allow your dog in the house part of the day? I think the company would help him a lot. A dog in the city is a lot more work than a dog on the farm. It is usually worth it because of the companionship we get in return. But if that is not what you want from your dog, then perhaps a home where he can run freely is a good idea.
About six years ago I adopted a wonderful Corgi mix. At the time she was about 3. Our first couple of years were lovely until a robbery occurred at my home. In the process she was badly injured and has suffered from serious anxiety since. I added another dog to the mix after a couple of suggestions that it would help ease her anxiety. Things improved with the second dog and a dog walker during the day.
I recently moved out of the city to a house with a large yard with a dog door. I was so excited for them to have some room to run. The first two months went smoothly until one day I came home and she was not there. It turns out some neighborhood kids saw her through a small hole in the fence and with some encouragement an escape ensued.
This just opened up a big can of worms and escapes were becoming a daily occurrence. I had to wait for my landlord to fix the fence. In the meantime a family down the street started feeding her. Taking them into their house while I was at work. There have been some comments made like it looks like your dog adopted us.
My concern is now I have a family that has made it pretty clear they want her although they have never actually said it. I do not fault the dog, she gets attention and food when I am not at work. I thought my problems were fixed when my landlord finally fixed the fence. But to no avail she busted through it. I have tried talking to my neighbors saying not to feed her or let her in the house, but it is very hard because they are very nice well intentioned people. I do not think they understand that what they are doing is wrong, encouraging bad behavior and damaging to my relationship with my dog.
Any suggestions would be helpful with how to deal with the fence or the family would be greatly appreciated.
By Katherine M
I cannot afford a dog run or I would have bought one by now. The whole reason we're living with my folks right now is that I'm unemployed so, money is an issue.
I appreciate any advice/help anyone can give us. I love my dogs and really need to help them remain in the yard for their safety.
Are the dogs in the yard alone or are you in the yard with them? If you are in the yard you could use a chain type collar and a lead made of metal encased in vinyl. They have them at Walmart very inexpensive. You can't leave the dogs unattended with a chain collar because they could get caught and and possibly choke. If the collar is well fitted they shouldn't be able to chew it. The "leash" should be chain for the vinyl encased metal that is sold at walmart. Good luck.
We have a fenced in back yard, and he has almost an acre where he can roam and play. We have a lot of logging truck traffic, so I fear for all dogs that are roaming free. Times are different from when when we were a child growing up in the country, you can't let pets roam free like you used to. A lot of people still don't get their pets rabies shots, etc. (which is a state law here)
The only problem we have is when there is a "female" in the neighborhood in heat. We have not been able to get him fixed and there's a dog from across the road that comes over to the fence and marks her territory and leaves. It works him up so, that he digs a hole and gets out. We catch him before he leaves the yard, but I wish my neighbors would not let their pets roam. How can I keep this "temptation" out of my yard? How can I make my four legged son not want a girlfriend? One time I sprayed vinegar where she sprayed, and that seemed to help some. Any other ideas?
You have not stated any Veterinary reason why your beautiful boy can not be castrated. This will, in time, solve the problem. And if your neighbour desexed their female, you would not have to ask advice about this simple solution. Good luck.
We have a Lab puppy that digs and chews up the new chain link fence. She is about 9 months old. She has a buddy in the yard to play with, but still leaves the yard to wander the neighborhood.
I need an inexpensive way to solve this problem. The poo has worked on the digging in the dirt, but now the fence is being eaten. Please help or we will have to give her away.
By Ben from TX
When my lab mix did this, we set up a dog cable run in our yard. It was far enough from the fence that she couldn't get to it, and was attached to the house near the back door at one end, and to a tree at the other end. All I had to do was open the back door, and clip the lead to her collar. If you google dog run cable system, you will find information about it. The best site was called Unchain Your Dog. By the way, Ma Barker lived to be 14.5 years old, using the run every day.
I have 3 dogs, 2 pure bred Labradors (Thomas and Mia or Mya) and one Lab mix (Luna). Mia is a really good dog she's sweet and all. Thomas is an overprotective dog, he tries to grab every man or women that walks by trying to protect his yard. One time he got over the fence trying to get to a lady and her dogs and almost got hit by a motorcycle. Thank God he's still here. We have no idea what to do. Luna jumps fences and bolts through yards. I always go after her because I'm afraid to lose her. One time she got away and we could not find her. She was gone 24 hours maybe more. Some lady found her, took her in, and bathed her. They are all fixed, but Luna, she always runs away from other dogs. Can someone give me advice on what to do, please?
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My little dog is the social butterfly of the neighborhood and has made friends with everyone's dogs. I don't want him leaving the yard, but he takes off soon as I let him out to go to the bathroom. Often I have to start the car to pretend that I'm going somewhere to get him to come, because he loves car rides. I've read about the invisible fencing, but it is so expensive. Any suggestion outside of tying him up to keep him in the yard?
There's really no option except to keep him on a leash. You don't want to risk him getting hit by a car or getting lost. At least a little dog is easier to contain and requires less room to exercise. You can put him on a long wire cable when he's outside. I mean the kind you buy that attaches to the heavy duty screw in type of anchor that goes into the ground. They can't get twisted or tangled. I keep one for my rescues. I belong to a group, www.freecycle.com where people give away and request stuff. Maybe someone call donate a small kennel. You can sign up for your particular area. (02/05/2005)
I have a clothesline tied to a post with a leash tied on the other end. I keep the leash close to the door so when I let my dog out it has plenty of room to roam, but it's not long enough to get in the road or neighbors' yards (02/05/2005)
How is he getting out of your yard. Fencing is a must, if he nips anyone you are responsible. My little dog was a Houdini dog, always escaping. I walked the entire fence perimeter to see how he was getting out, and put bricks or 2 x 4's anywhere the ground under the fence had a little gap. (02/05/2005)
We had neighbors who thought it was not a big deal to allow their dog to run loose. It was a friendly and gentle dog, but that wasn't the issue. Everyone else in the area controlled their dogs on their own property. Their dog would get into trash cans, find dead animals and feed on them, constant barking, etc.
The dog always had some type of worm ailment or other health issues. I for one did not want that dog defecating on my property to spread its health problems to my dogs. You don't know what your dog can get into besides the chance of getting hit by a car. It was not fair to anyone in our area to have the dog roaming about our neighborhood.
Eventually, it caused a big problem by constantly chasing a neighbor's pet cats on their property and one of the cats broke its foot by trying to escape this dog. The dog owners were warned. Finally, they got a hefty $200 fine. They learned an expensive lesson so the dog now is confined to its' own property, the way it should always been from the beginning. It is an owner's responsibility to protect your dog by keeping it on your own property.
It is good to put up flags around the property line and walk your dog each day so that they learn their territory. Firmly tug and say no when your dog wants to walk outside the property lines. (06/08/2006)
Well, If you don't want him running out its really quite simple. Watch him really closely. Sometimes the problem is you. He needs proper training. I would suggest an electric collar with a remote that buzzes them when they're bad. If that doesn't work then i have no answers. (08/27/2006)
There is a bit of help. A little bit of hope. We have now found that if our dog is clipped to a lead that has a length of poly pipe (like in home garden irrigation) fixed to the end of it, he gets stuck if he tries to escape. He can squeeze under, through, or jump, but the pipe acts like an anchor.
We only use this while someone is outside so he can't get stuck for hours without water etc., but at least he can run while we wash the car, hang out washing, do gardening, etc. It caught him once when he went through a fence, and that was it, he realised what was going on.
We have just used an ordinary woven lead, but of a distinctive colour (red). I know dogs are colour blind but they can see shades. He knows he can't get away with it on. The poly pipe is only about 2 1/2 foot long, two lengths so they form an "x". He won't choke because of the length of the lead, but if he tries to wander he can only get a few foot past the fence. A friend told us how he stopped his GSP (German Shorthaired Pointer) jumping the fence by attaching poly pipe to his collar. Every time the dog tried to jump it felt something hit his chest, and thought he had hit the fence.
Hope it helps, even if it is only for supervised runs. We still chain him when he is unattended.
My grandkids live next door. How can I keep my dog in my yard?
By Jan from Springfield, Missouri
Sounds obvious but a good fence is necessary.
So is TONS of exercise with you. There is no other way the dog will get the outdoor exercise they need. If you aren't taking them on long brisk walks for 30-45 mins minimum at least twice a day; they are bored senseless and under exercised no matter how old they are or how large your yard is. the walks are a dog's job for the most part. It's the sights, sounds and smells that interest them as much as your job occupies you.
There is now way to train a dog to need less exercise. Tired dogs are happy dogs and they don't roam. Bored dogs with energy to burn and nothing to interest them run like the wind.
Please remember that dog parks are for AFTER you have exercised the dog and burned off all their excess energy. They are for relaxation and are NOT a substitute for exercising your dog. Poorly trained dogs who need to burn off excess energy are dangerous at dog parks no matter what their size. Also, dogs in any parks should always be on leads unless they're in a fenced in area for dogs.
You can install an underground electric fence. You put a special collar on the dog that will lightly shock him if he gets too close to the fence. It will not affect anybody else, tho. Good luck and God bless you. (03/28/2009)
Exercising the dog, a fenced in yard, a pen/kennel, being tied up, letting the grandkids know that you will not allow them to call your pet over to their yard, an underground electric fence. Now you just need to decide which one you plan to follow through with. Personally, we use a mixture with our dog. We could walk him all day long, and he'd still have energy to spare and mischief to get into. (03/28/2009)