I have two large dogs; one digs out and runs off and the other stays home. The one that runs off is a Lab mix. She digs out under the fence and runs away. I am afraid that she is going to get hit by a car or picked up by the dog catcher, but we walk the fence line fix all the holes and she still always gets out.
I don't want to have to get rid of her, but she will dig under any fence and training does not matter. We have tried to train her to stay in the yard and not dig out over and over again and nothing works. Iis there anything else we can do?
By Megan from FL
Try laying chicken wire along the bottom of the fence. We folded it into a 90 degree angle so that we could attach it to the bottom and put the other part on the ground. You can either let the grass grow over or dig the soil up and over the bottom part. Dogs do not like to drag their claws over that stuff so they give up.
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Does anyone have any great suggestions to prevent dogs from digging under fences? My friend's young dogs constantly dig under their fence gate. The owners even filled in the holes with gravel, but the dogs still dig in the gravel. Any ideas?
Tracey from Westerville, OH
If they have some nice, big rocks that the dogs cannot dig out, they could also put these in the holes before filling them in.
Since it is at the gate, maybe they can install some paving slabs on each side of the gate. They might have to remove an inch or two of soil (for leveling them so the gate can swing), then put in some of the square paving stones from the home center.
We once had a hole the dog dug under the fence to try to follow a rabbit that came in and out that way; and we drove some wooden garden stakes into the ground at the bottom of the hole, then screwed them to the fence, creating "jail bars" for Buster. (We wanted the rabbit to still be able to come and go and this allowed it to do so, but the dog could not follow.) Since your friends have a problem at the gate, this might not work for them, but elsewhere it is a nice, fast fix. (04/05/2008)
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