Has Your Dog Turned Into Houdini? Three Ways To Make Your Fence Escape-Proof

If your dog has turned into an escape artist and the fence you have is no longer cutting it, it's time to either update or replace your current fencing situation. Dog fencing doesn't just keep your pet in the yard, it protects your dog from injuries. If you're at your wits' end trying to figure out how to keep your dog in the yard, here are three tips that will put an end to the escapes.

Extend the Height to Prevent Jumping

If you're going to be installing a new fence and your dog has a tendency to jump, you may want to extend the height of the fence you're installing. Adding another foot or two to the height of your fence may be just what you need to keep your dog in the yard. Even if you've decided to keep your current fence, you can always add an extension, which will give you the additional height you need without the expense of a whole new fence.

Add a Coyote Roller to the Top of the Fence

If your dog has found a way to jump the fence no matter how high you make it, it's time to add a coyote roller to the top. With a coyote roller, a rolling piece of PVC is attached to the top rail of your fence. When your dog tries to jump, the PVC pipe rolls, causing your dog to lose its footing and land back in the yard. A few times of coming in contact with the coyote roller, and your dog will stop trying to jump the fence.

Go Below the Surface to Prevent Digging

If your dog likes to dig under the fence to get out, there are a few steps you can take to prevent that behavior. If you're going to be installing a new fence, ask your fence contractor to dig a trench around the perimeter of your yard and place the bottom portion of the fence inside the trench. Your dog will need to dig at least a foot down just the reach the point where it can dig under.

If you're keeping the original fence in place, you can lay a concrete pathway around the perimeter of your fence. Not only will this help keep your yard neat, but it will also prevent your dog from digging under the fence. If you don't want to deal with concrete, lay black plastic landscape sheeting on the ground along the base of your fence and cover it with gravel. Your dog will need to dig through the gravel and the plastic sheeting before it can escape.