Escape Artists, Beware! How to Create an Escape-Proof Dog Fence

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Has your precious pooch been escaping your yard again?

While our dogs love us, they can also be adept escape artists that want to see the world beyond the fenced-in yard. 

Not only does this put your furry friend in danger, it can also put other pets and people at risk, as well as the local flora and fauna that your dog might want to destroy or dig into. It can also annoy any neighbors that your dog decides to pay a visit to!

What’s the best solution here? 

Creating a dog-proof dog fence might be the best option for you. It allows your dog to have its freedom when it’s playtime and also keeps it safely in your yard.

If you’re looking to dog-proof your yard, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn more about getting an efficient dog fence from an outdoor fencing company.

First, Figure Out Why Your Dog Is Escaping

Before you purchase a fence you’re going to need to figure out your dog’s motivations. Getting inside the head of a dog isn’t an easy task, but if you keep a watchful eye on its behavior (especially if you catch the dog in the act of trying to escape) you can get a feel for what’s going on. 

Some dogs are just lonely outside. They’d rather be indoors with you. While there are good reasons to give dogs some outdoor time during the day, make sure that they get indoor time as well if it’s possible. They won’t have the spare time on their paws to work on their next great escape. 

Lonely dogs might be looking for outside enrichment. They may have spotted or smelled a friend nearby that they know they can get to. If a friendly dog sees a potential new friend, they might bolt.

Maybe they have too much energy! A dog with extra energy is going to be more likely to want to get out. These dogs tend to be jumpers or diggers, using that anxious energy to escape and run around. 

Then, Figure Out How Your Dog Is Escaping

When you’re trying to plan your new fencing it’s helpful to understand how your dog is escaping. This is also going to require watching, probably from inside the house so the dog doesn’t know that it’s being watched (they know when they’re doing something they’re not supposed to do). 

Some dogs like to dig their way out, meaning they’re finding an easy escape route underneath your fence that you’re going to have to handle.

Smaller or more agile dogs can squeeze their way through a fence with a wide enough distance between poles. if you have small dogs, a wide fence like this isn’t a good idea.

Some dogs are able to jump over the fence. Even moderately high fences can be no match for a dog with enough determination and energy. 

Fences with weak materials can be chewed through by determined dogs with strong enough jaws. 

Fences that have gates can also be problematic if the gate doesn’t have a strong or complex enough latch. Smart dogs can learn how to open gates that are too easily accessible. 

For the Small Dogs 

Tiny dogs are sweet and easy to keep in the home as lap dogs, but sometimes you just want to let them outside to play. 

These dogs may not even realize that they’re escaping when they slip through the fence. It looks like a gateway!

You’re going to want a fence that has very little to no space between the posts. These fences are solid, or close to it. 

For the Jumpers

If you’ve got a jumping dog, you’re going to need a fence that can stand up to it.

You might think that your fence is tall enough, but try getting a taller one based on how high you’ve seen your dog jump. You may need to get one that you can’t look over if you’re determined to keep your dog in the yard.

It’s also best to get a fence with a smooth surface, like a vinyl or metal fence made from iron or steel. While popular for yards with dogs, chain-link fences might not be ideal for jumpers. They can still get a grip with their paws and get over the fence if there are enough holes to latch onto. 

For this reason, you should also be sure to get any objects away from the fence once you make it taller. A chair, trashcan, or even conveniently placed potted plant is all that it takes to get your dog a good surface to jump from. 

You’re looking for height and surface style for your jumping pet. 

For the Diggers

A dog that digs its way out of your yard is frustrating. They can ruin your yard and garden and they can get out of even the tallest fence. 

There are a few ways that you can handle this. 

You can install a fence that can go deep into the ground. Your dog won’t be able to dig far enough to get underneath the fence and back out through the other side. The underground dog fence is effective and won’t ruin the look of your yard.

You can also opt for a concrete pour under the fence when you install it. Your dog won’t be able to get through and your yard will be saved. 

For the Gate-Openers

When your dog is smart enough to get through your garden gate, you’ve got a problem. Some gates just have weak latches. If you can open your gate with a push instead of having to use some kind of mechanism, your gate isn’t strong enough.

Some gates with latching mechanisms still aren’t good enough for the sneaky dogs out there. 

You’re going to want to install a new fence and gate that has a stronger lock that can’t easily be manipulated by furry paws.  

For the Chewers

Dogs who like to chew their way through a fence need a fence that’s strong enough to withstand the effort. A dog that can’t chew through is likely to give up before any damage is done to their teeth or the fence, but keep an eye on it. 

Wooden fences are prone to rotting. This can make the material soft and easier to chew through. If you still like the look of wood you can opt for simulated wood that is more chew-resistant. 

Vinyl fences are stronger and can stand up to the average dog. Dogs without super strong jaws can benefit from vinyl fencing. 

Dogs who are experts at chewing their way free might require metal fencing, though you should be cautious of their teeth. They will notice the change but braver or less smart dogs may chance it anyway.  

For the Patrollers and Friend-Finders

These dogs are going to be in one of the other categories when it comes to how they escape, but the “why” is important here.

Dogs that patrol up and down the fences are looking for other dogs or people who are getting too close. “Too close” often means “walking on the sidewalk adjacent to the home” meaning that these dogs are going to want to escape a lot

Dogs that are looking to find other dogs for friendship also have this problem. They don’t want to defend the home against intruders, they just want to greet! 

While they have good intentions, the result is the same. Both of these dogs are going to escape from the fenced-in yard as soon as they see another animal or human walking somewhere that they can’t access.

You’re going to want to get a fence that your dog can’t see through or over. You want a fence that’s tall enough that the can’t see over it on its hind legs. You also want a fence that’s solid instead of one that has posts that are far enough apart that your dog can see passers-by. 

This won’t eliminate your problem completely as the dog can still smell and hear the people and animals outside, but it will keep them from getting as distracted by them. 

Are You Working on Improving Your Dog Fence?

Keeping a sneaky escape artist dog fenced-in is a challenge for any dog-owner. If you’re willing to improve your dog fencing, though, you’ll be able to keep your pet safe and secure in your yard. 

Get the benefit of a shiny new fence for your home alongside the protection of your pet (and the neighborhood)!

If you’re looking into fencing options that can suit your lifestyle from a St. Louis fence company, we can help. Visit our site so that we can help you improve your dog fence today. 

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