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How to Stop your Dog from Digging Under your Fence

Victor Boemmels Digging, Dog Training, General 2 Comments

One of the most frustrating things to deal with as a new dog parent is an escape artist dog. Many dogs are rehomed or end up in shelters because their families can’t stop them from digging under or climbing over their fence.

Depending on your breed your dog may be digging for a variety of reasons. Terriers, for example, are hard-wired to dig and search out prey.

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Your terrier doesn’t have to be a big dog to cause a problem. Terriers that are only 20-25 pounds are super athletes and can easily jump over a standard 4 foot tall chain link fence – in addition to digging under your fence. We recommend a 6 foot tall dog fence.

So, how do you stop your dog from digging under your fence?

The most effective way to stop a dog from digging under your fence is to physically prevent your dog from doing it. This is what certified dog trainers call “management”. There are lots of long-term training methods that you can do as well, but that won’t stop your dog from escaping from your yard tomorrow or next week – or even next month.

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Our fence acts as a flexible net that prevents dogs and other animals from climbing. The bottom material is flared in towards you and secured with unique ground stakes to create a dig guard. You don’t have to dig any holes, mix cement, or make any changes to your landscape.

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One you’ve physically prevented your dog from digging under your fence, how do you start changing your dog’s behavior? Dogs dig for many different reasons. They might be bored or they might be seeking out prey, which is their natural instinct. Trying to figure out why your dog is digging may take several weeks to fully comprehend. Start by trying to meet all your dog’s needs for exercise and mental stimulation. If you’re leaving your dog outside by himself all day long, how will he occupy his time? Sometimes you can reduce boredom issues by getting your dog a friend. However it’s critical that you make sure that your dog will actually engage and play with your new dog until they are both tired. A tired well-exercised dog is a lot less likely to dig.

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If adopting another dog is not a solution, and you can’t seem to provide your dog with the mental stimulation or physical exercise he or she needs, consider buying puzzle feeders. These provide mental stimulation to your dog to prevent boredom, which many times is the root cause why your dog is digging under your fence.

Is your dog neutered or spayed?

Some pet parents, especially first time dog owners, think that they may want to have puppies. Whether to keep for themselves, or to sell. So, they opt not to spay or neuter their pup. However, a dog in heat can be almost impossible to train unless you can dedicate 2-4 hours a day to training your dog. A fully intact male dog may aggressively pursue prey or sexual partners. Whether you have a male or a female dog, we highly recommend that you spay or neuter your dog if you want to stop your dog from digging under your fence.


Comments 2

    1. The dig guard is not one single component. It is made up of several components. Our suggestion is to dog-proof your privacy fence by installing a Pet Playgrounds fence inside your existing one. Essentially, our fence will be on the inside layer, and your existing wooden fence would be on the outer layer. Our fence is not just a bunch of parts. Each component works together with the other. You can’t have the dig guard without installing most of the other components.

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