There are several ways a dog can get out of their yard. They can dig their way out, climb over the fence or make their way through a broken or damaged section of the fence. When a dog escapes from the yard the possibility of being hit by a car is certainly an area of concern. This can be one of life’s most heartbreaking experiences. Thankfully, pet lovers have a number of options that can help avoid this hazard.
Digging under the Fence
• Dig Defence® is a new product that installs a permanent barrier for shielding and securing fences, structures and foundations against dog digging or invasive wildlife. Dig Defence® is an underpinning that is essentially a row of spikes hammered into the ground along the bottom of the fence that can protect the dog without harm. No trenching is needed and they are available in two sizes.
Small dogs, 32″ x 8″ spikes with a 2″ gap
Large dogs: 32″x 8″ with a 4″ gap.
• Another solution is to lay chain link fence, chicken or mesh wire under the fence. If you have a neighbor, you must get their permission prior to installing. To install, simply dig out about 4″-6″ below the fence and lay the wire under it. This will prevent your dogs from tunneling under the fence. Fences are typically on utility easements, so it is best to dial ‘811′ to get your utilities marked prior to installing anything along the fence. 811 a free service
• If you have a dog that likes to escape by climbing over the fence, Coyote Roller is a product that prevents dogs from escaping or wildlife from entering. The fence must be at least five to six feet high in order for it to work properly. A roller is secured on the top of the fence and rolls when animals try to scale it.
• Another solution is to secure lattice or sheep wire at an angle along top of the fence. When the lattice is set up at an angle, it confuses both cats and dogs when they look up, they simply cannot figure it out. Pets’ eyes have more rods than cones so they do not see in the same detail or depth as humans do. We place the lattice at an angle in order to trick and confuse them and ultimately to protect them.
Elizabeth Bublitz is an animal friendly gardening expert, author and owner of Pawfriendly Landscapes. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter