We love our dogs for their nature and their cleverness.
A dog fence in the yard is an excellent way to keep them from running off, or digging where you don’t want them to be. It also maintains control over the dog’s bathroom area.
Dogs do tend to try the same things over and over again, however, such as digging under the fence and escaping. Smaller dogs mightn’t be so good at the digging, but they can slip through the slightest gap.
Building a dog fence to stop them digging under or slipping through involves:
- Constructing a strong fence
- Going down a depth with concrete
- Putting up a good privacy fence
- Using puppy panels
- Building with aluminum
- Adding some landscaping
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Constructing a strong fence
Choose a spot in the yard where the dog can have a bit of freedom to roam.
Build a run for the dog by enclosing the space with a high fence, made from privacy panels or tightly spaced pickets.
The critical point is to bury the posts deep into the ground, so the dogs can’t knock over the fence.
A layer of concrete will stop the diggers from escaping.
Going down a depth with concrete
By pouring a layer of concrete around and below the fence panels, the dog will not be able to burrow out.
You do not need to go down too deep with the layer of concrete.
Dogs quickly realize that there is little point in digging after a few inches.
The recommended depth is about a foot below the surface and maybe 6 inches either side of the fence, but you can go to a foot out too.
Dig your trench before you put the fence up, if possible, and fill it with concrete.
Lay the fence panels as close to the concrete as you can, and some people even bury them into it.
If you are using wood, make sure to use treated panels and that the concrete slants away from the fence, to take off any rainwater.
If you are retrofitting the concrete barrier, you may need to take the fence down and build it again.
Putting up a good privacy fence
A privacy fence on the boundary may solve a number of problems at the one time.
It may allow you the privacy to do as you like in the backyard, without the neighbors or passersby having a look.
The good privacy fence will also keep your dogs in, and the neighbor’s one out of the yard.
You can use wood or vinyl when building the fence.
A vinyl fence can reach a good height, and the panels are impossible for the dog to slip through or jump over.
Vinyl privacy fencing is sturdy, durable and comes in a variety of colors.
Using puppy panels
Puppy panels are a great and very simple invention.
They fit easily to the foot of your fence and stop dogs from sliding under or through the structure.
Puppy panels fit easily onto an aluminum or iron fence, and they make sure dogs stay on the right side of the it.
The panels snap into each other and do not look unsightly, unlike chicken wire and other patches some dog lovers use.
Building with aluminum or iron
Aluminum and iron are solid materials for building a dog fence.
Such a fence can keep a dog in, and by adding the puppy panels, any smaller dogs will not slip through the fence.
You will still have to pour the layer of concrete to keep the diggers from burrowing under the rails.
Metal can be expensive and iron needs a lot of maintenance, but the fence does look great on the property and will last a lifetime.
Adding some landscaping
Sometimes a little bit of preventative landscaping can work wonders.
Building raised beds along the foot of a fence can deter the dog from digging.
Well-placed boulders and rocks can act as a barrier, as can trees and shrubs.
A tired dog won’t have the energy for digging, so maybe an extra mile on the daily walk may do the trick too.