The neighbor’s dog, Ollie, loves digging under the fence.
He’s always running off, barking and chasing shadows in typical yappie, Yorkie style.
Our dog Daisy doesn’t run away, but then she’s a house dog who loves nothing better than an all-day snooze on her bed.
My neighbor asked for advice on keeping Ollie on the right side of the fence. We put our heads together and came up with a few options. They now have two dogs and no escapees, so our great think-in looks like a success.
To help others with similar problems we put together this post, with tips on keeping the dog from digging under your fence.
On our list of recommendations are:
- Privacy fences take away the temptation
- Dig deep to keep them in
- Elevated beds are a great help
- Vinyl is the most suitable option
Let’s take a closer look at each tip and see how we can keep your dog from digging under the fence.
Privacy fences take away the temptation
A big problem with escaping dogs is that they see the free world on the other side of the fence, and want to be part of all the fun.
Passing cars, cats on the prowl, kids off playing with their bikes and you going for a walk without them. All big temptations to a dog.
The good idea is to take away all that temptation.
A privacy fence will give your yard much needed security and privacy, but it also stops your dog from seeing things worth chasing.
A tall privacy fence will stop them from jumping over, and take away the view to stop them from wanting to escape.
You will also need to build the project correctly, to keep the persistent dog from digging under the fence.
Dig deep to keep them in
If your dog keeps digging under the fence, you will need to beat them at their own game.
Dig a trench along the line of the fence, before you erect it.
Go down about one foot and make it about six inches on either side of the fence.
Fill the trench with concrete and let it set; do this work the week before you start construction.
When installing the privacy fence lay the panels as close to the concrete as possible.
Your dog will not be able to dig down or slip under the panels when facing the concrete barrier.
Elevated beds are a big help
Many of our clients build elevated beds along the border of the fence.
You can come out about two feet and maybe go up a foot or two when building the bed.
The elevated beds will take away access to the bottom of the fence, and the chance for the dog to dig a tunnel.
We know of clients who plant produce, flowers and shrubs in the beds and the fence offers protection from rain and wind.
The beds can become an eye-catching feature of your garden.
Vinyl is the most suitable option
When building any fence you must keep in mind which material will do the best job.
Sometimes it’s wood or metal, and many people insist on having the traditional materials on their property.
To stop a dog from digging under the fence, you will need to consider vinyl as an option.
Vinyl is a very durable and low-maintenance fencing material.
It will repay your investment with years of trouble-free service around the garden.
You can put it very close to the soil, with the worry of decay or termites. Vinyl is ideal for placing behind elevated beds and for laying panels down to ground level.
Vinyl privacy is light and easy to work with on a project.
It is ideal for the weekend DIY fence install.
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