How to Keep My Dog From Getting Out of the Fence

By Melinda Weaver

Whether you are installing the fence or just improving it, many options are available to fence your dog in the yard and prevent escape. Which type you choose will depend on your needs -- and your dog. Before you leave your dog in the yard, make sure your fence is secure and your dog is properly trained.

Choosing a Fence

Many options exist for fences, so consider the needs of your dog. A chain-link or bar fence will keep your dog in the yard, but if your dog is reactive, a fence that she can see through may be too stressful, especially if your neighborhood is busy. In that case, choose a wooden or brick fence. This will help keep your dog in the yard if she is active and likely to attempt escape.

Preventing Escape from Above

Whole Dog Journal recommends a fence at least 6 feet high to house your dog. If your dog is a jumper, make sure there is no lawn furniture or other yard decor on which your dog could jump to reach the top of the fence. If this is a concern, you can install a fence "roof" that juts out at a 45 or 90 degree angle, preventing escape. This can be built with either boards or boards and chicken wire.

Preventing Escape from Below

For the digger, install chicken wire on the ground for 2 feet around the fence. This will prevent digging. You can use chicken wire to patch holes in the fence through which a smaller dog may squeeze.

Behavioral Training

Dogs are often tempted to escape because they are bored or nervous. If you are going to leave your dog in the yard unsupervised, exercise him well beforehand and give the dog activities while in the yard, such as interactive toys. You can hide treats around the yard to get your dog hunting for his food while you're gone. These interactive activities will curb boredom and reduce behavior problems.