How to Prevent Your Dog From Digging Under Your Fence
Just as a dog is a man’s best friend, a sturdy fence is a homeowner’s best friend. Not only does it provide privacy and security, installing a fence is also a great way to protect your pets. Your fence prevents your dog from running out in the street and possibly onto incoming traffic.
When installing a fence, your fencing contractor will inform you of the several options to choose from. Depending on your needs, you can choose from different types of fences, such as chain link style fencing, privacy chain link fence and ranch style vinyl fence. Frequently, dog owners ask us our opinion on the best way to keep their dogs from digging under their newly installed fence.
Many dogs have a natural instinct and enjoy to dig, while others do it due to a number of issues. Not only can this behavior damage your fence, it will make the ground look shabby, and if the dog is determined enough, they can get out and run away. When addressing any behavioral issues with your dog, avoid negative punishment because this may increase anxiety-related digging.
So, how do you stop your dog from digging under your fence?
(1) Spend Time with Your Dog: The first tip comes from many of the local dog trainers who help owners change this behavior in their dogs. This may seem like a common sense tip, but dogs often dig under a fence when they are not receiving enough time and attention from their owner. If your dog is not expending excess energy or getting the attention it desires, it will lead to problematic behavior such as digging under the fence.
(2) Create a Barrier: Another way to prevent digging under your fence is by not having it be an option anymore. Lining your fence with rocks is one way to keep your dog from digging. Another option is to place chain-link fencing on the ground, anchored to the bottom of the fence. Once again this will prevent your dog from digging as there is now a barrier between him and the ground.
(3) Concrete Mow Strip or Curb: A third option, though the most costly, is an extremely effective solution. Having a concrete mow strip or curb put in on the inside of your fence is not only a great way to prevent digging, but will also enhance the look of your yard. If you have the budget to do this, then we would highly recommend it!
If you happen to run into the issue of your dog digging under your fence, keep the above points in mind and hopefully it will help keep your yard looking great, and more importantly keep your beloved dogs safe. We are in no way experts in dog training, but over the last 32 years of serving the High Desert, including Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Oak Hills, Phelan and Adelanto, we’ve learned a few tips from our experiences and from feedback from our amazing customers. If you have any other helpful tips, please let us know in the comments, or if you’re looking to have a new fence installed, give us a call today for a free estimate!