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I was visiting some Veterinarian Hospitals up In Dania Beach talking to them about Dog Guard Out of Sight Dog Fences earlier in the week.  Since so many people in the area didn’t have standard fences around their properties, the Veterinarians thought that the underground fence was a pretty good idea.  While visiting the last Vet of the day, one of their clients approached me with a question.  It seemed that she already had a regular fence, but Lilly, her Labrador Retriever, was still getting out of the yard.  She was wondering if she needed a new fence, should do something to enhance her current fence, or think about a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence. 

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I although I am always excited about the opportunity to install a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence, I feel it is important to review all the possible solutions so that an individual can make a decision based on the best information they can receive.  I like to go through a check list of what people should review when trying to fix an “escaping dog” problem.

Gates:
If there are gates in the back yard, that always opens the opportunity of escape.  Open gates are natural magnets for wandering dogs.  The first thing that I would do is to check to make sure that all gates have self closing hinges.  I would also make sure that they all work and that the gates don’t get stuck on rocks or high grass that might stop the gate from closing.

I would also think about putting battery operates alarms on the gates.  Many municipalities require alarms on gates to yards that have pools.  When someone opens the gate and leaves it open for too long (longer than it normally takes to enter and close the gate behind them), a very loud and annoying alarm is sounded that can only be stopped by closing the gate.  I would also put a “Beware of Dog” sign facing out from the gate.  This keeps people from just wandering in.

Fence Structure:
If the fence has slats that allow the dog to easily pass through, you will have to modify it in some way to change the fence into a barrier.  Putting up chicken wire across the fence is normally the only thing you can do.  This is pretty ugly, but it is normally the only way to keep the dog from simply slipping through the slats.

Bottom of the Fence:
So, let’s say that the dog can’t simply “walk through the fence”, but there are several inches between the bottom of the fence and the grass or dirt.  This creates a very enticing area for your dog to place his paws and start digging.  It won’t take too long until he has dug a hole under the fence and has now escaped to the neighbor or the neighborhood.

What you have to do in this instance is to make sure that your dog can’t dig into the dirt directly below the fence to widen the area for his escape.  You can put down pavers below the fence so that there is no longer a place to dig.  You can also get stakes and hammer them into the ground about every four inches along the bottom of the fence.  You have to make sure that the stakes are hammered at least twelve inches in the ground so that your dog can’t simply dig them out.  This can also deter your dog’s escape route.

Fence Height:
If your dog can easily jump over the fence, you have a very interesting problem.  What you have to determine is how he is jumping over the fence and attack that issue.

Let’s say that your dog can easily leap over the fence with very little effort.  He never even touches the fence and doesn’t need to take any sort of a running leap at it.  In this case, the fence is just too low.  The only thing you can do is to replace the fence.

What if your dog jumps on the fence, get’s his front paws over the top, and pulls himself over?  What you need to do here is to make the top of the fence “slippery” so he can’t get a “paw-hold”.  We suggest going to Home Depot or Lowes Home Improvement.  What you need to do is to place PVC pipes (the same used for sprinklers) on the top of your fence in such a way that they spin.  When your dog jumps up and tries to grab the top of the fence, he will grab the pipe.  It will simply spin and he will slip right off.  Although very effective for this problem, it takes some work and isn’t the prettiest addition to your fence.

What if your dog needs to run and jump over the fence?  We need to block his approach.  You need to clear about a four foot area around the perimeter of the base of your fence.  In this area, you need to plant thick bushes near the fence and then strong and “prickly” shrubs out to about four feet from the fence.  This will then block your dog’s “jump off” point and eliminate his ability to jump over the fence.

Stuff On The Other Side of The Fence:
If you have determined that the only reason your dog is getting out is because he really wants to get to things he sees on the other side of the fence, I suggest that you plant a very thick and prickly bush around the fence.  I normally suggest a bush that is very pretty, can grow very tall, and has really nasty thorns; the Bougainvillea Bush. Although this could be an effective deterrent, it also completely blocks your view through the fence.

Home Owners’ Associations:
One problem that you may have with any of these solutions is your friendly and neighborly HOA.  There may be rules and regulations that won’t allow you to fix your problem using the above solutions. Also, the cost of some of these solutions can get pretty expensive.

Even though you already have a fence, using the underground, out of sight dog fence can be a great solution.  Your dog does not see your current fence as a barrier and deterrent to his wandering the neighborhood.  The underground, out of sight dog fence will easily provide that deterrent without disrupting your current fence, mess up your landscaping, or getting your Home Owners’ Association sending you nasty letters.

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