How Do I Stop My Dog From Digging Under the Fence?


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Burying chicken wire underground at the base of the fence is a good way to prevent a dog from digging under the fence, states the ASPCA. Roll the wire so that the sharp edges face inward, or away from the yard.

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Placing large rocks around the base of the fence or laying chain-link fencing on the ground along the fence are some other ways to prevent digging. Anchor the chain-link fencing to the bottom of the existing fence so that walking close to the bottom of the fence is uncomfortable for the dog. Burying the bottom of the fence at least 1 to 2 feet below the ground also ensures that the dog can't dig under it, according to the Humane Society. They also recommend removing any incentives that the dog has to escape from the yard.

Some reasons that cause a desire to escape include fear, a desire to roam, a need for social contact and a desire to mate. Blocking the dog's view if it can see through the fence often puts a stop to the desire to roam, while spending more time with the dog removes its need to escape to seek out social contact. Spaying or neutering the dog removes its desire to escape to search for a mate.

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