Is your fence keeping your dog safe?

Do you have a jumper? A digger? What about a wriggler or a climber? If you’re the owner of an inquisitive, energetic dog all these terms will probably make you feel a little bit anxious. For many pet owners, escaping dogs is an ever-present worry.

Most of us need to leave the house for work at least 5 days during the week, which means your dog is left to entertain himself for large chunks of time. It’s these extended periods that can bring out the wanderer in many pups.

Your dog could be escaping for a number of reasons, some include breed characteristics, personality, and age. Many dogs take a solo walk because:

  • they’re bored
  • they are protecting their territory
  • they are lonely
  • it’s fun
  • to find a friend – often occurring in unneutered or unspayed dogs
  • they like to hunt

Having a day out on the town is all well and good, but going it alone can be very risky. Potential hazards can be incredibly dangerous for a roaming pooch. They can encounter busy roads, ‘not so friendly’ dogs; they also risk getting lost, stolen or injured.

Keep your dog safe with a solid fence

The number one way to keep your pet safe while you’re out is to make sure he has a secure place to live. The easiest way to achieve this is to have a good fence. A solid fence, in good repair, will keep your pooch safe in the yard and other enquiring animals out.

If you have an escape artist in the family or are planning to get a dog soon check the entire fence line for weaknesses or possible breakout points. Frail, rot affected, or storm-damaged fence palings can present an easy way out for a determined dog. Remember he will have many hours to test every bit of fencing so make sure you are very thorough. A range of fence repair issues can present escape opportunities including:

  • sagging fence lines
  • damaged or loose posts and railings
  • soil erosion under the fence
  • loose or wobbly gate hinges
  • unsecured gate locks or latches

If you find any of these issues in the fence around your property get them fixed quickly to nip the escapes in the bud before your dog gets into the bad habit of roaming while you’re out. Shore up posts, repair railings, and pickets, and fill in eroded areas or gaps with rocks or chicken wire to prevent digging. A great tip we picked up was to add a spring closer to the gate so it shuts automatically, this can help stop breakouts caused by human error.

Speak to your fence repairer about angling off railings to prevent climbers from getting a paw hold, and your vet or dog specialist about recommended fence heights for particular breeds.

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