Any Ideas to Keep my Dog From Jumping my 6 ft Fence?

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I have a boxer pitbull mix who is a year old.  She is very active and can jump my 6 foot privacy fence.  I am looking for ideas on how to stop her from escaping from the back yard.

The fence is made of wood, so I can attach roller bars on the top, or build some sort of barrier.  I’ve gone around the lawn and removed all obstacles she can use to step onto.  She was using the wood pile as her launching pad.  After I moved the firewood my dog developed super powers and ran and climbed the fence then jumped over!  That is why I was thinking I need to make the fence taller.

I was wondering what kind of products you can attach to the top of a fence to  make it taller?  Maybe chicken wire or lattice?  I want it to look nice as we live in a neighborhood with strict rules from the homes association.

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10 Responses to “Any Ideas to Keep my Dog From Jumping my 6 ft Fence?”

  1. Nedra E says:

    You’ve been given 4 suggestions that I saw so far:

    Invisible fence: with a short haired dog it may work, but I would put it several feet inside your existing 6′ fence as she won’t feel the invisible fence when she’s already airborne over the 6′ fence if you put it where the other responder suggested.

    Obedience Training: is a good idea in any case for this kind of dog. Any Pitt Bull or Pitt Bull mix is a strong willed dog who needs a good STRONG Alpha Pack Leader

    Training Collar: I have used and it has a fatal flaw. If you are not within about 100′ of the dog, the dog collar will be out of range of your controller and won’t hear the signal nor give the dog any shock or warning signals. The collar that will work costs more like $300 to $400 and has a stated range of 1-3 miles, if I remember correctly.

    Coyote Roller: an interesting product, too expensive for me on my farm, but it looks good.

    MY Suggestions:
    Make not of where your dog is when he makes "lift-off" to jump the fence. Put the invisible fence slightly further than that distance from your current 6′ fence.

    Add to the 6′ fence… a top portion of about 12" that tilts INWARD. This screws up the dog’s jump and makes him drop down onto the ground inside the fencing.

    Add to the top of the 6′ fence, or the top of an inward bound addition to the 6′ fence, a HOT wire. Run a hot wire the entire fence line. If you have a gate, you need to underground the wire across to the other side, and put a wire from the hinge side along the top of the gate. Attach this to a charger that is capable of charging a LONG fence line… like 50 miles of fence line… This will have a strong enough charge to get the dog’s attention. But it won’t harm him. I’ve been bitten by our charger that works up to 100mi of fence line. It’s uncomfortable but does not injure. But for stoic, strong-willed dogs you need a GOOD jolt to get their attention!

    If he tries to dig out, you add a 2nd hot wire across the bottom of the fence line, about 1′ off the ground.

    This really works well.

    I know one farmer who takes his dogs and goats to the fence and FORCES them to touch the hot wire when it’s new to them so they KNOW for SURE that it’s there. I never did that… but it is an option.

  2. teener_b says:

    You can install coyote roller along the top of the fence:

    http://www.coyoteroller.com/

    If you’re a handy person, you can make your own with wire & PVC Pipe.

  3. iluvtorofl says:

    Run an electric wire along the fence.

  4. Missy says:

    You could chain her to a spot in the middle of the yard, not a chain long enough to get over the fence obviously. Then when you are out there with her let her go, and keep a close eye on her. She will learn what the chain means and soon she will stay at home in your yard. Good Luck

  5. allanimals21 says:

    I don’t know how she is jumping it. I know a friend of mine had a shepard and they put electric fence on part of the fence and when the dog went to jump it it had contact with a shock. after a couple of weeks the dog gave up and they took down the electric fence.

  6. jaz says:

    Is she jumping it or climbing it? One suggestion that might work if she’s climbing it is to add an inward angle along the top of the fence. Depending on what type of fence you have this may be difficult to do, but when she hits the angled part she won’t be able to hang upside down so she won’t be able to get over.

    If she’s jumping the fence, I’d suggest installing a hidden electric fence along your fence line. You can even install the wire by just tying it to the fence and then having your dog wear the special collar. This method would also work for climbing.

  7. Phurface says:

    Do you scold her tersely when you catch her in the act? Shock collar might be the best approach. $150 at most pet stores, they offer a warning tone first and then if the unwanted behaviour continues, you can deliver a shock. You’re in complete control of the intensity also. Most pet stores sell them along with the replacement batteries for the collar. The hand unit uses a standard 9V.

  8. Tatika M says:

    Obenience training, it really works. I have a American Pit Bull Terrier, and he done that as well until he was properly trained.

  9. mom2grls0204 says:

    you can try and get one of those under ground electric fence and put it around the inside of your fence a few inches away. That should stop her.

  10. Barbara B says:

    Obedience training is key. I cannot recommend obedience training enough –

    That said, you have an escape artist on your hands and you need to confine her NOW.

    Consider installing a rather complicated electric fence – Stretch 1 or 2 hot wires 6 and 12 inches on top of your existing 6′ fence (making it 7 feet high). This will discourage her from climbing the fence – a paw or a nose on that hot wire and she’ll think twice about climbing it. Also, install (on a separate charger) another 2 – 3 hot wires (12" apart on the posts) about 2 -3 feet inside your yard. This will discourage her from even coming NEAR the fence in the first place (also discourages digging)

    All of the necessary components for building and charging an electric fence are available from your local farm supply store.

    Since pitties (and I have one – so I know) have a high pain threshold, you may have to initially keep the charge on the wires pretty high – so be sure to warn adults about the fence and closely supervise children when they’re outside.

    After she’s been sparked a couple of times, she’ll will be less likely to try to get out by climbing the fence. Instead she might try digging – which is the reason for the second fence.

    Install both fences at the same time. Keep grass etc. around them trimmed properly.

    This can be a nuisance – but I understand where you’re coming from. A loose dog is often struck by cars and is certainly counter any leash law in your community.

    Hope this helps.

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