How do i keep my dog in my fence?

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My 8 month old lab is escaping my newly build 4ft chain link fence. There are no holes or gaps for him to crawl under. The only thing it can be is him jumping it… I dont know what to do. Its usally late at night im guessing because in the mornings hes not home. He can jump into my truck with the tailgate up. So i imagine a 4ft fence would be a joke almost.. Any ideas?

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7 Responses to “How do i keep my dog in my fence?”

  1. Liam Smith says:

    You can first give your dog its basic and obedience training so you can establish the leader-follower relationship. After this, walk your dog on the line where your dog can go the farthest, go on to this imaginary line continuously everyday and after a while, you will see that your dog automatically do not go over that imaginary limit.

    I recommend that you watch my 4 minute dog training Youtube video at http://tiny.ly/RV8R which will give you important tips to keep in mind as you train your dog.

    Enjoy the bonding time with your dog while training – this builds his confidence and makes him more enthusiastic with the training. – Hope my advice helps!

  2. Cookie says:

    Labs are usually great climbers and have been known to scale chain links up to 8 feet high but if they want out bad enough, they dig under. The loose dogs in my neighborhood that is full of electric inground fences are always labs, so even an electric fence won’t keep a lab in the yard if he wants out.however an electric fence will keep him from returning home through it so if he escapes it he is gone.
    Your best bet is to never leave him out there unsupervised, or put him on a line when he is in the yard. Obedience training could help, but a lab that wants out will find a way.

  3. Your Captain says:

    the problem with chain link fences is that even if your dog isn’t jumping 4ft as long as it jumps most of the way it can put its paws in the links to push itself over the rest of the way. as you said though, you’ve seen how high he can jump and he’ll only get stronger and bigger over the next 12 months so you’ll need to block him with something strong and high.
    i suggest you get something like this- http://www.wiremeshseries.com/index.files/chain%20link%20fence%203.jpg you don’t need to use barbed wire, you can get them with the chain links instead. you would get it put on so the angle this picture is taken from would be the street and the fence would be pointing in towards your yard so that if your dog jumps up he hits his head and he won’t be able to climb it. aside from that i don’t know what you can do, there are plenty of things that might help in the short term like putting material over the top of the fence hanging one metre down so that if he is jumping up and climbing the rest of the way it will stop him, but even if that is the case he will be able to jump it in a few months. i think that while this might not be a cheap option it is long term.

    you should also consider that if your dog is trying to escape it means he has too much energy, mental and physical, so even if you stop him escaping he will probably become a barker or a digger. i suggest you give him a raw bone every day, at least 40 minutes exercise and at least 10 minutes of training, going over tricks he knows and teaching him new ones so that rather than escaping he will be happy to just sniff around and sleep. good luck

  4. Annie says:

    Run a "hot wire" on the top or install an underground electric fence 1′ inside the traditional fence (you can buy kits from KV Vet supply and rent a cable layer from home depot).

  5. sickbxy says:

    escape prone dogs need atleast a 6ft fence, preferably wood.

  6. Triangular Man says:

    With electric wire.

  7. Nikkie:. says:

    4ft fence, 8 month old Lab – Definitely predictable. I don’t know what to tell you, you should have gotten the fence built higher, or possible a wooden fence.

    For the time being, you could get a kennel run (Basically a fully fenced in area) for the dog to go in, and then walk him a few extra times during the day.

    Edit: I don’t think underground fences are a good idea. First, the dog can still potentially get out. A Chihuahua will take the shot a lot worse than a Lab would. Second, if the dog gets through the fence, he won’t be able to get back in (as he will be shocked, and who wants to be contained anyway?). Third, some dogs develop a fear or phobia of the fence and it will just make them anxious and can lead to behavioral issues.

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