How do you get your dog to stop running up and down the fence line?


I have two Labs. Our neighbors nextdoor have two Dobermans. If the dogs happen to be outside at the same time they immediately go to the fence and run back and forth, back and forth. It’s really starting to take a toll on our grass. Any suggestions?

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7 Responses to “How do you get your dog to stop running up and down the fence line?”

  1. tarielle_au says:

    You could try directing their attention elsewhere. I can’t guarantee this will work but you could give it a shot.
    Go and buy a whistle, training whistle, dog hunting whistle, whatever – the kind you hang around your neck and keep the whistle in your mouth.
    You can try to train with both of them at the same time but I would start with one dog first and then changeover to the other dog.

    Start by having the dog in the yard with you and blow the whistle. Then straight away give your dog a treat. Repeat, repeat, repeat over and over, say 10 or more times.
    What you are trying to do is to get the dog to think that whenever he/or she hears the whistle they are going to get a treat.

    Do this for both dogs.

    After a while, move a greater distance away from the dog and blow the whistle. Hopefully the dog will come running for the treat. You might also give the ‘come’ command. Treat immediately when the dog comes to you.

    Once both dogs have this down pat then bring them both out in the yard and keep up with this training. 10 minutes maybe twice a day should be enough.

    In between, when the dobermans are running up and down the fence like maniacs you blow the whistle to get your dogs attention to come for a treat. Hopefully after a while your dogs interest in running up and down your side of the fence wont’ be such a big deal to them anymore and they will stop doing this.

    Whenever you see it happen get out there with the whistle and the treats.

    This method worked on my little dog when our neighbours had 2 dogs. They moved house recently so no more dogs on any of our fences but when we did it would drive me mad so I know what you’re going through.

    You can only try it and see how effective it is. At the very least, if their impulses are too strong and they still want to run up and down, when you catch them at it they will come to you and stop momentarily.
    Best of luck

  2. Bindi *No such thing as 100% R+* says:

    Create a visual barrier.

    Or redo your landscape to include "dog paths".

  3. marci knows best says:

    Take them on longer walks. Labs are high energy dogs, and require large amounts of both mental and physical work due to their breeding. They need a minimum of an hours exercise a day plus mental exercise as well. Don’t just stick the dogs in the yard, take them for a hike or a romp in the dog park.

  4. samiah lowe says:

    Tie them up or put down a path way so the grass won’t look bad and they can shorten their nails at the same time

  5. Kate says:

    Try getting your dogs out for some out of yard exercise

  6. Dr. Whiskey says:

    tie it to a shorter rope.

  7. tulachek says:

    I’ve experienced something similar. There are a couple of things you can do. First, get a professional trainer to help you train the dog not to that. It will be very tough because dogs do want to interact, but a trainer can help. However, this is an expensive solution and may not be your best bet.

    Second, you could try to make sure the dogs aren’t outside at the same time. Sounds logical, doesn’t it, but I know that in practice this can be impossible.

    So the best solution is the following:

    Form a buffer between the fence and grass with a substance such as mulch or rocks if the dog is wearing out a path on the lawn. Don’t overlook the use of other materials for pathways, such as brick pavers, flagstone or gravel.

    Now I know that doesn’t put an end to the behavior, but it will spare your lawn the damage. I know that’s not exactly what you were looking for, but it’s something to consider and I hope it helps!!

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