How do you Stop a Dog from Jumping the Fence?

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My dog keeps climbing the chain link fence to escape.  We can’t change the fence because the house is rented.  Why is my dog jumping the fence and how do I get her to stop?  I’m afraid she will get out and run away or get lost.

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7 Responses to “How do you Stop a Dog from Jumping the Fence?”

  1. Thornita says:

    You can’t.

    I suggest putting a 6 ft fence up… Just ask the people you rent off and anyway are you even allowed a dog in a rented house?? GOOD LUCK!

  2. rndthclock says:

    Put a strand of electric wire where she is getting over

  3. Simrandeep C says:

    If you try to teach her that jumping the fence is wrong, maybe she’ll get out of the habit. Like give her a treat when she doesn’t jump the fence. Progress by Progress she’ll get out of it :).

  4. dr d says:

    everytime she does it, either shout really sharply and sternly, or give her a little smack so she learns its wrong, and when she picks up its wrong reward her

  5. Shazza says:

    Tie the dog up.

  6. BYBs kill dogs and puppies says:

    Either put a 6ft fence up or keep her in and let her out on a lead only

  7. Gidget says:

    This is a tough one, and you may never be entirely successful. Unfortunately, this is one of the few times where it may make sense to tie your dog outside (chain connected to a long overhead cable so the dog can run) in order to protect your dog. Alternatives: never put your dog in the yard, instead walk them on a lead. Or always be in the yard with your dog when you let him/her out.

    Some people claim to have had success with mounting fiberglass rods to the tops of the fenceposts and stringing a several rows of fishing line between them. Once the dog realizes that’s there s/he is unlikely to jump because there’s no longer a safe top rail to push off of. Also the dog can’t easily see the fishing line, so s/he can’t judge how to top the fence. You may be able to do this to the fence even if you’re renting. The rods aren’t too costly and you could attach them to the existing posts using inexpensive zip ties.

    I’m a little wary of that method, though, because my fear would be that the dog would attempt the jump, get tangled in the line and break a limb or choke to death. That said, this method works well for deer in some areas and I read a study saying there were no deer reported injured by a fence that was set up for the study (I think the study was published by the Michigan DNR?) Also, if your dog is heavy and motivated enough s/he could just blow through the fishing line and end up on the other side. Anyway, you should talk with a dog trainer and assess your own dog before you try this.

    Another alternative is to install an invisible fence inside of the real fence. Invisible fence kits can be had for just a couple hundred dollars if you do some research and they are pretty easy to install. The kit comes with a collar that gives the dog a beep warning when they get near the fence and then administers a static electric shock (like what you get when you touch a doorknob in the winter, if you live in a northern climate) if the dog doesn’t back off. It’s unpleasant but it’s not painful and won’t injure the dog. There’s a cable that you bury about 2-3" deep all around the perimeter of your yard and a control box that emits the signal using the cable as a sort of antenna. You don’t need ot install it permanently–some people staple the cable to the ground using landscaping cloth staples if they are renting a place. (Just watch out when you mow the grass!) You need to be sure to put it some distance from the fence, though, because if your dog takes a running leap to get to the fence s/he may just charge through the invisible fence if it’s close enough to the regular fence.

    You might also contact a local trainer. A trainer can assess your dog and decide if s/he would benefit from some form of fence training.

    Hope this helps. I’ve heard of so many dogs getting killed by cars or just running away after scaling fences, so I’m really glad you’re concerned about this issue. Some people just let their dogs escape and expect the dog will come back–until the day s/he doesn’t come back.

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