how do you train your dog to not climb the fence?


i have a 13 month old staffordshire terrier, who is fixed. she loves to climb our chain link, i can only leave her outside for just a few moments… just enough to go potty… ive purchased the electric dog fence… but i also want to train her not to climb our fence.. so that way we wont have to use it… and shes very fast when she climbs it i only hear the fence rattle once and shes out!! so what do i do?

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12 Responses to “how do you train your dog to not climb the fence?”

  1. Aliana Butler says:

    My Girlfriend has such a big heart almost to a fault when it comes to animals. She brought home a pound dog that nobody would adopt due to temperament, barking, chewing etc. It has been about a month and using the training techniques in the referenced site she is now eager to please, attentive, no more jumping up or barking at everything and really seems like a happy and healthy pet who even learned to play dead when you point a your finger at her and say bang. The dog was obviously more intelligent then I gave her credit for originally but the methods really were key coupled with our keeping at it and of course she is far from perfect just not the mangy character brought home in the rescue mission. I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!

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  3. Jesus First, Papillons Second says:

    You can buy cat fences that curve back over themselves at the top to make them impossible to climb. You could also install something at the top of your fence like a solid board all the way around so she can’t climb that. It would be next to impossible to train your dog not to do that since she is unsupervised outside.

  4. Very General says:

    It is hard to explain, so hopefully you will figure out what I mean.

    In order for your dog not to climb the fence, you need either to increase the height or run a hot wire around the perimeter.

    That was the easy part. Now for the part that involves mind-reading and visualization skills:

    Bend the upper part of the fence inward so she cannot get a foothold and it is not stable. Either that or shorten one of the posts so that the chain link is not that stable and gives when pressure is applied.

  5. Marco Selese says:

    How To Keep a Dog from Climbing the Fence:

    As far as training to control this, you first need to have your dog trained in basic obedience. Find classes and go to them with your dog. Then once the dog knows to respond to your commands and trust you (both things that you and your dog are trained how to do at obedience classes), then you can try to train the dog to no longer do this by command.

    As you will find out in the training classes, almost robotic consistency and immediate response to the unwanted behavior is critical for success. You will need to plan to be there much of the time it is out in the fenced area at first to watch the dog closely and catch them doing what you don’t want done so you can correct them.

    Correction and training may solve the problem, but you will still have to consider the other points above. Training must be very good to make any effect on instinctual behavior, so unless you are willing to learn how to do that correctly with training classes, then you might as well just put in a taller fence that is not as easily climbed to keep your dog safe.

  6. LoLo says:

    I have a dog that learned this from a Foster dog. I purchased a dogtra shock collar. I didn’t want to use a electric fence Because I didn’t want him to learn that He could get far enough and the shock ended. This way I can control him with a remote And I control the shock.
    I never let him out alone and He still does it occasionally like once a year.
    You have to be consistent and shock moment feet leave ground. I also got taught proper way to use collar by a trainer. You can’t just put it on and start shocking doesn’t work that way.
    If you do want to leave her outside for a while you must use tie out but make sure she can’t reach fence. She could hang herself.

  7. Julie D. says:

    A couple of decades ago, I had a dog that was a fence jumper. I went out and purchased an e-collar. Two zaps and the dog never jumped the fence again. For those of you who think this is cruel, think about the dog being severely injured by being hit by a car. That may change your opinion.

  8. janak says:

    you can train daily to your dog not to climb the fence.

  9. Meg says:

    I’ve had no luck training my dog not to do the same, but I have a tether suspended from a line that goes across the yard. That way, she can run around without either escaping or getting tangled.

  10. Sally Back says:

    put her in a pen!
    then she will learn.
    If that doesn’t work, close in where she goes potty!

  11. ladystang says:

    you train your dog
    you supervise when outside

    you can put electric fence inside chain link and shock her before she gets to chain link

  12. King Les The Lofty says:

    Can’t be done. All breeds with terrier genes possess alleles for what might be termed "Instant Deafness". It strikes whenever the pooch’s alleged "owner" attempts to issue a command that might interfere with the fun the pooch intends to have. There is no cure except time and having enjoyed that fun so being ready to look for something else interesting….

    • If your fence has a solid top (a pipe or a wooden rail that that mesh attaches to), you could place "coyote rollers" along the top. They work by rolling/turning as soon as the dog places its fore-paws on top, attempting to heave itself up there – and so the coyote or pooch falls backwards onto its own side of the fence.
    • If your pet were a jumper, rather than a climber, you could run a single wire a few few inside the fence, at just the distance from which the pooch takes a flying jump – it thus cannot take a flying leap over the main fence.
    • The inward-sloping top-section works, but few people like the "look" of it (the style tends to be associated with a ring of barbed wire around a prison…).

    As with your previous question, the answer is to BE WITH your pet while she is outside, or to put her into a roofed security run when she has to be left alone outside.

    Training can be done with pooches that are certain their owner has an incredibly long reach and so MUST be obeyed. But few owners who have been in a proper training club’s weekly classes for at least a year can get that much discipline with even a herding or birding breed, let alone with something that has "won’tful" TERRIER genes!
    I once (40 years ago when I was a club instructor) stepped out the back door carrying food bowls for my 9 and 15 month GSDs, and turned right expecting them to follow me. But they had heard the neighbour who hated them (he was, in the dark, reseeding patches of lawn destroyed by grass-grub), so turned LEFT and "swore" mightily at him – some things are more fun/important than a meal! As this was the frontage, not the fenced yard, the only obstruction was a one-concrete-block high "wall" between his driveway & ours. But because I was THERE, neither GSD crossed that "wall"; and they came when I called them, they having already told the chap what they thought of him (whether he filled his pants before I called them away is something I didn’t bother asking – they had NOT trespassed, they had NOT left their own territory). But we NEVER walked our pooches off the property – we always DROVE them at least a couple of blocks, and so they had a strong awareness of where their territory ended. Whereas your considers that her territory extends well beyond your fences, and she KNOWS where the fun things "out there" are. Problem!

    • The "invisible fence" works but I’ve explained its drawbacks in your previous question.
    • The radio-controlled shock-collar works (provided the transmitter and receiver are in a line-of-sight from one to the other, with no obstacles to block the low-powered signal from reaching the receiver), but YOU have to be watching, and press the button just before she starts climbing – so why not be out there with her and keeping her mind busy?

    • Do NOT use a tether on an unsupervised pooch.
    There is a reason for the expression "At the end of my tether", and it stems from what dogs are forced to do when they can no longer get away from a brat. When the pooch reaches the end of its tether it has only one choice left out of the dog’s two normal responses to threats – fight or flight. And an SBT can put rather a lot of power into its fighting bite

    ◙ To ask about SBTs, join some of the YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group’s Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.
    Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly:
    "In GSDs" as of 1967

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