What is the best way to keep my dog from jumping over the fence?

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He’s only 9 months and he can almost clear our fence. We can’t put in a bigger fence because of the HOA (and I’m sure that would cost too much anyway).

I don’t think an electric fence would work because he’ll probably be able to jump the fence entirely pretty soon.
He’s an indoor dog and he only goes over the fence when the neighbors’ dogs are outside, otherwise he stays in the yard. It doesn’t matter how tired he is, he will still go over and visit the other dogs if they are out. (and he only goes to the neighbors we share a fence with, he won’t go in the front yard or jump the back of the fence)

I’ve been looking into obedience training, so we’ll definitely do that and probably try a shock collar too.
He’s an indoor dog and he only goes over the fence when the neighbors’ dogs are outside, otherwise he stays in the yard. It doesn’t matter how tired he is, he will still go over and visit the other dogs if they are out. (and he only goes to the neighbors we share a fence with, he won’t go in the front yard or jump the back of the fence)

I’ve been looking into obedience training, so we’ll definitely do that and probably try a shock collar too.
We don’t leave him outside for hours and we have two dogs, so my puppy does have a playmate.

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9 Responses to “What is the best way to keep my dog from jumping over the fence?”

  1. BABS says:

    FIRST IS THE PUPPY ALONE MOST OF THE DAY? IF SO THAT IS SEPERATION ANXIETY..HE FEELS ABANDONED..NEED TO GET HIM A PLAY MATE OR ONE OF THOSE TOYS THAT RECORD YOU TALKING TO HIM . IT IS VOICE ACTIVATED OR SHOULD I SAY BARK ACTIVATED.SO WHEN HE BARKS YOUR VOICE CAN CALM HIM//

  2. bora says:

    Constant supervision. I hate when people put a dog in the yard for hours by themselves. They get bored and dig, and jump fences or bark for long periods of time. Not to mention potential of getting hurt or stolen. I would recommend you buying Frisbees, balls.. tree sticks even. Get him into playing different games. He won’t be interested in jumping if he is playing with you.

  3. xexdxnxoxsx says:

    keep him tied up

  4. Jen says:

    We have the same problem with our HOA, they won’t allow but a specific kind of fence and if you have a big dog, a climber or a jumper …

    A lot of people in my neighborhood have put in invisi fences in conjunction with their normal fences and that seems to work out really well. It won’t allow the dog to get close enough to fence to jump, climb or dig it’s way out.

    Yes obedience training and more exercise will help, but once a dog figures out how to get out, it’s hard to convince them that they should stay in. Even with loads of obedience training.

  5. Snobby Q says:

    Supervise him (don’t leave him outside unattended) and make sure he is trained to not go over the fence. Make sure you are giving him proper nutrition, ample exercise (both physically and mentally), training and love. If he isn’t bored, he won’t want to leave home without you.

  6. dodgemammoth says:

    Try a shock collar, When he is outside and you can watch him. Then everytime he goes to jump the fence shock him. They do this for dogs and barking. You have to disilpine him when he trys to jumo it. I had the same problem and after a few times of catching mine doing it and sxolding her for it, she stopped.

  7. ♥ Beardies says:

    Fence jumping is a symptom of a bigger issue: boredom.

    Is the dog an outdoor dog? Does he get enough daily exercise outside of the yard? Does he have enough to do?

    Even if you solve the fence jumping, the boredom will come out in other ways: barking, digging, etc.

    The problem is easily solved by giving the dog more activity. If he is an outdoor dog, consider bringing him inside with the family. Take him on long daily walks, get involved in a dog sport like agility or flyball.

    Dogs who are bored will have behavioral problems. Dogs who are tired will sleep.

  8. miaugh says:

    Keep him on a leash with you outside, if you can’t raise the fence height.

  9. jpturboprop says:

    Obedience training. It cures boredom, strenghthens your relationship with your dog, and prevents all sorts of problems. Find an obedience class, and go at least once a week for the next year or so. Then, do all the obedience practice you can with your dog at least once a day. The rewards are worth the effort.

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