It’s one of the most frustrating and scariest things that a dog owner can experience – a pooch who is fond of climbing or jumping fences. Even though we want our pets to regularly go out and explore new places and have new experiences, they should not do that alone.
If your furry friend goes out without any company, you never know what might happen to them. They might get lost or even worse, get injured. If, however, your dog goes past the fence and you get him back, don’t get upset about it because he probably never knew that it was wrong.
Why did he even think of doing it?
Maybe your dog was going about their business before they saw something interesting on the other side of the fence that made them want to jump and chase it. Before they even know it, they are yards away from home, and getting back is quite a challenge. Whatever the case, just don’t get mad at Fido when you get him back because you never know the reason behind his action.
How to keep your dog from the jumping fence?
There are several preventative actions that you can take once you’re aware that your dog likes jumping or climbing fences – below are some of the most effective:
1. Train your dog
This is one of the most effective ways to keep Fido within the yard at all times. Teaching your dog not to jump or climb the fence is, however, not such an easy task, which is why you want to hire someone with the necessary skills and experience in such training. Luckily, several professionals offer such services at a reasonable cost.
2. Use an L-footer
An L-footer is also another effective way to keep your dog from jumping or climbing fences, but you will have to use it quite differently. The difference, in this case, is turning it upside down and installing it at the top of the fence. The shorter side should be securely secured to the top of the fence and should be reinforced so that it angles towards the yard.
That way, every time Fido looks up while formulating their plan, he will see an obstacle that will discourage him from carrying out his plan.
3. Remove any climbing aids
There’s no way your dog will stay within the yard whereas they can make “good use” of a climber to jump over the fence and head out to get new experiences. In such cases, you need to remove any climbing aids such as garbage cans, firewood piled next to a fence, and others.
To get a clearer picture of what seems to be a useful climbing aid for your doggy, walk around the yard and try to look at everything from your dog’s point of view.
4. Install a second fence
If your dog belongs to the “high jumpers” category, don’t be amazed at his capability to jump over high fences like they were just a tiny obstacle. The reason why a dog can jump over high fences with so much ease is that they have enough stating space to gain a high momentum.
Putting up a smaller fence in front of the main one can deny Fido the space they require to start their “flight”. Hence they won’t be able to jump over the main fence.
5. Use an electric dog fence
This is one of the most effective barriers since it gives you dog an experience they don’t want to have again. That makes them learn that jumping over the fence is not something they should even think of. You’re always sure that your dog can’t dig under such a fence, climb, or even jump over it.
Even though an electric fence might have a higher running cost, it’s still worth the sacrifice due to its effectiveness. Besides, you might not even have to use the fence for so long before your dog gives up on trying to go past the fence.
You also have an option to use an invisible dog fence which is more of an advanced electronic dog fence that uses wireless transmitters and a collar that is put around the dog’s neck. If your dog goes beyond the set boundary, they get a warning sound and a light zap on their neck, so that they know that they need to go back.
6. Coyote rollers to the rescue
A coyote roller is an effective solution for discouraging dogs who like climbing over the fence. The device is simply an aluminum roller that spins when a coyote or any other animal tries to scale the top of the fence so that they slide back off. Even though it’s quite expensive, it’s still a good option considering its high effectiveness – it’s also not an eyesore.
If you live in a place where coyotes are quite common, you should consider installing this device to discourage them from coming into your yard. Coyotes can, especially, be a pain in the neck especially for someone who owns a small dog, since they are notorious of sneaking into the yard and killing such dogs.
7. Restrict Fido’s view
Sometimes, distractions on the other side of the fence are enough motivation to make your dog want to jump over the fence so that they are not left out in whatever’s going on at the other side. You can restrict Fido’s view by using reed fencing, plastic slats over a chain link fence, or even planting vines or climbing shrubs so that they grow on the fence.
8. Make the yard a fun place for Fido
You don’t want your dog to feel bored while in the yard, as that will motivate them to try and escape from their boredom. If you must go out and leave your pooch in the yard, consider providing them with toys, or treats from a food-dispensing toy.
That way, they will stay busy for hours, and you’ll have come back home. While at home, always spend some quality time with your dog in the yard – play with him, do some training, groom him, or lie in the grass with him. Just do whatever you can to make the yard a fun place for Fido to be.
9. Use a jump harness
This is a relatively new solution that prevents your doggy from jumping by restricting his hind legs. You, however, don’t want this as a permanent solution, rather something you can use when training your pooch.
10. Last option – Crate your doggy
If you’ve tried almost every other highly effective method, but your dog seems to beat the system with every attempt to hold them back, then you have one last option – crate them. For this solution, you’ll have to use a robust and high-quality crate that your dog won’t break out from.
It’s quite normal for pooches to want to jump or climb over fences for various reasons, and if your dog is one of them, then the above tips should come in handy in helping you keep Fido within the yard. There’s always a solution to such issues, even if it means restricting your dog for some time. At times, all you really need is to keep your dog distracted long enough so that they won’t think of going past the fence for whatever reason.