If you have a dog that is kept in a backyard fence then you are inevitably aware of the pain it is to come home and see that they have escaped. Getting them back in the fence can sometimes take up to an hour or more and you’re not sure of how to keep them inside the fence. This article gives some tips on how you can keep your dog happy and inside the fence at the same time.
First thing you need to do is inspect your fence. Are there any holes or missing boards that would allow your dog to escape? If so you’ll need to patch these holes up and replace any missing boards, etc. Also move items that the dog can jump on away from the fence. If they are jumping the fence they could be using these items to propel themselves over the fence. Give them a good distance so they won’t attempt to use them again and maybe injure themselves.
One thing that you really don’t want to do is use a tether of some sort to lock the dog down like a chain or something similar. You can teach the dog to stay inside the fence but remember it will take time and your patience may be tested. Another alternative to help the dog stay in the fence is underground fencing. This will help them stay away from the edge of the real fence and not try and escape. It’s best to use a collar that emits a bad smell or a high pitched sound when crossing the threshold rather than a shock collar as they can be a bit painful for the animal.
Remember training a dog will take time and sometimes the dog just wants some attention from you by jumping the fence. So if you can home and they are in the fence, then give them a treat and show some attention. If they are outside the fence, then they get no treat and spend no time with you. This will help you train your dog where you won’t need to use the collars and such.