I have a Border collie mix and he figured out he is big enough to jump the fence. He has gotten so bad about it that we have had to put him on a chain. I was wondering if after we get him neutered he will stop jumping the fence?
a close friend of mine had the same problem with her lab mix. only he actually learned how to climb their chain link fence ! so they bought an extension for the top of the fence and it has coiled barbed wire across the top. she said the first time he climbed it after they put the extension on, he went to pull himself over the top and put his paw on the barbed wire. she said he yelped and slide back down the fence and hasnt tried it again. they live near a busy street and she said it was better he got poked with that , than ran over.
I have collies....One of mine who has since passed away used to climb the chain ink fence until she got stuck one day and I had to help her down...then she got too old but it was a challenge. We have a new one( we do rescue) and she spent the better part of the first two months with us either climbing over or digging until she could squeeze out by bending the fence. We put her ona very longer lead and scolded her with the "shame on you" and bad dog thing. She finally got it...but I was about to tear my hair out. We have added a foot of chain link across the top..Now she doesnt like it but she doesnt do it any more because she hates to be tied up
You can either make the fence taller, or you can line the fence with an invisible fence so the dog gets a correction when it gets close/tries to climb the fence. Neutering will reduce the urge to wander to mate with other dogs yes, but its possible your dog will still want to jump the fence to go for a jaunt.
I would run electric fence along the top. Its cheap compared to vet bills and Fees for your dog running loose. You can get a fence box for about $25.00 the fence will cost about $19.00 for 500' and about $3 for connetors. Safe worry free day for you and your dog.....Priceless!
***Edited By: caramia on 5/11/2005 6:48:52 AM*** Reason: spelling
I agree that electric fence is a great option. We live on a main road and I have over an acre fenced off (you would figure that would satisfy them), but we had to put up electric to keep my dogs from going over. I don't feel it is any worse than the underground fence and it does keep them in and SAFE. I would also recommend getting your dog micro-chipped in case he does get loose. Good luck.
Years ago I had an Australian Shepherd who we thought was climbing the fence. The thing is he slept under our window at night and as soon as he heard us snoring he would take off. My husband spent years trying to modify the fence to keep him in but nothing worked. Turns out he found a way to open the side gate. It was a lattice gate with the latch about eye level. All he had to do was push the bottom corner of the gate with his nose to escape and pull with his paw to come back in.
Funny thing is, we’d never even know he was gone except he was a bit of a kleptomaniac specializing in shoes. On the mornings after he’d been out I’d get frantic knocking on the front door by the neighborhood kids looking for their shoes before the school bus arrived.
Sundance really was a wonderful dog and even that little quirk was a source of amusement for us as well as the neighbors. I still miss him.
I have thought about putting an electirc fence up or one of those invisible fences, but i have a 6 month old puppy in the yard with him. I have figured out that he only jumps the fence when there is a male dog near the house.
I should have said Fencer Box. It is a small square box that you attach the fence one connector and the ground to another connector then you plug it in and >>>> If you did it right you have electricty running though the fence so if something that is grounded (not birds) touches it, it will get a electric shock. Dogs learn very very fast not to touch it again. My Great Pyr took only 1 time and now will not go near it. My Saint on the other hand had to get it 3x before she stopped.
I feel bad that my dogs may get a little shock but I would feel a whole lot worse if one got killed or played to rough with a smaller animal and killed it.
You can get a fencer box at any farm store or at jeffers livestock supply on line.
Good luck with your dogs and as for the baby, it would be best to teach him now not to go over the fence before it becomes a habbit!
***Edited By: caramia on 5/11/2005 6:51:49 AM*** Reason: spelling
i personally agree with doing what ever it takes to keep the dog in the fence and safe...the road is only one worry..my sister had a dog that she couldnt contain in the fence and she ended up splitting her chect wide open and was a huge vet bill not to mention extreem pain for the pooch...I would like to have this avoidable accident nipped in the bud before bad things do happen..I would say the electic is the only way to go unless you get a shock collar and watch to give corrections..and since you have another pup in the yard..you dont want the little one learning bad maners...good luck with this problem...
I have decided to get an fence box. It sounds like a good idea. The reason that I have a puppy is cause the Dal/Lab mix i had got off his chain and got hit while I was at school. My dad buried him before I got home. I dont want that to end up happening to my bros dog or my pup.
We also had a border collie who climbed the fence just like a cat! She was an expert escape artist. She'd just let herself in and out when ever she wanted to. We ended up getting an electric fence and that stopped the problem. Border collies are so smart. She also got herself out of a plastic crate (she was a little neurotic) during a thunderstorm and so we tried a wire crate....she squeezed her way out of that one too. Don't know how she did it!
check out valleyvet.com for a fence box or hot wire. i use a hotwire to keep my dogs out of the garden they only had to try it once. dogs understand electricity. we have rattlers in the area and know people who use a high voltage shock collar and a muzzle to teach a dog not mess with rattlers.