I have a ridgeback, ridgeback mix, and a medium size terrier (I think) mix, and I'm not sure how tall my chain link fence should be. They aren't really jumpy, but have somewhat active prey drives. Would a 4 ft fence be high enough? I think 6 ft is too high.
However, my neighbor has a pretty aggressive pit bull that has already torn apart their chain link fence & killed another neighbor's dog. I don't want to risk their pit bull getting into my yard & attacking my dogs.
I really hate living next door to these people. I have a 3 acre lot & they have 5 acres, but it's rectangular so our houses are right across from each other. They have plenty of backyard, but they put their dog on the side of their property next to our driveway. What can I do if their pit gets out and tries to get get in my fenced in yard, or attacks my dogs, or attacks me? These people are in complete denial about their dog. They ignore the fact that he's already killed a dog, & none of my neighbors have been successful in getting this dog out of the neighborhood. I live in a very rural town that doesn't even have a zip code, so there isn't really anyone to file a complaint with. And animal control won't do anything!!!Any suggestions would be great.
I have a 5 ft fence, and IMHO it's just about perfect. 4 feet is wayy too short. Better too tall (6ft) than not tall enough. I'd be very very careful about leaving your dogs outside alone and leaving with a dog that already has a reputation for dog on dog aggression like the neighbors.
I advise you to keep a disposible camera directly on hand at all times. IF the dog gets out, especially if it starts terrorizing peoples dogs or your dogs, get pictures. They work as evidence.
5 foot should be adequate if your dogs respect a fence. does it have to be chain link ? if your neighbors dog has already proven he can get out of their chain link fence then i am sure if he really wanted to he could get in to your yard through your chain link fence. could you use a solid wooden privacy fence ? for my breed they recommend nothing shorter then a 6 foot fence and even sometimes that is not high enough for dogs of this breed. scout howevr does well with a five foot fence.
We had the same problem only it wasn't a pit, but we were afraid our dogs would be hurt. They can still fight thru a chain link fence. What we did was not remove the chain link but run a wooden fence down beside it. It really helped. The neighbors do not have the dog anymore but that fence sure helps and makes me more at ease.
Believe me, I would get a wood or vinyl fence if I could but I can't afford to. Either way, I shouldn't have to spend $$ on a fence when they are the ones with the dangerous dog. I'm shopping for a fence right now & I have to choose between a 4 ft or 6 ft chain link (cheapest place I can find doesn't have 5 ft). I would rather 4 ft b/c then I could afford to make my backyard about 30 ft bigger.
The neighbor's have said that they will build a wood fence for their dog, but i don't know when that will happen. Is 4 ft too short for my dogs, or for a dangerous dog next door?? I really doubt that my dogs will try to jump the fence, 4 ft or otherwise.
Do I have to wait for myself, my dogs, or my property to get attacked before I can have something done about that dog. You would think after the killing of that other dog, there would be a way to get rid of the pit. Who should I talk to??
AHHA-I see a terrier here! Besides being concerned about the height of the fence, you may want to consider below ground also. Terriers love to dig out-you probably already know this. But I would recommend either digging in a fence or even some sort of livestock panels below the surface to help prevent a dog from digging out or your neighbors digging in. Another idea is concrete blocks or concrete below the fence as well. I've tried wood before for fencing, but it was a terrier magnent here. Would love to try vinyl, but a think a little to expensive for me to have them ruin it.
my dog thunder can easily jump a 4 foot fence. i never thought he would or could until my neighbor said he jumped her 4 foot solid wooden fence and got in her yard . i have no idea what would have possessed him to do it. but i guess if there is a will there is a way for it to be done.
I don't *know* for sure that she's a terrier. She's a mut that doesn't really look like anything except maybe a GSD/terrier mix, but she NEVER digs, so I don't know. But her son (ridgeback mix) & my ridgeback are avid diggers, but I don't think they would try to dig under the fence b/c, I think, in their minds they think they will get stuck. They aren't really like other dogs. I don't want them afraid of the fence, but I want them to know that it's the boundary that they have to stay within, so I might try making them sesitive to it, but I'm not sure how. Anyways, thanks.
Lucky you!! Another thing maybe to consider at least for a while to establish a boundary between your dog and theirs-and I know this sounds harsh but when protection is a consideration-is to add a hot wire to the fence for a short time to keep them away from it. If you chose this option, you really should let the neighbors know in case theirs touch it. It wouldn't have to be a high current, just a 'bump' current, enough to keep them away.
With my horses, I use a light current. When i have them out grazing and just a 1 wire strand with the current, they really pay attention. Then after I shut if off, they still stay away and it is hard to get them to cross that boundary when i need to take them out.
I am glad I am not in your shoes. I am not sure if any fence is tall enough and besides that if their dog digs its way out 4'-6' it really doesn't matter or if your dogs dig their way out. Sounds like your neighbors need a wake up call regarding their dogs' behavior. I don't understand why people want aggressive dogs.
If I did put a light volt hot wire on my fence for a couple weeks, do you think that would make them scared to go in & out of the gate doors? I would do it just to get them to respect the fence, but I don't want to cause more problems as my ridgeback is VERY sensitive & he might take it as punnishment or be scared to go outside. I HATE having neighbors! I moved to the country to get away from neighbors, and now I've got even worse ones.
chain link is easy to get a foot hold in and climb if the dog is so inclined. we just put up 6 ft stockade (solid) fencing and, thought expensive, it was well worth it. of course, the only neighbor we have trouble with, that side is post and rail so i can still have fights with her. that will soon change- we are replacing that part. my 13" tall american eskimo, who is all of 16#, can leap the 4' post and rail portion from a standstill if she feels like it. no fence is too tall for us :) also since oyu cant bury stockade fence, we trenched out a foot from the fence and spread 8 tons of rock so there is a rock border adn there is no digging out for them.
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 6/6/2005 12:40:57 PM*** Reason: .
Seren-yes there is a chance of that. But if you take them in and out from the start through the gates that you use, it will help. I know my horses can sense when it is on-they get within a foot and they just back up-and it's pretty light voltage. But they don't mess with the fence after I shut it off since they know it is their boundary. You can also make the gates a little different, add something distintive so that they know it is different than the hot fence. Have you seen the privacy chain link fence? It's chain link with a plasti strip that runs diagonally through the links-I"ve seen it in a green color. Just an idea as well.