I rescued 2 pit mix puppies who are about 6 months old now and are begining to realize that they can climb a 6v ft cyclone fence. any ideas on what to do? my rott just sits staring at them while they climb away. Its quite amazing to watch. I scold them, but they do it anyways. Thank you, Julie, Sissy, Roxie, & Rain
I own 2 pitties ,but never had a problem with them climbing fences only because I have an invisible fence for that very reason. There is nothing to climb ,or dig under,believe me Tigger would find a way to get out . Niether try to get out because they hate the shock. Now on some pitty forums i'm on ,I read that other members put what's called a hot wire on the inside of the fence on the top and bottom to keep the dogs in the fence. It works ,the dogs stay in.Also you could probably make the top of your fence higher. One of my friends, her pitty use to climb her fence,she put the invisible fence on the inside of her fence to keep her dog in.Those are some options. Also don't let your dogs out with out really watching them,pitties are escape artists.
If i came outside and saw my dog climbing the fence, I woudlnt' just scold them, I'd be yanking them off the fence so they understood I did NOT want them climbing the fence. You should supervise them from here on out in the back yard until you make the fence unclimbable. If they get out and get into mischief, or even worse, get killed on a road, you will hate yourself for letting them get away with it. I also have heard putting an invisible fence inside the fence line will help. Some people extend the top part of the fence from 6 to 8 feet. Rednosered gives some good suggestions. What is a cyclone fence anyway, I've never heard that phrase used.
My dogs don't climb fences either, when they can just jump them. Much easier work I suppose. You shouldn't leave them loose like that being Pit Bulls they find a way to excape or get stolen really easy. You shouldn't leave Pit Bulls unsupervised with eachother or any other dogs. They are mixes so maybe that rule doesn't apply. But it may not be a good idea to leave them unsupervised when you know they will excape and I'd definately do the hot wire.
We had a cairn terrier that could climb fences, too. It was always getting out and no one could figure out how. Until one day we saw it pawing through the links like it was climbing a ladder. Smart littler terrier!
I've never owned a dog, but have never heard of them climbing fences, especially if you get an invisible fence. Yank the dogs off the fence, and scold them, let them know what exactly they are doing wrong. Put some rabbit fence on top. I don't know about Pit Bulls, but I sure know Border Collies can climb out of yards. A lot of dogs will just jump fences, instead of climbing them. I've known of Cairn Terriers that can climb fences.
I have had a real problem with my Japanese Chins climbing over a fence. I ended up putting an eletric wire on top of our 6' fence, and that finally stopped them. I first put the wire only about 3 1/2 feet off the ground so if they fell from being shocked, they would not hurt themselves. Much to my amazement, after about 15 minutes, they learned how to step OVER the wire and still get out. Had to put it on the top.
This is one of the reasons why I have an invisible fence. I would have holes all over my yard where the fence is . With the invisible fence there's no digging or jumping,although it does have it's down side. Like this past Sunday,Matt and his little buddy where playing ball in the street .For some reason they wound up by my house,the ball rolled into my yard. Both of my girls where out,started to bark not like their regular bark. I went around front to find Matt and his little buddy in front of my house ,they where going to come into my yard to get the ball.I got the ball and gave it back to him. I told him my girls don't know you,only see you riding bikes or skate boarding in the street,they may percieve you as antaganistic,don't just walk into my yard.I doubt they would bite,but dogs are dogs. I told him him,see my beware of dog sign and no tresspassing. Adhere to it.I was going to talk to his mom,but Matt is like 13,so old enough to understand,just a stupid teen who wants to test his waters. My hubby says next time he sees him,he'll also talk to him,but nicely.I know he meant no harm,he's just a dumb kid.So the fence can have a down side,but a chain link those kids most likely would have climbed over to get the ball to.Kids will be kids.
My dogs don't jump over fences - they chew right threw them! My Huskey mix pulls at the chain link with her teeth, until enough of it gives so she can claw an open hole and then she gets out. None of my dogs have ever done that before. Has anyones here acted that way? So now, I have to chain her up inside of her kennel. What a pain... She just started chewing at the fence this year. I've had her for 10 years, and she now starts to do this. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? :-)
Dog-A i had a dog that did that too. Try and try to chew through the fence. Most of mine will pull on chainlink and get it all bent up and tore up. But they have never actually chewed through it. But tried. They just make the pens ugly or rip the chainlink away. One male ripped a board I had drilled onto the poles away. Needly so say I drill all boards on the outside of my kennels now. Mine that are kept in kennels are kept on chains. GR CH MAY DAY ROM killed a brother of Xuxa by fence fighting and then ripping the fence and pulling Xuxa's brother through it. Chainlink just isn't that trustworthy. As far as electric fences go I would never trust one for my dogs.