how to stop a dog digging under fence

How to Stop a Dog from Digging Under a Fence

In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to stop a dog from digging under a fence.

Even a well-trained dog can exhibit this problematic behavior. If a dog gets anxious he may dig under the fence to get out. Your dog may try to escape by digging under a fence when he is bored. Or, if it is a male dog, he may smell the scent of a female dog and dig his way out under the fence to find a mate. Regardless of the reason your dog is digging, it is a very bad thing because when the dog escapes from the yard he can get lost or get hit by a car. That’s why it’s so important to know how to stop a dog from digging under a fence.

Why Do Dogs Dig?

Your dog may be digging for a variety of reasons. If your dog is digging because of boredom, make sure that he gets enough exercise every day. Your dog may be digging to hunt down burrowing animals or insects. If so, you need to find safe ways to eradicate them. (Remember that toxic or harmful chemicals can hurt your dog.) If your dog is digging for comfort or protection from the elements, your dog may be too hot and perhaps he is seeking water. Make sure that you provide adequate shelter and shady areas in your yard, in addition to plenty of water and see if the digging stops.

Digging for Escape

If your dog digs under or along the fence, he may be digging for escape. A dog may try to escape something, to get somewhere, or to get away from something. Regardless of the reason, escape can be dangerous – your dog may get lost or injured when he escapes from your yard. Try to figure out why your dog is trying to escape and remove those incentives. Make sure that your outdoor environment is a safe and happy place for your dog.

Let’s look at how to stop a dog from digging under a fence. Here are some ways to help keep your dog from escaping:

If you must leave your dog outside, try installing a small kennel in the yard that is dig-proof. It may have buried fencing or concrete under the fence perimeter. To give your dog privacy, surround the kennel with shrubs and trees. This will help your dog to feel safe because he cannot see or be seen by passersby. To keep your dog entertained while inside the outdoor kennel, provide him with plenty of chew toys or food puzzles.

To learn more about digging behavior in dogs, go to How to Stop a Dog from Digging.