What could have started as a few holes in your flower bed may now be functioning as your pet’s ticket to freedom. It should be noted that not all dogs dig to escape your yard; common causes of digging include digging to make a cool spot to lay in warmer temperatures, digging to find a buried toy or treat, digging to pursue underground animals or animal smells, or digging due to OCD. If your dog is digging with the expressed intention of escaping, or if he or she has previously escaped by digging under your fence here are a few ways to try to prevent further escapes. First, you can try burying chicken wire at the base of your fence. The sharp edges need to be rolled inward to prevent injury, but this solution may stop your pup once he tries to tunnels under your fence.
Another favorite countermeasure is to lay heavy rocks or stone along the perimeter of your fence. Some lay chain link fencing along the ground, as opposed to rocks, to keep dogs from digging. For a hardcore solution that is almost always foolproof, you could try laying a concrete footer around your fence. A concrete footer is poured into the ground 1-2 feet below the fence, and then the fence itself is embedded. This measure may be the most tedious of the three, but if you have a serious escape artist than this may be the solution that works best for you.
Stay Means Stay
Whether your pup jumps, climbs, or digs, it’s important to get to the bottom of his Houdini ways. Dogs very rarely will escape just to escape; as mentioned above there are quite a few reasons why your dog may feel the need to escape your back or front yard. Ideally, dog’s should not be left alone outside (tethered or otherwise). Digging should be seen as a symptom of a larger issue; try our online library of over 10,000 vet approved articles to determine why your dog is actually trying to leave the yard.