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How To Upgrade Your Backyard Fence To A Dog-Escape-Proof Fence

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If you own a dog, chances are pretty good you know how adept they can be at escaping your fenced-in backyard. Keeping your dog inside the fenced yard is important to keep them safe and to protect you from liability if they were to get outside the fence and bite someone. As it is in both your and your dog's best interests to keep them inside your backyard, here are some tips to help you upgrade your existing fencing and make your backyard more secure.

Horse Farm Fencing

If your existing fence is made from wooden slats, over time, the slats can become loose or broken, allowing a small opening for your dog to enlarge and escape. You can reinforce the inside perimeter of your wooden fence by installing horse farm fencing panels onto the inside. You can make these upgrades without removing your wooden fence and without altering its exterior appearance, to keep your fence's original, stained appearance. 

You can find horse farm fencing at many home improvement and farm supply stores. A good choice is a six-foot tall galvanized 2-inch by 4-inch mesh wire fencing. This type of fencing is available in panels or by the roll, so you can buy a little or a lot, depending on your needs to cover the perimeter of your fence line. 

When you install it, be sure the bottom of the horse fence is firmly pressed into the ground at your fence line to prevent your dog from attempting to squeeze beneath it. Use large galvanized U-nails to attach the horse fencing onto your wood fence posts. With a hammer or mallet, attach at least three U-nails through the fencing and into each wooden fence post: one at the top, middle, and bottom of the post. This will ensure the horse fencing remains securely attached to your existing wood fence and prevents your dog from breaking through or squeezing under your wood fence.

Concrete/Rock Trench

If your backyard is enclosed with a chain link, wooden, or other type of fence, this concrete and rock trench method can increase your fence's security to keep your dog inside the yard. In this process, install a concrete-and-rock-filled trench around the base of your fence line to prevent your dog from digging underneath the fence for escape. A chicken owner wanting to keep dogs out of his chicken yard installed this type of barrier by digging a trench four to six inches deep in the soil beneath where his fence would be installed. Since your fence is likely already in place and to prevent having to remove your fence, dig the trench at a four- to six-inch depth at the base of your fence, extending into your yard ten to twelve inches. 

Once you have the trench dug, decide on the type of rock you want to fill it with. You can buy inexpensive crushed concrete from a local gravel or paving company. Crushed concrete is recycled material that comes in jagged pieces of varying sizes, which you can use fill the trench at your fence line. This type of jagged stone in your trench will make it difficult for a dog to dig through and dislodge it to escape. If you don't have access or can't get crushed concrete, any large sized type of rock can work. Be sure to fill the trench a bit overflowing so the crushed concrete reaches to the bottom of your fence to secure the area.

Next, you can choose to add bagged dry mix concrete to the crushed concrete or rock, which will help reinforce the rock barrier further. To do this, empty the bagged concrete into a wheelbarrow or large bucket and shovel it over the rocks in your trench, using a shovel. Use a broom to sweep and push any leftover concrete mix from the top of the crushed concrete or rocks into the spaces below. You don't need to completely fill all spaces around the crushed concrete or rocks, only enough to bind some of the rocks together. In the example of the chicken owner installing a fence to keep out dogs, they used approximately one-half a bag of dry mix concrete in the trench between each fence post. Then, spray the crushed concrete or rocks with a garden hose to moisten and set the concrete. 

Use one or both of these tips to make your backyard more secure for your dog. For more ideas, contact a company like Four Corners Fencing.


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