One of the most frustrating parts of being a dog owner is having your furry friend dig holes under your wood or vinyl fence. Digging can really damage fencing material as well as defeat the whole purpose of keeping the dog in the yard. Unfortunately, digging comes naturally to dogs, so changing this behavior can be a long and arduous process. There are, however, a few simple tricks to preventing your dog from pulling an “Escape from Alcatraz” every time you turn your back.
Install landscape timber blocks. Dogs will often dig under cedar, vinyl or chain link gates because of the gap between the gate and the ground. Here is a fairly easy way of preventing them from doing so:
- Get a treated 4×4 timber block, preferably one made from the same material as the fence posts, and cut it so it fits snugly between the gate posts.
- Dig a trench just before the gate, as deep and as wide as the timber block.
- Place the block in the hole and secure it to the fence with galvanized nails.
Voila! Now every time your dog tries to dig under the gate, it will hit the block and give up.
Give your dog a digging bed. As mentioned earlier, digging is natural instinct for dogs. Instead of trying to change the behavior, a good alternative is to get them to dig elsewhere. Install a digging pit for your dog and encourage it to dig there. Digging pits can be made of sand, dirt, or bark and should be in an inconspicuous part of your yard.
Dogs will be dogs, but with a few quick tricks you can prevent your four-legged friend from tearing up your yard and damaging your new fencing material.