If you are a dog owner, the odds are that losing your pet is one of your worst fears. Installing a fence on your property seems like the solution, but have you considered what would happen if your dog were to dig under it and escape? Luckily, there are things you can do before and after installing your fence to avoid this situation.
PREVENT DIGGING UNDER A NEW FENCE
Before you have your fence placed, inform the installer that you have a dog who could potentially dig under the perimeter and escape. The company will be able to offer you a few possibilities.
A concrete footer is an effective method to ensure that your fence boundary is secure.
The installers will pour concrete into a depression made in the ground, and the fence will be placed into it before it dries. Although this method can take a little more time and work, it is an effective way to make sure your fence is as secure as possible.
Partially underground fence
Burying a portion of the fence underground is another technique to consider. A narrow trench, at least 1 to 2 feet deep, will be dug, the fence erected and secured, and then the trench will be filled back in.
If you decide to pursue this option, be sure to take into account how deep the fence will be buried to ensure you are getting the above ground height you want.
PREVENT DIGGING UNDER AN EXISTING FENCE
If you’ve moved into a new home with a fence whose boundary isn’t secured, or you only discovered your dog’s desire to dig for freedom after a new fence installation, there are steps you can take to remedy the problem.
A fence installation company can help you determine the best way to extend your existing fence underground. They will make sure that the additional material is securely attached to the above ground portion, eliminating any potential escape routes.
It is easy to get caught up in securing the perimeter of a fence and forget about the gate. Since this area has to be free swinging, it obviously can’t be buried or set in concrete.
The good news is that since gates are relatively easy to remove, there are ways to secure them even after the fence has gone up.
A fence installer can dig a shallow area underneath the gate and pour concrete to create a solid surface. The gate will still swing freely for easy access but, if your dog attempts to dig under it, he will find a concrete barrier instead of loose soil.
Drop the gate lower
To further ensure that your dog will be safe in your yard, talk to the fence company about hanging the gate low to the ground and making sure the gaps between the fence poles and the gate edges are as narrow as possible.
Explaining your needs to a quality fence installer will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your yard is secure and that your pet can safely enjoy the outdoors.