Does your fence have a bottom wire? Fence installers can run a
plastic coated aircraft cable from post to post along the bottom. It
is woven into the bottom row of fencing, and pulled tight with a
turnbuckle at one end. This keeps the bottom edge of the fencing very
tight so it is much harder to squeeze under, as long as there isn't a
big gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground. You could do
it youself; it's not hard. If the dogs are really determined, they
may just resort to digging, but this will prevent them from just
If you cut a hunk of black pipe in half, and have someone stand on
one end, you can use the other end to bend a hunk of rebar into
a staple. I'll be really impressed if your dogs can unbend that,
especially with both points pounded into the ground.
Well, I've had experience a bit with such things...first, the
suggestion posted later on about running an reinforcing wire along the
bottom of the cyclone fence, woven through the bottom holes, is
good..but if they start diggin' it's not gonna work. But, if you want
to try that then any Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, or other home
improvement/hardware store should have something that'll help..but you
may need a fence stretcher like they use with barbed wire to make it
stiff enough to really help.
However, they do make a low voltage electric fence system for small
pests (and small pets) that, supposedly, isn't as rough on smaller
animals as the stuff they use to rein in cattle, and I've purchased one
from Tractor Supply Company for a friend to keep his Boston Terrier
from digging under their fence and it worked beautifully. Mark the
electric fence with ribbons every few feet (3 or 4) just to be
sure..but I think they'll find it anyway and power it up. It took only
once for the Boston Terrier to find it and remember it. We put it low
to the ground as the fence above was suffient to stop the dog.
The dog learned quick to stay away from the fence and that was the
point. At that point she pretty much quit shocking herself.
All you bleeding hearts who want to flame me about using an electric
fence for a dog can un-hitch your wagons right now: 1) it was low
voltage for small animals, and 2) it's better than the animal getting
hurt or lost or in a fight because it's too clever to be held by a
conventional fence. Besides, after a few interactions with the fence
the dog figured it out and pretty much quit trying it (I can't swear to
that because I don't live there).
I have neighbors with kids. As much as I would love to try this, I'm
afraid they'd get jolted. We're already the new neighbors - I'm really
trying hard here *not* to be the neighbors from hell.
If the tension wire on the bottom doesn't work, I might try it. I think
I could keep the voltage off when the kids were out, and keep the dogs
away when the voltage is off too.
Actually, I found some mighty long tent-type stakes. They're actually a
multi-purpose stake, about 15" long with a hook on the side.
Of course, I found all this after I had everything else in the cart. :)
I had reservations about how the heck I was going to tie the cable to
the hook. When I saw the stakes, I though I would start with that instead.
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