Finding Lost Dogs: Proofing Your Fence From Escape

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One of the best ways to prevent your dog from getting lost is to escape-proof your fence. When dogs get bored, they will try to dig, jump, or wiggle their way to any sort of stimulant they can. Here are some easy tips and tricks you can use to make sure your fence is dig, jump, and wiggle-proof.

1. Dig deep.  That is, make sure your fence goes deep enough into the earth (at least 3' to 4') and is securely affixed to the ground. The less space you leave between the boards (if you have a wooden fence), the more sturdy your fence will be.

2. Build high.  Dogs are great  jumpers—many dogs can jump the height of an average person, and others are incredible climbers. Chain link fences are a piece of cake for dogs who are good at climbing. Instead, put a wooden fence in place so they won't have any grooves or edges to use as leverage. If your dog is a jumper, make sure you build a fence a good foot above the highest they can jump. Also, remember not to place anything close to the fence that they can climb on and use to jump over the fence.

3. Assemble tightly. If your dog is a wiggler, metal post fences pose a big threat from allowing escape to becoming a trap where your pup's body can get stuck. All in all, fences constructed of wood boards are the best for dogs (especially wigglers) as the boards are so tightly fitted together that there is no chance of squirming their way through.

Remember, the best way to protect your dog from the trauma of being lost is prevention. Make sure your fence is escape-proof and while you're at it, make sure your dog's profile is up-to-date on the Finding Rover app so everything is ready should you ever lose your dog. 

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