6 Easy Ways to Stop Your Dog from Digging Under a Fence
Dogs are quite the escape artist. They will find all sorts of creative ways to escape. You need to be just as creative to stop the dog from digging under the fence. Here are some simple ways to do so.
1. Understand the dog’s motive
The foolproof way of stopping a dog from digging under the fence is to find out why they are doing it to begin with. Some dogs might do this because they are bored and not getting enough exercise. Others may dig under the fence because there is something on the other side that they want to chase. Understand the dog’s motive and cut off the reason. Naturally, the dog will stop digging under the fence if they no longer have a reason to do so.
2. Lay chicken wire along the fence
Installing chicken wire is a cheap but effective way to stop dogs from digging under the fence. It will, however, take a bit of effort. You will need to dig up a trench along the side of the fence (we suggest at least 30 cm deep). Place half of the wire in the trench. The other half of the chicken wire should be sticking out. You can then use staples or cable ties to attach the chicken wire to the fence.
3. Interrupt the dog while he is digging
In the short-term, you need to interrupt or redirect the dog’s attention every time he is about to start digging under the fence. This also means the dog should never be in the yard unsupervised. You could toss the dog’s favorite toy or encourage him to dig in a safe zone such as a children sandbox. It’s important to not punish your dog when he tries to dig under the fence. Instead, the best training is to guide the dog towards the right behaviors.
4. Place some rocks along the fence
This could be an alternative solution to the chicken wire method. Dig a short trench along the fence and place some medium-sized rocks. Your dog won’t have as much fun digging once he realizes there are more obstacles to get through. Make sure the rocks don’t have sharp edges. The last thing you want is for the dog to hurt himself while trying to dig against the rocks.
5. Pepper powder as a deterrent
This method requires the least amount of manual labor. Find some hot pepper powder and spread it along the digging sites. Your dog is not going to like smelling the hot stuff as he digs into the ground. It may take a few attempts before your dog eventually gives up and stops trying to dig under the fence.
6. Offer an alternative digging site
Digging is a natural behavior for dogs. The dog could feel quite sad if he isn’t allowed to do his usual dog things. You could find a middle ground by offering a different digging site for dogs. Children sandpits work quite well in this instance. Position the sandpit away from the fences. Use positive reinforcement so that your dog knows it’s considered good behavior to dig in the sandpit.