Does your dog like digging, escaping, running or fence fighting? These behaviours are not good for your dog, especially fence fighting that can cause the development of aggressive tendencies in your dog. Each time your dog rehearses the barking, air snapping, and growling after seeing people or other animals across the fence, it may be reinforcing an inappropriate behaviour. Therefore, it is important to find some fencing solutions to the problems. For this reason, here are few tips about fences and gates you may find useful:

Redundant Fencing

This type of fencing means having a fence within a fence. That is, you can erect an internal or secondary fence on one or all four sides of your yard depending on wherever you are experiencing the problems most. The whole idea of redundant fencing is to manage the situation using the secondary fence that is set back from your original fence line, preventing your dog from escaping easily or fence fighting. Moreover, redundant fences can help speed up the training of your dogs as well as protect them from other dogs or people who can put your dogs in dangerous situations.

You choice of redundant fence will depend on the dog problem at hand as well as the behaviour of the dog. For instance, while the visual of a light PVC fencing may work for some dogs, others may require that you go for a solid wood fence to ensure that they are contained safely.


If your dogs like patrolling or jumping over your fence, landscaping can be an ideal way to keep them away from the fence. To achieve this, you can plant dense shrubs, such as boxwood, along your fence line. This will make the jump harder or further for your dogs, forcing them to stay away. Although the shrubs will create a buffer zone between your dog and the fence, you need to check them regularly to ensure that your dogs have not created a secret passway.

Using Footers

L-footers or concrete footers will work well if your dogs are diggers. An L-footer is a wire fencing that's laid down against your fence's base in an L shape. You can either have it buried or just laid on top of the ground. If you choose not to bury it, you can add some rocks for reinforcement. Concrete footers, which would be more effective, involve pouring of concrete along the perimeter of your fence line, and then sinking the bottom of your fence in it before it dries.