Besides raising the bar, what strategies do you use to keep a dog from jumping his fence?
Our pup has gotten so big, he hops our split rail fence. This means he can only be outside when I am with him, which defeats the point of a fence! Until I can afford to add a third rail, what do you suggest I do? Thanks!
Sometimes a dog jumps the fence purely because of boredom or the lack of exercise. Making sure the dog isn't left in the yard for hours and does get a walk every day helps.
Maybe remove the fence? Or move to an apartment? Just kidding, I bet strict training is probably your only answer, good luck though!
Healthy Pursuits, the pup gets two long walks a day! And he is never left outside for more than 15 - 20 minutes. I agree that he might be bored for that length of time- he is a puppy after all. Just a very tall one. Things are complicated because I can't really give him bones, because our other dog is very very allergic. It does occur to me, however, that I might give him bones and put him outside in the yard alone to chew it. Although I do recall him first jumping into the neighbor's yard to keep his bone from the second dog. You did make me think, though.
Any other ideas? Strict training, like what, kimberlyslyrics? I started him in puppy school but ran out of money before I could re-enroll him. I do plan to put him in again... What training have you used that helps keep a dog inside a fence?
Well if you have the time, since he is out only 15 or 20 minutes at a time, maybe decrease the time and spend it teaching him not to jump. Keep him on a leash at first and literally walk around the yard monitoring him and tell him "NO" when he attempts to jump. Sooner or later he will give up on the idea and find something else to do like, eat your favorite shoes. haha
Okay, you need some serious answers, training takes too long for a big bowser of a pup!
1) can you afford some chicken wire? It is cross-threaded fencing, very thin, and would do the job nicely. It may not be very aesthetic, but for the dog's purpose he will see it and treat it as a high fence.
2) the invisible perimeter electronic fence? your dog gets a little electronic zap through his collar if he goes over the boundary line (a foot your side of the fence) - after a week he would stay away from the fence.
3) line your fence with cayenne pepper, again a foot inside your fence line
4) get a dog run line - it's like a clothes line, has a trolley-like attachment that makes for easy running for your dog - attach the line at your house and end it at the furthest point from there (needs to be a pole or something at least 8 feet high)
5) this will take one day - keep walking him to the fence, not on a leash but holding his collar. About 1 foot before the fence, make him stop and sit, give him a treat, rub his head and belly, and give him lots of love and affection (overdo it!) - then walk him back to the door, make him sit, give treat and overdone loving. Repeat 50 times over a day. The next day, cut out the cookies, the next day slow down a bit on the affection, and so on... cheap, easy and quick!
I've trained pit bulls, golden retrievers and beagles.
Everytime he nears the fence to jump, throw a large empty box in front of him and command "No". He will back up and eventually stop the jumping.
Go to your local sports/hunting store and purchase a bottle of skunk urine. It will cost about $5.00. And yes it stinks but your dog will stay away from what ever you sprinkle it on. Just like squirrels don't like fox urine.
Get a bunch of empty food cans, put coins or screws and nuts and bolts in them - of course you need to cover them so they don't fall out, and tie them to the fence. Most dogs need to "touch" the fence as they go over. When they hit the fence and here all that noise, it usually scares them. You can also be out there to do it yourself until he gets the idea. Again, have a couple of empty cans with noisy stuff in them. Every time your dog goes to jump the fence, throw the cans down on the ground near him and sharply say no. They usually get the idea pretty quickly. You can use this method pretty much for anything you don't want the dog to do.
force... a quick sidekick to the ribs should take the wind outta him... if he's got any mouth left on him a snapping back-hand to the chops should get him to listen, kidding... maybe a lead vest to weight him down... he might need more fiber
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