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Prevent Dogs from Jumping the Fence

Post Date:09/01/2017 1:43 PM

Dogs can jump fences to get out of, or into, your yard for a number of reasons. Non-altered male dogs can smell a female in heat and try to escape to mate, or there could be something else that catches their attention that they want to check out.

Whatever the reason, it is against city ordinance for your dog to be at large (running loose and not confined in your yard). You can receive citations.

Chain link fences are often short enough for dogs to jump over, or they can use the fence itself to simply climb right out. Wooden fences are a little more difficult for dogs to gain enough traction to climb it, but it can still happen.

Here are some ways to prevent your dog from escaping or from other animals coming in:

  • Consider having a new fence put up. Wooden privacy fences are often tall enough that dogs cannot jump over.
  • Get your animal spayed or neutered. Females that are not spayed go into heat and attract males that want to mate with them. This can cause unwanted animals to enter a yard or household pets to escape.
  • Make sure your dog gets enough exercise and socialization. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog!
  • Provide a lot of different types of toys to keep them occupied while outside. Often times a bored dog will escape to find something to do.
  • Do not leave your animal outdoors while unsupervised.
  • Create a fence roller to go on top of your current fence.

If your dog is an escape artist, it is extremely important that he/she has some sort of identification on them at all times - whether that is an ID tag or a microchip (or both!). This will help Animal Services officers contact you quickly if we pick it up so we can get him/her returned to you. 

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