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ideal fencing protection to keep large dog in garden.

Someone I know has a large dog that likes to jump over their current fence and get into the adjoining fields  that they also own.

Currently there is a  rather useless plastic coated wire mesh fence with wooden posts that stands about  1 metre high, that he easily clears.

What would people reccommend using to fix this?

I am looking for something that can affix to either concrete or wooden posts, that would be around five foot off the ground. The posts will be concreted in.

It also needs to be fairly sturdy as he likes to dig. This cheap bendy mesh just wont cut it.

The final thing is that it must also be see through and not solid ( like the mesh but stronger) as they like to see into their adjoining areas.

Hope to hear some ideas.



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  • chain link fencing any good /

    there are other firms that do it its just a example 

  • A friend of mine in the USA had a system where there was a wire, believe it was buried, round the perimeter of the garden..... this gave a signal to the dogs collar when it got near it and gave it small "shock"..... not painful, just unpleasant (though I wouldn't fancy it myself!)   Did the trick. The dog never went near the perimeter.  Thought they might not be available in the UK but you can get them

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  • Apparently the dogs learn pretty quickly not to go near the perimeter so it's not as though they're constantly getting a shock which is something like the static shock you can get sometimes when you touch certain things.  Not saying I agree with the thing but I guess if it saves a dog escaping and getting run over, that is a good point.

  • My partner is a dog behaviourist so I've picked up a bit down the years. The problem with shock collers on dogs is it's what they see when they get the shock that can have unwanted effects on the dog. 

    As a for instance, I know someone who used one of these fences that transmitted a shock when the dog approached the perimeter. The great Dane was once a happy confident dog that became a nervous wreck. The dog became petrified of litter! Crisp packets, carrier bags even leaves. The dog must have seen some litter blowing while the he received a shock and related this vision as the culprit. I would imagine that had he seen a child or another dog could also have mistakenly been confused as to what made him fearful. These collers are causing controversy for a reason.

  • PRO

    use concreate post's set the concreate gravel board into the ground to prevent digging under the fence.

    you can then use chain mail fence drilled and fixed to these post's


    this will keep any dog in place, be sure they will test it a few times but once they know there is no getting out they will stop, also 5ft will not do for big breads you will need 6ft - i had a GSD (German shepard dog) who could clear any 5ft fence without blinking 6ft was a challenge 

    • PRO

      I once entered a perimenter area which was secured by a 20ft mesh wire fence in front to keep dogs in only  to be severley ticked off by the land owner who advised me to press the bell and wait as he has dogs which can jump that fence , I certainly did not fancy meeting those dogs on a dark night . 

       Our last dog a cavalier spaniel could clear a 5 ft dry stone wall with ease but our current dog a cocker spaniel much bigger and muscular can't make it and has to go over the stile , I think it depends on the dogs agility as much as breed . 

  • I have always had dogs & I now live in a house with a small unfenced garden.  I have never had to install fencing.  If you walk the dog in the morning & evening most will be fine indoors during the day.  When mine go out for a quick pee they are on extending leads.

    Any form of electric fencing is cruel & ineffective. They work some of the time but a dog will run through it eg to chase something & then it's trapped outside.  They were popular here as people are too lazy to walk & too tight to pay for proper fencing.

  • PRO

    if they werent keen on seeing through, a fence plus hawthorn, etc would have worked well.

    otherwise, as has been said, extend fence wire into the ground (as you would for rabbits) and make it at least 6 foot high  - with a bit of a wobble at the top. Most dogs would want to put their paws on a 6ft leap, so that would help deter. be aware that the dog shouldnt be able to get caught in the wire and injure itself

    Depending in the run up and the dog's agility you might need an 8 ft fence - I've seen that cleared by a friends GSD as well as my own and my 2 previous border collies could clear 6 ft either with a run up or enough support for a paw at the top (admittedly all agility trained) 

    the point is a 3 ft fence kept these dogs in an area - because they were trained to scale / jump on command and were mentally and physically exercised so didnt feel the need to explore outside their space. 

    if re-training the dog isnt an option, is another alternative to fence off securely a smaller area of the plot? would be quicker and cost less

  • PRO

    Tornado wire is very good fencing. We use it for stock fencing and keeping dogs in. 

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