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    Default my dogs are unsecurely fenced apparently?

    Ive had one of those dog warden cards through my door, stating that i should call the warden as my dogs are insecurely fenced.

    Have they got out? i asked. No.
    On what basis are you judging that the fence is insecure? I asked. "they could jump that fence if they wanted to so its not secure".

    How high do you think a fence should be that my GSD cant jump, even if he DID want to? i asked.

    I dont know is the warden's answer.

    My fence is chicken wire, around my waste hight (im 6ft) of course they can jump it, my shepherd can jump a 10 ft fence easily, if he wanted to. The point is, he doesnt, he's never run away, never wanders away from my side, cant let us out of his sight.

    Where do i go with this one? i back onto national park land, i dont want to obscure my view of it with a fence!

    The other matter on the card is that my dogs are unregistered, but that's because we have moved house this month, and the register is still at old address. So sorted in my head.

    Im feeling anti dog warden right now. VERY ANTI DOG WARDEN

    When people walk past my fence, my dogs may bark, sometimes they do, sometimes they dont. ie. its not a regular thing.
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    I'd probably check with the council if there is a rule for the height of fences. Given that he couldn't tell you how high is 'high enough' I doubt there is one.

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    We back onto state forest and before we moved in we installed 6ft chain mesh fencing. I would rather be safe than sorry. I think the thing is, the warden is going on about what could happen and is probably trying to prevent an incident. I have dogs who can but will not jump too but because they are dogs, I would not 100% trust them.

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    Hm, tough one. I am sure that my dog could escape my yard too if she really wanted to, but she has never tried. Then I know dogs who would jump the highest fences available without hesitation just because they can.

    If they tell you it is inadequate, they should at least be able to tell you what they consider adequate though?

    PS: unless you're a giant, waste high is not 6ft! The average suburban fence - the old wooden paling ones - are 5ft. The newer colourbond ones are usually 6ft. (The average person is somewhere between 5 and 6ft tall?)

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    If you have mesh fencing (I do and I also like my view) then if your star pickets allow put two strings of wire along the top.

    I also have a breed that could sail over the top of most fences if they so wished. But whatever you do don't suggest your dog could jump anything up to a 10ft fence or they'll probably suggest 11ft high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    I'd probably check with the council if there is a rule for the height of fences. Given that he couldn't tell you how high is 'high enough' I doubt there is one.
    Agree - ask council if there is such rules/regulations about fence height.

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    I would make the fence higher sorry.

    A waist high fence is not good enough IMO unless the dog is small and there is no way it cant jump. Sure, your dogs might not try to jump...but that doesnt mean they never will.

    I think for their own safety the fence needs to be higher. If you have chain link, you can make it higher at the back and still see through it

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    I have wire dog fencing and it is 1.2m high. It is a few inches above my waist and I am shorter so I think yours will be as well. The next hight down is 90cm. If 1.2 I would think it is adequate as that is normal rural fencing. I have never had any animal try to scale it except the mini goats who can run vertically up posts and stand on top of teh post before jumping down the other side. If 90cm then I would suggest it is too low and needs a couple of lines of wire across the top (as suggested).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I would make the fence higher sorry.

    A waist high fence is not good enough IMO unless the dog is small and there is no way it cant jump. Sure, your dogs might not try to jump...but that doesnt mean they never will.

    I think for their own safety the fence needs to be higher. If you have chain link, you can make it higher at the back and still see through it
    Some dogs can jump 6ft fences without blinking. Yet no one goes around telling all dog owners with 5ft fences their fences are too low? I think the actual height of the fence is totally irrelevant. Unless you keep your dog in a run, in lots of cases a dog in a panic would be able to get out of the yard somehow. How are you going to test that if the dog shows no inclination to leave the yard on its own?

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    Maybe it is the chicken wire that the warden does not think secure not the height. Chicken wire can look flimsy when there is a large dog standing behind it.

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