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    Default There was an extra dog when I got home today..

    So I just got home from work to find an extra dog in our backyard... "Rocket". He's the neighbours dog and to make me hate him more (he's a small fluffy thing and barks 24/7) he's now decided that he can dig under the fence (it's a 6ft wooden fence) and come have puppy play dates while the humans are at work! Obviously it's not all his fault, there is some evidence of digging and dirty paws from my two girls but I already hold a grudge towards him (I'm up for work at 2am so on my sleep-in days it really annoys me when his barking wakes me up at 5 and then the owners come out screaming "rocket!!!" and making even more noise). The little $hit ducked back under the fence when I walked up to him so I filled the hole in with bricks and am now on a mission to try and stop this from happening again.

    What can I do to the entire fence-line (about 25m) to prevent the dogs from having un-organised play dates? My OH is away until Friday so on the weekend we will dig a trench thing under the fence and fill with concrete but I need something to last until then, and it will have to be relatively quick as I have to go back to work in 2hrs. I'm about to go spray the fence-line with citronella oil, will that work?

    I can't leave the dogs inside when I'm at work, Meika is fine but Molly destroys EVERYTHING, she will eat furniture, carpet and walls. The garage is currently housing a friend's 2 very important motorbikes for the next week so thats a no-go until then and the laundry is part of the garage, not it's own seperate room so that's also not an option. I can lock them onto the veranda this afternoon but it's not going to be very nice for them to be locked out there from 2am-11am tomorrow morning while I'm at work.

    I will go speak to Rocket's owners when after I finish work this afternoon and hopefully they will also be able to do something to their side of the fence but in the mean time I really need a quick-solution that will work until the weekend!

    Thanks

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    Maybe some playdates will wear Rocket out and sleep better.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    Maybe some playdates will wear Rocket out and sleep better.)
    Maybe I'd still rather not have to choose between a barking dog and holes under my fence! haha

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    LOL that is just so cute. When I had a bunny who tried to dig under the fence to get to the neighbour's dog (who would have eaten him!) we buried a layer of bricks under the fence. It helped on both sides... good luck

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    We dug a trench and sunk wire into the ground then put rocks on top of that. But I was being overly paranoid as we have SWF's and they have big GSD mixes.

    You can also dig a shallow trench and just lay a concrete strip along the fence line. The neighbors may even agree to help, you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    We dug a trench and sunk wire into the ground then put rocks on top of that. But I was being overly paranoid as we have SWF's and they have big GSD mixes.

    You can also dig a shallow trench and just lay a concrete strip along the fence line. The neighbors may even agree to help, you never know.
    We were thinking of digging a trench and laying concrete down but will have to wait until the weekend and hope that it's sunny, I might even talk to the OH about laying wire and rocks. I'm not too worried about them getting in and playing with each other, I'm just worried that if my girls get into their yard, it might not be secure and they will get out onto the road. They seemed to be fine being on the veranda when I was at work this afternoon so that will have to do until the weekend

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    depending on which side is doing most of the digging, laying in chicken wire on that side of the fence can be very effective, you run it up the fence about a foot, and then down under the soil as far as you can be bothered - another foot would be good but it's not entirely necessary, and then that bit that is under the dirt - comes out about a metre or so. Ie the dog goes up to where the fence meets the ground and hits chicken wire and digging fails. Besa blocks and bricks along the fence line also help. If dogs try to dig under them, they tend to fall in the hole, which is off putting.

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