Dog-Proof Fence Ideas and Options

gray-and-white dog contained within a dog-proof fence

Some dogs are amazing escape artists — able to squeeze under or jump over fencing that appeared to be secure. If you have such a dog, you might have to go the extra mile to provide a dog-proof fence that will keep your pooch contained and safe. Here are some dog fencing ideas for you to consider.

Coyote Rollers

This device consists of roller bars that you install at the top of existing fencing. The Coyote Roller can be installed on different types of fencing, such as chain-link and wooden fences. The rollers prevent the dog from gaining purchase when they try to climb over the fence. 
Coyote Roller for the top of a fence

Wire-mesh dog-proof fence

If you need extra tall dog-proof fencing, chain-link is not a good choice. Instead, buy coated wire-mesh fencing, which is stronger than chain-link. One company that sells this type of wire mesh is Riverdale Mills.
Wire-mesh fencing

Flat-top fencing extension

For extra insurance against a dog escaping, top your wire-mesh fencing with a foot of fencing that extends perpendicular into the enclosure. Even if the dog manages to climb to the top of the fence, they won’t be able to lean back far enough to get up and over the flat top.
Flat-top extension for fencing

Top-angled fencing extension

Here’s a slightly different approach to the flat-top: Angle the fence extension so that it’s aimed upward.
Top-angled extension for fencing

Full cover for a fence

For dogs who’ve managed to climb over every fence, cover the fencing completely on top.
Full cover for a fence

Free-standing dog fence

This type of fencing pops apart, so it can be easily taken apart and positioned in a different spot. It’s a good solution for dogs with reactivity issues who must be kept away from the outside fence line of a yard. Priefert is a supplier of this type of dog-proof fencing.
Free-standing fence

Why does my dog keep escaping?

In addition to installing dog-proof fencing, it's important to consider the reasons your dog might be trying to escape. One common reason is sexual motivation — escaping to seek a mate — among dogs who are not spayed or neutered. A simple solution to this is to spay or neuter your pet.

Moreover, dogs who lack mental stimulation and/or physical exercise might seek to escape. If your dog is spending too many hours alone, escaping might be their way of dealing with boredom or separation anxiety. Be sure to spend quality time with your dog each day, and consider hiring a dog walker or signing up for a doggy daycare if you're gone for long stretches.