Need ideas on fence?

I know I am going to get responses to the fact that I should not be posting requests like the one I am about to post. I need help/ideas on how to block out next door dogs that are constantly digging holes under my cedar fence. I've spoken with owner of dogs but he refuses to do his part in helping me resolve the problem. I have my own ideas as to what I can do but I would like to see what ideas members of this forum can offer me. Thanks. AL.

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Re-design4 years ago
No one should have a problem with you trying to keep the dogs in their own yard. It's safer for them there.

You could staple18" or 2' heavy chicken wire so that it lays in the grass in front of the fence 12" or so, it will form an "L" laying on it's side.  Then use wire stakes to anchor it in the grass.  In a week or two the grass will grow into it and hide it.  When the dogs dig under the fence they hit the wire and either stop or is slows them down long enough for you to fill in the hole of stop them by other ways.  In most soils chicken wire will last about a year before it rusts away but maybe by then they will have decided not to dig on your side.

Maybe a better idea would be to put up an electric fence using one of the Pet fence chargers.  They are much less powerful than the cow fence chargers but are still powerful enough to make most dogs leave the area alone.  I've used one once on a dog who would climb over if he couldn't dig under and it kept him in and safe from getting run over.
alsports2000 (author)  Re-design4 years ago
Thank you very much for your excellent recommendations-the chicken wire idea is a good one but the electric one my daughter in law will never use cause she cares too much for her dogs and is afraid they may get electrocuted. We have tried to reason with the neighbor whom has two huge dogs about installing another fence on his side of the property but he is very uncooperative. So, we priced concrete blocks and they only cost under a dollar each, so we are considering going that route. Thanks again. AL.
The fence chargers are very safe. I proved this to my wife by holding on to the wire myself while touching the ground with my other hand. More startling than painful.

But the concrete blocks should work and can be removed later when not needed.
alsports2000 (author)  Re-design4 years ago
Thank you for suggestion but my daughter in law would never allow it but if it was me I would. Thanks and its either the blocks or chicken wire. AL.
rickharris4 years ago
Our chicken coop has stock fencing wire buried at least a foot in the ground to prevent foxes digging under it. Doesn't stop the rats though the mesh is too large.

This is easy to come by and not too hard to install. After you won't be able to see it if you cut it off at ground level.
alsports2000 (author)  rickharris4 years ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. You are the second member to recommend the chicken wire. I am starting to believe that that might be a better alternative then using cinder blocks all along on both sides of the fences. I think the chicken wire does not pose a problem as far as good looks for the fence. Thanks again. AL.
Although you can use chicken wire Stock fencing wire is better - It's thicker and although bigger square holes the dog won't be able to get through. local farm shop or even a farmer may give you some.
alsports2000 (author)  rickharris4 years ago
Thank you  very much for your feedback  I am going to have to go to Home Depot or Lowe's and see what type of wiring they offer. Thanks again for your recommendation. AL. 
Vyger4 years ago
Do the dogs actually manage to dig under and get into your yard?
The reason I ask is that if you have attempted to prevent it, and spoken to the owner about it and he does nothing to prevent it you may want to talk to the authorities about it. Depending on the local laws, you need to at least be on record as reporting the problem. This way if the dogs get into your yard and do damage then the owner is liable. It would not be the first time and they cannot claim ignorance or say they have never done that before. Second, if you do something to try and prevent it and the dogs get injured in some way, such as getting hung up on a buried wire and choking then you will not be liable for their injuries. I would take those steps first so the legal protections are in place.
As far as actually preventing them I agree with Harris about the heavy fence. Its called Welded wire fence, it has heavy wiring in a cross pattern that is welded at each place where it crosses itself. It is usually galvanized so it will not rust. I used it on my chicken coop also to prevent things from digging under the fence. I went down about a foot and a half then bent the wire in a right angle, put bricks on the part that was flat to the ground and then filled it in with dirt. Nothing ever got under it. The worst part was many years later getting it out of the ground. It was still in perfect condition and entangled with roots.
alsports2000 (author)  Vyger4 years ago
We have not reported it yet to the authorities because we don't want to have angry neighbors and this neighbor works for the fire department and just wants to prove that his dogs are bigger and louder then ours. We have tried to speak with him about installing a fence on his side of the property but he is being uncooperative. The more I read about chicken wire and the wire you recommend, the more I am leaning towards go that route instead of the cinder blocks and it would be less expensive. Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it very much. Thanks again. AL.
caarntedd4 years ago
I've had a similar problem, and solved it by hammering metal bars into the ground along the bottom of my fence. You could probably use any kind of stake or rod that you like, I used concrete rebar because I could get it for free.
I cut it into 2 foot lengths (600mm) and hammered them in where the dog was digging leaving about 6 inches (150mm) sticking up against the bottom of the fence with about 18 inches (450mm) in the ground. I kept them about 6 inches apart, and only in the area that the dog was digging with about 2 feet covered on either side of the hole.
The stakes don't have to be too deep as the dog isn't trying to dig a tunnel, he is just trying to get under the fence. If he is unsuccessful he will tend to move sideways rather than keep going deeper, hence a few stakes either side of where he likes to dig.
You don't need to do your whole fenceline (unless you want to) just each new spot as it pops up. After a period of time he should lose interest, thats how it worked for me anyway.
When the fence eventually required replacing I couldn't get very many of the stakes out, so I just drove them all the way in. There shouldn't be any buried services on your boundary line to worry about, mine only has the main sewer line running through the neighbours' properties and it is 14 feet deep. Electrical, water, gas, telephone etc. shouldn't cross adjoining properties. Not where I live anyway.
iceng caarntedd4 years ago
mole1 caarntedd4 years ago
+1 And I think the question belongs here