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How to Prevent Your Dog from Digging Under a Gate or Fence

By: Joe Truini

If you keep your dog in a fenced in backyard, chances are that he’ll try to dig his way to freedom. Dogs often dig under a gate, since there’s has a gap under it to allow the gate to swing open.

To prevent your dog from digging under a gate:

  • Cut a pressure treated 4” x 4” landscape timber so it fits tightly between the gate posts.
  • Dig a trench across the gate opening as deep as the thickness of the timber.
  • Position the timber in the gate opening so there is just a small gap between the timber and bottom of the gate.
  • Secure the timber in place by toenailing galvanized nails or screws through each end of the timber into the gate posts.
  • Backfill the trench with dirt so the ground is level.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Hi, T.,
    Sounds like quite a dilemma!
    We’re opening this question to the community.
    Any other ideas, y’all?

  • t. Deryke Says:
    July 8th, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I have over an acre fenced. Rabbits, ground hogs, and other critters dig under to get in and out leaving starter holes. I’d go broke trying your suggestions, not to mention my 72 YO body would never permit it. Any other ideas?

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    April 8th, 2019 at 6:44 am

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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 28th, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Hi, Cheri,
    It’s hard to visualize this one. If you can provide more details (and please be as specific as possible), we might be able to understand the situation better. Otherwise, it’s best to contact a professional in your area who can inspect the gate. Thanks for reading!

  • Cheri king Says:
    May 24th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Hi we’re trying to figure out a problem with our new steel gate that swings open with a code there is to much extra space between the ground and the bottom of the gate it has to let the gate still swing open and shut it’s about 8 ft long wondering if you have some ideas thank you

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How to Prevent Your Dog from Digging Under a Gate or Fence