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How to Keep Dogs from Digging Under a Fence Gate

By: Danny Lipford

I’ve found that some dogs are notorious escape artists when confined to a fenced yard. The easiest way for a dog to escape is by digging under the gate, since it has a gap under it to allow the gate to swing open and closed.

Here’s an easy fix I’ve found to prevent your dog from digging under a fence gate:

  1. Dig a trench in the ground under the gate between the two gate posts.
  2. Cut a treated landscape timber to length so it fits between the two gate posts.
  3. Position the landscape timber in the trench under the gate.
  4. Attach the landscape timber to the gate posts using galvanized deck screws.
  5. Fill in the trench back in with dirt around the landscape timber.

Watch this video to see how it’s done.

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How to Keep Dogs from Digging Under a Fence Gate