I have 2 dogs that love nothing more than to get into a fence fighting match with our neighbor’s dogs. Every time I let them out into the yard, not a minute goes by before they are tying to dig under the fence and get after the other dogs.
Every time the fights started, I would run outside and bring them back in. I thought they would eventually get the idea. After a year, they haven’t. I looked for a different solution. I bought lumber to place around the bottom of the fence. The dogs only found a way around each hole I plugged.
I tried quirting them with the hose. This worked for one dog, but the other seems to love to be squirted with the hose and it makes him bark more.
It became clear, there was no easy way to solve this problem. I had to crack my nuckles and put some elbow grease into it. What I decided to do was to camp outside with the dogs all day and await each fence fighting match. Here’s what I did with my time:
- Each time the fence fighting started, I would manually pull them away from the fence. I would not bring them inside, just back them away from the fence and guard it from them having access.
- Having 2 dogs running to different sides of the fence made this a little difficult, so I had to resort to using a yard rake to herd them both. The rake wouldn’t be used as a weapon, but used as an extension of my arm to guide them away.
- When the dogs responded to me, I had a treat ready for them.
- I stayed out in the yard as long as I physically could. It’s better to get the training done in 1 or 2 days than spread it out over a year.
After a full day of this, the dogs have gotten the idea. I intend to spend the next few times I let them outside watching them just in case. There have been some relapses, and I had to be quick with correcting them. Just one time letting them do what they want can undo all the time I’ve put in.
I’ve realized there is no easy way to get your dog to do what you want. With dogs you have to work at it and train them. Shock collars are an option, but that’s the easy way out and I am told shock collars can turn a good dog bad in a hurry. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with spending a 70 degree day in your yard with your dogs.