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How to Make Your Gate Safe for Your Dog

safe-dog-fenceMany dog owners will allow their companion to roam the backyard unattended, but how can you be sure your dog fence will be safe? A simple step that any responsible dog owner can take is to secure the gates and fences on their property. With just a little planning, you can pet proof your yard so your pup can enjoy the great outdoors.

1. Close Gaps

Gaps in your gate will allow your dog to squeeze through to the other side. Do not take any chances. A determined canine can fit through spaces in the fence, which often appear smaller than their bodies. By using chain link you can add  barriers to the open spaces, and your dog will still be able to enjoy the view that they have grown accustomed to.

When you close the gaps in a gate, you also deter other wild animals that may try and enter the yard. The security that a gate offers a dog is about more than just keeping them on the property, it is also about protecting them from pests and predators.

2. Secure Loose Ground

Gravel, sand, and dirt around your gate can all be easily displaced by your digging dog. Once they have made a hole, they may be able toto slip underneath the fence. Even if the dog is not usually a digger, your pet may try to test these boundaries on the property.

The best way to secure this loose ground is to bury stepping-stones just beneath the surface of the soil. This will allow you to keep the aesthetic of your yard while still discouraging your companion from attempting to tunnel under the gate. This is a more permanent solution than moving objects to block these areas in the yard, and it will also do nothing to limit the space that your pet can roam.

3. Choose the Right Height

The decision on how tall to make your gate must take into account the athleticism of your breed. Some dogs can jump as high as eight feet, but in most cases, a fence that is just over six should suffice for your athletic pet. You know your dog best and can determine the best height to keep them secure in your yard. Keep in mind, certain stressors may lead your dog to behave uncharacteristically at times, and while they may have never jumped your fence before, it can still happen.

It is very important that the height of the gate is significantly tall enough so that the dog does not even try to climb it. They can easily get stuck on the fence or fall. The height of the fence will also deter some wild animals, but will never prevent climbing animals such as raccoons from entering the yard.


You know your dog best, and while most can be kept safe inside a fence, some are determined escape artists. Dogs can learn to climb trees and fences, which will essentially make it impossible to leave them safely unattended.

About the Author

Ralph Goodman is a professional locksmith and an expert writer on all things locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.


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