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How To Pet Proof Your Fence

Pets are lively and loveable additions to your family. However, their excitement and curiosity can sometimes get the better of them, which is often bad news for your fence. Whether it’s digging, jumping, scratching or escape attempts, your fence can suffer at the hands (or paws) of your pets, and could sometimes put your animal in harm’s way. So if you’re keen to keep your pets safe and your fence in good condition, read on to see our top tips on how to pet proof your fence.

Change your landscaping

If you’re serious about protecting the health of your fence, it might be worth considering some changes to your current garden landscaping. Animals, especially dogs, enjoy digging as a pastime, which is the last thing you’ll want if you’ve invested in a brand new fence. Try planting shrubs to act as a buffer between the fence and your pets. For added protection, think about putting the plants inside concrete blocks or other sturdy vessels.

Use deterrents

A bit of subtle discouragement could be all you need to put a stop to your pet’s destructive hobbies. Lay some hot pepper powder on the targeted areas of the ground and fence. Whilst this won’t harm your animal, it will likely be unpleasant enough for them to avoid your fence area altogether.


Some pets are natural wanderers and may leave your property several times during the day. However, if you have a certain type of pet, or live in a dangerous area, you may wish to stop your pet from planning an escape attempt over your fence. ‘Lean-ins’ are wire additions to the top of your fence that face into your garden, stopping your pet just short of clambering over the peak of your fence.

Install L-Footers

L-footers are additions that protect the bottom of a fence from digging dogs. Using chicken wire, or similar, simply lay the wire so part of it covers the ground, and part of it covers the bottom section of your fence, forming an ‘L’ shape. You may wish to use rocks to hold it down, or bury it deep in the ground, depending on the strength (and ingenuity) of your pet. If wire is not working, you may need to consider a sturdier material such as concrete.

Pet training

If all else fails, try seeking the advice of a pet trainer. These professionals may be able to help create an individual training programme for your animal which, in time, should reverse their behaviour.


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