Burying chicken wire underground at the base of the fence is a good way to prevent a dog from digging under the fence, states the ASPCA. Roll the wire so that the sharp edges face inward, or away from the yard.Know More
Placing large rocks around the base of the fence or laying chain-link fencing on the ground along the fence are some other ways to prevent digging. Anchor the chain-link fencing to the bottom of the existing fence so that walking close to the bottom of the fence is uncomfortable for the dog. Burying the bottom of the fence at least 1 to 2 feet below the ground also ensures that the dog can't dig under it, according to the Humane Society. They also recommend removing any incentives that the dog has to escape from the yard.
Some reasons that cause a desire to escape include fear, a desire to roam, a need for social contact and a desire to mate. Blocking the dog's view if it can see through the fence often puts a stop to the desire to roam, while spending more time with the dog removes its need to escape to seek out social contact. Spaying or neutering the dog removes its desire to escape to search for a mate.Learn more about Dogs
An experienced veterinarian can spay a dog while she is in heat according to the ASPCA. The risk to the animal increases, and the operation is more complex and requires greater skill. These factors tend to make spaying while in heat more dangerous and more expensive than regular spaying.Full Answer >
In extreme cases, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dogs can die from untreated kennel cough. If properly treated, however, most dogs survive kennel cough. Vaccinations offer protection against the illness.Full Answer >
Potty training for a dog entails rewarding it for doing its business outside and discouraging it from soiling the inside of the home, according to the ASPCA. Puppies and some older dogs require firm and consistent training to learn where they are allowed to eliminate.Full Answer >
Many pet owners are worried about whether or not using an invisible fence is humane to their dog, but using an invisible fence is not considered humane according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals because the shock collar can lead to physical injuries and psychological stress. The invisible fence is also a great way to confine dogs while allowing dog thieves to enter the yard.Full Answer >