Our surprise came two weekends ago when we heard Bruno barking like crazy at the neighbors dogs. This is not a strange occurance, but he sounded different (yes I can decipher dog barks like Cesar Milan, amazing, I know). We decided to investigate.
Turns out the little guy can now leap onto the top of the wall and hang there to get a better view into our neighbors yard. That’s right – my dog is a peeping Tom. This photo isn’t him, I found it online, but it’s exactly what we saw:
After recovering from our initial shock we immediately scolded him and saw that from jumping up on the wall he was cutting himself up pretty badly. A little home first aid did the trick but I was terrified that he’d take his newfound jumping skills and get all the way over the wall. I don’t imagine our neighbors dogs would be all that pleased with a strange collie plummeting into their turf.
I turned to Google for help – my trusted advisor on all strange situations, and we got some great ideas on ways to modify our fence that wouldn’t leave it looking like a penitentiary. I opted for fence modification over any sort of electric collar or underground fencing in that Bruno would likely find a way to get around this system or hurt himself – he’s rather accident prone. I was floored at hoe much info’s available on modifying fences to keep dogs from jumping. I took comfort in the fact that my little hurdler wasn’t alone in his plight to escape. This site was particularly helpful: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/clova.html.
It took a lot of trips to Home Depot and a day’s worth of work but we found a way to contain our dog. We affixed wire (similar to chicken wire) as almost a rim to the side of the fence he was jumping onto. Cross your fingers – but it’s been a week and he’s still grounded. Now if only I could find a vine to grow along the wire and make it prettier…