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magic
04-29-2013, 12:23
So, we adopted this chihuahua.

http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/4145/chihuahuax.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/chihuahuax.jpg/)

He's a cute little dog, but we might have to name him Houdini because he learned how to climb the chain link fence today. I have been looking around this morning for ideas of how to stop this, but haven't thought any are the perfect method. So far, I've seen people recommending: invisible fence, shock collar or fence modification. The fence is only 4 feet tall, so it's pretty easy for him to climb now that he knows how to stick his feet through the holes in the link.

Invisible fence might be too expensive and a little cruel. Shock collar is an okay idea, but we have to use it properly for it to work, it's also painful like the invisible fence. Fence modification seems like a great option, but I have about 450 feet of fencing that he has access to, so it would have to be something cheap.

I know the shock collars and invisible fence aren't that cruel. I would rather shock him a few times than have him get out and ran over by a car. If it comes to that, I have no problems shocking him, but Mrs. Magic doesn't like the idea. She wants fence modification. I'm pretty much open to any suggestions here, this has to stop!

Steve0853
04-29-2013, 12:26
I had that problem with a larger dog. I had to run electric fence around the top of the pen. That surely worked, but it did shock the crap out of him a couple times.

Ironbar
04-29-2013, 12:27
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MtBaldy
04-29-2013, 12:33
Had a Doberman once that was doing that. Solved it with a single wire electric fence just inside the chain link one.

Just saw the Mrs. doesn't want to shock the guy. Maybe a horizontal barrier at the top of the fence?

magic
04-29-2013, 12:52
I've kind of convinced her that the electric fence is a good idea. Found this one that's only $25 and I can get the extra few hundred feet of wire for about another $20.

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I've got another issue this might solve too. We have been trying to figure out how to keep our goats out of the garden now that all our new plants are growing. If the electric fence trains the dog pretty quickly, we can move the unit to a small fence around the garden to keep the goats out. Two birds with one stone!

BIGBEAR92314
04-29-2013, 12:57
Had a larger dog once that could scale a 6' fence I had to install a cable run with leader that traveled the length of cable suspended between two trees to keep him in the yard.

FullClip
04-29-2013, 12:59
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:



Sorry, but just had to do it!!:supergrin:

I'm of the belief that the smaller the dog, the smarter they are, and that little guy looks pretty bright and has a bad-boy look. You've got your hands full there. Maybe a nice moat and some alligators would slow him down a little bit.

VC-Racing
04-29-2013, 13:05
We had a lab that could climb a 5 ft cyclone fence. She would go to the corners and climb out. I had to buy some extra fence and build a horizontal barrier in the corners ....

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BIGBEAR92314
04-29-2013, 13:11
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:
Sorry, but just had to do it!!:supergrin:


Now that was funny:rofl::rofl:

Combatcomm
04-29-2013, 13:12
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:



Sorry, but just had to do it!!:supergrin:




Thats funny. :rofl:

janice6
04-29-2013, 13:13
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:



Sorry, but just had to do it!!:supergrin:

I'm of the belief that the smaller the dog, the smarter they are, and that little guy looks pretty bright and has a bad-boy look. You've got your hands full there. Maybe a nice moat and some alligators would slow him down a little bit.



That is funny!

Adjuster
04-29-2013, 13:33
Can you shorten his legs? He has too much leg on him.



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Adjuster
04-29-2013, 13:34
LOL I like him, he makes me laugh when I look at him. He is definitely up to something!


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ChuteTheMall
04-29-2013, 13:42
Maybe put a Mexican flag on the other side of the fence?

:dunno:

magic
04-29-2013, 14:30
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:


I laughed so much I choked myself a little! You win the prize for best comment of this thread! :number1:

Yes, he is a very long legged chihuahua. He's really cool for a chihuahua too, doesn't act like most of them do. He is a little troublemaker, though. He kept getting into the goat pen and thought it was the funniest thing to make the goats go nuts, he had them running in circles, I thought they were going to kill him for sure. We got that little spot patched up and now he climbs fences. He is kind of bad-ass looking too, I like it. Just gotta deal with this fence thing now. I like the idea of putting a Mexican flag on the other side of the fence! :rofl:

Sharky7
04-29-2013, 14:31
http://www.allguardfence.com/images/Chain-link/c35.jpg


Install these chain link fence inserts....

Detectorist
04-29-2013, 14:38
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:


Sorry, but just had to do it!!:supergrin:

I'm of the belief that the smaller the dog, the smarter they are, and that little guy looks pretty bright and has a bad-boy look. You've got your hands full there. Maybe a nice moat and some alligators would slow him down a little bit.

:rofl:

OdinIII
04-29-2013, 14:47
I kept my dog from climbing our 12' wide gates by wiring corrugated drain pipe horizontally on the gate a little higher than she could reach. Not as easy, pretty, or as cheap as electric but it worked.

HerrGlock
04-29-2013, 14:52
http://www.lowes.com/Fencing/Chain-Link-Fencing/Chain-Link-Privacy-Slats/_/N-1z0zgvi/pl

Chain-Link Privacy Slat

If he cannot get his feets into the fence links, he cannot climb, right? No electricity, no zapping.

magic
04-29-2013, 14:57
http://www.lowes.com/Fencing/Chain-Link-Fencing/Chain-Link-Privacy-Slats/_/N-1z0zgvi/pl

Chain-Link Privacy Slat

If he cannot get his feets into the fence links, he cannot climb, right? No electricity, no zapping.

Yeah, I thought about that, but it would be very expensive to cover around 400 ft of fence.

HerrGlock
04-29-2013, 14:59
Yeah, I thought about that, but it would be very expensive to cover around 400 ft of fence.

It's an option :)

What's your dog worth?
What's keeping the peace with the Frau worth?

Just some things to keep in mind :whistling:

magic
04-29-2013, 15:08
It's an option :)

What's your dog worth?
What's keeping the peace with the Frau worth?

Just some things to keep in mind :whistling:

Oh, I hear ya loud and clear, and I agree with you. Yes, it's an option, but at $1k-$2k, it's not a cost effective one, even the Mrs. would rather put up a zapper than that much cost for the slats. I'm thinking he only has to get zapped a couple times to figure out that he doesn't want to hop the fence anymore. Eventually, we will probably be putting in a block wall, but at $40/ft, I've got some saving to do before that happens too. One step at a time.....one step at a time.

bullonee
04-29-2013, 15:30
My dog climbed over our chain link fence. I put an electric wire near the top. I got on the other side of the fence and called for the dog. He climbed toward the top and when he touched the wire he immediately got down. I tried calling him back and he never would come close the fence. I unpluged the charger and let the wire stay on the fence for a month and then took it down. That was 8 years ago and he has never climbed out. On a side note, he didn't yelp when he touched the wire. Just got down.

ChiefWPD
04-29-2013, 15:41
Yeah, I thought about that, but it would be very expensive to cover around 400 ft of fence.

He's such a little guy you'd only have to cover the first foot or so from the bottom. I think...

NeverMore1701
04-29-2013, 15:43
Get a real dog.

Gregg702
04-29-2013, 15:43
You could always attached a wire mesh to the chain link fence, it would be too small for him to get his paws into.

IndyGunFreak
04-29-2013, 16:30
You adopted a Mexican chihuahua and are surprised it can climb a chain link fence!!:whistling:

:rofl::rofl:

railfancwb
04-29-2013, 16:36
Farm store, electric fence, one wire near top of chain link. Use stand offs short enough dog can't slip under, tall enough he can't slip over. Solar powered charger probably, depending on how close the fence is to a 110 outlet. Bonus - other critters can be discouraged as well.


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magic
04-29-2013, 19:44
Get a real dog.

Unlike some people, I don't have any inadequacies to overcompensate for, so I'm perfectly happy with my dog.

Gregg702
04-29-2013, 19:53
Unlike some people, I don't have any inadequacies to overcompensate for, so I'm perfectly happy with my dog.
This is our 6 pounds of fury at Desert Breeze dog park:

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/BadReligion702/DSC_0482_zps3d8a6397.jpg

magic
04-29-2013, 20:08
This is our 6 pounds of fury at Desert Breeze dog park:

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/BadReligion702/DSC_0482_zps3d8a6397.jpg

He's awesome looking! Nice desert scenery you captured too, looks just like my backyard. :rofl:

Gregg702
04-29-2013, 20:20
He's awesome looking! Nice desert scenery you captured too, looks just like my backyard. :rofl:

Thanks, here he is airborne:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/BadReligion702/DSC_0474_zps67aece3c.jpg

JAS104
04-29-2013, 20:56
This is our 6 pounds of fury at Desert Breeze dog park:

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/BadReligion702/DSC_0482_zps3d8a6397.jpg

Good lord that dogs energizer bunny energy emanates from that picture lol.


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Gregg702
04-29-2013, 21:02
Good lord that dogs energizer bunny energy emanates from that picture lol.


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He actually has a great personality, the groomers love him because he will just sit there and let you do whatever you want to him. He also very rarely barks.

OdinIII
04-29-2013, 21:10
How do you guys get pictures of these small dogs? Our Yorkiepoo is impossible to get a picture of him standing still. Even with the shutter on 1/2000 he is still just a blur. :)

frank4570
04-29-2013, 21:32
This problem is going to be over as soon as you install the electric fence wire. Make it so that he has to climb over the wire on the way up.

magic
04-30-2013, 23:45
How do you guys get pictures of these small dogs? Our Yorkiepoo is impossible to get a picture of him standing still. Even with the shutter on 1/2000 he is still just a blur. :)

I also have two Italian Greyhounds, and they are difficult to photograph too. We actually use them professionally, as models for our business photos, and I can tell you the best photos come after they have expelled their energy playing or after a long walk. It's hard to wear them out just out enough that they are cooperative but not panting, but it's possible! That pic I put up was right after a hardcore wrestling session with one of my greyhounds. Unfortunately, most of my good photos are of the dogs sleeping because it's the only time I can catch them still!


This problem is going to be over as soon as you install the electric fence wire. Make it so that he has to climb over the wire on the way up.

I'm leaning toward the electric fence, and I plan to do just that. Hopefully I'll have time by the end of the week to set it up. I'll report back the results!

silentpoet
05-01-2013, 00:03
I had a great pyr mix that could do that. Till he got a bit older and fatter.

FL Airedale
05-01-2013, 04:06
I have a dog that can dig under the fence in about 5 minutes. I had to install 900 feet of invisible fence.

I didn't want to shock him but I also didn't want him going out on the road and being hit by a car.

The collar makes a sound for 2 seconds before delivering a shock. I put it on myself and it's annoying but not painful.

Now that he's used to the collar, he stays about 2 feet away from the fence. He doesn't know it but I put the plastic studs in place of the metal ones. The collar still makes the sound but can't shock him.

If he digs under the fence again, I can always put the metal ones back on.

cphilip
05-01-2013, 07:44
I had that problem with a larger dog. I had to run electric fence around the top of the pen. That surely worked, but it did shock the crap out of him a couple times.

This is the cheapest and most effective method that I know of.