How to Use Chicken Wire To Stop Dogs From Digging

by Sandra Ketcham
    Dogs dig in dirt for a variety of reasons, but they don't dig out of spite.

    Dogs dig in dirt for a variety of reasons, but they don't dig out of spite.

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    If your dog constantly digs up your garden, destroys your plants or escapes under your fence into the street, put down some chicken wire for an inexpensive fix. This simple solution requires a bit of a time investment up front, but it'll keep your dog's paws out of the dirt for a long time. Plus, it'll ensure your dog remains safe and secure in your yard, away from cars and other dangers. Chicken wire is available at most home improvement stores.

    Step 1

    Cover garden beds with landscape fabric or weed cloth and then secure the fabric with pins. Some dogs will give up when they can't find any soil to play in.

    Step 2

    Lay a single layer of chicken wire over the landscape fabric in any area your dog is especially prone to digging in. Don't worry about lining it up perfectly, but make sure most of the area is covered.

    Step 3

    Place mulch or another material on top of the chicken wire to disguise it. The mulch will also help hold the wire in place.

    Step 4

    Line the bottom of fences with wire that extends about 24 inches from the fence line, being careful to leave no sharp or jagged edges. The wire should reach into your yard.

    Step 5

    Weigh the chicken wire down with bricks or cover it with garden rocks if your clever dog learns to bend the wire up and away from the fence.

    Items You Will Need

    • Landscape fabric
    • Landscape fabric pins
    • Chicken wire
    • Mulch
    • Bricks

    Photo Credits

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    About the Author

    Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."

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