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02-26-2014 07:32 PM
Originally Posted by scottkeen View Post
So when you guys say that a dog can jump a 6' high fence, does that mean "jump over without touching a 6-foot high fence in one motion", or does that mean the dog can jump up and climb its way over a 6-foot high fence?

In our case the boxer never touched the fence and he could do it from a sited position. It was crazy.

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02-26-2014 06:59 PM
Sunflowers If he wants to, he can even clear 8 feet.

This dog was trained to do it, but I wanted to show what their capabilities are.

02-26-2014 06:58 PM
Saphire I have a 4 ft fence and Gus can easily clear it. This winter witg our horrific amount of snow he easily walked over it. We had to install additional 4 feet of snow fencing to keep him in. Now he can easily climb the snow fencing if left unsupervised.
Go as high as you can right from the start. I will be looking at 8ft fencing this summer.
02-26-2014 06:35 PM
zyppi For most dogs a 6' fence would probably contain. 4' might tempt him.
02-26-2014 06:29 PM
Nigel My previous two could easily clear the 4' without touching it, so the lack of lateral support doesn't matter. They both could jump over 6' fences made of wood or chain link, but the style you posted in the OP @ 6' would probably keep them secure, unless you have a digger. The thing is, once they learn how to jump a 4' fence, they'll more than likely try the 6' as well. Best to go with 6' from the start.
02-26-2014 06:20 PM
Galathiel I personally don't leave my dog outside unless he's on a tie out inside our fenced yard. I had a GSD climb our fence (and they can climb any height) so I'm very wary of leaving him out alone. Right now I don't. The only time he's been outside on tie out in the yard, my husband was actually outside working on the fence. I'm planning to put a kennel up with floor and roof this spring for him to lounge in in the mornings so he doesn't have to be crated. However, it's going to be behind the house, padlocked with a webcam so I can keep an eye out.
02-26-2014 06:09 PM
scottkeen So when you guys say that a dog can jump a 6' high fence, does that mean "jump over without touching a 6-foot high fence in one motion", or does that mean the dog can jump up and climb its way over a 6-foot high fence?

Along the same lines (and probably a similar answer, "depends"), what's the *typical* maximum a GSD will jump down? I live on a hillside and one side of my property is a slope which goes down about 30 feet. I'm thinking to excavate part of the slope and put in a 6-foot retaining wall into the face of the slope instead of fencing on that side. The top of the 6-foot retaining wall would be few inches above grade of my property. To escape, the dog would have to jump down off the 6-foot high retaining wall plus a few feet of slope below depending on where he lands. Would he do it?
02-26-2014 05:38 PM
nktigger99 We had a foster boxer who could jump our 6` stockade just never know..

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02-26-2014 08:59 AM
Jlmaiorana I plan on putting up a fence for my GSD this spring and did some research. I learned that if you don't want the dog to jump the fence, build it as high as possible because if you put up a 4 foot fence and the GSD learns to jump it, then you add another 2 feet the GSD will learn to jump that and on and on. That is how they train GSDs to jump. So I am being safe and putting up a 6 foot fence right off the bat. Also need to put chicken wire or something down in the ground under the fence or they will dig their way out.
02-26-2014 06:45 AM
Nigel It does depend on the dog, 54" could be jumped easily by some, regardless of the lack of middle support. My previous dogs, a lab and malamute would fly over my 4' fence. If your going to leave him unsupervised, I'd go with 6'.
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