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09-01-2014 04:50 PM
arycrest My yard is fenced in completely ... I attempted to circumvent fence fighting by installing a 2nd fence about 5 or 6 feet in from the chain link fence on the three sides w/neighbors. UNFORTUNATELY I used farm fencing which hasn't stopped the problem (they'll stop when I scold them, then start up again a few minutes later). I wish I'd done what Wolfy suggested and used a solid privacy fence instead of the farm fencing.
09-01-2014 02:36 PM
wolfy dog Put up a privacy fence about 2 feet from the chainlink so they cannot make nose contact. Keep your own dog entertained by play and training. You can throw some treats over the fence to break the other dog's frenzied cycle.
Fence fighting is self rewarding and conditioned. I'll bet when you would remove the fence they wouldn't know what to do.
09-01-2014 02:06 PM
Originally Posted by zetti View Post
True fence aggression is nothing like play. The dog is literally in a frenzy & won't be distracted by toys or treats.
Exactly true. I have a DA rescue female GSD, and I have a very large yard so I fenced off the back section of it so she can't get to the chain link fence that separates our yard from the back neighbor's yard. My male runs the fence with 2 of their dogs, and it is definitely play, with play bows, daring each other to run, etc. But my female is in a frenzy with it, and I know would do severe damage if she were able. My neighbors don't mind, they look at it as a means of exercising their lazy goldens. I am a caregiver for my sister and don't have the time to work with Jade as I would like to, I feel that an ecollar would be the most effective way, but for right now I am managing the situation. The second fence was the best answer for me.

09-01-2014 01:42 PM
meli_ssa4 A bit of good news. We are moving within the next 2 months so we wont have to deal with the issue anymore. And if all goes well we are moving to the country where we won't have close neighbors and wilk have lots of room for the dogs to run. We are super excited to get them out of the city. I think they are going to much happier
08-21-2014 07:01 AM
Originally Posted by Juliem24 View Post
My guy bowled me over and also nearly took out my husbands knees while running the fence as we were trying to grab him. Couldn't get his attention, couldn't "break the spell". The trainer later told us it is aggression, ( our dog is DA). He's not allowed near the fence any more. On leash all the time.
My back neighbors have 2 dogs, then their daughter often comes over with her 3 dogs, all goldens except for a small terrier mix. Jade, my girl, is very DA, and took me down as I was stepping on the line I had on her for just such an occasion. From then on, poor Jade could not run loose except in early, early am or late at night when their dogs are not out.

Orick, on the other hand, looks for them, especially the terrier mix and one of the daughter's goldens, a young female. They do play bows, etc, and really enjoy racing each other up and down the fence. He always outlasts them, lol, he is the original energizer bunny!

I have put up a fence cutting off the back third of our huge yard, and just have to build a gate for it. I will be happy for Jade, this means she can be loose throughout the day (although I always supervise them), but I know for poor Orick, I will have to let him through the gate occasionally to race with his pals.

08-20-2014 11:06 PM
Juliem24 My guy bowled me over and also nearly took out my husbands knees while running the fence as we were trying to grab him. Couldn't get his attention, couldn't "break the spell". The trainer later told us it is aggression, ( our dog is DA). He's not allowed near the fence any more. On leash all the time.
08-20-2014 07:53 AM
meli_ssa4 Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will definitely try using a stick or something to try and redirect her. And take her immediately into her crate if she doesn't comply.

I would love to plant something along that fence but unfortunately do to finances I can't afford to do any landscaping, plus with this time of the year it is a bit late to plant anything. (starting to get chilly here )

I order an e-collar for her, but in the mean time we will just keep working with her. I have noticed in the past few days our little guy (5months) is now starting to bark as soon as Rylee even looks at the fence. I don't even think he knows what he is barking at but thinks that since she is barking he should do. I quickly correct him, give him the quiet command and redirect. This is working for him so hopefully I can get this under control with him before it escalates like with Rylee.
08-19-2014 06:08 PM
Liesje My neighbor has 3 dogs that run the fence and bark at my dogs. I made a small garden in front of the fence and planted some taller grasses and arborvitae trees, then put a shorter decorative landscaping border fence in front of that. 90% of the time, my dogs respect that barrier; 10% of the time my puppy goes into that garden to bark through the fence and then I verbally correct him and if he does not comply, he comes inside.
08-19-2014 05:54 PM
qbchottu Put a tarp up for the time being and work on putting up a privacy fence

You can also plant shrubs or bamboo along the fence to block them
08-19-2014 05:36 PM
Lilie I have a large chain link back yard. I have dogs that I crate and rotate. When I take dogs to the barn with me, I'm going to have dogs in the back yard. There will be a huge fiasco the moment the dogs past the chain link fence.

I have a heavy duty walking stick. If they start the frenzied fence race, I'll stand in their path and tell them "Enough!" I do not scream. I do not beg. I do not nag. I use the stick as an extension of my arm to keep them from simply slipping around me. I do not know the magic of my stick. I've never hit or poked them. But when they see me and my magic stick, they are quiet. If they do slip around and continue, I'll take the offending dog into the house and crate him. And then go back outside.

If you've ever watched a youngster show a heifer in a local stock show. They'll lead them with a show stick at the heifer's eye level using it as a type of barrier. 90% of the time the heifer will walk quietly with that show stick right in front of their eyes. (It doesn't work with horses, I was curious and tried.) I don't know what my dogs think of my magic stick. But it works for me.

The big difference for me is my dogs know that if they stop - we are going to do something even more fun - go to the barn or the pond or run in the pastures, so they are eager to comply.
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