Cheap fast way to reinforce fence due to GSD


New cedar fence powerful GSD taking large chunks out of trying to get to next door dog Short of putting up heavy 8’ long 2 x4 pt lumber horizontally from post to post so his feet will hit that and not be able to bite fence in certain areas Any other ideas Bark devices do not work and ecollar only works if I am right there which I can’t be all the time

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  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 23, 2020

    Hi Betsy: Try putting chicken wire along the fence. It will hurt his feet if he tries to bite the fence. Also, you can make a mixture of 16 oz of water and a bottle of Oil of Clove or Clove Oil, same thing, in a spray bottle. Mix it well and spray it around your fence. It smells nice, but tastes horrible. It's non-toxic, so it won't hurt anything or any one, unless you put it in your' pets mouth. It's toxic if they eat a lot of it, but if they taste and smell it, they won't be hurt. You can buy the oil at any candy making store or your local grocery store may carry it. It comes in a bottle about 2 inches tall and only costs a couple of bucks. Once the pet tastes it, they will give the area a wide berth when they smell it! Don't put it on your pet or in their mouths, it's toxic to them if they get more than a little lick. This should keep him from biting the fence. Good luck!

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 23, 2020

    i don't understand GSD is Glycogen Storage Disease.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 23, 2020

    You could try having your dog in a muzzle to stop him from biting the fence. If I understand correctly, your dog has free range of the yard when you're not there? I might also suggest not doing that, especially with a purebred dog. There are people who will steal dogs from yards, and if you only let him out when you can supervise him, you can stop him from biting the fence.

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    • Beth Beth on Apr 24, 2020

      Can you try putting a tarp over the fence or something so he can't see the neighboring dog? There are also sprays that taste bad to dogs when they bite things, though they never worked on my dog.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 23, 2020

    I agree with the chicken wire idea as well, I would wrap it down so it covers the top of the ground a good foot out from the bottom of the fence. I can't imagine a dog willing to try gnawing on that.

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    • Paige Paige on Jun 29, 2020

      Training your dog is the only long-term solution, OP.

      I love my dog so much but it constantly did the things that irked me most. It would chew on things that it shouldn’t or jump up and down out of the blue. Whenever I put on the leash, it would pull on it. Whenever it was out of the house, it would continue digging on the ground - I wish I could tell what it was looking for down there. All the things it did left me feeling depressed as if I failed it monumentally.

      But since I discovered Brain Training for Dogs and applied the system offered, it now behaves the way a beautiful dog I always expect of.

  • Lucky Home Today Lucky Home Today on Apr 23, 2020

    You need to be out there with an ecollar - vibrate/shock when he goes near the fence. Your GSD is trying to defend you and their territory. Its going to be hard to break them unless you reconstruct the fence to block the holes he's getting through to.

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    • BetsyRambo BetsyRambo on Apr 23, 2020

      Also zero holes 6’ privacy fence I can barely see they are tightly spaced and reinforced at ground with 2 x 4s but he smells dog and dog will whine a little he stays right up at fence he really placid so I guess wants to see my dog

  • Carol Carol on Apr 23, 2020

    Some of my dogs will bite and yank on chicken wire fence, which I have along the bottom of cow panels that make up my duck pen and I need to patch some areas periodically. They also liked chewing on the wood of my deck. (The Bitter Yuck spray they sell as a chew deterrent doesn't work on my dogs and they seem to view that stuff as a condiment!) I got tired of my deck getting destroyed and painted the chewed spots with the hottest hot sauce I could find in the store. Was hoping to find ghost pepper sauce, but no luck. It was pretty funny how they all came running totally excited, thinking I was bringing out yummies. Some dogs took one sniff, wrinkled their noses, curled up their lip and walked away disgusted while others were brave enough to actually lick on it. After that they no longer had any interest in that "yummy" sauce for some reason. However, it washes off during heavy rains and I reapply the sauce when I notice the dogs starting to chew again.

    You could also put a cow panel about a foot in front of the cedar fence, wired to 3 t-posts. If you don't want to see the silver of the fence and green/white of the posts, spray paint them to blend in with your cedar fence. Your dog won't be able to chew through the steel bars of the cow panel. (Remind me again WHY we have dogs?  )

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    • BetsyRambo BetsyRambo on May 14, 2020

      A flirt pole? Do u have a pic with him on it? He needs to run and do his bathroom duty and has my other dogs but he’s the youngest, biggest, roughest

  • BetsyRambo BetsyRambo on Apr 23, 2020

    I’m thinking possibly large smooth thick PVC panels which come long enough and could be nailed to the fences 4x4s that are on the inside of my yard

  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 24, 2020

    Our dog wants to see the dogs next door too. We've been thinking about adding a thick Plexiglas window in the fence for him. I can't decide if it is a good idea or a really stupid one. In your case the window might require bars but your dog would probably stay and attack the fence in just that one spot at least. Maybe if they could see each other they might become friends.

  • If your dog gets into a rage, it is way past time for training. How old is he / she? Did you acquire as a pup? Or grown? Bad behavior can be corrected but it takes the entire household to be on the same page otherwise all you do his confuse the poor dog. Contact your vet or Google to find a trainer. How is the dog on walks?

  • BetsyRambo BetsyRambo on Sep 13, 2020

    I went with the horizontal wall slats all the way down. It worked and looks like a plant wall that I can fill with trailing plants and cactus so it looks like it was on purpose