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Corey digs out of the yard, but only to follow his ball. He's ball crazy. I've tried fixing the fence by digging a ditch and placing wire mesh into and attaching it to the fence. But I ran into a problem we have two pine trees in the back and I can't get through some of the roots in order to put the mesh in place. I was wondering if anyone else has come across a solution to this. I would really like to give him back his ball especially since I'm going back to school and he'll be home alone during the day.
 

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Originally Posted By: gnome I ran into a problem we have two pine trees in the back and I can't get through some of the roots in order to put the mesh in place.
Well, I'll state the obvious...if you can't get through the roots, maybe Corey can't either?
 

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Unfortunately no. They run under the fence not along it. His biggest escape corner is my biggest problem corner. Of course. Though maybe if I gut the mesh to go around the roots. Thanks. Sometimes you just have to bring something up to find the solution.
 

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My hubby and I run hot wire along the bottom portion of our fence. We left it turned on for a few months and now it's turned off. We never knew if the dogs would try to dig out and we didn't want to risk it when we moved into the house. They've never tried once. We even strung it across in front of the gates and one time someone opened our gate and left it open. I let the dogs out and they didn't even try to get out because the wire was strung across in front of the opening.

I'm a little confused though. How does his ball get outside the yard?
 

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Eye roll. The neighbors kids taught him to push the ball under the fence, so they could throw it back to him (these kids are obsessed with him and I'm constantly yelling at them to leave him alone, I could go on forever about the stuff I've had to deal with from them). Of course they're not always around but he still pushes his ball out. It's a privacy fence and the ground isn't level at all so there are several gaps that the ball can fit through then he digs at them to make them bigger so he can get ball back. I thought about the hot wire before but wasn't sure how well it would work cause he's not just digging out. I also live in the city with some weird rules, I would have to make sure that I'm even allowed to have an electric fence (yes I own).
 

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You could get some concrete cinder blocks and lay them on the ground next to the fence. It may not look pretty, but he won't be moving them.
 

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I had the same problem with Shiloh B - digging out but he would run off. I fixed it by getting some rebar from Home Depot - those little heavy metal posts used in putting in concrete foundations for a home. Anyway, for me - I have a chainlink fence - I would thread them thru a couple links then pound them into the dirt. With a privacy fence, wouldn't have to worry about the fence being bent like I did so you could just pound a few into the soil about 1 - 2 inches apart, maybe even set them in concrete - you should be able to get them fairly close around the tree and roots - just put them in a line along your fence - most of the rebar underground.
 

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I really like that idea. I'll have to price the difference between the rebar and cinder blocks.
 
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