I’ve found that some dogs are notorious escape artists when confined to a fenced yard. The easiest way for a dog to escape is by digging under the gate, since it has a gap under it to allow the gate to swing open and closed.

Here’s an easy fix I’ve found to prevent your dog from digging under a fence gate:

  1. Dig a trench in the ground under the gate between the two gate posts.
  2. Cut a treated landscape timber to length so it fits between the two gate posts.
  3. Position the landscape timber in the trench under the gate.
  4. Attach the landscape timber to the gate posts using galvanized deck screws.
  5. Fill in the trench back in with dirt around the landscape timber.

Watch the video above to see how it’s done.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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