How to Keep Dogs from Digging Under a Fence Gate

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

Watch this video to see how it’s done.

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  1. What can I use to stabilize the bottom corner of a large wooden gate, so my French Bulldog can’t squeeze through the opening. It is a 6 foot cedar gate in my backyard fencing. Thanks for any tips you can send

  2. We have a chain link fenced property that keeps our little Yorkie in except for the area under a large gate that doesn’t meet the ground. We need to be able to drive the car through this gate. We just need to extend the bottom 6 inches or so to keep the dog from going through, but its about a 10 foot span so our options are limited. Please HELP!

    Thanks – a caring dog owner

  3. Ok, but what if you have a Dutch Shepherd/Malinois that eats EVERYTHING? We’ve tried wood… He thinks it’s a snack.

    • Hi, Rebecca! A veterinary behaviorist may be able to identify the dog’s issue and provide solutions.
      It’s worth a consultation. 🙂


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