We adopted Lyda, a darling black and white Belton English Setter in September from A & B English Setter Rescue. (She is our second rescue from them, after the first passed unexpectedly.) Chance had it that she came from Greece where she was found in "a remote field". She was a foster to adopt. We fell in love with her quickly as she is a sweet girl. However, our country girl was used to running and she is very athletic. She quickly sussed out the backyard picket fence and retaining wall and worked diligently on refining her climbing and jumping skills.
We kept her on a long lead as was recommended but, I was always worried that she would jump over and get caught without enough lead and strangle herself. Dog Proofer provided the perfect solution although it took some tweaking to contain our escape artist.
After the initial install, she found a spot on the cinder block/brick retaining wall where there was a slight gap between the poles. The solution was to drive spikes into the cinder block so that zip ties could anchor the screen in several places. We watched her try to escape and we had won!
Well, almost. On a beautiful sunny Saturday, still in hyper-vigilant mode, I felt she might have gotten out again. Checked the backyard. Not behind the garage. Nowhere. Not again! I grabbed her harness, treats and a squeekie on my way out the front door. There she was in the neighbor's yard. It isn't easy to get her attention when she is hunting but thank goodness she comes to greet me once she sees me and the treat pouch. So how on earth did she do it this time? Our little scientist had noticed that a picket was loose and she played with it until it swiveled, leaving her a nice escape route. So our advice is to screw down all of the pickets if you have a picket fence.
Lyda now loves to spend time in her yard, no lead to get tangles, and can do her job of challenging the foxes and cats that pass by on the hill behind our house.
An added advantage of the extension is that so far, the deer who are moving into the neighborhood have not been able to come into the yard. Neither have stray dogs who used to sometimes enter the yard from the back wall. Without Dog Proofer's fencing solution, we would have had to find Lyda another home. That would have made us so sad after all the work of teaching her to be a suburban dog who plays mostly with her own toys, doesn't tear cardboard as soon as it enters the house and who makes sure that her people have their daily walks. Since we like to have a pair of dogs, I now feel confident that we could adopt another dog who is inclined to roam.
I would advise purchasers to use some graph paper and map our exactly how many posts you need, especially if your yard has some odd barriers like our retaining wall. We had to order more posts and wire. Thanks so much Dog Proofer!!!