How to Keep a Dog in Your Yard When You Do Not Have a Fence

It really is best to have a fence if you are considering getting a dog, but there are other methods of keeping your dog within your yard and not having it run away.

Many people confine their dogs within their yards by having a proper fence. For some dogs a four foot fence is all that is needed, but for others a six foot fence is required. The problem is that not everyone has a fenced yard.

A Dog Run

A dog run is usually an enclosure made out of chain link fencing. For some dogs, such as huskies, it may need to be covered at the top. Dog runs are often small, they allow the dog to be outside but do not allow it much space to run. They are a solution to the problem but may not always be the ideal solution.

Keeping the Dog on a Chain

Many people keep their dog on a chain while it is outside. This works well to prevent it from running away but can create other problems. Some dogs, kept on chains, have shown signs of increased aggression over time. As well the dog is at risk for being attacked by other dogs or being stolen.  Some animal shelters will not adopt dogs out to homes where they will be kept on chains.

Electric Fence Systems

There are many electric fence systems on the market today. Most involve a wire being buried just underground, and a collar on the dog that gives the dog a shock when it gets too close to the wire. This is often referred to as an invisible fence. The dog is still vulnerable for attack from other dogs.


Training a dog to stay within your yard is a bit tricky and nearly impossible for some breeds that love to run. It requires you go out with the dog and every time it tries to leave the yard, you call it back, and give it a reward. After a time the dog should stay within the confines of the yard, however, as mentioned, certain breeds, such as those with high prey drives (eg hounds, huskies, and so forth) , will often run off if they see something worth chasing, even moving cars. In general this really only works well if you are home a lot and the dog knows its pack is in the house. This method can never be fully trusted.

Why a Fence is Best?

Having a fence really is the best solution to prevent your dog from running away. When we look at the other options we see they all have problems. Without a fence there is no way of stopping other dogs from coming into your yard, attacking your dog, or spreading disease. The fence also offers some safety against theft of the dog.

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User Comments
  1. butuhuang86

    On March 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

    thanks for share

  2. gwezsetyo

    On March 9, 2012 at 2:25 am

    nife info…coz my 2 dog alway running everywhere :(

  3. papaleng

    On March 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I agree much with your observation regarding keeping a dog on a chain, they tend to be more aggressive. Again, lots of good info here.

  4. PR Mace

    On March 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    You have given good options but you are correct a fence is best. We lived in an apartment for six months in Texas while waiting on base housing. We only had our small dog Dobie. He did well with several walks a day plus we were next to a private area of the bay where we go let him lose to run and play in the waves. But I know our big dogs we have now would not have been happy in an apartment. They need our large fenced in backyard along with their daily walk/run. A fence is really the best option. I don’t agree at all with leaving a dog on a chain.

  5. catlord

    On March 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    My dad’s pup is behind a buried electric fence.

    p.s., -d’ja know that your “Huskies” article is still on Gomestic?:-\

  6. debasishetc

    On March 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

    These are some useful tips but we also should keep in mind that we should not chain our doggy for a long time.The best way is the fence.Then the pet can also move here and there and can have a free life also.Which is good for its health.

  7. Sammy K Finch

    On February 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Id suggest just getting a chain link fence in Vancouver. They really aren’t that expensive, especially cause you can put them in yourself if you have the internet to look up a few simple instructions.

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