I explain to a curious store clerk that I’m buying hardware to stop a dog jumping a client’s fence. He says he likes an “old-fashioned” shock collar; I comment that I prefer something more predictably reliable. Really, when I can spend $12 on hardware that solves the problem without human involvement, why would I spend $100+ on a tool which requires exquisite timing, constant supervision, and carries a risk of fallout?
I got a host of responses asking for the simple fence-jumping solution. Here it is!
What we’re going to do here is make very simple, very cheap coyote rollers. These aren’t the best versions, but they’re certainly the cheapest and easiest! I installed these for a disabled client whose young giant breed was climbing gates, using the crossbar as a toehold. You’ll want to modify the placement as needed.
- sturdy screw hooks
- PVC pipe (Schedule 40 will withstand UV rays)
- PVC cutter or hacksaw
- a power drill (I’m lazy)
- heavy-duty pliers, for the weak-wristed
These photos aren’t of a single gate, but compiled from my work at four gates as I remembered to take pictures. This means the gate layout doesn’t always match or the angle of photo changes. But the steps are in the right order!
Cut pipe to necessary lengths. Center the pipe where you need to eliminate a foothold. Drill a starter hole and then insert the screw hook, setting one end of the pipe on the hook.
Run the pipe along its intended path, making sure it’s covering as needed. (Here, for example, I wanted the pipe in front of and slightly above the crossbar, so a dog used to stepping on the bar would hit the pipe instead.)
Drill a second starter hole at the end of the pipe. I do this by eye, but a better person might measure it. Measure once, cut twice, that’s what I always say…..
Screw in your second screw hook at the end of the pipe.
And then twist the screw hook into the pipe end.
You should now have a slick pipe which spins freely in place of a study toehold!
The pipe will be colored to match the fence when it is stained. (Alternately, use Krylon Fusion spray paint to coat the pipe before installing.)
Total materials cost: $12.04 (leaving surplus pipe and screw hooks), for 4 gates
Custom installation by Laura: a bit more