How to Stop Your Dog Climbing Fences – for $12

Note, this is more of a fence-climbing solution, rather than fence-jumping. If the dog is pushing or pulling himself over the fence, this will help; if he’s leaping the fence in a single bound like old-school Superman, this is a great solution for a different problem.

I shared a comment last week, via Facebook and Twitter:

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.

You’ll need:

  • 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 🙂

About Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP

Laura was born at a very young age and started playing with animals immediately after. She never grew out of it, and it looks to be incurable. She is the author of the bestselling FIRED UP, FRANTIC, AND FREAKED OUT. She owns Canines In Action, Inc. in Indianapolis, speaks at workshops and seminars, and is also a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member.
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  1. yes,well my hound mix climbs our chainlink fence,not the gate.she uses the holes for her toes and climbs to the top and jumps off. mind it is only 4 ft ,she could easily jump,but like any good southren hound shes lazy. any ideas would help. thanks

  2. I also have a hound/doberman mix and at first she was climbing the fence, but after I fixed that problem, she climbed over the gate. So, I tried this solution. No, luck. She looked at the gate, looked at me, heard her boy in the front yard and climbed right over as if I had not done a thing. Time to build a taller gate.

    • What’s she using as toe holds? That’s what you want to make difficult or inaccessible. Can you see where she’s getting a grip?

      And yes, taller fences and gates are usually a great choice! This client was on a golf course with a lot of annoying covenants, so the fence had to be fairly low.

  3. I love it.. Going to try and will give you some feed back

  4. Simple but ingenous ! My Great Pynereese is a Houdini ! But this rollers have potential. I’ll get back to you with feedback .

  5. what would you recommend for a brick block wall, that our 2 dogs, a lab mix and a husky mix keep jumping over, the area that they jump is maybe 3 ft high cuz there is a planter box and removing the planter box is not an option because if it was I would remove it, i just recently planted some cactus pieces but thats going to take at least a year or more for the cactus to be big where it covers the wall, any suggestions would help thanks

  6. How do you suggest installing the coyote rollers around a chain link fence including materials needed?

  7. Does the pipe really spin freely on those hooks? Like the coyote rollers? I’d love to install these on my fence for my dog because he keeps climbing it. But want to make sure it will actually really spin freely.

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