You might have chosen a fence that wouldn't allow your dog to jump over it or climb up it, but one thing that you probably didn't think about was your dog learning how to open your gate. However, some crafty dogs watch their owners or simply get bored and attempt to open the gate until they figure out how to do it. Once this happens, you have to watch out, because you can expect your canine companion to open your gate on a regular basis. Since this is more than a bit annoying and is incredibly dangerous, you could be wondering how to prevent your dog from doing this. Luckily, there are a few ideas you can try to keep your pooch contained.

1. Install a Different Latch

Your first and easiest way to prevent your dog from getting out of your gate is to try a different type of latch. Many of the latches that you can simply flip up to open are easy for dogs to infiltrate. Instead, try a latch that requires you to slide a chain. One good idea is to look for "child proof" gate latches at your local hardware store, since many child proof latches are dog proof as well.

2. Add a Padlock

If installing a new latch does not do the trick, consider adding a padlock to your gate. If you don't want to have to worry about fumbling with a key each time that you want to open your gate, you can always leave the key in the lock since your dog isn't going to be able to turn the key. However, along with helping to keep your dog contained, adding a padlock can also be great for safety reasons, such as if you have a pool in your backyard or if you are concerned about your valuable backyard equipment getting stolen.

3. Install a Wireless Dog Fence

One smart idea is to add a wireless dog fence within the perimeter of your backyard fence. Then, your dog will wear a collar that will emit a minor shock each time that it crosses the line. This can be a great way to keep your dog away from your gate and fence, and it can help protect your dog in the event that your fence becomes damaged as well.

If you have a Houdini type of dog that is great at escaping through your gate, you could be at your wit's end. Luckily, these three tips can help you prevent your dog from getting out of your gate.

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