Our driveway is on a very small incline. At the bottom of the driveway, which exits onto the street, is a gate attached to our fence. The gate swings inwards, so when the gate is closed, there is a small gap at the bottom to accommodate the incline when it's fully open. Our dog can escape out of this gap. Other than plugging it with a long piece of scrap wood while we're out with him, how can we solve this problem?
A few ideas I've had include:
- mudflaps - long flaps of rubber that will bend back when the gate is open, and fall fat when the gate is closed
- some kind of hinged piece of fence or wood - we could kick it up with our feet when the gate is closed, and kick it up to lock it up when the gate is open
- install a plastic speedbump (like this
) or pour some asphalt/concrete in a bump on the outside of the gate to reduce the gap.
- install super strong magnets (or hooks) on the back of the fence, and get some wood or rigid plastic cut to fit properly, which we could attach easily onto the fence when it's closed. Not convenient but might work.
- whatever it is needs to be able to withstand opening and closing the gate 1-2 times a day.
We're not going to install a wireless dog fence right now, plus it's not exactly the right solution for our special snowflake dog. I don't want to elaborate much on this at the moment -- suffice it to say we've looked into it, and asked trainers, and they've all recommended against it for the time being. I'm also not keen on a tie-out stake, but if we can't solve the fence problem, it's an option if we're out there for an hour or so together.
The gap is about 6-7 inches total. Our dog is small - 11lbs. He won't be out there completely unattended, but we like to sit in the backyard or work on projects/gardening out there without wondering if he's going to get out of jail around the front.
We'd love any suggestions for this project! If photos would be helpful, let me know and I'll try to post some tonight.