How to dog proof a fence?


Tail Waggin'- Mutt
Barked: Fri Mar 18, '11 3:46pm PST 
My dogs have been escaping a lot lately because our fence has a lot of problems. I've tried just about everything to fix the fence and to keep my dogs from getting out. I've tried rocks that weigh up to 100 pounds but they just end up falling out of the fence onto the other side of the fence.

Today I went outside to rake/shovel most of the leaves and stuff out of the fence and while I'm starting to do this I did not notice how bad the fence was, there's 2-3 foot escape places under the fence. I tried to fill most of them up today but I know they will wash away when it starts raining again.

My dogs are geniuses when it comes to figuring out how to escape. One of my dogs was outside with me today and he started knocking down rocks and got his whole head through the other side of the fence and then got his body through. He moved the rocks from underneath the fence and tried to slip through, too. One of my dogs escaped yesterday and we found him about 8 miles away, at least. The fence fell down a couple weeks ago from the force of the water when we had flooding issues. Every time it rains here, it floods and the fence gets ruined and all the rocks and everything have fallen down and/or washed off.

How can I dog proof my fence? Will chicken wire work? How do I install chicken wire so that my dogs won't escape? Does anybody else have any other ideas that would help dog proof the fence? I've tried everything from rocks, iron bars, wooden panels (wood will rot, so nothing with wood will work), dirt, rebar, chains (to try to hold the fence down and attach it to something else), etc.

I need something strong enough so that my dogs will not get through and another dog will not get through the fence. Another dog slipped through the fence a couple days ago or so and actually came inside the fence and out my dogs went.

Divas can get- dirty too !
Barked: Thu Mar 24, '11 12:47pm PST 
We use Chicken Wire on our fences because a) it's cheap, and b) it's pretty durable.
We get the roll that is 3ft high and put it 5" from the fence all the way around using small t-posts (tractor supplies fiberglass t-posts, 1.79) space the posts 4ft apart.