Can a Pitbull Jump a 5 Foot Fence?

It’s possible that you’ve spent a long time convincing others that your Pitbull is a soft, loving dog who loves everyone and is really sociable in general. The issue is that these friendly dogs might become overly enthusiastic to the point that they start leaping up and down at random people. 

So, can a pitbull jump a 5 foot fence? Yes, there are many reports of Pitbulls effortlessly jumping fences of 4-5 feet in height. Additionally, it has been reported that a Pitbull holds the world record for the highest vertical wall climb by a dog, having scaled a height of 13ft. 

Most people are taken by surprise when they learn just how high an average Pitbull can jump! If you have a Pitbull with a jumping issue, there are a few ways that you can address and correct this unwanted behavior. Let’s jump in to learn more about corrective actions you can take. 

Why is My Pitbull Jumping Over the Fence? 

Before you make any changes to your home or dog’s pen, it is important to understand why your dog is jumping in the first place. The simplest answer to this question is that your dog is bored. A dog’s interest can only be held for a limited amount of time in a familiar yard unless you have a huge property with plenty of room to wander and interesting aromas to sniff. 

It is also possible that your dog is trying to find a mate, which would explain his or her behavior around the fence. It is natural for dogs who have not been spayed or neutered to go in search of a mate, and it could be the explanation for why your dog is escaping from the yard. 

If your dog is getting out of the house in pursuit of a mate, the obvious solution to this problem is to spay or neuter your dog, which will help them to settle down and ideally remain in the yard.  

How to Stop My Pitbull from Jumping the Fence 

Once you have figured out why your dog is jumping the fence, you can try a few of these methods to curb the unwanted behavior. Let’s explore 8 ways to stop your Pitbull from scaling the fence. 

1. Supervise Your Dog 

Often times the easiest solution to unwanted dog behavior is to supervise your dog. If you are in the yard with your dog, he will be more inclined to stay inside the fence. If you notice your dog trying to flee, call him over to you and make sure to praise him for obeying your commands. 

2. Make Your Dog Want to Be There 

Because it is boredom that causes Pitbulls to jump fences quite often, you should create a space in your yard that your dog wants to be in! If your dog perceives the backyard as a pleasant and safe haven, he will have no motive to try to escape. It is possible to prevent your dog from being bored and trying to flee to find entertainment elsewhere by making the backyard a fun location for him to play. 

3. Install Coyote Rollers atop Your Fence 

Designed to spin when animals try to enter or escape a gated area, Coyote Rollers are 4-foot-long aluminum alloy tubes that are specifically designed to prevent animals from gaining the traction they need to get over a fence. It’s simple, safe, and humane, and it doesn’t require any electricity or maintenance. It’s also built to last for a lifetime. 

4. Restrict Your Pitbull’s View 

Nosey dogs are jumping dogs! When a curious pup sees a busy road on either side of the fence, he can’t help but investigate! Solid timber fences are a wonderful choice, but there are a variety of ways you may alter an established fence to prevent your dog from seeing what’s on the other side of the fence. 

A chain-link fence can be partially obscured by inserting slats into the structure. Solid screens may be installed against most fences to prevent visibility from being blocked. Providing you have the patience to wait for them to grow, vines can climb up a fence and block your view. 

5. Remove Anything That Helps Your Pitbull to Jump 

Take a look around your yard through the eyes of your dog. Does anyone know of anything that might help you in getting over that hump? Your dog may be gaining an advantage over the fence if there are trashcans, woodpiles, compost piles, or even trees near the fence that provide him with a lift.  

By removing these escape aids, you will most likely remove or significantly reduce the likelihood of his escaping or climbing over the fence in the future. 

6. Use L-Footer Fence Attachments 

It is also possible to change a fence with an L-footer, sometimes known as a post extender, which is intended to prevent dogs from trying to dig under or jumping over the fence.  

An L-shaped stretch of fencing material is attached to the top of a chain-link fence and then extends out from the fence, making it difficult for a dog to jump over. Post extenders are commonly used on chain link fences.  

It is possible to employ the same device at the bottom of a fence, with part of it fastened to it and the other piece stretching out along the ground in order to prevent a dog from digging under it. The part of the plant that is on the ground might be buried or covered with vegetation. 

7. Plant Trees as a Deterrent 

Consider planting trees or other impediments within a few feet of the fence, such as a low fence or some shrubs. These impediments will make it much harder for your dog to obtain a running start in order to jump over the fence. 

8. Use Leashes or Crates 

Leashes or crates could be used as a last option to keep your dog inside a fence. Unsupervised, a dog on a leash may become tangled and hurt itself. Leashes, on the other hand, can be a useful training technique for keeping control of especially impressive escape artist Pitbulls.  

If your dog continues to escape, crate training is a good idea. However, because an outside crated dog is susceptible to coldness and the amplified heat of an indoor space, it is better to keep the crate inside the home.