Beagles are active dogs with a busy nose that can get them into all sorts of trouble. The breed was developed to hunt rabbits, using their strong olfactory sense to hunt their prey, and that drive and ability still exists in the modern beagle of today. Care should be taken to protect the beagle from harm or escape: always walking the dog on leash and providing the beagle with a safe and secure yard when it is off-leash.
Some beagles are more prone to dig than others but it should be assumed when introducing a new dog to the home that the possibility of enticement may lie on the other side of the fence. A clever beagle may look for any method available to him to get to what lies on the other side. Sometimes the route is under, sometimes the route is over…sometimes the route is through. It requires an owner who is even more clever to foresee the danger and prevent the beagle from getting to what it’s heart…or rather, it’s nose…desires.
When a gate exists over a paved driveway or sidewalk, as in the photo above, the beagle is prevented from digging out. The fencing and gates should be a minimum of five feet in height and should be checked for loose boards, exposed nails or other dangers.
The older fence above is being secured with field fence that is stapled to the bottom of the fence, bent at a 90 degree angle and the exposed wire, lying on the ground, will then be buried to prevent the beagle from digging out or crawling under the fence. Chicken wire could also be used. In the case of a chain link fence, a roll of field fence is cut in half down the middle and the raw ends are wrapped around the individual links, a 90 degree angle is again formed and the finished edge of the fencing is laid flat on the ground.
When this new fencing was recently installed, I got creative with securing the base of the fence. I repurposed some aggregate steps that a condominium complex was replacing, using them as a border along the inside of the fence line. The ground along the base of a fence is not only in danger of digging, it is also common for beagles to go on “perimeter patrol” inspecting their territory to ensure that all is secure and no invaders have infiltrated. The ground can quickly become a well-worn path and these steps will provide security and a solid walkway for the dogs on patrol.
If you have any lingering doubts about just how determined a beagle can be to get where he wants to go, be sure to watch this video.
One final note…invisible fencing is not suitable fencing for a beagle and will not be suitable for the placement of my beagles.