Vince and I had thought about and discussed what we could put at the bottom of the fence to keep Oscar from digging out. He will probably never be left alone outside but he’s also pretty fast at doing most anything he sets his mind to doing and I could see him figuring out how to dig under the fence.
Dachshunds are diggers so even though I’d like to hope he’ll outgrow the digging phase, I doubt he does.
Even once the fence is finished, it will still be a while before Oscar is off the leash in the back yard. We’re going to put some raised beds near the fence – not right up against it but I think the plan is to put them end to end so that we can’t walk between them, and neither can Oscar. Most of the raised beds will have a wire trellis going up and this is where I’ll grow climbing beans, cucumbers, loofah and things that need to climb. The wire will keep Oscar from getting behind those and we’ll block off the ends when we’re not working between the fence and the raised beds.
One little dog can surely make things difficult but we are glad to have him (maybe one of us is more glad than the other!) We’re probably those people others are saying “I can’t believe they’re going to so much trouble for a dog!” 🙂