last edited by Zande
We have about 2/3 acre of garden. Lawns, flower borders, shrubbery, orchard and vegetable patch.
On the perimeter, I cut all my hedges in half, erected 4 foot of independently supported wire netting (strong, narrow gauge) and let the hedges, mostly hawthorn, grow back. I didn't want the regrowth to distort the netting so it is on its own posts. In some places the hedges are about 5 feet tall, in others just 4 feet, but this has kept generations of Basenjis at home and able to exercise in the garden. I did the fencing in 1985 when we were expecting our first litter.
The vegetable patch has been a different story. Puppies and adults love vegetables, fresh picked by themselves.
4 foot high chain link fence was the answer. Loose strung so they don't have the confidence to climb it. I found a firm who made gates and purchased several, very cheaply, that had been made to the wrong specs. No they don't match but they do the job. Let me in and keep the dogs out.
Can you put some kind of trellis on top of your wall so as to make it higher without incurring planning problems ? I should think the Basenji would need space to run and jump the wall, unless he can scrabble over it, and therefore trees would deter him.
It seems a terrible shame to have a garden and not be able to let the Basenji enjoy freedom in it.
Once he has learned he can escape, he will keep on trying. If I don't want any of mine to learn they have this ability, I pick them up and carry them over whatever obstacle I intend for them.
Enjoy the puppy !