As a Scooper, I have seen a lot of dogs are determined Houdinis, always looking for a way to escape their fenced yard. Some climb, leap or dig their way out. Others bust through gates, which is often made easier by the way a gate swings.
If a gate swings out, a dog can push or head butt it to make an escape. Some dogs even learn how to release a gate’s latch with their nose or paw.
If you’re installing a new fence, make sure the gate swings in. Dogs won’t be able to pull it open.
Otherwise, look at ways to pooch-proof the gate. A typical gate latch is the weak point. It’s usually a magnetic pin or drop latch, which are no match for a persistent dog. A couple inexpensive fixes are pictured below.
Whatever type of gate you have, we always make sure it’s securely closed while and after we scoop. We also carry rope in case we need to tie questionable gates shut to safeguard dogs and kids.