A cheaper solutiion for fence that isn't high enough is to get some wire fencing. The stuff that has strong wire and like 2x3 in openings and is meant to be used with T-bar. You can get it in 5 ft widths, but even 3-4 ft should work for you as you only want to make your fence a little taller. It also is not very noticable. It can be attached with those u shaped nails and brace it every 8 ft or so (so that it doesn't sag over). It will also make it so that the kids can't climb the fence either and will have to walk around the block to play with the neighbors. If you get the electronic fence (it uses a shock collar) the dog will supposedly learn his limits. I say supposedly becasue some dogs will take the shock to get free every time (our huskies for example that we eventually had to re-home as they got out and started causing trouble with the neighbors). Another solution would be to keep him on a leash when he is out back so that he can not escape, but this also does not work well if there are many obstacles for him to wrap himself around in your yard. Good luck - I'm sure you are a bit stressed about this! Since you know he is now interested in a little wondering (and has figured out he can escape), make sure you have a tag with your name and number on it and introduce him to your neighbors so that they can call you should they see him out.
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