Why do dogs run along fences? A Catahoula hound sometimes prefers a soft couch and his blanket.

Why Do Dogs Run Along Fences?

Why Do Dogs Run Along Fences?

Running while dragging a small open parachute behind you is work. Running, dragging an open parachute behind you while wearing ankle weights is more work. Running while dragging an open parachute while wearing ankle weights and carrying a football is training.

A footballer of high school age has taken to using the field behind our house as a training facility. He'll run the entire length, street side to the creek. He starts without the parachute to warm up and eventually drags an open parachute with ankle weights full on speed, carrying a football.

Not all dogs run fences because of fear, or aggression. Angus Lee runs his fence to get the attention of the human on the other side.

Why do dogs run along fences? Angus, a black and white Catahoula hound, runs a fence to get the attention of the human on the other side.

Angus, our four-year-old rescue dog, a Catahoula hound and black lab mix ready for action or chair snatching. 

Why do dogs run along fences? Angus, a Catahoula hound sitting in his favorite porch chair, will run a fence to get the attention of the human on the other side or stay in his chair and to watch the human instead.


He'll run the entire length of the fence, parallel barking. Today a young man pauses near the creek to catch his breath and walks a few circles before his next circuit run. A young man with a ball.

Angus pony jumps, ears flapping in the wind, eyes wild with home team advantage. He barks, as though this kid cares about his opinion. He does not. And yet the home team bellows, barks, howls, and drools curses of downfall and missed field goals. Hometown advantage be damned. He's making sure this receiver trips over his own feet. And yet the visiting team does not stumble.

Angus is bemused.

Why do dogs run along fences? Angus, a Catahoula hound, runs a fence to get the attention of the human on the other side who has a football.


The visiting team sprints away, his parachute filled with resisting air. His ankle weights adding a few pounds to force his body to work harder. Resilience. A receiver needs speed and resilience.

Angus believes he needs to face plant. He charges head down in flight, skimming the fence with his left shoulder. Given enough room, Angus could snatch that kid by the parachute. And given enough freedom, he would drool all over him while grabbing the football and running off with it. Because that guy's football is bigger than his. His are small and red and do not have a parachute.

The receiver ends another circuit run back, creek side.

He unbuckles the parachute belt and let's it drop.

Angus barks and hops.

The footballer unstraps his ankle weights.

Angus stops barking and sits straight up. Like a good boy. Obviously, he will now get to have that football, because the human stopped running and is about to come over to his yard and give him that ball. Angus straightens out his sitting to look tall and proud and ready.

Angus is a good boy.

Angus waits at the fence line.

The receiver gathers his things and walks off toward the street. He doesn't glance toward a splendid, good boy waiting for a football.

How rude.

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  • I loved the whole article, and yes, Angus Lee is a very good boy, good sport, even if the boy is a jerk

    Dian Hamadyk on

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