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The Kid has expressed interest in getting a dog, and wants something husky-like. I know that a husky would need lots of exercise, but here I have a bored 16 year old ready and willing to provide just that.

The shelters I contacted require us to have a fenced in yard as a condition of adopting, so I've spent the last couple of months reading up on the topic and getting quotes.
Invisible Fence would run about $2,000 and works for most but not all dogs.
Extending our current scrap of fence all the way around the yard, with something that looks really good is almost $8,000.

My question to LJ: how necessary is a fence really (aside from the fact that the shelters require it)?
If I go minimal, what's a reasonable size for a fenced area for a mid-size dog?


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Feb. 19th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
I read all the comments before adding this two cents, since nobody else really did:



You remember tribbles, right? That's drifts of hair from double-coated dogs (says the owner of 2.5 corgis). Drifts, like snow (at least, in the pictures I've seen of snow - that's like shave ice, right?).

Mine are all adapted to the weather here so they don't blow their coats, but in colder climes, you'll have at least one point where it's getting warmer and the dog's metabolism says 'TOO WARM!' and POOF, all the undercoat lets go at once, and it looks like... gawd, this, and that's after some grooming.

So... there's the life of your vacuum cleaner to consider.
Feb. 20th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
some trainng materials
FYI - http://www.dog-partnership.co.uk/

I just have her booklets and DVD and like her approach. Much about understanding dog communication via dog body language and dog social expectations, and how to use that well to communicate effectively. After going through them I quickly understood many of the dog problems that I have seen over time.

Want to borrow them?
Mar. 1st, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
NOt sure if you already made your decision on this Alice, but I have a four acre paremeter around the house of Invisible Fence for three german shepherd dogs and a collie and all four are compliant.

Just be sure that you TRAIN them properly. Some people think you can just put the collars on and let them go and that's not how it works. The dogs need to understand and associate the beeping with the oncoming shock so that they STOP at the beeping sound. If they just get shocked, they'll just run through it scared to death. Believe me, I've seen it.

Also, keep in mind that it's not just $2000, but $75 a year for each dog in batteries...

But I can't recommend Invisible Fence enough... It beats the dogs getting run over, or shot at, or finding other dogs with which to run like a pack.
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