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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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qnofhrt
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
We had a boxer (75#) and a minimal back yard - we called it the back 40 because it was 40 long and about 12 ft wide. It was fenced but another house we lived in had no such fence and the dog got along fine with a chain.
alicebentley
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
The shelter was explicit that a leash on a chain wasn't sufficient.

With all the input here, I'm probably going to look into an invisible fence again - but do the installation ourselves.

The other important point sounds like getting training for the dog and the kid. Perhaps we'll all go.
sff_corgi
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Absolutely - remember, though, that good training is NOT teaching the dog, it's teaching the humans how to communicate with the dog.

As to fences... I wish I could fix/improve mine. Annie has it firmly set in her mind that if she's not tethered, she has an open invitation to jump the fence into the neighbour's yard, and from there, to gallavant around in the street looking for yummy garbage. An extra two feet of chain-link would probably nip that. :/

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