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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?


Feb. 16th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I really decided we needed containment, but we're actually prohibited from having a fence. Invisible fence worked great for us.

If you are able to install it yourself, you can do an invisible fence for about $400 or less. PetSafe sells an excellent DIY system. Wire is available on eBay for about $21 / 500 ft spool. Installation = use a hand edger, hopefully after a rain or in the spring when the ground is soft to open a 2" deep trench around the property, pushing the wire in as you go. I redid ours last fall, it took me about 2 days of working about 5 hours per day to do 1500 feet.

We previously had a very early PetSafe collar that we did our initial training on. It wasn't waterproof and didn't have a remote which I wanted for vacations, so we "upgraded" to an Innotek, which was fairly expensive. It was also crap. The transmitter got exploded by lightning a couple of years ago, and I bought a new PetSafe system and extra wire on eBay. The transmitter was about $45, the collar about $50, IIRC.

Training requires a little patience, but it's not bad. You may need to do a little hair cutting on a husky to get the training done; the probes need to touch skin.

Our dog will still run the fence if she really wants to, but that ONLY happens for us if I am outside the property and visible to her and I ignore her for long enough. She decides that it's worth the momentary pain to be with me and I will hear a "YipYipYip" and then a few seconds later she'll come trotting up.

Other than that, unless I let the batteries die and don't notice it for a few weeks, she stays home.

Before the fence, she was all over the damn neighborhood.

We still have neighbor's dogs visiting, but I don't really care about that as long as they're friendly.

Edited at 2009-02-16 06:39 pm (UTC)


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