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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 07:21 pm (UTC)
and (c) isn't too smart for it.

My parents installed an invisible fence as a backup to the physical fence around our back yard when Spooky (see icon) figured out that he could climb a chain-link fence and go exploring the neighborhood whenever he pleased. (The property backs up on the commuter rail - the two-footed people did not approve of him going walkabout.) The problem we had was that both the collar *and* the fence were battery-powered. (Yes, the box mounted in the house had a battery in it, rather than hooking up to household current. Please don't ask me why. I'd moved away from home before all this happened, and wasn't around when my parents bought it.)
Spooky quickly figured out that, if his collar beeped and he kept going, he'd get zapped by the collar. All very well and good; this is the point of the invisible fence. Unfortunately, he also quickly figured out that if he approached the fence and didn't hear a beep, that the fence (or the collar) wasn't working and he could go with impunity. So much for that bright idea.

The other downside to the invisible fence is that there's quite a bit of undergrowth along the fencelines of my parents' property, so installation and maintenance of the ground wire were difficult.

Feb. 16th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
We would have to do *some* removal of undergrowth, but nothing too extreme. What sort of maintenance does the ground wire require?
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Mostly, the "maintenance" is repairing accidental damage due to people with shovels, or (in one case) being chewed by squirrels.

I actually ended up replacing the thin, kind of fragile stranded wire that they sell with the kits, with solid-core copper wire. It didn't cost that much more, carries the signal just fine, and is pretty darned durable - durable enough that trucks and excavators driving over it didn't break it.

It doesn't have to be buried, that's just to protect it in areas that you mow. If there is, say, a shrubbery hedge, you can just lay it on the ground under the shrubs.
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Now that's interesting to know. He's an old dog and every once in a while he gets out and goes walkabout. He's getting hard of hearing, (and of seeing) though and isn't as careful of cars as he used to be. Maybe we should look into one. How does it work with the snow pack?
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, it doesn't require "maintenance", per se. However, as tceisele says, it does need repaired if it breaks.
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I wonder how long it would take Annie to figure it out.


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