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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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alicebentley
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?
tceisele
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.
mbcrui
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?
jerusha
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.

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