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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 09:56 pm (UTC)
As far as the "husky-like" thing goes: ours was billed as being a "Lab-German Shepherd Mix", but I honestly believe that he is just a "dog", and none of his ancestors were ever a purebred anything[1]. We got him by going to the animal shelter, and asked for "the dog that they most thought deserved to be adopted". He'd been one of a litter of puppies, and his litter-mates had all been cuter, more active, and more attention-getting, so they'd all been adopted. He, on the other hand, is the ultimate "Omega Dog": he doesn't have a dominant bone in his body, and will let our daughter crawl all over him and sit on him without any protest. He loves to be with people, and will stay with whoever is walking him, but is certainly energetic enough to go for runs and play vigorously. I bring this up because we never would have been able to sort him out from the other dogs without the advice of the people at the shelter. If you tell them what kind of behavior you'd like to have from a dog, they can probably steer you right to the one you want. And a dog like ours is exactly the sort of dog that an "invisible fence" works well on.

[1] I suspect, but can't prove, that he's descended from the dogs that the local Native Americans had.


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