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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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lee_os
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Back when I lived in the Twin Cities, I had a co-worker who had a husky. The dog really, really wanted to get out and run...all the time (and the dog did get to run with Jim, 3-4 miles, about 5 times a week). It required constant vigilance to keep it contained, and with the slightest mistake the dog was gone...Jim would get a call half a day later from someone 13 miles away who had his dog.

So before you go with a husky, make sure you're prepared to give it LOTS of exercise.

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