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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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forestweather
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
My aunt & uncle raise boxers--a kennel (15x15') is fine if the dog gets out every day for significant walk/play (as others said above). How about a spitz-type instead of a husky-type? Same energy level & playfulness but much smaller. E.g., an Eskimo "Eskie." There are lots of rescues--which gives you an escape out if things don't work out--they take the dog back.

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