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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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dizzydava
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
My in-laws had a pair of Huskies, and as others have noted, they are determined about getting out. They also dig trenches reminiscient of WWI. And they ate my father-in-law's boat. And chewed siding off the house. It's like having howling goats in your backyard.

Huskies need a lot of space to run. They also need a companion, so they're less tempted to wander. Oh, they'll still get out, even though you have a solid wooden fence lined with an electric fence, but at least they'll wander less often.

My advice would be to steer The Kid toward a different breed. I'd also recommend a solid fence, because a lot of dogs learn how to climb chain link.

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