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  • Farm dog fencing

    We are considering in the FUTURE (no time in the near future) about getting a dog. I guess I'm not extremely familiar with them and would educate myself more obviously before we ever took the plunge. This would be an inside/outside dog who ideally I would like to have free roam of the barn and pastures during the day and the house and yard other times. Multi-purpose I guess if possible. I'd love a decent sized dog for protection of horses as well as myself since many times I'm out here by myself and really want the big-dog barn and look for strangers, but also a dog who CAN come in and cuddle inside. So not a strictly LGD I guess. Does that make sense? But I'm not sure what kind of fencing larger dogs need and I feel stupid asking that! My mom's GSD/husky mix is so big that he stays in the normal mini horse post and rail fencing! I wouldn't do that here since we're on a busy road. Basically, is a 2x4 the only safe thing for horse and dog? We'll have 6 strands of hotwire 8" apart. (are hotwires safe for dogs or will I fry him?) and a flex-rail at the top. Will I need to add a mesh on the other side of the fence? What do you have for those who keep their farm dogs fenced in on fairly small acreage? I won't do underground invisible fencing, I've personally witnessed a horrible mauling because of it as well as stolen dogs, other dogs, etc.

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    Our house yard fence is made out of 16' by 6' heavy duty chain link panels.
    We need to keep critters out as much as keep our dog/s in.

    Wild pigs the other night almost made three holes in the strong chain link fence.

    I think that the fence you need depends on where you live.

    I agree with you on invisible fencing.


    • #3
      Our house yard fence matches the pasture fences (deed restrictions on what we can use), it is 3 board with no-climb mesh. Works great.

      Some of my neighbors have the no-climb on ALL of their fencing, to keep their dogs in and other dogs out. I don't have that kind of cash, so my dogs are confined to the dog fenced yard unless they are out with us and under supervision.
      There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


      • #4
        I read this to mean you wanted to know if regular electric fencing would fry him. If that is what you meant than no it will not. I have used four strand electric fence for my dogs for 15 yrs now. They do not ever get out. Once a yr or even longer, you will hear one yelp and you know someone was careless and got it. It is a good reminder once in a while. I live way out in the boonies,far away from anything and I do not want them running loose, that is just something I will not tolerate. I have never found fencing as easy to maintain and as effective as this is. It is hooked right into the pasture fence. The dogs have a half acre which is fenced off from the horses but they share a border fence between them. I have three Dobermans, a beagle, and a very hairy ChowX and this fence is very effective at keeping them all in. I know several dog breeders who use electric and love it.

        I have 30 feet of chain link where the pen meets our house. Around that area it just looks nicer and I plant sunflower and morning glories on the chain link for shade for them in the summer.