My tentative plans include lots of fencing for paddocks. I would like for them to be able to run through the garden between plantings so that they can catch the mice hiding in the mulch for example.
They are good diggers and good jumpers. They are REALLY good at breaking s***. I imagine them chewing through anything less than dog-kennel grade mesh, digging under anything more shallow than a foot or two, and chewing up/knocking over anything less than metal.
I found suggestions on google including: split rail with kennel mesh (whatever its called), living fences and all-out galvanized fence with concrete underneath. Split rail would have to be so over-constructed to contain them that it wouldn't be practical in terms of money or labor. Living fences would take 3 years at least (using osage orange) and even then i'm not confident it would contain dogs that are bred to run through/under thick brush on a hunt. The last one costs something like 7$ or more per foot.
Alder Burns wrote:Before going for pricey options, I would play around with electric fence. I've successfully kept deer out and goats in with single-strand, baited wires, for instance. Surely deer and goats are just as stubborn and as smart as most dogs.....
That sounds very practical. I will look into that.
I bait the line with foil and peanut butter. This way they know exactly where the shock is coming from. My bitch was never bait trained and I swear she thinks the shock comes from me, not the fence. She regularly chases mice nose first into the hot line.
One of my neighbors tried the invisible fence but didn't set the shock high enough and his dogs got to the point of just running through it.
Once he increased the shock intensity high enough, they would stop for a while but eventually they again started just running through the shock.
I think the best method is to take the time to train your dogs so they know where it is ok to run and where to stop.
We had to do that since they will jump the fence we have around the one acre "yard".
Our dogs know the land perimeter and that is where they usually stop, unless they are after a rabbit, deer, coon, opossum or fox.
Once they are on the chase, they only stop when they catch the prey or it gets away by exhausting the dogs.
Fortunately all the people in our area know our dogs and they don't seem to bother their livestock.