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dan long
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Recently, this subject has been on my mind a lot. What kind of fencing will contain the dogs without being so expensive that i have to sell a testicle?

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.

 
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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.....
 
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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.
 
Dustin Powers
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Second the electric fence. Keeps my dogs and livestock in, and the dogs keep the predators out.

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.
 
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