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2/3/14 12:45 P

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Gina, so glad to hear that you are giving these two a great home. Walking a couple of miles a day is the best you could do for them.
One other fencing option you could consider, but maybe still more than the electric is this one:
lillehaugenfarms.com/fencing.shtml
Take a look at the free-standing sheep panels or the windbreak panels. Not sure if they are at all affordable but wanted to mention it in case anyone else is looking for fencing answers.
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2/3/14 12:08 P

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Thank you Birgit, This town is built on rock (this is why we do not have a cemetery either) and if we were to put posts in the ground we would have to hire a machine to go down into the rocks. That is what makes it so prohibitive. Our two rescues would be easy to keep in as when we go to our friend's place her dog goes up on a pile of snow and jumps over the fence but our two seem not to be remotely interested in doing that. They are not diggers or jumpers. We managed to rescue them in Mexico when they were on their last legs. But still we do not have the at least $5000 for fencing so that was why we bought the electronic fence. When we do set it up in the spring I will let everyone know if it works out or not. At the moment they go out on a lead attached to the house but because we can't shovel snow the lead at the back door is not attainable (door won't open) and they have to take turns on the lead at the front door. We are old and hubby is very infirm. I do manage to walk the dogs at least a couple of miles daily and they are very happy with that. We live in the boonies and there are lots of hiking trails. My main worry is that coyotes may lure them away on walks but so far they seem to stay safe.

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2/2/14 11:47 P

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Gina,
take a look at the website for the manufacturer of the fence and what they say about how it functions in wet weather. Not all systems have problems. You may also be able to find online reviews of the product.
The least expensive way of conventional fencing is usually 2 by 4 inch woven wire with T-posts, not the most attractive, but can look ok if it's done neatly and includes some landscaping as well.
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2/2/14 8:30 P

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2/2/14 7:24 P

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Thank you very much Birgit! I will definitely try out the collar on myself to find out if it is painful. I will keep in mind that if the day is rainy the dogs can go on the lead from the house instead of wearing the collars. That was something I did not realize. Our Rottweiler/cross and little poodle cross get a minimum of an hrs. walking time daily so they should be reasonable to train. I did think about animals coming into the yard but only the neighbor's dogs do that and the foxes. We actually live in a town with a big yard (atrocious price to fence) and we only let the dogs out and keep an eye on them. They are never out at night when the scary predators might come by eg. bears, or coyotes

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2/2/14 3:12 P

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Gina, it depends a little on the brand you got. Electric fence collars do cause pain, that is how they work. I still think that for large yards they are a reasonable option if fencing a yard is too expensive. The pain the collars cause is short and most dogs will only run through once or twice. I would think trying the collar out on yourself would give you the best idea of how strong they are and that's what most people do. Some have several settings.
There are problems with these systems:
1. Some systems will deliver a continuous shock if the collar gets wet, very cruel.
2. If the dog runs through the fence he/she will get shocked when trying to get back in.
3. Some dogs will not be deterred by the pain of going through the fence at all. This is especially true with dogs that are outside 24/7 with nothing to do, but also for dogs that have a high pain threshhold and/or thick coat like labs, Akitas, Huskies, Pitbulls etc.
4. The fence will not keep other dogs or predators from coming into your yard and harrassing/hurting your animals but will keep your animals from getting away.

Most fence systems can be set up for a trial without having to dig at all and if they don't work well be returned. Find out about the return policy is just in case.
Hope that helps,
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2/2/14 1:46 P

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Hi and welcome to all newcomers. I just thought of something I wonder if people could address. Hubby ordered an electronic fence for our dogs. It makes a circle from 40 to 400 ft. from the box. We have two dogs and he ordered the two collars. So I just wonder what kind of signal the collars give off. We cannot set this system up till spring because it has to be done right the first time and that is fine. Just wondering about the jolt the collars will give the dogs.

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Welcome! We have a dog named Buddy, too, a pointer mix that I rescued and he's been a great buddy for my teenage daugther.
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I had a Horse named Buddy. Good name...Good to see you here!

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My name is Alice. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since 1989. I have 35 pounds to loose again!!
I will be 73 in acouple of weeks. I have a small dog, Buddy. He keeps me moving, everytime I sit down and get real comfy he needs to go out side.



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