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    My wife keeps sending me of cute dogs that are in need of adopting. Today I told her if she wants another dog we are going to need to fence in an area to let them run in. I was looking at T posts and field fence but I have no idea what the spacing should be. Like I said I would just be keeping dogs in and neither are bigger than 65lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    My wife keeps sending me of cute dogs that are in need of adopting. Today I told her if she wants another dog we are going to need to fence in an area to let them run in. I was looking at T posts and field fence but I have no idea what the spacing should be. Like I said I would just be keeping dogs in and neither are bigger than 65lbs.

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    Take a look at high-tensile fencing, that is about as cheap as you can go. It uses wood posts spaced significantly farther apart than conventional fencing.

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    T post and "bull fence" is better, if you have wildlife nearby. I'd space the posts every 6 feet. I also like to place concrete below the fence along the perimeter, to discourage skunks, and other vermin from digging in, as well as your from trying to dig out, if they find something interesting.

    If I were doing a smaller area, (less than half an acre), I still like chain link. Skunks will come in between gate and posts, and raccoons will still climb it, but it holds up better in the long term.

    I have one friend that used a few steel, chain link posts, along with T posts, and then used cattle panels. She has larger dogs than I do. (Hers are over 50lbs.) I would worry that a small gap would form, and a dog would get its head caught between the panels. But, it allowed her to get help setting the posts, and do the rest herself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Although I will agree with you about Petsafe....to a certain point only. We have approximately 8-10 acres covered with the underground wire etc. If you read the instructions that comes with the product, it clearly notes about lightening. "If" your not at home to turn off the system... You will lose the main electronic part real quick by lightening in the area. I lost 3 controllers two years ago. The lightening was some 7-12 miles away also. Other than that... it works great...after you get it dialed in and your kids trained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    Although I will agree with you about Petsafe....to a certain point only. We have approximately 8-10 acres covered with the underground wire etc. If you read the instructions that comes with the product, it clearly notes about lightening. "If" your not at home to turn off the system... You will lose the main electronic part real quick by lightening in the area. I lost 3 controllers two years ago. The lightening was some 7-12 miles away also. Other than that... it works great...after you get it dialed in and your kids trained.
    And as long as the battery in the collar doesn't go dead. I've had friends that had that problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    Although I will agree with you about Petsafe....to a certain point only. We have approximately 8-10 acres covered with the underground wire etc. If you read the instructions that comes with the product, it clearly notes about lightening. "If" your not at home to turn off the system... You will lose the main electronic part real quick by lightening in the area. I lost 3 controllers two years ago. The lightening was some 7-12 miles away also. Other than that... it works great...after you get it dialed in and your kids trained.
    Good point and true. We have had our Petsafe fence for 20 plus years. Have had 3 or 4 units go bad, I presume from lightning, Petsafe replaced them them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    And as long as the battery in the collar doesn't go dead. I've had friends that had that problem.
    Our dogs learned not to go where the shock is even with a dead battery.
    However, a friend of ours has two dogs that will get close enough to the fence to hear the warning tone, lay down and wait for it to stop (battery go dead) and then take off.
    I guess we have dumb dogs.
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    I think mine are dumb enough to just run through it after the neighbor's dogs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    I think mine are dumb enough to just run through it after the neighbor's dogs.


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    Our Shiczu's (?) Run right through it no matter what. Put the collar on our Yellow Lab and she won't get out of bed.
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