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ponyfarm 01-14-2013 08:47 AM

Anyone use deer fence/netting for dogs? Experiences/Comments?
I would like to fence my three acres of wooded, and hilly terrain. I have gotten a quote for invisible fence, but am just not sure about it. Makes me nervous. Obviously other dogs, coyotes , people, can enter and my dogs could get out if they were so inclined. I also like to have friends over with their dogs, and obviously invisible fence would not contain them. (Yes, my dogs like to play with others!)

Chain link and wrought iron are out of the budget, and probably would not work for this type of terrain. I found a company that sells deer fence/netting that says you can install yourself. You attach to trees and it blends in with the landscape due to the color (black.) It is marketed as resiliant and safe for dogs...I would be surpervising them when out in the area. And, one feature I really like is its seven feet tall!

Anyone use this product or one like it? I have included the link if anyone cares to look. Thanks guys!
Dog Fence - Best Friend Fence Dog Fence

Liesje 01-14-2013 09:04 AM

I've used 4' agricultural fencing with 4"x2" mesh, attached to T-posts every 8'. We installed this when we rented, since we needed a fence but could not do anything permanent. It cost about $300 (which included some tools we needed such as a wire cutter and post driver) and we fenced in 2600 square feet. Probably could have done it cheaper but it was one of those things where I woke up one morning and decided to do it so we were limited on what supplies and deals were available. It held my GSDs fine. Coke would dig under it to get out so he was either supervised or on a tie-out inside the fenced area (he's always been tied out so he was used to that).

NancyJ 01-14-2013 09:10 AM

My question would be durability and resistance to being torn. I would think a dog could bite right through it. No climb horse fence is cheaper than chain link. But if you do that don't get the cheap welded at home depot. Go for the stuff at tractor supply.

ponyfarm 01-14-2013 09:22 AM


Originally Posted by jocoyn (Post 2732714)
My question would be durability and resistance to being torn. I would think a dog could bite right through it. No climb horse fence is cheaper than chain link. But if you do that don't get the cheap welded at home depot. Go for the stuff at tractor supply.

I was looking at the RedBrand Diamond Mesh..but not sure about putting up and down our ravine.

Maybe I have unrational dislike of invisible fencing..its just that I have found lots of dogs running thru our property wearing fence collars! (and no tags) :(

NancyJ 01-14-2013 09:29 AM

I don't know about the diamond mesh. I do have some redbrand horse fence that seems to go up and down about a 15% hill pretty well as an internal fence in my backyard.

Rua 01-14-2013 10:29 AM

We use something similar to that deer fencing for the space around our chicken run. It's really good and quite resilient even though it feels like it should be flimsy.

Around our acre of land we have sheep fencing, which isn't the strongest kind of fencing around, but it does the job. It keeps the dogs and kids in and the riff raff out. In places where we need a bit more deterrent, we have put the deer fencing over the sheep fencing and it's done the trick.

Fencing is expensive, isn't it? Especially when you've got a lot of land to cover!

angierose 01-14-2013 11:23 AM

I've used this kind of fencing for a twenty-odd foot section of our property. (There's chain link on either side, but we've had to tear it down as some neighbors keep backing into it and destroying the fence.) The mesh stuff holds the dogs fine, but critters do chew it. I have to do a little repair every now and then where a bunny has decided he needs in our yard.

kiya 01-14-2013 11:28 AM

I use deer fence to keep deer off the shrubs in my front yard, it tears easily when they get hungry enough. If I were to use it as a fence for my dogs I would run a hot wire inside the fence to keep the dogs away.

Snomad 07-03-2013 02:41 AM

So far we're pleased with dog fencing!
We fenced in our heavily shrubbed backyard 5 or 6 summers ago, to contain our three energetic husky mixes and their occasional visiting friends. We used the Best Friend Dog Fencing we bought from Brenner's Gardens. We were only dealing with a space approx. 60' x 100' x 75', and not 3 acres, so bear that in mind. So far we're pleased and plan on buying more. We bought the heavy duty 5' fencing and wish we'd bought the 7.5' instead. We have one area where the land takes a dip and our biggest male has discovered he can leap over it at that point. There is also one section where our youngest managed to open a hole trying to dig her way to some frozen fish on the other side, but it was on a gate that was easy to repair with a board. There is one other spot where my big male kept jumping up with his front feet and tore a section, but I just added a fencing patch over it. I would definitely go with the heavier weight dog fence option and not the deer fencing.

I'm relieved that they have never dug their way out, but this was from following the instruction to let several inches of the bottom of fence lay flat on the ground facing inward, and then peg it down. The part of the instructions we didn't follow - but should have - was stringing a tight cord above the top of the fence and then using hog rings to attach the top of the fencing to it. We live in NW Alaska and receive heavy snow drifting (for months) in our back yard. I've noticed the weight of the snow stretches the top of the fence down, but it resumes its shape once the snow load is removed with the spring melt. The drifting also prevents us from letting the dogs loose in the backyard once the drifts reach a point where the dogs can jump over the fence. To remedy this, we are going to raise our posts this summer, and add another level of overlapping fencing - and hang it properly from a tight top line with the hog rings.

For the first few summers I was nervous to leave the house when we had dogs loose in the backyard, but I've been doing it for several summers now and they've never gotten unexpectedly loose. (Knock on wood!)

Our climate can produce a few intensely long and warm summer days - although not nearly often enough! - so I can't attest to the fecning's durability in a hot and sunny climate. But we're pleased enough with the fencing to be buying more. For us shipping costs are also an issue, and the relatively light weight of the material is a bonus.

Feel free to ask me any other questions about the fence. I'd be willing to send you photos as well. Sounds to me like you have some very lucky dogs!

JakodaCD OA 07-03-2013 06:58 AM

While I wouldn't trust it with my entire fenced in area, I wouldn't have a problem using it on small areas that required partial fencing, but then again, all my dogs are very respectful of their boundaries no matter what the fencing is.

Try they sell EVERYTHING, alot of times they have cheap prices, sometimes not. Not that I would use it for dog fencing, but as an example, I bought 150 ' x 48" 1/2 hardwaremesh wiring for my chicken run,,paid 180.00 shipping included..THAT is a 'steal'.. Now I looked at the same thing a few months later, just curious if the price was the same, it went WAY up..then checked it out again, and it was back down to the low price..

I think first time customers get 10% off as well, and alot of times they offer free shipping.

Just something to consider.

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