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!
Last edited by Snomad; 07-03-2013 at 02:44 AM.