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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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I want to get a German shepherd but I don't think I will be able to afford a new 6ft fence. I have an existing 4ft chain link fence. Do you think I could safely contain the dog if I put an additional 2 or 3 feet of hardware cloth and t-posts on top of the existing fence. I have never had a large dog before so I don't really know how high they can jump and climb. I currently have a beagle mutt rescue and he has never escaped before. I wanted to get a puppy from a breeder, but I'm worried about being rejected because of the fence. Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 11:32 AM
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Were you planning on leaving him in the yard unsupervised for long periods?Not a good idea!Gsds get bored and destructive,digging,chewing hoses and house siding,etc.IMO your money would be better spent on a six foot high welded wire kennel placed in your yard.I also wouldn't leave him alone with a smaller dog.Gsds play way too rough and in the event of a little squabble over some possession the beagle could be seriously hurt.

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This fence would not be for long periods of time. I just don't want to be in the kitchen Cooking and have the dog run out. And my current dog is larger than a traditional beagle. I have no clue what else he has In him. He stands at 2 and a half feet tall and weighs about 40 pounds.
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It rather depends on your circumstance whether you will need a six foot fence or not. When I lived in town, I had the part facing the street (not but maybe 6 feet) and about 50 feet down each side done in 6 ft privacy fence. I had four foot chain link the rest of the way around the place. The only time the dogs left that yard was when someone left the gate open. When I lived on an acre outside of town (different state) I had very little 6 foot fencing. Most of it was four ft. The dogs knew that they went out on lead so although plenty capable, they never jumped the fence.
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Okay!Sounds good.Another solution people have used for a fence topper is attach small diameter pvc pipe inside of larger pvc pipe( so it rolls).It's attached by rope or cable threaded through the small pipe to fence post extensions or tall t posts.Just another idea to consider

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My old house had a 4'chain fence also. My then Great Dane would jump it without hesitation. I added a 2' topper that leaned inward towards our yard it worked perfectly.

I didn't leave him out there for long periods, but i would open the back door on a cool day and give him free rain.

Google instruction videos on how to make them. You can buy a prefab type or make you own do it yourself.
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We have a 4 ft chain link around our back yard and I have yet to have any problems from either side. Granted LJ is a homebody and likes to stay around us and we never leave him outside unattended for a while. We have also never had any problems with people bothering him from outside the perimeter. Everyone around here is very respectful of each other, plus we all have large dogs so I think they know not to push the boundaries
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OP, I don't know your situation, but I'd kindly suggest that if there are financial limitations before get get a dog, then you're not in a position to get a dog. Large dogs come with large expenses, and you don't want to be in a situation of not being able to afford an emergency vet bill.

As it stands, a 4-ft chain link fence will be okay with 100% supervision. I wouldn't leave a dog there alone for even a minute. Being able to see through the fence will give your dog an opportunity to react to strangers outside, and will give foolish strangers an opportunity to reach over and attempt to pet the dog. Both scenarios can be a problem.

A solid, 6+ ft fence is the only way to go if the dog will be unsupervised for any length of time.
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OP, I don't know your situation, but I'd kindly suggest that if there are financial limitations before get get a dog, then you're not in a position to get a dog. Large dogs come with large expenses, and you don't want to be in a situation of not being able to afford an emergency vet bill.

A solid, 6+ ft fence is the only way to go if the dog will be unsupervised for any length of time.
I would like to strongly 2nd both of these points.



I think if you have a bored and/or determined dog, a 4ft fence wont offer much resistance. If he wants to get out, he will find a way.

In addition, any chain link fence doesnt offer as much resistance as you would expect. I learned this the hard way. McCoy figured out pretty quick that he was strong enough to push the bottom of the fence out enough for him to scurry out. I had to reinforce the bottom of the fence with rebar. This in addition to forcing into his head that he isnt allowed to touch the fence at all. This all took time to figure out and teach.

Extending your current fence, training him that touching the fence is bad, and limiting his bored/alone time outside will limit his opportunities to bolt. Its not 100% and every dog is different.
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As stated abone. I would check the bottom of the fence and if it isn't already done, weave a cable through the bottom. Pull it tight so the dogs can't push the bottom out. As far as 4 foot fence being high enough. You will have time to add or extend the height. An 8 week old pup won't be able to jump a 4 foot fence. My dog is 6 months old and while I doubt he would be able to jump a 4 foot fence it wouldn't be long. My fence is 54" and I'm confident it will be fine. My opinion with any chain link is that just because your dog can't jump 54" or higher, a dog that wants out bad enough will just climb the fence and get out. Supervision is key. It took my dog about a week and a half of watching us push the latch on the gate to figure out how it works. Sometimes I think gsd's are too smart.
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