Fencing Problem For a Big Dog?


Well we live in a country club and our backyard is connected to the golf course; we literally live, on the golf course. Anyway, the course has some rules that your backyard fence line that runs along side of the golf course, can’t be more than some 3 feet high. I’d really like to get a good-sized dog anywhere from a Great Dane to a Siberian Husky so what can I do? Run an electric fence so it won’t jump over? Screw the system and add another couple feet of height to the fence? Help if you can.

Subnote: I live in West Texas so training it not to jump over will only work until it sees its first deer. Which won’t be long.

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6 Responses to “Fencing Problem For a Big Dog?”

  1. Rotten Rotts Lets Restore Sanity in the DS says:

    Tell them to get over it, You are a private property owner and unless it is a homeowners association requirement then I see no way they can mandate what you do on your property. Talk to the owners and see if you can’t compromise on the type of fence and tell them the size you need. 3 ft high is not a fence it is a nuisance. You should be able to have the breed you want

  2. Lorraine says:

    Well we know that huskies can jump and we know that they are escape artists so forget those.

    Forget pit bulls as well as they can jump, but then so can most small dogs and in general I would say that a small / medium dog would get over a 3 ft fence easier than a very big dog.

    If this was me then I would talk to the country club regarding their rules and see whether you could put something decorative on top of the 3 ft, like trellis, or how about planting some bushes as a dog wouldn’t feel so easy about trying to jump those.

    Find a dog that really cannot jump. With my breed, some can and some can’t, but something like a mastiff probably couldn’t.

  3. Baylee Harakato says:

    I wouldn’t recommend you get a Siberian Husky, I know a lot about them, I study them, and Siberian Husky’s need A LOT of room for exercise,running,walking,training, and they have the have an enclosed area. Siberian husky’s CAN and WILL jump a 3 feet fence, have at least a 5 foot high fence so they can’t jump. also, you’ll have to put something right where the gate is on the ground because they will dig out of it. also, Siberian Husky’s are a vary intelligent type of dog breed, they need exercise to be happy otherwise they may become depressed and get a little extra packaging from not exercising and that will also leave them unhappy. and they have a double coat so that means they blow their coat, which is about 6 hand fulls of fur everyday, when they blow their coat. and you can’t brush them with a human brush, get a bristled dog brush. and they are vary hyper dogs, which mean they need a lot of attention, so if you work, six hours or more they CANNOT be left alone its not recommended for them to even be left alone for three hours. and DO NOT put them on a wire/chain and let them run around all day and call that exercise, they have to be running off of a wire/chain and not cooped up in the house all day. as you can see, Siberian Husky’s are a lot of work, and you have to be able to take on that work. and if you still want a Siberian Husky and don’t think you can take care of all that stuff, then you really shouldn’t get one, think of the dog, not yourself. but I would recommend you to get a Great Dane, they do require hard work as all dog’s do, but not a much as Siberian Husky’s though, but just make sure you have the requirements for a Great Dane you can’t have a small house, they need a large home because their big, and they need running room and walking room. so before you get any breed of dog, research the breed and what you’ll need to do in order to keep the dog happy.

  4. Bentley says:

    multiple dogs for over 20 years ,= Current, multiple Newfoundlands, =best choice before you spend lots of money on expensive fencing=you can see here

  5. MamaBas says:

    This is probably why there is this rule – the people running the golf club complex don’t want big dogs in there potentially getting loose and creating a nuisance. Of course, you could perhaps train him to stay on your property, but humans being humans, they abuse so rules have to be brought in.

    If this complex wants to set standards to keep the place somewhere people want to live, I think you have to decide whether you want to abide by their rules, and if not, move.

  6. Wolf Femme says:

    Some corrections to Baylee’s post:
    6 handfuls of fur a day should be changed to 6 a minute. When a Sibe is blowing their coat, there is a lot more hair than 6 handfuls a day being lost. I could pull that off my gal within 30 seconds when spring time comes!
    They CAN be left alone, and CAN survive as such. They’re already independent dogs and enjoy spending time away from their humans off and on. It’s a matter of either successfully having them in a fully enclosed area when you’re gone where they have entertainment, or crate training them so they don’t destroy the house. My Sibe has been left alone entire nights in cases of emergency hospital trips, and my dogs were regularly left alone from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm when I was in High School.
    Five foot high fence should be changed to 6’+. At five feet they can easily get their paws hooked at the top of a privacy fence and pull themselves over to get out. Six feet is quite a bit more difficult. Also, chain-link fencing isn’t suggested except for underneath the ground (fencing should extend underground a foot at least to deter digging to get out), because they are very capable and very willing to climb their way up the chain-link fencing. My Sibe did it as a puppy, just as others do it regularly.

    They need hours of exercise and will still have enough energy to drive you crazy. After brushing them regularly, they’ll still be losing hair in your food, drinks, on your furniture, clothes, tables, chairs, etc.
    They aren’t good with cats, and if you want them to not try and hunt them down you need to socialize them thoroughly with cats when they’re young.
    They can be noisy, and will "woo" at the people golfing around your property. This can warrant you a noise ordinance, and may end up with a loss of business for the golf-course (and angry neighbors).
    They’re not for new owners. If you don’t have experience with an intelligent (in terms of intelligence, not trainability), independent breed, and especially with dogs period – don’t get a Sibe. It will likely end up in the shelter when you find out it isn’t as gorgeous in temperament as you thought.

    Either talk to the golfing course about the fencing issue, or look for smaller dogs.

    Also: I’m not sure what size you think Huskies are, but they’re only 50 pounds or so on average. They’re not large.

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