To Fence or Not  

Heretofindyou257 63M
306 posts
1/24/2021 4:39 am
To Fence or Not

So we have added 2 new energetic dogs to the home and in the past I have been successful in getting new dogs to stay primarily in the yard. They are sisters and terriers, so that’s part of the dynamic. They are having a tough time staying in the yard as they play and chase each other expanding their play area outside our yards borders.

Living in a subdivision.

So it would be one of the reasons for the fence.

The other reason is the neighbor one the one side. I have lived here for 30 years and so have they. He likes to blow his leaves into my yard. So to prevent this continuing habit, one idea is to prevent him from this bad habit by erecting a fence. The city and subdivision allows this with permits.

I will be moving forward with this as it will be good for the dogs, they love to run, so it will provide a safe area for them to do that and it will prevent the neighbor from continuing his bad neighbor policy of blowing the leaves in his yard my way instead of picking them up.

What do you think, what might you do?


author51 58F
110136 posts
1/24/2021 5:12 am

Dogs here are not allowed to roam free without being on a leash or in a fully fenced back yard to run in..Building a fence is a must so the dogs can not run lose in the neighbourhood..


jajo696 66F  
3064 posts
1/24/2021 5:41 am

Yup.....build the fence, both very very good reasons.

I have that same neighbor, I am not living there at the family home, but my landscaper caught him. So yes....by next spring i too will have a fence erected. Im not paying the maintenance for his leaves any longer...ugh !!


Naughtypursuit 53F  
2647 posts
1/24/2021 6:02 am

I enjoy having my big fenced yard. It lets the dogs run free whenever they want. When they get to chasing and playing they get distracted. I had one dog who was extremely well behaved and never strayed chase a squirrel before I called him back he got hit be a vehicle. My neighbours down the road have an invisible fence but that wouldnt solve the leaf problem.


ltrskr 72M  
4643 posts
1/24/2021 11:03 am

Solution to ur assh* neighbor, bag'm up and stack on his porch, back of his p/u or in his car if it's open! Why spend ur money for his sorry ass......
When u have a neighbor like that the only way to deal with is in direct hits!


hippiechick1967 56F
12602 posts
1/24/2021 11:58 am

I have Great Danes so I have a fence. I remember moving in here years ago and paying almost $3K to have a fence installed around the back yard the first week I moved in. It keeps the deer out and the dogs in.

Elevate me...


lust4life59 62F  
1390 posts
1/24/2021 11:58 am

I have some acreage and always let my dog run free. Now I'm rethinking that after a coyote got her yesterday out in the woods. Just remember, a fence not only keeps your dogs in, it keeps the predators out.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 12:23 pm

    Quoting author51:
    Dogs here are not allowed to roam free without being on a leash or in a fully fenced back yard to run in..Building a fence is a must so the dogs can not run lose in the neighbourhood..
Mine are on the leash and if off the leash in the backyard. I back up to woods. But I still have not had success in getting them to stay in the property lines 100% of the time. When I take one out at a time, they are better listeners.

Moving forward with the fence for a number of reasons. Security is the major reason regarding the dogs. When they got out, I am always outside.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 12:27 pm

    Quoting jajo696:
    Yup.....build the fence, both very very good reasons.

    I have that same neighbor, I am not living there at the family home, but my landscaper caught him. So yes....by next spring i too will have a fence erected. Im not paying the maintenance for his leaves any longer...ugh !!
Agreed. A neighbor like that is a lazy one. Since I am working from home , I now see what he has been doing. No more.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 4:58 pm

    Quoting Naughtypursuit:
    I enjoy having my big fenced yard. It lets the dogs run free whenever they want. When they get to chasing and playing they get distracted. I had one dog who was extremely well behaved and never strayed chase a squirrel before I called him back he got hit be a vehicle. My neighbours down the road have an invisible fence but that wouldnt solve the leaf problem.
My dogs do like to chase other animals. I have to check out back before I let them out. I did not see the deer in the back and before I knew it they were off. The deer went over the hill and that pretty much ended the chase. They also will chase squirrels, so the fence is a good idea for me in keeping them safe . Doors to hear about your dog.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 5:29 pm

    Quoting ltrskr:
    Solution to ur assh* neighbor, bag'm up and stack on his porch, back of his p/u or in his car if it's open! Why spend ur money for his sorry ass......
    When u have a neighbor like that the only way to deal with is in direct hits!
Yes agree with that. But I do realize that he has a huge dislike for fences. So putting in a fence will permanently piss him off, block him from blowing leaves into my yard and allow a place for my dogs to enjoy themselves.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 7:25 pm

    Quoting hippiechick1967:
    I have Great Danes so I have a fence. I remember moving in here years ago and paying almost $3K to have a fence installed around the back yard the first week I moved in. It keeps the deer out and the dogs in.
I have smaller dogs, so a shorter fence, something like the picture above. The wire mesh will keep the dogs in and keep my neighbor from blowing leaves into the yard. I do have the deer issue with a bunch of perennials and bushes in the yard, but I will deal with that in another way.


Heretofindyou257 63M
190 posts
1/24/2021 7:30 pm

    Quoting lust4life59:
    I have some acreage and always let my dog run free. Now I'm rethinking that after a coyote got her yesterday out in the woods. Just remember, a fence not only keeps your dogs in, it keeps the predators out.
We do have coyotes in the area. I am always outside with my dogs when they are outside. Usually we are on a walk in the neighborhood ( leashes) or in the backyard . So I do think about keeping them safe. The fence should help.


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