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    Fence, solid or see through?

    Hi! We are fencing in our yard.

    Should we put a solid fence in or one that the dogs can see through? Would she bark more at what she can hear but can't see? Or would she bark more at what

    In our neighborhood it has to be cedar and will be 5' high. There is a dog next door but my dog is not a barker but she is young. That might change but I really work on barking, can't stand it when my neighbors let their dogs go on and on. she sees?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Well- depends on the dog. Some dogs are more " noise alert" type. Seeing a noise not being able to identify the source, a wood fence will encourage more barking. Some dogs are eye ( or seeing) what to bark at - so be able to see them in a open fence they will bark more.
    There is an easy way to tell if your dog falls in which catagory. If the dog were looking out the window- when they spot something, do they bark? Or do they wait until the " noise to occur"?..In my breed being sighthounds, they are more likely to be alerted if they see something verses hearing for example. ( hope this helps..)

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Thanks for the speedy help.

    She watches other dogs and does not bark but she does bark. She will sit quietly and watch them. When they all start barking she is the last to join in and then we take her inside. There is a puppy next door that she loves to play with, she stalks him and watches for him to come outside and they each sit at the end of their leads and stare. He barks, she does not. I suppose it would drive her nuts not to watch for him.

    So, she would do better with an open fence according to this.
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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
    Thanks for the speedy help.

    She watches other dogs and does not bark but she does bark. She will sit quietly and watch them. When they all start barking she is the last to join in and then we take her inside. There is a puppy next door that she loves to play with, she stalks him and watches for him to come outside and they each sit at the end of their leads and stare. He barks, she does not. I suppose it would drive her nuts not to watch for him.

    So, she would do better with an open fence according to this.
    Yea in other words as long as she can see what they are doing and where they are, she does better.

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    As noted avbove, some breeds and types are better not being able to see and others are beter if they can see.

    I was told by my Border Collie friends that BC's are better off if they cannot see. They tend to fixate on things and can become obsessive. While fixating on sheep and giving them "eye" is desirable.. fixating on the neighbor's kids is is not so desirable. They can fixate on o0ther things as well.. reflections and the like.

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Exactly Elana- ... On the opposite side, my shepherds did great with a open type fence so they could " assess" what is going on.. Where as with the Borzois watching things would make them more excited..

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    As noted avbove, some breeds and types are better not being able to see and others are beter if they can see.

    I was told by my Border Collie friends that BC's are better off if they cannot see. They tend to fixate on things and can become obsessive. While fixating on sheep and giving them "eye" is desirable.. fixating on the neighbor's kids is is not so desirable. They can fixate on o0ther things as well.. reflections and the like.
    I like a solid fence, if not for the dog, for me. I like whatever privacy I can get. Shame you can't put a 6 foot rascal up. Keeps the neighbors guessing when they can't see in and mind your business for you. The dog will survive whatever fence you put up.
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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    I like a solid fence, if not for the dog, for me. I like whatever privacy I can get. Shame you can't put a 6 foot rascal up. Keeps the neighbors guessing when they can't see in and mind your business for you. The dog will survive whatever fence you put up.
    LOL I agree wholeheartedly! My ideal would be like an 8 foot privacy fence with a hot wire along the top lol.

    But for the OP, it sounds like she would be okay with the open fence. If she ever starts barking a lot, you could always plant some shrubs along the line with the other dog or something to enact a sight barrier.

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    thanks! the fence guy will be here in 15 mins.

    I want privacy but 6' won't give much because we are up higher than neighbors I asked the one behind what kind of wood fence she liked, the swoop, the arch and she said none and wasn't nice. so 12' would be great but illegal nothing over 6' allowed.

    board on board is see through if they peek but not you can't see in it, i think that's what we'll do. also, the structure is covered so they can't climb up the cross boards. tibetans have flat feet and can climb.
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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    In my neighborhood "doggy windows" in the wood fencing has really caught on and I want one! They're usually just little rectangles cut out in certain areas for the dog to see through, or sometimes poke it's head through (but no bigger)

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscosmom View Post
    In my neighborhood "doggy windows" in the wood fencing has really caught on and I want one! They're usually just little rectangles cut out in certain areas for the dog to see through, or sometimes poke it's head through (but no bigger)
    The doggy windows could actually cause a dog to start chewing at the wood fence. Murphy's law in action.
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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    When we get a house we will have 6 foot privacy fencing around the entire yard, with fencing buried below the fence, and possibly a hot line at the top. That would hopefully keep my dogs in and everything else out.

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    Re: Fence, solid or see through?

    I always preferred a see through fence for my dogs because it gives them a chance to see and hear different things . With a privacy fence they sometimes get barky if they hear something but can't see it to identify it. Being behind a privacy fence seems to make them more shy when you do take them out - sights and sounds that they don't see on a regular basis. Much less boring for the dog also.

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