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Hello dog folks!
I need some fencing advice...
My partner and I have 2 larger dogs and we live on 80 acres in a rural small town. A good chunk of our land is bordered by a 50 mph 2-lane road which makes us pretty nervous when it comes to letting the dogs off-leash. They're generally good about coming when called for and like to stay close to us while we do anything outside, but we would really like to let them spend more time out unsupervised.
Any ideas on how we can fence our space so that the dogs may roam safely?
Thanks!
 

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My property is quite a bit smaller than yours, but I live on 10 acres of rural land in the middle of umpteen acres of forested land. Fortunately we're miles from any sort of busy road, but... that doesn't always guarantee safety for free-roaming pups.

We have a secure 4' high welded wire fence in a small area adjacent to the house which they have dawn to bedtime access to via dog door, and about 4 - 5 acres of our property fenced with plastic mesh deer fencing that the dogs are allowed to roam on when we're out in the 'yard' area with them.

My personal experience is that the dogs have pretty much no interest in roaming around out & about on the property without us. If they want to be outside (unsupervised) even if the gate up close to the house is wide open, all the dogs either hang out in the house with us or on the deck. They wait for us to join them in their wandering pursuits. We do take local walks with the dogs on a daily basis (generally 1 - 3+ miles) and at least weekly take individual dogs on special outings. This seems to satisfy their urge to explore.

I guess my question to you would be: "Why do you want your dogs to spend more time outside 'unsupervised'? and what do you think they will gain from the experience?"
 

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Hello dog folks!
I need some fencing advice...
My partner and I have 2 larger dogs and we live on 80 acres in a rural small town. A good chunk of our land is bordered by a 50 mph 2-lane road which makes us pretty nervous when it comes to letting the dogs off-leash. They're generally good about coming when called for and like to stay close to us while we do anything outside, but we would really like to let them spend more time out unsupervised.
Any ideas on how we can fence our space so that the dogs may roam safely?
Thanks!
You could fence in a smaller area near your house, and then, as mentioned by BKaymuttleycrew, when you wanted to go out and about on your property the dogs could come with you, giving them freedom when you are there and safety when you're not. If you want to fence off whole area by the road, some wire fences or goat fences are affordable, but plastic safety fence is your best bet. Alternatively, you could do some boundary training.
 

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Yes to fencing a smaller area close to the house. I have a very secure area off my back door (hog panels and 4" pressure treated posts). I still do not let them out there unsupervised. I have full size outdoor kennels for that purpose (with wire tops).
 

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Agree with the other responses here. The safest and most practical solution is likely to securely fence a (relatively) small 'yard' for them, and bring them out to explore the rest of the property when you're with them supervising. Aside from the road, I'd be concerned about them tangling with wildlife (even if you have no big predators, skunks and porcupines are no joke), getting into potentially toxic stuff like mushrooms, rotting carcasses, certain plants, stagnant or contaminated water, etc., or just getting injured somewhere remote and you not being able to find them in time. That's a lot of land to cover if one doesn't come home, especially if it's wooded or rocky or otherwise hard to traverse. It'd be different if these were working livestock guardian dogs who were out with a herd/flock, but for most dogs unsupervised free roaming in such a large area just isn't worth it.
 

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Okay, it seems like the safely fenced yard and supervision on the rest of the property is the most popular option. I think that will work well with our dogs.
Thanks everyone for the advice! This has been very helpful for us.
 
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