Join Date: Feb 2012
Dogs Name: Brooklyn
Titles: BH, CGC
Dogs Age: 16 mos
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I understand a fence is expensive, as I just put one in this last Spring. I have 1/4 acre in the suburbs which is a lot here, but I only fenced the closest half of it. If you are on a budget there are options for you like split rail with chicken wire behind it, which won't obstruct your views of the forest you live near. You can install it yourself with friends over the course of a weekend.
Take your dog out to go potty on a leash until you can save up the funds. Take your dog on walks on a leash to get exercise. This way you are never the one at fault and if you absolutely have to defend yourself and your dog- you have good reason to.
Lastly, as others have stated, if you live somewhere with three feet of snow (or any snow!) on the ground, you dog should not be out there for long periods of time. My Doberman wants to go out, pee, and come right back in. It is simply too cold!