|Re: Question about Fences||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ann zabaldo (annzlibertyvillage.com)|
|Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 12:38:14 -0500|
Sharon Villines wrote: > The one compelling reason to have a fence seems to be for pets. But > > has anyone tried having a dog run to the side of the property. The > one I > have seen is a long narrow run so dogs have more room to run than > in a small > yard but it doesn't obstruct movement from house to house. Can I join in this discussion? I share my paycheck w/ a Standard Schnauzer named Noah. Here is some advice from experts: The Monks of New Skete from their book How to be Your Dog's Best Friend. This is about dog kennels in general and does not address the questions of aesthetics or fences n' neighbors, quality of life, etc. The lead in for this quote discusses the boredom dogs face in being in the wrong kind of kennel or being in one for too long a time. The monks like rectangular kennels to decrease boredom dogs face but note exceptions. "Rectangular pens encourage dogs to walk and strut about, square kennels encourage dogs to lie down and do nothing. Unfortunately, the rectangular dog run may also encourage fence charging in some dogs, and endless barking, which is correlated w/ the tension of fence running, If your dog is prone to running, change the kennel to a square design and the running will usually stop. For dogs of the large working breeds, we usually suggest square kennels of at least twelve feet by twelve feet, although smaller squares can be used if the dog is not placed in them for too long." p 99. In Liberty Village (Libertytown, MD) one set of design plans call for us to have a "communal" kennel away from the main locus of the community. We can do this because we have 17 acres of land we're keeping as open space, gardens etc. so we have the space. Seems like a kennel on the side of a house that doesn't obstruct movement is a good idea as long as the neighbor doesn't mind looking out a side window at a dog kennel all day. There's no perfect solution. - _______________________ Best -- Ann Zabaldo Liberty Village Cohousing (:~ annz [at] libertyvillage.com
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