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Old 09-08-2018, 04:38 PM
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Question Dogs and barbed wire.

Some dogs, as on farms and ranches, must live and/or work around barbed wire fences.

What can be done to minimize such fence-related injury to such dogs?

Is it a good idea to keep fencing wires tight and in good repair? It seems as animals are more likely to get caught in barbed wire that is loosely stapled to the posts.

Can our dogs be conditioned to not get too close and respect barbed wire?
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Barbed wire is very dangerous to livestock too. On horse farms they use wood fences reinforced with electric fencing to keep horses from running through or eating the wood. Some places just use electric fencing. Much safer for all animals including the dogs.
My last dog jumped up once and bit the electric wire I have no idea why. I was going to rush him to the vet but he was fine. After that one time he never went near the fence again. The horses learn to respect it quickly too. The smart ones listen for when its on or not and try to escape if it's off.
My old horse was in a field with barbed wire unknown to me and got cornered by a dominant horse and caught in the barbed wire. Her entire back end from top of her butt to halfway down her hind leg was torn open I forget how many Staples it took to put her back together but she had to be confined to a small stall and not move for two months. She still ripped all the Staples just barely moving. It was very painful and a complete nightmare. I'll never let any animal near barbed wire again.
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Barbed wire is very dangerous to livestock too. On horse farms they use wood fences reinforced with electric fencing to keep horses from running through or eating the wood. Some places just use electric fencing. Much safer for all animals including the dogs.
My last dog jumped up once and bit the electric wire I have no idea why. I was going to rush him to the vet but he was fine. After that one time he never went near the fence again. The horses learn to respect it quickly too. The smart ones listen for when its on or not and try to escape if it's off.
My old horse was in a field with barbed wire unknown to me and got cornered by a dominant horse and caught in the barbed wire. Her entire back end from top of her butt to halfway down her hind leg was torn open I forget how many Staples it took to put her back together but she had to be confined to a small stall and not move for two months. She still ripped all the Staples just barely moving. It was very painful and a complete nightmare. I'll never let any animal near barbed wire again.
Perhaps barbed wire is a very old-fashioned invention that turned out to be cruel to animals and sometimes people who run into it. It might be effective but can cause serious suffering.

Perhaps there is more humane-but-effective fencing these days. I would fence my dogs inside chain-link.
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Barbed wire would be totally ineffective to use as a dog fence. As far as keeping pets safe? It's really just best to know where your animals are at all times and be there if something happens. None of my dogs have ever been injured by barbed wire, but we did have a cat get caught - he lived, but again we found him and were able to get him free and take him to the vet.

Personally, I don't LOVE barbed wire, but in terms of efficacy and practicality it's a pretty popular choice. Electric fencing tends to be less sturdy and it can short out, leading to escapes. Wood fencing seems ideal but it's definitely more expensive, harder to keep up, and easier for large livestock to smash through. Welded wire or metal corral fencing are awesome, but again, incredibly expensive. If you're fencing in an acre or three, maybe. When you're working with larger plots of land it's just impossible.
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I have barbed wire on a back fence and the times my dogs have escaped their dog appropriate wire fence (via jumping or gate left open) they just pick their way across the barbed wire and go about their business, just like how a person can carefully cross it. It isn't effective at all for dog containment, whether it is taut, loose, in good or bad shape. I would worry more about losing dogs to the other side of the fence than injury.
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I think speed is the second biggest danger with barbed wire; horses and dogs will learn to respect barbed wire on their own with very minor scratches, as long as they can investigate at slow enough speeds. Years ago I had a German Shepard mix (about 40 lbs) that would go on horse rides with me out in the boonies of southern AZ. There, the bushes are pointier than barbed wire. She would go under barbed wire all the time without a scratch to get a drink at someone's pool. She just figured it out on her own; there wasn't any purposeful conditioning. The biggest danger with wire is panic. If a dog gets a barb stuck in him or in his collar, will he panic, jump around and rip it out, or will he wait for you to help him?
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