09-10-2018, 04:12 PM
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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.