Dog fencing ok for goats?

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by inkbound, May 11, 2013.

  1. inkbound

    inkbound New Member

    May 7, 2013
    Ok, so I have got the ok to fence in an area for my new gal Butters and her soon to be buddy. Thing is I only have about 100 bucks to spend on fencing (not a lot). Does anyone have experience with the fidoshock or the haveaheart dog fencing? Because I can afford either of these. I was looking at larger animal fencing and it is really does anyone know if the dog fencing will be strong enough?
  2. MsScamp

    MsScamp New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    What kind of dog fencing? I used my dog pen (6' chain link) for my weaning bucks/weather for several years and it worked fine - well, except for the mornings they got frisky and banked off the side of the house at 6 am. rolleyes:

  3. inkbound

    inkbound New Member

    May 7, 2013
    Like electric fencing, the type for large dogs.
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'm not familiar with those products. Could you post links for them?
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I am not sure either what you are describing a pic would help.
  6. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    And what breed of goats? Small breeds are going to need to not be able to jump fence while Boers just rub it to death.
    Last edited: May 11, 2013
  7. nubeegirl

    nubeegirl New Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Are you talking about the dog underground fencing or the kind that works off a receiver?
    If so, the goats would have to be trained to understand that the tone or vibration from the collar meant a shock was coming. It might could be done but I wouldn't want to try it
    If you shop around you can find elect fencers for about 39.00. The wire isn't too expensive and the plastic push in fence posts aren't too much either. I would think that is a better route.
  8. Trickyroo

    Trickyroo New Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    New York
    I think the shock from those fences can be adjusted from a light vibration to a shocking shock. I wouldnt use it though.
    Depending on the breed of goats you have , Xpens have I think 8 panels and they come in a variety of sizes. Maybe you could look into a few of those ? Not sure if its cheaper then goat fencing. And if it is a roll of goat fencing you are looking at , pass on it. I used it int he very beginning and it eventually folded up under their weight like tin foil.
    I would definitely look into cattle panels that are much cheaper and they work beautifully.
  9. jjscroggins

    jjscroggins New Member

    May 10, 2013
    How much is your goats
  10. LizStabbert

    LizStabbert noob

    May 6, 2013
    Belfair WA
    I've been looking through e-fence options preparing for my future goaties and the dog/small animal chargers are labeled as such because they're pretty weak. If you're planning on using only e-fence I wouldn't recommend them. Since electric fencing are a pain barrier, not a physical barrier, they need to have a good amount of pop.

    Im on a pretty tight fence budget myself and what I'm doing is putting up field fence. I'm having really good luck finding rolls for cheap on craigslist. My SO is picking up a 4'x300' roll today from a guy for $30! If the goaties end up leaning on or trying to get over the fence I'll put up a single strand of e-wire along the top & inside, but the charger doesn't have to have quite the power since there's already a physical barrier there (ie: it'll be cheaper ;-) )

    Note: this plan has not been goat tested yet, but from my research on what other people have been doing for their goats, I think it should work pretty well :)
  11. Sylvie

    Sylvie city-turned-country girl

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fallbrook, CA
    You'd also want to think about stray dogs, and other predators. ;)
  12. serenityfarmnm

    serenityfarmnm Newbie, Head over Heels in Love!

    Jan 6, 2013
    Caballo, NM
    I can't imagine underground fencing working for goats. They are such visual animals & so curious that I just see them being shocked again & again without quite getting the why of it..... I also agree that it sure won't keep anything out.
  13. goatgirl132

    goatgirl132 New Member

    Oct 17, 2012
  14. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    ^ agreed. You can find cheap/free chain link on there all the time :)
  15. inkbound

    inkbound New Member

    May 7, 2013
    I think I am going to fence in an area of about 30 x 30 feet with chain link. Is this enough room for 2 goats?
  16. goatgirl132

    goatgirl132 New Member

    Oct 17, 2012
    Thats more than enough
    For my show wethers we keep 3 in a stall about 14x14

    So it will be good

    show goat/lamb equipment
  17. Sylvie

    Sylvie city-turned-country girl

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fallbrook, CA
    It will be good, since they will enjoy space to run around. Also it will be large enough for a couple more goats if you ever add to your herd ;)
  18. 1ryan231

    1ryan231 New Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    No. Those electric underground dog fences will not work. Your best bet would be to get a portable plastic electric fence and a fencer for it (Make sure the fencer isn't too powerful or you'll get some BBQ'd goats! JK, but it won't be good for them). You can check here: