Originally Posted by dusf
Looks good, the thing is the ground is uneven and on many different levels. I will try to take some pictures over the weekend and put them up.
The simple fact of the matter is that any enclosure is going to take either money or effort.
You would have to dig a trench for a fence/run in any case, so unless the ground is really bad everywhere (rare in most plots of land) a run is probably the easiest option.
But to be honest, regardless of the enclosure, I think training is the right thing to do here.
We have two big dogs, whom we keep inside most of the time, but let out regularly for runs, and we live in the country, so there are cows, sheep, donkeys and horses in the fields next to us almost all of the time. So, when they are out, we need to be able to trust them. It took some time, but they now both ignore the beasties - they will occasionally bark at them if they have appeared in the field overnight, or if one of them strays into our garden, but that I can live with.
And the simple act of spending time with the dog, engaging his doggy brain on learning something (because the breed you have loves to learn) will help keep him entertained enough to stay closer to home. It's win win.