I'm still in the air between what breed to get, but I figured I should at least spend that time getting my home "dog ready." Fences: We have a fence on two sides of out lot and I would probably just close in the rest with standard chain link. Any recommendations on why/why not to do this? What have you learned from installing a fence? Other than food, vet, toy, bowls and grooming supply expenses, what are some hidden costs you didn't think about before owning a dog? I have the time, space and energy to own a dog. I had them growing up but have never owned my own. I'm just looking for some advice on things that are not often thought about when getting their first dog. PS- The main breeds I'm looking at are Boxer/Lab mix and Giant Schnauzers.