- Most dogs – especially hounds and sporting
breeds – can dig vigorously. If your dog smells a raccoon or
a chicken bone on the other side of the fence, will he resist
the temptation to get at what he wants? What if boredom sets
in while he’s left outside all alone? Think again if you trust
your dog not to dig under your fence.
- Dogs have been known to scale 6-foot fences. Some simply
leap over them, while others actually find footholds
to climb up and
- Dogs are notorious for chewing – and possibly eating
– things they’re not supposed to. This is especially true
if the dog is young. There are many hazards out there – poisonous
plants (like sago palms), pesticides and other articles that,
when left on the ground and chewed up by your dog, can cause
- What would your golden do if confronted in her back yard
by a poisonous snake? A raccoon? A feral cat? All of
these can potentially injure or even kill your dog.
Dogs Are Not Humans
People often attribute human qualities to their dogs. Have you ever said:
“My dog would never leave the yard.”
“I trust my dog.”
Ask a rescue group about these rationalizations. By the time
you’ve rescued hundreds, or even thousands of dogs, you’ve seen it all
… the calls from people sobbing and heartbroken over a dog that has escaped.
They almost always say:
“He’s NEVER done anything like that before!”
“I just don’t understand what got into her!”
Funny thing is, they often believe it is the dog’s fault that
something bad has happened.
Dogs are not human. They don’t act based on wisdom and logic
– they follow their instincts. And their instincts are to dig, run, eat
and chase. It is wrong to expect a dog to show good judgment. It’s
your responsibility – and yours alone – to keep your dog safe.
Stolen dogs often are sold to research laboratories. Others are used
as “fight bait” for dog-fighting rings. If your dog is friendly and healthy,
she may be VERY desirable for a thief. What a terrible way to end up –
sacrificed for medical research or ripped to shreds by a vicious fighting
Picking a Fence
A fenced yard is a great way to exercise your dog. But what type of fence
should you get? Visit our web page dedicated to the pros and
cons associated with fence types.
Leashed is Loved!
Whenever your dog is outside the fenced yard, keep it on a leash. Don’t
fool yourself with a false sense of security when it comes to your dog.
Regardless of how well trained he is, your companion, first and foremost,
is a dog. And all dogs follow their instincts. It only takes ONCE … the
one time he takes off after a squirrel or a passing dog, there will surely
be a car in his path.
It's Your Job
You love your dog too much to take a chance that he may end up hit by
a car, poisoned or stolen. He deserves to have a long, happy and safe
life – that’s your responsibility as a pet owner. Please consider the
safety of your backyard, and remember, NEVER leave your dog in the backyard
or let it have access to the backyard via a doggie door when you are away
from home. The safest place to leave your dog is inside your home.