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Outdoor Confinement with Dogs

Outdoor Confinement with Dogs

Dogs that are allowed to roam free run the risk of being hit by cars or injured by other animals. In addition, with some breeds of dogs that are extraordinarily predatory, you run the risk that they may injure or kill neighboring pets or livestock.

Practice safe containment by providing a sheltered, enclosed outdoor space for your dog. In most cases, the safest solution is to install a solid fence. Invisible fences can be considered as a last resort if your dog is not aggressive and if you are available to supervise their behavior when loose in the yard, however, since dogs are territorial, you run the risk that your dog may injure a person or another animal that crosses your invisible fence and enters your property. Tie outs are not recommended as a safe restraint for dogs, as dogs who are regularly chained are prone to excessive barking and may develop aggressive tendencies.

Most towns have leash laws; find out what yours are. When walking your dog, it is best to keep him or her on leash unless trained to work off leash. This is for your dog’s safety and shows consideration for others. While your dog may be friendly, other dogs and people may not appreciate your pet’s enthusiasm!

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Dr. Borns-Weil says...

Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Board-Certified Animal Behaviorist

Practice safe containment by providing a sheltered, enclosed outdoor space for your dog.