I know that you’d like to bring your four-legged friend with you everywhere you go – but we both know that’s not always possible.
So, what’s a pawrent to do in a situation like that?
You’ve probably wondered whether leaving your dog alone in the yard is a good idea. While I typically don’t recommend this, I know that you don’t always have a choice.
And if you’re going to do it, the least that I can do is ensure that you do it right!
Leaving The Dog Alone In The Yard: 3 Key Tips To Make It Work
#1 Provide Food & Shelter
You have to ensure that your dog has access to shelter, food, and water for as long as you’ll be gone; this is non-negotiable.
- Shelters, such as a big kennel, should always be provided. It will be your dog’s comfort zone and a place where they can retreat if the weather gets bad.
- Whether you go with free-feeding or an automatic dog feeder, providing enough food for your dog is a must – especially if you won’t be there around mealtime.
- Your dog should have access to fresh drinking water at all times, especially in hot weather; pick a bowl that they can’t knock over by accident.
#2 Keep Them Occupied
Many dog owners assume that leaving their dog in a spacious backyard counts as daily exercise, but make no mistake about it:
The second your dog gets bored, they become restless – and that often leads to destructive behavior.
Your dog must have access to toys and activities that will keep them occupied while you’re away, such as:
- Chew toys
- Digging box
- Spring pole
- Kong toys
#3 Keep Them Contained
You’d be surprised how quickly a bored dog can turn into an escape artist. It’s up to you to ensure that there’s no way for your dog to escape the yard:
- Only keep the dog in a fenced-in yard.
- The fence should be tall enough to prevent them from jumping over.
- Check the fence for any weak points regularly.
- Never leave your dog chained outside; it’s not safe, and it could even lead to aggression.
Combine a regular fence with the best wireless dog fence for added safety, so that you have a back-up even if one containment system fails.
Your dog will probably be thrilled about spending time outside, running around the yard, and basking in the sun.
Even if they’re well-trained, leaving your dog alone in the yard isn’t the ideal solution. Then again, as every pet parent knows, sometimes you simply don’t have a choice.
At least now you know how to go about it the right way!