My grandkids live next door. How can I keep my dog in my yard?
By Jan from Springfield, Missouri
Sounds obvious but a good fence is necessary.
So is TONS of exercise with you. There is no other way the dog will get the outdoor exercise they need. If you aren't taking them on long brisk walks for 30-45 mins minimum at least twice a day; they are bored senseless and under exercised no matter how old they are or how large your yard is. the walks are a dog's job for the most part. It's the sights, sounds and smells that interest them as much as your job occupies you.
There is now way to train a dog to need less exercise. Tired dogs are happy dogs and they don't roam. Bored dogs with energy to burn and nothing to interest them run like the wind.
Please remember that dog parks are for AFTER you have exercised the dog and burned off all their excess energy. They are for relaxation and are NOT a substitute for exercising your dog. Poorly trained dogs who need to burn off excess energy are dangerous at dog parks no matter what their size. Also, dogs in any parks should always be on leads unless they're in a fenced in area for dogs.
You can install an underground electric fence. You put a special collar on the dog that will lightly shock him if he gets too close to the fence. It will not affect anybody else, tho. Good luck and God bless you. (03/28/2009)
Exercising the dog, a fenced in yard, a pen/kennel, being tied up, letting the grandkids know that you will not allow them to call your pet over to their yard, an underground electric fence. Now you just need to decide which one you plan to follow through with. Personally, we use a mixture with our dog. We could walk him all day long, and he'd still have energy to spare and mischief to get into. (03/28/2009)
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!