What to Know About Letting Your Dog Play in Your Yard
Many pet owners enjoy letting their dogs run free in their back yards. Yet even experienced dog owners know that letting their dogs into the back yard does not come without consequences. In addition to fleas, dirt and other attractions that your dog might have, you should also be aware that letting your dog run freely in your yard might also pose some legal risks.
Your dog is a liability, regardless of its size or aggressiveness. If your dog happens to break free from the safe confines of your back yard, he runs the risk of destroying your neighbors’ property or perhaps even injuring your neighbors.
Even if you think that your dog has an agreeable temperament, it only takes one hostile situation to turn your dog into an aggressive fighting machine. If your dog feels threatened by his surroundings, chances are that even the most peaceful animal will respond with his canine instincts and lash out with his teeth or paws. Thus, it is important to make sure that your dog is properly confined to your yard if you let him run free.
Also, you should be aware that if your dog is particularly vocal, your neighbors might call animal control and file a complaint. For this reason, many dog owners take their dogs inside at night so that the animal is not tempted to bark at alley cats or passing cars.
In terms of the condition of your yard, dogs are amazing at making holes out of the most well landscaped and manicured lawn. Therefore, it is recommended that you avoid letting your dog run free in your back yard if you intend to keep healthy plants and flowers around. Your pet will not only go to the bathroom in your back yard, but he will also bury himself in your flowerbeds and tread paths through your lawn.
Finally, be aware that your dog will be a magnet for dirt and fleas, especially in the hot summer months. When the weather is particularly hot, dogs instinctively bury themselves into the dirt in an effort to cool down. They will roll around until their coats are covered in soft dirt. Then, they will bring that dirt right into your house (and onto your white summer sofa, no doubt).
You should also treat your animal with flea-resistant spray and regularly check for infestations of fleas in its coat if you want to avoid having packs of fleas swarming around your house.
Even the most loving dog-owners need to be aware of the risks and concerns of letting their animals run free in the back yard. Regardless of your relationship with your pet, it is important that you keep an eye on him at all times when he is outside. If not, he could run the risk of getting into irrevocable trouble.