How to Keep Your Outdoor Dogs Safe

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Many dogs are perfectly happy spending a majority of their time outside.
Despite the fact that many in Western culture think this is cruel, consider this: dogs lived for several thousand years outside before they were domesticated.
Different breeds cope with it differently of course, but, assuming your favored pooch isn't a needy thing, they should be relatively content.
This is of course also assumes that you provide ample shelter from weather and more importantly, don't just leave them outside without plenty of attention during the day.
If you crate your dogs, make sure they get plenty of exercise and also that you do spend a lot of time with them.
This way, they'll never feel as though there is anything wrong.
Where owners can go amiss, is when they leave their dogs outside and don't interact with them except as they are entering or leaving the house.
Wild canines may have the capacity to cope out-of-doors sans humans, but your domestic boys and girls require human companionship.
They may not get bored, but they will certainly get lonely.
Although roaming the streets may be in Bruno's nature, especially if he's not neutered, this is both dangerous and an annoyance for your neighbors.
In short, it's to be avoided.
Not only is there the possibility he could be hit by a motorist, but he could possibly attack a child or other neighbor if he is not well-socialized.
Part of leaving your dog outside means that you have to ensure his safety.
There are several things that go into this.
Adequate fencing should be installed around the property to prevent Bruno from running after females in heat, or out onto the road where he can be hit by a car.
This also means ensuring there are no pieces of glass or other unsafe items upon which he could get hurt.
In essence, you are baby-proofing the outside of your house - the same as you would do if he were an indoor dog.
You should create an enclosure to keep him in.
When your dog is young, you might think four or five feet will suffice.
However, you might have just brought home a champion jumper and not know it yet.
For the sake of your blood pressure and your dog's safety, it's eminently better to make or purchase an enclosure that's at least 6 feet tall, if not taller.
Wouldn't you rather have a thing and not need it, than not have it, and risk losing your favorite boy? As an added bonus, if you happen to live an area where dangerous predators such as wolves or coyotes are to be found, building a particularly high enclosure will help ensure they can't get in.
Confining Dogs Within A Corral or Kennel - Keeping Them Safe and Avoiding Cruelty Part of keeping your dog in his enclosure is to ensure he doesn't run off your property, but it's also to ensure that he won't get into any fights with something that could do him an injury.
It's also a means of keeping him where you want him without resorting to cruelty.
If you plan to keep Bruno outside, for pity's sake, don't chain him up! It's cruel and it breeds aggression, anger and resentment.
If you feel that you are not equal to the task of keeping Bruno from barking, destroying things or creating havoc of some other sort, this is a sign that both Bruno and you need training.
The other problem that chaining your dog up causes is that it starts a cycle of bored barking, where your dog starts talking to hear himself, since he has nothing better to do.
Your neighbors will be immediately annoyed and this will create problems that didn't exist prior to bringing Bruno home.
Dogs are meant to run freely, it's what most were bred for.
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