Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPTD-KA & Bart Emken, CPTD-KA
Concept by Courtney Emken
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Does My Dog Need A Yard To Be Happy?
Yeah, the short answer is no, your dog doesn’t need a yard to necessarily be happy but it might be more convenient for you if you have a yard to let your dogs go out to potty in the back yard or to play in the back yard, play fetch. I think the downfall to assuming that a dog just needs a yard to be happy is that owners will then just put the dog out in the back yard and assume that the dog is exercising himself and getting enough mental enrichment from just the back yard and that’s not going to be the case.
Having a yard can make you either a really lazy owner or not having one can make you a very active owner. So, if you live on the third floor of an apartment, you have to work with your dog. You have to have a potty schedule. You have to have an exercise schedule. And, with a back yard like she said, if you just throw the dog back there, most of the time the dog’s like, “Hey, I want to be with you, not be in the back yard,” so they’re pawing at the door. We get calls about that. How do I make my dog stop pawing at the door?
What about Dog Rescue / Foster Organizations that Prefer Dog Adopters Have A Yard?
In my opinion, when assessing a potential owner’s ability to care for a dog, foster groups or rescue groups, and shelters, should be less concerned with specific facilities that an owner has and that particular owner’s dedication and time and resources to be able to take care of the dog. Just having a yard is not necessarily indicative of that dog getting enough exercise or enough mental stimulation and enrichment going into the future.
It’s an easy way for them to generalize what kind of owner you might be if you have a back yard for your dog. It’s definitely not indicative of how active they would be with a dog.
I worked for animal control, that’s where I came from most recently. As an animal control officer I definitely saw dogs in back yards that were not happy.
Yeah. Just stuck back there with a bowl of water.
Yep. Or less. Or not even water or food. So just having a yard is not necessarily indicative of whether or not a dog’s gonna be happy.