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Can You Leave Your Dog Alone?

Is it ok to leave your dog in the backyard by himself? The Dog Trainer tackles another canine myth

By
Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
1-minute read

In a recent show, I talked about popular Dog Myths. Here’s another common misconception I’d like to debunk: Leaving your dog to hang out in your yard by himself is fine.

It isn’t!

Even assuming your fence is tall enough and dug deep enough to keep him from escaping no matter what, dogs left alone outside are vulnerable to intruders. Besides, a dog in the yard by himself isn’t keeping fit with calisthenics. At worst, he’s working on problem behaviors such as barking and lunging at passersby; at best, he’s hanging around by the back door hoping somebody will come and let him in again.

 

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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).