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

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

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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Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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