Monday, April 10, 2017

A Fenced In Yard Is Not Foolproof. Protect Your Babies.

The warm weather months are upon us. This week, we're supposed to have a few days that'll soar into the 70's. Rumor has it that by Saturday, it'll be even warmer. With the warmer temperatures, there's always an increase in the Facebook posts I try to avoid at all costs. The ones from dog parents who continuously allow their pups to be outside, by themselves, for extended periods of time.

Over the past few weeks, I've already seen posts about hawks flying low. A few small pups have felt the wrath of their talons. Another post was from a dog parent who witnessed someone trying to steal her pups. There have been a handful of posts about pups jumping fences, escaping from non-working electrical fences, and wild animal attacks.

I do my best to inform people that fences are not foolproof. Sure, it's great to keep them confined to a certain area, but if you allow your fur-kids to be out there unattended, they're vulnerable...especially with small pups. It only takes a few seconds for someone to snag your pups or for a hawk, or other wild animal, to attack.

If you're the parent of a human child, would you put your 2 year old outside in a fenced in yard and then go back inside for an hour or two to do housework, make phone calls, and/or nap?

No, you probably wouldn't. 

While I completely understand accidents happen, despite a dog parent's best efforts, there are some unfortunate situations that can be greatly reduced or avoided.

We have a fenced in yard. I've lost count how many people think we're crazy because we stay outside with our kids.

"They're dogs. They'll be okay."

"They won't jump the fence. Leave 'em outside. They'll be fine."

"Leash them to the fence with a longer leash. You won't have anything to worry about."

"You're too overprotective. Nothing will happen."

We don't care how many people make comments or think we're crazy. Our kids will never be left alone outside.


Please take every precautions possible. Don't leave your babies outside alone. They depend on you for protection and those means of protection are worlds beyond a simple fenced in yard.

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