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Jefferson County Animal Control believes that dogs of all sizes are happier, healthier and safer when they can be indoors near you the majority of the time. Most dogs enjoy spending time outdoors, but the time dogs spend alone outdoors must be balanced with quality time with their owners.
Dogs that spend most of their time alone or only in the company of other dogs, may demonstrate fearful, aggressive or overactive behavior toward family members or strangers. Your dog should be around your family to learn "people skills" and to learn your rules.
With a little time and training, dogs can learn to be well behaved around people and can come to respect the house rules. They can then be left inside alone without cause for worry and be trusted companions and members of the family.
A dog left in the backyard will get plenty of exercise when left alone, right? In fact, most dogs don't exercise when they're in the yard alone, and spend most of the time lying by the back door waiting for your return. Dogs need regular exercise, with your help. To keep your dog happy and healthy, take him on a daily walk, treat him to a regular game of fetch and provide him with “busy toys.”
Dogs that spend most of their time outdoors are at risk of the following:
If you must leave your dog outdoors and unsupervised for extended periods of time, we suggest you provide the following:
While you may think that your dog is safer in the garage than in the yard, they may suffer from isolation and, as a result, develop behavioral problems if you do not spend time with them.
An otherwise friendly dog can become unhappy, anxious and often aggressive when continually chained. In many cases, the dog's neck will become raw from continuously yanking and straining to escape.
A chained dog is caught in a vicious cycle:
Dogs that are left alone in the yard for long periods of time may bark excessively, dig or escape and become lost. Jefferson County Animal Control receives many complaints about barking dogs, which sometimes escalate into full-blown neighbor disputes, and sometimes result in a fine for the dog owner.
Outdoor yard dogs that are left to themselves most of the time may be friendly to any stranger, and also may become overly territorial - feeling the need to protect their territory even from family and friends.
If a dog spends little time indoors, it will be difficult for him to distinguish between family, friends and uninvited guests.
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