1. A Dog Should Have an Area Where They Can Be Off Leash
Every dog deserves their own area where they don’t have to be tied up on a leash. A place where they can run, roll, jump and chase that squirrel! A place where they can smell, dig, and poop where they want. Now, a dog park is a great way to give your dog this opportunity along with great socialization with other dogs. However, going to the dog park is not something people can do every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place right outside your house where you can play fetch, throw a Frisbee, and enjoy the outdoors with your pup? I think so!
2. Makes Life Easier for You and Your Dog
Let’s start with a scenario: You come home from work and need to get your dog outside quick because they have been holding their bladder for a good amount of time. Being home alone for a while and the excitement of their owner coming home has caused your dog to have an insane amount of energy. You, on the other hand, are tired and a little annoyed from working all day. You take your dog on a walk and he/she is constantly pulling, speed walking, jumping, rolling etc. Whether the walk only consists of one of those things or all of them, it’s not how a proper dog walk should be.
Now, let’s take this scenario into consideration. You get home from work, say hello to your pup and let him/her out into your fenced in backyard. He has time to relieve his bladder, run around, roll in the grass and let loose for a little bit. While your dog is getting his/her crazies out, you have time to relax for a bit, have a snack or maybe a coffee. After you and your pup are both calm and ready, then you can go on a nice walk where your dog is less crazy and you are less irritated. This also makes it easier when you need to feed your dog. Let your pup out to potty, come in and feed him/her. Then after your pup has digested their food, you can go on your walk.
I have walked plenty of puppies that do not have a fenced in backyard. The walk usually consists of jumping, rolling, pulling, laying down etc. Now, I understand this is normal puppy behavior and most puppies will grow out of it. However, if they had a backyard to do these things in, they may act more calmly on walks and understand that a walk is not playtime. I have also experienced a dog that would roll so much and have so much energy on a walk that the pup would almost slip out of the harness. This can hurt the dog or cause them to get away from you on the walk.
3. A Walk Should Be a Unique Experience
I believe a walk should be special and exciting each time you and your pup embark on one. You are able to take different routes and explore different areas. Your dog is able to experience different environments and smells. By having to always take your pup out on a leash, it almost takes away from the excitement of a walk for both you and your pup. You will end up taking the same routes and going to the same places. Your dog needs change and new experiences in order to gain mental stimulation. Switching from backyard playtime to a walk to the park is a good way to give him or her an environment change and something to look forward to.
Overall, a backyard is a great place for your dog to have some off leash playtime and get their “zummies” out. It will also benefit the owner by creating more productive walks and a happier pup!