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The Myth of the Backyard

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 7:38 PM Comments comments (195)
Every time I hear someone say that they'd love to have a dog but can't because they don't have a backyard, I cringe.  Then I get relieved they don't have a dog because they have usually have such an outdated notion about what it takes to care for a dog. 

The idea that dogs need a yard comes from a different era, when Moms stayed home all day and the dog hung out in the yard until the kids came home from school. Then all the kids and the dogs would run around the neighborhood getting all the exercise they both needed.  Nobody ever thought of giving the dog a walk because he ran around all afternoon. 

Then Moms went to work and kids stopped playing outside, so dogs stopped playing outside and people put them in the yard to play.  Great in theory, but neither dogs or kids play in their own backyards unless someone is out there playing with them!  Even if there are multiple dogs, they need a stimulus.

At some point in the last few decades people figured out that dogs are much happier and less destructive when they get regular exercise.  They need long walks and lots of sniffing new smells - every day and since they're no longer allowed to roam the streets on their own, they depend on us to meet this very basic need for them. 

While a backyard is nice when you have a dog,it's not a necessity. Dogs don't need backyards, they need walks.

I guess I'm a blogger

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM Comments comments (264)
I realized that I really have a lot to say about what I've learned about pets and pet care.  I've never really been into blogs, but since I have this one, I think I'll use it!  I guess it's time.  These are merely observations, I am not a professional dog trainer, but I do spend a LOT of time around dogs and cats and do know a lot about them.  

Cooper's Mom

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (17)
Welcome to Cooper's Mom Affordable Pet Care's blog.
Thanks for reading.  The weather is warming up and the trails are drying out.  It's beautiful out there.
Just a thought for anyone who's dog goes out into Open Space - you may want to consider gettng a vaccination for Leptospirosis.