Dogs need some supervision outside. Leaving a dog unattended outdoors not only increases its risk of escape or injury, but can also cause feelings of anxiety and isolation. Pay attention to your dog’s personality and need for interaction. If your dog is vocal or mischievous when alone — gnawing on a fence post or digging compulsively — play with it. More dependent pups will prefer lying on an outdoor dog bed or a weatherproof cushion alongside you. If your pet plays well by itself, it’s OK to leave it with outdoor-friendly toys, says Mychelle Blake, executive director of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. An independent dog might even appreciate the solitude of a doghouse, though this should never be its permanent home.
Fence them in