|Rocco LOVES his backyard!|
One of my neighbors recently asked if I let Rocco and his pals out back unsupervised. I do have a completely fenced in yard, but my answer is NO!
Because even though I live in the city with a six-foot high fence, there have been all sorts of wildlife sightings in the area. And with small dogs, especially, I don't want to take any chances.
Here are a couple of things I do to help keep things safe so that Rocco and his pals can enjoy their heathy, active lifestyle in the backyard!
- I never let them out alone. That way I can keep an eye on them -- and any critters that may be in the yard (or in the air... I have seen hawks overhead). It also provides a good time for play and distraction training, which makes our bond even stronger.
- I go out with a flashlight at night. Even though we have flood lights in the backyard, the corners can be dark and I want to know what may be lurking there. We've spotted opossums on the fence on occasion, which make Rocco go crazy!
- I read the postings on Nextdoor.com, a free and private social network that neighbors use to keep each other updated on all sorts of goings-on -- including wildlife sightings. Foxes and coyotes have been spotted in my neighborhood, so it's a good idea to be vigilant whether you're in the backyard or out walking dogs.
Users on Nextdoor.com will sometimes post videos or photos of their wildlife sightings, which can be pretty cool to watch... though scary if you have small pets!
These foxes were spotted in a Kansas City neighborhood (not mine!).
|Photo courtesy of Nextdoor.com|
They sure are cute but not the playmates I want for Rocco! Crazy that they're right in the middle of a neighborhood.
Luckily, we don't have any families like this one living in our backyard.
Do you worry about wildlife in your neighborhood?
Let us know in the comments below!
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