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let my dog roam freely?

for the past 4 years, i've had to put my dog on a leash to do his business in the backyard. i live on a lake and don't have a traditional yard. well, i just put a fence on the side of the house off the deck where he does his thing, i am so excited to be able to let him out without a leash,but i am still very uncomfortable with the whole idea. i would never leave him out while i am not home and i would have to be in the kitchen where i can see him or on the deck, but there is still a part of me that's very nervous about letting him roam freely. i'd never let him out at night without a leash, too many animals roaming by the lake, makes me nervous. i know he can't get out, it's a nice area to walk and sniff, how do i overcome this fear and enjoy his new found freedom?
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I'm not sure that you do over come that fear. We live in an identical situation and we fenced in a side yard. Our furkids can go in and out the doggy door but I'm always watching. At night we lock the doggy door. I worry about all the wild animals and the hawks 24/7.
Just keep the best eye out that you can. Where you live you will always have to be watchful. Sorry.
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Truth be told, I'm also very vigilant and protective of Molly, whether it's day or night. Our yard is fenced, but I still stay outside when she (and Billy) are out there, and at night I just walk her on her leash.

Paranoid? Nope. Just realistically aware of some of the dangers. Sad, but unfortunately true...

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a little bit of paranoid is good.

On Monday, we had a scare. I came home early and just talked to my husband who was on his way. We previously had issues with Belle pushing her body between the gate- I wrote this up a few months back. At her widest, Belle is about 3 inches, so in most fencing, Belle can leave. She doesn't unless we are gone but we never let her have outdoor privalges when we were home. I learned one time with me being gone and DH home, Belle found a way out. In fact around our gates, we have metal strips (pain in the butt for us but the block belle) that are fully tested. So back to Monday. I come home and the dogs are outside. I thought maybe my landlord had to repair something. No one is home, I call DH and he says what are you talking about. DH forgot to lock the back door. So my girls had access for about 4 hours! I have a fenced in yard but would never let them have access when I am not there- think about predators, people who steal dogs, ways your dog can escape, etc.

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Keep an eye out, please.

There are too many dangers. These little dogs are like toddlers and should be watched at all times. I am pleased that the havs are velcro dogs.

I just got an email about a hav that lost her life in the backyard because of play/agility equipment.
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Raccoons

We have a very small yard with high fences and a doggy door. I thought my dogs were completely safe. And then a raccoon came into our yard. Riki was barking that high pitched insane bark. Thank goodness I got out there fast...raccoons can be incredibly vicious. I learned about them at the Horse Show where animal control had a booth.

We also get stray cats in our tiny yard and possums. Even a skunk or two...how they get there, I'll never know. I think keeping an eye on a tiny dog that looks a lot like a rabbit is always a good idea. Your intuition is telling you something, I think we all need to listen.

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I have the same situation....live on a lake with wild life and a fenced in backyard. I was nervous at first to let them out in the backyard. I go out with them first and check it out, then let them play outside...but I am close by checking on them all the time...looking out the window.

I look all around the yard for anything that looks unsafe...like mushrooms or ways to get out or stray animals to get in.

When it is dark I have them on leases this time of year because I will soon see more wild life closer to the house.
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I put a bright light in the backyard to turn on at night. I've seen rabbits scatter out of my backyard as soon as the light goes on, so it does keep SOME of the critters away. RIght now, our neighborhood Fox has been spotted by all the neighbors at night, so I've been really worried about that and go out with her.

We just took the pool cover off last weekend too, and Miss Gucci fell in the pool a few days after that! ugh! And, NO, she didn't remember where the steps were Good thing I keep an eye on her because anything can happen.

She's pretty much always had freedom, the gate is chicken wired so she can't slip through.

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glad to hear my concerns are normal. i'll just keep my eyes open, we have hawks, skunks, etc. and i forgot about people! the posts are 1 3/4" apart so he can't squeeze thru, don't think an animal could squeeze thru either but safest thing, keep my eyes on him at all times! thanks for the feedback.
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Although you don't say where you are, the wild animals are almost everywhere now, since our habitat is interfering with theirs. My d-i-l had two big coyotes in her yard this spring...we're in semi-rural Michigan. Cazzie never goes out at night without being on a leash, owls also are a threat as well as other wild critters. In the daytime, we let him out in the yard but are with him or keeping a very very close watch on him or he is with Buddy the Lab, still keeping a close eye on him. As was mentioned, mushrooms and wild plants can also be dangerous to nibble on.

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