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Fenced backyard! Yay! But I'm nervous!

We're moving to a new city and will have a fenced backyard for the first time since getting Snowflake. Right now she's always with us outside on leash.

I'm excited about her having a backyard to run around in with my kids. Yet, I'm nervous about letting her out on her own. It's a very simple backyard with a new fence, two gates and a patio. Other than making sure the gates are closed and there are no holes for her to get under the fence (she isn't a digger) what tips do you have for having a pup play outside without you?

She won't be outside when we are away.

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Do your havs have outdoor toys other than balls?
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Locks on gates.
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I would still bring Snowflake out on a leash.
That's how paranoid I am.
Only off-leash for a bit of ball throw back and forth.
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Make sure there are no poisonous plants and no pieces of loose debris she could get a poke from. The gates usually sit higher than the fence. Check she cannot shimmy under the gates. You would be amazed how tiny a space they can squeeze through.







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Sheba recently squeezed through a very small space between the gate posts and fence posts. Fortunately, she came back right away when I called her. Otherwise, she could have been in the street. My husband stapled extra lengths of wire so she could not get through again. I let her run around in the fenced yard without a leash, but I always stay outside with her.

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We have a fully fenced back yard, but Kodi is NEVER outdoors unsupervised. Certainly not on-leash… (what's the point of a fenced yard then?) but with me nearby and watching him. He has a solid recall, so that's not what I worry about. But there are Coyotes everywhere these days, including cities, and they can scale any fence without Coyote rollers on the top. And hawks can be a problem too. Why a hawk can't carry off a full grown Havanese, they can certainly do a lot of damage if they try.

And then there are people… While we live far from the street and no one even knows there is a house back there, I have friends with three Havanese who have a shop with a 7 foot chain link fenced yard. She thought the dogs were perfectly safe there, but there IS a gate. She looked up from her desk to see someone carrying one of her dogs out the gate!!! Of course she ran out and stopped the person (who claimed that the dog had gotten out and she was returning it) but there was no question she was trying to steal the dog. There was no way out of the yard.

Just another reason to keep a close eye on small dogs left outdoors, even in "safely" fenced areas.


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Our eight pound toy poodle was almost taken out by a hawk. I was outside with her.. about ten feet away. The hawk came down hard, with amazing force, landing about a whisker away from Stella's tail. I think Stella sensed the hawk at the last minute and took off. Stella was an amazingly speedy dog.
If the hawk had landed on her, it definitely would have broken her back.

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Our eight pound toy poodle was almost taken out by a hawk. I was outside with her.. about ten feet away. The hawk came down hard, with amazing force, landing about a whisker away from Stella's tail. I think Stella sensed the hawk at the last minute and took off. Stella was an amazingly speedy dog.
If the hawk had landed on her, it definitely would have broken her back.
It probably wouldn't have broken her back, as hawks, like all birds are very light weight for their size. (Which is why they can't carry off a Havanese size dog) But their talons are like a set of knives and can do a tremendous amount of damage when they strike.


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That's exactly why I never let Truffles in the backyard. I was afraid a hawk might just carry her away.

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