Every year, in the United States alone, around 1.2 million dogs die from road-related injuries, such as car collisions. Even more, cats add to this avoidable death toll annually, at a whopping estimated 5.4 million. If you are a pet owner, you cannot allow your pet to have unrestricted access to dangerous roads and highways. Just think of how many pet casualties could have been avoided if their owners had a properly fenced-in yard. Think of the many families that are missing their beloved pets — and what you can do to not be one of them.
A nervous dog can make for a cherished family pet, but also a potential hazard when introduced to people or other pets that it isn’t comfortable with. Even the most timid of creatures can lash out in a fit of stress, and it only takes one bad day for something bad to happen.
A lot of people don’t know how to behave properly around other people’s pets, and if they get too close, even a chain or other form of restraint might not be enough to prevent injury. This is especially true in the case of wandering children, who might not know any better. It’s your obligation as a pet owner to keep your pets and the public safe by creating a clear separation between the two.
On a related note to stranger danger, the world we live in today is an unforgiving one, filled with unjust litigations. Don’t let your dog’s life be in danger because someone chose to get too close to their muzzle. Many cats and dogs display signs of anxious behavior, but just as often, people don’t know how to recognize those signs as displays of nervousness.
Even a family friend you know could end up being the victim of a nasty scratch or a bite, which could lead to a nasty series of lawsuits or the souring of a friendship. A fenced-in yard gives you a safe place to keep your pets when having company over, where you won’t have to worry about their wandering into danger, nor their interfering with the safety or comfort of your guests.
Many dogs are uncomfortable with the idea of strangers approaching their home territory. You know the usual antics: barking, growling, the frantic pacing up and down the window. If a pet is fenced outdoors, they would be both given a chance to run off some of that nervous energy and become more accustomed to the idea of strangers approaching and leaving. Depending on the fence, it could even prevent your dog from encountering visual stressors altogether!
Even cats can benefit from this regulated exercise, kept safely within the borders of your home — and away from unfriendly, feral cats that might be looking for a fight. Your cat will be less stressed from not having to fear a rival cat’s surprise assault, and you won’t fear coming home to find that your cat’s ears have been torn.