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How long can you leave a dog alone legally?

You may, though it’s very important that you do it in a responsible manner. This means that you take care not to leave your dog outside unattended, and you leave the dog in a secure yard. A dog that’s outside is much more likely to start a fight, and this makes it a recipe for injury and more potential stress for your little guy.

It’s also a good idea to keep your dog quiet, and stay home when you’re home. Dogs can be very curious and can learn very quickly at home.

What about public parks?

I love the parks because they’re very easy to get to. If your dog is off-leash and playing outside, but inside of a building where dogs are generally permitted, then he has to leave without your encouragement.

For instance, there’s usually signage that directs you where to take your dog on certain days. I also prefer being able to use the outdoor play area if my dog is playing outside and not inside. So, I’d go to their dog park (if I was inside) or to the playground and just let the dogs be dogs.

What are the best ways to have my dog out with me?

Obviously, keeping your dog inside, as I explained above, is the best way to ensure peace of mind. It also can be hard to get your dog out to play when he’s outside. And I can guarantee you that not everyone can handle that much barking and growling. So if you’re in an apartment or a condo, ask yourself if you want to use the communal play area. Or, you could always bring your dog to a dog park, but watch out for that dog chewing it up.

What kind of activities can I do with my dog outside?

This might seem obvious, but having a dog outside is a great way to explore your city or neighborhood! Just make sure to pick a neighborhood (i.e., “in” and “outside”) with lots of trees, a play structure and lots of playgrounds and playground equipment for little ones. (And make sure you’re sure it’s safe to be outside so you don’t scare little ones!) If your dog loves exploring the sidewalk, try bringing treats outside with you.

What about exercise?

There are plenty of things your little guy can do outside without causing a scene. But one of the most popular activities outside of play is exercising. Your dog will love it! Exercise is also a great