Human: The Yard Animal

Posted: April 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


I had a conversation with a friend yesterday. She wanted to get a dog but lives in a small studio apartment. Also, she was very surprised that one of her neighbors has a Great Dane. “They must be living on top of each other”, she commented. 

I told her that dogs really dont need a lot of room, they are cubbyhole dwelling animals, they love finding a cozy little spot and curling up with a good bone. 

She then said that she doesn’t have a yard; “the dog needs a yard to run around in”. She added.
I thought this point was worth closer examination. Do dogs really need a yard?

Most people believe that dogs need a yard. Now dont get me wrong, if you have one you might consider letting your dog use it, however, you should also consider the fact that yard-dwelling dogs are likely to develop territorial aggression, incessant barking and gate-charging behavior. Which led me to start thinking about who is the yard really for?

This is my conclusion. 

The yard is NOT for dogs, its for humans. 

Its easy(er) for us to put our dogs in the back yard and let them do whatever. This way we dont feel so bad for not taking them on a walk which is what they (dogs) really need and want. 

So to all you apartment dwelling humans, not having a yard and taking your dog for a nice, long walk instead is preferable to your dog. Say 15-30 minutes in the morning and 30-45 minutes in the evening.

On weekends, I would recommend longer walks and more time-in overall with your dog.

What else do humans do that we rationalize in our minds and say “oh, its for the dog” that it isn’t? 

I think grooming is another such delusion humans engage in. 

We think that bathing a dog, clipping the dog’s nails and whatever else they do at the dog salon benefits the dog somehow. At best, we are compensating for lack of long walks (a natural nail trimmer for dogs) and since we are a “clean” culture having a filthy dog would result in our inability to cohabitate; which brings up an interesting question. Who would suffer more if there wasn’t for the other?

Dont get me wrong. Whatever we can do to make ours and the dog’s existence better, happier, smoother, etc., I’m all for it. But next time you think you are doing something for your dog (or human), ask yourself. 

Am I doing this because it benefits me and I’ve found a way to rationalize it and make it sound like its for the dog? 

Trace your rational thought back in your brain and it will no doubt lead to an emotion. What emotion did you discover? We all know which ones are good and which ones are bad, so make it good. 

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