Your Back Yard Could Be Hurting Your Dog

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“Why do I need to hire a dog walker? I have a back yard, he runs all the time out there!” We hear that often enough that we felt we HAVE to address that misconception. Pet parents in Miami who own nice backyards seem to feel that letting their dogs out, alone, for long stretches of time means that their dogs get great exercise. From experience, the majority of those pet parents have less than slim pooches.

We’ve done our research in order to disprove the equation: large, fenced-in yard = active dog, and turned to Dr. Ernie Ward. In his book “Chow Hounds,” veterinarian Ernie Ward dissects why people think their dogs are active when they go outside (the book is also a great read on the obesity epidemic skyrocketing in our cats and dogs, by the way).

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