Get Your Dog To Respect Your Yard
Do you feel like you need a yard to have a dog?
After all, having a yard certainly makes owning a dog much easier. Outdoor potty training can start right away, without the need to paper train right off the bat. The yard makes a great place for energetic pups to explore without constant oversight from their owners.
However, having a yard can also set a dog owner up for some very bad habits of their own. When company drops by, the dog is often banished to the outdoors to prevent it from jumping on the house guests. Once the guests are gone, the dog is then allowed back inside. No time for a walk? No problem. Just open the door and shoo the little pup outside to complete potty training on his own. Is it easy to do that? Yes, of course. Is it wise? Not at all.
Lack of supervision can set up a pet owner for some serious independent thinking on the part of their new pet. That thinking may be very hard to reverse later when you have decided that Fido should care more about minding you instead. The long term consequences of easy non-training can certainly come back to haunt you later!