Imagine if, your whole life, the only safe way you could explore the world outside your home, is by being tethered by the neck to another being, who may not share your particular enthusiasms about being outside. Imagine your nose and ears and eyes are all ten inches or less off the ground, so you breathe in vehicle exhaust, you step in chemicals that have been sprayed purposely or spilled or floated to where you walk with your bare feet. What would that feel like to you?
Now imagine you have a safe place to go outside, where you can experience nature and move around freely and you can pursue some activities that you yourself choose.. No one hurries you, and conversely, no one drags you where you don't want to go. The pavement is not hot to your bare feet, and you are the lord of your space. What would that feel like to you?
If you can feel a difference that would matter to you, so can your dog. And that is why we only send our puppies to homes that have fenced yard areas. The fenced yard area doesn't have to be the whole yard or property. It must not contain any bodies of water, or poisonous plants, or sharp or chewable items. It can be 600 square feet or 44,000 square feet. It is best if it is adjacent to a door of your home.
When we ask you to send us a video of your fenced yard area, we want you to start facing your home, and then, from the inside, slowly walk the entire perimeter of the fenced yard area, ending up again at your home, so we can easily see and assess the functionality and safety of the enclosure.
The video below is only an example of the camera angle and distance (how close) we would like to see your fence. Also, the speed of your walk should not be any faster than the speed of the walk in this video. Thanks for your cooperation!
Sometimes people ask what kinds of fences are best for Scotties. Here are some of our favorite kinds.