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03-18-2014 12:06 PM
Galathiel I have an acre of land with my home being a little more than half way back. Big yards can make you lazy. I'm lazy. I use the yard for draining energy, flat out runs using the almighty chuck-it (cue angelic voices raised in triumph). However, frankly 80 percent of the yard is almost never used as I never leave the pup outside without me and we only play in a narrow area on the side of the yard AWAY from the chained pitties next door so my dog doesn't go visit. Still working on the whole aloof to dog thing .. not there. We do a bit of training and working on commands outside (and in), and currently have classes two nights a week plus herding lessons.
03-18-2014 11:44 AM
autopsy_survivor We have our shepherd, 2 dachshunds and 3 cats. Our house is pretty large, especially for a townhouse, but our yard is tiny - maybe 10x10 or 12x12. Our dogs go out there and run around, we spend a lot of time out there in the summer too and the dogs have no problem with it.

I agree with a small yard forcing you to go out and do more with your dog(s) - we're constantly out and about with them.
03-18-2014 11:09 AM
Jakesworld Good morning. Well we have a couple acres, I'd say the dogs get about a little over 1/4 fenced off. I've never really seen them use it. They are more interested in sniffing around. Jakes only got the "zooms" once, and then only needed a small part to run. Maybe a border collie would need more room. We did have one if those. We have a Australian cattle dog also, but she's lazy. I think Jake enjoys snifffing on walks and seeing new things much more than running around in a yard. They are thinkers. Why else would they make such good service dogs. I have yet to see a guide dog taking his owner for a run!
03-18-2014 10:42 AM
Bequavious I don't think you have to have a big yard to have GSDs, but I do know that having a small fenced in yard means it gets destroyed. I'm not saying it has to, but with a two year old lab and a one year old shepherd it's really convenient to just let them out back to run off their morning zoomies. Of course I do more organized training and exercise after work, but those morning tears around my yard mean I have sand instead of grass and a nice race track worn around the perimeter of my fire pit
03-18-2014 10:42 AM
Wild Wolf Nope, doesn't matter at all. I have a smaller yard that is fully fenced, then a separate unfenced 3-4 acres. Dogs are happy playing in either area!
03-18-2014 10:21 AM
MilesNY My dog yard is about 20x60. It's a nice size to let them rough house and potty. The rest of my yard is saved for gardens and training space. I do exercise them a lot outside of my house so they could live with no yard if we had to. For my sanity though, doggie yard and kennels are so nice.

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03-18-2014 09:10 AM
FuzzButtMum I too don't think garden (or, Yard) size particularly matters, we have a small-medium garden HOWEVER we will not be spending much time there as a couple of metres from my front door is a number of large fields that lead into the woods, so we will spend most of our time playing there and exploring the woods!!

As long as people correctly exercise their dogs every single day either by dog groups or playing and NOT by letting the dog out into the garden as a form of exercise, I think it's fine if you don't have a big garden
03-18-2014 08:13 AM
Okin I have on OK sized yard but honestly the dog is almost never out there without me anyway. It is great to have a nice yard but that is not what I rely on for her exercise. I have found a lot of dogs even in a yard don't exercise in it unless they are being actively engaged in something like fetch.
03-18-2014 08:07 AM
dpc134 I have a few hundred acres for my GSD. She loves to run and play in the woods, fields, crick, and pond. Some people tell me I should keep my dog inside.
I let my dog decide and she prefers outside most of the time. But to your OP, exercise and stimulation is key. If the dog gets both of those to their satisfaction, they will be fine. Some people keep their GSD inside all day and they will be content with just laying around all day with their owner. It depends on what you want for your dog.
03-18-2014 05:26 AM
TommyB681 nope. as long as the dogs get enough exercise you dont even need a yard.
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