Does my dog ​​really need a garden?

Do the dog's needs include a garden?

To understand the role of the garden for our dog, it is important to know the needs of our dogs.

The basic needs of the dog:

There are the physiological needs which consist in living: drinking, sleeping, eating, breathing… and the need for security.

Here, the garden can play a role, indeed, urinating and defecating are physiological needs and the garden is a secure environment in the sense that it is at home but it also avoids him to do his needs in the house and therefore confront his angry humans.

It is not uncommon for puppies who have just arrived in their new family not able to do their need outside the house or outside the garden (on the street often) because they do not feel well enough. easy. They can even wait the entire duration of the ride or even the night to do it at home.

The psychological needs of the dog:

Secondary needs will have to be met once the primary needs are met. Like any social being, the dog has a need to belong to a group (family, fellow creatures, etc.), he must communicate, be loved and love in return. Puppies become attached to a member of their new human family very quickly because it is a need. For his psychological balance he must create attachment and bond.

As a social being, the dog must see fellow creatures, this is part of his balance. It is therefore very important to allow him the opportunity to socialize and have social contact with his species.

Once that is in place, we move on to the esteem of building a healthy relationship with owners, a sense of trust, and a relationship free from violence and fear.

Here already, the garden is already no longer useful. It is not in his garden that the dog will socialize and bond with his fellows. He can't even communicate through the scent because there is only his own in his garden! With a garden, social needs are not met

The need for fulfillment:

The ultimate step in having a happy dog ​​is to provide him with the opportunity to thrive. This requires having adapted activities, especially olfactory. Walks in freedom because a dog needs this in order to be able to smell the odors of congeners, the scents of nature, the scents of other animals ... and finally to see congeners and to have more extensive social exchanges than a simple "hello" in the street.

Why have a garden for your dog then?

For the comfort of the dog:

There are two types of walks:

outdoor walks so that the dog can have an exploratory activity and meet fellow creatures

hygienic walks

All dogs, I mean ALL, need both types of walks! The walk is the highlight of the day for a dog, if he is used to going out, he appreciates this moment and can produce all the behaviors specific to his species: exploratory activity, hunting, physical activity, play, congeners. ...

A garden is nothing more than a giant toilet and a place to sunbathe! We can practice hygienic walks which consist only of our dogs not refraining from defecating.

For human comfort:

The reasons are obvious:

the garden helps in learning to clean (if done right)

it makes it possible not to go out in the street very early or very late or when the weather is bad

On the other hand, if you allow your dog to defecate in the garden, it's difficult to go back later!

A belief maintained in the collective imagination

A biased view of the use of the garden:

Let's be clear, having a garden is a real plus for both you and your dog. It is when the garden and therefore hygienic outings take precedence over real walks that the garden becomes prohibitive.

The garden should not escape the real needs of the dog. A dog needs daily walks!

Some associations require adopters to have a garden, while any dog ​​with enough walks and needs met does not need a garden. Even big dogs!

Finally, let us emphasize that the dog has been selected to be near us and not alone in a garden.

Worse yet, a dog left in a garden all day can develop behavioral problems.

The undersides of the excess garden:

During my interventions, I have seen more or less serious situations such as:

barking to occupy or defend the place of life

protection of the living space: dogs that howl when people and / or dogs walk past their homes

uncleanliness: when in winter people realize that their dog in fact cannot hold back if he does not have access to the garden

coprophagia: boredom the dog can start to eat his excrement

holes and various destructions: a dog must go out, to take care of it, it will therefore do "silly things" in our eyes

running away: instinct sometimes takes over and the dog will give itself the freedom it does not have on a daily basis

desocialization: by dint of not seeing any congeners, the dog loses the canine codes and no longer knows how to communicate, he may be afraid or attack others

defamiliarization: this can go as far as no longer supporting humans and no longer allowing people to enter even if it means attacking

the appearance of OCD to cope with this complete lack of stimulation (like animals in zoos

Once these behaviors have been established, educational work must be put in place to allow the dog to behave normally again and to relieve the stress associated with this abnormal life.

So I say a big YES to the garden but as a plus and not as a substitute for outings! No more excuses like "I wait until I have a garden to have a dog" so eh 😉