Dear Humans ~
I am so happy that my backyard area has a fence. It is my territory! It belongs to me, and my job is to keep the peace. I’ve never had to hurt any squirrels. I chase them, and they run away. It’s a great place where I can roll in stinky places and poop freely. (Also, I have secret places in the yard where I buried all sorts of treats.) It’s a wonderful place.
Only Daddy can open the gates. And he only opens the gates if I tell him it’s okay to do so. (We make a great pack.)
A few times, humans other than my Daddy and also some other dogs have come to visit in my territory. When they are outside the fence, I bark and threaten to bite them! But once inside, they are welcome to play and have fun. When we are done playing, they leave my area, and I bark until they leave!
These are rules, you know. I think rules are important.
If one of these humans or dogs took over my area, I would be so confused and very sad I wouldn’t know what to do. But Daddy tells me, “That will never happen, Dash. You mean too much to me. I will always protect you and what is important to you.”