Preparing Your Yard
While you were thinking about what kind of dog to get, you no doubt had to decide what to do about your yard so that you could properly exercise your pooch. It is not safe or smart to let your dog out and expect that she will do her business and then return to you. A fenced-in yard protects your dog from running off and protects her from other dogs or animals that may want to run onto your property. Even a small fenced-in area allows you to at least let your dog out when she needs to relieve herself without you having to join her — this is especially helpful in inclement weather.
Beyond the consideration of a fence, you should take a look at your yard or property and think about what might be on it that could harm your pup or dog. This could include any kind of debris or junk that's been allowed to decompose in any way. It could include old wood that might have nails or splinters. It could include gaps in the fence line where your dog might be able to slip out or, with a little digging, get out. Remember, better safe than sorry! Clean up or remove anything that could be potentially dangerous before you bring home your dog, or pay the consequences once she's at your home. It's easier and cheaper to take care of this before your dog is at your home.
If you don't have a fence yet but are thinking about getting one, you have several options. Cost will undoubtedly factor into your decision, though practicality and aesthetics are very important, as well. If you think about it, the fence you install should last many years, so an expensive choice that best suits your situation will be better than a cheaper option that doesn't quite fit. There are wire fences, wooden fences, and fences made of synthetic materials.
Think about whether the breed you're interested in is particularly territorial, how close you are to other houses and the street, and how much time you think he may spend outside. If he can see through the fence and may spend a fair amount of time outside, you may end up with a dog who barks at and runs alongside the fence — a tough habit to break.