When we share our homes with our dogs there are inevitable issues that arise. One of the most common experiences I discuss with clients and for me personally as a dog-mom is the backyard. It makes sense, right? Our dogs are most animal-like when they are in nature. There is room to run, play, bark, get overstimulated, claim a stick, dig, chew, be reactive to all outside has to offer and just be dogs. This is really a non-issue with most single dog homes. However, when we start adding the number of dogs we share our home with the neighbors dog, a loose dog that comes up to your fence line, a squirrel, maybe even the UPS truck can get our dogs going and when instincts are in full drive mode and there are several dogs in a shared space that can lead to some pretty serious altercations. So what's a dog parent to do?