My backyard is secure and great for dogs. I live near many off lead areas in Newport Vic. I have loved and cared for my own and others' dogs for 10+ years. I work at Melbourne Zoo and also care for indigenous wild life too. Dogs get the run of the house by the way and sleep indoors. We also have two chickens - worth noting if you don't think your pet will be able to be around them. They are in a long chicken run and keep to themselves.