When I was living at my other house our backyard was not fenced in. It was open for people to walk through and to leave open for all of the animals to come into our yard. Plus we couldn’t let our dog out and run like he should have. We had thought about getting the yard fenced in but we couldn’t find a company that would give us a good price on the fence installation. Then we thought about doing it ourselves but our backyard was large and I didn’t have the patience to deal with putting one up so we decided not to fence it in after all. I will say that if I do move again I would want to have a fenced in yard for Olivia to play in and even be able to get another Chocolate or White Lab.