If you’re like most pet owners, there’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing your pup running around outside. Dogs need space to run and play for at least part of the day instead of being cooped up inside all the time. It’s beneficial for their muscles and their cardiovascular system. Here are a few tips to dog-proof your yard so that you can let your pup run free without being outside with him all the time.
Install a Fence
One of the easiest solutions for making your yard safe for your dogs is to install a fence. When you start looking for fences, think about the size of your dog. A good height for just about any dog is usually around 10 feet. This height will generally keep your dog from jumping over and other dogs and people from peeking over into your yard, instigating behavior that might get your furry friend agitated. When you’re installing the fence, put material around the base that will keep your dog from digging underneath and getting out, such as plastic or mesh.
Remove Poisonous Plants
There are some plants that are pretty in the yard, but they can be harmful to your dog as well as other pets that are outside. Some of the common flowers that might be in your yard that are poisonous include tulips and daffodils. You should remove these plants and consult with a veterinarian about some of the plants that are safe for your dog to be around outside.
Keep Cans and Containers Secure
If at all possible, keep trash cans and other containers in a shed. If you don’t have a shed or you need to keep them in the yard, then keep them secure by building a small fence around them that is tall enough so that your dog can’t jump over. Another idea is to build an enclosure with a lid to keep your dog out as well as other pests that might enter the yard. Your dog can enjoy running around without getting into items that they shouldn’t be into, which can keep them from being scolded.
Create a Fun Area
Make an area with toys and activities for your dog to enjoy. It could include large balls, a see-saw to walk on or an obstacle course to run through. Praise your dog for playing in this area so that it knows it’s alright in this spot, especially if there’s somewhere in the yard where it shouldn’t be playing. Dogs also love being able to roll around in the grass. However, that can be hard to maintain, and so using artificial grass, like that you can get from Bourget Bros. Building Materials, might be a viable option for you to consider as well. Whatever you choose, your pup will just need an area where it can sprawl out and be comfortable.
When you look outside to view your yard, you might not think that it could be a place for your dog to play freely. With a little updating, you can make an oasis for your dog for running, jumping and playing.