Ensuring that your home is dog-friendly is an important responsibility that all dog owners should consider. While you may have secured your dog’s safety inside of your home, there is a chance that your back yard may pose a safety risk. Here are some tips for creating a safe environment for your dog in your backyard;
1. Fencing- A fence is an essential barrier between your pet and the dangers of the world. Ensure the fencing in your yard is tall enough to prevent your dog from jumping over, and clear out any objects your dog could use to scale the fence. Regularly check your fence for any holes or weaknesses. An invisible fence could also be an effective way of keeping your dog in your backyard (We will discuss the pros and cons of invisible fences in another blog.) You should never allow your dog to roam freely in an unfenced yard.
2. Get rid of any toxic plants- Many common plants can be harmful to your dog if ingested. Plants such as daisies, mums, peonies, tulips, and many more are toxic to dogs. Do some research before planting anything in your yard.
3. Watch out for dangerous animals- Wildlife such as snakes, coyotes, or hawks can be a threat to your furry friends. Become familiar with the dangerous wildlife in your area and prepare for any incidents.