Your yard should be a place of fun, play, and relaxation for you dog. However, like the rest of your home, it could pose some risks that could endanger their health and safety. Most people know to dog-proof their home, but the same approach should be taken to your garden, as well.
Check the flowers in your garden
Often a surprise for new dog owners, some flowers, including very common ones like tulips and daffodils, can be toxic to dogs. Before you let them out and about, make sure you know which flowers are in your garden and check that they’re safe. If you’re considering adding any new blooms, do a little research to make sure that they’re safe, as well.
Secure that perimeter
Take a close look around the fence, walls, gates, or whatever else constitutes the boundaries of the yard. See if there are any weak spots or places they could easily dig under. Replacing a few fence boards or putting up a mesh that prevents digging is much more convenient that trying to track down a lost dog with a head full of worries.
Tend to your garden
If you have a lawn or other greenery in the yard, then you need to take good care of it and to make sure that it’s regularly maintained. Fleas and ticks will hide in tall grass, loose branches, and other gardening debris. Similarly, dark, warm wooden areas like decks and dog houses can host fleas, so make sure you clean them on a regular basis to stop them from hitching a ride on your pooch.
Give them a safe dog-friendly area if you have a big yard
If you have a bigger yard that’s hard to secure entirely, lack any fencing, or have a pool, then you need to construct a safe space for your dog to play, relax, and spend time. Make sure they have everything they need there, including water, their favourite Barking Heads foods, toys, some shade and a soft blanket to lie on. There are a lot of effective dog fencing options that are much easier and cheaper to install than regular fences, and it can stop you from worrying about them breaking out.
Know the dangers of garden chemicals
Many people treat their lawns with insecticides, pesticides, weed killers, and fertilizers as a convenient way to keep them healthy and free of pests. However, those same helpful chemicals can also be very dangerous for your dog as they’re toxic when ingested. Whenever you treat your lawn with any artificial products, make sure you check the label. It should tell you how long you should keep any pets away from the lawn for.
If you want to ensure that your dog has a happy, healthy and safe life in the home and the yard they love to play in, then you need to take the time to check over it and prepare it. You don’t want to take an emergency trip to the vets because of your negligence.