How to Dog Proof Your Backyard
You might be vigilant when taking your dog out for walks. But it is seen that most homeowners do not dog proof their backyard and other outdoor places which can lead to problems later on. If you don’t want your pet to become a ‘missing pet,’ here’s what you need to do to make your outdoor secure and more importantly, dog proof.
Secure trash cans and garage supplies
All trash cans, recycle bins and other garage supplies placed in the backyard should be secured properly. Simply put, you can use appropriate lids to secure the cans and it is even better if you put them out of your pet’s sight.
On a separate note, detergent, cleaning supplies and other toxic chemicals should never be left unattended in the backyard. That’s right. You should even use herbicides and common garden insecticides with caution as they can be fatal to your pet.
Place a fence around swimming pools
If you have a pool in your back yard, your dog should never be left unattended. Even if your pet is an excellent swimmer, you should monitor him when he safely enters the pool as well as when he leaves it. The fence around the pool should be secure and your dog should know that he can only enter the area with your permission.
Make sure your flowers and herbs are dog-safe
Blooming flowers and herbs look beautiful but some varieties such as tulips, amaryllis and daffodils are poisonous to dogs. Make sure you talk to a veterinarian (and double check online) to know which flowers and plants are safe for your pet before planning your garden.
Check backyard fence for flaws
Fences are excellent for the fact that they keep your pet safe while he enjoys doing all the fun stuff in the yard. A secure fence is super handy if you want to keep your dog leash free for some time and need a break.
Even if you have a tall fence, your champion runner can easily jump over it and disappear. And this is exactly why you need to check your fence for flaws and get them repaired regularly. It is important that you look for tiny holes, or weak links between the fences that are not quite visible to the naked eye. Make sure you take out time to regularly check the fence in your backyard before letting your pet run around in the open space without a leash.
Mow landscape and provide adequate shade and water
Dogs love playing outdoors, so dehydration can be a serious concern on a hot, sunny day. Make sure you provide your dog a nice place under a shade to rest as well as unrestricted access to clean water. Insecticides and fertilizers should be used with care as they can be toxic for your pet.
Another importantly thing you need to remember is that fleas, ticks and other parasites prefer to live in dark outdoor structures and humid areas like tall grass and branches, patios and sheds. To keep your dog healthy and free from ticks and fleas, mow your garden regularly and routinely clean outdoor structures. It’s also advised to check with your veterinarian to keep your pets on flea and tick prevention, often available in a single dose monthly chewable tablet.