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How to Prepare your Yard for a Dog

It is important to prepare your yard for your dog, particularly when it comes to safety. If you are going to let your dog roam freely in the yard you will want to ensure that they are unable to escape, and that there is nothing hazardous that could cause harm to your four-legged friend. Here are some tips to consider as you ready your yard for your pup.



Fencing

The first and number one priority for a dog friendly yard is the fencing. This is what keeps your dog inside and other creatures outside. If you already have a fence installed, you will want to check for any possible gaps or weak places where your dog might be able to escape. It is also important to ensure that the fence is high enough to prevent your dog from jumping over it. Some dogs are likely to try to dig underneath of fences as well. You can lay down wire or cement under the fence to prevent your dog from digging and escaping underneath of the fence.


Potential Hazards

Dogs can and will try to ingest things that may not be healthy for them. It is important to consider what potential hazards may be in your yard, including bits of trash, fertilizer, or poisonous plants. If your dog is a dog that likes eating things it shouldn’t, you may consider purchasing a soft muzzle for your dog to wear while in the yard. Long grass can also be hazardous since it can harbor ticks and fleas. To keep your dog cleaner, be sure to mow your lawn frequently. This will also prevent hiding places for creatures such as snakes that could be dangerous to your pet.


Provide Shelter

If you are planning to leave your dog outside for long periods of time, you will want to consider providing shelter. While you are away it may rain, or temperatures may change. If your yard doesn’t have a lot of natural shade, a shelter can also provide shade from the heat for your pet. You can choose to build a dog house, or purchase one that is already made. As well as shelter, you will want to make sure your pet has access to water when it is outdoors.


Do you let your dog out in the yard? What steps did you take to make it a safe place for your dog to be?