How To Dog Proof Your Yard

We looked in a previous article about how to dog proof a room. Now let’s take a closer look at how to dog proof a yard.

Many dog owners think about making a room or rooms in their house safe for their dog, but other than putting up a fence so the dog can’t get out, may not consider other ways they can make their yard safer for their dog.

Before you balk at this idea because you think it’s going to get complicated or expensive, don’t worry! We are going to look at a seven simple ways to make your yard a doggie paradise.

One – Patrol your fence line to look for weak spots. Do this regularly to make sure there are no loose boards, gaps in the chain link or places where your dog has tried to burrow under. Done regularly, this can prevent an escaped dog and a potential disaster.

Two – Mow the lawn regularly. This will keep down the population of ticks, which are just looking to get a ride and a blood meal from your dog.

Three – Secure trash cans. Make sure your trash cans are secured with tight fitting lids that dogs can’t get into, or they are completely out of his reach. Also be sure to store any lawn and flower chemicals, fertilizers, antifreeze and other substances in a secure location, well away from your dog.

Four – Speaking of lawn chemicals, keep your dog away from a lawn that has just been treated with herbicides, insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers as these chemicals can be highly toxic to canines. 

Five – If you have a pool, it should be fenced separately, even if your yard is already fenced. Never leave your dog unattended in a yard with a pool, even if he is a good swimmer.

Six – Make sure your yard’s landscaping does not contain plants toxic to dogs.

Seven – Make sure your dog always has adequate water as well as shade when he is in the yard.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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