How You Can Make Your Yard A Safe Playground For Your Dog

Backyard games

Published on July 28th, 2018

Your yard is where your dog is probably going to be spending a lot of time. With this in mind, you should look at how you can make your yard a safe playground for your pet.

There are a number of steps that you can take to ensure this, and you need to know what they are.


1. Look At Pet-Friendly Gardening

Inspect Your Yard

The first step in making your yard safe for your pet is to look at your gardening. This is important because dogs love to explore and are very curious creatures that will sniff their way around the yard.

The problem is that there are a lot of plants that can harm them when they are sniffing or trying to eat the plants. In order to avoid any accidental poisoning of your dog, you need to have the right plants. You should look at plants and flowers that are known to be pet-safe and look at eco-friendly gardening options.

This will mean that you do not use chemicals for maintaining your garden as they can be harmful to your pet. If you are going to be using chemical fertilizers or other chemical products, you need to take some precautions.

These precautions will include erecting a small fence around the beds where these products are used. You should also look at using raised beds if you have small dogs or puppies.


2. Give Your Dog Their Own Space

Own space

If you have a dog that likes to dig or have a yard which is very large, and you have to search on pet waste pickup day, you need to think about sectioning off the garden.

You can easily create an area of the yard which is for the dog to use exclusively. When you do this, you will essentially be creating your own dog park in your garden and you will make waste retrieval much easier in a large yard.

When you are fencing off the area of the yard that is for the dog only, you need to embed the fence well. It is recommended that you bury the bottom of the fence at least a foot into the ground.

This will ensure that your dog is not able to dig their way out of the yard. The area that you fence off should also be large enough for your pet to get the exercise that they need.

There is no point in fencing off a portion of the yard which is not large enough for your dog. This will cause more problems than it will help and will stress your dog.

Dogs that feel too contained could attempt to escape and this could result in them being injured.


3. Give Them A Shady Spot

shady spot

If your dog is going to be in the yard for extended periods of time, you need to give them a shady spot. This is particularly important if your yard does not generally have a lot of shady areas.

In these cases, you will need to create an area which is shaded and will remain this way throughout the day.

To create the shaded area, you can use a patio umbrella or a large sunshade. If your dog does not have enough shade, they could suffer from heatstroke and this can lead to seizures and in extreme cases death.

You also have to keep an eye on the amount of water that your pet has during the day as well. Shade is important, but if your dog cannot hydrate during the day they will also have a hard time.


4. Have Backyard Games

Backyard games

There are some dog breeds that are very active, and you need to keep them entertained while they are in the yard. These dog breeds can often benefit from a small agility setup in your yard. You can easily make your own game for your pet to keep them entertained in the yard.

One of the games you can set up is to fill a bowl with water and pet-safe fruits or vegetables then freeze it. You will then be able to create a fun game for your dog that will also keep them hydrated.

You can also make puzzles for your dog or scatter treats for them around the yard which they need to hunt for.
If you have a dog that loves water, you can also look at a child’s pool.

Adding some water-resistant toys to the water will help you keep them entertained for hours. Of course, you will need to be careful with the amount of water that you fill the pool with as it could be a hazard if there is too much.


5. Inspect Your Yard

Inspect Your Yard

Another way to ensure that your yard is safe for your pet is to inspect it on a regular basis. During your inspection, you should look for any hazards which could hurt your dog. This will include items that should not be in your yard or stones that could hurt your pet.

The fence is one of the most important parts of your yard that you need to look at when completing an inspection. You have to ensure that there are no parts of the fence which are loose as your dog can use this to escape the yard.

You should also look for any evidence that your dog has been digging by the fence. If you notice this evidence, you have to fill the holes and put something along the bottom of the fence to stop this.

If your dog runs along the fence often, you need to look at ways to make this safer for them. You can add soft gravel to the edge of the fence which will be softer on your dog’s paws.

If you want to discourage this behavior, you should look at having plants along the fence which ensures that they cannot reach it.

There are a number of steps that you can take to make your yard a safe playground for your pet. These ideas from Ziehler Lawn Care Maineville will ensure that your pet is safe when you are not at home and that they are always entertained in the yard.