How to Dog Proof Your Garden

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If you have recently added a dog to your family or you are thinking about doing so, you are going to need to make sure you make adjustments to your home and garden so that your dog is safe (and your belongings are too!). In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the different things you can do in order to successfully dog proof your garden. So, let’s get started…


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Decide what to plant with care

When it comes to dog-proofing your garden, your approach is two-fold. Firstly, you need to make sure your outdoor space is secure so that your pet cannot escape, which is what we will discuss in the next section. Secondly, you need to make sure that there is nothing in your garden itself that could cause harm to your dog, which is what this section is all about. You need to pick plants and flowers that are safe. Some plants can hurt your animals because they are not safe to eat. Some examples include azalea, lily of the valley, and foxglove. Moreover, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths can irritate your dog’s mouth if he or she decides to take a bite. Head to if your dog has taken a bite of a plant and you think it is showing signs of poison or feeling unwell. The last thing you want to do is take a risk when it comes to your pet’s health.

You also need to carefully think about the type of grass you are going to plant in your garden too. There are some types of grass that can upset your dog’s stomach. Check out if you are thinking about having artificial grass installed in your garden.

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Ensure you have a solid perimeter

Last but not least, we cannot talk about dog safety and your outside space without mentioning having a solid perimeter. This is something you are probably already aware of in terms of actually needing to make sure your dog cannot escape and run off into the road. However, a lot of people make mistakes when it comes to creating a perimeter, as they go for something that is too small or can easily be breached. The last thing you want to do is take risks. Remember, it’s not only about making sure your dog cannot jump over the fence, but you need to make sure that it cannot slip underneath it either. Many dogs have been known to do a bit of digging and escape the garden in this manner, so you really do need to be cautious!

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the different steps you should take to dog proof your garden. If you follow the suggestions that have been presented above, you will go a long way in protecting your dog’s safety. After all, it is not just about ensuring your dog cannot escape, but it is also about being mindful regarding elements in the garden that could cause harm to your dog in other ways, such as certain plants.

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Editorial Note: Those of you have read DIY Home & Garden know that we often feature pet information. We love our pets! Our contributor today gave some wonderful tips to keep in mind!

I strongly advocate knowing what plants are safe for your pets and keeping them safe from traffic and predators by taking precautionary measures. I’d also like to add that we should set up a pet hydration station in the yard!

What dog outdoor safety ideas can you share?

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