If you have recently added a dog to your family or are thinking about doing so, then you will need to make adjustments to your home and garden so that your dog is safe (and your belongings are too!). In this blog post, we will look at what you can do to dog-proof your garden. So, let’s get started…
TWO ESSENTIAL TIPS TO DOG PROOF YOUR GARDEN
Tip One: Decide what to plant with care
When it comes to dog-proofing your garden, your approach is two-fold. Firstly, you should make sure your outdoor space is secure so that your pet cannot escape. We will discuss this in the next section. Secondly, you should make sure that there is nothing in your garden itself that could harm your dog. Which is what this section is all about.
You need to pick plants and flowers that are safe for your beloved family pets. 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. Call your veterinarian 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 this article on artificial turf if you are thinking about installing it your garden.
Tip Two: 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. Likely, this is something you are already aware of when it comes to making sure your dog cannot escape. Or worse, run off into the road. However, a lot of people make mistakes when it comes to creating a perimeter. Because 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 they cannot slip underneath it either. Many dogs have been known to do a bit of digging and escape the garden like this. So you really do need to be cautious!
Final notes on keeping your pets safe outdoors
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.