It is said that people with pets report greater overall satisfaction and feelings of happiness with their lives, so it’s no surprise that you can’t bear the thought of being without your furry friend. And yet, you’re probably none too pleased with the fact that he tears up your garden, he’s turned your lawn into a veritable minefield of waste, and he is able to escape your yard, leaving you in a panic and creating work for the dog catcher. While some of your pet problems can be solved with obedience training or a bark collar, the issues you’re experiencing in connection to your backyard may be more effectively addressed by simply pet-proofing your outdoor spaces. Here are a few strategies that are sure to get you and your pet on the same page where your yard is concerned.
The first thing you might want to do is create a dedicated area for you dog, such as a dog run on one side of the yard. This can be the area where he is kept when you have company, just for example, especially if he tends to get overexcited when there are visitors. However, you can also train him to leave his dropping in this area as a way to more easily clean up after him and avoid stepping in something unpleasant every time you walk across the lawn. You might also want to install a pee post in order to ensure that he knows where to go. You should, of course, make sure that any pen for your dog has plenty of shade and shelter (i.e. a dog house), especially if you plan to leave him outdoors while you’re away. And you should clean it frequently and leave plenty of fresh water out. Still, if you live in a particularly hot or cold climate, you might have to leave your dog in the house in order to ensure his safety.
Next you’ll want to install appropriate fencing. This generally means using a fence that is high enough to thwart jumpers, embedded enough to stop diggers, and with narrow enough slats that small dogs won’t wriggle their way through, or worse, get stuck in the process. Fencing should encircle the perimeter of the yard, or at least whatever areas your dog is allowed in. Gates should be kept locked so that your dog isn’t accidentally released. And if you grow a garden, it’s best to fence around it. Many dogs are attracted to the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you grow, and they will eat them (even if they’re poisonous to canines) if you allow for access. There are all kinds of dog fence tips to help you with specific problems (like digging or jumping), and your yard dog fence will be determined to some extent by the type of dog you have and his particular proclivities.
Finally, you may want to go to some effort on the pest removal front. Whether your dog suffers from bug bites or you’ve noticed that he spends much of the day barking at squirrels and other wildlife in the yard, you want to make sure that you provide a safe and healthy environment. And protecting your pet could mean eradicating insects or other animals that have taken up residence in your yard. All of these pet-proofing solutions will not only protect your pooch, but they’ll ensure a long and happy relationship between you and your pet.
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