Backyard Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

Guest Author: Valeria Litovchenko | Reviewed by: Nancy George | July 22, 2023 | Updated July 26, 2023
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Accepting a four-legged friend into your life means taking their safety and well-being into your hands. As a responsible dog owner, you must provide a safe space for dogs, including your backyard.

Let’s look at some valuable tips and tricks to optimize your backyard for your dog so that it’s safe and keeps them happy and active. Creating the perfect space for your furry companions starts now.

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1. Boundaries

The first step in designing a backyard for dogs is to put some boundaries in place. And by boundary, we mean a solid and safe fence or wall to keep your dog in and danger out.

Ensure you have fenced off the perimeter using sturdy materials that are safe and secure for your dog, like wood and chain link. Be sure your fence is tall enough to prevent your dog from jumping over. Continually check your boundary wall or fence for any gaps or damage and make necessary repairs to ensure your fences keep your dog in the yard.

2. Hazards

Backyards can often harbor harmful substances and potential hazards, including toxic chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning chemicals. Ensure that any potentially harmful substances are locked away out of reach of your canine companion.

Garbage bins are a favorite for dogs. Their sensitive noses pick up all kinds of smells from there and it’s simply too good to resist. But not everything in the trash is good for dogs to be consuming. Make sure that all garbage bins have a secure lid.

You should store sharp and dangerous household tools, gardening tools and other sharp objects safely and inaccessible to your dog.

In the event that your dog ingests something toxic or is injured, it’s a good idea to have some form of pet insurance that also covers your pet for poisoning. Read this guide on which is better, Trupanion or Petcube.

3. Landscaping

When landscaping your backyard, your dog’s safety and comfort should be at the top of your mind. Adding plants is a great way to create shade, but it’s important to know that some plants are toxic to dogs if ingested. Trees, bushes and even shade sails can provide a cool place for your dog in the backyard to chill out of the hot sun.

If your dog is a digger, tailor your space to provide a designated area to dig to their heart’s content and satisfy their instinct. This will ensure they don’t go digging up all your pretty flower beds and shrubs while you still provide a safe space for dogs.

4. Space To Play

Play and regular exercise are essential to maintaining your dog’s mental and physical well-being. Your backyard should offer enough space for your furry friend to run, play and explore.

This includes removing any obstacles or clutter that could get in the way, undermining your attempt to create a safe space for dogs. A dog track is a fun way to promote exercise stimulation (and protect your lawn from being trampled by a galloping dog in the backyard).

5. Secure Exits and Entrances

Dogs are remarkable escape artists, so it’s a good idea to ensure that any entrances and exits to your backyard are secure to keep your dog in the yard. Self-closing gates with sturdy latches will ensure that gates always remain closed.

Dogs with separation anxiety are commonly known for trying to escape their yards. If your dog is anxious when you leave, check out for some great tips for parents of dogs with separation anxiety. Potential gaps and escape routes should be patched up sooner rather than later. For this, baby gates and barriers help restrict access.

6. Water Safety

Pools, ponds and water features are a lovely addition to any garden, but they require careful consideration for dog owners. Take extra precautions to ensure your garden remains a safe space for dogs; install a pool fence or cover to prevent accidental falls; gradually introduce your dog to water and never leave them unattended around water sources.

And don’t forget to provide plenty of fresh, easy-to-access water to keep your dog hydrated, especially in hot weather.

7. Toys and Mental Stimulation

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Just like your dog’s body needs regular exercise, so does your dog’s mind. Better still if you can combine those two elements for your dog to prevent boredom and get in a good workout.

Providing various, engaging toys will keep your pup entertained and out of mischief. Choose safe and durable toys and try to have a mix of toys that you rotate frequently to prevent boredom.

Don’t underestimate the importance of spending quality time with your dog in the backyard. Your dog adores having your attention and will thrive with just a few minutes of your daily, undivided attention. Activities like fetch, puzzle games and even obedience training drills will have that little tail wagging.

Final Thoughts

Creating a safe and spacious backyard for your dog is an investment in their well-being and happiness. By following these tips, you can create a secure environment that encourages exercise, mental stimulation and relaxation for your dog. Regular supervision and attention are essential to ensure your dog’s safety.

Once you’ve optimized your backyard using our list of tips, you can spend less time worrying about your dog’s safety and more time playing and engaging with your canine companion in a safe and secure environment, free from hazards.

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About the Author

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Valeria Litovchenko

Valeria Litovchenko has been working as a marketing manager at Petcube company. She loves pets and has a big dog. She likes traveling and has already visited 11 countries. She also speaks English, Ukrainian and Spanish.[...] Author Details

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