Do you need to know how to dog proof your yard? Then look no further.
Dogs are a man’s best friend for a reason; they’re loyal, protective and, most importantly, loving. But as wonderful as our furry friends are, they can often be prone to getting up to mischief and that mischief can manifest itself by running amuck and ruining our yards. Not only can this be bad for our yards and gardens, but it can also be dangerous for our pups if they manage to jump over the fence and run away, or eat a plant that could potentially be fatal.
If you’re getting a new dog or need to dog-proof your yard after one too many ruined garden beds, then here’s everything you need to know:
- Height – You need to make sure that the fence you choose is higher than your dog can jump, which will depend on its height, weight and breed. For a rough estimate of how high your dog can jump, hold up a treat until they jump up and measure the height they reach.
- Digging – If your furry friend is prone to digging as a means of escape, have your fence installed up to a metre into the ground to prevent this.
- Materials and Design – Ensure that your fence design doesn’t provide ways for your dog to escape. For example, if you’re installing a vertical slat fence, ensure that the slats are placed close enough together so that your pup can’t squeeze through.
Provide a Space for Digging
It’s in dogs’ nature to want to dig, especially to bury bones. As annoying as it may be, there’s usually not a lot you can do to prevent your dog from digging entirely. That’s why, by providing your dog with a space especially for digging, it’s less likely they’ll dig up any of your precious flowers you’ve spent so long cultivating.
Try creating a little sand or mulch pit in a section of your garden dedicated for your dog’s digging habits. Your dog will likely be drawn to the softer digging materials and, while it may require a bit of training to begin with, it will be worth it in the long run.
Protect Your Patio
If you’ve spent a lot of money and effort building your perfect outdoor living area, the last thing you want is for you dog to tear through it and ruin your hard-earned investment, whether it’s a patio, deck or alfresco dining area. If you want to keep your dog out of these spaces altogether, try installing a decorative privacy screen or a purpose-built fence. That way, you and your guests can enjoy a summer barbeque and drinks without a furry interruption and can also help to make your guests feel safer and more comfortable.
If you have a pool in your backyard, Victorian fencing regulations dictate that you have a fence installed, which can also help to protect your dog from drowning. Make sure that you take the previously mentioned fencing tips into consideration, particularly in regard to choosing a type of fence that your dog won’t be able to squeeze through.
Pick Out Poisonous Plants
As pretty as they may be, some plants and flowers can actually really harm your pup. What affects your dog can vary from breed to breed, so it’s a good idea to do some research before bringing your dog home. Some of the most common species of plants that are harmful to dogs include daffodils, tulips, lilies, hyacinths, azaleas and rhubarb leaves.
Additionally, you should be careful with chemicals like pesticides and weed killers, as many of these are also toxic to pets. Try using home-made treatments using natural ingredients if you have pets running around, to ensure that everyone stays as happy and healthy as possible.
If you need more information on how to dog proof your yard, you can rely on Everlast Services to think of every possible aspect to help ensure your pup’s safety. Many of the team are dog-owners ourselves, so we know how much owners love and care for their pets, while still understanding how much of a menace they can sometimes be.
Whether you need a new fence installed, garden beds replaced, or decking touched up, we can help to keep your yard in tip-top shape while also being a safe environment for your beloved pup. For a free measure and quote, contact us today.