Getting a dog or puppy is somewhat similar to having a child. They both depend on you to care for them and to teach them right from wrong. You also have to provide them with a safe environment, and when it comes to dogs, having a safe outdoor environment is just as important as having a safe indoor environment. There are many hazards that your furry pal can encounter in the yard, and knowing how to avoid these, can help keep your pet companion safe.
A fence can keep your dog from escaping the yard and keep other animals from entering the yard. If you already have a fence, makes sure there are no gaps in it that your dog can escape through. Also, make sure that your dog can’t jump over it, and if he’s a digger, ensure the fence extends several inches into the ground. A fence that’s at least 6 feet high is ideal for medium to large-size dogs. You can also place large, decorative boulders around the base of the fence to discourage your pet companion from digging his way out.
Whenever you use chemicals in your yard, such as lawn fertilizers and weed killer, keep your dog indoors. Although your water the chemicals into the lawn, your dog can still ingest them if he walks over wet areas and licks his paws afterwards, or if he drinks from water puddles that are left behind. Wait at least 48 hours before letting your dog back in the yard.
If you have a curious dog who enjoys exploring, he might show interest in the plants growing in your yard. If these are poisonous plants, your dog might get ill or even die if he nibbles on them. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides a list of plants that are poisonous to dogs. Check this list before allowing your furry pal in the yard.
Wires and Hoses
Keep wires from things like the lawnmower and sprinkler system unplugged and wrapped up at all times so your dog is less likely to play with them. Also, avoid leaving a water hose lying around, because if your dog mistakes it for a snake, he might want to attack it.
Dogs can drown in swimming pools, so if you have one in your yard, use a pool cover or place a fence around it so your dog can’t get in the water. If you’re not using the pool, consider draining it.
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