Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Do you have a yard for your canine pal to run and play in? If so, that’s wonderful! If you want to help Fido get the most out of his time outdoors, read on! In this article, a Lafayette, LA vet discusses creating a dog-friendly yard.

Plants

Make sure that your yard only contains pet-safe plants. You can find a full list online at the ASPCA website. (Tip: if you want to find a ground cover that is both drought-resistant and pet-friendly, consider Buffalo grass, thyme, or miniature stonecrop. Artificial turf is also a good option.)

Garden

Does your canine buddy have a habit of digging up your garden beds or trampling your plants? Create boundaries around your garden by making borders out of driftwood, shrubs, potted plants, or low walls. Incorporate paths for Fido to run and play on.

Toys

Make Fido’s outdoor time fun for him by adding toys and a doggy playground. You can give your playful pup a sandbox to bury things in, or offer him a kiddie pool to splash around in.

Doghouse

Although dogs are both happier and healthier living indoors, Fido will certainly enjoy an outdoor home of his own. When choosing a doghouse, pick something that offers great insulation. Avoid pressure-treated wood, which is toxic to pets. We also recommend raising the house off the ground a bit, to keep out rain.

Safety

Always put safety first! Make sure that your fence is sturdy, and is too high for your pooch to jump over. If your furry buddy likes to dig, bury chicken wire along the bottom of the fence, and weight it down with rocks.

Walks

Although it’s great for Fido to have a place to play, don’t assume that he doesn’t still need regular walks. Your canine companion will get very bored just staring at the same scenery all the time! Daily strolls give him a chance to stretch his legs. Through scents, your pooch can also gather information about neighborhood comings and goings. In fact, sniffing grass is almost like reading a newspaper for your pup! While your furry friend may be more interested in the neighbor’s cat than in local gas prices, the beneficial mental stimulation is the same.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Lafayette, LA vet hospital, today! We’re here to help!

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