Whenever any new dog owners bring their pup home with them for the first time, they usually go to extraordinary lengths to get their home ready. After all, there are a few safety precautions that will need to be implemented to ensure that the pet is safe and sound in their new home.
However, some dog owners neglect to think about the garden and just leave it as it is. This is a big mistake, though, especially if you plan on taking your dog out there on a regular basis. The garden needs to be safe from various risks and hazards. Otherwise, your dog could end up in danger.
Think your outdoor areas need a bit of work doing on them so that they are a better space for your pooch to play? Here are some tips.
Remove Poisonous Plants
Unfortunately, there are some common garden plants that are quite toxic and could quickly poison your dog if they ever eat them. So, it’s key that you remove any of these plants if you know they are in your garden. Poisonous greens include daffodils, foxgloves, and wisteria. If you do need to remove a lot of plants and flowers, you could always replace them with some dog-friendly ones, such as snapdragons, honeysuckle, and lavender. These won’t pose a threat to your pup.
Slugs and snails can be quite dangerous to your dog if it eats them. Even though they aren’t the most delicious snack in the world, young pups can often be very inquisitive when they see slugs and snails moving around in a garden and they can gobble them up in their excitement! If you aren’t able to physically remove all of these creatures, then you should place some non-toxic insect repellent in your garden. That way, the repellent won’t be a health hazard to your pooch.
No Escape Routes
Imagine all the hassle and problems you’d have to deal with if your dog escaped from your garden and ran into the next door neighbor’s garden. Even worse, what if the pup went missing?! To prevent this from ever happening, you might want to consider all of the invisible fence options that you can choose from. These are fences that will keep your dog in the garden but won’t change the aesthetic and style of your outside decor – after all, they are completely invisible!
Become An Organic Gardener
I’ve already mentioned that you need to use non-chemical insect repellent to fight slugs and snails. Well, you should also go with organic fertilizers as well. Any chemicals that you use on the grass or soil could be consumed by your dog and could make them very ill. And that could result in a very expensive trip to the vets indeed!
This may seem like you need to do a lot of work to make sure your garden is dog-friendly, but you will be surprised at how easy it can be done. And it is certainly worth it!