How To Make Your Garden Dog Proof
Some crafty dogs are expert escape artists, others will destroy anything in sight and then there’s the diggers. If you are planning on getting a dog you don’t just need to make your house dog proof, but also your garden.
Your dog shouldn’t be able to escape from your garden, chew or eat anything dangerous or injure themselves on anything. Also, with the increase in dog thefts you need to make sure your garden is secure. If you are getting a new dog then here are a few tips to help make your garden dog proof.
- Get 6ft+ high fences
The first thing you need to do is make sure your fences are high enough. Some dogs can jump fences over 6 foot high, so it’s important to prevent this happening. Don’t underestimate your dog, you may not think it’s possible for them to jump such a high fence but some dogs will give it a good go.
- Check for escape routes
Check the entire perimeter of your house looking for any gaps in your fences. Make sure none of the fencing is worn away or could easily be tampered with. It helps to imagine you are a dog trying to escape your garden so that you can identify any potential escape routes.
- Watch out for digging
Dogs will often dig a hole under a fence so that they can escape. They might not do this in one go, but over several trips to the garden. Keep an eye out for any new holes in your garden and try and fill them in before your dog has a chance to squeeze under your fence. If your dog is a digger than make sure they are always supervised in the garden.
- Remove any poisonous plants
There are some plants and shrubs that are poisonous to dogs. Make sure you don’t have any plants that could harm your dog in your garden. For example, daffodils, foxgloves, day lilies, azalea and amaryllis bulbs can all harm dogs.
- Remove any hazardous objects
Have a good look round your garden to see if there are any objects your dog could injure themselves on. For example plant pots that could break, things they could run into and objects that might cut their paws.
- Water bowls
If your dog is going to spend a lot of time in the garden then you might want to leave a few water bowls out for them. Always top them up with clean, fresh water when your dog is playing in the garden.
In the summer your dog should be able to take shelter from the hot sun. Make sure they have a shaded area where they can stay cool. In the winter if they spend a lot of time in the garden they will need some sort of shelter from the elements.
Dogs can easily be stolen from gardens if they are not secure enough. Put a lock on your garden gate and try and keep your dog out of view when they are in the garden. You might also want to install security cameras to deter thieves.