As springtime weather is upon us, it seems there is no better time to get some yard work underway. Whether it’s planting some new flowers, touching up your fence from windy or winter storms, or adding some new furniture, these decisions may impact a family member you may not have considered.
Whether you are changing up your outdoor space for the first time or touching up your longtime lawn, it is a good idea to keep your doggie friends in mind. If you are adding a new furry friend to the family, this information can be especially helpful for you too!
Your Setup: A Fence
To keep your backyard pet-friendly, there are some logistics to keep in mind. First and foremost, it is always a good idea to have a fence. Make sure you keep up with maintenance, especially if you live in windy Colorado, to ensure there are no problematic gaps. Ensure it is high enough it cannot be jumped, especially if you have a larger or more agile doggo. If your four-legged friend likes to dig, make sure to keep an eye on them or explore partially underground protective options like burying chicken wire or large rocks along the fence.
If a fence is not an option, look into alternatives. An electric collar can be good, but make sure you take the time to do your research. An invisible fence can be expensive, and you want to make sure your pet is safe. You and your pet will both need to adapt to this new technology and the routine that comes with it.
If you are looking to train your pet without a physical or invisible fence, consider an electric beeping collar that can signal to your pet their bad behavior through sound. It is always a good idea to focus on positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment when it comes to training though.
Whether outside of your budget, convenience, or aesthetic, there are other ways to keep your yard private and your pet enclosed. This includes alternative bamboo fences, stone walls, or hedges (check out 7 Viable Alternatives to Fencing Your Backyard for some unique ideas).
If you are looking to spruce up your backyard space, make sure you take note of any new or existing decor’s compatibility with your pet. Make sure any new plants are nontoxic and that any new decorations aren’t pokey or in the way. If you are looking to add some shade to your backyard, consider your pet too, especially if you live in a warmer climate.
Once you are happy with your lawn, make sure you are keeping up with routine maintenance. Firstly, it is always a good idea to do a routine walk around your lawn to make sure there are no foreign objects or new hazards. This is especially true if your backyard is more public or if you live in a windy area.
And, of course, it is always a good idea to do routine doody cleanup. This is especially true if you have a puppy around to ensure they do not play with or consume any excrement. Do wild animals pass through your space? It isn’t a bad idea to keep an eye out for any of their droppings too to prevent any unwanted exposure to diseases.
As for your foliage, it is always a good idea to keep up with frequent mowing and maintenance. Ticks like to hide in tall grasses, and unruly greenery can scratch, irritate, or disrupt your pet. Keep in mind that any plant treatment or fertilizer you use is pet safe. Make sure you plan for any lawn treatment and keep your pet out of harm’s way.
It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your furry friend if they are new to their outdoor space until you and your pet are used to their outdoor activity. If you are introducing a new fluff to your home, check out this thorough indoor and outdoor checklist for Puppy-Proofing Tips for Your Home and Yard.
Spring and summertime is the perfect opportunity to grab a chair or blanket and splay out in the sun with your furry friend. Making sure your space is tidy and pet-friendly can save unwanted heartache and take your lawn to the next level. So, as you plan your lawn renos or spring cleanups, make sure you keep your four-legged family members in mind!