Your deck should be a place to relax, not worry about the safety of your dog. If you have a small dog, the deck may seem like a safe place to allow them to enjoy a bit of outdoor time, but it can also be a major hazard. The following tips can help you build a safer deck space for you and your dog to enjoy.
Tip #1: Mind the gap
Small paws and gaps between decking planks don't mix. It is very easy for a dog to get a paw stuck between decking boards if the gap is large enough. Not only is this uncomfortable, it can also lead to a broken bone. To prevent this issue, opt for a decking style with very small to no gaps. A wood deck will usually require very small decks to allow for temperature expansion and contraction. If you want to go gap free, look for a wood alternative, such as the newer composite plastics that look like wood but don't require painting or sealing.
Tip #2: Keep it solid
Gaps in the ground aren't the only concern. Gaps between the railing can also be easy for a small dog to fit through. Even opting for the narrowest options often isn't good enough, since many smaller dogs can easily squeeze through these designs. Instead, choose a solid railing. You have two main choices – wood or wood-look composites, or glass railings. The first option can make a deck feel boxed in and it can interfere with your view, but glass railings can really give the deck an open feel as well as safety without compromising the view. Just make sure whichever railing you choose doesn't have a bottom gap that your dog could squeeze through.
Tip #3: Gate it off
A gate is also a must if you have a dog, otherwise you only have to look away for a moment for them to be off and getting into trouble. When choosing a gate, opt for a self-closing and latching model so you don't have to worry about anyone forgetting the gate. Much like the railings, it should also be solid so your dog can't squeeze through. Finally, opt for a design that has minimal gaps at the bottoms and sides. You may also want to install a bell on it so you can hear if it is opened even if you are inside the house, so that no one can let your dog out without your knowledge.
For more help, contact a deck and fencing contractor in your area.
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