As the new owner of a puppy, you need to make sure that you have the perfect place for them to play and exercise. In most cases, this will be your backyard. Yet, there are plenty of dangerous places in the yard that you may not be aware of. The following tips can help ensure your backyard is a safe place.
Tip #1: Know your plants
One of the biggest concerns in your yard will be plants that are poisonous. Many puppies will chew on anything they can find, which can be deadly. Many popular landscape plants, like azaleas and rhododendrons, are fatal to pets. Even some common weedy plants, like some wild lily varieties, are toxic. Check with your local ASPCA or humane society to get a list of the dangerous wild and common landscape plants for your area, then make sure that there are either none in your yard or that they are inaccessible to your pup.
Tip #2: Be cautious with chemicals
Pest control and lawn care chemicals are often fatal, and once they are consumed it may be too late to reverse the effects. Even some organic pesticides and lawn treatments are deadly or at least will lead to severe illness. Do not use any chemicals on your lawn if you can avoid it. If you must use something, then keep the yard off limits until enough time has passed that the toxicity is gone. Most chemical bags will list this time period on the label. If in doubt, contact your vet or a local animal poison control specialist.
Tip #3: Check for hidden hazards
Every yard has a host of hidden hazards. For example, be cautious with your mulch options because some are dangerous for dogs. Cocoa mulch contains the same toxic to canine chemicals as actual chocolate, for example, or a compost pile may contain food scraps that aren't safe for puppy tummies. Tools and garden implements can also be a major danger for a curious young dog.
Tip #4: Upgrade your fence
One place that is definitely more dangerous for your puppy than your yard is the outside world. For this reason, you will need a good fence. Upgrade your fence to one with solid slats or panels so there are no pickets for the pup to squeeze through. Also, consider adding curbing beneath the fence so your puppy can't dig out. If noises through the fence upset the puppy, you can always have a fencing contractor add a viewing window so your dog can see out. Finally, if your puppy is likely to be jumper, a taller fence or one with rolling jump bars at the top may be a necessity.
Even once your yard seems safe, don't let the pup outside without supervision at first. This gives you a chance to uncover any hazards you overlooked. For more information, contact companies like Absolute Fencing LLC.
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