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7 Top Tips To Make Your Garden Dog Friendly

Dogs love playing in gardens. Let them loose outside and they can burn off excess energy, get plenty of fresh air and be physically and mentally stimulated at the same time.

Gardens are great outdoor spaces for dogs and as long as you are careful and create a safe haven for pets, you’ll protect them and prevent them from coming to any harm.

We’ve been thinking about garden safety for dogs at Forever Green Lawns and we thought of these suggestions to create the perfect safe setting for your precious pets.

1.) Fence the exterior

You don’t want your dog to escape (or take himself for a walk), so fence the exterior of your garden and check for any weak areas that could easily be breached by your pet. Make sure the fence panels are high and sturdy enough to contain your pet. Save yourself the stress and keep it secure.

2.) Make sure side gates are secure

Check side gates at your property. Can your dog squeeze through them, leap and climb over them or push the gate open with their nose? Fit a lock if necessary so you can control access through the gate and prevent your little pooch from running away. Gates and locks can get a little worse for wear by rusting and breaking, so make sure you do this.

3.) Watch out for sharp stones

Be careful laying gravel in your garden. Picking small stones with sharp edges and your pet could cut their paws. Think carefully before you lay anything in the garden, is there a danger it could cause harm to your dog?

4.) Provide a little shade

Dogs love laying outside, but sometimes it can get a little too hot. Is there a spot in the garden where your pooch can take refuge from the sun all day long? Leafy trees and awnings are good places for dogs to keep cool. Encourage your dog to take it easy during bouts of hot weather and of course provide plenty of water.

5.) Get to know your plants

It may sound silly, but do you know all the species of plants in your garden? If you haven’t a clue it may be worth looking it up. Hemlocks, Foxgloves, Delphiniums and Daffodil bulbs are just some of the plants that are dangerous dogs. Check your garden and see if you have any flora or fauna that could be fatal to your pet.

6.) Leave water bowls handy

We have to put this tip in. Place water bowls in the garden so your dog can quench its thirst. Top bowls up regularly and keep a fresh supply of water on standby. If they don’t have enough water they can become dehydrated, so do this to keep them healthy.

7.) Lay an artificial lawn

You want your dog to enjoy their time in the garden whatever the weather. Exercise is good for their physical and mental wellbeing and ‘outdoors’ is the place to have tons of fun. So lay an artificial lawn for pets, they’ll love playing on the surface. and the best news? Your lawn will be pet-friendly and still look great throughout the year!

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