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Every owner wants their garden to be a safe place for their dog to hang out. They should be able to spend time outdoors exploring and racing around to their heart’s content, without you having to keep watch over them all the time. There are two main reasons why making your garden a safe haven for your pet is important; you want to keep them safe and you want to make sure that your garden is not completely destroyed.

Taking care of a lawn when your dog is around

Many people think of concrete or gravel as the best surface to have when their is a dog around, but these surfaces are not always kind to your pets paws; especially if they spend a lot of time in the garden. A lawn is a soft and warm surface for dogs to spend time on.

Keep the grass on your lawn fairly short, so that you can see if your pooch has used it as a toilet. Dog poo can be a hazard to human health, and dog health so you need to be able to spot it, and get rid of it, as soon as possible. Ideally, you should teach your dog to use a more suitable part of the garden if they need to go.

According to the experts at Mowers Online, you should make sure that your pet is elsewhere when you mow your lawn. Dogs often get inquisitive around mowers which can lead to them getting hurt accidentally by the blades. They can also get caught up in the cable, which can lead to all sorts of chaos.

Make digging dangers disappear

Digging is a natural thing for dogs to do but, according to Cesar Millan, it can also mean that you are not providing them with enough activity to keep them occupied. Try giving your pooch plenty of toys and a ball to play with while they are in the garden. This should distract them from digging. If they still want to dig, try teaching them to dig where you know it’s safe for them to do so, where there are no hazards under the surface.

Making sure that your garden is not toxic for your dog

Many people use chemicals in their garden, for everything from protecting the lawn to getting rid of weeds. Using this type of product can be dangerous if you have a dog around. It can also be a bad idea if your children spend time in the garden, or if you are going to eat any of the produce that you grow. Why not consider creating an organic garden instead?

It’s not just pesticides that can present dangers for a dog in the garden. Many plants can also poison your pet. These include:

  • Daffodils
  • Crocus
  • Tulips
  • Foxgloves

Other things that might be commonly found in a garden can also present a danger for your pooch, including mushrooms and toadstools, fallen conkers and a compost heap. If you keep a compost heap in the garden, it’s a good idea to keep it fenced off.

Keeping your pet safe from the sun

Much like humans, dogs need a place where they can escape from the sun. Likewise they need to be able to keep cool when it gets warm outside. Trees are excellent creators of shade. If you are lucky enough to have fully mature trees in your garden, they should do the trick. If not, you may have to think about investing in a tarpaulin or a doghouse for your pet.

You also need to make sure that your dog has access to clean and fresh water any time they are outside. According to Dog Health, they will need three to four times as much water in warm weather. Make sure that the water dish you provide cannot be tipped over and that it’s placed in a shaded area of the garden.

All of these tips can help you create a safe garden for your dog to spend time in. Remember that grass is a great surface to help protect your pet’s paws, that you need to know about potential toxins in your outside space and that sun and heat can be dangerous for your dog if you do not provide shade and clean, fresh water. If you have any other tips that you would like to share, just let us know.

Huge thank you to guest blogger Ella Hendrix for this piece.

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