Tips to Protect Your Yard and Dog

Some dogs are natural diggers, while others may think nothing of hopping over a four-foot-tall fence. Some may trample your garden, while others are plant shredders, deck chewers, or destructive in other ways. Look some research into your dog’s breed to find out what behaviors they may be predisposed to.

Plants: A surprising number of popular plants are toxic to dogs. Avoid using daffodils, chrysanthemum, peonies, iris, lily of the valley, begonias, black walnuts, hydrangeas, and mushrooms in areas dogs can access. If your pup is hard on the grass, consider using clover or artificial turf instead of traditional grass.

Materials: If you have a deck, make sure the material doesn’t get too hot or too cold in extreme temperatures. Also, consider whether their nails could get caught in the material. If you have bait for killing pests, make sure it’s placed somewhere your pet can’t access.

Fences: Make sure your fence is up to the job. If your dog jumps, consider a privacy fence or a fully enclosed dog run. If your pet digs under fences, you can put flagstone or another border around your fence to keep your dog from tunneling out.

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