Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Then You Should Add These Things To The Yard

Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Then You Should Add These Things To The Yard

Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Then You Should Add These Things To The Yard

A dog makes the perfect companion, but before you plop that pet down in the yard, make sure you’re ready for all the responsibility that comes along with it. Depending on the size and breed of your new dog, you will have to decide if you will keep it outside or indoors. If it is more of an outdoors dog, this post will help you understand some essential things you need to add to your yard to make it safe for the latest addition to your family.

  • Build A Durable Dog Fence

Dogs are curious creatures by their nature, and no amount of training or coddling will ever change that. Therefore, installing a dog fence is an excellent idea if you want to avoid your dog straying out of bounds and causing chaos in your neighbor’s yard. If you are unsure how to begin, there are plenty of dog fence ideas online that you can follow, starting at only a few hundred dollars for materials. Nonetheless, anything you build or have a contractor install should be made using durable material. This will help protect it from your dog (who can be pretty determined when they want to escape) and the weather.

  • Invest In Lots Of Toys

Unless you want to come outside and find your favorite chair chewed to pieces, you should buy a range of dog toys. However, you must train your furry friend appropriately so that they understand the toys are fair game. If you simply throw a bunch of toys into your backyard, your dog won’t know what they can and cannot gnaw on. Fortunately, most toys are extremely affordable (you can even make your own using bits of old rope and cloth).

Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Then You Should Add These Things To The Yard
  • Buy A Large, Durable Water And Food Bowls

At first glance, this might seem like an obvious addition; after all, everyone knows how important it is to keep your dogs well fed and watered. However, many people go out and purchase dog bowls that are unfit for outdoor use and discover that they begin to disintegrate over time. Your best bet is getting a couple of stainless steel bowls that can handle a bit of rough treatment while maintaining their shape and form.

  • Add Extra Shade

Dogs are susceptible to heatstroke, which can be fatal. The shade will help them stay cool and avoid potential health risks. It can be a small tree, a pergola, or even an umbrella. The critical point is to provide enough shade for them to escape when things get too hot. Furthermore, any shade or covering you install should be durable enough to handle the occasional summer rainfall. If you struggle to find something that provides adequate shade, the following point might be a more suitable option.

  • Build A Dog House

A dog house is a shelter for a dog and maybe an enclosed, roofed structure with walls and flooring to protect it from the elements. It may also be an open-sided shelter that provides protection from the rain and snow, but not from wind or cold. The style you build is up to you, but all but the worst weather conditions should be considered. For example, if you live in a particularly windy area, an open-sided structure will be of no use. However, if you build a dog house with walls, it should be strong enough to withstand strong winds and rain, etc.

Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Then You Should Add These Things To The Yard
  • Install A Water Feature

Dogs are very intelligent and can be trained to do many things. They are also very curious and like to explore new things, which is why they are often attracted to water features. Every dog is different, and some dogs might not be interested in water features at all, while others might love it. But it’s safe to say that most dogs like the sound of running water, the feeling of cold water on their paws, or just being around cool water in general. Moreover, it provides an additional source of drinking water for times when the weather is heating up, but you aren’t back in time to fill up their water bowls. 

  • Set Up A Doggy Sandbox

Some yards are simply not big enough for some breeds of dogs, and as such, they tend to use up their additional energy by digging. This can result in coming back home after a long day at work and discovering that your canine chum has dug up your lovely hydrangeas! To combat this, you can install a basic sandbox, providing your dog with plenty of space to bury their bones, toys, and anything else they get their mouths around!

Dog ownership comes with responsibilities, and it’s essential to consider the types of care, feeding, and grooming needed. You have further responsibilities if you want your dog to be outdoors. However, by following the tips laid out here, you can create the perfect environment for your little friends to flourish.

Author: Allen Brown.

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