All Things Dog

Making Your Yard Dog Friendly

Share

Filed Under:

Browse More Articles

The fair weather of spring calls canines outdoors for fun and frolicking. But, before you open the door to the yard, make sure it’s a safe haven for your running, jumping, digging, and curious dog. This safe-pooch checklist can help you get your yard ready for romping.

  • Check fences, gates, walls, and other boundary structures to make sure your dog can’t escape from gaps that may have opened up during the winter. Make any necessary repairs before your dog discovers them. Then, during the coming “outdoor” months, make frequent inspections.
  • If you have an Invisible Fence, or similar electronic containment system, make sure every component—from the transmitter to the collar—is working correctly. If you have any doubts, call your installer for a professional system inspection.
  • Avoid using insecticides and fertilizers in areas where your dog will be playing, digging, and lounging. And if you have these chemicals—and others—around, be sure to store them in a locked area, like a shed, that your dog can’t raid.
  • Watch what you—or your gardener—plants in the yard. Some plants are toxic to dogs, so ask your nursery to recommend only plants that are dog safe.
  • Make sure your dog has a shady spot where he can lounge. This could be a cool area under some trees or under a deck or porch. Consider using a doggie door so your pooch can stroll back into the house when the sun gets too strong.
  • If your yard doesn’t have sufficient shade, schedule your dog’s “outdoor time” for the cooler early morning and the evening hours.
  • Provide plenty of fresh, cool water. You're not the only one who enjoys a refreshing drink of water on a hot summer day.
  • Don’t leave your dog alone in the yard if you have to leave the house. Bring him into the house before you go, or take him with you. And never leave him in the car alone on a hot day, even with the windows open.
  • Out of sight should never mean out of mind, so check on your dog regularly when he’s out in the yard and you’re in the house. Don’t assume he’s safe and happy just because you don’t hear him barking.

Recommended For You

Not on Facebook? You can register by clicking below.

Sign up on this site
We just need a little information.
All fields required.
FIRST NAME
PassedFailed
LAST NAME
PassedFailed
EMAIL
PassedFailed
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to
the address you provide here.
PASSWORD
PassedFailed
password must contain between 6 - 10
characters, no spaces.
ZIP CODE
PassedFailed
This will help us provide you with information
that's specific to your area.
Yes, I'd like to receive updates and special offers from PEDIGREE® Brand. You can withdraw this consent at any time.
Check if you'd like to give permission for future special offers and additional useful information from Mars, Incorporated. (We will collect the information you've entered here, store and process it in the U.S.) You can withdraw this consent at any time.
Go to last step >
Privacy Policy. We will never share your information.
Thanks for the information. This is the final step.
To get personlized special offers and alerts, enter your
information below:
EMAIL
PassedFailed
STREET ADDRESS
PassedFailed
CITY
PassedFailed
STATE
PassedFailed
ZIP CODE
PassedFailed
Get Special Offers and Updates on Your Mobile Phone
This is the convenient way to get the latest info when you're on the go.
-
-
PassedFailed
Providing your mobile phone number is optional. Msg & Data Rates May Apply
Submit >
Privacy Policy. We will never share your information.
All information will be sent to the mobile phone number you provided:
MOBILE PHONE #
-
-
PassedFailed
You can also sign up by sending a text: PEDIGREE to 97979

Msg & data rates may apply. You will receive up to 4 text messages per month. For HELP, please text HELP to 97979. You must be the account holder or have the authorization of the account holder to request this text service.

This text service works on on Alltel, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Boost, Cellcom, Cellular One, Cellular One of East Central Illinois, Cellular South, Centennial Wireless, Cincinnati Bell, Immix Wireless, Nextel, Revol Wireless, Sprint, Unicel, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile, and West Central Wireless. This is a subscription service. You can cancel your subscription at any time by texting a STOP to 97979. Terms & Conditions apply. For support, call 1-888-782-2180.
PLEASE ENTER THE CODE DISPLAYED TO VERIFY YOUR REQUEST:
Terms: I have read & agree to the Terms & Conditions.Failed
Submit >
View our Privacy Policy.
Now that you're registered, you can subscribe to our free e-newsletters. There's one for every stage of your dogs life.
Puppy Planning E-Newsletter > Puppy Scoops E-Newsletter >
Dog Knows E-Newsletter > Healthy Living E-Newsletter >
Close x Subscribe Now
Look to receive your coupon by mail within the next 10 - 15 days. We hope you enjoy our best Dry Food ever.
Puppy Planning E-Newsletter > Puppy Scoops E-Newsletter >
Dog Knows E-Newsletter > Healthy Living E-Newsletter >
Close x Subscribe Now
Or log in to the PEDIGREE® website using the fields below
EMAIL
PASSWORD
Having trouble with your password?
Click Here
Forgot your password?
No problem. If you originally registered on our website, just enter your information below and we'll e-mail your password.
EMAIL
Password sent
Your password has been sent to the e-mail address you provided.
We're always happy to be of assistance.
Close x