You have a wonderful back yard that you know would be just perfect for your outdoor pet. But is it? There are many things that can happen to your pet if unsupervised in the back yard that can physically injure or kill them or even cause behavior problems. If you’re considering leaving your pet outside without supervision, you need to research the possible hazards beforehand and then take action.
Make sure that the back yard is safe and free of danger signs for your outdoor pet, as well as have the following features:
You wouldn’t like walking across sharp rocks and neither would your pet. Keeping your dog or cat on concrete, asphalt, or rocks may seem easier to clean, but it’s hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Be sure to have an area with grass so your dog or cat can be comfortable. This is a great ‘excuse’ to rebuild and redesign your back yard. However, you must keep in mind the your pet is the main reason for this project. Take a look at some tips on how to improve your garden for less.
Shade is essential during the summer. Your pet can overheat if there’s no way of getting out of the sun. Make sure there is plenty of shade available at all times if your pet needs it. Also provide shelter, such as a dog house, for rainy and cold days.
What’s the one nutrient a pet can’t live long without? WATER! Pets need constant access to water, especially dogs. Dogs can’t sweat to stay cool so they lose a lot of moisture through the so called ‘evaporation cooling effect’ as they breath to control their body temperature.
Protection from Predators
You need a fenced yard in order to provide a safe environment for your pet to run and play. Even if you don’t live in the country, there are possible predators that can harm your pet. You might be quite surprised to know how many predators use the areas around your yard. Foxes, coyotes, snakes, neighbours’ dogs and even people can all harm or even kill your pet. A fence that prevents digging and jumping will keep predators away. A six foot tall fence will stop even the biggest dogs.
No Escape Route
Be sure that your garden is completely secured and has an appropriate fence for the size of your pet. A three or four foot fence will discourage small dogs, but medium to large dogs often need fences that are about six feet tall. You also need to make sure your pet can’t dig their way out.
If you have a cat, be sure to install a cat fence that will keep your pet in. A regular fence will not hold a cat. Cat fences make a regular fence look uninviting to climb.
Trying the elements explained above will surely prevent your pet from being harmed by any hazards. I hope you found this article useful, thanks for taking the time to read it and please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.