Of all the places your dog goes, your backyard should definitely be a worry-free zone. However, just because it is home doesn’t automatically make it a safe zone for your pet. It is possible for backyard injuries to occur. Use this checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of some of the most common hazards.
Walk the Line Take a stroll around your fence on a regular basis, perhaps while you are out romping with your dog. Make sure the fence is secure and without any gaps. Check to see if your dog or a neighboring dog has dug an escape route under the fence and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Keep It Trim Tall weeds along the fence line create great hiding places for snakes. The weeds also hide potential escape holes. Mowing alone doesn’t usually eradicate tall grass along the fence, so be sure to keep those areas in check with an edger.
Tidy Woodpiles Snakes are also known to hide in woodpiles. Move your stacked wood outside of the fence so your dog isn’t unpleasantly surprised when sniffing around it.
Take Out the Trash Can Garbage cans are a huge hazard to pets. Your dog’s curious nature might have him raiding the cans and eating discarded foods that will make him sick. Dogs can also ingest plastic, metal or glass once they start chomping on things from the trash. Either move your outdoor trash cans out of the backyard or fence them in with a locked gate to keep your dog out.
Contain It Garden products and chemicals of all kinds are certainly off limits to your dog, so make sure they stay that way. Place all chemicals inside a locked shed or garage so your dog doesn’t have access to them. Take the extra precaution of placing the items inside storage containers and up on shelves that are out of your dog’s reach.
Know Your Dog Some dogs will chew on items as simple as flip-flops left by the door, a baseball bat tossed in the yard or loose pieces of bark in the garden. Scope your yard on a regular basis and pick up items you know your dog might like to chew on. Leave some safe dog chews in their place to prevent boredom.