As the weather gets warmer and your dog spends more time outside, it's important to ensure your yard is a safe place for him. Discover a few simple precautions you can take so he can safely enjoy the great outdoors.
Potential Hidden Dangers
Be sure to watch out for the following objects in your yard that could pose a threat to your dog.
- Chemicals. If used properly, most chemicals pose little risk. An exception is 2,4-D. The diethylamine salt in this weed killer can cause serious health problems in dogs. Rodent and insect repellents also are problematic, usually because people forget they've applied them.
- Plants. The list of plants toxic to dogs includes yew, rhododendron, and tulip and daffodil bulbs. Check with a nursery if you're wondering about your plants. If you do have these plants, remove them or prevent access to them.
- Equipment. Moving objects are enticing to dogs, which is why lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws and similar equipment are off-limits. Keep your dog away from hot barbecue grills, too. (Dogs love those meaty smells!)
- Fences. Although fences provide a barrier to the outside world, collars can get hooked on sharp-edged, chain-link fences, and wooden fences can give splinters. A breakaway collar is the answer. Unless fences are tall, some dogs can jump over them.
Play It Safe
Creating a safe haven isn't as difficult as you might think. Simply think about your yard through your dog's eyes. Is he a digger? Then add pavers at the base of your fence. Does he like to chew? Then a chew toy might keep him from eating plants.
Most importantly, treat your dog like a child. Do not leave him unsupervised in the yard — and continue to show him unconditional love.