Dog Days of Summer: Make Sure Your Backyard Is Dog-Friendly

June 16, 2015

We all know how much our dogs love to play. A warm summer day is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the nice weather with your dog, and those with a backyard don’t even need to leave the house to do so!

When building a custom home, you have the opportunity to design a dog-friendly backyard that you can provide memories for years. If you already have a home, there are still ways you can turn your existing backyard into a place where your pup can play safely and worry-free.

Water Source

Dogs need water no matter the time of year, but why not find a way to incorporate a permanent water source that is always flowing into your backyard? Small water features like ponds or dog-sized pools are great ways to quench their thirst and provide an area for them to cool off while also adding to the décor of your yard.

Escape the Sun

Dog houses have come a long way since the iconic red home that Snoopy loved to rest upon. Sometimes the sun can just be too punishing, and in those instances it is important for your dog to have a shady place to get out of the sun. If you don’t have a lot of trees in your yard, building a dog house is a fantastic DIY project that allows you to flex your creative muscles and add a conversation piece to your yard, all while giving your pet a place to catch its breath in the shade.

Dangerous Plants

While your garden and landscaping might look beautiful, there are some plants that might actually pose a threat to the health of your dogs. Some common harmful backyard plants include:

  • Azaleas
  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Elephant Ears
  • Certain Mushrooms
  • Black Walnuts
  • Many more

The types of plants that can harm your dog vary by location and climate, so be sure to consult a landscaping professional and your vet when exploring your next garden addition.

Keep It Clean

Training your dog to do his or her business in a certain area of the yard can save you many a headache and preserve the cleanliness of your newfound play area. It only takes some encouragement and a proper dog potty area, which is very easy to build!

Set the Boundaries

A fence is the penultimate factor that determines the play space of your backyard. The purpose of a fence is not only to keep your dog in, but also to keep unwanted guests out. Take steps to make sure your dog can’t escape by jumping or climbing over your fence, as well as digging underneath. Routinely check your fence for loose boards or cracks that could eventually open up a way out. Dogs are social creatures, so you can always distract them from escaping by playing with them!

Get outside with your dog this summer and enjoy the warm sun and beautiful skies. Making the effort to give your dog a safe and healthy atmosphere will provide you with peace of mind and provide them with a space to run and play for years to come!

Looking for a custom home with a pet-friendly backyard? Contact Heritage Custom Homes today!