Being outside is great for your pet's well being. Exercise, fresh air, and room to run and roam can stimulate your pet and keep them healthy. However, many pets are prone to escaping the safety of the backyard, exposing themselves to the dangers of motor vehicles or getting lost. Here are some tips to make sure your pet is safe and happy in your yard.
Build a Fence
The most obvious way for a pet owner to keep a pet secured in the yard is to fence the yard in. This lets the owner dispense with restrictive chains or leads and gives your pet more freedom to move and explore. Just make sure to choose the right style. Some dogs are adept climbers who will make short work of a chain-link fence. Smaller dogs may be narrow enough to slip through wider spacing in an iron bar fence. Guard-type breeds may not do well with high visibility fencing that has them reacting.
Generally, a six-foot-tall wooden privacy fence is ideal, though cost can be a factor. Smaller breeds can get by with less, but athletic and larger dogs, such as huskies, shepherds, and labs, can leap or climb small and chain fencing. Don't forget that if your dog is a digger, you may need to place a barrier that extends under your fence.
Care for Your Grass
It is important for pet owners to maintain the state of the lawn. Letting grass grow tall may hide digging along the fence perimeter or fence damage. It can also encourage pests, such as ticks, to take up residence in your yard. To avoid needing pesticides, keep your grass trimmed regularly and nip any pest infestation quickly before it becomes a problem. An alternative is to use an artificial lawn. Artificial lawns come with many other benefits over traditional grass. They won't get damaged by dog urine, attract pests, or require regular maintenance. Artificial grass doesn't need any water, and some artificial lawns have built-in drainage systems that prevent puddles and mud, keeping your yard and dog cleaner.
Make It a Happy Place
If you have secured and maintained your backyard, the next step to pet happiness is to give them reasons to stay instead of spending time looking for an escape route. Spend as much time as possible outdoors with your pets, and don't leave them unsupervised for long periods. Having a rotation of toys, especially those that can stimulate your pet, will keep them interested and occupied with what is in the yard rather than what is outside. Good interactive toys include tether ropes, interactive-puzzle treat dispensers, and ball launchers. Lastly, don't forget their comfort. Always have a source of fresh water on hand for your pet to drink and make sure they have shelter in case of sudden rain. A shady spot to protect against heat and sun is also an excellent idea.
Animals love to be outdoors, and being outdoors is great for them. However, an ill-equipped and unprepared yard can allow your furry friend to escape. By properly securing the yard, maintaining it, and giving your pet plenty to keep them comfortable and occupied, you can make your backyard a perfect animal oasis.
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The best way to boost your dog’s confidence and happiness is through socialization. Sometimes, dogs can be sensitive to new environments and people. Exposing them to other dogs and different places, people, sights and scents can help them better adapt to their environment. If you’re wondering how exactly to socialize your dog, check out these simple tips.
Take Them for Walks
Taking your dog outdoors will not only help them exercise, but it will also socialize them with people and other dogs. Walking your dog in a public place allows them to meet the world and learn how to be comfortable in different settings. Drive your dog down the street and let them sniff around and interact with the environment. Maintain a short leash, and go to different places that give your pet a chance to run into other dogs. Also, take them to new routes and expose them to various sights. Besides socialization, walking your dogs can help in mental stimulation and keeping them healthy.
Go to a Dog Park
Your dog needs to play, and a dog's park is the best place to get this experience. Letting them have fun with other dogs boosts their social skills as well as their health. However, make sure to take appropriate precautions while at the park. Ensure that your dog is vaccinated. According to Jacoby & Meyers, you should keep your smaller dogs away from large dogs at a dog park. If you find another dog that your dog gets along with, try to coordinate the time you both come to the dog park. Like children, your dogs need friends!
Take Your Dog to a Training
Unlike the traditional belief that dog training was meant to administer obedience commands by anyone, today, you can engage a professional to help train your dog. You can discuss with the trainer the things you need your dog to be trained on. It's also an excellent opportunity for your dog to interact with new people and mingle with other dogs. According to Precious Petcare, training boosts your dog’s confidence and makes them aware of the environment.
A dog can make a good companion. Boosting your dog's socializing skills can be a great way to build their confidence. However, it would help if you remained positive throughout to avoid scaring them away. Provide a friendly environment and ensure the other dogs are friendly too. Praise and correct your dog in a positive way to allow them to adapt to new situations better.
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