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How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Yard

Healthy dogs should spend plenty of time outside, but there could be some hidden dangers in your yard that need to be addressed. From chemical bug repellents to holes in the fence, your dog might injure itself or run away if you aren’t careful. Here are some simple tips that will help you make your yard as safe as possible for your pet.

Train Them Early On

Properly training your dog is one of the best ways to ensure its safety, and many experts suggest starting before they are 12 weeks old. Younger puppies have fewer bad habits and tend to absorb the information much quicker. During their training, they will learn a variety of important skill such as coming when they are called and staying close to you while they are outside.

Work with an Experienced Exterminator

For many years, some of the largest extermination companies used bug sprays that were extremely toxic. Luckily, most of those companies now offer sprays that are safe for dogs, cats, and other pets. Your exterminator can also help you come up with a comprehensive plan to keep dangerous creatures such as snakes and spiders out of your yard. Pests that aren’t dangerous to humans could still have enough venom to seriously harm a dog.

Research Poisonous Plants

Unfortunately, a few of the plants and trees in your yard might need to be removed before you bring your puppy home. American mandrake, yew, daffodils, oleander, and tulips are all extremely toxic to dogs and other small pets. Some dogs will also eat certain plants and flowers when they aren’t feeling well, and you need to schedule an appointment with your vet if you notice any unusual grazing habits.

Inspect the Fence Weekly

No matter how well you train your dog, there may come a point when they try to escape from the yard. Many different devices can be used to keep your dog in the yard, but the most effective deterrent is a high-quality fence from a company like F & W Fence Company, Inc. In addition to keeping your dog from running away, a good fence will also prevent unwanted dogs and other animals from getting into your yard. With the proper maintenance, a fence made from treated wood should last for about 20 years.

If your dog ever acts in a strange manner after being outside, then you need to take it to the veterinarian immediately. Even if your yard seems relatively safe, there could be any number of new dangers such as toxic plants, venomous animals, or chemical-based fertilizers.

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