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November 9, 2013

How to Dog-proof Your Garden

Dogs enjoy the outdoor space of your home as much as you do. But it’s important to keep them safe.

Firstly, they should never be left exclusively outside when home alone. This is important in terms of their safety – they can be stolen and also because they cause a nuisance by barking whenever something upsets them. The saying goes. If you want something to stand in your garden – get a tree!

A doggie door that gives them both indoor and outdoor access is the answer and there are lots of makes and models to choose form that can be installed as a DIY project.

For dogs that are diggers, it's a great idea to bury chicken wire just below the soil line especially along the perimeter of your property. They don't like to get it entangled in their claws.

Here are some more tips to keep your dog safe in the sunshine.

Patrol your borders to ensure that are no visible holes in fences and gates. It’s also essential to see that your gate locks automatically and remove any visible rusty nails from woodwork. Depending on your dog’s breed, you may have to put down special barriers to prevent him from digging an escape route under a fence or gate. Putting chicken wire below ground along your boundary walls will deter digging in these areas.

Chemical fertilizers sprays are toxic. Also be very wary of putting down poison pellets for caterpillars and other leaf munchers and bugs because they often resemble treats and kibble. Also beware of anti-freeze products. They arte highly dangerous!

If you have a pond or a garden feature with river stones, you may have to remove them or make the area out of bounds as some dogs love to pick up and stones often swallow them. You can glue stones to netting with superglue.

Many common houseplants are toxic to animals generally. For a detailed list of plants and first aid tips, go to s www.aspca.org

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