One of the most essential parts of being a responsible dog owner is dog-proofing your garden. Taking the necessary steps is vital to ensure that you, your dog, and your neighbours can remain happy. We have created a simple guide to help you fortify your garden for the arrival of a new puppy or prepare your new house for your beloved pet.
Step 1 – Secure Your Property’s Perimeter
Dog-proof fencing is the key to dog-proofing your garden to make sure that you have a completely enclosed area for puppies and dogs to explore without escaping. If you already have a continuous fence in place, we suggest that you check the perimeter for any gaps or weak spots that may need repair before you welcome a curious puppy to play. At Cheltenham Fencing, we provide bespoke measurements to fit any garden gap, regardless of size or shape. For this or any other fence repairs, contact us on 01242 526946. If you need a new fence entirely, we have a wide range of panelling to suit your garden design needs.
To prevent dogs from jumping or climbing out, a six foot fence is the advised height for most breeds. We highly recommend our Closeboard Panels, Lap Panels, or Tongue and Groove Flat Top Panelling as the best fence panels for dogs. This is due to their durability, lack of visibility (which can cause more anxious dogs to bark), and for their lack of horizontal slats (which clever dogs may be able to use as a ladder). Alternatively, if you would prefer wire fencing, we recommend Kennel Fencing.
You may be able to adequately enclose smaller breeds with shorter fencing options such as Palisade Fencing, while more ambitious dogs may require extra attention. A seven or eight-foot fence should be sufficient in this case, which we are happy to provide on special request. On the other hand, some dogs are bred for burrowing, so we advise that you research your dog breed for their bad habits and prepare accordingly. To ensure that your dog cannot escape by digging under your fence, you can use chicken wire or Kennel Fencing to create an underground, dig-resistant solution.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Plants
Next spring, you will have to consider that many common plants are unfortunatly poisonous to dogs. This list by Blue Cross outlines all the plants you will need to avoid, as well as symptoms of plant poisoning in dogs so that you know what warning signs to look for, and what to do next.
Beyond from keeping your dog safe from your plants, you will need to keep your plants safe from your dog! Fencing off flower beds with Palisade Fencing is a fantastic option, as gaps between each slat allow for a less obstructed view so that you can still enjoy your blooms. This will also shield your plants from being squished under paw, as well as safe from your dog’s toileting routine. We also recommend Palisade fencing for a protective boundary around swimming pools and ponds to prevent unattended dogs from falling in.
Step 3 – Proper Storage of Dangerous Items
A Shed or Tool Tidy is essential to properly secure sharp objects and harmful substances such as fertilisers, gardening tools, and antifreeze away from your curious pup. This is particularly important as these items could cause serious harm to your pet if given the chance to. Keeping them stored properly is not only better for your garden organisation, but a worthwhile investment compared to the stress of a poorly dog (and vet bills)! Additionally, a shed is brilliant for storing excess dog food and mucky toys, keeping unpleasant smells and dirt out of your home. Cheltenham Fencing sheds are made of the highest quality sustainably sourced timber and our wide selection offers pet protection to suit any budget.
A Wheelie Bin Store is also a great organisational tool that will prevent dogs from rooting through your bins, making a mess, and potentially hurting themselves in the process. They’re also useful for keeping out pests like seagulls and foxes.
Step 4 – Keeping Your Dog Safe
Some other things you should consider…
- Compost and grass clippings can harbour harmful bacteria and mould that is best kept away from dogs. You can do this easily by storing your garden waste in a Compost Bin. The best part if that this will generate nutrient-dense soil for your garden for years to come.
- Keep dogs away from lawns that have recently been treated with chemicals like insecticide, weed killer or growth promotor as these can irritate dog’s paws and cause stomach upset. If you have to use chemicals in your garden, keep an eye out for pet-safe alternatives, or fence off the affected area and attend your dog while they’re outside for some days following.
- Inspect your fencing after strong windy weather or storms to make sure no new escape routes have appeared.
- Keep your dog safe from overheating by always keeping a water bowl outside and providing shaded areas.
Step 5 – Keeping Your Dog Happy
Once you’ve taken these steps, rest assured that you have kept your faithful companion safe. But remember, dogs are less likely to exhibit bad behaviours if their best friend is there to keep them company. By supervising your dog’s outdoor time and engaging in regular play and training sessions, you can be sure you’re making happy memories and keeping your dog safe.
For more bespoke garden solutions, partner with experts in the business for the last 78 years. Call Cheltenham Fencing today on 01242 526946 or visit our website at https://cheltenhamfencing.co.uk.