Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Do you have a yard for your canine buddy to run and play in? If so, why not make it a little more fun for Fido by adding some dog-friendly features? A local Fox Chapel, PA vet offers tips on making a dog-friendly yard in this article.

Dog Vs. Garden

Has your furry pal put a damper on your gardening hobby? Divide your yard up into sections, and designate one part for doggy fun, and one for the garden. Then, create borders to keep Fido out of your garden. You can use a low wall or fence, driftwood, box gardens, plant pots, or thick hedges.


Dogs are both happier and healthier living indoors with their humans, but they do enjoy spending time outdoors. Get your pooch a doghouse to lounge around in. Choose one that offers great insulation. Wood is a good material. Avoid pressure-treated wood, though: it’s toxic to dogs. We recommend getting one with the door set to one side. This will help keep out wind and rain. Last but not least, the doghouse shouldn’t be too big: it should remind your four-legged friend of a cozy den, not a huge mansion.


Does your canine pal like to dig? Give him a sandbox and bury some goodies in it for Fido to dig up. This can also help protect your garden. If your furry pirate knows where the treasure is, he may leave the rest of the yard alone.


Check your yard regularly for hazardous plants. Foxtail grasses, hemlock, oleander, tulips, and daffodils are a few things on the no-no list. You can find a complete listing of both safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website. If you find any poisonous plants on your property, pull them out by the root and burn them, so they don’t grow back.


Make sure that your fencing is secure, so your pet can’t jump over or climb under it. If your furry buddy likes to dig, bury chicken wire along the fence and weight it down with rocks. You may also want to get on your hands and knees to look for areas Fido could slip through. We recommend getting a self-latching gate as well.

Please feel free to call us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel area, anytime! We offer excellent care for dogs.

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