Many owners these days opt to keep their pets indoors, especially during the hot summer months. However, when proper steps are taken, BestBullySticks believes a comfortable backyard can be just as inviting as an air conditioned home! Finding the right dog-friendly options for your backyard can be daunting — after all there are quite a few things to take into consideration. But making a comfortable and dog friendly yard can be a lot of fun, too. With your dog in mind, let’s look at a few ways to spruce up your yard.
Outdoor Dog Needs
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, especially when you’re not home — a cozy dog house is a great place to start. Dog houses can help a dog both warm up and cool down throughout the year. In the summer months, it’s a great place to escape the heat. During colder months, a properly built dog house can be a cozy place to warm up. Choosing the right dog house can take a bit of research. Take a gander at our recent post on the BBS Healthy Dog Blog about Dog House Repairs where we discuss everything from how to choose a dog house to building your own!
Landscaping for Pets
Pet friendly amenities are a great way to add some functional aesthetic to your backyard. Access to clean and fresh drinking water is an absolute necessity. Consider dedicating some space in your backyard to a small fountain or other water feature. Having a constant source of fresh water in the backyard saves you the headache of filling up outdoor water bowls and gives your dog a great way to cool off during the summer.
Ponds are also great. However, make sure there’s an easy way for your dog to get out if he/she were to accidentally fall in! Low steps or a shallow ramp will give your dog an easy way to hop out after spending time in the water. Also, refrain from using any toxic chemicals to treat your fountain or pond’s water supply if your dog will be within paw’s reach. read more…