Dogs make a great addition to the family. But before you can officially bring home your new furry friend, there are a few things you ought to do around your yard not only to protect your pup but also your plants.

That said, here are a few ways you can dog-proof your backyard to ensure your new dog stays safe and secure, and to ensure your outdoor space saves face.

Set up a wood fence

Chain link fences aren’t good for dogs because they can easily dig beneath them and get out of your yard. Their collar can also get stuck on the chain link, which can be a choking hazard and a safety hazard if your dog gets loose.

Wood fences are both dog-friendly and kid-friendly. Just make sure they’re large enough for the dog breed you have. Big dogs need big fences because they can jump high.

Look for a fence that’s about six feet high. The good news is that permits aren’t required for fences that are under seven feet unless they’re a swimming pool barrier.

Set up a fencing installation around your swimming pool

Speaking of swimming pool barriers, it’s important that you create one around your pool if you have one in your backyard. A fully grown dog is still like a human toddler and they can easily fall into the pool if left unattended in the yard.

Have a pool barrier set up to help keep dogs and kids away from the swimming area. It might also be a good idea to give your dog a few swimming lessons with the right safety gear so they know how to swim to the edge of the pool and haul themselves up if they accidentally fall in.

Grow dog-safe flowers

You might not be able to keep your dog from getting curious about your flowers, but you can make sure they’re not dangerous for your furry friend’s health.

Popular seasonal flowerbeds like tulips, daffodils, azaleas, and amaryllis can be poisonous to your family pet. That said, talk to your vet about which plants would be the safest option to grow in your yard.

Interested in a fencing installation for your yard?

It’s no secret that fences make good neighbors, but they also make good dogs. You just need to find the right fencing service for your yard.

If you’re for a local fencing installation company to set up fencing for your home, Durham Fence Co is the place for you. To learn more about our residential fence installation services and different type of wood fencing and entrance gates, contact Durham Fence Co today.