Companionship, security, loyalty, necessity — regardless of the reason, you’re signing up for a great deal of responsibility and a lifetime commitment when you bring home a dog. Preparing your home and yard for Fido’s arrival before signing the papers is wise, and can take some of the adjustment pains away.
One of the best things you can do for your yard and dog is to invest in the dog friendly lawn alternative, artificial grass.. Digging, brown and yellow urine spots, worn paths from running back and forth — these common problems of dog owners can wreak havoc on your yard. Quality artificial dog resistant grass eliminates these challenges and also greatly reduces the chances of your dog picking up fleas and ticks.
“Not only does Easy Turf look just like natural grass, it helps to eliminate common lawn problems associated with pets, like brown spots from urine, tracked-in mud and grass clippings, and it can even deter your dog from digging holes,” said Cesar Millan, the renowned dog behaviorist.
If you don’t have artificial turf, chances are you have fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals related to lawn and landscape maintenance around. Secure these materials well out of reach from your pets. They are poisonous and potentially fatal if ingested.
A secure, complete fence will protect your dog from others and its innate desire to wander off. Ensure your perimeter is secure and free from gaps and holes in fencing and walls. Check for loose slats in wooden fences, and ensure the latches on your gate work properly. Take the extra step to fasten it with a lock.
You can teach your dog to “do his business” in one specific area of your lawn, which makes clean up easier and quicker, and lessens the chance that someone will accidentally step in a pile of — well, you know what. If possible, clearly define the area you want your dog to use with a small garden fence. When it’s time for your dog to go to the bathroom, take him directly to this area. Consistency is the key to success.
Finally, give your dog a sense of security and protect him from the elements with a doghouse. You can purchase an already-made home, a do-it-yourself kit, or, if you’re good with tools, simply get a plan and build your own. You wouldn’t let your child sit out in the rain and cold; neither should you let your dog.
The initial preparation for adopting a dog can seem time-consuming and involve more than you wanted or expected. However, by ensuring your home and yard are ready, you’ll ensure an easy transition for your dog and set yourself up for a happy, healthy relationship.