Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Does your dog have a yard to patrol? If so, that’s great! Our canine buddies love to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and sunlight. Below, a Temecula, CA veterinarian discusses creating a dog-friendly yard.


Make sure your furry pal always has shelter and plenty of water. If Fido spends a lot of time outside, he will appreciate having a little home of his own in the yard. All doghouses are not created equal, however. Choose one that is made out of a safe material and will provide good insulation. Wood is a good choice, but avoid pressure-treated wood, which can be toxic to pets. You’ll also want to be sure your canine friend’s home is elevated off the ground a bit.


Secure fencing is very important! If your pooch likes to dig, bury chicken wire along the bottom of your fence line, and weight it down with rocks. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate, so Fido can’t slip out when people are coming and going.

Gardening With Fido

There are ways to have both a happy pet and happy plants. If you’re concerned about your pooch digging up your plant beds, divide your yard up into sections. Offer Fido a fun play zone, and use another area for your plants. Use borders to keep your pup out of your garden. Driftwood, fencing, box gardens, and low walls are all good options.

Puppy Play Zone

Why not make your canine friend his own doggy playground? Incorporate some ramps and tunnels, and perhaps a kiddie pool for your furry pal to splash around in on hot days. If Fido likes to dig, build your furry pirate a sandbox, and bury toys in it for him to dig up.

Ground Covers

Water restrictions have many people reconsidering their landscaping choices. There are many drought-resistant ground covers that are safe for Fido. Some good options are thyme, buffalo grass, artificial turf, and pebble gravel. Avoid mulch, especially cocoa mulch, which is toxic to dogs.


Make sure your yard contains only safe plants. Foxtail grass, azaleas, foxglove, and oleander are some of the most dangerous ones, but there are many more. For a full list of poisonous plants, check the ASPCA website here.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Temecula, CA animal clinic, today!

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