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Dog proofing your yard. Sometimes a dog exercise pen can help keep your dog in one place.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

dogs-in-yardIf you are lucky enough to have an enclosed yard for your dog, you may want to take a few more steps to make it safer and more pleasent for your pet. You can start by picking up any debris in the yard and start checking the fence for holes. You may want to consider investing in an invisible fence so you don’t have to worry about your dog jumping or digging his way out.  Consider the landscaping. Is there a shady spot for your dog to rest in the heat? Is it free of poisonous plants?  If you’re not sure what to avoid, ask your veterinarian for a list of hazardous flowers and shrubs. Finally, provide your dog with a dry, comfy shelter, plenty of toys and a big bowl of water. If you do not have the space, you may want to consider investing in a dog exercise pen. Make sure that you put in in a place where there’s shade, and place toys and water in the pet like you would if your pet was in the yard. It is important that the pen is sturdy and that your pet cannot knock it down or jump over it.

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