Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Yard Your Dog Will Love

We talk a lot about making your home and yard a place that is as functional as it is beautiful.  If you have a dog, however, sometimes those things that you love just don't work.  Today we're giving some tips on increasing the functionality and enjoyability of your yard for your pooch.  Hey, they're a part of your family, too, so why shouldn't they get a few props!

A Place To Do Their Business

While it would be nice if we all lived next to the woods so that Fido could just saunter on over there to do his business, that's not the reality for most of us.  Designating an area of your yard for your dog to take care of necessities is just a smart idea.  Keep it close to a doorway but not in plain view.  And remember that it needs to be maintained with shoveling in the winter so that your dog won't forget all the training you put into him in the summer.  Train your dog that this is his "spot" and you'll all be much happier.  Just think, you won't have to traverse your entire yard each spring looking for time bombs.  They'll all be in one convenient location.

Consider a Fence

Unless you plan on putting your dog on a leash and going out with them every single time they want to be outside, which is a lot, you might want to consider installing some fencing.  Fencing allows your dog to roam around outside without the fear of them running away, getting hit by cars, or scaring passersby. You can opt for a physical enclosure or install electronic fencing that works with a shock collar.  It's a smart idea, because the last thing you want is to lose your beloved pet.

Keep it Cool

If you think you get hot in the Minnesota summers, consider your fur-covered friends.  A place out of the sun is essential for your dog.  If you have plenty of shade trees you are in luck.  But if you don't you may want to construct a shaded area for your pooch with plenty of ventilation.  And if you have a spot to provide water for a pool, even better!

Source:  Michelle Schwake for Stafford Family Realtors

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