5 Tips to Create a Dog-Friendly Backyard

All good pet owners love the sight of their dog happily romping in the grass, but when it comes to the backyard, you don't have to have acres of meadow to create a space that will please your pup. If you provide your four-legged friend with a few important amenities, he or she is sure to be in doggie heaven.

The Set-Up

Create boundaries. Your first priority should always be safety. Surround your backyard with a sturdy fence that is high enough that your dog can't jump over (six feet is recommended to contain big dogs). A solid fence, as opposed to chain link, can reduce a dog's desire to bark at people and other dogs, since he won't see much to bark at. An alternative to a fenced-in backyard is a fenced dog run.

Provide shade and shelter. Did you know dogs can be sunburned and suffer from heatstroke? Even if you live in a mild climate, your dog should be able to retreat to the shade of a tree or awning. A backyard dog house that protects your pet from the elements is another essential if he will be spending a lot of time outdoors.

If you would like to build your own dog house, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® offers innovative products that can keep your pet cooler in the hot summer sun. SilverTech® is a durable radiant barrier available on LP® ProStruct® Roof Sheathing and LP® SmartSide® Panels. SilverTech helps reduce the sun’s radiant energy through the panels, so your dog stays more comfortable in his outdoor dog house.

Know what’s harmful. Certain plants pose a danger to dogs, causing everything from vomiting to death, so be sure none of these plants are in a yard where your dog spends time. A few plants commonly found in backyards that are also toxic to your dog include English ivy, lilies, azalea, mums, primroses and tulips. See a full list of plants that are toxic to dogs.

Add a water source. Dogs should have a source of fresh, clean water at all times. A dog-friendly fountain or pond is a fun DIY project and something any water-loving dog will appreciate - just ensure that your dog can get in and out of the pond easily.

Have a place for play. Encourage your dog to stay fit and healthy by providing as much space as possible to run and chase. Try creating paths where he can wander, patrol, prowl and explore. A tired dog is a happy dog!

Learn More About LP Shed Products

This summer, protect your pet with a quality dog house built with innovative products from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®. LP shed products will make your outdoor dog shed a cut above the rest. Talk to your local shed dealer to get started.

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