How Do I Dog Proof My Backyard? (Solved & Explained!)

Not all dogs are suited to spend all their time inside. A backyard can make a fun and exciting place for your pup to play but it’s vital your yard is safe and secure to ensure the well-being of your dog!

In this article we will give you all the best tips for doggy proofing your backyard and answer some frequently asked questions.

How Do I Dog Proof My Backyard?

Dog proofing your home is one task, but dog proofing your backyard should definitely not be overlooked! Creating a safe and secure space is vital for you and your dog to enjoy your backyard spaces without any worries.

 Here are some tips that will help you create a dog-proof space.

  1. Install a fence – this one is of top priority for any dog! Your backyard should be fenced off so your dog cannot escape. Dogs can easily roam off your property and find themselves in danger or trouble.
  2. Fence off pools – Large bodies of water such as ponds and pools should be fenced off so that a small dog can’t accidentally fall in or get stuck.
  3. Chose safe plants – while you may try to keep your dogs away from your garden, you should ensure everything planted is safe to be ingested in the case your dog doesn’t gobble down some plants.
  4. Provided shaded areas – Your yard should have enough coverage to protect your dog from the weather. Shade is especially important in the summertime as dogs can succumb to heatstroke a lot faster than humans.
  5. Keep up with landscaping – keep your backyard clean and tidy. Decks should be cleaned and lawns mowed to not attract excess bugs to the yard. Bugs like ticks and fleas can congregate in long grass and piles of junk and hop onto your dog with ease.
  6. Lock away garden supplies – mischievous dogs eat into everything. Anything that poses a danger should be locked in a garden shed or garage such as sharp tools, chemicals, trashcans and pest baits

How Can I Keep My Dog In The Backyard Without A Fence?

Sometimes a fence is not able to be built in some backyards. If you are renting, your landlord may not permit building a fence. Here are a few other options for containing a dog in a backyard without a fence.

  • Invisible fence – this is the most common go-to for dog containment without a fence. Invisible fences send a shock to the dog when they step out of the boundary line. It trains them to stay within the yard. 
  • Tethers – many owners will simply tie their dog to a chain or tether in the yard so they can be outside without a fence to contain them. This method also has pros and cons.
  • Pens – moveable exercise pens can be set up within a backyard to create a secure outdoor space.
  • Supervision – if your dog is well trained to come back to you when called and is not a run-away risk, then supervised outdoors time is probably the best for them.
  • Long leash –  a long leash will let your dog feel like they are not restrained and enjoy their backyard adventures but allows you to still have control over them.

Is An Invisible Fence For Dogs Bad?

Invisible fences can be bad for some dogs. Using negative reinforcement in the form of an electric shock causes some pain and discomfort that can increase fear and anxiety in some dogs. This can make some individuals more aggressive or fearful.

Is It Bad To Chain My Dog In My Yard?

Chaining can seem like a good option to keep a dog in your backyard without a fence but it does come with a lot of negatives including:

  • Potential increase in aggression – dogs on tethers have much less space so can become territorial over the space around their chain.
  • Getting tangled – chains are tethered that can get caught around other items in the yard or even around the dog themself and con restrict movement. This can cause serious injury or death in the worst cases.
  • Exposure – chained dogs cannot move around to escape the weather. As the sun moves through the day it can expose your dog to harmful rays with no way to escape. It can expose them to other aggressive dogs or attacking insects.

How Do I Keep My Dog Out Of My Garden?

Use natural deterrents such as coffee grounds, orange peel or chilli to put them off. 

You can also use motivation activated sprinklers to warn them off.

Pets stores will sell specially formulated pet deterrents.

How Do I Keep My Dog From Destroying My Yard?

Dogs that are destructive just have a lot of energy to spend and nothing to use it on. Exercise your dog regularly and provide them lots of toys in stimulation while they are in the backyard to direct their energies.

Why Is My Dog’s Pee Killing The Grass?

It is a common myth that dog pee kills grass because it has a high pH and is acidic. This is not true. Dog pee has a high concentration of nitrogen which in high amounts can kill the grass. Dog pee is streamlined so can cause spots of dying grass.

What Neutralizes Dog Pee On Grass?

The best way to manage these burnt spots from pee is to wash them away. Hose away pee to dilute the nitrogen. 

You can also train your dog to pee in a better spot or take them for regular walks to pee in other places than your backyard.

Is It Ok To Let Your Dog Swim In Your Pool?

A well-maintained pool is safe for dogs to swim in. Repeated exposure to treated pools may cause dryness and irritation with the skin. Hosing them down with fresh water after a swim can help.

Can I Leave My Dog In The Yard Alone?

If you have a securely fenced yard that has been sufficiently dog-proofed then leaving your dog unsupervised is fine.

Be aware that there are risks. Your dog could get dog-napped or dig its way out. You should not leave them alone for too long.