Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your new furry family member. Dogs are sweet, intelligent, and sociable animals—all excellent characteristics for a pet. However, before you welcome the sweet pup into your home, you’ll have to make certain adjustments to your environment. Here are some tips on how to get your yard ready for your new puppy.
First and foremost, you’ll need to add fencing to at least one portion of the yard, so the dog will have space to run around without escaping. Think about what type of fencing you want before investing in the materials. According to Phoenix Fencing, chain link fencing is adequate for keeping dogs contained, but they’ll still be visible to (and potentially distracted by) passersby and cars on the road. If you’d like to keep your puppy sheltered from this sort of external stimuli, consider spending extra on wood fencing. Whichever type you choose, make sure the fence is at least six feet tall.
Establish Dog Zones
If you don’t want to ruin your lawn, Brock Turf says that you can designate part of your backyard as a safe place for your dog to go to the bathroom using alternative grass. To start, lay the alternative grass in your chosen area and encourage the puppy to do his business there. It helps if you put a small amount of poop in the designated spot beforehand to speed the association along. Praise the puppy repeatedly when he goes potty in the dog zone and offer no praise (but no punishment!) if he has an accident elsewhere. Brock Turf can help you decide the right alternative grass such as artificial grass or synthetic turf.
If it works with the configuration of your property, try to restrict your dog’s access to gardens or any other areas where she might be tempted to dig. Some puppies, however, want to dig no matter where they are. You can attempt to alleviate the problem by showering her with plenty of attention and opportunities for exercise. A good supply of chew toys can also serve as an appealing distraction. Finally, remember that she might be digging in order to create a cool spot to lie down. Make sure that her fenced-in zone includes a shady area, so she won’t be in danger of overheating.
There is a lot of information to consider when it comes to your brand new puppy. It can be overwhelming, but don’t forget about puppy-proofing the backyard. With the right preparation, you can ensure that your yard remains a natural haven for every member of the family, including the fur-covered ones. Enjoy the time with your new puppy!