How to Protect a Dog From Animals in the Backyardby Susan Revermann
If wildlife and other neighborhood animals have decided to become regular visitors to your backyard, it can pose safety and health issues for your pooch. You’ll want to formulate a strategy to cut down on their temptation to come closer and keep your dog out of harm's way.
Put up a fence around your backyard. If you have one already, make sure it’s in good condition and repair any damaged areas that other animals could squeeze through. The best types of fences to deter other wildlife from entering are ones made from a sturdy material, such as metal fencing, that are 6 feet or higher above ground and have a foot or so that is buried underground.
Feed your dog indoors, along with any other pets you have. Wildlife is attracted to the smell of food, so keeping it inside will cut down on the temptation. Bird feeders also attract animals, so avoid hanging one up or keep it far away from the house.
Bring your pooch in at night instead of letting him roam around or tying him up outside. Many wild animals come out at night, so it’s safer to keep your dog inside. Also instruct other members of your family to keep your dog inside and not let him out.
Take him out to go potty on a leash if he tends to run around and not come in when he’s supposed to. You don’t want to restrict his before-bed potty break, just keep him close.
Place trash and food scraps in bins that you can secure shut. This will keep little critters out and trap some of the smell that attracts them in the first place.
Shut the doors and windows of outbuildings, sheds and garages. Wild animals like warm places to hide and sleep, too, so don’t give them a free place to crash.
Mow, maintain and clean up your backyard regularly. This will lower the chance of animals hiding in unmaintained grass and bushes. Picking up trash, especially food wrappers, will also help keep them away.
Give your dog plenty of attention. Since dogs are social creatures, they need companionship and someone to play with. If you don’t give it to them, they will get bored and may go exploring. During that kind of adventure, Fido may just try to make friends with the wrong animal, such as the black and white striped stinky kind.
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